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Bah humbug! Anti-Christmas holidays

Find the whole business of Christmas about as interesting as watching a 10kg turkey defrosting?

Then head to one of these very un-festive hotspots to escape all the glittery madness.

Where: China

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Shanghai’s shops will be filled with Christmas trees and festive decorations at this time of year, but in the rest of the country it’s business as usual over the yuletide period.

In Xi’an, visit the Terracotta Army, a huge collection of intricately carved horses and warriors dating back to the 3rd century BC.

They belonged to Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, and were supposed to protect him in the afterlife.


Where: Japan

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You can’t avoid the tinsel and Santa hats altogether in Japan anymore, but it’s not an official holiday.

Make the most of all the wintry Japanese pursuits on offer that have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Christmas.

Go skiing in Niseko, Japan’s biggest resort, or do a little shopping at the Shimai Kobo market, held on December 21st in Kyoto’s To-ji Temple.


Where: Turkey

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As approximately 90 per cent of the population is Muslim, Christmas in Turkey is quite a low-key affair, and not widely celebrated at all outside of Istanbul.

But if you can’t even bear seeing the odd string of fairylights, head out to the remote Kackar Mountains near the Black Sea in north-eastern Turkey for a week’s trek.

You’ll be so busy forcing your aching musclesup the steep mountain slopes you won’t even have enough breath to hum a chorus of Jingle Bells.



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