Shanghai – New era of luxury

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. It is situated within Harbour …

Shanghai ‘Good Luck’ Hotel

With a radical design to rival Singapore’s “cruise-ship-on-stilts” shaped Marina Bay Sands – the newest landmark hotel in China has grabbed global headlines for its horseshoe shape. The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort near Shanghai has been labeled the “horseshoe hotel” by locals because of its curved U-shape. The eye-catching 27-level building is actually a full oval, with two basement …

Pandering to pandas

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. The Bifengxia Panda Reserve is …

Myanmar – Cushioning beds shortage

Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has announced the supply of 1,670 new hotel rooms over next year to help reduce the acute shortage of mid-range and high-end accommodation in the former capital Yangon. The Ministry’s Directorate of Hotels and Tourism said the 270-room Centrepoint Towers Hotel in Yangon, and the 100-room Nawarat Hotel in Hlaing Township are among the …

Moon Festival and National Day Holidays in China

China and Asia Travel Service would like to wish all of our friends and clients a happy Moon Festival as people in China and several other Asian countries prepare to celebrate from 30th September to 7th October 2012. Otherwise known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Moon Festival is a very important harvest festival celebrated in China, across Asia, and in …

Latest News on Haiyan Typhoon

Haiyan – the massive storm that lashed the Philippines – weakened to a category one hurricane when it hit northern Vietnam early today. Despite this there were still winds of up to 75mph. Nearly a million people were evacuated from the central Vietnam provinces before the path of Haiyan turned further north. The typhoon passed very close to the Chinese …

Laos – Inaugural flight

Bangkok Airways will fly to Vientiane on 1 December 2012 marking the carrier’s first-ever connection to the Lao capital. The Airbus A319 aircraft will depart Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 8:15am and arrive in Vientiane at 9:30am. The return flight will leave Vientiane at 10.10am and land in Bangkok at 11.25am. The new connection commences during the current “Visit Laos …

Laos – Faster cross-country links

A new railway bridge is planned between Laos and Thailand near to the Laos-Thai Friendship Bridge which connects Nong Khai province in Thailand with Vientiane Prefecture in Laos. Although the existing Friendship Bridge accommodates two round-trip train services in the morning and afternoon, the train crossing delays all vehicular traffic for at least 15 minutes each time. Therefore, the governments …

Japan – Train with less strain

An energy-efficient bullet train has just been launched – the first new model to take to the tracks in five years. The Central Japan Railway Co. said the new Shinkansen train has several new features designed to ensure it runs more firmly at high speeds thanks to a function that ensures automated running while maintaining maximum speeds set for each …

Indonesia – Reaching for the stars

The race to build the world’s tallest building has been active ever since the first skyscraper – the Home Insurance Building – was built in Chicago in 1885. Now, a structure planned for the Indonesian capital Jakarta will take over the title of the highest building in South East Asia when it is completed between 2017 and 2020. The planned …