What are the essential mementos to bring back from a place as vast, varied and full of wonders as China? Nancy Huo, A&K Resident Tour Director, suggests five essential items to tuck in your carry-on — along with treasured memories, of course. Continue Reading ›
Get a closer look at three frequently overlooked destinations hiding in plain sight
“Been there. Done that.” It’s a popular refrain among seasoned travellers looking for their next big adventure. If this sounds like you, the answer may lie with a closer look at a country you’ve already visited. While you may have already been to Italy, Australia or China, three of their lesser-frequented destinations make them well worth the return trip.
Staff writer Dan Wiencek travelled on A&K’s China, Tibet & the Yangtze. Here, he shares his account of one memorable day in a land little touched by modernity.
We set out on our first full day in Tibet eager but somewhat shaky. Being at 12,000 feet above sea level, our bodies were making do with 40% less oxygen than we were accustomed to, and even with the previous afternoon and night to acclimatize, my pulse was racing and my head stinging; climbing the three steps into the coach too quickly left me panting. After a short bus ride—being a city of only 200,000 people, nothing in Lhasa is very far from anything else in Lhasa—we came to Sanggye Dhunghor, known more commonly as the Thousand Buddha Shrine. Continue Reading ›
Beijing and its triumphant Great Wall, Xian’s remarkable Terra Cotta Warriors, the timeless Yangtze, the giant buzz of Shanghai—see how these and other fascinating stops captivate and come to life on A&K’s China & the Yangtze.
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A&K Staff Writer Nina Kokotas Hahn returns from a recent Luxury Small Group Journey to China and shares the five most surprising things to discover from Beijing to Shanghai.
China is not an easy place to anticipate. It is at once ancient and moving at the speed of light, communist and Buddhist, enormous and unexplained. I recently returned from my 14-day luxury China tour with Abercrombie & Kent, China & the Yangtze, a Luxury Small Group Journey, and I was most struck by the places where old and new are still magically colliding.
From Beijing to Shanghai on my small-group tour, here are five things that surprised me about China. Continue Reading ›
September 13, 2015, marks National Grandparents Day and the chance to honor some of the most important people in our lives. The best way to celebrate? Give the gift of family travel with one of these five A&K Family Journeys, perfect for delivering all-ages family adventure and lasting memories in the world’s best destinations.
1. Spot “Big Five” Wildlife on an African Safari
WHY GRANDPARENTS LOVE IT: Electronics and gadgets be gone! In the African bush, all ages are completely captivated by extraordinary wildlife, prehistoric craters and the tribes that protect it. Stays in luxurious camps and safaris led by Resident Tour Directors in A&K-owned vehicles mean jaw-dropping sights in total safety and comfort.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR KIDS: Seeing lions, elephants and the rest of the Big Five in their own wild environments; adventures like market scavenger hunts; meetings with local tribesmen; and visits to animal sanctuaries. Continue Reading ›
You’ve Seen the Terra Cotta Warriors. Now What?
Ever since 1974, when local farmers accidentally unearthed its now world-renowned Terra Cotta Warriors, Xian, China, has graced countless luxury China tour itineraries. Viewing the life-size antiquities up close, accompanied by an on-site archaeologist on an A&K Luxury Small Group Journey, is an unforgettable travel experience clearly worth the trip.
Less obvious is how to choose from among this ancient city’s many other cultural and historic attractions. So, we asked Gerald Hatherly — one of A&K’s premier Tour Directors and a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for China — for his best recommendations.