Fairmont Yangcheng Lake: luxury and gastronomy in China’s Kunshan lake district

Fairmont Yangcheng Lake is the first international five-star luxury hotel in Kunshan, an idyllic lake district just one hour from Shanghai and 30 minutes from Suzhou. Shaped like a Chinese fan on the banks of Yangcheng Lake, the hotel features 200 contemporary guestrooms and suites with expansive lake views. Restaurants and lounges include the signature […]

Homa Chateau in China: luxury hotel dedicated to modern art

The first Relais & Châteaux hotel has just opened in China. It is called the Homa Chateau and its bold architectural landscape, located in a preserved and mythical part of China, is creating quite a stir. Just a few kilometers from Guilin and Yangshuo and between the lush nature filled with lakes and picture perfect […]

Hotel Soul: trendy design hotel in Suzhou, China

Suzhou, China is a beautiful historic city in the Yangtze River delta, just west of Shanghai, and is often called the Venice of China because of the canals that meander through the city. Unlike many other Chinese cities, Suzhou has preserved many of its old houses, temples, gardens and tea houses. If you are going […]

Opposite House: stunning luxury design hotel in Beijing

If you are traveling to Beijing and want to stay in a contemporary luxury hotel, check out the Opposite House, designed by Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma. What impresses one most about the Opposite House is the astonishing amount of light and space not just in the lobby and other public areas, but also in the […]

Beijing Olympics special: guide to hotels and restaurants in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong

When the Beijing Olympics officially begin on August 8, thousands of visitors will descend upon the city to enjoy the games and to explore the country. Many will be visiting Shanghai and Hong Kong, too. That’s why I have put together a list of favorite hotels and restaurants in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. We […]

Mapplr’s favorite restaurants in Shanghai

For those of you who are visiting Shanghai around the time of the Beijing Olympics, you’ll be impressed by the number of excellent places to eat in the city. I have compiled a list of favorite restaurants based upon recommendations of friends living in Shanghai. Don’t miss my earlier post on Shanghai hotels. French restaurants […]

Mapplr’s favorite hotels in Shanghai

The Beijing Olympics are just around the corner. I just posted my favorite hotels and restaurants in Beijing. But I also know many people will be going to other cities in China. So here are my favorite hotels in Shanghai. I will post my favorite Shanghai restaurants in a later article. Cachet Hotel 931 West […]