These are the hotels of royalty and aristocracy, of the political elite and the literary adventuresome. They sell nostalgia and history and recreate a piece of the past garnished with thoroughly modern luxuries. Pauline D. Loh visits the Raffles Hotels in Singapore and Beijing.
Ask George Benney about his Chinese name "Zuo Bainian", and the managing director of the Regent Beijing will say with a smile: "Actually Li Ruihuan (the former mayor of Tianjin) personally picked it out for me nearly 30 years ago and I've been using it ever since."
Models present the costumes during the Mongolian ethnic costume invitational tournament in Xilinhot city, North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Aug 8, 2013.
It is a sprawling traditional Chinese pavilion topped by grey roofs with tiers of overhanging eaves. This is the latest Shangri-la Hotel in China, opened on Aug 1 in Qufu, home of Confucius.
A Chinese chef is demonstrating what traditional Osaka-style cooking should be in Jinan, where his restaurant is gathering popularity with the city's business community.
A festival in the United States is exploring how Asian and Latino groups in the country have interacted and influenced each other.
Families, couples and friends gathered under a light canopy of green foliage in New York recently to watch a Chinese comedy. Although the star of the show, Alan Chow, has performed Romance of the Iron Bow for 20 years, he is still not tired of the story.
It has been 30 years since Chinese-American photographer Liu Heung Shing published his photography book China after Mao. The Pulitzer-prize winner is presenting, for the first time in China, 115 of his pictures at China Art Museum in Shanghai, until Aug 27.
The final steel beam was placed atop the Shanghai Tower, making the structure China's newest "tallest building" and a standing testament to the country's construction frenzy.
Over 1,300 fitness dance enthusiasts participate in a promotion event to mark the coming National Fitness Day in East China's Jiangxi province, Aug 7, 2013.
Cicheng is an ancient town with a rich history, but instead of attracting tourists to its picturesque streets, it hopes to lure designers with its exquisite culture of handicrafts.
I join the China Through the Eyes of Foreigners photography tour, and Tianjin is the third city stop on the two-week trek.