For over 2,200 years, people in China have said goodbye to the exciting Spring Festival with a celebration full of bright lights, colours and festivities known as Yuan Xiao Jie - translating to English as The Lantern Festival.
Taking place on February 11th in 2017, it is one of the most important dates in the Chinese calendar, and if you missed the main Chinese New Year celebrations or want to experience another part of traditional oriental culture, there are plenty of great reasons to attend.
A respected history
The Lantern Festival dates back to the Han Dynasty, which ruled China between 206 BC and 220 AD. Buddhism was growing popular in China during this time and the ruling class ...
If you love city breaks and enjoy seeing the meeting and mixing of cultures, cuisines and customs, the capital of the tiny Middle Eastern country of Lebanon should certainly be added to your holiday destination wish list.
Once referred to as the 'Paris of the Middle East' in the 1950s and 60s thanks to its cosmopolitan nature, Beirut has reinvented itself after its civil war. Today it is a hive of entrepreneurial, liberal and multicultural people, offering all sorts of nightlife, sightseeing and shopping opportunities.
Hot, bustling and completely chaotic, Beirut is a place to visit if you are the kind of person who enjoys exploring a lively destination.
Avenues lined ...
There are lots of travellers who adore the snowy landscapes and extreme sports that the winter brings, however there are plenty of others that want to escape the freezing temperatures with a trip to a destination full of long days, high temperatures and everything else great about summer.
Enjoying an increase in tourism following the improvement in relations with the US, the Caribbean island of Cuba has much to offer winter travellers. Alongside the lively culture, beautiful Hispanic architecture and delicious cuisine of the capital Havana, there is much to be found in the way of beaches, scuba diving hotspots and tours through the nation's leafy interior. Stay in the heart of ...
A centre of wealth, opportunity and diversity, Shenzhen perfectly encapsulates the remarkable, relentless development experienced throughout China over the past few decades. The city's towering skyscrapers, busy markets, exciting theme parks and constantly developing cultural and entertainment scene make it a great place to visit for those that want to come face to face with a bolder, more modern China that doesn't conform to the traditional image.
Home to over 10 million people from throughout China, located close to Hong Kong and a base for all kinds of industrial and commercial activities, Shenzhen has a character unlike the interior of China.
Firstly, due to the ...
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 ...