Aerial view showing the beach of Copacabana (L) and the Sugar Loaf hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2013: a place odyssey

Lance Richardson does the legwork for your guide to the planet's most compelling destinations for the new year.

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The Fairmont Peace Hotel's restored atrium

Gems among giants

Andrea Black finds that modern Shanghai is embracing its old art deco buildings.

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Shanghai Pudong

One hundred cities in one

Glenda Kwek discovers that China's financial capital is a hundred different cities rolled into one.

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Young couple embracing, outdoors, portrait, Shanghai, China

Jump off the express

Keeping up with the pace in Shanghai is a challenge but there's an oasis or two where you can take a breather, writes Winsor Dobbin.

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Beijing to Shanghai high speed bullet train

314 km/h: on board China's flagship bullet train

As debate about a high-speed rail link in Australia renews, Glenda Kwek travels to China to test out the country's brand new bullet train between Shanghai and Beijing.

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