Experience Handpicked, Local Gems In 60 Minutes


Explore the city’s inspiring local gems, all within an hour from the hotel. We’ve curated an intimate excursion into the sights, sounds and tastes of your destination, from local-led adventures, to immersive cultural bustle, so you can make the most of your trip.
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Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel
Satisfying your appetite can result in unique and unexpected surprises – especially in Bangalore, which offers impressive sights along with even better eating and drinking – all in just 60 minutes or less. Make sure you go hungry!


Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers
Fly under the radar and plunge into authentic Thai life at these three sightseeing gems. Markets, ancient Chinese architecture and almost-hidden shrines are not to be missed. Even better, each takes an hour or less of your pressure-packed day.


Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng Hotel
It’s easy to see three intriguing sides of Beijing all within a 10-minute car ride from the hotel. These adventures will take you past ancient rituals, through ancient compounds and sampling ancient foods, all served up with a slice of modern flair. Each is achievable within an hour – although there’s plenty at each location to tempt you into staying longer.


Sheraton Grand Guangzhou Huadu Resort
Once you’ve zipped up the Canton Tower and wandered the Pearl River, take off to vistas new, green and surprising. Guangzhou displays its magical (and ancient) east-meets-west history in three choice cultural gems that reveal a true love for land and sea.


Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel
Fawn over fabrics, get in a golf game or simply stroll around one of the city’s secret parks. These three hidden gems in Jakarta will keep you enthralled for only an hour each out of your time.

Hangzhou Binjiang

Sheraton Grand Hangzhou Binjiang Hotel
As one of China’s seven ancient capitals, Hangzhou offers visitors an interesting slice of traditional Chinese culture. These One-Hour Gems take you far beyond the city’s iconic West Lake, on cultural tours both ancient and modern for new and surprising views of a city that has much waiting to be discovered.

Hangzhou Wetland

Sheraton Grand Hangzhou Wetland Park Resort
Come for the scenery and get swept up in ancient China with three trips that take you through timeworn pathways across natural greenery, amid wildlife habitats and undiscovered temples. Each soul-cleansing stroll around these peaceful sites takes only an hour and will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for more.

Hong Kong

Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers
The glitz and glamour of Canton Road and the infamous Chungking Mansions represent the two extremes of Tsim Sha Tsui’s spectrum of lifestyle offerings – but neither paints an accurate picture of Hong Kong. Follow our whirlwind tour of the area’s best-kept secrets for a slice of real local life. None will take you more than an hour!

Kuala Lumpur

Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel
There’s no need to go off the beaten path in Kuala Lumpur when there is so much to discover right before your eyes! These one-hour gems take you through Bukit Bintang’s main thoroughfare in search of surprises, and down an old road in heart of the city center that’s home to a decades-old cafe. Have fun tracking these treasures that you might otherwise have missed.


Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel
Proving there’s far more to Macao than opulent casinos and Senado Square, these one-hour gems take you into sleepy idylls, on mountain hikes, across waterways and circling the waterfront. Don’t worry that there’s too much to pack into your trip; each of these adventures takes just 60 minutes.


Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
From grand Victorian buildings to bustling trendy bars, there’s much to be discovered just a stone’s throw from Melbourne’s CBD - and the charms of each can be experienced in less than an hour.


Sheraton Grand Shanghai Pudong Hotel & Residences
From its intriguing past to its modern-day marvels, China’s most sophisticated city is full of surprises. Why not travel back to the Roaring Twenties, enjoy an authentic bowl of Shanghai noodles or pedal around beautiful lotus ponds? The best part is that none of these experiences will take you more than an hour.


Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel
Get under the city’s skin and into the places only locals know. These spots take only an hour to see and put some of Seoul’s lesser-known cultural treasures in the spotlight – whether you prefer food, flora or discovering hot new artists.


Sheraton Grand Taipei
If you venture beyond the glimmering skyscrapers and neon lights of Taipei city center, you’ll soon find a wealth of preserved, traditional architecture, temples and markets that reflect the more peaceful Taipei of old. If you’ve only got an hour, these three sights will at once transport you back in time and show off the city’s creative side.


Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo
Already a city famed for its contrasts, Tokyo boasts unexpected finds around every corner. Including art deco splendor and the city’s oldest soba restaurant, here are three sights you likely haven’t seen before – and each can be enjoyed in less than an hour!


Sheraton Grand Xishuangbanna Hotel
The southerly Chinese region of Xishuangbanna—often referred to as Banna by those in the know—is a delightfully provincial enclave in Yunnan province that’s home to the Dai ethnic group. This mountainous, hilly landscape frequently draws comparisons between its neighbours Laos and Thailand for its access to tropical rainforest, wild elephants and stilted wooden villages. With just an hour of your day you can easily sample some of what the region has to offer.

MTR Restaurant

Sample the flavors of a true South Indian breakfast at MTR, a bastion of good eating since 1924. Standing for Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, MTR serves some of the city’s best masala dosa and rava idli, the pillowy cakes that are an early morning staple in Bangalore. It even has a room reserved just for drinking coffee. MTR’s legendary status means you can expect a wait, even if you arrive by 8am, but do go early or risk missing out on the favorite dishes. Once you have had your fill, you will find yourself in a good spot to explore some sights – Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and Fort, completed in 1791, is close by, and nicely showcases Indo-Islamic architecture. Find the palace at the center of Old Bangalore, near Kalasipalyam.
14 Lal Bagh Main Road, Sampangi Rama Nagar
From Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway: 30 minutes by cab

VV Puram Food Street

After working up an appetite walking around the recently renovated Bangalore Palace, head to Thindi Beedi, the center of VV Puram ‘Eat Street.’ As night falls, over 20 cooks toil behind hot stoves preparing a variety of South Indian and North Indian specialties and even some Chinese dishes. Popular snacks include the dill-spiked akki roti, steaming-hot bhaji and the sweet flatbread puran poli. A stop at Shivanna Gulkand for a bowl of butterscotch ice cream topped with fruit, nuts and a helping of gulkand rose-petal preserve is almost obligatory.
Food Street, Vishweshwarapura, Shankarapura
From Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway: 45 minutes by cab

High Ultra Lounge

Get high - literally – at this ritzy lounge and restaurant atop the World Trade Center, South India’s tallest building. After dark, this is the place to hear DJs spin while you sip designer cocktails flavored with secret local spice blends. During the day, try the special Sunday brunch with pan-Asian selections prepared at a series of live food stations. Whenever you visit, bring your camera to capture views of the city from 421 feet.
World Trade Center, Brigade Gateway Campus, 26/1 Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleswaram
From Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway: 3 minutes on foot

Talad Noi

Meaning “small fresh market,” there’s a lot more to see at Talad Noi than fruits and vegetables. Used car shops dominate some sections of the old neighborhood, with metal parts heaped like mountains. But in between you can find stalls and traditional Chinese shophouses hawking street eats, and craftsmen sharpening knives for sale. Elsewhere, a handful of historical landmarks are a lasting testament to the area’s former Portuguese, Vietnamese and Hokkien Chinese populations. The Hokkien shrine Cho Su Kong sits not far from the Holy Rosary, a catholic church originally built in 1787 by Portuguese settlers. A temple of a di erent kind, Siam Commercial, the country’s first bank, also sits nearby in resplendent Colonial style. Carry on to Chinatown for a meal and to rest those weary feet.
Talad Noi, Sampantawongs
From Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers: 10 minutes on foot

Sol Heng Tai Mansion

Despite housing both a kennel and a diving school, Sol Heng Tai Mansion still showcases fascinating Chinese architecture and ornamentation dating back more than 200 years. Originally built by the powerful Sol clan, the house remains privately owned but welcomes visitors by appointment. After taking in the intricately carved ornaments and Chinese porcelain, crane your neck and peer into the local dwellings running alongside the mansion - both for the juxtaposition and the fact that these sights are typically, for visitors anyway, out of bounds.
Sampantawongs (for appointments, contact owner Duangtawan Posayajinda at (087) 927 2881)
From Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers: 15 minutes on foot

Klongsan Plaza

For an authentic Thai shopping experience, do as the locals do and venture to Klongsan Plaza – accessible by ferry across Chao Phraya River. At the market, rhinestone bags sit next to shiny shoes, all sold at decent prices and flanked by massage parlors and nail salons if you have beautification in mind. Street vendors dish up bowls of local treats in front of several shops, while at the nearby Jam Factory, you’ll find one of Bangkok’s cool new creative spaces. Here, design stores, galleries, bookshops and cafes cluster on a lush green courtyard. What’s not to love?
Klongsan Plaza, Khlong San
From Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers: Around 15 minutes on foot including the boat ride from Si Phraya Pier

Temple of Earth

Located as it is just outside the city’s second ring road, Ditan Park, otherwise known as Temple of Earth, enjoys less fanfare than the more famous Temple of Heaven yet maintains its own quiet charm. Built in 1530, the grounds were used for sacrifices during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Although the temple is still used for worship, visitors are more likely to see residents practicing traditional arts like tai chi and water calligraphy – both meditative practices used to calm the mind and well suited to the location. Go in autumn to see the gingko trees turn rich shades of rust and at Chinese New Year when the park hosts the city’s busiest Temple Fair (the only time you’ll have to contend with crowds).
Andingmen Outer Street, Dongcheng District
From Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng Hotel: 10 minutes by cab

Wudaoying Hutong

Close to Temple of Earth is another often missed treat. Known to locals as ‘the trendy hutong’ (as opposed to touristy Nanluoguxiang), Wudaoying Hutong is filled with fashionable and artsy finds, chic cafes and cool restaurants. But perhaps the coolest part of all is that despite Beijing’s race to modernity these narrow old alleys provide a peek into city living as it would have been long ago. Doors to each hutong are different and all equally intriguing – and would make for a covetable photo collection in themselves.
No. 67 West Gate Wudaoying Hutong, Andingmen Outer Street, Dongcheng District
From Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng Hotel: 25 minutes on foot (you can reach there in 10 minutes by cab, but we recommend a leisurely stroll so you don’t miss anything on the way)

Gui Jie Food Street

For a quintessential Beijing photo opportunity wait till the sun goes down and then head with the throngs to Gui Jie, or Ghost Street. Scents of cooking waft through the air in this area where more than 100 restaurants are clustered, all decorated in red and lit by billowing lanterns. All manner of traditional Chinese and some international dishes are on offer, but the top draw for many are the places serving spicy crayfish. This popular dish gets requested right through to sunrise at this 24-hour eating destination.
Dongzhimen Inner Street, Dongcheng District
From Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng Hotel: 10 minutes by cab

Huadu Luochang Village

Guangzhou’s unique cultural mix is exemplified with a visit to this watchtower and neighboring village dwellings. Not only does the century-old compound feature a mix of eastern and western architectural styles, you are just as likely to find modern coffee shops mingling with traditional ceramics, while cuisine in the restaurants here varies from Thai to Italian to Chinese. The village is a charming tranquil spot offering some relaxing distance from the city’s fast pace.
Luochang Village, Huashan Town, Huadu District
From Sheraton Grand Guangzhou Huadu Resort: 20 minutes by cab

#2 Greenway

A tributary of the Pearl River, Liuxi’s lush riverbank “#2 Greenway” offers multiple outdoors activities. Head here if you like boating or fishing – both kayaks and lines are available close to the banks – enabling you to join this popular pastime. If time allows, rent a bike and take on any section of the Greenway along the waterfront, which totals 480km, or just meander along at a slower pace on a tandem bicycle.
Shi Wai Tao Yuen Station, #2 Greenway, Liaocai South Road
From Sheraton Grand Guangzhou Huadu Resort: 20 minutes by cab

Timian Town

If you are lucky enough to visit Timian in spring or winter, expect to see acres and acres of bright yellow rapeseed flowers painting the vista. The area is also known for its rich Hakka heritage, which manifests in the old village buildings and, more importantly, the local food. Stay a while and sample some of the local farmer dishes – vegetables and poultries sourced from surrounding land are guaranteed to be wholesome and fresh.
Timian Town, Huadu District
From Sheraton Grand Guangzhou Huadu Resort: 20 minutes by car

Mayestik Market

t would be easier to list what you can’t find at this popular covered market, although some of the most pleasing eye candy can be seen at the many outlets selling rows and rows of bright fabrics, ribbons, batiks and homeware. Whatever takes your fancy, be prepared to bargain like a local and double-check on your agreed prices. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, be sure and sample some of the fantastic food or grab some local delicacies to take home.
Jalan Tebah, Gunung Village, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
From Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel: 20 minutes on foot, 10 minutes by cab

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium

Get out and enjoy open space at Jakarta’s national stadium complex. The site hosts big-name events like the ASEAN University Games and professional soccer matches but also provides everyday opportunities to watch the locals at play or even get in on a game yourself. Baseball, basketball and softball are all popular and there’s swimming and golfing too.
Jalan Pintu Satu Senayan, Kota Jakarta Pusat
From Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel: 15 minutes by cab

Taman Ayodya (Ayodya Park)

Take some peaceful time out at this hidden oasis, not far from Jakarta’s Central Business District. The well-maintained park is small and green, with majestic ferns sprouting around a large man-made lake complete with fountains. Because it’s mostly overlooked by the masses, you can expect to encounter just a handful of locals and even fewer foreigners on an early morning stroll. A few food stalls are dotted around to keep hunger at bay.
Jalan Mahakam, Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta
From Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel: 20 minutes on foot, 10 minutes by cab

Zhongshuge Bookstore

Bookstores take on a great scale in China and none more so than Zhongshuge, with its colliding stacked shelves and mirrored ceilings. Here, good-looking tomes on design, lifestyle and culture are displayed around reading nooks and the occasional performance space, while a coffee shop completes the imposing and romantic ambiance. Go on weekdays if you can, and avoid the weekend crowds.
205, 4th Building, Star Avenue Phase 2, Binjiang District, Hangzhou
From Sheraton Grand Hangzhou Binjiang Hotel: 15 minutes on foot

Synthetic Running and Bicycle Track

Exercise your muscles and soothe your mind on this 6.4-kilometer running track made from environmentally friendly materials. The pretty stretch along Hangzhou’s Qiantang River is set off from the road by grass banks. In autumn around 100 lush trees form a calming backdrop, but the views are even better in spring when they erupt with dazzling sakura blossoms.
Wentao Road, Binjiang District, Hangzhou
From Sheraton Grand Hangzhou Binjiang Hotel: 5 minutes on foot

Xianghu Lake

Anyone who has been to Hangzhou has most likely strolled around its number-one tourist spot, West Lake, but there’s another body of water here that’s just as pretty. Xianghu Lake boasts expansive freshwater views disturbed only by a few picturesque bridges and soaring green mountains. A designated ‘scenic’ area around the site houses the ancient Xiasun folk village and the gleaming-roofed Kuahuqiao Relics Museum, with artifacts from the Kuahuqiao people who gave rise the area’s Zhejiang civilization. Items on display include the world’s first canoe, which is estimated to be at least 8,000 years old.
Xianghu Lake, Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou
From Sheraton Grand Hangzhou Binjiang Hotel: 30 minutes by car

National Wetland Museum of China

China’s first wetland museum takes visitors on an interactive tour examining the relationship between person and place, via four halls filled with plant and animal models as well as various technology and activities. Built with a 4D movie theatre which is a main draw for kids, the museum focuses on China’s own vibrant wetland ecology and what it takes to protect it. It is located in a busier corner of the Xixi National Wetland Park and is closed on Mondays.
402 Tianmushan Road, Xixi National Wetland Park
From Sheraton Grand Hangzhou Wetland Park Resort: 5 minutes on foot

Fudi Walking Street

Restaurants and cafes line this walking street at the Xixi Wetland Park and give off a sense of old, undisturbed China. Among the food and beverage establishments grows an abundance of foliage and greenery; if you are lucky, you may even spot some of the wildlife that calls the park its home. With its fresh air and carefree vibe, it’s well worth making the half hour walk on foot from the hotel.
Fudi Street, Xixi National Wetland Park
From Sheraton Grand Hangzhou Wetland Park Resort: 10 minutes by cab (we recommend making your way there on foot, which will take about half an hour)

Faxi Temple

Linyin Temple draws big crowds in Hangzhou but its less known cousin Faxi Temple, one of the Three Temples of Tianzhu Hill, is equally as impressive and much less crowded. Located near the Longjing plantation, a trip to Faxi can be part of your tea experience outing in Hangzhou. The serene temple grounds are surrounded by mountains and the scent of incense is unmistakable. Don’t miss the third hall with its three huge golden Buddha statues, or the fine vegetarian food served in the on-site restaurant.
338 Tianzhu Road
From Sheraton Grand Hangzhou Wetland Park Resort: 25-30 minutes by cab

Haiphong Road Temporary Market

A foodies' secret in touristy Tsim Sha Tsui, the ‘temporary’ market has been sitting in this makeshift structure for nearly 40 years. Residents of the neighborhood buy quality fresh produce here and it’s also the local workforce’s go-to lunch spot. Line up at Tak Fat Beef Ball for some of the best beef ball noodles in the city. Much like Singaporean laksa and Japanese ramen, noodles with beef or fish balls are an integral part of Hong Kong’s deep-rooted culinary heritage. With no air-con in the wet market, dining here in summer will be a sweaty affair but certainly one to remember.
30 Haiphong Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
From Sheraton Hong Kong
Hotel & Towers 5-7 minutes on foot

Shanghai Street

Shanghai Street spans three subway stations and its Yau Ma Tei section is heaven for Hong Kong restaurateurs and home cooks. Stores housed in preserved Chinese shop-house buildings stock all sorts of kitchen utensils, as well as traditional Chinese cookware such as bamboo steamers. A short detour to Temple Street will take you to Mido Café, a cha chaan teng (or tea restaurant, loosely comparable to an American diner) serving authentic local fare since the 1950s. Bring your camera to capture the retro décor, which is reminiscent of old Hong Kong.
Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
From Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers: 10 minutes by cab

Star Street Precinct

Sandwiched between Admiralty and Wan Chai are a few small alleys filled with dainty cafés and hip lifestyle boutiques. In 1890, Hong Kong’s first power station was built in the area and the surrounding streets were renamed ‘Sun’, ‘Moon’ and ‘Star’ to celebrate the installation of new streetlights. If you want to get something more special than the knick-knacks in Mongkok’s Ladies Market, go to Nlostnfound for vintage pieces of the colonial era, or Kapok for trendy souvenirs. You can spend as little as one hour quickly browsing the shops or as much as an entire afternoon escaping the busy streets of the commercial district.
Sun Street, Moon Street and Star Street, Wan Chai
From Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers: 15 minutes by subway (Take one station to Admiralty - Exit F)

Klang River

Step out of Pasar Seni station and into a living canvas. Local artists have transformed a concrete pathway running along the Klang River into a bright graffiti gallery, with huge murals in a kaleidoscope of colors and images. Your first glimpse is via a bridge that links to the train station but it’s possible to access the path for a private riverside tour.
Pasar Seni LRT Station, Kelana Jaya Line
From Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel: 10-15 minutes by cab

Life Centre

Any big music act in town is bound to be playing at KL Live, a massive new entertainment hub within the Life Centre complex. But even if a concert is not on your must-see list, it’s still worth checking out the glut of good food in the recently refurbished building. Within its seven stories are great dim sum, cute cafes and Indian cuisine waiting to be devoured. Locals love La Boca’s Latin-inspired dishes, with chili con carne the hot favorite. Close to the hotel on Jalan Sultan Ismail in trendy Bukit Bintang, Life Centre is next to the majestic Pavilion mall, making this an easy stop on any shopping tour.
20 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang
From Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel: 8 minutes by cab

Coliseum Cafe 1921

The traditional decor at this cafe leaves guests charmed and dates, as you might guess, from 1921. The food marries Colonial influences and Asian flavors, resulting in a cuisine that has come to be known as Western Hainanese. How this translates on a plate is seen in such signatures as oxtail soup, Hainanese chicken, fried sambal rice and steaks served on sizzling platters. Finish with banana fritters and steaming-hot Hainanese coffee and leave – like the illustrious writers, dignitaries and politicians before you – full and satisfied.
98-100 & 102 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
From Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel: 15 minutes on foot

Taipa Waterfront

Far from the glitz of the casinos, Taipa’s cycling track is separated from the road and offers an ideal way to see some sights while escaping the crowds. After 2pm each day, bikes are easy to rent, and the track takes riders under lush tree canopies, past the University of Macao’s old campus and within view of Sai Van Bridge. Beat the heat and pound the trail by foot for some early-morning exercise, or ride the trail at night when Macao’s impressive skyline is at its glittering best.
Avenida dos Jogos da Ásia Oriental, Taipa
From Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central: 15 minutes by cab

Hác-Sá Reservoir Country Park

Hiking trails, paddle boating and a green maze await at Hác-Sá Reservoir Country Park. The fitness trail will take you to Hác-Sá Beach, or ‘black sand beach’ in English, while the Trilho Do Morro de Hác-Sá trail is a longer walk with views over the South China Sea. Pick up meat and skewers at a supermarket on the way – barbecuing is a popular pastime among locals, and the smell of food sizzling on the grill always produces a hunger pang or two. Grab a pit and get cooking!
Praia de Hác-Sá, Coloane
From Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central: 15 minutes by cab

Coloane Village

Journey back to Macao’s multicultural maritime past at Coloane’s sleepy fishing village, where colorful Portuguese houses mingle with Chinese temples, European churches and abandoned shipyards. Famously the location where Englishman Andrew ‘Lord’ Stow created his iconic flaky egg tarts, the village boasts a wide selection of culinary treats. Shop locally made shrimp paste, oyster sauce, almond cookies and meat jerky for souvenirs, and then sample authentic Macanese cuisine for dinner.
Avenida de Cinco de Outubro, Coloane
From Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central: 10 minutes by cab

Carlton Gardens

Take things easy and factor in an extra hour when you visit the Melbourne Museum to view the historic Carlton Gardens, which is where the museum building is located. Locals say many of the park’s World Heritage wonders – including the Royal Exhibition Building’s beautiful Victorian architecture - are lost on tourists who hurry on with their itinerary. Enjoy a picnic lunch. If you have more time, stop by the nearby St. Patrick’s Cathedral which was built in 1897, one of Melbourne’s oldest, and grandest, churches.
1-111 Carlton Street, Carlton
From Sheraton Melbourne Hotel: 5 minutes on foot


Continuing on from St. Patrick’s to Fitzroy takes you from historical to achingly hip. Melbourne’s “hipster central” hosts all things niche including vintage goods, secondhand books and kooky cafes along its main stretch on Brunswick Street and around Smith and Gertrude Streets. During daylight hours, rifle though merchandise and view the area’s graffiti-clad buildings. Studios and art galleries also populate this part of town. By night, relax on the rooftop with tasty tapas at Naked for Satan and then keep the party going at luxe speakeasy The Everleigh, or over on Smith Street.
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North
From Sheraton Melbourne Hotel: 6 minutes by cab

Melbourne Laneways

From boutiques and cozy bars to galleries and gift shops – and even a small bathhouse - this intriguing network of narrow lanes and arcades banishes city stress in a heartbeat. As romantic as any European address, there’s faded glory to be found the mishmash of stores and art spaces. Check out the bright collages of overlapping street art around Rutledge Lane, or if you’ve worked up a thirst, bounce past the buskers and order a tipple at a bar on Bourke Street. They sit cheek by jowl here and include the laneways’ oldest: Meyers Place.
Meyers Place
From Sheraton Melbourne Hotel: 1 minute on foot

Sasha’s Shanghai Restaurant and Lounge

The former residence of once-prominent Soong family, Sasha’s can be found in a grand old mansion slightly off the beaten track in the French Concession. Balconies wrap around the building’s two stories and the garden is a refreshing place to take in an evening aperitif. Come savor continental European cuisine, Pan-Asian specialties, afternoon tea or weekend brunch, and mingle with the locals, both expatriate and Shanghainese, who seem to adore this place in equal numbers.
11 Dongping Road, Xuhui District
From Sheraton Grand Shanghai Pudong Hotel & Residences: 20 minutes by cab

Century Park

At 140 hectares, this may be one of Shanghai’s largest parks, however it’s often overlooked by the masses. Masterminded by English architects, the scenery is a confluence of eastern and western cultures: think New York’s Central Park meets Japan, in the heart of China. Lotus ponds, Japanese bridges, tree-lined lawns and protected ecological zones mark this park out as a tranquil oasis in which to escape the buzz of the city. If you don’t fancy a walk, hire a tandem bicycle or pedal-car instead. Don’t forget the camera!
Hua Mu Road, Pudong District
From Sheraton Grand Shanghai Pudong Hotel & Residences: 15 minutes by cab

A Hua Noodle Shop

This old-school Shanghai noodle shop is well known among business types in the area—so you can be sure that it’s worth a visit. Come here for the signature dish: a big bowl of tangled noodles topped with pork liver and coated in a tasty broth. This nostalgic family-style diner will transport you to old Shanghai with its décor, ambience and entertaining staff. Tuck into an authentic Shanghai noodle dish like a local, with the locals.
182 Tangqiao New Road, Pudong District
From Sheraton Grand Shanghai Pudong Hotel & Residences: 5-minute walk

Seonyudo Park

Even locals wandering Seoul’s majestic Han River miss tranquil Seonyudo Park. The man-made island can only be reached via an arched bridge, and the climb across takes you to peaceful seclusion hard to find elsewhere. Formerly a water treatment plant, the sprawling site now boasts a pond topped with lilies, a playground and even pianos on which visitors are welcome to play. Find out more about the land’s transformation by visiting the park’s Hangang River History Museum and then explore the quiet grounds. During cherry blossom season, you might find yourself among just a handful of others taking in the view – a real money-can’t-buy kind of experience.
343 Seonyu-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu (Exit 2, Seonyudo Station, Line 9)
From Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel: About 15 minutes by taxi

Sindorim Food Street

Delve into real local culture – and a bowl of authentic cuisine – at Sindorim. More than 20 restaurants and bars huddle on this stretch close to the hotel. Locals on the lookout for fresh seafood head to Sukeenae Chogae Jeongol and order up bubbling bowls of its signature clam stew with noodles and squid. Although most spots are open during the day, the place really starts to simmer after 5pm as salarymen race from work to meet friends.
16 Saemal-ro, Guro-gu
From Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel: 5-7 minutes on foot


Korean art has hit the big time in recent years, with downtown Seoul’s collection of slick galleries as testament. But if you want to see the city’s real creative soul, stop by the industrial neighborhood of Mullae-dong where an artists’ enclave is flourishing amid the area’s long-established steel works. Just one subway stop from the hotel, Mullae-dong offers glimpses of street art as well as a smattering of shops, art spaces and quirky cafes. Why not stay for dinner – insiders say some of these places fry up the city’s best Korean chicken.
At the junction between Dangsan-ro and Dorim-ro 128-gil (Mullae Station, Line 2)
From Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel: 10 minutes by taxi

Huashan1914 Creative Park

This collection of century-old buildings used to house Taipei Winery, a sake and ginseng wine producer. After several reiterations the park reopened as an artistic space in 2005—a venue where theater groups, painters and designers come to showcase their talents. Check the schedule before you turn up to see if there are any markets, concerts or creative workshops in the offing. Alternatively, it’s a great spot to spend an hour with an urban picnic. Walk here past the famous Huashan Market and make a breakfast pit stop at the popular Fu Hang Soy Milk cafe.
No 1, Section 1, Bade Road, Zhongzheng District
From Sheraton Grand Taipei: 15 minutes on foot

Dihua Street

Once a vital thru-route to Da-Dao Cheng’s trading basin, Dihua Street also witnessed the city’s development under the Japanese occupation—and stands unscathed to tell some tales. The well-preserved street is now famous for its Chinese New Year market, where the promenade is taken over by open-air stalls that are decorated with Chinese lanterns and thronging with crowds jostling to buy trinkets. Carve out some time for the Xia Hai City God Temple, which is renowned as a matchmaking temple among the faithful. Or simply take a breather at one of the many vintage coffee shops along the strip.
Section 1, Dihua Street, Datong District
From Sheraton Grand Taipei: about 15 minutes by taxi

Bopiliao Historical Block

This narrow, winding street is a time-tunnel to the Qing Dynasty, with its red-brick walls, arched arcades and engraved window frames a display of traditional Taiwanese architecture. Throw into the mix some Japanese-era touches and a few nods to the 1980s gangster film Monga for a really atmospheric neighborhood stroll. This block draws visitors who are on the hunt for the historic side of Taipei, as well as arty types who come for the creative murals and craft stores. If you have more time, Lungshan Temple and Huaxi Street Night Market (Snake Alley) are a short walk away.
101 Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District
From Sheraton Grand Taipei: about 15 minutes by taxi

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Built in 1933 as a residence for Japan’s imperial Prince Asaka, this art deco building and its contents will immediately transport you to another era. Each room is a well-maintained study in the opulence of the times – from the residence’s Lalique glass doors to its carpets, furniture, fireplaces and fittings. Go in the spring and the already impressive parkland that surrounds the museum bursts pretty in pink with cherry blossoms.
5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku
From Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo: 15 minutes on foot, or five if you take the hotel shuttle halfway


Once a site filled with feudal mansions, Azabu-Juban boasts over 300 years of history and retains a quaint, laid-back feel complete with cobblestone streets. Go hungry. The area gave birth to the popular fish-shaped red bean snack, taiyaki, which can be sampled at its original store, Naniwaya Sohonten, as well as one of Tokyo’s oldest and most popular soba shops, Sarashina-Horii, first opened in 1789. Streets surrounding the main shopping strip are filled with unique finds, as well as the small Juban Inari Shrine and the calming Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park. Keep going to Roppongi Hills, the perfect place to reacquaint yourself with modern life.
4-4-9 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku (near Azabu-Juban subway station)
From Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo: 15 minutes by subway

Museum of Logistics

Japan moves with a speed and efficiency unlike most other places on the planet. Find out how systems such as cargo shipping have successfully evolved since Edo times at the Museum of Logistics. Getting here will take you past two other points of interest, the historic Nihon Enoki Fire Station, a working station built in 1925 (and next to the fantastic Boulangerie Seiji Asakura, if good bread is your thing) and the Food Culture Museum, which gives a rundown of Japan’s multifaceted eating scene.
4-7-15 Takanawa, Minato-ku
From Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo: 5 minutes by cab

Manbie Dai Village

For a real insight into the age-old traditions and community spirit of the Dai people, pay a visit to the charming Manbie Dai Village. Stilted, storied wooden houses line the tranquil streets and the Dai locals here will greet you like long-lost members of the family, keen to stop and chat—or even share a game of basketball—with you. Ride a bicycle through the village or venture out on foot, being sure to stop by the village centerpiece, Dai House, and the morning market for fresh fruit and vegetables.
Manbie Dai Village, Gasa, Jinghong
From Sheraton Grand Xishuangbanna Hotel: a short bike ride


Known as Yunnan’s hot spring district, Gasa town is on the doorstep of the Sheraton Grand Xishuangbanna Hotel and about 6km south of Jinghong. Locals flock here from the city for the town’s breakfast spots, as well as its fresh fruit and vegetable market. Take a bicycle from the hotel and venture out to explore the traditional Dai houses dotted around the town and soak up daily life. Evenings are well spent in the Gasa Hot Springs, a country-club-style location that’s a popular hangout spot owing to its large natural hot-spring-water pool.
Gasa, Jinghong
From Sheraton Grand Xishuangbanna Hotel: a five-minute walk

Mansa Buddhist Temple

Jinghong boasts some beautiful Buddhist temples, but if you’re tight on time, a 15-minute walk from the hotel will bring you to the ornate Mansa Buddhist Temple in Mansa Village. Intricate golden sculptures encircle the small shrine, which is tucked away off the road in a peaceful courtyard. The spot offers a few moments of repose and is the perfect way to contemplate the Buddhist culture away from the crowds of some of the larger city temples. The route here is lined with a number of traditional Dai village houses.
Mansa Village, Gasa Town, Jinghong
From Sheraton Grand Xishuangbanna Hotel: a 15-minute walk

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