The variety of life makes this silk city rich, writes Luke Slattery.
From fab to fake, it'll be in Hong Kong, says Rachael Oakes Ash.
Julietta Jameson Got time for a little shopping action pre-holiday flight? Think outside the perfume box and discover some airport specialty stores that perfectly encapsulate the nation outside the arrivals hall.
The Tripologist 'Since you're heading for Thailand/Venice/the wilds of Turkmenistan, can you pick me up a silk cushion cover/a Murano vase/a yak wool carpet in a traditional design?'
Belinda Jackson finds fashion and jewellery, heels and perfume, in the city's thriving design precincts.
Whether vintage, handmade or CBD smart, all tastes are covered, writes Julietta Jameson.
Even if you can't afford a round-the-world air ticket this Christmas ($2476, escapetravel.com.au), a classic Louis Vuitton suitcase ($8750 for the Alzer, louisvuitton.com.
Knowing when to buy is critical if you don't want your duty-free alcohol confiscated when boarding, writes Michael Gebicki.
Travel Insider There are so many websites for travel information and bookings, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are some of the sites to use in 2013.