A symbol of tradition in the bustling city

Hong Kong offers many an anecdote to the traveller – be it shopping, food or interesting traditions. An interesting landmark that you might come across is Lovers’ Rock. Located in the heart of the city, visitors on the Bowen’s Road fitness trail – which lies across many a popular Wan Chai hotel – would come across this monument on their daily run; a phallic rock that is revered by the locals.

Within easy reach from Dorsett Wanchai, Hong Kong hides this testimony to modern day belief in ancient customs. Locally known as Yan Yuek Sen, this is frequented by women and young brides with relationship and fertility problems. Draped with prayer papers and worshipped by the young, the women pray for eligible husbands and male heirs at the Lovers’ rock. The busiest time for this is during Maiden’s Festival in mid-August. Women gather here in numbers, some to pray for a boon, some to offer gratitude for providing them with a boon and others to appreciate and acknowledge the strength of the roots of superstition that are present in the modern day Hong Kong.

Standing at a height of 9m, the area of Lovers Rock affords a beautiful view of the Victoria harbour. Among the people flocking here with offerings of oranges, suckling pig and chicken, some others are found with a camera, striving capture a perfect shot. Around the base of the structure are soothsayers, who consult their “Book of Fortune” to determine if the partner chosen by/for a young maiden is a suitable match or not. Of course, this comes at a price, for the soothsayers charge for every transaction that takes place.

One might not expect to find such a structure and such a following for an age-old custom or a superstitious tradition in the modern Hong Kong. And yet, all these doubts are put to rest by one visit to Lovers Rock, for it is still venerated throughout generations and is likely to be in generations to come.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.

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Being declared once as the world’s fashion capital, London is a multicultural city where culture meets fashion. The locals are dressed with an array of colours, designs and styles making it the largest and most diverse city in the United Kingdom. Tourists looking for hotels near Hyde Park London would find that Berjaya Eden Park London Hotel is a quaint building with a Victorian setting adding to the glamour and history of this city.

Much of the locals and tourists’ fashion styles are dependent on the climate for the day. As most days are usually gloomy, wet and cool; spring, summers and winters have a mind of its own as visitors might see more rain in spring than in winter. Always carry an umbrella, unless dancing in the rain on the streets of London is on the bucket list. Wellingtons or rubber boots, trench coats or jackets are a popular clothing item in London as the chances of using these accessories are quite high. Keep in mind that most people, although they dress with an air of glam and the latest trends; comfort is the key. Women typically boldly accessorise themselves with statement jewellery and eye-catching purses. From sneakers to stilettos, leisure apparel to designer wear, women’s fashion styles adds colour and life to the streets of London! Men’s fashion styles are no different, as the latest trends, comfort wear, various colours, styles and prints are popular amongst men’s clothes and accessories.

For an evening function or a cultural event, men and women don their best attire for special occasions. Shorts and flip flops should be avoided for a special evening function. Being smartly dressed, either in a dress and heels for women or pants and a button down shirt for men is usual on a night out in London. Also keep in mind that most clubs don’t permit jeans and sneakers.

If shopping has been allocated for a whole day in the itinerary, pack a minimum amount of clothes and get to the busy fashion packed streets of London to sport the latest trends and outfits.

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Walking into the city, you can still see the colonial remains there. Galle is a city that was occupied first by the Dutch, then the Portuguese and finally by the British. The 36-hectare Fort is the best example of Dutch influence as far back as 1663. Starting from Fort, you can walk among other old walls and streets. All these colonial remains have earned Galle the prestigious status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you are looking for tropical white sand beaches fused with fine art and streets marked with colonial history, you do not have to go anywhere else. It fulfils almost everything you will look for in a romantic destination. If you are looking for an ideal hotel, Galle has plenty of them which maintain good standards. A majority of the colonial buildings has now been converted into swanky restaurants and hotels. Closenberg Hotel is one such hotel among several others.

Galle is undoubtedly an essential place to visit when you are in the southern hemisphere of Sri Lanka. As for tourist attractions, the area is teeming with whatever you name from architecture down to nature. As you walk in the city, you will see how it stands a cut above the rest. That is much owing to the heavy colonial occupation. Thanks to that colonial inspiration, the city has a classic outlook. And the best thing about this area is that you can reach here within a few hours. If you are in Colombo, get to the expressway that leads to Matara. From Colombo, the Galle-bound expressway journey takes only an hour. This expressway journey is possible even if you use public transport.

To this day, you can see a large number of foreigners – outnumbering the locals at times, probably. For most foreigners, Galle has become their home. In fact, one-third of the houses is said to be occupied by foreigners. Today, you will see art flourishing in the city with the participation of both foreigners and locals alike. Whether it is creative writing, photography or designing, you can see kind of a revival here. The renowned Galle Literary Festival had been held here for a number of years.

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The land down under is no stranger to travellers around the world. All year around Australia welcomes countless tourists from around the world. Among the famous cities in Australia Brisbane is a popular destination for holidaymakers. One of the highlights of the city is the Scarborough Marina. During your trip to Brisbane, this is one of the places not to be missed. A majority of tourists stay in Redcliffe which is the main town close to Scarborough and visit the Marina. You can find many a Redcliffe hotel spread throughout this area that makes travelling to and fro easy. Consider a stay at Oaks Mon Komo that’s not only minutes away from the Scarborough Marina but also within easy distance to Moreton Bay.

The Scarborough Marina is a friendly modern Marina welcoming guests all year around. The Marina is located on the Scarborough Harbour. The Marina provides an ideal setting for an unforgettable boating experience. The fully equipped boatyard in the Marina is capable of handling a wide range of boating services. The 235 berth Marina gives easy access to Morton Bay waters. One of the key features of the Marina is that it provides competitive rates on berth rentals, hardstand as well as long-term storage facilities. The boat yard includes some of the state-of-the-art facilities such as a 35-tonne marine travel lift as well as various other forklift facilities. There are cradle facilities available for yachts in the long term. With all these facilities and its easy access to some of the most picturesque waters of Queensland, the marina is your gateway to the world apart.

Excellent place to start off your family voyage. Bring your own boat or look out for rentals around the area. The boating experience at Scarborough could be truly magical and memorable for you and your family.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.
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In the western part of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Peninsula lies the bustling Mongkok city. Renown for being one of the busiest cities in the world, the Kowloon city Flower Market offers a relaxing haven for those trying to escape the routine of daily life. Situated on Prince Edward West Road, the Kowloon Flower Market is a colourful oasis of flowers and is a favourite haunt among the locals. A short distance from Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong, the Flower Market has fed the city’s love for gardening for many years.

Open throughout the week from 7 a.m until late evening, Kowloon Flower Market has over 50 stalls that sell the best of the season’s locally grown and imported plants. Here, graceful orchids, colourful bouganvillias and bright sunflowers sit beside artistic bonsai trees that are ready to be taken home by the city’s enthusiastic gardeners. One of the most enjoyable ways to spend an afternoon in the city, the Kowloon Flower Market is the ideal venue to make all your gardening purchases with many shops selling seeds, fertiliser and flower pots to decorate your garden alongside other garden equipment. It is also the best place to buy a beautiful flower bouquet to surprise a loved one and collect items needed to recreate your dream garden that will rival the beautiful gardens seen in many a Hotel in Kowloon.

Kowloon’s Flower Market enthusiastically joins the season’s festivities with the Chinese New Year welcoming shoppers to purchase ‘Lucky Bamboo’ arrangements and other auspicious plants while the Christmas season sees the Market sell Christmas decorations alongside seasonal Christmas trees, hyacinth buds, poinsettia and ivy. Visitors can spend hours walking past the numerous flower shops and relax with a cup of organic tea at ‘Hay Fever’ while admiring the shop’s own assortment of flowers and plants. While in Kowloon’s Flower Market, visit the famous Yuen Po Bird Garden situated at the end of Flower Market Road where you can gaze at beautiful birds found in the Market’s 70 stalls and listen to their sweet chattering.

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Seychelles is an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa with the most extraordinary beaches in the world. Mahe is the largest of the Seychelles islands and is home to the capital, Victoria, and the international airport, the commercial ports, fishing boats, and the largest percentage of population. Mahe has most of the hotels including two casinos. Its white, powdery beaches, verdant vegetation, coconut palms and cinnamon trees, and lofty forested peaks. There are lots of spectacular coral reefs and clear, calm waters that invite relaxation and many water sports. Even though it is the nation’s economic hub Mahe has retained all of its natural beauty and charm. There are many place to stay over, while vacationing in the perfect, Seychelles Holiday Destination, andMackinnons Travels, Sri Lanka is the best travel Agent for giving a perfect holiday experience. Mackinnons Travel is one of the most leading travel agents in the industry in Sri Lanka, guaranteed to provide a unique and a customized experience and quality services to their clients. From Hotel tickets, transfers and to travel insurance, MacKinnon provides a comprehensive service.

The islands of the Seychelles are quite simply the most romantic location imaginable, the perfect spot for a romantic Seychelles honeymoon or wedding anniversary. Seychelles features hotels and resorts to suit all budgets and amazing honeymoon offers. The Seychelles is great for the more active; the secluded tropical islands offer idyllic hideaways; while the hidden coves of Praslin and La Digue are perfect for romantics seeking peace and a little more privacy. Most of the hotels on the main islands as well as on the less travelled islands cater to supplying the perfect honeymoon. There is good reason why Seychelles is selected more often than any other honeymoon. Seychelles is the right honeymoon destination at any time of the year. Throughout the year, the tropical climate and fresh ocean breezes give the beaches and inland forests the right temperature. It is easy to reach the International Airport on the island of Mahe. The national airline of Seychelles will take visitors to other islands. There are also helicopters, ferry boats and catamarans for inter-island transportation.

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Planning to escape the mundane routine of daily life? If the answer is yes, look no farther than Sri Lanka’s historic Galle city, home to the famous Dutch Fort, whose alluring old-world charm, tranquillity and awe-inspiring natural beauty make it a perfect romantic destination.

Situated along Sri Lanka’s southern coast, Galle’s famous Fort is a proud reminder of the city’s European heritage and rich history as a once thriving port city. A short drive fromJetwing Kurulubedda and other beachside Luxury Villas Sri Lanka, the 17th century fortress is a unique representation of Sri Lanka’s Colonial heritage which earned it the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage title. Within the sturdy walls of the Galle Fort lies a quaint European-inspired town complete with lodgings, government offices, churches and museums and is also home to a diverse ethnic community. A favourite travel destination, a weekend spent in the midst of Colonial history and Sri Lanka’s own slice of Europe is all that is needed to inspire romanticism.

Strolling through the narrow alleyways of Galle Fort lined with its compact, colourful 17th and 18th century homes, it is easy to forget that one is still in Sri Lanka. Budget accommodation at the historic homes of the Galle Fort can be arranged and in the luxurious setting of the historic Amangalla Hotel, a former Dutch Governor’s residence, the romanticism of a by-gone era is inescapable. Despite being a top tourist attraction, the Fort is surprisingly tranquil and allows you to leisurely stroll hand-in-hand with your partner to admire the surroundings of this one-of-a-kind European establishment.

Delight her with an intimate meal at the quaint restaurants and coffee shops that line the Fort’s alleys and buy her a beautiful art piece at one of the many antique shops found here. Renew your marriage vows at the historic Dutch Reformed Church and walk along the Fort’s southern-most rampart to watch the sunset over the breathtaking Indian Ocean and cuddle up for a picture at the foot of the picturesque lighthouse and the majestic clock tower. Yes, in Galle, the romanticism of old Europe still lives!

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While many often dream only of staying at the best resort in Maldives, enjoying the warm golden rays of the tropical sun and relaxing back the azure waters of the beautiful ocean, the Republic of Maldives is peppered with attractions and places to see. Granted, the resorts are of a high quality and hotels such as Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi are exquisite because of the immediate access its water chalets provide to the sea and there is nothing much that can stop you from waking up early, climbing down a wooden staircase and taking a dip in the Indian Ocean. While the panoramic natural beauty of the islands is undeniable, the people and the culture of Maldives are also of some interest.

The Capital city of Maldives, Male, is home to a number of such sites such as the National Museum where guests can obtain an insight into the history and culture of this beautiful cluster of islands. Male is also home to the Hukuru Miskiiy, also known as the Old Friday Mosque, and the Mulee Aage Palace (the Office of the President) is worth a visit as well.

Subsequent to visiting the National Museum of Maldives, a wonderful way to ponder upon the information one has just learnt is to take a stroll around Sultan’s Park. The Museum is located within the Park and, as the name itself suggests, the Park was once part of the grounds of the Sultan’s Palace. It is best not to visit the Park on Fridays, especially if you wish to take a leisurely stroll around its grounds, as it is only open for a few hours in the evening. The Park is generally open from 8am-6pm from Sunday to Thursday. Many sing high praise about the Park because of the colourful flowers and well maintained lawns which contribute to a sense of serenity that complements the general mood of Maldives and makes it a wonderful place to visit.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.

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Legian is a beautiful beachfront town in SouthBali, located north of Kuta and South of Seminyaki. Legian has a very high profile with visitors due to the lovely beach frontage. The most popular stretch of Legian Beach is at the bottom of Jalaa Padma and is sometimes called the Padma Beach. Stretching north from Kuta, Legian offers easy access to a variety of bars, restaurants and cafes. The northern area of Legian, boarderingSeminyak offers a bit of an escape from the crowds and is also a popular surf beach. It is said that tourism in Indonesia began at Bali, and Kuta and Legian. OSSOTEL is a popular luxury Legain HotelBali.This luxury and modern hotel is situated right in the center of the iconic Padma Legianneighborhood, it is located just minutes away from the island’s best bars, restaurants and vibrant club scene. Guests can enjoy the 88 meter pool at the hotel, the rooms, and the suites at the hotel are elegant, modern and offers the most modern comforts.

Most of Legian can be covered on foot, taxis are plentiful as there are motorbikes rental outlets. Legian beach is one of the best in Bali, to view the sunset. There are many things to do and see in Legian, such as the Kuta Night Market which is an enclave of stalls and plastic chairs that bustles with locals and tourism workers. The Waterbom Park covers 3.5 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens, and it has assorted water slides, a swimming pool and a supervised pool. The Double Six Club is a legendary club and continues reinventing itself. The Swimming Pool is still available for use. KutaCarnival is also a big beach party on the big beach in Kuta, consisting of games, art, competitions, surfing and much more. It usually also includes a food festival.Legian Beach is the most popular, as it is relatively peaceful and quiet. When the tide runs out, the beach seems to stretch forever and guests can take a leisurely stroll along the beach. There are also nightly games of football that happens on the Blue Ocean Beach.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.

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Today’s lifestyle is quite the hustle. Be it getting to work, meeting deadlines, attending meetings, maintaining your social profile, or taking care of family matters, people are always forced to be engaged in something or the other. More often than not this will create both mental and physical stress, and it is always better to find a healthy outlet to relieve yourself of this stress once in a while. This is why you deserve to have a spa day; so that you can relax and bask in tranquility.
Modern day spas offer numerous spa treatments and facilities which are ideal for soothing and revitalizing the body and mind. Incorporating ancient techniques and an array of traditional and exotic herbs and spices, which are complemented by a professional staff and masseuses, you can be assured that you will experience relaxation and tranquility, which will energize you to carry on with your day-to-day tasks. Many luxury hotels and wellness resorts, such as the COMO Hotels and Resorts, offer heavenly spa packages suited for all budgets and needs.

Stress kills productivity and ages your body and mind. It further can be a cause for several chronic ailments, which will stifle your ability to carry out your duties. Having a spa day on a regular basis can drastically reduce your stress levels and enhance your body and mind. Modern spas practice many traditional techniques such as Thai massages and Balinese massage rituals which have been used for centuries to channel and control the blood flow to ensure heightening of the senses and enhanced physical wellbeing. Spas also infuse Ayurvedic herbs and oils to their treatments, which have proven medicinal qualities, such as increasing mental focus, curing bodily ailments and reducing inflation and the collection of unhealthy bodily fluids. Hence, by incorporating a spa day to your monthly schedule, you can be assured of benefiting from all the wonders that spa treatment offers, and ensure that you are functioning at your peak, both physically and mentally.

Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.

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