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Worldliness is the highest form of sophistication. In these stories, you will discover a global outlook everywhere you go: in the transformation of a humble neighborhood into something bigger; the dream of luxury travel as experienced at half-speed; or the ability of contemporary art to visualize where the world’s going next. From each angle, you’ll discover that the more aware you are of other people and cultures, the more you feel at home anywhere your journey leads.



The Evolution Of A Neighborhood

Watch from high above Beijing’s trendy Sanlitun neighborhood, home to InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun, and hear from art expert Philip Tinari about how the evolution of a quiet diplomatic quarter connects to China’s evolution.

Continue to hear more from China expert and author Peter Hessler



A Vintage Sidecar Ride To Something New

Luxury travel sometimes means going slow, taking the time to savour what’s truly important. Take a sidecar ride through the quiet sides of Beijing at night and hear China expert and author Peter Hessler discuss the different perspectives that travel affords.

Gain more perspective by listening to our sidecar tour guide, Cesar Casellas



The Power of Art

Join Beijing’s world-famous 798 Art Zone as we talk to May Xue and Phil Tinari of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. Explore how contemporary art holds a mirror up to the world and can broaden our understanding of where our global society is going next.

Hear from May Xue and Phil Tinari of Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
"One major thing you can deduce from the work of a young artist is that they know what’s going on all over the world." - Philip Tinari
Enjoy the full conversation in the “Stories of the InterContinental life” podcast
May Xue and Phil Tinari

In an Emerging Fashion Capital, Romanian Designers Bring Their Heritage Home

Henri Matisse's La Blouse Roumaine at Paris' Centre Pompidou - courtesy of the Romanian Embassy in Paris When Henri Matisse ...
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The World on an Ever-Changing Plate in Tel Aviv

Image Courtesy of Afik Gabay “Israeli food is two things: the food that was eaten here before the nation existed, ...
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Düsseldorf: Sculpting an Artistic Tradition

Düsseldorf sits at the entrance of the Ruhr valley, an industrial region that takes pride in its blue-collar tradition. But ...
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Porto: A Drive Through Time

While the rest of metropolitan Europe seems to sweep through a prescribed pattern of development, Porto has managed to follow ...
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Joaquin Sorolla, Painter of Light

Joaquin Sorolla was once quoted to have said, "I do not care to paint portraits indoors. I cannot feel sympathetic." ...
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Francis Bacon: Inside the mind of a genius

In 1998, a team of archaeologists and curators painstakingly moved 570 books, 1,500 photographs, 100 slashed canvases, 1,300 torn pages, ...
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