(CNN) – This week in travel: Some Asian destinations with the strictest Covid policies are finally reopening, the annual ranking of the world’s most beautiful neighborhoods provides inspiration for your upcoming vacation plans, and Fat Bear Week tackles a cheating scandal. new winner
Time Out has released its annual list of the world’s prettiest neighborhoods.
Colonia Americana in Guadalajara (Mexico) is the epicenter of freshness in the world and in North America.
The neighborhood is “a boundary-pushing creative community, a growing number of amazing places to eat and some of the best nightlife in the Western Hemisphere,” said Time Out’s James Manning.
The eclectic group also includes a classic Montreal food district, a new neighborhood at the base of a temple in Siem Reap, and an English seaside art scene.
The new “coolest neighborhood in the world” is located in Guadalajara, Mexico, the capital of the state of Jalisco.
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Opening the hoods
Even if it seems like a pandemic so last year, there are still destinations, especially in Asia, that have been slow to reopen to tourism.
Change is finally coming, though. Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan are finally welcoming visitors after more than two years of closure. However, there is still one major player in the region with a Closed sign on its metaphorical door: China.
And while we’re on the subject of China…
32 flavors and then some
When you say, “I’m hungry for Chinese food tonight,” what does that mean?
China has about 20 provinces, not to mention regions and municipalities. So what’s it all about (gameplay)?
Downside: China is still closed to tourists. The upside: Your nearest Chinese restaurant is open.
Stanley Tucci talks to Christiane Amanpour about Calabria, his ancestral homeland, and his upcoming film. New episodes of “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” air Sundays at 9:00 PM ET.
Tasting the world
It’s impossible to watch CNN’s “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” (Sundays at 9 p.m. ET) and not want to plan a big Italian feast.
Among the delicious destinations in the Calabria region: La Collinetta, located in the mountain village of Martone, where lamb is cooked in wet clay; the family-run Il Principe di Scilla, specializing in Calabrian swordfish; and the Michelin star-winning Qafiz, a meringue dessert flavored with charcoal, sliced apples and white chocolate foam.
And the food is only part of the attraction of the show.
Alaska’s Katmai National Park hosts Fat Bear Week every year, a March Madness-style contest where you can vote for the bear that best represents fatness. Check out some of the top contenders.
And one of fall’s most beloved traditions — Alaska’s annual Fat Bear Week — wasn’t safe either.
The contest, which continues when brown bears in Katmai National Park & Preserve are pigging out before winter hibernation, was met with a suspicious flood of spam votes.
To mark his victory, let’s all celebrate with a salmon dinner and a nice long nap.
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Nutrition at altitude
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