Shenzhen’s new V&A-approved culture centre to showcase city’s artistic side

The Chinese megacity has grown rapidly over the last 35 years and with its new Sea World Culture and Arts Centre opening in December it’s looking to make as big an impact in culture as it has in industry

Caribbean dream: mixing it up in the Grenadines

The Caribbean isn’t just for minor royals and hedge-fund hoorays. A DIY island-hopping adventure with local guides means great wildlife and an unaffected vibe

Winter sun getaways

Superb beaches and cuisine, and no sign of UK gloom … Here are bright, warm spots from the Algarve to Thailand and the Caribbean. Hammocks optional

The best towns and small cities in the US: Eugene, Oregon

Here’s a piece about Eugene, Oregon

Street art in Medellín, Colombia – in pictures

Photographer Juancho Torres tours the streets of Comuna 13 in the once notorious city, capturing the graffiti and murals that adorn buildings and walls

The alt city guide to York in England

It’s time for the Romans and Vikings to make way for a new insurgency in the North Yorkshire jewel: a sparky, creative scene fuelled by innovative music, food and drink outlets

On the slide in Germany: sledging in the Bavarian Alps

Fancy swooping down snowy Alpine slopes, but not the hassle of ski school and pricey equipment? It’s easy: all you need is a simple sledge. Sarcastic teenage daughter optional

Monkeying around in Borneo: a voluntourism trip with a difference

As news of the discovery of a new species of orangutan shines a spotlight on the threat to these great apes, our writer joins a voluntourism project in Indonesian Borneo aimed at saving them

In Grandpa’s footsteps on the shores of Carlingford Lough, Ireland

Hannah Louise Summers uses a new ferry service – a lake crossing on which her grandfather once worked – to explore both sides of Carlingford Lough, which straddles the Irish border