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Ever Happy In Everland

April 17th, 2009 by

There is an interesting place in South Korea where a person can go back to his or her childhood and start believing in happy ever after all over again.  I am actually referring to Everland.

From the time the highly popular Everland Resort opened its doors to the public in 1976, it has already provided quality entertainment, first class service, and fun way of learning to hundreds and hundreds of park goers each year. The resort is divided into several attractions that can be enjoyed by everyone – both young and the young at heart.  Attractions at the Everland Resort include the Caribbean Bay, which is a world-class water park.  There is also a motor race track called the Speed Way, Home Bridge, Glen Ross Golf Club, Art Museum, and a Transportation Museum among others.

Welcome to Everland

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The Landmarks Of Shenzhen

April 16th, 2009 by

Deng Xiaopeng StatueEver since the Shenzhen Economic Zone has been established, this vibrant city has been growing astoundingly. It’s thousand-strong skyscrapers is a testament to the economic strength as well as the speed of its growth. Although Shenzhen lacks the historical and cultural attractions of other famous cities in China, it makes up for it with modern architectural wonders and theme parks, drawing in tourists from all over Asia.

Deng Xiaoping was a Chinese leader to enabled many reforms in the country, making the economic success of Shenzhen possible. In memory of Deng, a 6-meter high bronze statue of his likeness was set up in Lotus Hill Park, a 166-hectare fully-forested public park that comprises the largest green space in the central city area. Millions of visitors have since passed by the statue, and many lay flowers on its foot every year on his death anniversary. You can reach Lotus Hill Park by getting off Shaoniangong Metro Station and heading to the southwest gate near the Guan Shanyue Museum.

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Asia’s 5 Most Incredible Female Travelers

April 15th, 2009 by

In the early late 19th- and early 20th centuries it wasn’t common to find female travelers scouring the earth in search of new territories, or in an attempt to uncover undiscovered landmarks. Although the existence of these brave women wasn’t necessarily celebrated, there’s no doubt that each of them made a significant impact on the development and discovery of Asia’s history. They risked not only their lives but their social statuses as well, in order to chart unknown territories.

In honor of Women’s History Month, just passed in March, we’ve decided to pay tribute to five of these incredible women. They are, in no particular order:

5. Isabella Bird

Isabella Bird

Image Credit: japanonfoot

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Walking Trails Of Lamma Island Hong Kong

April 14th, 2009 by

Lamma IslandOne would think that a traveler has already seen all of Hong Kong after touring all the famous shopping areas, having fun at Hong Kong Disneyland or Ocean Park Hong Kong and doing the rounds in the main tourist areas of this pulsating city.  But actually there is still so much to see.  Those who would like to escape the bustling streets of Hong Kong can hop over to another island where it is more peaceful and laid back.  I’m referring to none other than Lamma Island.

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Happy Easter In Asia

April 13th, 2009 by

Easter BunniesEaster is one of the major religious events of Roman Catholicism and other Christian groups. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after being dead for 3 days as a result of his crucifixion; it also marks the end of Lent, a season of prayer, fasting, and penance. In the west, symbols like chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies proliferate during this time of year, and families wear new clothes when they attend church and decorate the house with new items to represent a new beginning. Easter is known as a movable feast: it does not fall under a fixed date but is rather determined by a lunisolar calendar in the Christian liturgical year.

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Mesmerizing Coloane Island

April 10th, 2009 by

A Ma StatueColoane Island would have to be included in any traveler’s itinerary in Macau.  According to history books and brochures on Macau, Coloane Island used to be just an uninhabited bay, rocky hillside, deep caverns, and a wooded area covered by thick vegetation and trees.  At the time when Macau was the core of trading activities between the West and China, a lot of pirates built their headquarters on Coloane Island as it seemed that the island was scary enough to discourage trespassers.  Obviously, Coloane Island has already evolved to the attractive island that it is today.  Coloane Island is making its mark as a favorite tourist destination in Macau because of its nice beaches, trekking pathways or trails, and numerous open-air offerings.

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10 Things To Do In Penang

April 9th, 2009 by

GeorgetownPenang is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Malaysia, and with all the places to see and things to do, it’s not so hard to imagine why. Formerly the center of British Malaya, Penang has taken care to preserve its history while developing into a modern state at the same time. If you want a quick guide to your visit in this island-state, then read on.

1. Survey the island atop KOMTAR. This is the tallest building in Penang and it provides a 360-degree view of the island. An important landmark of the city, KOMTAR houses government offices, shopping centers, and an exhibition center.

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Visiting the Angor Wat Temple

April 7th, 2009 by

Take a detour through Angkor, Cambodia and you’ll stumble upon an incredible site. The Angor Wat Temple complex, built in the 12th century for King Suryavarman II, is a stunning example of early Khmer architecture. Today it is one of the most visited attractions in all of Cambodia.

The History Behind Angkor Wat

Angor Wat Temple
Image credit: kopretinka

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Fire Up Those Grills For The Bangus Festival In The Philippines

April 7th, 2009 by

Bangus Festival of the PhilippinesIt is April once again and this month signals the start of the summer season for all countries in Asia and the start of a couple of weeks of school’s summer. In the Philippines, April marks the start of celebrations leading to a famous festival.  This festival is none other than the Bangus Festival, one of the most prominent local celebrations that last for almost the whole month of April.  For 2009, celebrations will start of April 16 all the way until May 1. Bangus or Milk fish, the national fish of the Philippines, can actually be cooked or prepared in about a hundred ways.  This kind of fish is so close to the hearts of Filipinos that they have even organized a festival just to give honor to the Bangus or specifically to the Bonuan Bangus which is believed to have delectable taste of its own that cannot be found in other varieties of Milk fish.

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Top 10 Landmarks In South Korea

April 6th, 2009 by

Changdeokgung PalaceSouth Korea has a rich culture stemming from its own dynastic monarchy as well as influences from many Asian countries. Modern times have also led the country to construct impressive skyscrapers and other developments that are worth seeing up close. To guide you in your journey to South Korea, here are 10 landmarks you shouldn’t miss.

Changdeokgung Palace – one of the five grand palaces of Joseon-era Seoul. Literally meaning “Palace of Prospering Virtue”, the complex is comprised of 13 buildings and 28 pavilions.  Changdeokgung is at its most beautiful during the fall, when leaves turn colorful and start to fall in a gentle, gradual shower.

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