Visit Hong Kong – Pearl Of The Orient

September 1, 2010

Hong Kong, also referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Orient,’ is perhaps the most popular tourist destination in the Southeast Asia. Until the arrival of the British in 1842, it was just a typical small village.
In 1997, Hong Kong was handed over to China, under the policy ‘one country, two systems.’ The city has now become one of the vibrant as well as s sought after destinations not only in Asia but also in the world.
Bordered by the South China Sea and Sea, Hong Kong, al though a part of China, is different from rest of China. With its own government, stamps, and laws and regulations, the city consists of four geographic areas, such as, the New Territories, Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, and the Outlying Islands, all of them packed with a plethora of attractions and facilities.
It also consists of more than 200 islands, which consist of both small and tiny islands. In addition, Hong Kong is much famed for its superb deep water harbors. According to the survey conducted by the World Tourism Organization, the city has been ranked among the 15 most preferred tourist destinations in the world.
An incredible city blending the best from the East and West, Hong Kong’s attractions, among many others, are Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre with its unique curved three-tier roof and glass walls; the covered Central-Mid level Escalator, which is the longest in the world; and Hollywood Road, packed with a range of antique and curio shops selling Buddha statues, Japanese specialties like ikebana baskets, Chinese furniture, and snuff and perfume bottles.
Despite these attractions, perhaps the most famed attraction of the city is Victoria Peak, from whose summit you can gaze down to enjoy the wonderful vistas of skyscrapers and Victoria Harbor. During nights, the sights from the peak become more dazzling.
Also, of special significance are the temples of the region. Since Buddhism being the most popular religion of the place, Hong Kong has to its credit more than 400 temples, each of which is regarded as not to be a missed tourist attraction.
One of the most prominent Buddhist shrines is the Chi Lin Nunnery, located in Kowloon. Considered a living museum of the Tang Dynasty, it has been stunningly renovated in the traditional Tang-era architecture with several magnificent Buddhist halls. Another popular Buddhist shrine is Po Lin Monastery, whose focal point is a bronze statue of the Lord Buddha, which is the largest in the world. In addition to Buddhist shrines, the place also consists of several other popular shrines such as St John’s Cathedral, which is considered to be the oldest in the Far East and Shelley Street Mosque, which is noted for its minaret of green and white colors.
A visit to Hong Kong would be incomplete without taking a tour to many of its fascinating museums, showcasing unique art and antiquities representing several aspects of the place such as its history, film industry, space and science, and coastal defense. Some of the most visited museums in the region are Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong Film Archive, Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, Hong Kong Racing Museum, Hong Kong Planning and Infrastructure Exhibition Gallery, and Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre.
Attractions also include a continuum of beautiful beaches, including Repulse Bay, the most spectacular among the city’s beaches; Deep Water Bay, which is connected by a pathway to the Repulse Bay Beach; Turtle Cove, a tranquil beach; Golden Beach, the first artificial beach in Hong Kong; and Hung Shing Yeh – a marvelous beach on the Lamma Island.
Also, the gastronomy of the place is amazing, with specialized areas for enjoying remarkable delicacies, like, SoHo with a variety of restaurants serving international cuisine; Gage Street, dotted with an array of stalls, from where one can enjoy the best of Hong Kong style cuisines comprising noodles, soups, pastries, and herbal teas; and floating style restaurants found in Aberdeen.
Apart from this, excellent options are available for shopping, with areas like Lyndhurst Terrace packed with shops selling ancient paintings and maps; Stanley Street, considered a paradise for shopping cameras and film accessories; and Li Yuen Streets, dotted with shops selling knick-knacks, leather items, and casual wear.
With these fabulous attractions and options to enjoy a variety of activities, tourists flock to Hong Kong all year round. No matter you want budget or luxury accommodation, the city has options to cater to all types of tourists. Majority of the hotels and resorts are located within the heart of the city, and hence are within easy reach of almost all top tourist attractions.
Nowadays, many of the hotels, both budget and luxury accommodation, have their own sites on the web, which in turn enables the visitors to check price and room as well as make bookings in advance.

What Makes Arizona Such a Great Place to Visit?

August 28, 2010

What is it about the state of Arizona that attracts so many visitors each and every year?

Is it because of the diverse climate? Is it because Arizona is known so well known for the highly rated golf courses that allows golfers to play virtually every day? Certainly there are those who rate the high quality health care as one of the major reasons why they travel to the state?

Or is the reason that so many people flock to the desert southwest is just because of the simple fact that constant sunshine can be felt on more than 300 days a year?

There are many reasons why many visitors travel to Arizona. Some of these visitors like the state so much that they end up making it their permanent residence. There just happens to be a long list of many cities and remote towns that offer visitors everything they are looking for.

With such a diverse climate along with the size of the state, it’s probably no wonder why Arizona ranks high when it comes to the top states people visit. Arizona ranks sixth among the states in size and is spread out over 114,006 square miles, (295,274 square kilometers), which includes 364 square miles, (943 square kilometers) of water. The size certainly offers not only the visitors, but the residents more than enough room to explore this wondrous southwestern United States attraction.

Arizona is home to the world famous Grand Canyon and so many other famous tourist sites such as Sedona, Tucson, Phoenix and the White Mountains and the famous road known as Route 66, that never stop attracting people from experiencing the amenities that the Grand Canyon state offers.

Whether you are looking for the city life of Phoenix or Scottsdale or looking to take in a little rest and relaxation of the mountainous high country, Arizona has so many places to choose from that the only problem you might have is choosing one single location over the other locations that attract so people from many cities and countries.

Many visitors will be traveling to the desert southwest when Arizona hosts Super Bowl 42 on February 3, 2008. There have been many already who have purchased their Super Bowl tickets and have made all of their other necessary reservations to experience this NFL experience of a lifetime.

Arizona tourism allows everyone to explore the diverse landscapes that can be found throughout the state. Believe it or not, if you travel to the state of Arizona in the winter months, you will also be able to explore such winter activities like skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling, too.

If you are wondering where to stay when you visit you can always request an Arizona Travel Guide that will assist you with your travel plans.

Arizonan truly has it all. If you like warmer weather, you can be rest assured that you will find that, as temperatures in the summer typically range well over 100 degrees. In the summer months, there usually aren’t too many days when it is humid, except for the monsoon season, which runs from the first part of July until the first part of September. Even then, if you have lived or live in an area outside of Arizona where it is known for humidity, you will likely think that the monsoon season is not that humid compared to what you are accustomed to.

Whatever your interests or skill levels are, there’s an endless list of activities that involve AZ tourism!

The AZ office of tourism knows and understands that Arizona depends and thrives on its yearly visitors.

Whether it’s a reenactment like a good old fashioned wild west gun fight, a horse back riding tour, or one of the many dinner theaters that are offered, the desert southwest is waiting to accommodate you and your family.

If you are looking for convenience, there are many places that you can stay that will offer you the perfect luxury of picking you up right at the steps of your hotel or motel. One of the attractive things visitors really appreciate is the complimentary escort service that many of the cities offer to their guests. You’ll find this service in such cities such as the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Flagstaff and Tucson, to name just a few.

Native American ruins and fossils that are over 225 million years old can be found in the state which offers many just what they want to experience.

The office of tourism offers you, the visitor, so many experiences. Just a sample of what you will find there are nature, Native American culture, heritage, golf and the obvious, breathtaking scenery. And if you are looking to just educate yourself on the state, there are many museums, such as the Heard Museum, and art galleries that can be discovered with an emphasis on Native Americans.

Visit Ghana, The Most Alluring, Colorful Nation In West Africa!

April 25, 2010

Ghana is home to a number of diverse peoples and cultures. Ghana is located on coast line, that’s why was previously called gold Coast of South Africa. People here are by far the nicest and most polite. If you book your cheap flights to Ghana and meet Ghanaian people you will admire these people who always like to welcome Tourists. For booking cheap Ghana flights have advice at cheap flights to ghana . This is a UK based travel company which its visitors book their cheap flights to Ghana from UK. The attractions you can visit when having a tour of Ghana are; National Museum, Shai resource reserves, Achimota forest reserves, Coastal Ramsar Sites, The National Archives of Ghana, The Ghana Academy of Arts and Science, Christianborg Castle, Labadi Beach, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Ghana’s Central Library,  Independence Square and W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Centre, Christiansburg castle Accra, Volta Lake, Independent square, Liberation square, Flagstaff square, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Memorial park and Light house.

Achimota forest reserves: The forest is located along the Accra-Tema Motorway extension. At the time of reservation, the entire land area was largely scrub forest with a few scattered large trees.

The Ghana Academy of Arts and Science: This Academywas founded in November 1959 by government instrument of incorporation. The objective of establishment of this academy is to promote the study, the extension and the dissemination of knowledge in all the arts and science. The Academy awards a number of prizes every year, including Gold and Silver awards.

Coastal Ramsar Sites: This Ramsar site lies just West of Accra. Cheap flights to Ghana take you to the The Ramsar sites, which are the relaxation and feeding grounds for over 70 water bird species. It has an area of about 2,460 km2. There are about 20 farming and fishing communities/settlements within the Ramsar site. The sites also serve as the breeding grounds for about three marine turtle’s species.

The National Archives of Ghana: This offers an invaluable tool for the students of history of the country. It is an attempt to group together the scattered records of the Colonial Administration.

Cheap Flights to Ghana reach to Kotoka International Air port Accra. It is having the facility of shops and duty-free shopping, snack bars, restaurant and bar, a business centre, post office and information desk. To get information about Kotoka International air port and any other in Ghana and cheap flights to Accra Ghana visit http://www.cheapflightstoghana.co.uk/.

Arizona’s Painted Desert – 6 Great Reasons to Visit

March 13, 2010

Ever since I first set eyes on the Painted Desert in northern central Arizona I was immediately captivated by it’s unique rugged beauty. Covering 7,500 square miles starting from the Grand Canyon and spreading itself 150 miles in a south easterly direction, it’s width varying between 15 and 50 miles. Many mesas and buttes contour this sparse and arid land, with the multi layered Chinle formation displaying many different colours, sunrise and sunset have to be seen to be believed. These wonderful badlands are home to special places and fascinating people that will make your visit here a memorable one.

Petrified Forest National Park is situated at the very southern reaches, and features a 27 mile drive that can be taken at your leisure with many vantage points where petrified conifer trees from the Triassic period can be inspected up close. Some of the stop offs have paved trails that you can stroll at your own pace, while others like the Blue Mesa and Jasper Forest can only be seen from the viewpoints due to the delicate nature of the soil.

A house made entirely from petrified wood and some world famous petroglyphs are just two of the many interesting, and educational features of this beautiful park.

Drive the north and south rims of Canyon de Chelly by car, stopping off and walking down a trail to the white house ruins, this is free but can be tiring depending on your level of fitness. Here you will be greeted by the sight of a fabulous cliff dwelling built by the Anasazi and set into the sandstone sheer canyon wall. Access to the floor of the canyon is only permitted if you take a tour with a Navajo guide, this you will have to purchase but I guarantee the views will be breathtaking.

Just 35 miles east of Flagstaff is Meteor Crater, a visually stunning impact crater that was caused by a meteorite penetrating the earth’s atmosphere and slamming into the Arizona rock some 50,000 years ago. Used by Nasa to train the Apollo astronauts for the moon landings, this will get your camera clicking.

A short 12 mile drive north of Flagstaff will give you access to a loop road to Sunset Crater, this 1000 feet high volcano last erupted nearly 800 years ago and gets it’s name from the bright red cinder cone at it’s summit. By paying one entrance fee you also gain access to Wupatki National Monument, where well preserved ancient multi storey pueblos can be viewed at leisure.

The vast majority of the Painted Desert is the homeland of the Navajo Indians, whose tribal capital is Window Rock just south of Canyon de Chelly. A very informative museum in the capital will enlighten you of the Navajo past and lodgings are also available here. The Navajo farm and work the canyon floor, and if you do decide to take the tour, you can witness first hand the making of a Navajo rug and the interior of a hogan. Some of the most picturesque parts of these Arizona badlands are on Navajo soil.

Living atop 3 spectacular mesas, the Hopi Indian reservation is completely encircled by Navajo land. The Hopi are well known for their wicker basketry and pottery, but it is their very skilful work with sterling silver jewelry that makes them world famous. To be amongst the Hopi is indeed an experience, be sure to learn about the kachina dolls while you are there.

Well there you have it, six very good reasons to visit the Painted Desert, or El Desierto Pintado as the spanish named it.

Visit Arizona

February 17, 2010

Arizona’s largest zoo is the Phoenix Zoo having a 4-acre African veldt and the Forest of Uco. It is the rain-forest that exhibits the very rare spectacled Bear. There are many small animals for the kids.
The Spanish were the first ones here (after the natives that is!) and started spreading Christianity among the Indians. After the Spanish, Kino’s death there was a War between the US Forces and Mexican Forces which ended in 1848 and the area divided.
Many Forts were erected by different people seeking wealth here, in order to defend against attacks by fierce Indians.
Many minerals like Silver, Gold, Copper and other minerals were found in the initial development of Arizona. All this helped Arizona develop at a fast rate.
Majority of people who bought farmlands got economically better by keeping cattle and farming.
Law & Order did not catch up quickly at the same pace. Many fights used to take place between the cattle grazers & sheep grazers for acquiring land for grazing. Last, but not the least a Marshal was assigned the job to stop these fights.
In 1912, Arizona became the 48th State of USA and the more development began.
There are many Historic Sites in Arizona for tourists.
Fort Verde Historic State Park is where the base of Captain Cook’s forces was used to fight the Apaches. The old quarters of soldiers are still there. Exploits of frontline soldiering are exhibited at the old Fort’s Museum.
The old home of James Douglas, Jerome State Historical Park used to be a house of all Copper Miners before the Great Depression and was closed thereafter. In it you can see the ‘Douglas’ Family’s aristocratic style of living. It is in the Town of Jerome off the State Route 89A.
Built in 1904, Riordan Historic Park, tells about Arizona’s Timber Merchants, Timothy & Michael Riordan. They were the leading logging experts in 1900. A look at the wooden furniture will tell you about the richness of their exterior craftsmanship. It is located in the heart of Flagstaff.
Located near the Community of Tubac is the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park that served as a Spanish defense against the Apache Indians. It was built as a Fort in 1752. It has a Picnic area, an 1885 School House and a visitor Center exhibiting the glorious Tubac Past.
Having a prison life of 33 years stands Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park. Seeing it you will start believing that the West was really wild. The Prison cells, the Guard Tower and its Gate are still there. Very near to it there is South West’s richest historical site, The Yuma States Historical Park.
A giant Green House called Biosphere 2 was made in 1991. It is an airtight, glass container in which eight people could live on their own was experimented. It is now a tourist destination.
Grand Canyon is a place which every visitor to Arizona must see.
This valley is 277 miles in length and one mile in depth. Mostly visitors choose the South Rim to explore this Natural World Wonder.
Grand Canyon Railway is a spectacular way of seeing the Grand Canyon while traveling by train and not worrying about parking. This 1920-vintage Coach joins Williams with the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.