Looking for a culture hit? Here are eight destinations that will hit the spot.
China's bullet trains can go 1300 km from Beijing to Shanghai in less than five hours.
Hit the road and banish thoughts about driving in Japan being a daunting experience.
Ancient shrines, tranquil gardens and outstanding ramen are just some of the reasons to visit.
Float past Japanese history while being serenaded by a septuagenarian puntsman.
The neighbourhood of Sham Shui Po flies under the tourist radar and reveals an older grittier version of Hong Kong.
Colour, aroma, artistic conception, taste and shape are the essentials of the most sophisticated Chinese cooking.
Japan's many-layered attractions are about to win over a whole new bunch of fans thanks to its hosting of the Rugby World Cup.