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Quirky International Places To Spend Valentines Day

January 31st, 2011 by

While roses, candy and a romantic dinner are the staples of a Valentine’s Day celebration, more adventurous couples can make this romantic moment more unforgettable by spending it in an unusual or even outrageous location.

Here are six quirky places to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Loveland, Jeju Island

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Jeju Loveland, South Korea

This sex-themed park was developed by businessmen in Jeju Island, a popular getaway for honeymooners. By displaying all sorts of erotic statues all over the park grounds, newlyweds and other lovers can get ideas on how to spice up their own love lives. Visitors can choose among several hotels in Jeju and visit many other sights that enthrall both lovers and families alike.

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Six Great Cities For Street Photography

January 25th, 2011 by

Travel photographers may have the best equipment and years of experience but the choice of subject matter can spell the difference between a successful photo shoot and a drab one. Some cities are perpetually beloved by photographers for the richness of their visual impact and the variety of contrasting elements they offer.

Here are six cities around the world that give street photography a good name.

Hong Kong

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Hong Kong

This dynamic economic centre is a sparkling jewel from afar and a startling contrast of oriental and occidental influences. Nothing captures the magnificence of the city like the view from the Kowloon side at night, as the mighty edifices blot out the darkness with sparkling radiance. Walking the streets of Hong Kong offers glimpses of historic temples, modern skyscrapers and British colonial sites together with dazzling commercial establishments. Finally, the sheer density of the island means you can snap away as soon as you step out of your Hong Kong hotel.

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Chinese New Year Celebrations Around The World

January 18th, 2011 by

As the Chinese have migrated to other lands over the centuries, they have brought many of their own traditions and cultural customs along with them. One of these is the celebration of their most important holiday, the lunar new year, and even as they embrace new ideas and values, a lot of their ancient ways have remained intact.

Here are some Chinese New Year 2011 celebrations from around the world.

San Francisco Chinese New Year dragon dance

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San Francisco, California

San Francisco Chinese New Year festival originated during the 1860s Gold Rush and is now the largest Asian event in North America. Two major fairs, the Chinese New Year Flower Fair and the Chinatown Community Street Fair, both conclude during the Chinese New Year Parade. Floats, costumes, dragon dancers, drums and firecrackers all tour the streets of Chinatown, from Market Street to Kearny Street. The grand finale features the Golden Dragon, a 201-foot-long ornament that is decorated with colored lights, silver rivets and white rabbit fur. Visitors can find the best spots to watch the parade along Portsmouth Square and the review stand area at the end of the parade.

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Celebrate Chinese New Year In Hong Kong

January 11th, 2011 by

While Hong Kong is a thoroughly modern city, it retains many traditional customs from the mainland. Chinese New Year, for starters, is one event that truly stops the city in its tracks and a perfect time to arrange accommodations in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Chinese New Year

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To kick off 2011, the Year of the Rabbit, visit famous Wong Tai Sin Temple. The important shrine attracts 30,000 devotees for Chinese New Year and features a vital ritual, wherein each visitor grabs a tube of fortune sticks and shakes it until one drops. Each stick has a number, which, with the aid of nearby fortune tellers, supposedly guides your fortune throughout the new year.

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3 Top Spring Festivals In China

January 5th, 2011 by

The Spring Festival is an ancient tradition in Chinese culture, celebrating the end of winter and the start of the planting season. Occurring on the first day of the first lunar month, it is accompanied by upbeat festivities and life-affirming rituals, from eating special delicacies to decorating houses with distinctive symbols.

New Year decor,  Beijing

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New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong

December 28th, 2010 by

Hong Kong will transform into one huge party on December 31, 2010. If you want to celebrate in style on New Year’s Eve, read on.

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Victoria Harbour Fireworks

The Hong Kong government will treat residents and visitors to a spectacular night display of pyrotechnics at Victoria Harbour at midnight. Crowds will form on the Kowloon side of the harbour at Tsim Sha Tsui, near the Avenue of the Stars. There are already viewing platforms constructed for the nightly Sympony of the Stars that will be used for viewing the fireworks. On the island side, spectators will congregate at Wan Chai around Golden Bauhina Square, as well as around the Central piers. Those who find a place on Victoria Peak can watch the sky erupt in color from their lofty viewpoint. Finally, a very good place to watch the fireworks is aboard a cruise ship passing along the harbour, as wine and tidbits are served to passengers. Besides the fireworks, the International Finance Centre will display a huge countdown clock so that everyone in attendance can ring in the New Year in unison.

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Four Awesome New Year’s Eve Events In Thailand

December 21st, 2010 by

Thailand will accept any excuse to party, and even the Western New Year of 2011 is good enough for clubs, malls and hotels to break out into festival mode, enticing both local and foreign celebrants to cheer on the incoming year with music, food and merriment. If you find yourself in Thailand on the eve of December 31 this year, you can party at one of these events.

Koh Phangan Full Moon Party

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8 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve In Singapore

December 14th, 2010 by

From Sentosa Island to Marina Bay, Singapore is primed to ring in 2011 with a bang. Whether you’re up for some overnight beach raves or a tamer brand of fun, the island state has all the action you’ll need to welcome the new year in style.

Marina Bay fireworks

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Read Or Die In BookFest@Singapore

December 7th, 2010 by

If you like reading, then you’ll love BookFest@Singapore, the island’s biggest annual book fair. Reading material from all over will gather in one massive ten day-long event which are bookended by the weekends, just in time to give you something to read during the coming holidays.

Photo courtesy of Eustaquio Santimano.

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Sail The Stormy Seas Of The Monsoon Cup

November 30th, 2010 by

Lying near the Pacific Ocean, Malaysia sees its share of monsoons, vast tropical storms that whip the seas and land with torrential rains and powerful winds. In an act that makes lemonades out of lemons, the Malaysian government launched the Monsoon Cup, a sailing event that pits the will of man versus the awesome forces of nature.

Match racing

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    Top 5 Romantic Spots in Asia

    • Palawan, Philippines (39%, 182 Votes)
    • Boracay, Philippines (36%, 168 Votes)
    • Bali, Indonesia (31%, 143 Votes)
    • Agra, India (18%, 84 Votes)
    • Batangas, Philippines (17%, 79 Votes)
    • Male, Maldives (16%, 77 Votes)
    • Jeju Island, South Korea (16%, 75 Votes)
    • Sentosa Island, Singapore (15%, 72 Votes)
    • Krabi, Thailand (13%, 60 Votes)
    • Macau, China (10%, 49 Votes)
    • Halong Bay, Vietnam (7%, 34 Votes)

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