Pandering to pandas

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China & Asia Travel Service’s new excursion offers guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with giant pandas through a volunteer stint at the Bifengxia Panda Reserve. This activity offers a greater experience than visiting a zoo or a wildlife park as participants play a prominent role in caring for the endangered creatures. …

Shanghai – New era of luxury

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The Mandarin Oriental Pudong – scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2013 – will mark the debut of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Shanghai. Located on the east bank of the Huangpu River, amidst the dramatic skyline of the Lujiazui financial district, the property offers 362-rooms and 210 fully serviced executive apartments. …

Full bloom in Japan

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It is now time to view the cherry blossom festival in Japan as parts of the country are blessed with groves of cherry trees in full blossom. Known as Hanami, this is an important Japanese custom held all over the country in spring. Hanami literally means ‘viewing flowers’, but it generally indicates viewing cherry blossoms …