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5 Amazing Hong Kong Festivals

by on Mar.02, 2013, under Travel

I’ve been living in Hong Kong for almost two years now and I’ve been to a host of festivals in this amazing city, Here’s my top 5 festivals. These are my own opinions and also in no real order of preference, to make it easier I have put them in chronological order.

1. Chinese New Year!!

The obvious one! Hong Kong is no different to other Chinese countries and it holds many massive festivals during the annual Chinese New Year Festival. This includes the lion dance, dressing up, food stalls and just a real carnival atmosphere. The best places to head are Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Victoria Park. Though beware – it gets crowded!!

When? – Normally January or February (changes due to the Chinese Calendar). It lasts for a whole week!

2. Dragon Boat Carnival!!

The Dragon Boat Carnival is a Chinese style one day boat race with a distinct air of coolness about it. Well decorated boats and enthusiastic teams take part in races in the waters in and around Hong Kong. You can join a team if you know the right people, or best of all – just relax and watch it with some food and drink!

Officially it’s actually a day of holiday to commemorate the death of a Chinese national hero who drowned himself in a protest, but these days it’s a fun and entertaining day out rather than anything remotely morbid.

When does it happen? – Mostly on a weekend at the start or middle of June.

3. Mid Autumn Festival!!

The mid-Autumn Festival is excellent. The weather isn’t too hot. You can sample the amazing mooncake, a Chinese style cake which is only available during Mid-Autumn Festival and it comes in many varieties. My top choice of mooncake is blueberry or the white chocolate one, but also make sure you try the original one – it is made with egg inside it! At night there is a great vibe with kids playing with lanterns in the streets and everywhere lit up. As world festivals go this is quite a novelty, and this lantern craze is best witnessed in Hong Kong, because mainland Chinese people only do the traditional lanterns. In Hong Kong these lanterns can be Pokemon, elephants or anything really!

When does it occur? – Again this is dependent on the Chinese Calendar but it’s around the end of September or early October. It’s a single day national holiday in Hong Kong.

4. German Bier Festival!!

Why on earth would you go all the way to Hong Kong to drink German Beer?? Because this is a great multi cultural party where Chinese, Germans and people from all over the world come to let their hair down! It’s a good laugh seeing the Chinese up jiving to the likes of R.E.M., Neil Diamond and Lady Gaga! What’s more is it’s a really fantastic atmosphere. Seriously who doesn’t want to try German beer and eat Bratwurst with an oustanding view of skyscrapers in behind just as the sun is setting over this mini country?

When is it? – It usually runs for a month from the middle of October onwards.

5. Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival

If you thought the people of Hong Kong don’t appreciate the finer things in life like wine and beer then think again!! The Amazing Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival is a wonderful place to relax with friends, enjoy live music, drink countless wines and eat a wide variety of local and foreign foods. Head over mid afternoon so you catch the incredible November sunset in Hong Kong…

When is it? – Normally November (and it only lasts 3-4 days)

Visit Hong Kong and get to these top 5 festivals – these are just some of what Hong Kong has! There are lots more festivals in Hong Kong (for example Easter, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day, Halloween Party at Lan Kwai Fong). This city rocks and is a vibrant place for a mixture of entertainment.

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    What to expect on a Cruise

    by on Feb.12, 2013, under Travel

    Whether it’s a luxury 5 star cruise around the world, or an all inclusive family cruise along the coast, the range of activities on board a cruise ship these days is almost endless. The modern cruise ship caters for young, old and everything in between these days. People under the age of 16 are absolutely spoiled for choice with group activities and the most modern games, people above that age are spoiled for choice in the finer things in life like food, beverages, spas, health & fitness and toddlers are not forgotten either.

    The recreational activities on the Carnival Cruise Line, for example, are inclined towards teens, but there are a handful of perks for kids under the age of 9 as well. The expansive outdoor pool, large water park, 10 whirlpools and 22 foot screen for movies is most inviting on Carnival, followed by a host of recreational fun divided into categories depending on age.

    Ages between 2 and 5 are normally catered for in the toddlers groups and will get to do things like art, coloring and singing to name a few. Kids between 6 and 8 are normally seen as the junior category and that get to take part in excellent activities like talent shows, karaoke and scavenger hunts. The teens – and the pre teens – have a mountain of things to do. Many of the activities are water based in the host of pools that are aboard all the modern cruise vessels, but there is also multiplayer computer tournaments and energy sapping adventures like rock wall climbing and sometimes even ice skating, depending on the ship.

    Any chance to get away from it all and relax is something to look forward to, and taking a trip on a cruise-ship is just the chance you might have been looking for. Studies have shown the most people who take a cruise say they achieved a general sense of well being and relaxation whilst on their journey. For many passengers, the adventure of sailing through crystal, azure waters combined with day trips to exotic destinations is an absolute thrill. Combine this with the pampering and services on board an you are looking at the vacation of a lifetime. Some of the companies best known to achieve these goals with are Carnival Lines, Royal Caribbean, Holland America Lines, P&O cruises and Cunard – to name a few.

    Cruise companies have a number of ways to relax, but one of the most common is spas. These can be taken on board in most cases and some also offer land based options. The on board option is undoubtedly the easiest and different companies go for different options like Eastern Traditional style, high tech cardio options and general fitness centers. If you are interested in taking full advantage of these kind of facilitates, it is best if you can find a package with all this included – which really is most of them. Add to this the options of multiple indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpools, and you will find it hard to to enjoy yourself.

    If you are looking for a little adventure there are often casinos on board to play a hand or 2, shore excursions and deck games for all ages. Researching the activities you specifically desire prior to booking a cruise is key to a memorable experience.

    Action is often an unlimited component on many cruise lines starting with Wii consoles streamed through large screens, special game kiosks for children, cooking classes and the Royal Caribbean’s full size boxing ring to name a few. That’s not all; there’s also surf and theme parks, innovative yoga, extensively kitted out gyms and skating rinks to explore.

    But when it comes to the best all-inclusive perk it has to be the dining. With meals included on nearly all cruises, shopping around the myriad of restaurants on board can be the most delightful experience of the trip. There are some packages that have restrictions on beverages, so make sure you check exactly what’s included before you sign up. But the dining options on board all the leading companies are world class and offer a range of choices encompassing flavors from around the world and menus prepared by world renowned chefs.

    In the last ten years, cruising has become the fastest growing segment of the travel industry. Due to this we have seen both the amount and quality of cruise-liners improve dramatically. Ships on a scale never dreamed of before are being commissioned every year with some carrying as many as 4,500 people. They are no longer just large ships that traverse the seas to get from one place to another, but rather, regal floating cities with destinations set amongst the most beautiful places in the world.

    Cruising can be the most entertaining form of vacationing in the world. To discover more about the type of cruises available, check out Cruises Australia and get a full rundown.

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      Rio De Janerio Wins 2016 Summer Olympic Games

      by on Apr.03, 2012, under Travel

      South America will host the Summer Olympic Games for the first time in 2016, as Rio De Janeiro, Brazil was awarded the honor on Friday. Rio beat out the US choice of Chicago, Illinois along with Tokyo, Japan and Madrid, Spain to earn the right to host the games. Despite a high pressure effort from the American power elite–including President Barack Obama and TV gabfest queen Oprah Winfrey–Chicago was the first city eliminated from contention. Tokyo was the next to go, before Rio got the nod over Madrid in the final round of balloting.

      Bookmakers offered odds on the host city choice, with Rio listed as second favorite at +200. Chicago had been the wagering favorite at most books, particularly after President Obama got involved personally in the US bid effort. Chicago was bet as high as a -300 favorite, while Madrid and Tokyo were priced in the +250 range. Some suggest that Tokyo didnt deserve to have such short odds, but was the beneficiary of regional pride from the notoriously enthusiastic betting population of Japan.

      Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil, got the better of his US counterpart Barack Obama The Brazilian leader stressed the unfairness that South America had never hosted the games in his speech to the committee;

      “It is a time to address this imbalance. It is time to light the Olympic cauldron in a tropical country.”

      The Olympic committee was apparently swayed by this presentation and paid no mind to Rios many downsides. It is without a doubt the most dangerous of the finalist cities, where drug cartels and armed bands of thugs roam without impunity. Well do to Rio citizens are used to removing watches and jewelry before they drive anywhere lest they be targeted by carjacking brigands. Rios murder rate is also one of the highest in the world. Brazilian bid officials have stressed that security will be a priority at the games and it better be lest the Olympics turn into a bloodbath.

      Some IOC members suggested that the summary dismissal of Chicagos bid was more of a rebuke of the notoriously corrupt USOC. The last two Olympics held in the US were tainted by crime and corruption. The’96 Atlanta Olympics were disrupted by a terrorist bombing, while the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games were marred by a well known bribery and corruption scandal. Some suggested that US President Obama’s quick and perfunctory visit was taken as more of an insult by the delegates than anything else.

      Ross Everett is a freelance writer and respected authority on price per head. His writing has appeared on a variety of sports sites including sports news and bookie software sites. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with three Jack Russell Terriers and an emu. He is currently working on an autobiography of former interior secretary James Watt.

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