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  • Stepping through the Forbidden City’s gates

    Stepping through the Forbidden City’s gates

    For many years, I read several features and watched various documentaries regarding the Forbidden City in Beijing. However, once I found myself in front of Wumen, its main entrance, I simply stood in silence and awe. At an altitude of 38 metres,...

  • Taste of Cyprus with flights offer

    Taste of Cyprus with flights offer

    Emirates is offering economy class return fares between Malta and Cyprus from €190, inclusive of airport taxes and fuel surcharge. The offer is valid for sale and outbound travel to Larnaca until June 30. Prices do not include a weekend surcharge...

  • Chile gets tough on tourists

    Chile gets tough on tourists

    Chile is introducing new rules to expel foreign tourists if they break rules intended to protect the country’s national parks, following a devastating fire at the famous Torres del Paine, the government announced. An Israeli tourist was fined last...

  • Race for China’s high spenders

    Race for China’s high spenders

    Embassies are rewriting visa rules and governments are hammering out aviation pacts as record spending by Chinese travellers sets off a race around the world for a share of the Chinese tourist dollar. Chinese spending on international travel in...

  • Travel photography finalists announced

    Travel photography finalists announced

    National Geographic Traveller (UK) has confirmed the finalists of its 2015 photography competition. The grand prize winner was due to be announced at the Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show yesterday, and for the first time, the...

  • Air Malta carnet tickets available on Italy routes

    Air Malta carnet tickets available on Italy routes

    Frequent fliers on Air Malta’s Italian routes have the option to block-buy flights at a pre-discounted rate. With the airline’s new Take-off Bundle carnet product, it is possible to purchase six open return tickets to Catania, Rome or Milan in...

  • Shepherding in China’s New Year of the Sheep

    Shepherding in China’s New Year of the Sheep

    As preparations for the Spring Festival are nearly complete, Helen Raine looks at how the Asian populations in three Western nations will celebrate. Chinese New Year is on Thursday and will herald the ‘Year of the Sheep’. China might have the...

  • Historic buildings huddle together in this hilltop city

    Historic buildings huddle together in this hilltop city

    There are only four surviving copies of Magna Carta, the 13th century document with which King John of England introduced laws that have influenced the writers of many of the world’s constitutions. One of the copies goes on show in Lincoln Castle...

  • Following in the Dalai Lama’s exiled footsteps

    Following in the Dalai Lama’s exiled footsteps

    It is the last prayer before lunch at the monastery, and novice Buddhist monks are giggling and fidgeting with their bowls in a hall overflowing with maroon robes. Flatbread and vegetable soup are soon served, even to visitors, and the chatter...

  • The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach...

    The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach...

    I have two great loves in my life. My husband, James, is my first love and priority, and it’s Valentine’s Day, so I can’t wait to spoil him. Which brings me to my second love, a love we both share: food. It’s not by chance that we’re spending a...

  • Half-price companion fares for Emirates business class

    Half-price companion fares for Emirates business class

    Emirates is offering 50 per cent off a second business class airfare if two people travel together. Travellers from Malta who buy two tickets to one of 34 selected destinations to the Far East, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and...

  • Fast-track a spring trip

    Fast-track a spring trip

    European rail ticket seller Interrail is knocking 15 per cent off the price of its global passes bought until March 31. The spring promotion passes can be used in 30 countries for trips that begin before May 17 and can last up until June 15 this...

  • Mersey ferry set to razzle-dazzle

    Mersey ferry set to razzle-dazzle

    A Mersey ferry is getting a pop art makeover from Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band artist Sir Peter Blake. The Snowdrop, which carries passengers across the river and along the Manchester Ship Canal, will be repainted with a distinctive design...

  • British hotelier criticises travel review websites

    British hotelier criticises travel review websites

    Review websites such as Trip-Advisor are littered with “warped and twisted criticism” which threatens the livelihood of bona fide businesses, UK travel guru and hotelier Alex Polizzi has said. Polizzi said those posting reviews about their stays...

  • Fourth Oasis cruise liner for Royal Caribbean

    Fourth Oasis cruise liner for Royal Caribbean

    Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and the third Oasis-class ship will soon have a new sister to welcome to Royal Caribbean’s Oasis family. Last week marked the steel cutting for a fourth Oasis ship, scheduled to be delivered in 2018. The steel...

  • EasyJet’s new look ahead of 20th birthday

    EasyJet’s new look ahead of 20th birthday

    EasyJet has revealed its new aircraft livery, the first change to the look of the airline’s white and orange fleet since easyJet.com replaced the call centre number on the fuselage in 1998. There are two main design changes, with easyJet’s...

  • Romance weekend at Hotel Phoenica

    Hotel Phoenicia is offering a weekend of romance for Valentine’s Day, on the back of being ranked in Malta’s top six most romantic hotels in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards. Guests can start Saturday evening with a special themed dinner in...

  • Eiffel Tower snaps the top spot for selfies

    Eiffel Tower snaps the top spot for selfies

    The Eiffel Tower is the most popular spot in the world to take a selfie, according to new statistics. Tourist attraction site AttractionTix analysed social media to find mentions of travel hotspots alongside the world selfie, and compiled a list...

  • Two’s a crowd

    Two’s a crowd

    Valentine’s Day is traditionally not kind to single people. All those relentlessly lovey-dovey couples block-booking restaurants and clearing out the flower shops is enough to tip even the most stable singleton over the edge. There is a way out,...

  • Tourists from across the world visit ancient peak

    Tourists from across the world visit ancient peak

    A mystic, flat-topped mountain on the Venezuela-Brazil border that perplexed 19th century explorers and inspired The Lost World novel is attracting ever more modern-day adventurers. Once impenetrable to all but the Pemon indigenous people, several...

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