Spice up your life with a Chongqing hotpot

Spice up your life with a Chongqing hotpot

Hotpots are to Chongqing what Beijing duck is to the Chinese capital. In fact, for residents of southwest China’s largest metropolis, this spice-laden dish is more than a cornerstone of local cuisine – it’s a way of life. According to the Chongqing Hotpot Association, more than 50,000 hotpot eateries supply Chongqingers with their regular spicy

Follow the Moomin trail in Finland

Follow the Moomin trail in Finland

Here are five must-visit places around Finland to get your Moomin fix. The new Moomin Museum opens on June 17 in Tampere Hall. Maintained by the Tampere Art Museum, the new premises display a unique collection of Tove Jansson’s original Moomin artwork including hundreds of her beloved illustrations and striking three-dimensional tableaux by her partner

Take a stroll down Brussels’ comics lane

Take a stroll down Brussels’ comics lane

Brussels, the birthplace of Tintin creator Georges Remi (Hergé) and Smurfs creator Pierre Culliford (Peyo), prides itself as the capital city of the comic strip (bandes dessinée) art form. Its Comic Book Route stretches across the city, with more than 50 massive murals featuring bandes dessinée frames from Tintin and Asterix as well as lesser-known

Experience Kerala’s animal magic

Experience Kerala’s animal magic

Wild elephants, giant squirrels, sambar deer, and monkeys are among the menagerie you can encounter when exploring the parks and wildlife sanctuaries of India’s southernmost state. There is a commotion on the road about 20 kilometres from the town of Munnar in the Indian state of Kerala. Cars are parked along a bend overlooking a

Hit Finland’s glassblowing trail

Hit Finland’s glassblowing trail

Finnish designers have been creating modern marvels with molten sand since the 1950s. Among the top spots to see contemporary glassblowers in action are Fiskars and Nuutajärvi, two creative hubs on Finland’s glass trail. Blown away Fiskars is a postcardesque ironworks village, roughly one hour’s drive west of Helsinki. When Fiskars Corporation – makers of

Gaze at the New York City skyline

Gaze at the New York City skyline

A visit to a rooftop bar is a typical summer pastime in New York, but with more of the city’s rooftops becoming winter-friendly, terrace hopping is no longer just a hot-weather indulgence. 230 FIFTH, one of Manhattan’s most popular rooftop bars, is doing its best to keep customers warm and cosy during the chillier months.

Enter at your own risk in Berlin

Enter at your own risk in Berlin

Derelict hospitals, abandoned military installations, and other artfully crumbling ruins make the German capital a treasure trove for urban explorers. Leon, Marvin, and Dennis arrive at the wrought-iron gates of Ballhaus Grünau, a boarded-up dance pavilion on the sleepy outskirts of Berlin. Ignoring the “NO ENTRY” sign, they slip in through a gap in the