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China lies just north of the Himalayas, a short flight away from India's northern and eastern cities. The world's third largest country, about twice the size of India, China extends 5,500 km from north to south and 5,200 km from east to west. The area measures approximately 9.6 million sq km, embracing roughly one fourth of Asia and one fifteenth of the world's land mass. Tens of thousands of years of history and culture coexist across China's vast canvas. There's more to see and experience in China than all the seven continent.China spans nearly 50 degrees in latitude, from tropical and subtropical zones in the south to the frigid-zone in the north. As a consequence, temperatures differ strikingly from region to region. The Heilongjiang Province in the north has long winters but no summers. Hainan Island in the south has long summers but no winters. Some regions experience distinctive seasonal changes. Others experience spring all the year round. The northwest inland has hot summers and cold winters. The QinghaiTibet Plateau in southwest China records low temperatures through the year. Most deserts remain bone dry through the four seasons. The topography of China is among the most spectacular in the world.1.5 billion people live here, comprising 21 percent of the world's population. 56 ethnic groups, each with its unique brand of culture, coexist in harmony, equal under the law. 92 percent – the vast majority – belong to the Han community, while the other 55 ethnic groups make up the rest.Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Christianity flourish in China. Freedom of religious belief is a birth right under the law.China, like India, is an ancient civilization, rich in profound cultural accumulations over 5000 years. Remains of remote antiquity, the Chinese Stone Age, the 'Yuanmou Man' of 1.7 million years ago, the 'Lantian Man' of 800,000 years ago, and the 'Peking Man' of 700,000 years ago, are still visible. Primitive society spawned the slave era in the 21st century BC. Then came the feudal era (770476 BC) and the period of Warring States (475221 BC). Next, a succession of dynasties followed, among them Qin (221206 BC), Han (206 BC220 AD), Tang (618907), Song (9601279), Yuan (12711368), Ming (13681644) and Qing (16441911). Each dynasty introduced its unique brand of architecture and technology, art and handicrafts. Many of these ancient and medieval legacies live on, cast in bronze and porcelain and woven in silk. The sophistication of medieval gardens and homes, preserved to the last fine detail, still evokes a sense of wonder. The Great Wall, the only manmade structure visible from the moon, stands testimony to the scale and brilliance of Chinese ingenuity. The most recent chapter of China's history began as recently as October 1, 1949, with the founding of the People's Republic of China. Since that historical date China has charted a course towards justice and social equality, agricultural and industrial growth, large scale infrastructure development and global influence and fulfillment of 21st century expectations.
Langkawi is a beautiful island in the northwestern part of Peninsular Malaysia; many people describe the island as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The island is not (yet) spoiled by tourists, which makes it a perfect holiday destination for travelers. Accommodation is affordable on the island. You can stay in a resort for a mere $30 a night, but also for $3000 for a single night. The island is especially renowned for the many great attractions. Besides that you can shop at some of the shopping malls, you can have splendid dinners at one of the many hawkers, or you can rent a motorcycle (moped) to explore the island (RM40 for 24h). The island is easy accessible from Kuala Lumpur or the neighboring island of Penang.
Genting Highlands otherwise known as Resorts World Genting, is a hill resort in Malaysia developed by Genting Group.The hill resort is at an average elevation of 1,740 metres (5,710 ft) within the Titiwangsa Mountains on the border between the states of Pahang and Selangor of Malaysia. Resorts World Genting is operated by Genting Malaysia Berhad (formerly known as Resorts World Bhd), which also operates Awana chain of resorts & hotels. It is accessible by car from Kuala Lumpur in one hour, or also accessible by a cable car called Genting Skyway, which at its opening was the world's fastest and South East Asia's longest gondola lift.The comprehensive indoor and outdoor theme-park was promoted as the destination for "Fun at The Peak". The entire resort was subsequently billed; "The City of Entertainment".Resorts World Genting is the only legal land-based casino, Casino de Genting, in the country and is owned by Genting Malaysia Berhad, a subsidiary of Genting Group.
Tung Choi Street is a street situated between south of Sai Yeung Choi Street and Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is one of the most well-known street markets in Hong Kong. Its southern section, popularly known as Ladies' Market or Ladies' Street sells various, low-priced products for women and also other general merchandise. Its northern section not far above Bute Street, has a wide variety of affordable plants, pet supplies and animals especially goldfish since it is also known as "Goldfish Street".
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Tsz), located Po Fook Hill at Pai Tau Village, Sha Tin in the New Territories is one of Hong Kong’s most famous Buddhist temples and popular tourist attractions. The temple was founded in 1949 by the Reverend Yuet Kai and completed in 1957. The monastery is not residential and is managed by lay-persons. It should not be confused with the Po Fook Hill Ancestral Halls which lie directly below it. The monastery, which occupies over 8 hectares, is made up of two groups of architectural structures at lower and higher levels respectively. There is a pagoda, a hall, two pavilions and a tower in the architectural structure at the lower level. There are four halls in another structure at the higher level. The five halls in the monastery are used to house the statues of Buddhas. The main journey up to the monastery is an attraction itself, as the path is lined on both sides with golden Buddhas, each unique and in different poses.
Wong Tai Sin Temple is a well known shrine and major tourist attraction in Hong Kong. It is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, or the Great Immortal Wong. The temple is located on the southern side of Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon. The architecture is the traditional Chinese temple style with grand red pillars, a golden roof adorned with blue friezes, yellow latticework, and multi-coloured carvings. Aside from the Daxiong-baodian or Grand Hall, Sansheng Hall and the Good Wish Garden are also worth seeing. The temple grounds also feature three memorial archways. The first one stands outside the temple and is carved with the name of the temple. If you walk past the soothsayers and the fortune-telling stalls, you can see another memorial archway. And if you continue further along the third memorial archway standing before you.
Standing 44-metres tall, the old Clock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloon–Canton Railway terminus. The once-bustling station is long gone, but this red brick and granite tower, now preserved as a Declared Monument, survives as an elegant reminder of the Age of Steam. It has also been a memorable landmark for the millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through the terminus to begin new lives not just in Hong Kong, but in other parts of the world via the city’s harbour.
Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is sited near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.The statue is named Tian Tan Buddha because its base is a model of the Altar of Heaven or Earthly Mount of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. One of the five large Buddha statues in China, it is enthroned on a lotus on top of a three-platform altar. Surrounding it are six smaller bronze statues known as "The Offering of the Six Devas" that are posed offering flowers, incense, lamp, ointment, fruit, and music to the Buddha. These symbolise the Six Perfections of generosity, morality, patience, zeal, meditation, and wisdom, all of which are necessary for enlightenment