Starwood skis into Asia-Pacific

With the winter sports season underway in the northern hemisphere, skiers have an exciting new option with the recent opening of Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ first dual-branded ski resort in China. The Westin Changbaishan and Sheraton Changbaishan resorts are located adjacent to the slopes of northeast China’s Changbai mountain range, near the border with North Korea, in the province of …

Slope off in China

Skiers still have until late March to enjoy this year’s white powder, and a resort in China offers one of the best options in Asia. The Yabuli Ski Resort, located in the northernmost province of Heilongjiang, is praised as China’s Davos. It is built on Yabuli Sun Mountain, part of the Changbai Mountain Range, about 180-km southeast of the province’s …

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 …

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 …

Hong Kong – Time to tipple

Glasses containing the world’s finest wines will be raised when the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival kicks off a month long epicurean feast of wine-themed events. The island’s love affair with wine started long before city authorities abolished tax on it in 2009 ensuring a huge growth in the number of wine cellars. Now, even Chinese restaurants have sommeliers …

Hong Kong – Food fit for a palace

The Michelin two-star Shang Palace has just reopened after an extensive refurbishment and the Cantonese restaurant now offers a 42-sq-m private dining room that is perfect for business events. Situated within the Kowloon Shangri-la in Tsim Sha Tsui, the new restaurant interior features traditional red and gold hues, matched with beige and white for a modern contemporary look. New facilities …

China – Rising in the East

The Swire Hotel Group is planning to unveil the EAST Beijing hotel at the end of this month, following on from the launch of the EAST Hong Kong in January 2010. Located in the capital’s Chaoyang district, EAST Beijing will feature 369 rooms, including 23 suites, all of which have iPod touch technology and complimentary Wi-Fi. Facilities include a gym, …