Shanghai, the largest city in China is a maze of modern high rises navigated by about a million people moving fast towards the future. But the heart of the city that is nearly a thousand years old is preserved for posterity in the buildings and lifestyles in old Shanghai. Taking people back to the times of the emperors, the Yuyuan gardens offer a serene escape from the chaos of the city.

Established in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan, it was built to give his old father a place of rest. Passed on from generation to generation, it eventually fell into the hands of other owners, who maintained the costly grounds with the help of local merchants. The wars that ravaged the city in the late 19th and early 20th century took a heavy toll on the garden and nearly all the structures have been destroyed. After recovering it from the Japanese at the end of the World War II, it was given an intensive overhaul before being declared a national monument.

Covering the garden and the city in the background, the flora of the region provides a rich green backdrop for the many traditional temples and pavilions in the garden. Rock and water play an important role in creating the tranquil environment around. A gigantic boulder of 5 tons called Exquisite Jade Rock was meant for Beijing, but was saved from the sinking boat. Water poured on top of the rock will pass through small tunnels and pour out of several openings. It was so admired that a hall was built opposite to allow the visitors to absorb its beauty. The layout of the rockery and landscaping traditions that were practiced 500 years ago follows the Suzhou style. Among the waters and rocks are the pavilions and temples rise up with their red walls and curved grey roofs. Intricate carvings give these buildings a delicate feel.

The location is easily reached by various means of transport available in the city. Whether you are there for leisure or business a Luxury Hotel Shanghai ensures the best stay. Enjoy the modern comforts and chic atmosphere of The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai. Roam around this metropolis created hundreds of years ago to come and relax at some of the most modern Shanghai 5 Star Hotel.

Bliss is the name that is synonymous with Maldives. Where the sun kisses the shores and the waves rolls; where the palm sways and the winds blow. Heaven is brought to you when you visit the tranquil islands of the Maldives. So many of the Maldivian islands are still untouched; they are like your own private getaway, where it is just you, your partner and beautiful nature. An adventurous yet romantic way to explore the Maldives is by indulging in island excursions. Island excursions are like island hopping. Here you get stop by different islands and explore them and the many wonders they behold. It is truly an experience that you would savor long after you have left the Maldives.

Maldives consists of just over a 1000 tiny little islands, indulging in island exploration is certainly an exciting and an interesting way to spend your holiday. Each island has its unique set of treasures that will awe you in its very own way and exploring the wonders is like finding treasure from a land unheard of. Some of the islands are occupied and have a little bit of culture etched into it. Some have exotic resorts that ensure that you have all the luxurious facilities available at hand while basking in the ambience of the quiet serenity and others are simply you and nature in the most raw and authentic fashion. Maldives has an exciting and a vibrant underwater world to explore. On visiting the islands indulge in activities like snorkeling or diving to explore the treasure trove that lies beneath the ocean. A day out in the Maldivian islands is the ultimate relaxation you need whether you are on a honeymoon or a leisure summer vacation.

One of the most exotic Maldivian resorts is the Anantara Dhigu Maldives. This accommodation in Maldives gives you a taste of this nation like no other. It is serene and brings nature to your doorstep. The facilities are 5 star and the services are unmatched. Visitors who come to Anantara Dhigu never want to leave. Their impeccable reputation and all the pampering they offer, makes Anantara Dhigu the most popular Maldives Resort.

Umanga Kahandawaarachchi is a passionate travel writer who writes under the pen name, Maggie Tulliver. Her field of writing covers a wide array of content and articles related to travel and hospitality industry.

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A Southern Indian state, Kerala is home to a rich culture, stunning coasts, lush greenery and not forgetting its famous backwaters. One of the best ways to explore this enchanting destination is by way of Kerala holiday packages offered by Paradise Vacations. A part of its varied India luxury tour package, this tour lets you experience the very best of what Kerala has to offer including visits to the backwaters and Kovalam beach. Home to stunningly beautiful natural landscapes, this Indian state also has a rich heritage which can be seen in its many Hindu temples, churches and mosques as well as the historical monuments and structures that have left an indelible mark here. Of course no trip to Kerala is complete without sampling its exotic cuisine!

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Umanga Kahandawaarachchi is a passionate travel writer who writes under the pen name, Maggie Tulliver. Her field of writing covers a wide array of content and articles related to travel and hospitality industry.
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Known as the “Little England” of Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya in the local language means ‘city on the plain’. It is 2000m above sea level and faces Sri Lanka’s highest mountain peak; Pidurutalagala. A cool climate throughout the year led to the city becoming the retreat of British rulers during the colonial era. Today it is most frequented by tourists and locals alike during the month of April, when the flowers are in full bloom and motor vehicle and horse racing events take over the town in style.

However, Nuwara Eliya has plenty of attractions year round, waterfalls being one of them. Witness the rush of milky white water cascading down on rocky outcrops from mountain tops, falling down with majestic force and then turning into clear pools or quiet streams; watching these waterfalls makes you wonder whether any of man’s creations will ever match up to the beauty of nature.

Devon Falls and St. Clairs are the most famous waterfalls in Nuwara Eliya. While the former falls down in three cascades the latter has two cascades and is frequently visited by bathers because of easy access through a footpath. This hill town also has Sri Lanka’s tallest falls, Bambarakanda Ella, where water falls from a height of 263m. Baker’s Waterfall is located close to another sightseeing area, World’s End, and is named after Sir Samuel Baker, the Britisher who found it. The Lovers Leap Ella, Ramboda, Poona Oya Ella, Devathura Ella, Gerandi Ella, Laksapana and Ambaragama are a few other waterfalls that one can visit. Queen Victoria Park, Haggala Botanical Garden, Galway’s Land Bird Sanctuary, Horton Plains and Single Tree Hill are also part of the many must-see places in Nuwara Eliya.

Since the time of the British this city has made a name for itself amongst Sri Lanka hotels, having world-class lodging and accommodation. The many Nuwara Eliya bungalows have also been transformed to hotels. Jetwing Warwick Gardens is one such bungalow, constructed during the time of the British it is designed based on architecture similar to a Scottish mansion and is located close to many of the attractions in Nuwara Eliya.

Visit beautiful Unawatuna which is one of the best beaches in the world. Just south of Galle and a three hour drive from Colombo it is a sun drenched, palm fringed, crescent shaped, golden stretch of sand curving along the calm waters of a cerulean bay, with headlands on either end. The relatively unspoilt nature of the area makes it a popular destination for holidaymakers. Protected by a double reef, the calm seas attract swimmers, surfers and snorkelers who spend their days revelling in the warm ocean, lazing on the golden sands working on their tan, playing beach volleyball or simply taking in the stunning views including red tinted tropical sunsets.

Some great diving sites are only a short boat ride away including a reef teeming with tropical fish and more interestingly three wrecks; one a hundred year old wreck known as the Rangoon still intact for the most part, another called the Tango lying close by and Lord Nelson a more recent wreck are all excellent dive sites. Excellent PADI certified dive schools nearby provide guidance and the latest equipment to intrepid divers. The best months for diving at Unawatuna are from October to April.

Stay at one of the quirkily named guest houses or hotels and home stays in the village of Yaddehimulla in Unawatuna. Visitors will find that it caters to their every want with restaurants and cafes, internet cafes, tuk tuk (three-wheeler vehicles) stands and village shops stocked with visitor necessities. Sample seafood and local dishes at beach cafes and enjoy partying all night. The laidback atmosphere and the lack of big hotels and crowds are amongst Unawatuna’s many charms.

Rumassala the headland to the north west of Unawatuna beach has its own legend as to how it came to be. This legend has its roots in the Ramayana epic and is a way of explaining the abundance of medicinal plants found on the hill, a rare phenomenon in the area. Visit the temple on the hill, from which there are uninterrupted views of the adjacent areas and of fiery sunsets. Some sixty species of endemic birds such as egrets, herons, sandpipers, kingfishers, whistling ducks and more can also be spied from Rumassala.

If it is the right time of year, lucky visitors can see turtles come up on the beach to lay their eggs. However, visitors can also visit turtle hatcheries located about a fifteen minute bus ride away. Unawatuna is also a convenient location from which to visit Galle and the other coastal cities nearby. Take a tuk tuk to these sights and enjoy a very special experience.

With a modern fleet of vehicles to suit any occasion, Malkey Rent A Car, has been a well known Sri Lanka car rental company for over thirty years. With its emphasis on customer care and safety coupled with its fair pricing policy, the company is a natural choice among Sri Lanka travel options for visitors and locals alike.

Visit beautiful Unawatuna which is one of the best beaches in the world. Just south of Galle and a three hour drive from Colombo it is a sun drenched, palm fringed, crescent shaped, golden stretch of sand curving along the calm waters of a cerulean bay, with headlands on either end. The relatively unspoilt nature of the area makes it a popular destination for holidaymakers. Protected by a double reef, the calm seas attract swimmers, surfers and snorkelers who spend their days revelling in the warm ocean, lazing on the golden sands working on their tan, playing beach volleyball or simply taking in the stunning views including red tinted tropical sunsets.

Some great diving sites are only a short boat ride away including a reef teeming with tropical fish and more interestingly three wrecks; one a hundred year old wreck known as the Rangoon still intact for the most part, another called the Tango lying close by and Lord Nelson a more recent wreck are all excellent dive sites. Excellent PADI certified dive schools nearby provide guidance and the latest equipment to intrepid divers. The best months for diving at Unawatuna are from October to April.

Stay at one of the quirkily named guest houses or hotels and home stays in the village of Yaddehimulla in Unawatuna. Visitors will find that it caters to their every want with restaurants and cafes, internet cafes, tuk tuk (three-wheeler vehicles) stands and village shops stocked with visitor necessities. Sample seafood and local dishes at beach cafes and enjoy partying all night. The laidback atmosphere and the lack of big hotels and crowds are amongst Unawatuna’s many charms.

Rumassala the headland to the north west of Unawatuna beach has its own legend as to how it came to be. This legend has its roots in the Ramayana epic and is a way of explaining the abundance of medicinal plants found on the hill, a rare phenomenon in the area. Visit the temple on the hill, from which there are uninterrupted views of the adjacent areas and of fiery sunsets. Some sixty species of endemic birds such as egrets, herons, sandpipers, kingfishers, whistling ducks and more can also be spied from Rumassala,

If it is the right time of year, lucky visitors can see turtles come up on the beach to lay their eggs. However, visitors can also visit turtle hatcheries located about a fifteen minute bus ride away. Unawatuna is also a convenient location from which to visit Galle and the other coastal cities nearby. Take a tuk tuk to these sights and enjoy a very special experience.

Providing convenience in reaching many of the island’s attractions, Malkey Travel & Tours is a Sri Lanka car rental company offering customer service of the highest quality. With one of the most modern and largest fleets in Sri Lanka, the company presents sri lanka car hire options for self driven or chauffer driven car rentals. Contributing to the development of the Sri Lanka travel industry, they offer a range of vehicles from luxury, premium and general cars to buses and vans.

 

Recently topping the list as the most charitable city in America, Minneapolis is a welcome change from the fast paced clamor of other big cities. Also known for its artistic visage, this “town on the prairie” has all the glory of liberated endurance. Topped with swank art museums, more than enough theatres and ethnic and organic eateries, it has rightly earned its name as the ‘Mini-Apple’ of the present day.

Looking further into the beauty of Minneapolis will unfold a gamut of natural beauty and tranquil locality. One such place that has captured nature at its finest is the Minnehaha Park. Situated at the intersection of Hiawatha Ave and overlooking the Mississippi River, this park has the privilege of being one the most oldest and popular parks in the city and manages to attract over 850,000 visitors per year.

Featuring lime stone bluffs, river overlooks and a 53-foot waterfall, this 193 acre park also contains a myriad of trees such as Cottonwood, Silver, Oak, Maple and native as well as prairie woodland wild flowers. Fast becoming a popular site for weddings, this park offers the visitor the freedom of many activities including picnics, concerts, wading pool, disc golf course, volleyball court and bike trails. If this is not enough, the park also houses several sculptors and is recognized to be sacred ground for American Indians.

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis would be considered an ideal place to stay for visitors looking to explore the park. Snug on the tree-lined side walks of Nicollet Mall, this downtown Minneapolis hotel is within walking distance to entertainment and shopping centres such as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the Metrodome and Target Center. Providing services such as indoor swimming pool and business centre, this Minneapolis hotel offers the guest a touch of class and elegance with creative cuisine and signature decorative style.

 

Cincinnati is the laid back counterpart of most cities in the United States. Famous for antislavery movements and underground railroads, this city has something to offer visitors who grace its shores. Some of the best things to do whilst in Cincinnati are to catch a game of baseball, or go paddle boating along the Ohio River. Pure relaxation is the key to appreciating Cincinnati. Mount Adams with its winding roads leads you to some of the best views of the city. With a rich and colourful past, there are still relics that remain to remind us of its glorified history. The arts and culture scene of this city can rival even that present in New York, coupled with amazing restaurants and seasoned nightlife, there is a whole lot to explore for the avid tourist. This city just waits to entertain you, from its major league sports to its world class roller coasters and water theme parks.

Whilst in Cincinnati, it would be an ideal option to visit a location that gives you a little bit of everything, from dining, shopping and be entertained. One such tourist attraction in Cincinnati is Fountain Square located in the corner of Fifth and Vine Streets. Dedicated to the people of Cincinnati, this public square offers a host of activities and facilities. For example, you can play a game of chess or checkers at Fountain Square, as most of the tables have the board printed right on the table. Two bicycle tracks can be found through the square, and for the sports fan, buy your Reds tickets at the kiosk based right at the square.

Fountain Square District offers a range of signature restaurants and cafes that cannot be found anywhere else in the city. From Brazilian, Mexican, American steaks, seafood to Italian, dining in Cincinnati has never been better with Fountain Square District.

For your dose of entertainment, Fountain Square hosts a range of celebrations and festivities right through the year. Just to list a few of the events in Cincinnati you can experience at Fountain Square; Egg Hunt for Easter, Macy’s Downtown Dazzle, Krogger’s New Years Eve Blast, MidPoint Music Festival, P&G Flower Carpet, P&G Movie Night, P&G Acoustic Thursday, P&G Fourth of July Bash, PNC Gospel Sunday, Skyline’s Santa Skates, THE Cincinnati Beer Festival, Turkey Bowl and so much more.

For your next trip to Cincinnati, keep an eye out for travel deals and packages that are competitive and offer you a wide variety of accommodation options to choose from. Offering a convenient location, excellent facilities and enviable rooms and suites is Millennium Hotel Cincinnati.This popular Cincinnati Ohio hotel is in close proximity to Duke Energy Convention Centre, Great American Ball Park, Paul Brown Stadium, the Cincinnati Zoo, Botanical Gardens and a host of other places to see.

There is only one city in the world that is shadowed by a romantic atmosphere throughout every season. With great cuisines to arouse your taste buds and breathtaking walks ways surrounded by picturesque views, artists & accordion music, Paris is “the” city to appease all your senses.

The city’s greatest masterpiece, The Eiffel tower is a sight to be gaze. But there lays a romantic touch to its iron bars which is only surfaced with the setting sun. An age old bottle of wine, French bread, petite basket of fruits and perfect spot on Champ De Mars is what you need to witness the world wonder lit up with shimmers. The perfect setting for a simple and romantic urban picnic!

After watching the great spectacle and the city views atop the tower you can explore a true French atmosphere at Rue Cler. This small pedestrian street is filled with monsieurs and damsels that flock to illuminate the city’s night life. You can find bakeries spreading sweet aromas, variety of fresh fruit stands, ideal French café’s and many more that gives you the authentic French touch.

Another marvel that could not be ignored is Champs-Élysées. Although during day light it’s a bustling avenue it has a different ambiance during night time. The wide north foot path is an ideal romantic walkway where you and your loved one could walk hand in hand whispering sweet nothings. At the west end of Champs-Élysées stands Arc the Triomphe built in dedication of those who fought and died during the French revolution. The most romantic sunset in Paris is viewed through this man-made wonder and that moment is nothing but a breathtaking sight for sore eyes.

How could anyone possibly miss the cuisines? These one of a kind dishes truly are magnifique! All the French cuisines the world over cannot stand in par with what you dine right here in Paris. Rue Cler and Rue Champs de Mars provides you with many small yet romantic restaurants that will tantalize your taste buds. Make sure not to miss out on the mouth watering tarts, cakes, pastries & variety of cheese and wine available in the open markets.

With the most romantic sights, soothing music & enticing food, love is indeed in the air here in the city of Paris!