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What To Do And See In Changsha
What To Do And See In Changsha

With an ancient history spanning 3,500 years, Changsha is one of the best cities in China to experience the culture of this far eastern nation. Located on the banks of the Xiang River, visitors will see the traditional architecture sitting alongside new modern skyscrapers.

Home to incredible cuisine, cultural experiences and Mount Yuelu, overlooking the city with its vast green forests, there is much to enjoy during your stay.

Ancient Changsha

A traditional city dating back to the Zhou dynasty (1046 to 256 BC), Changsha was rebuilt in 1949 following World War Two and has since seen an influx of different cultures – the city is now home to over 50 different ethnic groups. Despite this ...

Watersports Hotspots with Kempinski
Watersports Hotspots with Kempinski

Memorable holidays are all about having as many different experiences as possible and what better way to enjoy your trip than by trying out adrenaline-fuelled watersports abroad?

With a wide range of luxury properties located all over the world, we have hand-selected a few of our hotels in beautiful coastal destinations where you can experience the open sea and all it has to offer.

Aqaba, Jordan
As Jordan's only coastal city, Aqaba is well known for its watersports opportunities, particularly scuba diving. Based at the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba that feeds into the Red Sea, the city's pristine coral reefs are renowned the world over.

SeaStar Water Sports are critically acclaimed ...

What to See and Do in Aqaba
What to See and Do in Aqaba

One of the most enjoyable and beautiful cities in Jordan, Aqaba has a lot to offer travellers looking to enjoy the best the Red Sea has to offer. As well as being home to a range of great sights, fun activities and a variety of excellent restaurants, the cosmopolitan holiday destination is a great starting point from which to explore the exciting things the surrounding region has to offer.

Coastal Aqaba

Situated on the Jordanian part of the Red Sea, life in Aqaba is heavily influenced by its coastal location. Whether you are strolling along one of the white sandy beaches, enjoying picturesque views of the sea and the surrounding mountains, or dining on freshly caught seafood, the ...

Europe's Pagan Festivals
Europe's Pagan Festivals

Today Europe is full of modern cities, cosmopolitan culture and wonderful cuisine and arts – but below this exterior still remains old Europe and its pagan beliefs.

Across the continent you can still experience how life was when forests covered huge areas, wild beasts prowled and superstition ruled across Europe, all through the many pagan festivals that take place throughout the year.

Summer solstice

The longest day of the year is one of the biggest pagan festivals, and across Europe lots of events take place to mark the occasion of light overcoming darkness.

The most well-known of these celebrations takes place at the famous Stonehenge in Wiltshire, UK, where large numbers of ...

The Art of Floristry
The Art of Floristry

Bringing a sense of beauty into any room, flowers have the ability to make someone feel truly special. The perfect bouquet can enrich a special occasion, add meaning to an event and even express things words cannot.

When you stay with Kempinski, you will have access to all of our exclusive services. This includes our skilled florists, who are on hand to help fulfil your needs whatever the occasion. Whether you are looking to fill an entire wedding venue with magnificent floral creations, or simply wish to treat a loved one to the perfect rose while you are away together, we can assure you that our florists will be delighted to create the finest floral arrangements especially for you.

There ...

Delightful Iftar Feasts during Ramadan
Delightful Iftar Feasts during Ramadan

During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world will spend their days fasting to honour the first time Muhammad was visited by the archangel Gabriel and shown the Quran for the first time. From sunrise to sunset, followers must practice self-discipline and abstain from food and drink during certain hours and only dine before dawn, during suhur, or after dusk, at iftar.

Social feasts are a common occurrence of iftar; as it is a great time for friends and family to come together and enjoy delicious foods as one. If you are planning an iftar celebration, be sure to consider the following menus, each sourced from a distinct corner of the Islamic world.

Moroccan ...

The Globe's Coolest Jazz Hangouts
The Globe's Coolest Jazz Hangouts

There are few musical genres that perfectly match a relaxing night out in town than jazz. Wherever in the world you are staying, jazz can easily be found in all kinds of dusky bars and venues.

If you are looking to revel in these atmospheric places, with their low lights, one-of-a-kind interiors and electric acts, then make sure to take a trip to one of the following legendary jazz hangouts.

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club – London
One of Soho's coolest jazz venues, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club has been entertaining jazz fans since 1959, and has welcomed stars such as Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald and Jimi Hendrix over the years. Today the venue is still just as popular, so make sure you book in advance ...

What to do and see in Soma Bay
What to do and see in Soma Bay

One of the best resorts on the shores of the Red Sea, Soma Bay offers visitors everything they could possibly want for leisure, activities, food, drink and total relaxation.

One of the Red Sea's most established holiday resorts, Soma Bay has something for everyone, although those who love adventure – above and below the crystal-clear waters – are most likely to see the location from its most captivating angles.

Relaxing Soma Bay
If there is one thing Soma Bay offers, it is relaxation - and plenty of it. There are championship golf courses, indulgent spas and a range of water sports centres. Under the bright sunshine of this popular area of Egypt, there is always something available to ...

Celebrating Passover
Celebrating Passover

One of the world's oldest religious traditions, the Jewish celebration of Passover dates back to the 3,000 year-old Jewish state and the biblical story of Moses, the Pharaoh and the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.

Today, the festival is celebrated everywhere by Jewish people across the world - over the eight days of Passover – starting after sunset on April 10th and ending on April 18th – and given Judaism's multi-ethnic, international character, there are a wide range of traditions followed across the world during this period.

Gibraltar's charoset
As part of the communal Passover Seder meal, many families around the world dine on charoset, a chunky paste made from ingredients such as ...

A Guide to Travelling with Pets
A Guide to Travelling with Pets

If you are about to go on your first international trip with your pet, there are many things you will need to know before you board the plane with your companion. People travel between countries with their animals every single day, and this journey doesn’t have to be difficult if you take some time to plan ahead. To help you prepare, we have compiled this helpful pet travel guide.

Requirements vary from country to country, and we highly recommend looking further into your chosen destination's policies on pet travel once you have finished reading our tips. Additional documents, vaccinations and restrictions may apply, depending on where you wish to go. For more information about the movement ...

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