Hawaii, The Paradise Of The Pacific

Hawaii is a state of United States comprising an archipelago of the Hawaiian Islands in the central Pacific Ocean. The erstwhile known as the Sandwich Islands, the Hawaiian Islands became the U.S. territory in 1900. The Hawaiian Islands include eight major islands including Nihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lānai, Kahoolawe, Maui and the Island of Hawaii and many islets.

A British explorer, Captain James Cook, discovered the Hawaiian Islands and named them as ‘the Sandwich Islands’. The Hawaiian Islands were united for the first time under a single ruler, King Kamehameha the Great.

Hawaii became the 50th state of United States in 1959. The state of hawaii is also known as “the Aloha State”. Aloha is acknowledgment that can be used as greeting. The state is the southernmost part of that country, situated 2500 miles from the mainland. HI is the abbreviation of Hawaii. Honolulu is the capital and the largest city of the state. Hawaiian and English are the official languages of the state.

Tourism is one of the cornerstones of Hawaiian economy. The tourism is the largest industry in Hawaii. Hawaii is sometimes called “the paradise of the Pacific” because of its exquisite beauty including abundant sunshine, lush green plants & gay flowers, palm-fringed, coral beaches with rolling white surf, and mesmerizing cloud-covered volcanic peaks rising to majestic heights.

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Simply Sydney: A Mini Tourism Guide to Sydney, Australia

There is no place in the world like Sydney, from glamorous beaches and great nights, to the sublime Blue Mountains. Pack in the best the city has to offer by following a five-day itinerary. You will fall in love with this crown jewel of the Pacific.

Day 1

There is no better way to kick-start your sojourn in Sydney than by visiting the iconic Sydney Opera House sitting majestically atop a raised platform in Circular Quay, with the azure waters of the harbor lapping below. It has four main auditoriums for dance, concerts, opera, and a studio for emerging artists.

You can experience the magic of the Opera House by either joining one of the daily tours, or by booking a seat at one of the evening shows. Afterwards, get some exercise with a walk around the well-maintained Royal Botanic Gardens next door, where you can see beautiful vegetation and stunning harbour views.

Day 2

Make sure you slap on generous amounts of sunscreen as you hop onto the Bondi Explorer bus that will take you to some of Sydney’s most coveted beach spots. From Circular Quay you will be spirited away towards scenic Double Bay, which has stunning villas owned by the likes of Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.

For lunch, enjoy fish and chips at a beachside kiosk. In the afternoon, do one of the world’s great water-view walks – a rambling two-hour scenic stroll from Bondi to Coogee Beach, (six km away from Bondi Beach) and watch the setting sun.

Day 3

Indulge your adventurous side with a trip to the Blue Mountains, 90 minutes away by car. Experience the splendor of mountain towns like Leura and Katoomba; take a hike on one of the many trails; ride a horse; try a mountain bike; or simply stroll in the rugged and picturesque terrain of this National Park. When you get back to Sydney, go dancing at Tantra on Oxford Street, which often hosts some of the world’s best DJs playing some great music.

Day 4

This day is devoted entirely to shopping, so kick-start your retail therapy at The Queen Victoria Building, completed in 1898 as a monument to the long-reigning monarch. The elaborate Romanesque architecture was specially planned so that the Government could employ many out-of-work craftsmen – stonemasons, plasterers, and stained window artists – in a worthwhile project. This renovated and beautiful piece of Sydney history now houses a collection of over 160 designer-label and specialty stores.

For a more basic shopping experience, go to Paddy’s Market (a few minutes from the famous Sydney Entertainment Centre if you hire a car in Sydney). Paddy’s has everything from bric-a-brac and discounted designer wear to trendy accessories. If you have not had your fill of shopping yet, visit The Rocks Market to buy locally-made crafts, home-ware, arts, and collectibles. The markets is also close to some of Sydney’s best pubs – like the Harbour View pub – where you can savor a meat pie and wash it down with a tall glass of beer.

Day 5

Your trip to Australia would not be complete without a climb to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Reaching the upper arch, you get a 360-degree view of the city down below. Don the jumpsuit, helmet, and life rope to gear up for the bridge climb, the thrill of a lifetime. There are different climbs you can choose from, so you can suit yourself.

For your last night, saunter through King’s Cross and stop for a nightcap at the Good Bar, one of the many watering holes that lure you in with the promise of a good time.

Source: http://www.triple1.com/Travel/Content/Simply_Sydney_A_Mini_Tourism_Guide_to_Sydney_Australia-642.html

Beijing Travel Tips

“That is a sleeping dragon,” Napoleon once said. “Let him sleep! If he wakes, he will shake the world.” In 1803, the future French emperor recognized China’s potential. Presiding over the greatest military and economic power of his day, Napoleon had an eye for opponents. Less than two centuries later, China’s GDP surpassed that of both Britain and France and continues to steadily climb. If he arrived in Beijing today, Napoleon would undoubtedly say, “I told you so.”

Nowhere is China’s influence more apparent than Beijing. As China’s political and cultural hub, Beijing offers a glimpse into the nation’s expansive history and its rapid modernization. You’ll find preserved palaces rubbing elbows with new subway stations and tranquil lamaseries sharing space with world-class stadiums. Many of the city’s historical sites, like the Forbidden City and the Tiananmen Square, are well-known to the world. Yet, the most popular attraction is located outside Beijing: The Great Wall of China serpentines through the hills north of the city. When you witness this astounding accomplishment of ancient China, you too will sense the immeasurable potential of this modern country.

How To Save Money in Beijing

  • Bargain, bargain, bargain!When you approach a vendor (or vice versa), know that all prices are negotiable. Never take the first offer, and throw out ridiculously low prices to start. And don’t forget that smiling goes a long way.
  • Take the subwayNot only will you save money by taking the subway, but also you’ll probably reach your destinations in less time. Beijing’s street traffic is awful, so go underground.
  • Get the museum passIf you’re going to be in Beijing for awhile and plan to hit up numerous museums, purchase the Beijing Museum Pass for 80 CNY (about $12.50 USD). This card will get you free or discounted admission to most of the museums.

Beijing Culture & Customs

Even for locals, Beijing has a confusing medley of languages. The official language is Mandarin; however, Chinese citizens from across the country arrive with their own regional dialects (and sometimes entirely different languages). That said, Chinese visitors will probably have an easier time getting around than you will. Combined with culture shock, the language barrier can get in the way of Western travelers. If you are traveling with a group, consider hiring a bilingual guide. He or she will be particularly useful on excursions outside of Beijing where it’s more difficult to find English-speakers. In the city, you’ll find that only some hospitality-industry workers will speak some English. Be patient when you communicate with locals and bring a Mandarin phrase book.

For Western travelers, culture shock hits the hardest in restaurants. The Chinese have very different expectations of sanitation. There are some culinary spots that observe Western customs, but the local hot spot around the corner from your hotel probably will not. You may see food sitting out in the open, bugs patrolling the floors, or even a rodent scurrying past. To indulge in the local cuisine, you’re going to need a tough stomach. If you don’t have one, stick with bland food, avoid meats, and consume packaged goods. Also, only drink bottled or boiled water. When eating out, this means you can drink hot tea but order bottled water.

China’s official currency is the Renminbi; however, amounts are often referred to in terms of “yuan.” Yuan is the primary unit of the Renminbi, like the “dollar” in the U.S. Vendors may announce prices in RMBs (the unofficial abbreviation for Renminbi) or yuan, but they are actually referring to the same thing. (Please note: We will be referring to all prices in CNY, the official currency abbreviation, for the sake of uniformity.) While the current exchange rate is about $1 USD for 6.30 CNY, the value of the Renminbi has been steadily climbing against the U.S. dollar.

Source: http://travel.usnews.com/Beijing_China/Travel_Tips/

13 things you’ve got to do in Seoul

Korea’s tourism industry may be scrambling to harness the newfound fame of the Gangnam district south of the Han River, but the truth is the coolest experiences from a visitor’s perspective are concentrated in the northern part of the city.

Got some spare time in Seoul? Here’s what to do.

1. Korea Furniture Museum

Martha Stewart loved it, so will you.Yes, we know, it sounds like the kind of place even your grandparents would find boring, but hear us out on this insider’s secret.

The Korea Furniture Museum houses more than 2,000 traditional furniture pieces, plus 10 hanok (traditional Korean houses).

The museum itself is one of the most important and beautiful pieces of architecture in Seoul, and one of the first places global curators and designers visit when they hit the city.

Important: Reservations are required. No walk-ins.

330-577 Seongbuk-dong, Seongbuk-gu; +82 2 745 0181; tours and restaurant reservations by appointment only; www.kofum.com

2. T.um

The future is present at T.um.Run by Korea’s largest telecommunications provider, SK Telecom, T.um offers an amazing look at the technology we’ll be using in the very near future.

The best thing about the sneak preview of these shopping avatars and self-driving cars is realizing how awesome your life is going to be in 10 years.

Reservations must be made in advance on the website — daily 11 a.m. walk-in tours are conducted only in Korean.

T.um, Jung-gu, Euljiro 2-ga 11; +82 2 6100 0601; tum.sktelecom.com 

3. Bukchon Hanok Village

Prettiest village in the city.Bukchon is irrefutably the most beautiful historical district in the city, a place where visitors wander through tiny streets and peer over the gabled walls to view old hanok (traditional Korean houses) of various shapes and sizes.

Memorable pit stop: the outdoor museum and bittersweet omija in one of the tea houses.

Bukchon Culture Center, 105 Gye-dong, Jongro-gu; +82 2 3707 8388

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4. Gwanghwamun station

Korea’s wisest king, and most convenient subway station.Gyeongbokgung Palace. The Cheonggyecheon stream. King Sejong statue.

All three of Seoul’s major tourist spots are a short walk from small Gwanghwamun subway station.

Open views of the palace with the massive mountains in the distance are some of the most impressive in the city.

In the Finance Center’s basement levels you’ll find the best lunch options in the financial district, as well as Kyobo bookstore within the Kyobo building, which has cute stationery and other design products (accessories, gadgets, DIY projects, toys).

83 Doryeon-dong, Jongro-gu

5. Insadong

Date tea. Or tea date.The traditional Insadong district has been through some major changes. Recently, it’s shed its tourist trap image of crummy souvenirs to become a cool artsy spot with a new crop of galleries and modern tea shops.

Tasty teas and handmade accessories make for a nice little sojourn in the city.

Insadong, Jongro-gu; english.visitkorea.or.kr

6. Korean galbi

Korean-style barbecue.When it comes to grilling, Koreans don’t mess around. Knowledgeable staff will help you get galbi (juicy cuts of beef) smoking perfectly.

Maple Tree is a budget-friendly, cheerful barbecue joint with branches in both Gangnam and Gangbuk. Here are more of our barbecue recommendations.

31-1 Samcheong-dong, Jongro-gu; +82 2 730 7416; moderate; the restaurant has two more branches in Itaewon and Dogok-dong; www.mapletreehouse.co.kr

7. Glam

Be warned, you’ll be gasping for air.More lounge than club, Glam is one of the few stand-and-mingle bars in Seoul, and certainly among the hottest nightlife spots of the moment.

You’ll be fighting for air space amid massive crowds — every night is a party in here.

116-1 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu; +82 2 792 6164

8 J.J. Mahoney’s

Where suits are standard.Surprisingly, there aren’t that many bars with great views in Seoul — non-stuffy ones, anyway.

J.J. Mahoney’s in the Grand Hyatt caters to a slightly older crowd than the average nightlife venue in Seoul, but it’s a fun place for cocktails and live music — especially in summer.

Grand Hyatt Seoul, 140-738 322 Sowolro, Yongsan-gu; +82 2 797 1234; seoul.grand.hyatt.kr

9. Octagon

When you’re on top of the heap, you don’t hide it.Octagon is the hottest club in the city right now — having forced the crown from the ridiculously massive Ellui.

Although Korean clubs are famous in the region for “booking culture,” don’t expect any here (in fact, the whole trend has been dying out). Periodic laser shows and constant crazy dancing are the big draws.

New Hilltop Hotel, Gangnam-gu, Nonhyun-dong 152; +82 2 516 8847; cluboctagon.co.kr

10. Doosan Tower

At night, it’s even brighter.Short for Doosan Tower, Doota has emerged as the most stylish of the non-brand boutique-studded shopping malls in the Dongdaemun district (the Korean branches of Vogue, GQ and W magazines are also located within this building).

Both men and women go for trendy, budget-friendly clothes and accessories, particularly at night, as the area stays open until the small hours of the morning.

18-12 Euljiro 6-ga, Jung-gu; +82 2 3398 3333; www.doota.com

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11. Vatos

Kimchi Carnitas Fries at Vatos.We like to take foreigners here — mostly to watch their skeptical expressions (“Mexican food in Asia? Ugh!”) turn to surprise and delight. There’s a reason why waits can take up to three hours on weekends.

Recommended: Kimchi Carnitas Fries and shrimp tacos.

Yongsan-gu, Itaewon-dong 181-8 2/F; +82 2 797 8226;vatoskorea.com

12. Galleria’s Gourmet 494

It’s true — a luxury food court is one of Seoul’s best dining options.Whoever is behind the foodie makeover at Galleria Department Store, we applaud you. The luxury store has taken every hot new restaurant in the city and convinced them to open branches in its “premium food boutique” in the basement.

This extends to desserts, in a section on the other side of the food court.

494 Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu; +82 2 3449 4114;www.gourmet494.com

13. Bongeunsa

Ironically, centuries ago, the temple location was chosen for its remoteness.This temple in Gangnam is a wonderfully serene spot in the middle of the city, providing striking views of the traditional city juxtaposed with the modern skyline.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Korea’s temple stay program, so temples all around the country are coming up with unique programs catering to travelers.

73 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu; +82 2 511 6070;www.bongeunsa.org

Source: http://travel.cnn.com/top-things-do-and-see-seoul-915321