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Qatar Airways to Add Routes in Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Europe

Qatar Airways to Add Routes in Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Europe

At the Dubai Air Show, Doha-based Qatar Airways announced that it plans to add new international routes in early 2012. Destinations include Perth, Helsinki, Zagreb, Gassim in Saudi Arabia, Zanzibar in Tanzania, Kigaili in Rwanda, and Mombasa in Kenya.
In addition, flights to Baku, Azerbaijan and Tbilisi, Georgia are to begin February 1. Qatar Airways recently launched flights to Benghazi, Libya, and on November 28, 2011 is to begin service to …

Majority of World’s Subway and Metro Systems Have Internet Access

Majority of World’s Subway and Metro Systems Have Internet Access

Do you use your smartphone or tablet on the go?  What about when you are underground for your commute?  Take our poll and tell us about your usage habits.
A recent study by the New Cities Foundation, a Swiss non-profit institution, showed that 60% of subway or metro systems worldwide offer Internet access.
The study showed that the highest availability of mobile Internet services was in South Korea and China, where travelers …

Poll: Do You Use Your Smartphone or Tablet to Access the Internet in Subways and Metros?

Do you use your smartphone or tablet on the go?  How about when you are underground for your commute?  Take this poll and tell us about your usage habits.

Shangri-La Hotel’s Shang Palace Brings Chinese Fine Dining to Paris

Shangri-La Hotel’s Shang Palace Brings Chinese Fine Dining to Paris

Looking for a restaurant to impress Chinese clients or colleagues in Paris? With Chinese investment in France growing (one Chinese firm, telecom vendor ZTE, has even based its North American headquarters in the City of Light), the first hotel restaurant in Paris dedicated to Chinese fine dining has opened in the 16th arrondissement.
In September, Shangri-La Hotel Paris unveiled authentic Cantonese restaurant Shang Palace, with a 60-dish menu, spotlighting seasonal delicacies …

Beijing Journal Part II

As I am settling in Beijing, I am adjusting to some of the quirks and inconveniences of being a non-Chinese-speaking/reading visitor.  For example, when someone tries to text message me, the phone naturally displays it in Chinese characters.  Or when I try to pay for Skype through a credit card instead of PayPal, it takes over 48 hours to get card approval.  Though minor inconveniences, these setbacks could be annoying …

Beijing Journal

Three days before I am to fly to China, I encounter a problem with my ThinkPad.  With the help of Lenovo tech support in Atlanta, Georgia I find out that my ThinkPad’s wireless card has gone POOF.  The day before I am to leave I receive a replacement card.  I call tech support again, and am told to watch the instructional videos on line that show how to remove the …