Features - Asia

24 hours in Mumbai

Famed for its millionaires, movie stars, and maze-like settlements, Mumbai is a city of extremes. Its inhabitants come from every Indian region and walk of life, but live crammed together on a narrow peninsula of reclaimed land curling into the Arabian Sea.

24 hours in Hanoi

Hanoi is no stranger to foreigners. The 1,000-year-old capital has been occupied by the Chinese and the French, and saw its fair share of American GIs during the Vietnam War.

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24 hours in Beijing

Think Beijing is a city of bureaucrats while Shanghai has all the fun?

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24 hours in Bengaluru

Bengaluru – ‘The garden city’ – in the dawn of 2011, is an invigorating but tasty city to tackle. The local flavours are aplenty, but to relish any of them you’ll need the resolve and patience of a seasoned wayfarer – especially to tackle the traffic chaos caused by an as-yet rough-hewn metro rail system cutting through the city’s central avenues. Yet beneath its knotty, hard-shelled surface exist layers of delights, distillations, and delicacies unique to Bengaluru. All you need to do is dig in with gusto.

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24 hours in Phuket

Phuket – now famed for sun-and-sea tourism, this lush tropical island in the south of Thailand was once rich in tin deposits. Devastated by a Burmese invasion in 1809, traders from the British Straits moved all mining activity to the Bay of Tongkah near Old Phuket town.

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24 hours in Kuala Lumpur

Stepping out of the chilled air-con of Kuala Lumpur’s busy international airport you pick up a city-bound shuttle bus ticket from a well-signposted, well-ordered, and well-run ticket counter. Or wait just a few minutes for a taxi with a meter that actually works (a luxury in SE Asia).

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24 hours in Melbourne

What was started in 1835 by a determined band of settlers has blossomed into a vibrant, worldly metropolis where residents and visitors alike embrace the city’s cosmopolitan lifestyle and appreciation of the arts.

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24 Hours in Hong Kong

Hong Kong epitomises a dynamic metropolis steeped in unique blends of East and West. A gateway to mainland China, it is also one of the world’s great destinations. After the first Sino-British Opium War, Britain ruled Hong Kong from 1842 until July 1, 1997, when it became a Special Administrative Region in the People’s Republic of China.
 

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24 hours in Shanghai

In the 20s and 30s, Shanghai was the Pearl of the Orient, a city of wealth, decadence, and outrageous nightlife. Its citizens were as international as its reputation, but the rise of Communism following the end of World War II put an end to all that. For the second half of the century, Shanghai lay dormant.

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