6 Must-See Theme Parks Around the World

Summer is the most popular time of the year for visiting amusement parks in North America, but if you’re traveling a bit further afield than Florida, you’ll discover that many of the most exciting new developments are happening in other parts of the globe. Having worked in theme park operations for more than two decades, TPG…

Favorite Places: The Great Wall at Mutianyu, China

For the our new TPG weekend series, “Favorite Places,” I’m sharing a day trip I recently took from Beijing to Mutianyu—one of the many sections of the Great Wall of China that are open to visitors. (All photos by Julio Gaggia.) Roughly 5,500 miles long, the Great Wall of China was built in sections starting back in the 7th…

Hotel Review: W Beijing Hotel Chang’an

Though the high-design W Beijing Chang’an had a soft opening about six months ago to get all the kinks out, they recently had their official launch, and invited me to the spectacular opening party. I stayed three nights there as well, and was impressed—the property is stunning from the outside, and inside the staff shine even brighter. Throughout my…

Follow My Whirlwind Trip to Seoul and China

Well, it looks like I’m on the road again—and I want to invite my awesome TPG readers to follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! The first stop of my trip was São Paulo, Brazil for Amfar’s Inspiration Gala São Paulo. I’ve been before, and it’s an incredible party for an amazing cause. My flight there was…

Five Travel Tips To Know Before Traveling To China

I’m about to embark on a whirlwind trip through Asia—starting in Seoul, then on to the Chinese cities of Beijing and Guangzhou, and ending with a visit to Hong Kong. You can follow my trip updates and photos on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram, plus stay tuned for coming posts on the trip, including how I booked my flights with miles…

The American Airlines Mistake-Fare Guide to Beijing

If you were lucky enough to get the American Airlines $462 Business Class mistake fare to Beijing, you’re already used to the satisfaction that comes after working through confusing restrictions and finding your way through crowded thoroughfares and dead ends—perfect preparation for a visit to the Chinese capital. New TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten…

SkyTeam Launches Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass

Hot on the heels of Jason Steele’s recent post about air travel passes, SkyTeam has launched its new Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass. The latest in SkyTeam’s series of regional travel passes, the Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass provides what appears to be a modest cost savings on multi-stop flight itineraries aboard SkyTeam member airlines serving 26 participating countries…

Guangzhou Becomes Third City In China With No Visa Requirement For Visits Under 72 Hours

Back in January, the Chinese government announced that in-transit travelers from 45 countries could visit Beijing for up to 72 hours without applying for a visa, a policy that had already been put into place in Shanghai. Now China has announced that starting August 1, Guangzhou will be the third city allowing visits of up…

My China Trip Wrap Up: China Eastern, Hainan Airlines and the Westin Beijing Review

This is an installment in my series on my January 2012 trip to China. Posts include: Help Me Plan My Trip To China, Flight Review: American Airlines 777 International Business Class to Beijing, Hotel Review: St. Regis Beijing, Beijing Overview: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Peking Deck, A Great Day at the Great Wall of China,  Flight Review: Air China 777…

Hotel Review: Sheraton Xian

This is an installment in my series on my January 2012 trip to China. Posts include: Help Me Plan My Trip To China, Flight Review: American Airlines 777 International Business Class to Beijing, Hotel Review: St. Regis Beijing, Beijing Overview: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Peking Deck, A Great Day at the Great Wall of China,  Flight Review: Air China…