Feb 20

Suzhou Classical Gardens-world Cultural Heritage

Автор: , 20 Feb 2012

Suzhou Classical Gardens-world Cultural Heritage

Talking about China, you will think of the images of Chinese classical garden. Suzhou, a cultural and historical city in east China Jiangsu Province, is celebrated around the world for its elegant gardens. If you are a Chinese Gardens lover, don’t miss to go there.
Suzhou is also known as “Gusu city”, having the fame of “Oriental Venice” with more than 2500 years history. As the world of garden, Suzhou offers the best museum to show its ancient gardens which are the gem of classical garden architecture in south China and has been included in the UNESCO heritage list.
Local chronicles reveal that Suzhou city held nearly 200 gardens during its heyday. As the saying goes, gardens to the south of Yangtze River are the best in the World and Suzhou gardens are the best among them. These gardens attain their high reputation not only for their vast numbers, but also for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction.
Enjoying or appraising Suzhou Gardens, you should keep in mind six points as below:

  • Conception
  • The way rockery and waters are arranged
  • Pavilions, terraces, halls and chambers
  • Flower and tree arrangements
  • Appropriate name
  • Poetic touch
    The Surging Waves Pavilion, the Lion Grove Garden, the Humble Administrator Garden and the Lingering Garden in Suzhou are inscribed as the Four Most Famous Gardens in China and they represent the different styles of Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. And the Garden of the Master of the Nets is another exquisite garden in this city.
    Song Style Suzhou Gardens: The famous example is the Blue Wave Pavilion (Canglangting). The oldest classic garden in Suzhou, It is originally built in the Tang Dynasty. Canglang Pavilion emphasizes the harmony between man made buildings and the natural environment which features a range of man-made mountains on the inside and landscapes on the outside.
    Yuan Style Suzhou Gardens: The famous example is the Lion Grove Garden which is reputed as a “kingdom of artificial mountains”. Built in 1342, the garden is an ideal sightseeing site as it many elegant pavilions, majestic towers and numerous other works of art. What fun it will be when you are viewing fragrant flowers and winding delicate corridors!
    Ming Style Suzhou Gardens: The famous example is the Humble Administrator’ s Garden. The garden consists of three parts with different types of buildings around streams and ponds. In the main garden, there are four pavilions placed at different spots. Each pavilion has a very beautiful and lyrical name which represent the four seasons.
  • Qing Style Suzhou Gardens: The famous example is the Lingering Garden. Possessing typical Qing style, it is well-known for the exquisite beauty of its magnificent halls, and the various sizes, shapes, and colors of the buildings. Dating from the 11th-19th century, the gardens reflect the profound metaphysical importance of natural beauty in Chinese culture in their meticulous design.
    Recommended tours:

  • Day 01 Arrival Suzhou
  • Arrive in Suzhou. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

  • Day 02 Suzhou
  • Depart from hotel in the morning and be transferred to visit Humble Administrator Garden, the Tiger Hill and the Lingering Garden.

  • Day 03 Departure Suzhou
  • Visit the Garden of the Master of the Nets in the morning. Free at leisure until to be transferred to the airport for your next destination.

    Feb 20

    Fly Drive Holiday in New England

    Автор: , 20 Feb 2012

    Fly Drive Holiday in New England

    For an unforgettable fly drive American holiday, explore the scenic roads and rustic beauty of New England. It’s the closest place in the states that you can get to from the UK, making it an excellent choice for those with limited time or simply an “I can’t wait!” attitude.

    From Boston, driving north and west into New Hampshire and Vermont is a road tripper’s delight. Plan your trip during the mid autumn months when fall foliage is at its peak to capture New England at its finest. Crisp country air and tumbling fall sunlight play among the forests, along the rivers and through the mountain peaks and valleys to create picturesque scenes that can only be described as breathtaking. The annual apple harvest around the area cues festivals throughout the quaint rural towns, inviting locals and tourists alike to literally enjoy the fruits of local labour. Outlet shopping in New Hampshire and mountain hikes in both states make for excellent day activities, and scenic pull-offs are plentiful throught the drive and perfect for those looking just to stretch their legs and take in the sights.

    For those preferring a summer escape, it is an easy ride from New York City up the pebbly coast of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine, with miles of beaches and countless seaside eateries to enjoy the pride of the region; fresh, local seafood. Try oysters in Rhode Island, but be sure to save some appetite for lobster in Maine; it’s the sea delicacy that made this northern state famous. Driving south to north between these two states, don’t forget to stop along the way. Newport and Cape Cod are two of the greatest beach towns on the whole of the east coast of the USA, boasting sandy beaches, rock jettees and historic lighthouses for all to enjoy. A short ferry ride will take you to Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket, where you can spend the day seeing how the other half lives. Summer cottages belonging to posh New Englanders from the mainland dot the island and tempt the imagination.

    Whichever area you would like to travel to whether it be a Fly Drive California holiday or Fly Drive Las Vegas holiday, it is sure to be a cultivating experience that oozes personality and depth. What would it be like to summer here? Pure Bliss.

    Feb 16

    A Jaw Dropping International Motor Show

    Автор: , 16 Feb 2012

    A Jaw Dropping International Motor Show!

    Oil prices may soar and economies may stumble, however when it comes to the most prestigious and sought after motor show in South East Asia, these issues are clearly not obstacles.

    The Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre, known for its accommodation of high quality-national as well as international events, is the home of the International Bangkok Motor Show.

    Organized by Grand Prix International Company Limited, this Motor Show is an annual event that originally was hosted at the Lumpini Park. However due to its steady rise in popularity and demand, it was shifted to its present location, which can accommodate vast crowds which usually amounts to over 1.5 million people.

    The Motor Show includes many innovative features and exhibitions including the Mustang Club Show, Volkswagen Club Show, the ever popular Classic Cars Show, Austin Mini Club Show, Sports Car Show, and the Classic Bikes Show.

    Since the Motor Show is not just about the cars, it also includes the likes of an Overnight Rally, Off Road Contest, a Boats Show, Radio controlled cars and planes show, and even a Miss Motor Show Beauty Contest.

    To top off the show, there are also various seminars, lectures and workshops dealing with relevant topics relating to energy conservation, the new technology involved and what could be expected in the future, how to get the maximum out of your motor equipment etc.

    The inclusion of all this makes the International Bangkok Show a most valuable and enjoyable experience for young and old alike. Even the non car enthusiast will no doubt be blown away by some of the models displayed by the over 30 vehicle brands that participate in the show.

    The visitor to Bangkok for the Motor Show may be looking for a comfortable yet more affordable accommodation option, and if so should consider an apartment hotel in Bangkok. The Citadines Bangkok Sukhumvit 23 is one such Bangkok serviced apartment that offers its visitors the ultimate in comfort and privacy, affording the traveller the opportunity to feel right at home.

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    Feb 15

    Similan Island

    Автор: , 15 Feb 2012

    Similan Island

    A Similan Island is where you want to go if you want to dive in Thailand.  The Similan Island chain is a group of nine islands that are located off the Southern coast of Thailand and are known for being the best places for deep sea diving in Asia.

    The Similan Island chain is actually now a national park that was established in Thailand in 1982.  If you want to got to any of these nine islands, you can visit by boat.  There are many boat rides available to the islands from Phuket Island as well as the mainland of Thailand.

    Although the area is known for the many diving sites where diving enthusiasts visit each year, it also boasts some of the most beautiful tropical foliage in Thailand and is the home for much wildlife that is native to this area.  Many of the people who visit the Similan Island go for the scenery such as waterfalls, tropical gardens and rare bird life.

    The largest island of the Similan Island chain is Ko Similan.  Ko Similan has some of the most beautiful underwater rocks and coral reefs in the world.  In addition to diving, people visit this island for snorkeling as there are sites to be seen under the water that cannot be viewed anywhere else in the world.

    Those who want to lounge on the beach can do so at Ko Huyong which has the largest beach in the Similan Island chain.  This beach is known for that where the giant sea turtles migrate each year to lay their eggs.  The eggs are protected by the park officials, but visitors can view these eggs if they visit in the fall.

    There are two different types of deep sea diving practiced at the Similan Island National Park.  They consist of East side diving which gives you a view of coral reefs and West side diving that has large underwater rocks and swim through tunnels.  The most famous East side dive site in the Similan Island chain is East of Eden which is located just off of the seventh island.

    While two of the larger islands are named, most of the islands just go by numbers.  The natives know them as “island seven” or “island four.”

    The most famous West side dive site in the island chain is Elephant Head Rock.  Elephant Head Rock is also the name of one of the oldest diving shops that is located in Phuket Island.    To actually see whale sharks while diving, you will have to go to Richelieu Rock which is also part of the Similan Island chain.  Many people feel that this is the ultimate deep sea diving spot in the world as, in addition to the whale sharks, other underwater life is abundant in this area.

    You do not have to be a diving enthusiasts, however, to appreciate the Similan Island chain.  When on holiday in Thailand, make sure that you a day to explore this beautiful chain of islands located off the southern tip of Thailand.

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    Feb 14

    Tokyo City Is On The Constant Move

    Автор: , 14 Feb 2012

    Tokyo City Is On The Constant Move

    Tokyo, capital city of Japan since 1869, is one of the most populated metropolitan cities in the world. Believe it or not, Tokyo City is complex, big and always on the move. Be warned, if you are in Tokyo City for the first time, you will be greeted with the city’s saturated big concrete high rise building, very wide roads, raised concrete expressways crossing one another.

    This remarkable city is also where the old meets the young. You can be in the most modern place such as Roppongi in one minute and you can wonder down the street to experience a traditional old shrine or town the next moment. This is the beauty of exploring the City of Tokyo.

    Greater Tokyo has 23 wards (ku), 26 smaller cities, 7 towns and 8 villages. To have an appreciation of its size, the distance from the east to west is 88 km (55 mil) while it is 24km (15 mil) from north to south. The way Tokyo City is organized seems to be a bit complicated in terms of finding a place even with address. You are not alone as the local themselves find it difficult as well. The best way to go about it is to ask for direction. In Tokyo city, there are numerous koban (local police box) where you can approach for help. Believe it or not, the policemen spent most of their time helping people finding their destination. The lesson here is to always bring along the location map of your accommodation. You can get it from your hotel.

    The City of Tokyo is really a big place and the best way to know this city is to have an introductory city tour. You can start your day by visiting the Meiji Shrine at Shibuya ku. The Meiji Shrine sits in Yoyoji Park. This is one of the must-see religious sites in Tokyo which was dedicated to Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of modern Japan. During New Year, it draws a million-plus of crowds. This gives you enough good reasons to pay a visit.

    The next place to visit is the Imperial Palace East Garden. Along the way, you will travel past the National Diet Building recognized by its pyramid-shaped dome. This building houses the Japanese parliament. There is a free 60-minute tour of the Sangi-in or House of Councillors or Lower House when the Diet is not in session. If you are interested and have sufficient time, do come back here again.

    The Imperial Palace East Garden (Higashi-Gyoen) is open to public but not everyday. It is close on Monday and Friday. If you happen to be there on these two days, can visit the Imperial Palace Plaza instead. In the garden, you can have a closed up view on the massive stones that built the castle walls, visit the Museum of Imperial Collections and enjoy a stroll on the typical Japanese garden. There are three gates to the garden and the most commonly used gate is the Ote-mon on the east. The Ote-mon is closed to the Tokyo Station and this was the principal entrance to Edo Castle for more than 200 years.

    After visiting the Imperial Place East Garden, it will be almost half a day gone and is a good time take a rest and have lunch. If you are with a tour group, your lunch will mostly be included. However, if you are on you own, do not worry. There are plenty of eateries in the city of Tokyo, ranging from restaurant to fast food outlet. One of the best bet is to get into the basement of a department stores where you can find food in the basement food hall. You can visit the nearby Mitsukoshi Department Store in Tokyo’s Gina district where you can eat to your hearts content. Finding suitable choices of food to suit you appetite is never a problem in Tokyo because there are simply too many to chose from. If you are not in for Japanese food, then go for a simple burger.

    The next stop will probable be the most celebrated district of Asakusa. Do you know what, I visited this place twice when I was in the City of Tokyo. This place is famous for the Sensoji Temple (Asakusa Kannon Temple) and the colorful Nakamise walkway leading to the temple. The Nakamise walkway is lined with many colorful stores leading up to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest and most famous Buddhist temple. This is where you can get all your souvenirs.

    The last visit on your agenda might be the futuristic Odaiba which has become one of Tokyo’s most popular areas. You can cross over to this island via the Rainbow Bridge and enjoy the view of Tokyo bay. At Odiba you can visit places like the Palette Town, the Aqua City and the unusual shopping mall of Venus Fort. It is rather a big place with some wonderful parks to stroll.

    That is about all for an introductory day tour for Tokyo City. To fully enjoy the beauty of this city, you should pick one or more places to explore. For more informationon, please visit City of Tokyo.

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