Food and Travel (UK) - - City Breaks -

First stop is balmy Beijing, the global pow­er­house that buzzes with the en­ergy of 22 mil­lion peo­ple. Cen­turies-old tem­ples jos­tle for space with gleam­ing sky­scrapers, while wooden doors painted dragon’s blood red hint at the an­cient court­yards that lie within. Walk the Great Wall, fol­low in the foot­steps of em­per­ors to the For­bid­den City and delve into China’s fas­ci­nat­ing food scene. Next, grab your surf­board for a break in Biar­ritz, where At­lantic waves lap five mag­nif­i­cent beaches. His­tor­i­cally it was a favourite with Queen Vic­to­ria and Napoleon III, now it blends 19th-cen­tury el­e­gance with breezy surfer chic. Prom­e­nade along the Grande Plage, where stripy tents pro­vide shade from the Basque rays, be­fore watch­ing the sun­set with a glass of tx­akoli and a pin­txo or two. On to Glasgow, Scot­land’s creative cap­i­tal, whose gritty un­der­ground art scene flour­ishes along­side cul­tural stal­warts such as Scot­tish Opera and the Kelv­in­grove Gallery. Once home to ar­chi­tect Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh, to­day its grand Vic­to­rian man­sions house live mu­sic venues, quirky shops, gal­leries and a host of avant-garde restau­rants, which make the most of some ex­cel­lent lo­cal seafood.

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