• By DarioVDL “Somewhere over the rainbow…" Ms Julie Suzanne Chen – American television personality -CBS Early Show, Bob Preston – Owner Globe Bleu and Dario van der Lündin A private dinner on the Great Wall of China (Privatize and illuminated for us) Unforgettable Today is your lucky day! Everything will change just smile, Monsieur Le […]

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  • From Norma in Globe Bleu’s Sydney office… Staying at The Peninsula, you can’t help but feel a little bit like a celebrity or royalty, especially since over the years a myriad of stars of stage and screen, authors, musicians and political figures have strolled through it’s doors.  Nicknamed “The Pen”, The Peninsula is THE hotel […]

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  • They say, if you want 2000 years of Chinese history, go to Xian, for 1000 years, go to Beijing and for 150 years, go to Shanghai. It is a fascinating city – we were there in mid-June. If big buildings, shopping, nice restaurants and glitz are your cup of tea, it’s for you. I rather […]

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  • Beijing has become avant-garde, in its own way. We already posted about the art scene – now a bit about the trendy club/dining scene. Not too long ago, night life for foreigners in Beijing meant private dinner parties for the powerful or alcohol-soaked karaoke bars followed by visits to massage parlors for those so-inclined. Foreigners […]

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  • WOW – That was scary.  May 12 at 2:38pm we were in Terra Cotta Warrior Pit #3 near Xian when the earthquake struck.  Dario, who at lunch had drunk one nasty clear liqueur with a three snakes in it and another with a seaturtle, seahorses, seastars and who knows what else, thought it was the […]

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  • It was the most extraordinary gala dinner I have ever attended.  Twenty-six of us, dressed in gold silk jackets hand-tailored for the Golden Birthday event, relished a 6 course meal on the Great Wall of China.  We were attended to by an army of waiters who fanned around the massive table to synchronously serve each […]

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  • Built by the Russians in the early 1950s as part of a war-reparations deal with Germany, the large-scale state-owned plant in Beijing -then officially named Factory 798 – churned out electronic radios and components by the million. Architecturally, the sprawling complex was, and remains, pure Bauhaus. But its significance as a state-owned entity waned in […]

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