The Hungry Ghost Festival is one of China's oldest and most important traditions. In some ways similar to Halloween and the Day of the Dead in the west, it represents a time when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is at its thinnest, and the ghosts of long-dead ancestors may appear to help or hinder the living.
The festival falls on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month – September 5th in 2017, and August 25th in 2018. Celebrations occur all over Chinese territory, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, and regional variations are also observed in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan.
Origins and history
The origins of the Hungry Ghost Festival are ...
Although it is often the pebbled shores and turquoise waters of the Adriatic that draws visitors to Croatia every year, the country has something even more beautiful to offer its visitors inland. Croatia is well known for its spectacular National Parks that are situated throughout the country and no visit here can be complete without a trip to at least one.
Uncover magnificent waterfalls, explore vibrant green forests and get closer to the local wildlife. With each National Park offering a unique experience, we recommend you pay a visit to more than one during your time in Croatia for this reason.
Discover Krka and Plitvice Lakes
Two of Croatia's most visited and famous National Parks, Krka ...
Situated in a natural bay on the Black Sea, Gelendzhik is a beautiful and historic Russian resort town with a range of attractions both natural and man-made. A popular summer holiday spot for Russians, Gelendzhik is home to sandy beaches, water parks, ancient monuments and lots of walking opportunities in the surrounding hills and valleys.
Gelendzhik is one of a number of towns to be developed into a spa resort during the Soviet period of Russia's history, and today it remains a charming and relaxing holiday destination for people of all ages. Explore the best of Gelendzhik here.
Gelendzhik occupies a unique spot in a horseshoe-shaped bay on Russia's Black Sea coast ...
After your wedding day is over, your journey together is ready to begin. When it comes to planning your honeymoon, why not choose somewhere a little bit different and make your first trip as a married couple a truly unforgettable experience.
You will still find plenty of opportunity for romance, but there may be a hint of the unexpected too. From vibrant Masai Mara to tranquil Portorož, there are so many locations across the globe to consider. Take a look at some of these less frequented honeymoon destinations below which are simply perfect for newlyweds.
For couples who still want a relaxing break in the sunshine, Gozo can be your own private paradise. This breath-taking ...
Shiny and modern, yet displaying traditional grandeur at every turn; destroyed in the Second World War, yet full of sights and landmarks; Germany’s capital Berlin is a hugely interesting destination that must be explored and understood.
If you are looking for a city break destination that is filled with culture, sights and experiences, but that is also enjoyable to simply stroll through and explore away from the main tourist attractions, Berlin is the one, offering something for every type of traveller.
Berlin certainly has a lot to offer visitors looking for a cultural escape, it is a beautifully artistic city that is home to creatives of every type. For visitors that ...
If you enjoy travelling across the world, you will have to get used to experiencing hot weather a lot of the time, particularly if you have mainly lived at latitudes above 40° north or 30° south, where temperatures are mild and never jump or drop to extremes.
There are lots of things you can do to improve your ability to cope with hotter climates though, allowing you to explore and enjoy the best the world has to offer, however high or low the temperature gets.
There is a reason why our bodies can’t cope with a wide variety of climates, and it’s called acclimatisation. This is a physiological response that is different to short-term reactions like sweating or shivering, instead ...
When most travellers think of Northern Europe, cold temperatures, snow and short days tend to come to mind. However those people who have experienced it will know that in summer the region comes into bloom, and in countries like Iceland, Latvia, Russia and Finland there are all kinds of cultural and natural sights to discover during the warmer months.
Beautiful all year round, Russia should be at the top of your list of places to visit in Northern Europe. In summer the country enjoys pleasant temperatures and lots of green spaces – certainly the best time of the year to explore all this northerly destination has to offer.
Exploring the western region of the Federation is a good place ...
One of the best parts of travelling is enjoying a refreshing swim beneath sunny skies in a beautiful location, wherever you are visiting in the world. On top of this, passing time by relaxing around a pool is enjoyable for both adults and children alike.
Some pools around the world have been designed to perfection to create some amazing experiences for guests and visitors. Below are a list of some of our favourite, inviting and exciting pools situated across the globe.
Infinity Pool, Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul
Overlooking the Bosphorus River, Çırağan Palace Kempinski has an amazing location within the city, and the luxury hotel has a heated outdoor pool that takes advantage of the ...
Situated on the banks of Lake Taihu in China, Wuxi is a city where ancient worlds harmoniously combine with the modern-day lifestyle. Industry flourishes here, and this city is famous within China for being one of the major birthplaces of the country’s recent economic boom.
Also known for its beautiful scenery and extensive history that spans across many ancient dynasties, Wuxi is the perfect place for those wishing to experience China's towering skylines and sacred past simultaneously. Located in the southern Jiangsu province, visitors can expect fine weather and warm temperatures most of the year.
Known as the cultural centre of Jiangnan, Wuxi is a beautiful and thriving city ...
Wherever you are in the world, your wedding day will always be a magical event. It marks the start of an exciting new journey for every couple, which begins from the very moment the both of you say 'I do'.
Here at Kempinski, we understand the significance of every couple's wedding day, and if you are seeking five-star service across a variety of breath-taking locations, whether that is by the serene blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea or along the romantic canals of Venice, Kempinski is sure to have a destination that is perfect for you.
Take a look below at some of the most beautiful and unique wedding destinations around the world.