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Sign Up to Join the Hutong’s Red Cliffs & Tibetan Monasteries Trip to Qinghai
Qinghai is one of the frontiers of adventure travel in China, a springboard for China’ wildest, untouched areas begging to be discovered and explored. Located on the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai is a province in China surrounded by Gansu Province on the north and east, Xinjiang Province on the west, Tibet on the south and Sichuan on the southeast. Home to many Tibetan monasteries, vast grasslands, the headwaters of the three of Asia largest rivers – the Yellow River, the Yangtze River and Mekong River, the area boasts a mosaic of ethnic groups, including Tibetan, Mongols, Tu, Goloks and Hui with a vibrant religious life.
Tibetan Prayer Flags As Far As the Eye Can See
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Introducing The Orchid’s New Private Residences
My choice recommendation for out of town guests is always The Orchid.
A boutique hotel nestled in the hutongs by Gulou, the Orchid represents everything that I love about Beijing’s hutongs. A peaceful, zen-inducing traditional Chinese courtyard surrounded by green trees and a second floor dining room with a rooftop terrace that’s one of the most gorgeous that this city has to offer.
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By Timothy Hollingsworth, Otium is L.A.’s Most Exciting New F&B Destination
With a location surrounded by iconic L.A. landmarks (it stands literally next to The Broad Art Museum) and a head chef who worked at The French Laundry, Otium has some serious pedigree. Under Timothy Hollingsworth’s (who cut his teeth at the French Laundry) leadership, Otium has emerged as one of the most talked about restaurants in the city.
The space is beautiful. Large open windows allow light in from everywhere, illuminating the centrepiece of the restaurant, the open kitchen. The design does a great job of explaining what kind of an experience you will have here. Incredible quality, yet easily accessible. The waiters are warm and friendly, the atmosphere is lively and you won’t feel like the menu is written in a foreign language. The restaurant itself says the name Otium is meant to: “emphasize a place where time can be spent on leisurely social activities”.
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First Impressions at Li Xuan, Ritz Carlton Chengdu
Once the capital of the ancient Shu Dynasty with a rich history of over 3,000 years, Chengdu is named by Forbes as one of the world’s fastest growing cities in the world. Aside from all the international appeal they get from pandas, traditional Sichuan Opera and the Kung Fu Chinese tea culture, Chengdu was also named a UNESCO “City of Gastronomy” in 2010.
“The city Chengdu was acknowledged for being the birthplace of many culinary traditions and is home to a vibrant community of gastronomic professionals who are actively promoting innovation in food and sustainable strategies for the development of quality culinary practices. It has a unique culinary culture which manifests local culture and demonstrates the preservation and cultivation of gastronomic creativity.”
More than just excellent fiery cuisine, Chengdu prides itself on its variety and creative interpretations of traditional dishes. After a very unique dining experience at Yu Jia Restaurant 喻家厨房, we were lucky enough to dine at the Ritz Carlton’s Li Xuan Chinese restaurant.
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Creative Pork Floss Pastries Mimic Traditional Chinese Calligraphy Brushes
Chengdu may lure you into Sichuan with its absurdly adorable panda bears, but what will keep you coming back will be its addictive cuisine. Known for its “ma la” numbing peppercorns, the tingling sensation on your lips and spicy kick have earned this Sichuan capital the title of China’s “City of Gastronomy”.
When planning our 3-day weekend visit to Chengdu, we were delighted to be given so many helpful tips, but perplexed to have 90% being food related and only 10% to do with pandas. I guess the panda research center is pretty straight forward, but we did learn that pandas are most playful and active in the early mornings (so best to arrive right between 8-9AM). This article by Chris Beam for Travel + Leisure also does an excellent job summing up the current state of Chengdu with all of its challenges in modernization while maintaining its heritage buildings and chilled-out vibes.
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Join Bespoke’s Wild Wall Weekend with William Lindesay (OBE)
One of the most majestic and mind-blowingly awesome sights in China is hands-down the Great Wall. It’s amazing how often people ask me if I get tired of going to the Great Wall and my answer is never.
It may be a little bit (or a lot) of effort to get to, sometimes you have to hike through some pretty rugged terrain to reach the Wall, but once I’m on it, I never regret it and have gained more appreciation and admiration for The Great Wall the more I visit and the more I learn about it.
So when I heard that Bespoke Travel Company is organizing a Wild Wall Weekend with William Lindesay, known as the world’s leading Great Wall historian, I couldn’t help but jump with joy.
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