By Muja Abdul Aziz

Food plays a very important role in Saudi culture and is seen as a symbol of hospitality. If you’re planning a trip to Saudi, don’t miss out on the chance to try these delicacies!

A key component of visiting a different country is to immerse oneself in its culture and to explore their local cuisine.  And when you are planning a trip to Saudi, your taste buds won’t be disappointed at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

 Ideally eaten for breakfast

Shakshuka

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This is a simple dish made of gently poached eggs in a delicious chunky tomato and bell pepper sauce, with onions, olive oil, paprika, and cumin. This addictive breakfast option is also gluten-free, which is excellent news for visitors with celiac disease.

Ka’ak

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In the Arab world, the word “ka’ak” itself can refer to a variety of breads and biscuits. The most popular variation of Ka’ak is the bread rings. This tasty treat is a soft ring-shaped bread with sesame seeds sprinkled on top. Breakfast frequently includes ka’ak, which is best enjoyed with a cup of tea.

Suitable for Lunch

Kabsa

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Kabsa is a beloved dish in Saudi that consists of rice and your choice of beef, chicken or lamb. This meal is regarded as a signature dish across the Arabian Peninsula. It is served piping hot on a large platter with other condiments.

Ruz Bukhari

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Another beloved dish the reflects the rich heritage of Saudi. Ruz Bukhari is fragrant rice best enjoyed with chicken. The dish is enriched with anise, cumin, nutmeg, and coriander seeds . Additionally, raisins and fried onions are usually used as garnish.

Thoroughly enjoyed during dinner

Jareesh

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Officially the national dish of Saudi, Jareesh is one of the oldest and most beloved dishes nationwide, it holds a special place during Ramadan and winter season for its nutritious values. This delectable dish is prepared with boiled and crushed wheat, rice, meat and flavored with some spices like parsley, cumin, and coriander. Jareesh is also the root of Haleem, a famous stew and street treat in Pakistan, Turkey, India, and other Middle Eastern and Asian countries.

Thareed

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This delicious dish finds its origination in pre-Islamic times and was said to be among Prophet Mohammed’s favorite foods. Thareed can be enjoyed as a dip, or Ravioli-style to your preference.

Source: Visit Saudi & La Cademie

By Richerd Danevellu

Australia is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, each with its own unique features and attractions. Here are some of the top beaches in Australia that are worth visiting.

Bondi Beach, New South Wales
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One of Australia’s most famous beaches, Bondi is a must-visit for those who want to experience the lively and vibrant atmosphere of Sydney’s coastal culture. There is no shortage of ocean activities, boutique shops, and oceanside dining here.

Whitehaven Beach, Queensland
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Perhaps the most famous of Queensland’s spectacular beaches is Whitehaven, and it’s no mystery why. This stunning beach is renowned for its clear turquoise waters and silica sand that stays cool to the touch, even on hot days.

Byron Bay, New South Wales
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This coastal town has long been a hipster hotspot attracting travellers from near and far for its relaxing and restorative powers. With its laid-back vibe, great surf, and relaxed atmosphere, Byron Bay is a popular destination for surfers, yogis, and beach lovers alike.

Noosa Main Beach, Queensland
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Noosa’s Main Beach is one of Australia’s few north-facing beaches. Due to the currents and the way the bay is formed, waves here are small. Thus, it is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing, and is surrounded by lush national parklands.

Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia
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Located in the suburbs of Perth, Cottesloe is a family-friendly beach that offers calm waters and plenty of picnic areas. This sparkling stretch of sand plays host to art exhibitions, exciting surf, and delicious eateries. Good vibes aren’t hard to come by here.

Surfers Paradise Beach, Queensland
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With the warm Pacific Ocean on one side and the deep blue Nerang River on the other, this famous Gold Coast beach is known for its long stretches of sand and rolling waves and is a popular destination for both surfers and sunbathers. Plenty of shops, restaurants, high-rise resorts and attractions are present here.

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
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Wineglass Bay is often considered one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, with crystal clear waters, white sands, and stunning views of the Freycinet National Park. Although you can walk to the beach itself, one of the most beautiful ways to enjoy the beach is from a lookout above the bay.

These are just a few of the many fantastic beaches that Australia has to offer, so no matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find a beach that’s perfect for you.

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Source:

https://www.australia.com/en-my/things-to-do/beaches-and-islands.html
https://www.planetware.com/australia/top-rated-beaches-in-australia-aus-1-32.htm

By Adeline Soh

Hong Kong is more than just the skyline with tall skyscrapers, busy streets and shopping activities. Hong Kong is also home to lush greenery mountains, laid-back islands, white sandy beaches and scenic trails. You may just find new reasons to love Hong Kong. Go off the beaten path and discover the nature tranquility of this beautiful city.

Climb The Peak
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Reach the highest point on Hong Kong Island by ascending The Peak – an ideal place to enjoy bird’s-eye view of the city’s iconic skyline and woodland trail. Take an all-encompassing look from a mountaintop view – The Peak Tower and The Peak galleria have impressive observation decks. That’s only the tip of the thrills; don’t miss the restautants filled with international cuisines, chic stores packed with local handicrafts, and the Peak Tram, a century-old funicular that climbs up at incredibly steep gradients. If you are a nature lover, try the leisurely Peak Circle Walk. The walk winds around the highest mountain in Hong Kong Island without much variation in height, an easy stroll to catch stunning views of the Hong Kong skykine from different vintage points.

Lantau Island
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The star attraction on Lantau is the 34-metre Tian Tan Buddha, known as simply the Big Buddha, which rests high up on a hilltop. The best way to get there is by the Ngong Ping 360 cable car that climbs from Tung Chung to tranquil Ngong Ping Village with stunning views of the Lantau landscape, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the Big Buddha. The 25-minute, air-conditioned ride even has the option of a glass-bottom crystal cabin that offers a novel, unobstructed view straight down! The drop-off is just a 10-minute stroll from the foot of the 268 steps to reach the base of the statue. There’s plenty more, including the traditional Tai O fishing village, quiet white-sand beaches and alfresco restaurants in Discovery Bay. On Lantau, you can go from the beaches to the Big Buddha to a bar-restaurant in Discovery Bay all in the same day.

Sai Kung
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Sai Kung is known as the ‘back garden of Hong Kong’ because of its verdant surroundings, beaches, and islands that offer unparalleled views of the city. Located in the most eastern part of the New Territories, the district of Sai Kung boasting with ample opportunities for exploration, not only is it home to treasured remnants of well-preserved Hakka culture, Sai Kung offers sweeping mountain views, gorgeous beaches, scenic trails, marine parks, the Hong Kong UNESCO Geopark, two UNESCO-merited landmarks, and charming fishing villages. Hike through country parks and get a bird’s-eye view of your destination or take a sampan from the Sai Kung Town Public Pier, and you’ll enter a whole new world on arrival. A day trip to Sai Kung is all you need to replenish and unwind.

Dragon’s Back
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The Dragon’s Back is a moderatly easy two-hour walk that traverses a series of mountain ranges in southeastern Hong Kong Island, offering outstanding twin views of the South China Sea. Dragon’s Back got its name from its undulating ridge that resembles a dragon’s backbone. Located in Shek O, the popular hiking spot is favored by both locals and tourists for its accessibility from the city and moderate difficulty level. Make your way from Shek O Road near Tei Wan Village and head up 284 meters to Shek O Peak’s sightseeing platform! Right at the trail’s end is Big Wave Bay. Take a dip or surf the waves for a relaxing finale to this hike. You can choose to descend either to Big Wave Bay or to Shek O, where there is food and refreshment.

Cheung Chau
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The small, dumb-bell-shaped island of Cheung Chau, or ‘long island’ – covering almost 3 sqkm, is well-known for its distinctive waterfront, crammed with gently rocking moored fishing boats and seafood restaurants. Take a ferry to Cheung Chau and enjoy its green greenery, craggy hillsides, golden beaches and fascinating rock formations along the Mini Great Wall walk. Kwun Yam Beach is the starting point of the Mini Great Wall, the island’s easy-going, 850-metre-long paved hiking trail running behind Kwun Yam Beach and the Chi Ma Hang headland, which follows the southeastern coastline. Enjoy panoramic ocean views while passing beside numerous stunning rock formations, which resemble the shape of a vase, elephant’s head – and even a skull. These vibrant new, hip joints sit in harmony alongside the island’s timeless, laid-back charms such as Pak Tai Temple – established in the 18th century by fisherfolk to honour the Taoist ‘God of the Sea’ – which is the traditional venue for the island’s vibrant annual Cheung Chau Jiao Festival, also known as the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, activities.

Lamma Island
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This idyllic island not far from Aberdeen is known for quiet village life, pretty hills and great seafood restaurants with not a motor vehicle in sight. Long associated with the fishing industry, it is now home to a thriving multicultural community. Start relaxing once you start strolling along Sok Kwu Wan and Yung Shue Wan’s waterfront village streets with shops selling beautiful fisherfolk arts and crafts, and restaurants serving fresh seafood and numerous East-meets-West delights. Nature lovers and Instagram buffs can explore the area’s breathtaking scenery and cultural sites along the leisurely 5 km Lamma Island Family Walk, while history buffs can learn more about local culture at Lamma Fisherfolk’s Village.

So, are you ready to explore Hong Kong? Click on the contact us bar on top right of our website or click on our Hong Kong destinations page and start planning your next adventure-filled holiday. You’ll find plenty of helpful information and travel inspiration.

Source:
https://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/explore/great-outdoor.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destination/sponsor-content-hong-kong

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Saudi Arabia has opened its gate for the first time to all travellers around the world. Home to the largest sand desert and the majestic Red Sea, Saudi is full of awe-inspiring natural phenomena and historical marvels. The country also offers a plethora of adventure options that need to be on your bucket list! Here is an expansive look at the top 5 cities to explore in the land of Arabia.

1. Diriyah

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Welcome to the birthplace of the Kingdom. Considered by many to be the “pearl of Saudi Arabia,” Diriyah is one of the major tourist destinations in this country. Its history goes back thousands of years, it was once an ancient trade and pilgrimage route, and a meeting spot for people traveling to or from Asia, Africa, or Europe. But in recent years the city has developed to encourage tourism to the area, encompassing luxury resorts, numerous international hotel brands, as well as dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The mixture of both historical roots and modern glitz is what makes the city one of the most exciting destinations to visit. From 300+ years of culture, heritage, and history to sports events and shopping hubs, walking in this city will give an experience of living in multiple eras of the world.

Best for: Heritage, Food, Shopping

When in Diriyah, Go and Explore:

UNESCO Heritage Site: At-Turaif, Museum of Al Saud House, The Museum of the Saudi State and Arabian Peninsula, Misk Heritage Museum, Al Bujairi

2. Jeddah

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This city known as the spiritual gateway to Mecca is the second-largest city in Saudi Arabia. You’ll be surprised to find the wide array of places ranging from the stunning floating mosques and picturesque waterfronts to opulent shopping malls, ancient lanes as well as serene beaches. Jeddah boasts a rich scene of arts and music, and a gathering spot for multi-vibrant cultures, a unique blend that left its mark on Jeddah’s exquisite cuisine of many fine dishes with global tastes. Some of the most well-known attractions in this city also include UNESCO heritage site, Al Balad, where the city’s heart remains intact even after hundreds of years, and the Mall of Arabia, which ranks amongst the largest shopping malls in the world.

Best for: Urban, Art, Culture

When in Jeddah, Go and Explore:

Jeddah Waterfront, Al Balad, King Fahd’s fountain, Fakieh Aquarium, Tayebat Museum, Jeddah Art Promenade

3. AlUla

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If you are an adventure seeker or someone who loves historical wonders, then this place would be perfect for you. AlUla combines legendary heritage sites, including Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site that flaunts the historical and cultural richness of the country, with outdoor adventure amidst AlUla’s beautiful desert landscape. With ancient tombs that remain the legacy of 7,000 years of human civilisation, stunning natural rock formations, and canyons, this place is where you can still feel like a true explorer charting the unknown. Whether you’re looking to relax in a one-of-a-kind setting or plan a holiday filled with exploration and adventure sports, there is no dearth of attractions that AlUla offers for you.

Best for: History, Culture, Nature

When in AlUla, Go and Explore:

Dadan, AlUla Old Town, Jabal Ikmah, Elephant Rock, Hegra

4. Dammam

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While other cities of Saudi are packed with ancient historical wonders, Dammam, however, is a spectacularly modern metropolis that thrives on its coastal location, boasting endless views of the tranquil Arabian Gulf. It is also the capital of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Brimmed with picturesque islands, ports, entertainment parks, museums, and marketplaces, the city will make you witness some striking beauty and tranquillity. Among all the cool places in this city, Murjan Island holds a special place. This man-made coral island offers a great escape from the crowds of the city with breathtaking views.

Best for: Camping, Sand Skiing, Exploring

When in Dammam, Go and Explore:

Half Moon Bay, Ithra, Al Khobar waterfront, Al Ahsa Oasis, SCITECH

5. KAEC

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King Abdullah Economic City or KAEC for short, is a new, planned city that was established in 2005. Located 100 KM north of Jeddah along the coast of the Red Sea, KAEC is a modern metropolis and booming tourist destination. The city is divided into different zones, each catering to a specific purpose in order to offer a modern and healthy lifestyle, complete security, and active community life to its residents. Home to one of the most renowned golf clubs in the Middle East, immersive waterfront and fancy dining are among the various attractions found in this city.

Best for: Fishing, Golfing, Cruises

When in KAEC, Go and Explore:

Yam Beach, Juman Karting, Museum of Science and Technology, Marina Canal, Royal Greens Golf & Country Club

Source: Visit Saudi Arabia & Welcome Saudi

As they say, the most wonderful time of year is almost upon us. Christmas is more than just a holiday celebration. It’s the season to experience the joy of family and friends gathered around, festive decorations and of course many presents. While it’s tempting to stay at home and enjoy your own Christmas decorations, you should know that there are plenty of places where you can have an unforgettable experience over the holidays. Here are some amazing destinations you can visit for a joyful Christmas.

  1. Santa Claus Village, Finland

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If you love spending Christmas with Santa Claus, pack your bags and head to Finland. In Lapland, Northern Finland, there is a famous Santa Claus village, where many old men in red cotton-padded coats and white beards wait for tourists from all over the world. The Santa has their offices in the village’s steeply roofed wooden houses, and they sit smiling, with snow-white beards down to their knees, on oak chairs by the fireplace, next to Christmas trees hung with lights and small presents. Imagine spending the holidays in Santa’s Village. Outside the window, the snow is falling while you enjoy Christmas dinner with friends and family by a warm fireplace. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to spot the northern lights, and if you visit the Birch Forests not far away, you might even spot an elk.

Things to do: Post a Christmas card from Santa Claus main post office, say hi to Huskies & Reindeer, try snowmobiles, Snowman World(winter), visit Elf’s Farm Yard & visit Santa Claus’ Home Cavern Santa Park.

Ideal For: Families

  1. New York City, USA

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As the largest city in the United States, New York City has plenty of Christmas celebrations. The main attraction for tourists is the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Plaza. Dazzling LED lights, elaborate crystal decorations, and colorful balloons decorate the world’s tallest Christmas tree. You can skate around the Christmas tree on the square’s dedicated ice rink and share holiday cheer with friends, family, and even exotic visitors. It is no exaggeration to say that Rockefeller Plaza is filled with dreaminess during the Christmas season when it comes to the shopping paradise of New York. The department stores have elaborately designed Christmas-themed Windows. The New York Ballet’s Christmas production of “The Nutcracker” is one of the world’s most acclaimed shows.

Things to do: Get on New York city Cocoa & Carols holiday cruise, tour the Christmas lights on a horse carriage ride from Manhattan: 1.5-hour Dyker Heights Christmas Lights bus tours.

Ideal For: Couple & Friends

  1. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is the capital and the largest city in the Czech Republic, and it’s nice to know that. But there is also a very important fact that Prague is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and a dream destination for millions of people. Prague has a rich history to tell and amazing architecture to showcase. But Christmas in Prague is very special! Witnessing Christmas eve in Prague would not be complete without attending the Christmas market held in Prague. The Old Town Square, the historic center of the city is where the markets during Christmas will be held. One can see large numbers of people bustling around the markets and exploring the various opportunities that these markets offer. The Christmas markets in Wenceslas Square are also worth a visit to enjoy the city’s Christmas celebrations. These popular markets are open daily from December 2 to January 6, even on public holidays. You can sing along with the Christmas carol choir, revel through the various craft markets, sip hot drinks and enjoy delicious local delicacies.

Things to do: Visit the Old Town Square Christmas market, cross the most beautiful Charles Bridge in Europe and get a spectacular view from above, try Czech food culture, explore Hradcany (Castle Hill).

Ideal For: Couple & Friends

  1. Cologne Christmas Market, Germany

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A Christmas market organized in such a beautiful & historical building structure will be one of the most attractive markets you would need to try once in your life. Visitors to Cologne Christmas market can buy a wide variety of Christmas goods as in all kinds of candles, crunches, packages, Christmas tree and more. Every item that you need for Christmas can be found here. From a distance, the Christmas market can be seen in all its bright splendor. Up close, you’ll be amazed at the fairy-tale spectacle of lights.

Things to do: Old Town Christmas market, The Heinzels Winter Fairytale Christmas market, Cologne Cathedral Christmas market

Ideal For: Couple & Friends

  1. Dublin, Ireland

Unique customs make Christmas in Ireland a warm atmosphere. On Christmas Eve, Irish families will light candles (or electric lights) on the windowsill to welcome the arrival of Jesus, but also to light the streets for pedestrians, so that they can go home early to meet friends and relatives. Plum pudding and Turkey are traditional Irish Christmas meals. After Christmas dinner, Irish people leave bread and milk on the table and leave the door unlocked, symbolizing their tradition of hospitality. Dublin is hosting its annual winter swimming event on December 25, with locals jumping into icy waters to compete in a brave way to celebrate. December 26th is St. Stephen’s Day in Ireland, with football matches and pantomime for their celebration of Christmas.

Things to do: Check Out the Lights in Grafton Street, stroll in the Powerscourt Shopping Centre, Drink in the Christmas Spirit at The Temple Bar & Having an Ice Skating.

  1. Magic Christmas in Colmar, France

The chalets and canal-side streets make Colmar look like a fairy-tale place all year around. Add to that the twinkling lights, the ice rink, and the early 20th-century carousel, and the town of Colmar becomes one of the most enchanting Christmas resorts in all of Europe. With the vibe of a fairy-tale, it will be a memorable experience for the kids to have such a wonderful Christmas celebration.

Things to do: Take a stroll through the Parc Du Champ de Mars, wander through La Petite Venise, visit the Colmar Christmas market, stop by the Bartholdi Museum, visit the Toy Museum of Colmar, walk through the Unterlinden Museum.

Ideal For: Families, Couple

  1. Zurich, Switzerland

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With chocolates, alpine snow, and cobblestone streets, Zurich is home to Christmas. The Christmas market in central Zurich and the train station are famous all over Europe and visitors can buy all kinds of exquisite souvenirs. Walk the streets of Zurich, and you can always see decorated Christmas trees, some of which can sing melodious hymns. Local teenagers hold Christmas recitals in the city center every day during the Christmas season. The stage they use is beautifully decorated and provides visitors with both visual and auditory enjoyment.

Things to do: Christmas markets of Zurich, Jelmoli Märlitram Ride, candle making, chow down on Cheese Fondue, immerse on the beauty of Switzerland’s tallest Christmas Tree.

Ideal For: Families

  1. Tokyo, Japan

Christmas is in the air! While it isn’t a national holiday in Japan, since only about 1 percent of the whole population in Japan is Christian, it’s still felt throughout the country. Only since the last few decades have the special day been widely celebrated in Japan. If you are visiting before the New Year, you will find many things traditionally associated with Christmas: decorations, Christmas markets, and magnificent lights. In the streets of Tokyo, you can feel strong festive atmosphere. Additionally, you can experience a few unique Japanese traditions with a variety of charms over here. While it may be a little different from what you might be used to, Christmas is still felt and celebrated in the land of the rising sun.

Things to do: Have fun at Tokyo Disneyland or Sanrio Puroland, see Tokyo’s incredible illuminations, Maxell Aqua Park Shinaga Aquarium.

Ideal For: Couples

  1. Austria, Vienna

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In the heart of Vienna, just outside of the city hall, you will find Austria’s largest and possibly most beautiful Christmas market, the Christkindlmarkt on Rathausplatz. Also known as the Vienna Christmas dream, this market is the place to go if you want to experience a traditional Austrian Christmas market during the holiday season. At the entrance (free of charge), you are greeted by an overhanging archway decorated with Christmas ornaments. The town hall square has nearly 150 stalls selling all sorts of things, from Christmas gifts to Christmas tree decorations and a wide variety of traditional Viennese food. As you wander around the market, it’s best to enjoy a traditional Austrian Glühwein (mulled wine) while admiring all the goods on the stalls and munching on delicious roasted chestnuts – a true Austrian delicacy! Not only is this market famous for its fantastic stalls, but adjacent to the market is the ice rink in Rathauspark, another reason to visit this beautiful Christmas market in Vienna! While you are exploring Christmas in Vienna, one tradition and a must are to go to St. Peter’s Church to hear the famous Christmas and New Year’s concerts.

Things to do: Christmas and New Year concert at St. Peter’s Church in Vienna, take a photo at Belvedere, visit a Christmas Market, drink Weihnachtspunsch, view the lights on the Graben and Karntner Strasse, walk through the Rathauspark, visit a roast chestnut stand & enjoy a sausage.

Ideal For: Couple & friends

  1. Bethlehem in the West Bank, Palestine

The long history of Christmas can be felt in the holy city of Bethlehem. Focusing on exchanging gifts, family reunions, and revelry. According to the bible, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. Every year on Christmas eve, thousands of people gather in the Manger Square of Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas. St. Catherine’s Cathedral on the square will hold a large mass and caroling at midnight. The old town of Bethlehem will also be illuminated by a sea of sparkling Christmas trees.

Things to do: Walk into the Church of Nativity & Milk Grotto, enjoy the view of Jerusalem old city via Dolorosa, walk around Manger Square, climb up the Mount of Olives, visit Church of St Catherine

Ideal For: Family, couple & friends.

If you have a different choice of destination to celebrate your Christmas, just click on the contact us bar on top right of our website or click on the destination bar and start planning your next getaway. You’ll find plenty of helpful information and travel inspiration.

From colourful landscapes to bountiful food harvests, autumn in Europe is gorgeous. When the weather is mild plus the cities are bustling, there’s plenty to enjoy on the continent. If you’re considering an off-peak trip, here are 10 places to visit in Europe this fall, that begins on 23 September 2022 and ends on 21 December 2022.

  1. Bavaria, Germany

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When it comes to Germany, of course we know they are having famous cars and machinery, but you may not know that Germany also has the most romantic and absolutely poetic autumn colours. The Bavarian Black Forest in southern Germany extends all the way to the famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Füssen, being the most beautiful mountainous region in Germany. The splendid view of the snow-white Neuschwanstein Castle, which stands right in front of you as you travel through the mountain valley by horse-drawn carriage, is simply stunning. Bamberg on the other side, with its gorgeous religious style and superb artistic display, is also a must-visit town in autumn, full of sacred churches and undulating quiet streets that make Bamberg feel like a paradise in Germany.

Things to do: Sightseeing, stroll inside the beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle, have an Oktoberfest in Munich, Enjoy the famous Sausage with a cool beer in autumn, Have a walk at Staffelsee.

Ideal For: Families, Friends, Couple

  1. Tuscany, Italy

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Autumn in Tuscany is indeed the time to experience the most beautiful scenery and the joy of harvest. Whether it is the historic vineyards, the delicious meals or the elegant golf courses, Tuscany in autumn will not disappoint you. Mystical Tuscany is said to be the closest place on earth to heaven. Rolling hills, wavy cultivated fields, and tall loblolly pines are the hallmarks of this place. In this beautiful field, there are many unique species. The hills are covered with branches and leaves, and in the fall the top layers of the mountain look as in dyed! It will be a magical moment to witness the red roofs of the villages and towns seen under the smoke of the hills.

Things to do: Explore the hilltop towns in Eastern Tuscany, Follow the scent of chest nut, Hiking in the Casentino National Park, Go Truffle Hunting, Have a Photograph at Chianti region, take a relaxing bath at Saturnia Hot Springs.

Ideal For: Couple, Familiy

  1. Madrid, Spain

Madrid is the centre state of Spain, both politically and geographically. The blazing sunshine of the southern European highlands gives Madrid a fiery temperament, perhaps not quite elegant, but a hot-eyed look that puts it on par with any other European capital. Madrid is also full of culture, with a wide range of artistic activities and a vibrant nightlife that makes it famous. Visit the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Art Museum, take a walk in the Ritz Park and enjoy the beauty of the autumn leaves, or stroll through the streets of Madrid and admire the beautiful architecture with its distinctive style. Are you excited?

Things to do: Visit Parque del Buen Retiro, Visit the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Art Museum, take a walk in the Ritz Park, Visit El Rastro flea market.

Ideal For: Couple, Friends.

  1. Prague, Czech Republic

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Riddled with small rivers and steep hills, Prague is a gorgeous city that’s often pictured as a fairy-tale land. Prague is a goldmine for history, culture, and all things old-school Europe. Strolling along the medieval European Charles Bridge, the deciduous trees on both sides of the street fade to sunset orange. Sitting on the banks of the Vltava river, Prague is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world to be experienced on autumn.

Things to do: Enjoy great view of Prague Castle in autumn from along the Vitava River, Visit Charles Bridge in sunset, Explore Retna Park.

Ideal For: Families and Friends

  1. Cotswolds, England

The Cotswolds are famous for their picturesque countryside, and the Cotswolds are the epitome of that. In autumn, the Cotswolds is a place where the fields and forests are still green, but the paths are covered in red and gold leaves, and the golden houses are set amidst the steep hills. The shallow, narrow Windrush River meanders around the town, and fishes can be seen swimming in the crystal-clear turquoise water. The river flows slowly from an old stone bridge in the centre of town which is around 200 years old, and the lush trees on both sides of the river bring a strong autumnal feeling. Hiding a hundred-year-old stone house decorated with colourful flowers. Whether it’s a stroll or a coffee on the corner, it’s a great way to relax.

Things to do: See autumn colours at an Arboretum, Visit the Royal Garden at Highgrove, Stargazing at High Spot (Cleeve Common, Painswick Beacon, & Tyndale Monument), Have a Chocolate Drink in Stow-on-the-Wold, Visit the heritage structure in Cotswolds.

Ideal For: Families

  1. Alsace, France

10 places to visit this autumn 2022 in Europe Alsace France

Alsace is recognized as one of the world’s best white wine regions. Alsace in autumn is like entering a world of beauty and freshness, with calmness and elegance you have never experienced before, unfolding before your eyes. In such a world, it is natural to be unaware of the worries of the world. The Alsace Wine Route follows the foothills of the Vosges Mountains, climbing over the mountains and across the valleys, stretching over 170 kilometres. Old chalets, Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals, and small, well-preserved medieval villages are linked by a picturesque chain of vineyards. The breeze, the green waves, the bunches of crystal-clear grapes with a light fragrance, the charm of Alsace is more unforgettable than the hustle and bustle of the city.

Things to do: Walk around the postcard perfect petite France, explore the historic wine trails of Alsace, Go hiking in the North Vosges Regional Natural Reserve.

Ideal For: Couple, Families.

  1. The Magical Alps, Switzerland

10 places to visit this autumn 2022 in Europe Magical Alps Switzerland

If you wonder if places as in fairy tales exist in this world then you should probably visit The Magical Alps in Switzerland. For natural enthusiasts, autumn in the Alps mountain will be another memorable experience to them, autumn is a wonderful time to hike in Switzerland, during autumn is crisp weather with beautiful fall colours that cover the whole mountain, it’s showing a wonderful golden image that will give you whole new understanding about the beauty of nature. With the extraordinary view in Switzerland, you can climb the mountains, walk across Alpine pastures, and go for a swim in an Alpine lake by using your heart & soul to feel the natural power of this magical Alps.

Things to do: Enjoy spectacular views in Zermatt, get a wonderful experience in Vaud, have a view at Schilthorn – Piz Gloria, ride on a panoramic train, Try yoga or wellness on the Lucerna Riviera.

Ideal For: Couple & Friends

  1. Hallstatt, Austria

There are many picturesque places in Europe, but if you want to do a ranking, Austria is definitely in the top three, where the stunning natural scenery is enough to make you fall in love with this magical country. Hallstatt is located in the Alps, an old Austrian town surrounded by lakes and mountains, known as Europe’s most beautiful town and the owner of the world’s most beautiful lake”. This lakeside town, standing between the treacherous slopes and the emerald lakes, is known for its beautiful natural scenery, just like a postcard from heaven. Especially in autumn, the forests are even more beautiful with Lake Hallstatt’s crystal-clear bottom and the beautiful wooden houses built near the lake like a fairy tale.

Things to do: Visit the traditional Baroque Architecture at Kalvarienberg Church, visit in Lake Hallstatt, explore Dachstein Giant Ice Cave, visit the world’s oldest salt mine in Hallstatt, See over Austria to Slovenia at Dachstein Skywalk.

Ideal For: Couple & Families

  1. Hraunfossar Waterfall, Borgarfjörður, Iceland

One of Iceland’s unique waterfalls is Hraunfossar, which means “lava waterfall”. They are a series of small waterfalls formed by the flow of solidified lava into the Hvítá River. It is an unusual natural phenomenon, and with an eye for autumn colors, it is a spectacular sight. Visitors can park their cars on the parking lot and enjoy the panoramic view of the Hraunfossar Waterfall and the Hvítá River.

Things to do: Have a summer self-drive road trip, discover the Golden Circle, Ice Cave tours, Snaefellsnes tours, participate in the annual sheep rounds up, look for the northern light, Visit the hidden underworld in Raufarholshellir.

Ideal For: Couple and friends

  1. Lake Bled, Slovenia

10 places to visit this autumn 2022 in Europe Island on Lake Bled Slovenia

Lake Bled is a famous tourist destination in Slovenia. It is located northwest of Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. The southern foot of the Alps is 2,000 meters long and 1,000 meters wide small lake. The lake formed by the melting of snow from the Alps. So, the natives call it the ”Ice Lake” and the ”tears” of the Alps. The sapphire beauty of the blue water will be a breath-taking view compared to other lakes! The lakeside trees are lush, and the sun’s rays hitting the crystal water brings the colourful scenery of autumn. With castles towering on the cliffs of the lake shore and churches on the islands in the lake, it is a picturesque landscape.

Things to do: A walk around Lake Bled, rent a boat and row to the island of bed, stroll at the Vintgar Gorge, Visit Ribno Village, have a nice sweat activity surrounded by autumn atmosphere.

Ideal For: Couple, Families and Friends.

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Spring, summer, autumn or winter – no matter which time of the year you’re visiting, you’re guaranteed to be enthralled by one of Hong Kong’s many vibrant festivities: ancient Chinese cultural celebrations and international sporting events with the world’s finest athletes; summer activities spread all across the city and a winter wonderland of Christmas spirit followed by New Year’s fireworks. Follow this roundup of the top happenings in Hong Kong and join in the fun.

 

Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year is a highlight of the Hong Kong calendar. Symbolising prosperity and unity, while invoking good fortune for the year ahead, the spring festival is cherished and celebrated by locals across the city as they exchange blessings and good wishes. You’re in for a treat if your visit falls over Chinese New Year, as the entire city gets taken over by a festive energy. Watch lion dances on busy streets, shop for auspicious foods at stores decked out in red and pray for good fortune at incense-filled temples. It all leads up to a wonderful parade of floats and performances, before a stunning fireworks display across the harbour.

 

Arts Month

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Hong Kong Arts Month takes place every March, this 31-day journey sees local and overseas artists converging to bring about inspiring programmes across the city. Get cultured and enjoy an array of different events during Arts Month. Catch a live performance during the Arts Festival, with international names flocking to the city to showcase their talents. Head down to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and see the renowned Art Basel, where the world’s greatest artists showcase their worlds. Or take part in the many other smaller events that make up the creative month.

 

Sporting Glory

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Whatever the time of the year, you’ll be able to see a slice of sporting glory. Spring sees the height of the season, kicking off with the Hong Kong Marathon followed by the thrilling Rugby Sevens. Here during summer or autumn? Catch the indoor Volleyball Open and Squash Open. An autumn is the ideal time to take part in the city’s historic Harbour Race.

 

Hong Kong Cultural Celebrations

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Celebrate Hong Kong’s diverse culture and enjoy traditional festive activities during the city’s Cultural Celebrations. Spring time visitors are treated to four major local festivities in a row: see locals scrambling up a tower of buns at the Cheung Chau Bun Festivals, or catch the many lion dances during Tin Hau’s birthday. Journey to the Big Buddha on the deity’s birthday, or pray for good fortune during Tam Kung’s celebration.

 

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

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Taking place on the 5th day of the 5th Lunar month, normally in May or June in our calendar, this event goes as far back as the 3rd century and is most well-known for its energetic and colorful dragon boat races, where teams of paddlers race the long narrow boats accompanied by the beat of the drum down to the finish line. Watch athletes from around the world battle it out in an ancient Chinese sport and take part in the city-wide festivities during the summer’s Dragon Boat Carnival. Get caught up in the action as the world’s rowers clash against the backdrop of the skyline. And take a break from it all at BeerFest, where fans enjoy live performances and a tipple or two, and relax against the harbour.

 

Hong Kong Summer Fun

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True to its name, the Hong Kong Summer Fun “Shop.Eat.Play” (HKSF) campaign delighted even the most discerning visitors with all the amazing surprises one could ask for in a holiday. Visitors were treated to a range of attractive packages, lucky draws and citywide rewards. Beat the heat and join in with an array of exciting activities, with Hong Kong Summer Fun. From musicals to food festivals, major sporting events to computer expos, there’s something for every visitor.

 

Hungry Ghost Festival

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According to traditional Chinese belief, the seventh month in the lunar calendar is when restless spirits roam the earth and the living celebrate Yu Lan or the Hungry Ghost Festival. While the festival’s origins are not unlike those of Halloween in Europe, it is also intrinsically linked to the Chinese practise of ancestor worship. A celebration of the culture, the Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community’s Yu Lan Ghost Festival is on China’s national list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. For visitor, it’s a perfect opportunity to see some of the city’s living culture in action. There will also be Chinese opera performances around town, usually held on temporary bamboo stages, to praise the charitable and pious deeds of the deities.

 

Mid-Autumn Festival

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As the round shape symbolises unity in Chinese culture, the full moon marks the perfect time for families to get together, which is how Mid-Autumn Festival has been celebrated since the early Tang dynasty (618–907). To many, this is considered to be one of the most important festivals of the year. Highly urbanised Hong Kong still celebrates this holiday and does so in style, with a vast variety of mooncakes made with everything from salted egg yolk to ice cream. For those looking for a visual extravaganza, head to Tai Hang for the spectacular fire dragon dance, and keep an eye out for lantern displays around the city.

 

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

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Eat, drink and be merry at Hong Kong’s annual Wine & Dine Festival, usually takes place towards the end of the year. A month-long culinary event set across the city, you can indulge in testing events, wine tours and other gastronomic delights. The highlight is the weekend outdoor fest: head down to the harbour front, grab a glass of wine, snack on fine treats and take in the sights, sounds and flavors of the vibrant city.

 

Halloween

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Throw on a costume and hit Hong Kong’s haunting streets as the city celebrates Halloween. For a classical local approach to the festival, visit one of the city’s theme parks, where you’ll find Chinese ghost-story attractions. Or, head down to a bar district such as Lan Kwai Fong, and join thousands of costumed fans as they find the lighter side to the dark night.

 

Hong Kong Winterfest

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Celebrate Christmas in style and experience New Year’s like never before during Hong Kong Winterfest. Take in the yuletide spirit with festive foods, seasonal celebrations and other delights. And when New Year’s Eve rolls around, you can count down the seconds with the crowds at Times Square, before an unprecedented fireworks display lights up the harbour. Enjoy ‘A Symphony of Lights’, which illuminates the skyline every evening.

 

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When it comes to shopping, nothing beats Hong Kong! For sheer of variety, quality and trendiness, Asia’s world city is a truly a shopper’s paradise. No matter if you’re looking for the latest fashions, luxurious jewellery, electronic gadgets or even Chinese antiques, you can find almost everything you ever wanted in one of Hong Kong’s shopping malls or department stores. What’s more, Hong Kong unique market-places, themed streets and open markets are where you can find all sorts of shopping surprises. So take advantage of Hong Kong’s tax free status and experience the shopping spree of a lifetime in Asia’s world city.

Hong Kong’s leader shopping Mall – Harbour City

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Located in the heart of Hong Kong and next to Victoria Harbour, Harbour City is a leading shopping mall in Hong Kong housing 450 shops of all kinds, more than 50 food & beverage outlets, 3 hotels, 2 cinemas and an art gallery. In addition to the 15 international fashion flagship stores on Canton Road and many other leading luxury brands, the mall also have Michelin-recommended restaurants, ensuring visitors from all over the world enjoy an incredible one-stop shopping, dining and entertainment experience.

Website: www.harbourcity.com.hk
Address: 3-27, Canton Road, Tsin Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

Fashion & Cosmetics

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Savvy shoppers know that if it’s fashion and beauty items they’re after, then a stop in Hong Kong is a must. This compact destination is a shopper’s dream filled with swank and trendy outlets featuring cosmetics from international brands as well as clothes from local designers. So get your list of must-have items out now and get shopping. The prices are unbeatable!

Jewellery & Watches

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Looking for jewellery, gold, and other luxurious accessories? From a simple gem pendent to an elegant diamond necklace and top-brands to casual sports watches, Hong Kong boasts a wide range of luxury products to suit all budgets and tastes. Excellent quality is one of the main reasons why visitors like shopping in Asia’s world city.

Electronics

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Looking for the latest hot smart phone, digital video camera or tablet from leading brands from around the world at unbeatable prices? Look no further than Hong Kong where the city’s malls and streets dedicated to all things digital will surely tickle the fancy of technology buffs with all manner of new digital products on offer including the latest cutting-edge computer hardware and software, audiovisual products and home theatre systems.

Traditional Chinese Goods

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There is no better way to remember your trip of a lifetime to Asia’s world city than to treat yourself to a souvenir or memento of your visit. Whether it be a box of Chinese tea, purchasing an antique, Chinese handicrafts or even dried seafood, traditional Chinese products make an excellent gift item. Finding such gifts is easy in Hong Kong and shopping for that special gift is always fun.

Open-air Markets / Theme Shopping Streets

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Adventurous travellers can head straight for those funky markets and theme shopping streets that can best illustrate Hong Kong’s living culture. Each of these markets and streets has its own charm an contains hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered. We’ve highlighted which products you’ll find in each of the places listed below to help you along on your shopping spree. Happy shopping!

Apliu Street Flea Market (Sham Sui Po)

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Apliu Street is well known for selling bargain-priced new and second-hand electrical devices and electronic products, A/V equipment and tele-communications products, Sharp-eyed shoppers can also find good deals in antique watches, old coins and other relics. Apliu Street Flea Market stalls trade daily between noon and night-time.

Bird Garden / Flower Market / Goldfish Market (Mong Kok)

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The charming Chinese-style garden and Yuen Po Street includes some 70 songbird stalls as well as courtyards and moon gates. Look and listen, but it’s wise to avoid contact with the birds. The colourful Flower Market sells everything from Dutch tulips to exotic orchids. The Goldfish Market on nearby Tung Choi Street sells aquariums, corals and exotic fish.

Ladies’ Market (Mong Kok)

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Ladies’ Market in Tung Choi Street is the place for bags, accessories and the inexpensive women’s clothing. Men’s and children’s clothing and toys are also on sale.

Temple Street Night Market 

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Temple Street Night Market opens early, but really comes alive after sunset. It offers an amazing range of inexpensive items, especially for men. That’s why it is also called ‘Men’s Street’. There are also fortune-tellers and impromptu Chinese opera performances.

Jade Market and Jade Street (Yau Ma Tei)

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The Jade Market, located in Yau Ma Tei at the junction of Kansu and Battery streets, features 400 stalls selling jade of all types, shapes, sizes and prices. Nearby is Jade Street, located on Canton Road between Kansu Street and Jordan Road. A giant jade stone weighing three tons has been placed at the junction of Canton Road and Jordan Road as a landmark.

Stanley Market / Murray House (Stanley)

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Stanley is world famous for its relaxed ambience, sea environs and bargain buys in the Main Street market. Murray House, an 1846 colonial building originally located in Central, was dismantled and restored in Stanley in 1998. It now contains a variety of restaurants featuring international array of cuisines.

 

Source: Hong Kong A Traveller’s Guide, Hong Kong Tourism Board

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