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Hong Kong Haunted Walking Tour 

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Haunted Wlking Tour HOng Kong

Mention the name Hong Kong and the images that immediately spring to mind are of a myriad bright flashing coloured neon lights; crowded avenues and futuristic, gleaming skyscrapers.  It is a busy, bustling city always on the move. Yet…

Behind the façade of getting ahead, making money and going about its hectic business day there is a dark and supernatural side to Hong Kong.  There are places where tradition, culture and history blend with mystery and legends that are often inexplicable. These tales still resonate through the alleyways and byways of Wan Chai.

So join us in a unique evening tour of Hong Kong.  It is a definite departure from all the other experiences that the city offers.

The tour is led by a resident of over 20 years who knows all the stories and where all the spooky buildings and locations are.  She will show you the darker side of the Wan Chai district.  She tells of the stories, superstitions, injustice, mystery, unnatural deaths, torture and numerous evil spirits that lurk behind the heritage buildings and the glitzy lights of this shopping district.

Your guide will take you to a haunted mansion that used to be a brothel; streets built on top of a cemetery; a hidden bomb shelter.  You will be shown places where daily rituals are carried out to worship the alternative gods and a haunted school’s abandoned facility.

The tour only accommodates a maximum of 15 people so the guide can give you personal attention and answer your questions.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

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Whats New On isango! – November 2014

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The way the world turns means that the northern hemisphere is slowing down as holiday and vacation destinations.  These are the months when warmer climates beckon.  So we bring you some really interesting things to do in exotic places around the world.  To keep the variety we have also picked a snow-packed location for your visiting pleasure.  We hope our choices tempt you to take them up.

Universal Studios Singapore Christmas Celebration Ticket

With its many pleasures Singapore never ceases to delight.  One of its biggest draws over the years is Universal Studios Singapore, especially its Christmas Celebration events.  You can get on thrilling futuristic rides based on blockbuster movies like the Transformers, Shrek 4 and Revenge Of The Mummy.  You will also be treated to fabulous LED light shows and even snowfall every hour.

Universal brings out all its famous and favourite characters for its Christmas bash.  The Sesame Street characters and Toy Soldiers will be out and about. They will be joined by Santa Claus and his elves – of course.

To make your Christmas celebrations at Universal even more enjoyable the Universal Studios Singapore™ Christmas Pass and the Studios Singapore™ Christmas Event Ticket entitles you to several special features. You get to use all the rides and attractions plus enjoy a Free Special Meal. That is not all.  In the evening you will be part of an exclusive and special Christmas event.

Charles Darwin Sunset Dinner Cruise

Darwin enjoys balmy weather and time spent on the water or waterfront can be one of life’s most rewarding experiences.  Get on board our luxury air-conditioned catamaran and cruise Darwin harbor at sunset.  You will cruise past some of Darwin’s historic landmarks such as Government House, State Square, Esplanade and the USS Peary Remembrance Look Out.  Every moment is a photographic opportunity.

The Sunset Dinner Cruise is a spectacular experience.  You can sit back and relax while you cruise the harbor and enjoy a glass of wine and a superb dinner.  Your dinner is just as magnificent as the views.  It is a territory style buffet and will consist of fresh baked bread, prawns, oysters, baked fresh fish (and other seafood), beef fillet, chicken, salads, fresh vegetables and a variety of deserts.

Hong Kong Art Gallery Tour

Hong Kong is recognized for being a commercial hub and a global financial centre.  Its gleaming high-rise towers speak of profit-making and a business first culture.  Happily this is not the whole picture.  Hong Kong has a large and ever growing art scene.  There are more than 200 art galleries to attest to its healthy art scene.

This tour will take you into several art galleries and their exhibitions where you can admire some really fine examples modern art from Chinese and international artists.  You will get insights into artistic trends as well as the Asian art market.  The guide will give you tips on how to value art works, auction tips and how to bargain in the art market.

The tour is a revelation for the art lover, connoisseur and investor and well worth the time.

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Buggy Adventure In Dubai

Dubai now has a well-established reputation as an adventure, sport and outdoor activity destination.  Some of the activities that burnish this standing involve the desert and its challenges.  There are several options to taking on the desert and her magic.

The buggy option is a great one because it is just that bit of an individual and personal adventure.  You can go solo or with a single partner on a roaring 800cc dune buggy across the undulating desert sands.

With a brief introduction and safety instructions you can roar off on your buggy through the trackless desert.  The buggies are fully equipped with a roll cage, bucket seats and a safety harness.

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Snowmobile Adventure – Winter Kingdom, Iceland

This is one for the adventure minded.  Every trip is unique as the guide will take you where the best snow is and that condition and location changes from day to day.  To use the often-repeated phrase ‘once in a lifetime’ a Snowmobile trip across an Icelandic glacier is well and truly that and some more!

Skimming across the snow and the stunning Icelandic scenery on a powerful snowmobile is one you will not forget. This high-speed adventure takes you to glaciers and other places you will not be able to access on foot.

Your adventure will take you up to and on Langjökull Glacier, Iceland’s second largest.  From here you can see the highest mountain in west Iceland, the domed Hofsjökull glacier, and the Kerlingafjöll Mountains.Reykjavik_8068_1

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New Year’s Kiss

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New Year's Kiss A friend once told me that her New Year’s resolution was to be kissed as the clock struck twelve on the first day of the New Year. So here are some great and different places that I would suggest for that magical kiss with that special someone:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Famous for its Carnival, Rio is also great destination any other time of year. This is one of the few times of the year that the locals join the tourists for a great time! This celebration is on par with their Carnival and the fireworks are absolutely amazing. Dress up in white and share that New Years kiss on the beaches of Rio! And you cannot come all the way to Brazil without experiencing its rainforests, can you?

Venice, Italy

This small city in Italy is perfect for a New Year’s kiss. On the last night of the year, many restaurants in Venice have feasts starting from 9p.m. and lasting until midnight, with great food and cheap wine. Also, in St. Mark’s Square there is a huge celebration with music, fireworks and a huge group kiss at midnight. And nothing spells romantic like a gondola ride through the canals of Venice!

Cape Town, South Africa

Welcome the New Year dancing in Cape Town! Some of the hottest parties and celebrations are held in this seaside city, and you can have your special New Years Kiss while on the beach. You of course will have to try the wine while in South Africa, for it rivals even Italy for quality!

Hong Kong, China

Although the Chinese Lunar New Year does not coincide with December 31st, there are still celebrations held in Hong Kong! You will not be at a loss to find a popping party the night of. Top the Hong Kong experience off with your New Years kiss while LED lights count down the last 60 seconds of the old year! You cannot forget the wonderful beauty outside Hong Kong either, for China is home to some of the most breathtaking sights.

Sydney, Australia

Although not as typically romantic as European cities, Sydney has a lot to offer. Enjoy your New Year’s kiss as some of the first New Year’s fireworks in the world explode in the night sky amid music! The best part of being in Sydney at the end of the year is that it is not wintertime; you will be coming in the height of summer. You can spend your days at the beach, dolphin spotting and enjoying the Australian lifestyle!

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Customer review: Hong Kong Island Tour

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This tour is a must tour if you are staying in Hong kong for a short trip. This tour covers all the highlight places in hong kong which is good for the price. Tour leader “James” was wonderful. He keeps on making funny jokes, and told us all about hong kong.

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Erick booked: Hong Kong Island Tour

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Doulos cruise ship to visit Hong Kong

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People on Hong Kong tours will be treated to an impressive sight this year when the ship Doulos arrives in the city.

Doulos is the world’s oldest ocean-going passenger vessel, having been built in 1914.

After filling various official capacities around the world during its lifetime, the ship now travels around the world as a kind of floating bookshop, carrying the biggest floating library in the world.

The liner has welcomed more than 20 million visitors onboard for tours, book sales and other events, stopping in over 500 ports of call in more than 100 countries.

Doulos will arrive at Hong Kong’s Ocean Terminal on June 6th and stay until July 4th, providing plenty of opportunities for visitors to come onboard and explore the unique ship.

As well as experiencing the many temporary events that take place in the city, visitors to Hong Kong can visit permanent attractions such as Victoria Harbour and the Peak, which offers stunning views over the city, harbour and surrounding mountains.

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Macau to host series of spring events

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Travellers taking Macau tours over the coming months will have plenty to remember their trip by as the destination plays host to a number of unusual events.

One of the highlights will be the Feast of the Drunken Dragon, a tradition based on an old Buddhist tale that will be held on May 2nd.

Local fishermen participate in the festival by performing a ‘drunken dance’ with wooden dragon heads and tails as part of a procession that leads from Senado Square towards Macau’s inner harbour.

The 20th Macau Arts Festival will take place between May 2nd and 30th this year and will feature orchestral concerts, exhibitions, dance shows, Chinese opera and more than 70 performances by artists from Europe and the UK.

Bringing the month of May to a close on the 28th will be the Macau International Dragon Boat Festival, which will see local and foreign teams competing against one another on the Nam Van lake.

Macau is one of the two special administrative regions of China, the other being Hong Kong.

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Cultural experiences ‘important to travellers’

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Cultural experiences are highly important to travellers and the thing that people are most willing to pay extra for on a holiday, a new survey suggests.

Visa and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) polled holidaymakers from major source markets including the UK, Australia and the United States and found that 57 per cent are willing to extend their budget to experience a foreign culture.

The survey also found that the majority of travellers would pay extra to guarantee good customer service or to visit an exotic destination.

Pata spokesperson Meranda Chan said: "As time is precious, people want to make the most out of their holidays and so are willing to spend more to have a unique experience that goes off smoothly.

"It is now easier than ever to travel to a wide range of destinations and people are using this opportunity to learn more about different cultures."

Greg Duffell, president of the travel association, said an interest in new holiday experiences is leading to an increase in tourist numbers in the Asia Pacific region.

Pata released a report earlier this year which indicated that Australia, Japan and Hong Kong will be the top three destinations in the region over the next two years.

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Cats dances onto the Hong Kong stage

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Hong Kong tours will offer the opportunity for theatre enthusiasts to see a new interpretation of the classic show Cats this year.

A production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary musical will come to the Lyric Theatre at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts from May 15th to June 14th.

Based on a collection of poems by TS Eliot, Cats is famous for its intricate sets, imaginative choreography and dazzling costumes.

The show follows the adventures of such interestingly named felines as Munkustrap, Jennyanydots, The Rum Tum Tugger and Grizabella, telling their tales through songs including the famous Memory.

Cats ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway, during which time it picked up numerous accolades including Olivier and Tony awards for best musical.

The show will not be the only piece of culture on offer to people on Hong Kong tours this spring, as on May 8th and 10th the Hong Kong Cultural Centre will present concerts featuring a selection of classic operatic arias.

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New attraction to open at Hong Kong Ocean Park

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The Hong Kong Tourism Board has announced details of a new attraction that will be opening at Ocean Park this year.

Amazing Asian Animals will begin welcoming people on Hong Kong tours in April as part of a major expansion project taking place at Ocean Park.

The new area will take visitors on a tour through a scenic environment populated by a variety of Asian wildlife species, including a 1.2-metre Chinese giant salamander that was bred and reared at the park.

Pandas and red pandas will also be among the main attractions in the new Ocean Park zone, along with tortoises, birds and many other animals.

Details of the Amazing Asian Animals exhibit were provided in a recent newsletter released by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, which also revealed that the city’s Disneyland resort is planning to increase its size by one third.

The enlargement will enable the park to offer brand new attractions including a Pirates of the Caribbean ride and a Haunted House.

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Head to Hong Kong for dragon boat racing

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Travellers taking Hong Kong tours in May should be sure not to miss the Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships, one of the city’s most popular annual sporting events.

The festival of competitive rowing is held in Stanley, which in the early 1970s was just a small fishing village to the south of Hong Kong Island.

As most of the local people travelled along rivers and waterways for their livelihood, boat racing became popular and turned into a traditional way of celebrating the Tuen Ng Festival.

The championship, which will take place on May 28th this year, has been an annual event since 1976.

Boats measuring more than ten metres in length participate in the races, carrying a crew of up to 22 people including a steersman and a drummer who provides an energetic beat to help the competitors as they row against opposing teams.

As well as enjoying the local traditions and culture, visitors to Hong Kong can head to Victoria Peak to take in a stunning view of the city or take a tram journey to see the whole of Hong Kong Island.

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