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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.

Erick, Australia

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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Rugby Sevens whips HK crowds up into a frenzy

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One of the fastest and most exciting sports in the world will hold its showpiece event in Hong Kong this coming spring.

From March 27th to 29th 2009 the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens tournament will be held at the spectacular 40,000-seater Hong Kong Stadium.

Rugby Sevens is, as the name would suggest, a smaller-sided version of the game that the world knows and loves.

However, despite there being only seven players on each team, the playing surface is the same size and this results in huge amount of space in which players can run into.

Games are therefore played for shorter lengths of time but at a frenetic pace, the likes of which is seldom seen in other sports.

The tournament consists of 24 teams split into three groups of eight. After a standard round-robin format, the top octet of sides compete in a play-off for the Bowl, the middle eight for the Plate, with the bottom teams contesting the Cup.

With all this supercharged action on offer, the already bustling city of Hong Kong promises to become that much more exciting than usual during the prestigious Hong Kong Sevens.

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Hong Kong Arts Festival celebrates a vivid culture

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The annual Hong Kong Arts Festival will once again showcase the varied and vibrant culture that this unique country – and the world as a whole – has to offer.

Performers and innovators from around the world will come together from February 6th to March 8th in this fiesta of theatre, dance, music and visual art.

Among the key events featuring in this comprehensive celebration of creativity will be Shanghai Yueju Opera Theatre, one of the most respected companies in China.

Meanwhile, a groundbreaking performance of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphoses by the Vesturport Theatre of Iceland will also take place.

Music fans on Hong Kong tours will be pleased to learn that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will also be making an appearance, conducted by the legendary Bernard Haitink.

The Hong Kong Arts Festival is the highlight of the territory’s cultural calendar and in 2009 will mark its 37th year.

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