The city break… Shanghai: From modern high rises to European-style buildings, see it all in 48 hours

Published in The Mail on Sunday on 11th February 2018

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Qin Xie Shanghai Mail on Sunday

Shanghai is best explored through its architecture, from the modern high-rises that epitomise its economic boom, to the European-style buildings that serve as reminders of foreign occupation in its recent history…

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A modern twist on ancient China

Published in The Mail on Sunday on 8th October 2017

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Qin Xie Chengdu Mail on Sunday

Shuffling with the crowds along Kuan Zhai Alley, a network of lanes dating from the Qing dynasty, I breathe in deep.

A familiar blend of smoky chilli, toasted Sichuan peppercorns and crushed garlic invades my nostrils; it instantly feels like home.

This is my first visit to Chengdu in three years, and, like each of my previous visits, the city has taken on a new visage. But in a place like this, it doesn’t take long to get reacquainted.

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The magic of taking a REAL mystery tour…

Published in The Mail on Sunday on 18th June 2017

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Qin Xie Venice Mail on Sunday

As the list of possible destinations flashed up on my phone screen, I longed for the agony to stop. I just wanted to know where I was headed.

I was already en route to Gatwick but still had no idea where I was flying to. What a way to start a family holiday.

But it wasn’t disorganisation on my part. Rather, it’s the result of booking a mystery break with a new website called Surprise Trips.

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