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04 February 2006

CHINESE NEW YEAR
Chinese New Year started last weekend and celebrations in China are set to continue for a fortnight with many taking both weeks off as holiday. Travel writer Nick Maes is in Shanghai and joins Sandi Toksvig to report on the festivities.

From one of China 's smaller rural towns Pinyao and from the huge, ultra modern Shanghai , Nick describes how the twenty first century has affected the age old traditions of firecrackers, dragon dances and lantern ceremonies.


BESPOKE HOLIDAYS
Can package holidays ever be all that one wishes for or are there elements that one could do without?  There's a growing market for custom built trips.

Sandi meets travel agent Julie Middleton and travel counsellor Lisa Hillyard who design and assemble bespoke vacations for those who know exactly what they want from their weeks away.


Presented by Sandi Toksvig

Chinese New Year


This week's guests: 

Nick Maes, travel writer
Nick has worked in various fields over the years - in theatre, fashion, radio and as a journalist. He has published two novels: Not Dark Yet which is set in the Aeolian Islands and The Africa Bar set in Zanzibar . 
 
Lisa Hillyard is a travel counsellor with twenty years experience working in high street travel agents before going to Travel Counsellors plc in 1998.  She was the best Travel Counsellor for leisure travel sales in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.  In 2004 Lisa was nominated as Best Homeworker in the Northern Travel Industry awards. 

Julie Middleton is a travel expert and marketing executive for Trips Worldwide, one of the leading specialists in travel to Latin America . 

Embassy of the People's Republic of China in UK 

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