There are few locations in China that encapsulate the dream-like, legendary mythos of the Chinese people than the Yellow Mountains. Also known as Mount Huangshan, this region, located in Anhui province in China's eastern reaches, is a home to all sorts of beautiful natural and cultural landmarks – a place that shouldn't be missed by any visitor to China's eastern seaboard.
Ancient and mythological
The Yellow Mountains have long been an aspect of the Chinese cultural identity. This focus stretches back to the mythological era of Chinese history – that of the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors. This era, brimming with demigods and epic tales, preceded the first Chinese dynasty – the Xia ...
One of the last true wildernesses on Earth, Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve is a rare gem, offering travellers accustomed to the hustle and bustle of ordinary life a chance to truly immerse themselves in nature. Although the Masai Mara lacks the attractions of a traditional holiday, this is a magical place, one that must be seen first-hand to be believed.
The Wild Masai Mara
The name "Masai Mara" derives from the people that traditionally occupied the area – the Maasai. In the language of this group, the word "mara" means "mottled", and as such refers to the spotted appearance of the area – the characteristic blots of animals and cloud shadows that can be seen against the enormous ...
While city breaks, cultural excursions and sports-led vacations all hold a worthy place in our holiday line-ups, there really is something wonderful about visiting the most biologically bountiful locations the world has to offer.
On May 25th, the world celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity, and if you want to experience beautiful, natural places – from cloud forests to steaming jungles – there are a number of destinations you can visit, all of which are relatively close to some of Kempinski's luxury hotels.
Mt. Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia
Located in Malaysia, and a short flight away for guests staying at the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta, Mt. Kinabalu ...
A religion with a sum of believers estimated to number 350 million, Buddhism is the fourth-largest religion in the world, and it is observed in countries as diverse as Vietnam, China, Japan and the USA.
A religion that teaches peace, harmony and enlightenment, one of its largest celebrations takes place in May, when people who follow the Mahayana branch of the faith celebrate and pray on the date said to mark Prince Siddhartha Gautama's birth.
South Korean Carnivals
A country with a sizeable Buddhist population, Korea's take on the celebration of Buddha's Birthday is an exciting experience. Known as "seokga tansinil", the majority of the country's population join approximately 15 million ...
Set among rolling hills and forests, the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius is a place unlike many other northern European cities. Nestled between Germany, Poland and Latvia, the Baltic nation's capital exudes medieval mystery and baroque classicism, making the city an enjoyable place for a weekend retreat, or a cultural stop-off for those touring Lithuania as a whole.
If there is one thing that Vilnius is known for across the world, it is its baroque spires, colonnades and exquisite architectural carvings. The city is home to one of Europe's largest baroque old towns, with the combination of winding streets, diverse facades and a delightful street culture that could easily ...
With the cool air of winter migrating south for another year, in April and May, Asia opens its arms and welcomes in the dawn of a fresh new spring. As well as heralding bright blossoms and rising temperatures, for many countries, this time of year is extra special, with New Year's festivals occurring in several countries throughout the continent.
From Vietnam to Japan, spring echoes a feeling of hope, thanks and excitement – which makes it the perfect time for any traveller to head to the east and experience something new.
As the sun rises high and the winter frost thaws, every year, millions of people enjoy the traditional Japanese custom of Hanami. Translated into English, Hanami ...
There is something to be said for throwing off the shackles of the everyday and enjoying a delightful spa break. In the luxuriant surroundings of the spa, sumptuous treatments and a keen attention to detail come together to produce a symphony of relaxation, although as with most things in this world, there are a select few spa experiences that are a cut above the norm.
Sun-bleached, white sands, a spectacularly blue sky and the perfectly azure waters of the Indian Ocean form the backdrop of Velassaru. Located in the characteristically relaxing Maldives, this exceptional resort is designed in a minimalist manner that takes into account the island's jungle-like environment ...
As a city, Dalian offers plenty to both domestic and international travellers looking to explore northeast China. With plenty of parks and rolling green hills, Dalian presents something of a unique and cosmopolitan environment – and there is plenty to explore.
Just like Hong Kong, Shanghai and Qingdao, Dalian too has had to break free from colonial occupation. But where it was Britain in the case of Hong Kong and Germany in that of Qingdao, for Dalian, its colonials arrived in the form of Russia and later, Japan.
In 1950, Dalian was renamed Luda City by the Communist regime, but in 1984, when the city opened up to foreign investment, it once again became Dalian – the title ...
For a night spent in the most stylish of manners, few activities rival an evening that includes a visit to the theatre. Sumptuous surroundings, thrilling performances and the excitement of the live music experience are all excellent reasons to visit any theatre, and there is also something to be said for visiting the world's best theatrical locations too.
The Bolshoi, Moscow
Opened in 1856 on Tsar Alexander II's coronation day and designed by Joseph Bové, Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre is one of the most well-known cultural institutions in the world.
The beautiful neoclassical columned building is home to excellent performances of ballet, opera and classical music that cannot be enjoyed anywhere ...
Although its origins can be traced back to Roman times, May Day celebrations have a distinct and traditional feeling wherever they are being held.
Taking place on the first day of May, every year millions of people enjoy celebrating May Day, spending time unwinding with their friends and family as they are given an extra day off work. But just how did May Day come into being? And how do people choose to celebrate it?
Origins and Interpretations
From exchanging gifts in Italy to singing songs in Spain, it is rare that you will find two countries that celebrate May Day in the same manner – one of the main reasons why May Day is so special. With several nations across the northern ...