Sometimes the most obvious is the least noticed. It took Igor Ramírez García-Peralta, founder and editor-in-chief of Soler Magazine, to point out to me (and an audience at the Central Cultural Conde Duque in Madrid)...

I made the 110 km journey from Shanghai to the city of Suzhou in 25 minutes. China’s high-speed trains are a marvel. As British poet John Betjeman wrote: “Trains are made for meditation”. Betjeman was writing...

The Chinese characters for Fu He Hui, Shanghai’s one Michelin-starred temple to vegetarian food, represent Fortune, Harmony and Wisdom. What more do you need in life! This discrete restaurant stretches across three floors. The building overlooks...

I spent one night and two days in Paris this spring. The one night was at Hotel Amastan, near Le Grand Palais, in the 8th district. I kept on telling people I was staying at...