Sure, there are icons: the Golden Gate Bridge really is as ridiculously good-looking as the pictures; Alcatraz Island a bizarre and fascinating chapter of history. But the most captivating thing about San Francisco is that it’s as much an enclave of raw, natural beauty as it is a vital, forward-thinking city. Take time to get to know both sides: for every rattling cable car ride or raucous Chinatown restaurant, there’s a peaceful, pine-scented hike with views stretching infinitely across the Pacific. And as the nation’s progressive capital, creativity is in the very fibre of these streets, making art of everything from hidden back alleys to the Bay Bridge. Here are the things to do you can’t miss.
Chinese New Year is almost with us again - but there is still enough time to plan a celebratory trip, even if you want to fly out to China itself. How to do it? Read on...
Chinese New Year is fast approaching – and with it comes a host of superstitions that will apparently dictate how the next 12 months will play out for each of us.
It's China's most cosmopolitan city, with a population of some 25 million people, including more than 160,000 millionaires and a couple of dozen billionaires. It's a town of wheelers and dealers, go-getters and glamour pusses, big business and flash brands – but it's not all about the money.