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Shakedown, Beijing

Welcome back to the weekly Shakedown, the STA Travel Blog feature that rattles a destination until it gives up its inside story; including hints and tips on making the most of your time in the area, plus some diamond insights into the ways of life that make a place so unique.

This week, we’re taking a look at one of the world’s busiest cities, as famous for its clucking side streets as its iconic and historical landscape. If you have no idea about where we’re headed (you haven’t read the title) then buckle up, as we take Beijing through the Shakedown.


 Choice is something you'll never be stuck for in Beijing | Photo by ernop

You’ll discover more about the Chinese capital’s history-chomping sites, and discover how you can follow in the footsteps of dynasties gone by, while rubbing shoulders with the locals that make up the world’s fifth largest city by population.
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Do you want to WIN an epic Asia Adventure?

What’s the best cure for the Monday Blues? Winning a competition prize that will whisk you and a friend away from your wintry perch, to the heady heart of Southeast Asia! I’ve just launched the December edition of our flagship Facebook competition, Like It & Land It and this month’s prize is a treat for travel fanatics.

We’re sending one lucky winner and their mate all the way to Bangkok, courtesy of Jet Airways, to begin the 14-day journey, Roam Bangkok to Singapore, through some of the region’s most fast-paced and mellow spots, before arriving in Singapore.

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Ask the Experts: Coast ‘n’ Calcutta

This week, Emma from London challenges our experts to come up with a solution for her forthcoming trip to India.

If you would like to pose a question to our expert panellists, email social [at] statravel [dot] co [dot] uk, and they could pick your question for a future Ask the Experts.

Thanks to Emma for this week’s question, it’s over to the experts!
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Five Alternative New Year’s Events

If you haven’t already achieved 89.5% of your 2011 New Year’s resolution, then today’s the day, because that’s exactly how far through the year we are. “Where’s the year gone?” I hear you say, for the tenth year in a row. “We haven’t even had summer!” You joke. We laugh. You cringe.

So, with little more than a month remaining until your big plans for celebrating New Year’s Eve fall apart at the mercy of a dozen text messages from unreliable friends*, it’s time to start making plans for the big night.

*Just me then?

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High Five… Asia!

Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent, and one of the most diverse continents on the planet. It spans across 17 million square miles, and supports 3.9 billion people in 48 spellbinding countries.

So what have I done today? I’ve gone deep into the STA Travelchives and heaved up five of the continent’s most memorific experiences.

Whether you have travelled in Asia, or the flights are on the tip of your fingers, you’ll realise what a daunting task it was to summarise this continent in such broad strokes.

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