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We’re hung up on the Chi­nese New Year lanterns at Qibao Tem­ple in Shang­hai and loung­ing by our pri­vate in­fin­ity pool in St. Kitts and Ne­vis. Drum roll, please: Dark-meat fried-chicken sand­wiches have ar­rived. Plus, pullover puffer jack­ets to see you through spring, an art-filled few days in Den­ver and snow­boarder Mark McMor­ris’ deep love for com­pres­sion socks.

Just 18 kilo­me­tres from Shang­hai’s fu­tur­is­tic sky­line – and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble by metro – is the an­cient water town of Qibao, where Ming and Qing dy­nasty-era canals, laneways, tem­ples and gar­dens of­fer a sense of the Shang­hai of yore. Visit Qibao Tem­ple to see strings of tra­di­tional red lanterns, a symbol of good for­tune, hang­ing in cel­e­bra­tion of this month’s Chi­nese New Year. Then head to the pedes­trian-only, food stall-lined Qibao Old Street to sam­ple fes­tive eats like stinky tofu, xi­ao­long­bao (steamed buns) and colour­ful sticky rice cakes.

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