(CNN) — With more than 600 Starbucks stores already in Shanghai, there's hardly a shortage of options to get your grande latte fix in China's biggest city. But the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery promises a coffee experience with few equals.So what's it like?Occupying a jaw-dropping 30,000 square feet, the game-changing destination in the Shanghai's swanky Taikoo Hui development is...
(CNN) — Twinkling lights, glitter and gourmet menus galore -- without a single dish to wash or tree to trim. Spending Christmas at a hotel does hold a certain allure. Whether you stay for a week or drop in for tea, these 10 properties go to great lengths to offer something special for the holidays.1.Claridge's, London Horse-drawn carriages...
(CNN) — Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is about a two hours' drive from the nation's capital of Washington, D.C., and an hour from Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia and one of America's quintessential college towns. In fact, Richmond wasn't even the first choice for the state's capital -- Jamestown and Williamsburg had the honors first. And...
(CNN) — Bulgaria's Plovdiv remains relatively unknown to most travelers, but it's beginning to appear on more and more Balkan itineraries -- and for good reason.Situated between two vast mountain ranges along what in centuries past was a crucial inland route from Western Europe to Constantinople (Istanbul) and Asia Minor, Bulgaria's second city has been held over the centuries...
(CNN) — Thinking about visiting China but worried about how bad the toilets are?You may be relieved, in more than one way, to hear that the country's leader is on your side.President Xi Jinping, now a bathroom aficionado after frequent visits to inspect the facilities in rural homes, has announced he's doubling down on a campaign for a Chinese...