Hosting the likes of international firms from DuPont and Dow to Burberry and Exxon, Ningbo is an economic and export hub, but it isn’t strictly business in this bustling harbor metropolis that gives nearby Shanghai a run for its money. Historic sites, shopping and dining are alluring diversions.
Start the day visiting the city’s top attraction, the Tianyi Pavilion Museum, China’s oldest surviving library building. Clustered around tranquil pools in a park-like setting, its bamboo and gold structures house ancient books and tablets, including woodblock and handwritten copies of Confucian classics. Nearby, climb the seven-story hexagonal Tianfeng Pagoda, the tallest ancient structure in town, for a perspective overview of the city.
Move along to the stark contrast of the Foreign Concession, the original Portuguese settlement where the picturesque Mediterranean-style Portuguese church with a vaulted ceiling and colorful icons dates back to 1628. Steps away is Lao Waitan, Ningbo’s “mini Bund,” the waterfront now reclaimed as an art venue, with its period buildings converted to colorful Italian trattorias, Irish pubs and German hofbraus. Stop for a spicy curry at Spices Indian Heritage Lounge or try a classic pasta dish at Da Bossi.
Spend the afternoon wandering through the stops and stalls lining Kai Ming Jie, picking out black “Chanel-style” rubber/plastic sandals or colorful embroidered silk purses and sampling the popular tangyuan — boiled buns stuffed with ground sesame and sugar. More familiar dining venues are found in Tian Yi Square, Ningbo’s central mall, where locals shop in the department stores and mingle around the dancing musical fountain. For Gucci, Hermès and other high-end brands, browse the riverside Heyi Avenue Shopping Center.
The explosion of international business fostered a culinary renaissance, and the Sheraton’s daily Café Soo buffets offer a sampling of the full array. Ningbo Shipu Grand Restaurant and Sunward Fishery serve the local seafood-based Yong cuisine, and adventurous diners can seek out the local delicacy, mud snail soup. Chinese foods are served at Meiyan, a stylish 1930s brick-walled house decorated with crystal chandeliers. Located on the city center’s Moon Lake, Lake House presents eye-pleasing fusion dishes and verdant city views.
Wind up the day catching the lively night scene back in trendy Lao Waitan. Join an international mix of locals and expats who hang out where Cheers meets Ningbo at the Office Bar, with its large-screen TVs and self-serve popcorn machine. For the more sedate, Bar Constellation, an offshoot of the infamous original in Shanghai, offers deep leather club chairs, 200 whiskeys, more than 100 cocktails devised by award-winning bartenders and an unrivaled selection of cigars.
Princess Premier, a new add-on recently launched by Princess Cruises, offers cruise-goers unlimited WiFi, premium/top-shelf beverages, photos and more. The new offer builds off the popular Princess Plus add-on to bring guests a more comprehensive bundle and savings of more than 50 percent when all the amenities are purchased separately.
From 24-Hour Butler Service to a Sky Pool: Boutique Luxury Awaits at Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences in Los Cabos
Set on a seaside bluff overlooking Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences is a Baja paradise specializing in serene vistas and impeccable hospitality, offering a Pacific coast lifestyle with authentic Mexican touches. Guests can now earn a fourth night free at the stunning resort, plus a $100 resort credit, when booking through March 20, for travel through June 15.
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From Aug. 9 to 17, Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, will vibrate to the sound of the world’s favorite Elvis Presley tunes as Elvis Week 2022 gets underway. This year’s event will be a fun-filled mashup of tributes, concerts, special events and celebrity appearances, including actress Barbara Eden, who starred with Elvis in the 1960 film Flaming Star and became a household name for her lead role in the long-running television series I Dream of Jeannie.
What happens when three of the six French nationals residing in San Antonio get together? If they happen to be from a long line of proud French gourmands from three different regions of the country, they take what they know and make it something proudly Texan, while still adhering to their separate and collective culinary roots. That’s exactly what happened as a result of those three — Executive Chef Laurent Réa of Strasbourg, Philippe Placé of Chartres, and Jérôme Sérot of Lyon — meeting 20 years ago.
With a network of more than 450 independent luxury advisors, Travel Edge, the North American leader in luxury travel, released a report on its findings for travel trends in 2022. No doubt the pandemic can be blamed as the main culprit behind many of these changing trends in travel, with travelers attempting to regain moments lost over the last two years.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
Nobu Barbuda is underway in the Caribbean, the newest installation to the Nobu Hospitality portfolio. The Nobu restaurant, all conceived by actor Robert DeNiro, debuted in 2021, and Nobu Barbuda’s first beach club opened this year.