Sights, Sounds and Taste of a Beijing Craft Beer Tour by ‘Tuktuk’

Navigate the streets of Beijing by ‘tuktuks’ for an all-inclusive visit to Beijing’s best brewery taprooms!  Beijing is the epicentre of China’s craft beer scene.  The city has some of the world’s best beer in hidden, quaint locations around the city that many travellers simply wouldn’t find on their own!  Try over 10 different types of beer at a number of locations hidden in the traditional hutong alleys of Beijing.  All craft beers are hand selected by the brewers and made fresh in Beijing to showcase the best the city has to offer.  Travel between breweries by private ‘tuktuk’ (stocked full of additional beer) so you can try all the best taprooms in one night!


China – History and heritage

shanghai-ruijinInterContinental Hotels Group has celebrated its 30th anniversary in China with the opening of the InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin.

The century-old state hotel combines the glamour of Shanghai’s heyday with the luxury of a contemporary property.  Throughout its 100-year history the Ruijin Hotel has received numerous high-level dignitaries including China’s first premier Zhou Enlai and US president Richard Nixon. It is the former private estate of the British Morris family, the founders of the North China Daily News.  It also served as the headquarters of the Communist Party in Shanghai during the War of Liberation.

Two new buildings have been constructed to match the Ruijin Hotel’s historical architectural style and these contain 240 guestrooms, banquet and meeting halls and fine-dining Chinese and French restaurants.  A highlight feature is the old film library where guests can browse stills of old movies filmed on the premises.  The hotel is centrally located along Ruijin Er Road, close to Huaihai Road’s luxury retail outlets and the trendsetting Xintiandi district which is home to smart bars and restaurants.

China – ‘Good luck’ hotel

sheraton-huzhou-hot-spring-resortWith 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 labelled 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 levels that connect underground. The property has 321 rooms, including 44 suites and 39 villas, with private balconies overlooking Lake Taihu.  The hotel’s interior is lavishly decorated with 20,000 Swarovski and European natural crystal lamps that create a wave-like formation across the ceiling. The lobby floor is paved with Afghan White Jade and Tiger’s Eye Stone from Brazil. For guests who want to celebrate their special day, there is a 1,600 square metre private wedding island and a full time wedding coordinator on hand to make sure all nuptials go smoothly – with the ‘horseshoe hotel’ for added good luck!

China – Colonial chic

le-sun-chine1317367264A new boutique hotel takes guests back to the golden era of Shanghai in the 1930s.  Once the home of Shanghai’s famous Sun family and listed as a historic site, Le Sun Chine is old Shanghai to the hilt; it has been tastefully restored to its former glory with period architecture such as columned balconies, antique furniture and high ceilings with whirring fans. Rooms are furnished with a classic European sensibility including herringbone hardwood floors, Chippendale cabinets and reproduction phonographs that have been converted to play CDs.  No two rooms in the building are the same and they are all named after the streets of old Shanghai when the city had French and English names. The hotel is part of the Relais and Chateaux group – an elite and exclusive affiliation of luxury global hotels that aim to provide an experience unique from the bigger global chain properties.

China – Poster power

Shanghai_Propaganda_Tour_ChinaOne of Shanghai’s most unheralded museums offers a fascinating insight into how propaganda posters were used by China’s former rulers ahead of the digital age.  The Propaganda Poster Art Centre features a fascinating collection of over 5,000 propaganda posters dating back to the early days of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, to the end of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1970s.  Although small in size, the attraction gives a captivating insight into how leaders such as Chairman Mao used striking imagery to carry his voice and agenda to the masses.  The facility’s gift shop is well worth a visit to buy original and reproduction prints of many of the posters on display, as well mementos of the Cultural Revolution such as used copies of the “Little Red Book”, and ration tokens.  You can book a new excursion to this attraction with guided tours to enrich the visitor experience.

Hong Kong – Priceless exhibition

Gold ExhibitionOne of the most exciting exhibitions to be staged in Hong Kong traces the development of gold in Chinese society over 3,000 years.  This is the first large-scale retrospective of Chinese gold from earliest times and over 300 Eurasian and Chinese gold artifacts are on display.  The items are on loan from the private .  More than just an exhibition of one private collection, this is also a showcase of art-historical, intercultural, and technical studies of Chinese gold from the earliest times.  With the help of archaeological discoveries in China, Central Asia and Russia, the exhibition and the accompanying catalogue detail the importance of gold in Chinese society.  The free exhibition is being staged at the Art Museum at the University of Hong Kong. It runs until 27 November 2013.