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11/10/2013

Kowloon Park - Green escape in Tsim Sha Tsui

Its amazing in the sense that what was once the site of a major British military base, Kowloon Park has become a recreational area for residents and visitors now. Its one of the most visited sites in Hong Kong for your Hong Kong tours and its important to have such a green lung space bang in the busiest areas, especially for Hong Kong, where space to spread out is often a problem.

The park offers tons of fun for young and old alike. It’s covered with lots trees, features beautiful gardens, boasts plenty of paved sidewalks for walking or jogging, and there’s a large area for concerts and special events.

If you need a break from the controlled chaos that is the lower end of Nathan Road and surrounding Tsim Sha Tsui then head to Kowloon Park.

This park is very tranquil considering its location and is much larger than one would expect in such a built up part of Hong Kong which houses many Hong Kong tourist attractions. Situated on Nathan Road between Haiphong Road and Austin Road, there are entrances from each of these streets and a footbridge linking the park with the China Ferry Terminal at China Hong Kong City. At its northern end is the Kowloon Sport Centre and a swimming pool complex.

There is an aviary and bird lake, a flamingo pond, sculpture garden and paved walks in all directions. There is also a Chinese inspired garden and lakes with fountain features. I didnt realise until I had walked through it that the back of the park backs onto Canton Road and the nearby Harbour City shopping centre.

It would be a great spot to take children. There are a couple of play areas but the best aspect is the space to run around.

Kowloon Park is open from 5am to midnight daily. The swimming pool complex opens at 6.30am to 12 noon, 1pm to 5pm and 6pm to 10pm daily. The Sports Centre opens from 7am and closes at 11pm daily. The Aviary opens from 6.30am to 6.30pm (March to October), 6.30am to 5.45pm (November to February).

KOWLOON PARK IS A PUBLIC PARK. THERE IS NO ENTRANCE CHARGE.


You can learn more via Hong Kong city guide and travel China guide.

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10/10/2013

Best places for your summer vacation

1. Lhasa

Still looking for ordinary summer destinations with routine itineraries? It’s time to go off the beaten path, escape the pretentious city life and head down to Lhasa, Tibet. For many travelers, Tibet is trip of a lifetime and it seems to have something for everyone - fabulous weather, breathtaking scenery, spiritual religion, overwhelming culture and truly wonderful people…… If you have no time to travel around Tibet, at least pay a visit to Lhasa (famous holy destination for affordable China tours), the capital of Tibet, which is totally different from other capitals you have visited. Go now, before it becomes touristy.

The name of Lhasa means “Holy Land” in Tibetan language and it also famous as the “City of Sunshine”. Lhasa is the spiritual center of Tibet as well as the center of Tibetan culture, economy and religious activities. Although facing intense ultraviolet radiation in the daytime, Lhasa is not hot, suitable to come throughout the year with relatively pleasant weather. Just remember to bring something like sun block cream, sunglasses, sunhat, etc. to avoid sunburn and dry weather.

Lhasa enjoys the highland temperate semi-arid monsoon climate without extremely hot summer or severely cold winter. The weather in Lhasa is mild with an average temperature of about 8℃. Summer is the peak season for visiting Lhasa when the weather is relatively mild and humid with crystal clear sky and flowers in bloom. What’s more, it is the time to experience the famous Tibet Shoton Festival and Buddha Exhibition. Annual rainfall mainly falls from the June to September. So, if you are planning a summer vacation in Lhasa, please remember to take your rain gear. The rain will not influence too much as it usually rains at night.

With rich cultural and historical legacy, Lhasa has many places of interest and tourist attractions for top 10 China tour packages both in Lhasa urban areas and outskirts. Among the highlights are the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Gandan Monastery, Naga Temple, and Ramoche Temple, Namtso Lake and Yangbajain Hot Spring.

2. Beidaihe Beach Resort

Summer is the perfect time to hit the beach. Then, where to find the ideal beach in China? We recommend the Beidaihe Beach Resort. Plenty of modern holiday villages, public bathing places and other recreation facilities have been well constructed to cater for various needs. From bungalows to golf courses, speed boat ride and ballroom dancing to tasty snacks and delicious seafood, Beidaihe Beach Resort has all the essential elements of a beach adventure. Although the sand and sea are not those of a tropical beach spot, they have their own charm. Blue sea water and white soft sands on the long beach make the Beidaihe Beach an ideal destination to sunbathe, swim and have other water funs.

Beidaihe Beach Resort is recommended as a top summer destination in China not only because the fun of its beach activity and the quality of its water, but also because of its pleasant weather in summer. The average temperature in the hottest period in the summer is about 24℃, much cool than Beijing (72-hour China visa free). During the day time, winds blow from the sea and the air is cool and refreshing. At night, the land wind comes which is also cool.

Beidaihe Beach Resort, also called Beidaihe Scenic Spot, is situated at the southwest of Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province. Beidaihe Scenic Spot has lots of places of interest and tourist attractions. Among all, the highlights are the Tiger Stone Marine Park, Pigeon Nest Park, Camel Rock, Eagle Corner Pavilion, Gully Leading to the Heaven, Lianfeng Hill Park, Lotus Flower Rock Park and Whispering Rock. Pigeon Nest Park has long been known as one of the best bird-watching sites in the world. Birdwatchers can observe an array of migratory storks during spring each year, such as Oriental White, Red-crowned, Hooded and White-naped storks, etc. And the Yingjiao Pavilion on the top of Pigeon Nest Park is a popular place for watching the sunrise.

Learn more others via China guide.

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09/10/2013

Top October destinations in China II

Zhangjiajie, Hunan

Zhangjiajie, located in the northwestern part of Hunan Province (famous travel destination for China tour deals), is about 265 kilometers to Changsha, the provincial capital. Most scenic spots in the area are situated in the northern part of the city, including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Wulingyuan, Tianmen Mountain, Huanglong Cave, Baofeng Lake, and Suoxi Valley. They are known for their beautiful forests, odd-shaped rocks, exquisite canyons, limestone caves, and jaw-dropping panoramic views. The hills present different views to visitors with the changing of the seasons. In October, colorful leaves, sheer cliffs and secluded valleys wow visitors.

Travel tips:

Best time to visit: April to October

Admission:

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park: 245 yuan

Wulingyuan: 245 yuan

Tianmen Mountain: 260 yuan

Getting there: travel bus from Zhangjiajie to all the scenic spots.

Nyingchi, Tibet

Nyingchi, or Linzhi in Chinese, lies in the southeast part of Tibet Autonomous Region (holy destination for best tours of China). Located near the lower reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River, it is blessed with a semi-humid climate and fascinating scenery. With a large number of river valleys and alpine gorges, Nyingchi is also called the "Switzerland of Tibet". When travelling there, you will be amazed by the lofty snow-capped mountain peaks, well-preserved original forests, cypresses that can grow up to thirty meters, and numerous colorful grasses. Travelers can also take part in various activities, such as mountain hiking, rock climbing and white water rafting, and experience the unique local customs of the Menba and Luoba people.

Travel tips:

Best time to visit: May and October

Admission:

Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon: 150 yuan for adults; 70 yuan for kids

Giant Cypress Forest: 10 yuan

Gangxiang Nature Reserve: free

Basongcuo Lake: 100 yuan

Getting there: You can take a plane to Linzhi Airport, or take coach or train to Linzhi from Lhasa or Chengdu (72-hour Chinese visa free).

Shangri-La, Yunnan

Located in northwest Yunnan Province, Shangri-La is a Tibetan county of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, featuring spectacular landscapes and a mixture of ethnic cultures. Set in tranquil grasslands surrounded by snow-covered peaks, gorges, lakes and virgin forests, the county's attractions include the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, Songzanlin Temple, Bita Lake Nature Reserve and Baishui Terrace (White Water Terrace). Shangri-la is at its most beautiful in May and October. In October, when leaves turn yellow and red, the area astounds visitors with its stunning vistas. Tourists can also experience the lifestyle, culture and cuisine of 13 different local ethnic groups.

Travel Tips:

Best time to visit: May and October

Admission:

Tiger Leaping Gorge: 50 yuan

Songzanlin Temple: 85 yuan

Bita Lake: 30 yuan

Baishui Terrace: 30yuan

Getting there: You can fly to Diqing Shangri-La Airport, or take a train or coach to Shangri-la from Kunming (learn more via Kunming travel guide), Chengdu, or Lhasa.

Ejin Banner, Inner Mongolia

Ejin Banner (Ejina Qi in Chinese), located in Alxa League, is located in the westernmost part of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. It borders east to Alxa Right Banner, southwest to the famous Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu Province, and north to Mongolia. Ejin Banner has one of the three extensive Euphrates Poplar tree forests in the world, with a total forest area of 30,000 hectares. In 1992, the Ejin Banner Euphrates Poplar Forest Nature Reserve was established there. Every October, when leaves turn yellow, the whole area becomes a sea of golden leaves, attracting thousands of tourists and photographers who flock to enjoy the amazing autumn scenery. more photos>>

Travel Tips:

Best Time to visit: late September to middle October.

Admission:

Heishui Ancient City: 50 yuan

Badaoqiao Desert: 30 yuan

Euphrates Poplar Forest Nature Reserve: 15 yuan

Strange Forest: 50 yuan

Tawangfu: 20 yuan

Tel: +86-483-6521823 (Ejin Banner Tourism Bureau)

Getting there: You can take a coach from Yinchuan to Alxa Left Banner or Alxa Right Banner, and then rent a car (preferably a SUV) from there to scenic spots in Ejin Banner.

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