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Singapore’s Creatures and Cultures

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Singapore – an exceptional blend of eastern and western culture, Singapore offers once in a life-time experiences in a safe and family-friendly environment. Whether going on a night safari or viewing the city from 165m up, on the Singapore Flyer, travellers can experience jaw-dropping sights.

Who can refuse the chance to sip Chinese medicinal herbs before watching the night lights give the colourful city a new life after dusk?

Try one of these exciting tours to experience the real Singapore:

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Travel back to the Dubai of 1962

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People who enjoy learning about the history of their holiday destination can visit a fascinating exhibition of photography during Dubai tours this year.

Entitled Dubai 1962, the display will be open at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre from May 6th to 26th.

It showcases a series of photographs that were taken by a Japanese reporter 47 years ago, offering a fascinating look at a location that would grow into one of the world’s most dynamic and groundbreaking cities.

The images provide a narrative for the reporter’s journey as he visited the local fish market, took a boat ride on the creek and encountered Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the former ruler of Dubai.

According to the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, a "harsh but vibrant way of life" is explored in the black and white pictures, presenting a stark contrast to the destination that so many travellers are familiar with today.

During their tours of Dubai, visitors can appreciate the scale of the city’s achievement in recent decades by taking in sights such as the iconic Burj al Arab hotel and the under-construction Burj Dubai, which is already the world’s tallest structure.

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China tours to visit earthquake sites

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Travellers on adventure tours in China will soon have the option to visit sites that were affected by the devastating earthquake that hit the country in May last year.

The tours in Beichuan county, the area most severely affected by the earthquake in Sichuan province, are expected to begin before the end of March, a local official told China Daily.

Chen Wen, an information officer in the city of Mianyang, said demand for the tours was shown during this year’s Spring Festival, during which some 200,000 people visited Beichuan.

Visitors will be taken to vantage points that offer a view of the damage caused by the earthquake, including the local high school and the village of Jina Qiang.

Tourists will also be able to take boat trips on the ‘quake lakes’ that were formed when rivers were blocked by landslides during the earthquake, causing a build-up of water.

The earthquake that hit Sichuan province last year was so severe that tremors were felt in Shanghai and Beijing, both more than 1,500km away.

Trips around the affected areas will be among many unusual tours that travellers can take in Asia, Oceania and elsewhere, which offer a memorable way of exploring one’s holiday destination.

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Dubai ‘more than a playground for the rich’

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Dubai tours are regularly enjoyed by people from all walks of life and not only the well-off, according to a travel guide writer.

Lara Dunston, author of the DK Eyewitness guide to Dubai, admitted that the destination has built up a reputation as a "playground for the rich", but pointed out that this is largely due to the media playing on the fact that "glamour sells".

People who visit the city will discover that there is much more to be seen and experienced than mere glitz and glamour, according to Ms Dunston.

"It also has a rich heritage and culture rooted in Bedouin traditions of hospitality and Islam, like the country it’s a part of – the United Arab Emirates, remember Dubai is just a city-state – and its Arabian peninsula neighbours," she said.

"People from all over the world, all walks of life, from Russian package tourists to Australian backpackers to English families [visit] Dubai."

Dubai tours will become even easier from September this year when the city’s Metro transport system begins operating.

Another attraction opening this year is the Dubai Fountain, which will be the centrepiece to the 12-hectare Burj Dubai lake area.

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Christmas Shopping Adventures 2: Dubai

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Just when you thought your Christmas shopping adventure couldn’t get more adventurous!  If you’ve decided to take a Christmas shopping trip this year, why not opt for something a bit more exotic (and potentially less expensive) than New York?   Why not visit the plentiful, tax free, shops of Dubai!

And after you’ve indulged in a few days of bargain shopping in Dubai, you can soak up the Arabian sun on one of these exciting excursions: continue reading

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Dubai works up a sweat over a marathon distance

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As if it wasn’t hot enough, Dubai will see thousands of fit and lively people run themselves into oblivion at its annual marathon early next year, which is fast becoming a highlight on the world distance running calendar.

Of course, the January 16th timing of the race means the conditions are about as comfortable as they could be and the many professional and amateur runners who are set to take part will be hoping to use this to their advantage.

The course will send competitors clockwise around the city, taking in such famous sights as the World Trade Centre.

Big news for the forthcoming event is that world marathon record holder and reigning event champion Haile Gebrselassie will be competing again in 2009.

Gebrselassie recently became the first man to run under two hours four minutes at the Berling Marathon and will no doubt draw a huge crowd of visitors on Dubai tours, interested to see if he can better his remarkable achievement.

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China’s Harbin shows off its snow skills

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The Chinese destination of Harbin is to hold a very special winter festival early in the coming year.

From January 5th to February 5th the city’s Zhoalin Park will hold the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, which showcases the complexity and versatility of this beautiful natural medium.

The centrepieces of the festival are the incredible ice sculptures which are constructed on a huge scale, forming entire buildings and edifices which visitors can wander around and explore.

Coloured lights, ambient music and intricate decoration give the ice constructions an enchanting character which never fails to impress guests young and old.

There will also be a range of fun activities such as ice skating and ice slides, all of which are bound to add to the fun of the event.

Harbin is located in north eastern China and is a vibrant and up-and-coming city adept at using one of its most abundant natural resources to create a true spectacle for residents and visitors alike.

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Vibrant light show illuminates a beautiful corner of Thailand

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Performed many times throughout the year, the traditional Thai extravaganza of Wimaya Nattakan always draws plenty of spectators, especially during winter time.

Performances during the early months, such as on January 31st, are said by some to be the most impressive as the incredible light effects are diffused by the cool winter air in a way that doesn’t occur at any other time of the year.

Taking place in Phimai Historical Park in the huge province of Nakhon Ratchasima, the festival incorporates intricate choreography depicting the history of the Khymer Empire, as well as drawing on early Buddhist lore.

Set against the backdrop of the powerful coloured light show, the smaller-scale elements are sure to delight the crowds, such as the ceremonial Bai Sri Su Kwan, which welcomes visitors and includes them in proceedings.

A country rich with demonstrations of customs and culture, alongside a proud heritage of religion and celebration, Thailand never ceases to fascinate and in Wimaya Nattakan visitors can experience something quite unique to this dazzling nation.

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Festival of fire sets Kushimoto ablaze

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On the 25th January each year the town of Kushimoto in Japan sees the night sky illuminated by flame in the annual Fire Festival.

The ceremonial burning of a patch of grass in front of the revered Shiono Misaki watchtower isn’t just for spectators, either.

Brave – or perhaps fool-hardy – locals turn it into a participation event as they walk through the waves of flame as they make their way across the bank.

The ceremony begins by the firing of lit arrows into the grasses to get proceedings started, before flaming torches are used to move things up a notch.

Aside from keeping pyromaniacs happy, the festival also features a cavalcade of food and drink, traditional dancing and general celebrations as locals and visitors alike rejoice in this much-loved event.

The event takes place on the southern-most tip of Honshu, an area renowned for its fishing activities and agrarian way of life.

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Filipino Christian festival unlike anything seen elsewhere in the world

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The city of Iloilo in the Philippines is the home of a unique festival in honour of the infant Jesus Christ, or Santo Nino, which takes place each year in January.

Dinagyang combines some spectacular sailing action with an awe-inspiring array of carnival dancers in extravagantly-coloured costumes, making this one event the likes of which isn’t seen anywhere else in the Christian world.

The regatta is one of the key draws of the event, which includes some fantastic maritime action taking place on the water just off the nearby coast.

Among the highlights in 2009 will be the Iloilo International Dragon Boat Race, sure to please the assembled locals and spectators.

Each year the festival also crowns a Miss Dinagyang, who is rewarded for her virtues with a prestigious coronation ceremony.

The Philippines consists of more than 7,000 islands and is home to in excess of 75 million people.

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