With Chinese New Year on the horizon, most people are aware of the celebrations surrounding the celebration – fireworks, decorations and red letter gifts. Given China's size, history and culture however, there are all sorts of local traditions that go beyond the national festivities.
Taking place over the 27th and 28th of January (although the celebrations stretch between late January and early February), here are some of the country's most fascinating Spring Festival celebrations.
Beijing temple fairs
Traditional Beijing New Year's parties take place in the capital's many parks, palaces and temple complexes. At these cherished places, thousands gather to enjoy folk music, magic acts ...
One of the most well-known winter holiday resorts in the world, there are few travel destinations that are as admired and exclusive as St. Moritz. Here, guests can enjoy the pretty natural surroundings of the southern Swiss Alps, dining on exceptionally good food and shopping at luxury boutiques. It is said to have a 'champagne atmosphere', and for good reason.
Glitzy St. Moritz
This mountain destination is all about glitz and glamour. From the extremely upmarket hotels and guesthouses that populate the area, to the elegant restaurants, and the well-to-do clientele that includes a number of celebrities and ultra-wealthy individuals, St. Moritz is the embodiment of a high-end holiday.
The Christmas party is the most popular social event in most workplaces; a time of year when the workload is temporarily forgotten and colleagues can relax and have fun together.
Christmas parties provide endless conversation topics throughout January and beyond, but with so much energy and consumption concentrated in a merry 24-hour period, partying in style comes at a price, and the next day’s hangover seems unavoidable.
When the next morning does inevitably arrive, guests at Kempinski Hotels should follow our survival guide below in order to refresh, recover and revitalise.
Provided you managed to make it back to your luxurious hotel bed after the party ended, you don’t need ...
One of China's cultural gems, Harbin is a brilliant choice of destination for those who revel in culture, architecture and festivities. With a mixture of truly chilly winters and warm, pleasant summers, the city is well-suited to multiple visits throughout the year, although the most notable experiences can be enjoyed when the frost arrives.
Harbin comes into its own during the winter months, when deeply dropping temperatures allow the city to host all sorts of wintry attractions, the most famous of which being the city-wide Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, held in 2017 between January 7th and late February.
During this annual event, a number of outdoor venues play host to a wide ...
For many people, one of the main reasons for visiting foreign countries is to try the local food and drink. For those brave enough, trying unfamiliar native dishes can mean unique flavour combinations and strange aftertastes. However, no overseas trip is fully complete without treating the taste buds to something different.
We all know that Guinness comes from Ireland and sangria from Spain, but you will be amazed at the range of other national drinks of the world.
It’s universally known that Canada and the United States are in love with maple syrup but we didn’t know the true extent of this affair! Established in 2010, Florida-based brewery Funky Buddha have created several ...
Christmas is all about relaxing and indulging, but for many of us, the holiday season is not about the presents, but instead it is the time to enjoy all kinds of delicious and extravagant, culinary creations.
Indeed, our fondness for all things festive-food-related is world-wide – here are some of the more interesting Christmas dishes you can find from across the world.
Lampreia de Ovos
A traditional dish from Portugal, Lampreia de Ovos is a sweet cake that features rich egg yolks, cherries, almonds and icing alongside a delicious amount of caramel. Often the centrepiece of a table, the cake is formed into the shape of a lamprey (an eel-like fish), making for a delightfully festive dessert ...
There are only a tiny number of places on earth where explorers can enjoy an escape that is visited by so few people at any single time.
Covering just over 340,000 square miles, the Mongolian Steppe, otherwise referred to as the Mongolian-Manchurian Steppe, is an immense stretch of grassland that dominates the Inner Mongolian landscape.
An isolated, semi-circular expanse that is located in between the forests of Siberia and the harsh terrain of the Gobi Desert, the Mongolian Steppe is popularly depicted by lone Mongol horses and seemingly endless greenery.
The Mongolian Steppe is a barren and freezing yet beautiful landscape during the winter months, but that doesn’t mean visits to the ...
Located on the edge of the Red Basin in China's Sichuan Province is Chengdu, one of China's most captivating cities. Home to 14 million people, it is as large as any other Chinese city, but features all sorts of enjoyable sights and experiences that you won't find anywhere else in the nation.
From giant pandas, to picturesque tea shops, to the surprisingly electric nightlife, Chengdu has many attractions that set it apart from the other cities on China's eastern seaboard. It is a more laid back city than Shanghai, Beijing or Guangzhou, and any visitors who have spent time in China's big cities will likely find this a pleasant change – people smile more, work less and there ...
We may think that most of the world's most amazing natural sights exist here on the surface of earth, however there are all sorts of natural wonders located beneath our feet.
Here are some of the world's most incredible underground locations, which are sure to delight everyone.
Cave of the Crystals, Chihuahua, Mexico
Located in a remote corner of northern Mexico, Cueva de los Cristales is a mesmerising place.
Discovered by miners drilling nearly 300m below the surface in 2000, the cave is home to hundreds of gigantic crystals, criss-crossing diagonally throughout the enormous, extremely humid, 58C space.
The largest crystal is some 12m in length, and the smallest look like flakes of frost ...
For those of us who love going on holiday, it can sometimes be a little difficult to justify the expense of jetting off to another faraway destination after you have only just walked through the arrivals gate! Thankfully however, travel-lovers who want to cut back on the cost of their next holiday can easily do so – all thanks to hotel loyalty programmes. Yet, there is more to these types of membership than reductions in room rates…
The best benefits
While some hotels might charge you to access the internet, enjoy beverages in your room or to receive a morning newspaper, membership to a loyalty programme will usually offer a broad range of services and amenities for free, saving you time ...