New Nepalese airline flies to Southeast Asia

Himalaya Airlines, the new Nepalese airline, will launch its first flights to Southeast Asia next month. Commencing on 10 February 2017, the Kathmandu-based carrier will operate five weekly flights to Kuala Lumpur. And then on 24 February it will start operating twice weekly flights to Yangon. These new routes will be enabled by the delivery of Himalaya Airlines’ second aircraft, a 158-seat, two-class Airbus A320, which is due to arrive on 20 January. The airline currently operates flights from Kathmandu to Doha and Colombo. Himalaya Airlines is a joint venture…

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NZ: new airline route connects Wellington to Asia

The route, which will begin in September this year, will be the first flight without transfers from Wellington to Asia, cutting the current travelling time, as well as providing a route to Australia’s capital. In addition to opening up the region for more trade and tourism, this new route also carries benefits for international education in the region, according to Chris Whelan, chief executive of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency. “We believe Wellington is currently underperforming in international education attraction” “We’ve made no secret of the fact that we believe Wellington…

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Asia drives demand for international schools

Another top boarding school in England is setting up a school in China, travelling the path taken by schools such as Harrow, Dulwich College, Malvern and Wellington. But when Wycombe Abbey, a girls’ boarding school in Buckinghamshire, opens its doors in China in September, it will be not be launching a replica. Wycombe Abbey International in Changzhou near Shanghai will be co-educational, and will teach a hybrid of the Chinese and English curriculums within an English-style boarding school environment. Alongside international GCSEs and A-levels, pupils will follow a Chinese curriculum…

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An insider’s guide to Bucharest: manele music and pastry-scented metro stops

From radical feminism to songs about student dorms, no pants subway rides to breweries in fancy hotels. Expect the unexpected, as Andreea Campeanu shows us her Bucharest Two girls taking a selfie in Herastrau Park, Bucharest. Photograph: Andreea Campeanu Cities is supported by: In five words Merdenele pastry* scented underground stations *(pastry filled with cheese or meet) Sound of the city Street musicians are always a pleasant surprise – you can meet them in underpasses, on the metro, on tiny streets or sprawling boulevards. These performers – from lonely singers…

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Crossing Asia on my bike, I met countless others out to see the world on a bicycle

From drinking tea with yak herders to battling through the mountains, exploring the world on a bicycle is an adventure like no other – and the best way of meeting the world on its own terms Cyclist Emily Chappel at a Chinese petrol station. Photograph: Emily Chappell A new grant, launched by well-known adventurer Tom Allen last week, aims to get young people exploring the world – but with a bicycle and a map, rather than a bus pass and a guidebook. And I’m not surprised. If you ask me,…

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