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Asia’s capital of connection

Once a small fishing and farming village, Hong Kong is now among the world’s busiest ports and most important centres of trade. The city, an autonomous territory of China, has been both a part of Imperial China and the British Empire – giving it the East-meets-West vibe that locals love. “Hong Kong is a busy metropolis still steeped in Chinese tradition,” said seven-year resident Ski Yeo, originally from Singapore and founder of walking tour company Big Foot Tour. “Take the architecture. Regardless of how modern or progressive the building seems –...

20 Ways to Save Money While Travelling New Zealand

The Land of Long White Cloud – Aotearoa – is a beautiful country, with an abundance of tourist attractions. These include its unique wildlife, pristine beaches, sweeping mountain vistas, along with the country’s fascinating Maori culture. However, a trip to New Zealand can be an expensive sojourn. Expenses for transport, food, accommodation and petrol (to name but a few) are relatively high. The first notable dent in your budget would be the long haul flight to and from your destination. However, you can still manage an enjoyable trip to New Zealand and have the full experience...

The Guatemalan god that ‘gets people out of jail’

The temple’s car park appeared to be on fire, but it was alright because the shamans had it under control. In fact, they’d lit the fires in the first place, for the pilgrims, who were taking part in a shamanic ceremony to vanquish themselves of negative energy; a curious ritual that also involved drinking rum and smoking cigars. I was visiting the Temple of San Simón in San Andres Itzapa, a small town in the Guatemalan Highlands. This is a pilgrimage site for many Mayans, who come from across Central America to pray at the altar of San Simón, a morally ambiguous...

Cuba’s communist ice cream cathedral

Analies Gómez Coyula is deep into her third bowl of helado (ice cream). Her boyfriend, Daniel, is equally engrossed as he spoons up his 13th scoop of vanilla. Aunt Ana Lidia seems content, with two ensaladas – five scoops apiece – already devoured. She unfurls an abanico and fans herself against the heat of Havana in May, then ladles the contents of her third bowl into a plastic container to take away. Frozen Flavours All through August, BBC Travel will explore different ice cream traditions around the globe. Check back each week for a new Frozen Flavour. Share your...

Top 5 famous Havelis in Rajasthan

Here we have some detailed information about the Havelis in Rajasthan. These havellis are the live examples of royalty and richness of old peoples. Detailed information regarding few of them are mentioned below. Bagore ki Haveli Bagore ki Haveli is situated in Udaipur and was established in 18th century by the rich businessman of Mewar Amar Chand Badwa. This Haveli was earlier used to stay by the peoples of his family, later after the independence is used for the staying of Government employees. There are about 138 rooms inside this Haveli and thousands of tourists visit this Haveli to see...

India’s impressive concept about nothing

In Gwalior, a congested city in the centre of the India, an 8th-Century fort rises with medieval swagger on a plateau in the town’s heart. Gwalior Fort is one of India’s largest forts; but look among the soaring cupola-topped towers, intricate carvings and colourful frescoes and you’ll find a small, 9th-Century temple carved into its solid rock face. This is ground zero for zero Chaturbhuj Temple is much like many other ancient temples in India – except that this is ground zero for zero. It’s famous for being the oldest example of zero as a written digit:...

Top Reasons to Vacation in the Dominican Republic

In 2017, the Dominican Republic recorded a whopping 6.1 million visitors. This is a 3.9% increase from the previous year which is a clear sign that it is becoming even more popular among tourists. Here are a few reasons that might convince you to book your vacation right away. It’s a breathtaking tropical paradise. One of the biggest reasons why the Dominican Republic is such a popular tourist destination is the fact that it’s filled with gorgeous views and natural wonders. With nearly a thousand miles of coastline, it can certainly give you a good dose of vitamin ‘sea.’ Here,...

How To Have The Best Budget Trip To Mumbai

Mumbai is truly one of the best cities in the world to enjoy the inexpensive joys of life. Even though the finer and more luxurious dining, staying or shopping experiences in Mumbai may cost a fortune, there are many ways in which you can enjoy affordable yet comfortable budget stays, fun and spontaneous activities and the most delicious street food even on a shoestring budget. Things to do in Mumbai on a budget Catch a play at Prithvi Theatre One of the best known places in India for theatre, Prithvi Theatre hosts regular play performances. If you’re in the mood for a trip down arts and...

A French village committed to deception

On a wind-scoured plateau in France’s Haute-Loire department stands a village teeming with secrets. Through an extraordinary campaign of nonviolent resistance during World War II, the residents of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon saved thousands of Jews from deportation and almost certain death. Today, a museum-memorial stands monument to their wartime courage, though many of their stories may never be known. View image of Residents of the small French town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon saved thousands of Jews during World War II (Credit: Credit: Hervé Lenain/Alamy) You may also be...

The complex art of apology in Japan

It was 01:00 in Tokyo and we were trying to get into an apartment with a pair of stolen keys. We’d got lost trying to find our Airbnb, and were now at an address that looked 90% right. Turns out in the middle of the night that’s close enough. There were keys in the letterbox, where our host said they’d be, so when the security code didn’t work I just worked my surprisingly flexible hands through the slot to grab them, like a modern-day Artful Dodger. At this point, you’d think we might have stopped to take stock, but we were fuelled by the kind of determination...

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