Sunday, November 25, 2007

Travel Hong Kong: 12 Must See Places

Travel Hong Kong: 12 Must See Places

Hong Kong features a diverse mixture of characters as a result of long British occupation and a great Chinese influence. As a state of China, Hong Kong provides a good introduction to who ever wants to know more about China without entering the mainland plus a venue for more attractions with western culture and Asian spirit.

1. Hong Kong Museum of Art – Located at 10 Salisbury Rd Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, the Hong Kong Museum of Art is open to anyone who wants to take a glimpse of Hong Kong’s culture and history through its large collection of over 14,000 items ranging from calligraphy, paintings, Hong Kong treasure, art objects, antiques, and lithographs. The museum is open from 10:00am-6:00pm daily except Thursday (public holidays not included).

2. Hong Kong Disneyland – The newly open and the first ever Disneyland in Asia offers total fun and excitement for the whole family. The park is divided into four major attractions: Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Main Street, USA.

3. Victoria Peak – Soaring 1810 feet above sea level, the Victoria Peak is premier destination for tourists who want to take a birds eye view of downtown Hong Kong, Kowloon, and Victoria Harbour. Go another step higher and take a 10-minute hike to the actual Victoria Peak.

4. Lantau Island – Travel Hong Kong and take a cruise around the waters of Lantau Island and watch pink dolphins that only live in this waters.

5. Ocean Park – Travel Hong Kong and visit Ocean Park. This is one Hong Kong attractions where you and your kids will have a great fun. The park is one big oceanarium containing Lowlands Gardens where pandas live, goldfish pagoda and butterfly house are located, Marine Land where atoll reef and shark aquariums are found, and Headlands amusement park where you can go and take a ride with cable cars and roller coasters.

6. Water World – Travel Hong Kong with kids would never be so much fun without taking a plunge on Water World. Enjoy wave pools, play area, and water slides.

7. Middle Kingdom – A miniature China that houses Chinese shrines, street scenes, temples, and palaces only at Middle Kingdom.

8. The Central district – If you travel to Hong Kong because you love to shop, you better go to the central Hong Kong district where big shopping malls and several Western designer and signature boutiques are located.

9. Lamma Island - If you want to see a different Hong Kong, try Lamma Island. It hosts several outdoor activities such as swimming and hiking. And if you love to taste fresh Hong Kong seafood in great dining ambiance, Lamma Island is still the preferred place to go.

10. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Sha Tin) – Located at New Territories, the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery features Buddha in different poses and colors.

11. Hong Kong Space Museum – See what’s in store for you in the future at Hong Kong Space Museum. The complex offers hundreds of displays ranging from telecommunications, robotics, energy, computers, and physics with hands on experience that will keep you interested.

12. Wet Market – In Hong Kong, everything is fresh. And when they say fresh, they mean it. If you happen to travel Hong Kong to visit a friend or someone you know, come along when they go to wet market where the freshest among freshest seafood are for sale.
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Guest author: Robert Thatcher is a freelance publisher based in Cupertino, California. He publishes articles and reports in various ezines and provides hong kong travel resources on http://www.your-hong-kong-travel.info

Friday, June 16, 2006

Travel to Asia -China - India - Philipinnes


Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China is the nation's political, cultural, scientific and educational heart as well as a key transportation hub. Beijing has served as the capital of the country for more than 800 years dating back to the Yuan Dynasty. The city has many places of historic interest and scenic beauty, including the Forbidden City -- the largest and best preserved ancient architectural complex in the world; the Temple of Heaven - where Ming and Qing emperors performed solemn rituals for bountiful harvests; the Summer Palace -- the emperors' magnificent garden retreat; the Ming tombs -- the stately and majestic mausoleums of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors; and the world-renowned and genuinely inspiring Badaling section of the Great Wall. Large-scale construction has brought great changes to Beijing since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 which has added many new attractions to this mysterious old city

Beijing is located on the eastern coast of China on the Pacific Ocean, at approximately the same latitude as Philadelphia in the U.S. and Madrid in Spain. The city
is 39% flat and the other 61% is quite mountainous area.

Beijing is bestowed with large amount of China' s imperial remnant because of its position as capital for several dynasties spanning over 800 years. These vestiges
nowadays serve as valued travel resources for the city, which have drew million of visitors worldwide yearly over the past decades. The Chinese capital is a prominent
historical and cultural city, abundant in treasured historical heritage and cultural relics.

Standing side by side with old Beijing's crimsone palace complexes are the city's impressive skylines. Beijing is a fine example of the great transformation China
has undergone as it burst into the 21st century. The city boasts the most modern facilities and is able to provide all the comfort and enjoyment imaginable to visitors
who travel to Beijing. Traveling around Beijing, one is struck by the city's impressive skyline, the modern Olympic Village, ocean world and International Park.

The green area in and around the city are also inspiring and are epitomized by the Xiangshan Hill( Fragrant Hill) Longqing Gorge. It is the exhilarating green that
render visitors' Beijing travel memory more vitality and tint.

Those historical heritages and the breathtaking natural scenery are valued resource to ganrantee visitors exceptional Beijing travel experiences.

Beijing's travel industry has forged forward after China's opening in 1978 and the city now is one of the most popular tourist destinations around the world.

Beijing will host the 2008 Summer Olympic next year and people from all around the world are more than welcomed to travel to Beijing for the grand celebration.

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Immensely popular as a tourist destination, Asia provides a peek
into a rich history and an even richer culture. In fact, some of
the great wonders of the world can be found within the
boundaries of this continent.

Travelers to Asia will probably have the Great Wall of China as
their first stop. Extending to about 2,414 kilometers or 1,500
miles with a height of about 25 feet, the wall has been said to
be visible even in outer space. Erected by the Qin dynasty's
first emperor Shihuangdi to defend the city from the nomadic
people, the wall is made out of earth and stone.

Another worthy travel spot in Asia, particularly in China is the
Terra-cotta Warriors and Soldiers Museum in Xi'an China, which
is considered to be one of the world's greatest archaeological
find. Another tourist destination that should be in the list of

any traveler to Asia is the Forbidden City, now known as the
Palace Museum in Beijing. The enclosed location holds the former
palaces of Chinese emperors. Tiananmen Square, which is also
located in Beijing, set adjacent to the Forbidden City. A
witness to a series of student-led demonstrations and rallies in
1989 calling for the removal of Deng Xiaoping, the square is now
a memorial of those whose lives were sacrificed. Asian travelers
will probably want to also go to Dunhang, where ancient Buddhist
frescoes in caves can be found.
One of the wonders of the ancient world, the Angkor is a major
archaeological site located in the northwest parts of Cambodia.
A historical travel spot in Asia, the ruins have two Hindi
temple complexes, the Angkor Wat and the Angkor Thom, which is
less popular having been built later. And though the site has
been damaged much by warfare, a traveler in Asia can still feel
the ancient spirit of the place living on.

Taj Mahal is another ancient site that continues to lure
travelers in Asia into its midst. Located in Agra, India, the
temple was made by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum
for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace) who
died in childbirth after bearing him 14 children.

Bangkok, Thailand is another travel spot in Asia. One of its
most popular tourist destination is the Wat Pho or the Temple of
the Reclining Buddha. Other destinations that would surely
fascinate any traveler in Asia are the Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of
the Emerald Buddha), which is known as a example of 19th-century
architecture; Buddhist temples; the Sanam Luang, where royal
ceremonies such as cremation and the annual Ploughing Ceremony
are often held; the Dusit Park, Zoo and the Chitladda Palace
where the royal family reside. Bangkok is also home to numerous
art houses such as the National Museum, National Theater,
National Gallery, Rajadamnoen Stadium (the preeminent venue of
Thai kick-boxing), National Library, and National Archives.
The Philippines have also a lot to offer travelers in Asia. Its
beaches and resorts can rival the world. Boracay, for instance,
is known for its white sandy beaches and crystal clear water.
Another island destination that any traveler to Asia should not
dare miss is Palawan and Bohol, where the world famous Tarsier
and Chocolate Hills can be found. Of course, one must also visit
the Ifugao Rice Terraces, which is one of he Ten Wonders of the
World as well as the Mines View Park and Strawberry fields in