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Qingdao

If it was a picture, Qingdao would be painted with blue sea and azure sky, red-roofed residences and green trees. Qingdao means “Green Island” in Chinese, and the name is a perfect match. This is possibly the most beautiful coastal city of China, famous for the comfortable weather, the large number of beaches and the delicious seafood. Being a former German concession has also provided it with attractive European style buildings and one of the best brews in Asia, the famous Qingdao Beer. It has long been a favourite escape for Chinese holidaymakers and after having its profile raised when hosting of the 29th Sailing Regatta during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it will undoubtedly come under the radar of foreign visitors as well.

The London Story - Sculpture in the City

Do you know your Gherkin from your Cheesegrater? Find out what they are and where to find them in Stella's London Story as she introduces us to Sculpture in the City; the contemporary sculpture park created around the newest towers in the oldest part of London.

How to Do London: Eating Out

London is home to some of the best cuisine from around the globe...as well as the fish and chips it's famous for! From budget eats to 63 Michelin-starred restaurants and everything in between, you'll find the perfect dining experience.

Dhaka

Hectic, bustling, chaotic, Dhaka is an enormous city of endless possibilities with energy to spare. Though it can seem a bit overwhelming at first, visitors who take take the time to explore all it has to offer will find the experience most rewarding. Delicious food, bustling markets, serene parks and gardens, lazy river cruises and death-defying rickshaw rides, fascinating museums and captivating history, temples and mosques to ease the soul, and tantalising musical and dance performances; all this and more awaits the adventurous traveler who dares to venture into this unique city.

The London Story - Famous Londoners

We asked some of the capital's favourite famous Londoners to tell us their London Story. Sharing their passion and top tips for the city are Mayor of London Boris Johnson, actress Joanna Lumley, chef and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay, model and actress Twiggy and the Royal Ballet's Principal Dancers, Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez. Discover more London stories www.visitlondon.com/story

Ayia Napa – Protaras

Once only a small fishing village, Ayia Napa has become one of the world's best travel destinations, known as a cosmopolitan resort area. Located on the eastern coast of Cyprus, it is a town of great beauty, full of history and culture, with friendly and hospitable people. Nearby Protaras is a popular resort area with some of the world's best golden beaches, crystal clear waters and lively entertainment. Whether you are looking for fascinating history, vibrant culture and nightlife, astounding natural beauty or a relaxing beach vacation, together these areas make up one of the Mediterranean's most desirable destinations.

How To Do London: The Basics

Whether it's your first time visiting London, or if you've been before, learn how to do London like a local. From how to use an oyster card to travel around the city, to ideas for things to do including how to beat the queues, we've got it covered.

Buenos Aires

The Argentine capital is a city like no other. It has a hint of a European feel, but with a distinct Latin American flavour. It is cosmopolitan, yet autochthonous. Every street corner and narrow alleyway is teeming with art and culture, history and personality, tango, rock n' roll and football. It is a city of museums, of galleries, of classical-style cafes and world-class steakhouses, of antique markets and bookstores, a city for screams of joy at the Bombonera Stadium and midnight strolls along the majestic River Plate. Buenos Aires is a true world city in every sense of the world, and none who visit can resist its charms.

Cape Verde

Cape Verde’s unique geographic location, troubled history of slavery and invasion, and fascinating mix of transatlantic cultures has given rise to a place unlike any other on the globe, a place as joyful as it is full of longing, a fact perhaps best reflected in Cape Verdean music and the hauntingly beautiful ‘morna’. The sometimes harsh, drought-prone conditions of this mid-Atlantic scattering of islands have seen the flourishing of a fascinating Creole culture and the most stable democracy in Africa, which is currently enjoying its moment as a sought-after, yet still under-discovered, vacation destination.

Houston, Texas

Located in Texas, the fourth largest city in the U.S. is known for NASA, its annual rodeo and the massive cluster of hospitals known as the Texas Medical Center. However, Houston has matured into a complete and downright hip vacation destination for the savvy traveler. The city is a diverse metropolis where no ethnicity comprises a majority of the population. This mix of cultures has contributed in making Houston a city of superb cuisine and world-class culture, entertainment and shopping. It is no surprise that Houston is attracting visitors from all over the world.

Surabaya

Founded nearly eight centuries ago, Indonesia’s second largest city has seen empires come and go. The founders of the Hindu Majapahit Empire arrived in late 13th century and remained till the 17th, being shortly followed by Muslim rulers of Mataram. Later came the colonialists of the Dutch East India Company. In recent decades, Surabaya has grown into a cosmopolitan seaport and conurbation where 21st century hotels, apartment towers and shopping malls stand next to historic mosques and palaces.

Dallas, Texas

As a metropolitan of amazing proportions, Dallas is the primary destination for travel and excitement in Texas. Drawing those with an innovative spirit, Dallas possesses an uncanny ability to combine Southern charm with commercial finesse. Its citizens have christened the city “Big D” in fitting manner, for much like the state in which it resides, Dallas boasts of big style. From the endless entertainment and dining districts of its downtown, to sporting attractions spanning five professional teams that include “America’s Team” in the Dallas Cowboys, a good time is virtually guaranteed in the city that never ceases to amaze.

The Palm Beaches

Discover The Palm Beaches - where genuine hospitality is a way of life and breathtaking beauty occurs naturally. Beautiful beaches stretching 47 miles along the Atlantic Ocean, lakes and Everglades coupled with year-round warm weather attract visitors from around the world, and recreational pursuits are unmatched. The Palm Beaches are an exciting collection of 15 distinct districts with luxury resorts, boutique and trusted-brand hotels, innovative culinary landscapes, trendy shops and designer boutiques of world-wide fame, and where nightlife thrives year-round. Experience captivating culture, awesome outdoor adventure, great golf and exciting entertainment. Come alive in The Palm Beaches with our magical collection of small cities and towns that deliver . . . deliver the best way to experience Florida.