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7 Amazing Chinese Amusement Parks

December 30th, 2009 by

Roller coaster and thrill ride lovers around the world are constantly seeking the next great adventure ride. While some countries are devoid of amusements others are overflowing and you might just find a fun and exciting amusement park in a place you least expect – including throughout a number of amazing Chinese cities.

0515 - China - Bike Trip - Park - Ride

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Seollal, The Korean New Year

December 30th, 2009 by

The most important festival in South Korea is Seollal, the lunar new year. This 3-day holiday, which is centered around the family, compels an estimated 28 million Koreans to return to their hometowns every year and visit their relatives to partake in several rituals as the new year approaches. Train tickets are reserved a month in advance by many people traveling home on the same days, while food and gift purchases are highest during this time, making it the busiest time of the year for many Korean department stores and malls. Road traffic to provinces becomes a mess, and all radio stations provide frequent live updates on traffic conditions to assist with the migration of the masses.

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Three Countries In Ten Days: Glistening Wat Traimit Of Bangkok

December 25th, 2009 by

There are certainly tons of things to see and do in Bangkok.  A lot of tourists find themselves in this bustling capital city because a number of things.  Some people head to Bangkok to catch up with their history and enrich themselves with the potency of Thailand’s innate culture.  There are also others who are shopaholics and just go to this favorite tourist destination simply to fill their bags with exciting shopping finds.

Wat Traimit of Thailand

In our case, my partner and I went to Bangkok to do a bit of everything.  It is certainly nice to buy some neat stuff for ourselves but we always feel that we should never let go of the chance to visit favorite tourist destinations so that we can learn more about the cultures of the places that we visit.

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Things To Do In Subic Bay

December 24th, 2009 by

A former US Naval Station, Subic Bay has transformed itself into a premier economic zone and entertainment complex in the Philippines. With a multitude of natural and modern attractions, this city located north of Manila is a holiday destination for residents in the region as well as international travelers. There is also the usual complement of malls, restaurants, bars, and hotels to make anyone’s stay as memorable as possible.

Subic entrance

Here are some things to do while in Subic Bay:

Admire marine life in Subic Park Ocean Adventure - The two shows worth seeing are the dolphin and false killer whale show and the sea lion exhibition, which gives a more personal experience. There are also 10 aquariums which recreate marine conditions around Subic Bay.

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5 Amazing South Korean Destinations

December 23rd, 2009 by

South Korea is, to many, a largely avoided vacation destination. With such close proximity to North Korea, many travelers fear that a trip to South Korea may end up disastrous. Sadly, this mindset is causing thousands of travelers to miss out on the unique culture and history that South Korea has to offer. Are you ready to take a trip out to South Korea? Here are 5 incredible destinations you may want to consider.

5. Daegu

Daegu Park

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Have A Winter Wonderland At Hong Kong Disneyland

December 18th, 2009 by

It is this time of the year again when everyone gets to visit their favorite holiday destinations for the Christmas season.  Some people choose to just book a local flight to their own provinces and be united with their families.  There are also others who grab the opportunity of having long “off” days from work to go out of the country for some rest,relaxation and adventure.

Sparkling Christmas at Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong would have to be counted as one of the popular stops of tourists for Christmas.  People who live in tropical countries like the Philippines, Thailand, etc would certainly welcome the cold and soothing weather.  Given that it is a tourist friendly city, there are tons to do in Hong Kong and one will be assured of an endless list of things to do for his or her travel itinerary.  There are also a lot of nice hotels to stay in like the Acesite Hotel Hong Kong.

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East Asian Christmas Traditions

December 16th, 2009 by

You’ll find that throughout the world the holidays are celebrated in a plethora of different ways. While the general spirit of the Christmas holiday is usually the same, each culture has found a few unique ways of its own to celebrate. Here are just a few of the traditions celebrated throughout Eastern Asia.

Christmas in China

Christmas decorations in Bangkok

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9 Must-Try Shanghai Cuisine

December 14th, 2009 by

Although not part of the eight traditions, Shanghai cuisine has borrowed the best from its surrounding provinces and made it into its own notable style of cooking. One special aspect of Shanghai cooking is the liberal use of alcohol, where fish, eel, crab and chicken are “drunken” with spirits and then quickly cooked or steamed, or even just served raw. Another distinctive technique is the combination of sugar and soy sauce to balance the flavor. Shanghai cuisine is also known for its “red cooking”, where food is gently braised in a flavorful soy sauce-based liquid with sugar and spices.

Here are 9 Shanghai cuisine worth trying out:

Beggar's chicken

Beggar’s Chicken
– chicken wrapped in lotus leaves, covered in clay and baked, resulting in a tender, lightly-flavored meat. Legend has it a beggar stole a chicken and buried it in mud. When he came back for it and cooked it whole, a thick crust formed from the mud which, upon cracking, removed the feathers and released a savory aroma.

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Three Countries In Ten Days: More Bargains At MBK

December 11th, 2009 by

The trip to the Chatuchak Weekend Market, as usual, was both tiring but fun.  Since we were not yet done with our shopping list, we decided to refer to our Bangkok map to check where we could head next.  We realized that it was high time for us to pay a visit to MBK.

Welcome to MBK

I also got to visit the famous MBK or Mahboonkrong during my first visit to Bangkok.  This place would have to be one of the favorite shopping destinations of Bangkok tourists.  It would surely be a shame if we would not be able to do another trip to MBK during our trip to Thailand.  So we took the Bangkok Skytrain again to National Stadium (take note that MBK is also within walking distance of the Bangkok Skytrain Siam Station).  Alternatively, one can take a cab and get off at the taxi unloading area in front of MBK.

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7 Must-Visit Christmas Attractions In Manila

December 10th, 2009 by

As the only Asian country with a predominantly Christian population, the Philippines goes all out during its Catholic holidays. And unlike the commercialized approach of Japan, Korea and other neighboring nations with regards to Christmas, the Philippines keeps its more spiritual traditions intact, with plenty of mass celebrations and nativity-themed displays to remind people of the true meaning of the season. Nevertheless, gift-giving, star-shaped lanterns, eating and shopping abound around the month of December, and despite the hard times, Filipinos find ways to joyously celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Visitors don’t have to go far from the capital city of Manila to enjoy the Yuletide; every part of the metropolis have their own Christmas traditions, whether it’s a colorful lantern parade or simply a street that’s bathed in lights.

Here are 7 must-visit Christmas attractions in Metro Manila:

UP Lantern Parade
UP Lantern Parade - usually held during the third Friday of December, the state university’s annual parade has most of the colleges and major organizations (as well as satellite campuses across the country) take their colorful lanterns around the university oval. The lanterns will stop at key points so that short performances can take place in front of assembled students. The final stop is in front of the administration building, where the judges will give out prizes to the winners. UP Diliman is located in Quezon City.

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