Ampersand's Travels...

International Women’s Day: 10 of the Most Inspirational Women from Around the World

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March is an important month for women’s rights around the world - not only is it Women’s History Month but it also celebrates International Women’s Day. Celebrating local people who make each destination unique is at the very core of what we do, so we wanted to take the opportunity to praise some of the wonderful women from around the world who have inspired and impacted their community, and the world as a whole…

A Complete Visitors Guide to the Terracotta Warriors

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The Terracotta Army is one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries of the modern era. Quietly lying undiscovered for over 2,000 years, until its accidental discovery in 1974, the 8,000 strong army protect their Emperor. Read our complete visitors guide to the Terracotta Warriors, with everything you need to know about this ancient archaeological site...

Chengdu: China’s lesser known gem

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Chengdu is China’s lesser known gem and contains secrets that the rest of the world do not yet know. Infused with history and culture, Chengdu effortlessly combines the feel of a cosmopolitan, up-and-coming city whilst still being a historically unique destination. Here are six things that make Chengdu stand out from the crowd...

Photoblog: A Chinese Adventure

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“Ni Hao!” Ellie and Rosie have returned from their particularly thorough 3-week recce of China, and now can reflect on their adventures. Three times larger than India, there is little doubt of the plethora of experiences on offer in China, but the difficulty is knowing where to begin. Follow in the footsteps of their journey with this energetic photoblog...

Reasons why I never wanted to visit China, and how wrong I was...

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Before joining Ampersand, Ellie didn't have any desire to visit India, but after her first visit, it turned into a full blown love affair. And when a research trip to China arose, she recognised the same feelings of doubt. As she had turned out to be so wrong the first time, would she return equally infatuated?...

Rosie's day-by-day China blog

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Now that Rosie has returned from her epic Chinese adventure, her spirits have not dampened. She describes her feelings of surprise at her own reaction to China and how positively feeling it has left her, she can’t wait to go back! Here is her day-by-day diary of her action-packed journey through China...

17 Dream Honeymoon Spots in Asia (Romance Guaranteed...!)

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Asia has an abundance of heart-stirring destinations and extraordinary experiences. From swimming in the gin-clear waters of Indonesia to discovering the majestic forts and palaces of Rajasthan, we have picked out the most dazzlingly romantic travel ideas for you and your loved one…

Where will you go on your next Holiday?

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Where will you go on your next holiday? Style, luxury and comfort are paramount at Ampersand, but we are not blinded by 5-star luxuries. Luxury is in the experience, and if that means the odd bumpy road or eccentric hotel in order to see something truly special, that's fine by us…