4/30/2009

Enjoy The Dragon Boat Festival in Hong Kong

There is always a reason to visit Hong Kong. The name "Hong Kong" in the English language is an approximate phonetic rendering of the Cantonese or Hakka pronunciation of the Chinese name "Siang Kang", meaning "fragrant harbour" or "fragrant port". I'm not certain why Hong Kong is named like that, but visiting Hong Kong for honeymoon or holiday destination is very enjoyable and unforgettable. 24 hours of entertainment, many kind of fine cuisines, and amazingly shopping centers. For sheer variety of products and brands in all price ranges, Hong Kong is a unique shopping experience. From glitzy malls to funky street markets, and trendy boutiques to traditional Chinese product stores and themed shopping districts, you can find everything from the latest designer fashions and electronic gadgets to best-value antiques and collectibles.

Now, if you have a plan to visit Hong Kong this May, you will enjoy many exotic
and interesting Chinese Festivals. One of those Traditional Festivals is The Dragon Boat Festival. Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. This ancient event, also known as Tuen Ng Festival, there are different findings about the origin of Tuen Ng. The mostly widely accepted one is about the patriotic scholar-statesman Chu Yuan who drowned himself to protest against the emperor. Chu Yuan worked very hard to offer good counsel to the emperor but the emperor won't listen.


People respect Chu Yuan. When they heard that he was drowned, they jumped on boats to search for him. This is a part of what the Dragon Boat Festival commemorates every year. Failing to find Chu Yuan, people hit drums and making loud noised hoping to scare the fish and won't touch Chu Yuan's body. People lived along the river also put cooked rice in the river as a sacrifice. But then they found that the fish got the rice so people wrapped the cooked rice in bamboo leaves. This evolves to present day's rice dumplings.


The Chinese people in Indonesia celebrate this festival too, the rice dumpling is called "Bacang" and Indonesian Chinese call the festival as "Peh Cun" in Hokkian dialect or "Pachuan".

The real highlight of the festival is the fierce-looking dragon boats racing in a lively, vibrant spectacle. Teams race the elaborately decorated dragon boats to the beat of heavy drums. The special boats, which measure more than 10 metres, have ornately carved and painted "dragon" heads and tails, and each carries a crew of 20-22 paddlers.
Participants train in earnest for the competition. Sitting two abreast, with a steersman at the back and a drummer at the front, the paddlers race to reach the finishing line, urged on by the pounding drums and the roar of the crowds.


Dragon boating is one of the world’s fastest growing sports and is basically a race between multiple long wooden boats. In Hong Kong, dragon boating is extremely competitive and teams train and race all year round, often in preparation for the festival. Festival time also sees teams descend from all over the world to participate, and races get very heated.

For tourists and honeymooners you will find many attractive activities along the beach. A number of beachside areas in Hong Kong will turn into mini-carnivals, with food, drinks and outside seating set-up to watch the proceedings. Some of the best locations to see the events are Sha Tin in the New Territories, which is a good choice for families, Aberdeen on the south-side of Hong Kong Island, and Stanley, which remains the party-goers choice, as both expats and alcohol arrive in equal numbers.

Another interesting festivals on May are Cheung Cau Bun Feastval, Tin Hau Festival Birthday of Tam Kung and Birthday of Buddha.

4/27/2009

Visiting The Forbidden City and Tian An Men in China For Your Special Honeymoon

China means romantic, wide, and strong. It is a perfect place to visit during your honeymoon. Not so expensive, but has a magnificent history and exotic scenes. As the biggest country in East Asia and the world's biggest population, China has many special places to visit. Two of those are the Forbidden City and Tian An Men.
Tian An Men means "Gate of Heavenly Peace" was built in 1417 and rebuilt in 1651 due to fires accident.Tian An-men Gate was the principal entry to the Imperial Palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

It is one of the finest monumental gates in the world, extraordinary for its imposing size. Ornamental Columns (huabiao), stone lions and white marble bridges decorate the front. Tian An-men is the front yard of the Imperial Palace or The Forbidden City. People in the world remembered Tian An-men as the spot where the series demonstration was happen in 1989 or in China is known as "the June Fourth incident." Many has been reported injured in that incident.
You may visit the Working People's Cultural Park in eastern Tian An-men and Zhongshan Park in west part of Tian An-men.
Best time to visit is during summer time about July - August.



The Forbidden City
is the best preserved imperial palace in China
and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world.

It is recognized as one of the most important five palaces in the world (thforbidden citye other four are the Palace of Versailles in France, Buckingham Palace in the UK, the White House in the US and the Kremlin in Russia). The splendid architecture of the Forbidden City represents the essence and culmination of traditional Chinese architectural accomplishment.In 1961 the Forbidden City was listed as one of the important historical monuments under the special preservation by the Chinese central government and, in 1987, it was nominated as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The Palace Museum is a real treasure house of Chinese cultural and historical relics.

The Forbidden City, situated in the very heart of Beijing, was home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The construction of the grand palace started in the fourth year of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty (1406), and ended in 1420. In ancient times, the emperor claimed to be the son of Heaven, and therefore Heaven’s supreme power was bestowed upon him. The emperors’ residence on earth was built as a replica of the Purple Palace where God was thought to live in Heaven. Such a divine place was certainly forbidden to ordinary people and that is why the Forbidden City is so named.

The Forbidden City covers an area of about 72 hectares with a total floor space of approximately 150, 000 square meters. It consists of 90 palaces and courtyards, 980 buildings and 8,704 rooms. To represent the supreme power of the emperor given from God, and the place where he lived being the center of the world, all the gates, palace and other structures of the Forbidden City were arranged about the south-north central axis of Beijing.

It is really a fascinating and awesome site. The greatness for more about 400 years was kept in this palace. Beside ultimate arts you will discover the king's household, one of has about a thousand concubines wow...
I admire how Chinese people treated their heritage and history, they are taking care the ancient building so well that "not a single stone has been moved" from this palace. Even the trees is more than 300 years. What a journey..

4/16/2009

Honeymoon in The Land of Castles in Wales


Great Britain is definitely a must-have visit place for your honeymoon destination. If you love to have one romantic and historical journey England is a good choice. One interesting spot you have to visit is Wales. Wales i
waless located on a peninsula in central-west Great Britain. Its area, the size of Wales, is about 20,779 km square (8,023 square miles) - about the same size as Massachusetts. Wales is bordered by England to the east and by sea in the other three directions: the Môr Hafren (Bristol Channel) to the south, St. George's Channel to the west, and the Irish Sea to the north. Altogether, Wales has over 1,200 km (750 miles) of coastline. There are several islands off the Welsh mainland, the largest being Ynys Môn (Anglesey) in the northwest.


Wales has a beautiful scenery and historical landmark. The main industrial areas and population are in the South Wales. Consisting of the cities of Cardiff , Swansea, and Newport and surrounding areas, with another significant population in the north-east around Wrexham (Wrecsam).


Cardiff is the capital city of Wales also known as the land of castles. You will find many historical and romantic castles there, like Beaumaris Castle in Angelsey North Wales, Caernarfon Castle in Gwynedd North Wales, Flint Castle in Flintshire North Wales and many more. Honeymooners can also stay in a Castle for their special night. I mean what could be more romantic than spending a night in a real Castle ? You will experience the unforgettable moment like prince and princess in a story. It's true, quite a few have been converted into fabulous, fantasy hotels, where you can spend a few days imagining a Camelot lifestyle.


Though Wales probably has more castles than any other part of the Great Britain, many of them are great historic ruins. Only a few have been fitted out as hotels. Like Craig-Y-Nos Castle in the Brecon Beacons National Park in the Upper Swansea Valley in South Wales, UK. This is an area specially designated for its natural beauty and has an interesting historical past. The castle has been transformed into a quality hotel with accommodation and reception facilities for weddings and conferences. Craig-y-Nos offers visitors a unique experience, whether it be just enjoying an overnight stay, or as a guest at a major function. It is a great and romantic place to spend for your honeymoon.


walesIf you love shopping, you will find a treasure in Queen Street in Cardiff. Another must have visit spots in Wales are in Pembrokeshire that has many fabulous and magnificent beaches. Holding hands walking on the beach or just sit down enjoying the sunset are nice things to do with your spouse. Got interested ?

4/02/2009

Planning a Romantic Honeymoon in Italy Vineyard

Planning a great and memorable honeymoon sometime make you depressed and stress :) It could happen to many couples. They're lack of ideas but it's okay it's normal. You've got a lot to think at that day, the wedding, the guests, the banquets, and many more. Not mention about honeymoon yet ha..ha..so I think You could get some help from friends, family, honeymoon planner, or search from the net. Decide the destination first, set the budget, search the tickets , decide what to carry, and the ideas (want some romantic honeymoon, wacky honeymoon, cruise, luxury, or back packer honeymoon). One idea for honeymooners is a romantic journey in Italy vineyard.

Italy has many wine products. Italian people love to have a great meal for dinner with friends and some glass of wine like Chianti. Food and wine are way of life in Italy :) you know what I mean.. Italy has been produced wine since thousand years ago. Their vineyards are fabulous. Wine is a popular drink in Italy, wine yards are everywhere. Grapes are grown everywhere in Italy. You could try the wine touring for your honeymoon. You may join the wine and food tour or just rent a car and spend several day wine touring for your own. It's so romantic. Imagine both of you visit the splendid vineyard and try some precious wine. You can learn the process of wine making or just to learn how to taste and appreciate quality wine and enjoy the awesome scenery.

There are three major wine areas in Italy. In Tuscani, Pledmont and Veneto. You have to arrange the visit in advance. You may contact the winery before visit because some winery limit the days and hours to receive the guest. First, try to visit Chianti Classico area. Private tours are more personalized and fun than those large crowds. If you are having a full day in the Tuscany countryside, spend it with a guide to see some of the wineries you may not find on your own. In this guided tour you can be guided in a full day excursion to the heart of the Chianti Classico area. Ride through the beautiful hills of Chianti area, visits 2 wineries, highly rated by influential wine publications. You will taste the wines of the winery which will typically include at least one Chianti Classico, a Riserva and an IGT Super Tuscan. If you take the private tour for up to 2 persons it's just about 200 Euro per person.

If you love Roman garden style, you have to join the Valpolicella and Amarone Wine tour. Valpolicella has the meaning of valley of many cellars.
It's the home to a series of red grapes, most of which have unclear origins and are rarely found elsewhere in Italy. Corvina, a dark-berried, thick-skinned variety, is the principal grape in red Valpolicella wines, forming the backbone of the blend with its firm tannins and rich, smokl, red-cherry scent. We'll visit celebrated vineyards where Amarone is made. Its method of production dates back to Roman times. Cost only 250 Euro per person.

Both of the vineyard are amazing and has fabulous scenery. Most of all is romantic and different. You can search another destination of vineyard touring for your convinience. Have a wonderful and memorable honeymoon.


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