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Beijing

It may have history and secrets – but it also has smog. Alec Ash, an author and longtime resident, uncovers some lesser-known destinations beyond the big city

Cape Town

Sun-seekers, who head south in their droves over Christmas and New Year, love Cape Town for its flat-top mountain and bounteous vineyards. But there’s plenty more to see off-piste, says Tim Butcher, an author and long-time Cape Town resident

Los Angeles

How to stay sane in the City of Angels? Get out at the weekend, and go for a picnic on Catalina Island or gallery hopping in Ojai