These deluxe giants (all found in Asia) are guaranteed to take your breath away, not only because of their unparalleled views, but also for their magnificent interiors, futuristic designs and unrivaled grade of hospitality.
While the myth of the "Old Shanghai" is more a narrative cultivated by a few foreigners than a living point of reference for the Shanghaiers, Shanghai has an instinctive passion for the newness and the promise of each day.
What does it say about the state of literature in China when writers are so desperate for readers that they resort to copycatting even the most superficial aspects of another author's book: the title and cover art?
With The Great Gatsby. hitting theaters May 10, 2013, I've rounded up some Gatsby-inspired luxury lodgings. Before cinematically whisking off to West Egg, live it up Art Deco-styles in New York, London and even Lucerne, Switzerland.
We arrived on Friday afternoon, still in disbelief that we would be spending Shabbat in Shanghai, where my grandfather made his home after his family died in the Holocaust. I can only hope that our trip served as a tiny spiritual fixing to a wound that can never fully heal.
This might ruffle a few feathers with the tourism board, but aside from practicing proactive hygiene and other food safety measures, here are my top 10 things to avoid in Shanghai as a traveler during the recent avian flu outbreak
Governor Jerry Brown is just back from his first major trip abroad during this incarnation as California's governor. It coincided with the annual state Democratic convention, but that didn't give him pause as he had bigger fish to fry in China.
As news of major breaches roll in like waves on a storm-eroded beach, the likelihood increases that the next war we fight will be waged on computers aimed at crippling the systems that keep the wheels of government and daily life turning.
So many places to see, so little time. To help make planning a great escape in the new year more breezy and less run-of-the-mill, a few travel bloggers and I chime in on the destinations that top our 2013 travel bucket lists.
How come we didn't realize just how much we would like this city that reminded us of a distant cousin of New York City? Shanghai is bold and gritty, gracious but tough, new and old, which are all key ingredients to making a place work.