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January 17, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Travelers who enjoy Scotch are raising a glass to celebrate the opening of Johnnie Walker House , a new upscale whiskey center in Beijing.   The four-level club, which the company calls "the world's largest embassy for luxury Scotch whiskey outside of Scotland," offers rare whiskeys, personalized whiskey blends and culinary fusion pairings provided by in-house chef Phoebe Cleland.  The Beijing House is Johnny Walker 's second in China;...
December 18, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Paris' Centre Pompidou, one of the world's leading contemporary and modern artmuseums, has for the first time joined forces with a public artmuseum in China. The exhibition “Electric Fields: Surrealism and Beyond - La Collection du Centre Pompidou” brings French art masterpieces to Shanghai, according to It opened Sunday at the Power Station of Art, as part of the Shanghai Biennale. To realize the “Electric Fields” exhibition, Centre Pompidou sent 65 cases of video art, paintings, sculptures and manuscripts to Shanghai.
December 6, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you plan to travel to Asia next year, consider American Airlines' sale on round-trip fares from Southern California, starting with Shanghai for $669. Discounts also apply on flights to Tokyo and Beijing -- and you don't have to go in winter to take advantage of the savings. The deal: Fly round-trip from L.A. to Shanghai for $669 and to Beijing for $798. There's also a San Diego-Beijing round-trip fare for $898. Tokyo round-trip prices are higher, $1,243 roundtrip. When: The deal is good through 8:59 p.m. Dec. 19 Pacific time for travel between Jan. 7 and April 18. Your trip must end by April 24. Tested: I tested flights leaving L.A. on March 13 and returning March 20. I found availability for a round-trip flight to Shanghai and Beijing at the sale prices.
November 8, 2012 | By Robert Abele
It speaks to the storytelling heft of Choderlos de Laclos' 18th-century French novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" that there's nary a bad adaptation of his dryly venal yarn of sexual gamesmanship. The latest, Chinese director Hur Jin-ho's "Dangerous Liaisons," adapted by Yan Geling, lays this timeless boudoir chess board over the moneyed class in 1930s Shanghai, where a wealthy businesswoman (an agreeably devilish Cecilia Cheung) and a roguish playboy (Dong-gun Jang) wager over the carnal conquests of a tycoon's virginal teen bride (Wang Yijin)
November 4, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Horse racing is in need of a new star, and she emerged Saturday, wearing a bright yellow one on the front of her silks. Rosie Napravnik, a red-haired 24-year-old from New Jersey, is poised to make a strong challenge as the Kentucky Derby's first winning female jockey after directing Shanghai Bobby to a stirring Breeders' Cup Juvenile victory at Santa Anita. She is the second winning female jockey in Breeders' Cup history. Julie Krone rode Halfbridled to a 2003 Juvenile Fillies victory.
November 1, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
It's never too early to start getting excited about a possible Kentucky Derby contender, so attention will be focused on unbeaten Shanghai Bobby in Saturday's $2-million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the 2-year-old son of Harlan's Holiday is four for four and coming off a five-length victory in the Grade I Champagne Stakes last month at Belmont Park. "What I've really liked is he's learned to settle off a horse," Pletcher said. It will be Shanghai Bobby's first race around two turns.
October 17, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Hong Kong and Shanghai share the billing on this Go-Today trip that features three nights in each city for a nice low price. The package allows participants to sightsee on their own -- whether it's the historic Nan Lian Garden and Symphony of Lights nightly laser show in Hong Kong or the views from the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai -- or spend a little more to add-on garden and city tours. Dates: Lowest prices available on selected dates, including departures from L.A. on Nov. 28 and 29. Price: Starting at $1,349 per person, based on double occupancy.
September 18, 2012 | Barbara Demick
The family always knew there was something mysterious about Wang Fanglian, secrets he dared not share with even his closest relatives. Although he was just an ordinary worker at a diesel engine factory, he spoke four languages, among them English with a guttural German accent. His narrow brick-faced house had a flush toilet, a gas stove and a balcony for drying clothes, all strange luxuries in his rickshaw-wide Shanghai alley. Only late in life did Wang explain himself, when it was safe to talk about his friendships with Jews.
September 12, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown is reopening a state trade office in China after a similar one closed nine years ago amid criticism by the Legislature. The Shanghai office is to be funded with $1 million in private-sector funds raised by the Bay Area Council, a San Francisco-area business group. The office is expected to open by the end of the year, and Brown hopes to visit China as the head of a trade delegation in the spring, the council said. China is California's third-largest trading partner, buying $14.1 billion in California-produced goods and services in 2011.
September 2, 2012
Here's a fall fare on Air Canada from LAX to Shanghai that will save you some yuan: $689 round-trip, including all taxes and fees. It is subject to availability. Departures are Tuesdays and Wednesdays between Oct. 16 and Dec. 4; returns must be by Dec. 25. There's a minimum three-night stay. Info: Air Canada , (888) 247-2262 Source: Airfarewatchdog
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