Harriet O'Brien

Harriet O’Brien is a travel writer and award-winning author. Her first book Forgotten Land, a rediscovery of Burma was published just before she joined The Independent, her second Queen Emma and Vikings, a few years after she left. She was on staff at The Independent during the 1990s and subsequently worked in Canada and then as managing editor at Conde Nast Traveller before going freelance in order to travel more. She mainly covers the UK, Europe and Asia, where she grew up.

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Elegant streets in Gozo

Malta: Season's greetings - why now is the perfect time to visit the marvel of the Med

Did Malta invent the rock loud speaker? Blue skies, wildflowers, ancient temples and a world first for acoustic archaeology ... Harriet O’Brien discovers it all goes with the territory on these islands

A green and pleasant land: India

Sikkim: Welcome to India's 'hidden paradise'

The Himalayan state is a pocket of lush hills, waterfalls and peaks, but its serenity is under threat. Harriet O'Brien meets a local hero who's trying to save it

Glove story: The Woodstock suite

B&B and Beyond: The Glove House, Woodstock

A 19th-century glove workshop has been given a sleek makeover by a local and her husband, says Harriet O'Brien

Short straw: baby pandas at Chengdu's breeding centre

Trail of the Unexpected: Gentle giants of Chengdu

Pandas and a soaring Buddha statue greet Harriet O'Brien on a visit to this Sichuan city

Wide screen: a Bollywood mural in Mumbai

100 years of Bollywood: Movie magic in Mumbai

India's film industry is booming, says Harriet O'Brien as she goes on a studio tour

Water world: The Yangtze cuts through the Qutang Gorge

The Yangtze: River of mists and sunken cities

A three-day cruise brings Harriet O'Brien face to face with China – ancient and modern

Marble marvel: the Taj Mahal in Agra

Monsoon magic in the north of India

The icons of the Golden Triangle are refreshingly accessible during the rainy season, discovers Harriet O'Brien on an off-peak adventure

Vegetable vendors on Dal Lake

In search of lasting tranquility in Kashmir

After years of trauma, the region is once again on the travel map. Harriet O'Brien returns

High points: Tournai cathedral dates to the 12th century and is a Unesco World Heritage site

Tournai: A return to past glories

Harriet O'Brien visits the scene of a dramatic liberation at the end of the First World War

Fount of power: Place Charles II in the centre of Charleroi dates to 1666 and was used for military parades

Charleroi: Phoenix from the flames

This former industrial base is on the rise again, says Harriet O'Brien

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