The Great Wall of China: 4 ideas for day trips — and 1 to avoid altogether

In the early 1980s, a three-man team spent two years preparing to walk the length of the Great Wall of China. If the rise of layover tours are any indication, most travelers today give the Great Wall just one day of their time — or less. A company called Beijing Sideways offers full-day tours of the Great Wall via sidecars attached to Chang Jiang 750 motorcycles. His seven-hour Great Wall tour includes transportation, entrance fees and use of a Mavic Mini drone. “I think the Great Wall is a good


In the early 1980s, a three-man team spent two years preparing to walk the length of the Great Wall of China.
If the rise of layover tours are any indication, most travelers today give the Great Wall just one day of their time — or less.
A company called Beijing Sideways offers full-day tours of the Great Wall via sidecars attached to Chang Jiang 750 motorcycles.
His seven-hour Great Wall tour includes transportation, entrance fees and use of a Mavic Mini drone.
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The Great Wall of China: 4 ideas for day trips — and 1 to avoid altogether

In the early 1980s, a three-man team spent two years preparing to walk the length of the Great Wall of China. The team focused on the portion that was built during the Ming Dynasty — the well-preserved part depicted in photographs and travel brochures. The 5,500 mile journey took the trio 508 days. If the rise of layover tours are any indication, most travelers today give the Great Wall just one day of their time — or less. Here are four ways to make a short trip a memorable one.

1. Take a sidecar tour

This option is as much about the journey as it is the destination. A company called Beijing Sideways offers full-day tours of the Great Wall via sidecars attached to Chang Jiang 750 motorcycles. If visions of World War II come to mind, there’s a good reason. The Chang Jiang motorbike is based on the Soviet M-72, which was modeled after the earlier German BMW R71 motorcycle produced (with sidecar attachment) as a military vehicle in the 1930s.

A Chang Jiang 750 motorcycle with sidecar parked at a Beijing street. Fotoholica Press | LightRocket | Getty Images

This wind-in-your-hair ride breezes past tree-lined roads and small villages in the northern Beijing countryside before ascending the mountainous roads leading to the Great Wall. Helmets are available (but not required), as are rain and winter gear for inclement weather. The tour includes a stop at the Silver Pagodas and a French picnic lunch on the Wall. For those who have a love-at-first-ride experience, the company can help make arrangements to ship a custom-made bike to your home. The full-day tour is priced at 2,500 Chinese yuan ($356) per person.

2. Get Insta-worthy aerial shots via drone

Launched in 2016, Airbnb Experiences are designed to be “one-of-a-kind activities hosted by locals.” It’s the medium of choice for Dong Zhao, a Beijing native who’s passionate about nature and photography. His seven-hour Great Wall tour includes transportation, entrance fees and use of a Mavic Mini drone.

Great Wall of China, from above. Sino Images | 500px Asia | Getty Images

Facebook friends may have photos of themselves jumping, doing handstands, dramatically leaning on the ramparts or contemplatively gazing from the watchtowers, but few will have memories of the Great Wall snapped from the heavens above. The tour focuses on lesser-known sections of the Great Wall, which Zhao says are more natural and beautiful than some of the popular tourist spots. “I think the Great Wall is a good location to introduce Chinese history to foreigners,” said Zhao. “That’s the main reason why I created the tour.” Most of Zhao’s customers are from North America or Europe. His tour includes lessons on taking great selfies and creating vlogs. Rates start at $142 per person, with reduced prices for groups of three or more.

3. Go for a night hike

For an ethereal evening experience, visit the Simatai section of the Wall after sunset. It’s not the only section of the Great Wall lit at night, but it is arguable the nicest. Old fashioned lanterns outfitted with LED lights line a section of Simatai, making for a beautiful twilight stroll. Located 75 miles from Beijing, Simatai is a minimally-restored section of the Great Wall, known for being a rather perilous climb. At night, travelers can only ascend the mountain via cable car, which takes tourists most, but not all, of the way to the Wall. From there, guests walk a well-paved, subtly-lit path that extends between several watchtowers. The entire walk — which overlooks picturesque Gubei Water Town — can be completed in less than two hours. Though Simatai is less crowded than Badaling and Mutianyu during the day, the night walk is popular and queues for the cable car are common. Avoid this experience during Chinese festival periods. Natural hot springs are also a major draw to the area, offering an activity complementary to the strenuous wall hikes.

4. Walk in the footsteps of Michelle Obama

Or perhaps more aptly, follow her toboggan trail. While the now-defunct zipline at Simatai may have been the bigger adrenaline rush, the downhill toboggan ride at Mutianyu is decidedly more tourist-friendly.

US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) walks with her daughter Sasha (R) during a visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. WANG ZHAO | AFP | Getty Images

In 2014, the former First Lady famously braved the toboggan ride on a visit to Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved areas of the Great Wall. Situated between towers 5 and 6, the toboggan runs all year round (excepting bad weather) and takes travelers on an exhilarating 5,184-foot, zigzagging ride down the mountain, according to Wild Great Wall Adventure Tours.

Toboggan at sunset. luza studios | iStock | Getty Images

While it may sound scary, it’s not. Riders have a brake and can control their speeds down the metal track. Parents can ride with kids on larger toboggans. For the uninitiated, Mutianyu also offers a cable car and open-air chairlifts, or you can simply walk the mountain trails to reach the Wall.

And one to avoid: sleeping on the wall itself

There are plenty of overnight tours of the Great Wall, lasting from a single night to a week or more. But it’s the ones that offer the chance to sleep directly on the wall that cause the most controversy. In August of 2018, Airbnb canceled a contest called “Night at the Great Wall” which offered the chance to win an overnight stay in a watchtower, after public backlash over potential damage to the Wall. Ironically, an aim of the contest was to promote sustainable tourism in China.

Camping on the Great Wall of China. SERGEI MUGASHEV | iStock | Getty Images


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Forget day trips to Versailles — a new hotel is opening on the palace grounds

Le Grand Contrôle, which opens its doors in spring 2020, is a 14-bedroom luxury hotel decorated in the opulent 18th century style, “restored with the greatest respect for the original spirit of the building,” according to the group behind the hotel. The hotel promises a “unique journey through time to the Age of Enlightenment and the court of the Kingdom of France.” The Palace of Versailles. The Palace of Versailles is around 90 minutes from Paris, via the RER C metro train, with Versailles Chât


Le Grand Contrôle, which opens its doors in spring 2020, is a 14-bedroom luxury hotel decorated in the opulent 18th century style, “restored with the greatest respect for the original spirit of the building,” according to the group behind the hotel.
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Forget day trips to Versailles — a new hotel is opening on the palace grounds

For the first time, visitors will have the chance to stay “just a stone’s throw” from the Palace of Versailles’ glittering Hall of Mirrors, once the epicenter of lavish royal engagements of the French monarchy. Le Grand Contrôle, which opens its doors in spring 2020, is a 14-bedroom luxury hotel decorated in the opulent 18th century style, “restored with the greatest respect for the original spirit of the building,” according to the group behind the hotel. The hotel promises a “unique journey through time to the Age of Enlightenment and the court of the Kingdom of France.”

The Palace of Versailles. Courtesy of Fotolia

The building itself, constructed in 1681, was actually once the center for the palace’s finances. It was originally built for Paul de Beauvilliers, Duke of Saint-Aignan, first gentleman of the King’s Chamber, minister of state, governor of the duke of Burgundy and son-in-law to France’s Minister of Finances Jean- Baptiste Colbert. Architect and interior designer Christophe Tollemer masterminded the hotel’s decor, having already worked on other luxury hotels in the Airelles brand, the group behind the Le Grand Contrôle, which also boasts two skiing locations and a Provencal palace in its portfolio.

What to Expect

Details of its newest location in the heart of the historic Palace of Versailles are being closely guarded, with Airelles yet to share prices for a stay or to reveal when bookings will open. It has said in a release that guests will enjoy “exclusive access and experiences” at the Palace, but more details as to what exactly that means are yet to come. The hotel itself features a spa and indoor swimming pool, along with a restaurant from Michelin-star chef Alain Ducasse, who already sources vegetables from the queen’s garden at Versailles for his dishes at five-star London hotel The Dorchester.

The gardens of the Palace of Versailles. Courtesy of Fotolia

Le Grand Contrôle offers views of the Orangerie, the garden which contains fruit trees from across Europe, some of which are more than 200 years old, along with the Pièce d’Eau des Suisses, the basin of water stretching out in front of this section of the gardens. The Palace of Versailles is around 90 minutes from Paris, via the RER C metro train, with Versailles Château Rive Gauche as the nearest station to the grounds. Paris Orly is the nearest airport to Versailles, though international flights are also available from the Charles de Gaulle and Paris Beauvais airports.

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As interest in road trips soars, Americans are hitting these 10 global hotspots

Sales of international driving permits, which can help licensed U.S. travelers rent automobiles overseas, have soared 33% in the past five years, according to AAA. “AAA has found that road trips are increasingly appealing to U.S. travelers while overseas,” Paula Twidale, vice president of AAA Travel, said in a release. Road trips meet travelers’ desire for “experiential travel” and “ways to intimately engage with their destination,” she added. In most international jurisdictions, it’s illegal to


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One-quarter of Americans plans to vacation outside the U.S. in the next 18 months, according to a new AAA survey, while 80% have already taken a foreign trip and 2 in 5 — nearly 77 million adults — have rented or used a vehicle while abroad.

Sales of international driving permits, which can help licensed U.S. travelers rent automobiles overseas, have soared 33% in the past five years, according to AAA.

“AAA has found that road trips are increasingly appealing to U.S. travelers while overseas,” Paula Twidale, vice president of AAA Travel, said in a release. Road trips meet travelers’ desire for “experiential travel” and “ways to intimately engage with their destination,” she added.

While a valid U.S. driver’s license might be all a vacationer needs to rent a car in some major foreign destinations, many other countries do not recognize them without an accompanying “IDP,” as the documents are known. In most international jurisdictions, it’s illegal to drive without both a valid license and insurance coverage.

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According to AAA, more than 150 countries accept IDPs, international legal documents that translate American state driver’s license information into 10 languages. AAA and the American Automobile Touring Alliance are the only organizations authorized by the State Department to issue IDPs. Information and IDP applications are available online at the AAA and AATA websites.

“Travelers can easily apply for an International Driving Permit with an application accessible online or in person at AAA, whether they are a member or not,” said Twidale. “The nominal $20 fee is a small price to pay for peace of mind while traveling overseas.”

AAA has also released findings about just where all those U.S. global jetsetters — drivers or not — are headed through the end of 2020. Long-popular European urban destinations and warm-weather tropical locales still head the list.


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These ultra-luxe tours can take you around the world in a private jet

And by any measure, touring the world on a specially outfitted private jet with 15 to 50 like-minded passengers, all on the same financial playing field, falls into the “ultra-luxe” category. Here are some private jet journeys to consider. But the retired lawyer analyzed the offer and now he and his spouse are packing for their fourth Four Seasons private jet tour. TCS World TravelSource: TCS World TravelA leader in private jet touring, TCS World Travel partners with Smithsonian Journeys, Four S


And by any measure, touring the world on a specially outfitted private jet with 15 to 50 like-minded passengers, all on the same financial playing field, falls into the “ultra-luxe” category. Here are some private jet journeys to consider. But the retired lawyer analyzed the offer and now he and his spouse are packing for their fourth Four Seasons private jet tour. TCS World TravelSource: TCS World TravelA leader in private jet touring, TCS World Travel partners with Smithsonian Journeys, Four S
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These ultra-luxe tours can take you around the world in a private jet

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There’s luxury travel and then there’s super-luxury travel. And by any measure, touring the world on a specially outfitted private jet with 15 to 50 like-minded passengers, all on the same financial playing field, falls into the “ultra-luxe” category. For well-to-do, worldly travelers with destinations and experiences still on their bucket lists, joining a private jet tour is a popular way to efficiently explore the world in the lap of luxury. These all-inclusive trips can cost more than $100,000 per person. “But the level of care, the food and beverage offerings and the special amenities and white glove services are top of the line,” said Becky Powell, president of Protravel International. “What really makes these journeys special is the ability to visit many exotic and off-the-beaten track destinations, stay in unique high-end accommodations and have access to curated, insider experiences.” Sound like your kind of travel? Here are some private jet journeys to consider.

Culture, education and convenience

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Both National Geographic Private Jet Expeditions and Smithsonian Journeys offer tours for the high-end market that focus on education and culture, said Julie Danziger, managing partner at adventure travel company, Embark, “with the big draw being the specialty guides and the people hosting the tours.” National Geographic Private Jet Expeditions

Trips start at: $78,945 per person.

In the air: A Boeing 757 jet with 48-75 leather seats (depending on the trip) in a 2×2 configuration. Crew includes an expedition chef, catering officer and dedicated luggage handler.

On the ground: Itineraries include Africa, Central and South America, around the world. Smithsonian Journeys

Trips start at: $85,950 per person.

In the air: Boeing 757 custom-configured jet with 76 business-class seats.

On the ground: Itineraries include around the world, including Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Samoa, Petra, Marrakesh.

Four Seasons Private Jet Experience

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When Michael Petrina got an email describing a Four Seasons’ tour, he thought it was “ridiculously extravagant and crazy.” But the retired lawyer analyzed the offer and now he and his spouse are packing for their fourth Four Seasons private jet tour. “It’s definitely an investment,” said Petrina. “But you’re given the opportunity to see remote places you wouldn’t go on your own and in a very comfortable fashion.” “We consider the airplane to be our 116th hotel and these trips an extension of our brand,” said Javier Loureiro, director of guest experience on the Four Seasons jet. Trips start at: $163,000 per person; 21-24 days.

In the air: Customized Boeing 757 jet with 52-flat Italian leather flatbed seats. A new Airbus A321neo with 48 seats and a social space for workshops and classes will debut in 2021.

On the ground: Itineraries include the International Intrigue tour, with nine destinations, including Kyoto, Serengeti, Budapest, St. Petersburg and Paris, with accommodations at Four Seasons hotels.

Abercrombie and Kent

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In addition to fine dining, curated cultural events and an executive chef, a bonus on Abercrombie and Kent’s around-the-world private jet tours is that they’re hosted by company founder and co-chairman Geoffrey Kent. “Guests on these kinds of adventures take pleasure in meeting like-minded people with a shared curiosity about the world,” said Kent. “We also find that once-in-a-lifetime trips, such as a private jet journey, tends to attract more solo travelers as well. I believe this is due to the unique destinations visited on these trips, as well as the length of the programs.” Trips start at: $32, 495 (regional) and $160,000 per person (around the world)

In the air: Chartered Boeing 757 with 50-custom-designed Italian leather fully lie-flat seats. One cabin attendant for every seven guests and a dedicated luggage manager.

On the ground: Regional Wings Over the World Journeys have 13-16 guests, while Around the World with Geoffrey Kent tours can have as many as 48 guests.

Remote Land

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On Aman Private Jet Expeditions, operated by Remote Lands, groups of about 16 guests travel by small private jets to exotic locations in Asia (and sometimes Europe) and stay exclusively in hotels and resorts within the luxury Aman chain. During the day, guests have private cars and guides. The evenings feature lavish dinners and cocktail parties. “Going with a small group of like-minded people is a lot of fun,” said Catherine Heald, Remote Lands co-founder and CEO. “If you just go with your spouse, it’s not going to be the same kind of party.” Trips start at: $60,000.

In the air: Airbus 318s and chartered business jets with living-room like interiors.

On the ground: The Grandest Tour ($128,000 per person) is a 9-country, 21-night tour to Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Bhutan, India, Greece, Montenegro and Italy.

TCS World Travel

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A leader in private jet touring, TCS World Travel partners with Smithsonian Journeys, Four Seasons and others but also offers its own regionally focused adventures and around-the-world trips. As with most trips mentioned here, “all-inclusive” covers private chartered jets, first-class accommodations, ground transportation, meals and beverages, sightseeing and special access visits, luggage handling, gratuities and a team that includes a trip physician. A President’s Journey Around the World includes the favorite sites of company President Shelley Cline, and costs $134,000 per person. The tour visits seven destinations in 24 days. Prices start at: $72,950.

In the air: Boeing 757 and mid-sized private jets, such as the A318-100 and Bombardier Challenger series.

On the ground: Regionally focused adventures and around-the-world journeys.

Red Savannah

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A new Antarctic itinerary from luxury travel company Red Savannah makes great use of private jets. Antarctica by Private Jet includes roundtrip transfers from Cape Town, South Africa to Antarctica as well as flights in Antarctica to/from the South Pole and to/from an emperor penguin colony. Prices start at: $96,000.

In the air: Small private jets carry guests fly from Cape Town, South Africa to an exclusive private jet runway in Antarctica.

​On the ground: In addition to the visit to the emperor penguin colony, there is time to trek and explore ice tunnels. Guests will spend a night in the South Pole and stay in a private sleeping pod.

Crystal Skye

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Google to move Pixel smartphone production out of China into Vietnam, Nikkei reports

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Instagram is testing a standalone messaging app called Threads

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Tim Cook donates nearly $5 million of Apple shares to charity

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Here are the top 10 foreign trips Americans cover with travel insurance

The U.S. may be a big country with a lot for domestic vacationers to experience, yet Americans like to venture abroad, too. For example, about 8.7 million Americans flew or cruised to the Caribbean last year, while 17.74 million-plus made tracks for Europe, over 6.25 million headed to Asia and more than 2.44 million vacationed in the Middle East. The Los Angeles Times reported in 2016 that overseas trips can cost up to five times more than domestic ones, so it’s no surprise many of those plannin


The U.S. may be a big country with a lot for domestic vacationers to experience, yet Americans like to venture abroad, too. For example, about 8.7 million Americans flew or cruised to the Caribbean last year, while 17.74 million-plus made tracks for Europe, over 6.25 million headed to Asia and more than 2.44 million vacationed in the Middle East. The Los Angeles Times reported in 2016 that overseas trips can cost up to five times more than domestic ones, so it’s no surprise many of those plannin
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Here are the top 10 foreign trips Americans cover with travel insurance

The U.S. may be a big country with a lot for domestic vacationers to experience, yet Americans like to venture abroad, too.

More than 40% of U.S. citizens hold passports and, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office in Washington, D.C., some 93.04 million of them traveled outside U.S. borders in 2018.

For example, about 8.7 million Americans flew or cruised to the Caribbean last year, while 17.74 million-plus made tracks for Europe, over 6.25 million headed to Asia and more than 2.44 million vacationed in the Middle East.

Heading so far outside U.S. borders often comes at considerable cost. The Los Angeles Times reported in 2016 that overseas trips can cost up to five times more than domestic ones, so it’s no surprise many of those planning a foreign vacation opt to purchase travel insurance. Whether or insurance is a good fit for one’s own trip, however, depends on individual circumstances, CNBC has reported.

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Geopolitical or personal safety concerns can also come into play with trips to certain destinations. For example, Warwick, Rhode Island-based online travel insurance emporium InsureMyTrip has noted a rise in policies sold for trips to the Dominican Republic after reports of Americans falling ill there, according to a spokesperson. In fact, 3 out of 10 calls to its insurance agents are from travelers with questions about or cancellation requests for the country.

Here’s a look at the top 10 foreign countries (excluding cruise destinations) that vacationers who have opted to buy travel insurance have headed to over the past 18 months, according to InsureMyTrip.com, along with figures for the total number of Americans, insured and not, who visited these nations in 2017 or 2018.

Sources: InsureMyTrip.com, National Travel and Tourism Office


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Alphabet’s self-driving car company tests free Wi-Fi and music to entice riders

Waymo is rolling out amenities to entice riders to use its self-driving taxis, creating a potential route to profitability in a money-losing industry. The Alphabet subsidiary is testing complimentary Wi-Fi in its robotaxis in greater Phoenix, where hundreds of the company’s identical, driverless minivans have been carrying paying riders since December. In late April, Waymo launched ad-free music streaming for passengers through Google Play Music, its parent company’s answer to Spotify and Apple


Waymo is rolling out amenities to entice riders to use its self-driving taxis, creating a potential route to profitability in a money-losing industry. The Alphabet subsidiary is testing complimentary Wi-Fi in its robotaxis in greater Phoenix, where hundreds of the company’s identical, driverless minivans have been carrying paying riders since December. In late April, Waymo launched ad-free music streaming for passengers through Google Play Music, its parent company’s answer to Spotify and Apple
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Alphabet's self-driving car company tests free Wi-Fi and music to entice riders

Students use the Waymo driverless vehicles to get to school.

Waymo is rolling out amenities to entice riders to use its self-driving taxis, creating a potential route to profitability in a money-losing industry.

The Alphabet subsidiary is testing complimentary Wi-Fi in its robotaxis in greater Phoenix, where hundreds of the company’s identical, driverless minivans have been carrying paying riders since December. In late April, Waymo launched ad-free music streaming for passengers through Google Play Music, its parent company’s answer to Spotify and Apple Music.

Waymo also has appealed to families with non-tech perks: It has installed a child car seat in every minivan and ensures vehicles arrive cooled to a precise 72 degrees in Arizona’s desert heat.

The aim is persuading passengers that the company’s ride service, dubbed Waymo One, is less stressful than driving their own cars or riding with its rivals. Chatty or sketchy drivers, and vehicles that vary in size and cleanliness, are top gripes among fans of ride-hailing apps.

“When I push the Waymo button I know exactly the product I’m buying,” said Jordan Ranous, 26, a Phoenix bank analyst who said he takes four Waymo round trips each week.

The city of Chandler, about 20 miles southeast of Phoenix, last month began allowing staffers to expense Waymo rides for work-related trips with an eye to boosting worker productivity.

Waymo’s challenge is to prove that hospitality and connectivity can generate profits. Waymo currently charges rates comparable to Uber and Lyft, whose reliance on fares has those firms bleeding red ink.

Eliminating drivers would slash Waymo’s labor costs. Consistent, quality service might enable the company to charge higher fares, while internet, music and video streaming could generate extra fees or ad sales. Wall Street investment analysts have estimated Waymo’s value at more than $100 billion, assuming in-car services contribute revenue.

“Those who win this space are going to have the most convenient solution and the best experience,” said Mark Boyadjis, a global auto technology lead at research firm IHS Markit.

Waymo said its core business is charging for rides, not advertising during them. Providing “personalization” perks creates a sense of freedom, it said.

“Whether you want to catch up on emails or jam out to some of your favorite tunes using our music integration, we encourage riders to make this space their own,” spokeswoman Julianne McGoldrick said.

Uber and Lyft, both of which are developing self-driving capabilities, declined to comment. Automotive firm Aptiv Plc, which has a year-old operation in Las Vegas with 30 robotaxis, said it does not offer in-car entertainment.


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These stocks are the biggest winners in the market's incredible rebound back to a record

Stocks have come all the way back to a record, ending one of their fastest and fiercest round trips in history. Here are the front-runners in this epic comeback.

Strong earnings pushed the S&P 500 to a record close Tuesday. The index surged nearly 600 points in the span of four months, from a Christmas Eve low of 2,351.10 all the way to 2,933.68 at Tuesday’s close.

The comeback is being led by the technology sector, the best performer among S&P 500 sectors with a nearly 37% gain since Christmas Eve. The consumer discretionary and industrial sectors have also scored returns of more than 30% since the late-2018 plunge.


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