Month: December 2019

Holiday & Travel Guide For Hong Kong

Holiday & Travel Guide For Hong Kong

Look around

With its extraordinary history and culture, there are plenty of tours to help you discover all that Hong Kong has to offer. Stunning views of the area to see new luxury buildings among the traditional ones and visit St John’s Cathedral which is said to be the oldest Christian church in the Far East. There are more than 20 museums including those for space, railroad and science, along with culture and history for you to get around and see artifacts from its colorful history: Hong Kong truly serves everyone. Hong Kong has its own Madame Tussaud track and horse racing for an exciting day.

The Chin Lin Nunnery is a stunning elegant complex, with beautiful lotus ponds and rooms full of religious relics and treasures, this place must not be missed. Nian Lin garden is a magnificent park to visit, built in Tang Dynasty style, the building is stunning and the landscape is beautiful. After a day’s excursions take tea in the magnificent and elegant hotel called the Peninsular, or locally known as “The Pen”. This historic hotel will serve you cucumber sandwiches and afternoon tea in its beautiful surroundings. After a long day visiting the sights visit Victoria Harbour and watch the nightly show of lights and sound. This truly amazing show brings tourists flocking to it from around the world and has themes of Awakening, Energy, Heritage, Partnership and the finale Celebration, it truly is a sight to be seen.

Shopping

Shopping in Hong Kong is glitzy, trendy and traditional, with hundreds of stores to visit. There are massive shopping districts which can take up days to scour. There is nothing you can’t find in the stores, from designer clothing to the latest electronic technology items. The shops are extravagant, but there are plenty of bargains to be had, this city is shopping paradise. There are also many open markets to visit from bird garden market selling everything from grasshoppers, to fancy birdcages, or visit the open air flower market with its exotic flowers and colourful displays. There are markets for everything, but a great place to spend time in is the Jade markets with their diverse mix of rare and valuable items to inexpensive tourist items and souvenirs. The atmosphere and colourful market stalls are very enticing, but be sure you are buying genuine jade if your purchase is going to be an expensive one. There is even a themed market for the kids and toy lovers; there is so much shopping here in Hong Kong, it’s a brilliant experience.

EatingFrom delicious Chinese food served in wicker baskets to tasty sea food dishes in Japanese Sushi restaurants and fast food outlets serving tasty snacks, you will find something to take your fancy here. There are gourmet dishes in a variety of Mexican, Filipino and many other international cuisines for you to try in restaurants all around the city, from the very expensive to the inexpensive family budget meals.

Nightlife

With movies to watch, ballet performances … Read More

A Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Europe

A Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Europe

If you are yearning for all things festive then take a look at our guide. Whether you are hankering after the ultimate Christmas tree topper or have just developed a strong liking for mulled wine and Christmas cake you are sure to find something here to your taste. Many markets offer many goods at discounted prices in December so shop around for the best price.

Best for atmosphere

Cologne’s market is actually six markets in one town, the four largest and the most impressive are located right outside the town’s beautiful Gothic cathedral. The markets are a huge event and every year they regularly attract 2 million visitors. The half-timber stalls, the temporary ice-rink, the floating market and the Medieval market outside the Chocolate museum are particularly attractive to visitors and are just a few of the reasons why this market has charmed so many to keep returning in huge numbers year after year. In fact nobody does a Christmas market quite like Germany and Nuremberg, Dresden and Munich are also considered some of the most beautiful and atmospheric.

* Cologne market – 27th November – 23rd December 2009

* Nuremberg market – 27th November – 24th December 2009

* Dresden market – 26th November-24th December 2009

* Munich market – 27th November – 24th December 2009

Best for Children

There is a strong emphasis on fairy tales and folk-lore at the The Prague market and the organisers really go that extra mile in creating a true “Winter Wonderland” setting. There is even a nativity style petting zoo, a very large (and extremely well lit!) Christmas tree, dance and singing concerts and horse carriage rides as well as traditional seasonal foods and decoration/gifts.

* Prague Market – 28th November 2009 – 01st January 2010

Best for Budget

It might not be the most famous market but this traditional but less commercial market in Bratislava, Slovakia might be the perfect choice for a more budget-conscious traveller. Popular with tourists and locals alike this market offers everything from locally crafted gifts, winter clothing and ceramics as well as everything in between. Watch live entertainment as you scoff bread with dripping and onion and potato pancakes filled with goose liver (or just fruit-filled pancakes and apple pies..)

* Bratislava Market-1st November 2009 – 1st January 2010

Most Unique Shopping Experience

If you’re after something a little bit different then perhaps the Christmas market in Valkenburg, Holland would appeal, the whole market takes place in a cave underneath the city. Trawl the candle-lit labyrinth of passageways and caverns for gifts and decorations and marvel at the impressive mural carvings and sculptures also located there.

* Valkenburg – 28th November – 14th December 2009

Best for Chocolate Lovers

If you or your family had a particular addiction to all things chocolate then the popular Christmas fair in Brussels, Belgium should be right up your street. The “Winter Wonderland” takes place on the Place Sainte Catherine and as well as culinary delights such as steamed snails, … Read More

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