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Ancient Chinese city of Suzhou draws millions of tourists

Ancient Chinese city of Suzhou draws millions of tourists

What’s the big draw to this spot in eastern China’s Yangtze River Delta? How about the world’s largest Sky Screen – even longer than the four-block-long Fremont Street canopy in Las Vegas? Then there’s Asia’s largest Ferris wheel. And a giant fountain and water curtain wider than two football fields. The list of eye-popping sights and thrills awaiting visitors to Suzhou (pronounced Sue-Joe) goes on and on.  

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Destination Wedding Bells

Destination Wedding Bells

I used to like Mexico, says Publisher Nancy Clark. Acapulco, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Mazatlán, Cabo, Guadalajara, Chapultepec, Chichen Itza, Cabo, Mexico City, Cabo, Cabo—she’d been there and done that, more often than not in Cabo.  This trip, though, was different. It was a destination wedding. Her daughter’s. And , she wanted it to be perfect.

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BALLYFIN: At home in Ireland

BALLYFIN: At home in Ireland

Central Ireland’s horse country is as picturesque as it gets any place in the world. Ballyfin is as fine a luxury retreat as it gets. Travel journalist Anne Z Cooke and travel photographer Steve Haggerty got there to find the once private boy’s academy restored to boutique hotel status, one that is just like home—that is if your home is a rarified estate on a spread with its own 10 miles of roads and genuine Irish welcome.

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Antipatros Sidonios: Tale of the world’s first travel guide

Antipatros Sidonios: Tale of the world’s first travel guide

Does the name Antipatros Sidonios mean anything to you? No, then how about
Antipator of Sidon, the more commonly used version of his name? Still a strikeout? His name might not ring a bell, but anyone who’s read a history book over the last 2,100 years surely knows about a famous list put together by this Greek bard.

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Tobago to rock with big-name jazz

Tobago to rock with big-name jazz

I say To-bay-go, you say To-bah-go... However you say it, you’ll find there’s lot more to do on this little Caribbean island than flaking out on its powdery beaches. Like gettin’ groovy at Tobago’s annual jazz festival, set for April 18-26. (And while you’re there, keep an eye out for “mermen” – that’s right, male mermaids.)

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Temazcál, an ancient Maya ritual

Temazcál, an ancient Maya ritual

The Spanish conquistadores tried and tried, but they couldn’t get the conquered people of Mexico to stop bathing – naked, and together of all ages and sexes – in their traditional temazcál steam huts. Today you’ll find such huts still in use not only in native villages but in a growing number of the country’s most luxurious resort hotels (but usually with a more conservative bathing ritual). Shown above is a temazcál at the Viceroy Riviera Maya.

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