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.
know about pink slime and I eat at farm-to-table restaurants and I stop at the farmer's market on my walk home to fetch fresh eggs and asparagus for dinner. But I'm not going to tell you a Chicken McNugget doesn't taste good. It does. It tastes really, really good.
It seems Edward Snowden didn't do his homework on where in the world to apply for asylum. His choice of Ecuador as a safe haven stands in stark contrast to President Rafael Correa's war on the free press and refusal to endure dissent of any kind.
Beset on all sides by great powers, sophisticated operators, and clashing agendas, Snowden, like his perhaps new Wikileaks patron Julian Assange before him, seems like a character in a cyberpunk novel.
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.
Snowden's revelations have dramatically undercut Washington's effort to corner Beijing on the issue. They allow Xi to counter Obama's complaints by saying that the rest of the world, including China, is a potential victim of this massive and formerly secret American cyber-surveillance program.
The gathering and miniature Goddess of Democracy are the small, but not so subtle signs of freedom that are to be cherished and coveted while still here. They are also reminders of what is not possible across the border in Mainland China.