Sleepovers proposed at Australia’s Sydney Opera House

Sleepovers proposed at Australia’s Sydney Opera House

The management of Australia’s most famous iconic building has approached the New South Wales government for permission to organize an exclusive sleepover at the Sydney Opera House in the near future. The Sydney Opera House Trust has lodged the plan with the NSW government’s Department of Planning and Environment recently and the public has six weeks, until Oct 24, to respond to the proposal, local media reported on Thursday. Two experiences are being planned out…

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The wonderful city landscapes of Rostov-on-Don

The wonderful city landscapes of Rostov-on-Don

Rostov-on-Don is a port city lying in the southeastern part of the East European Plain on the Don River. The city’s favorable geographical position at a trading crossroads promotes economic development. Meanwhile, since the ancient times, the settlement has held cultural and commercial importance. It boasts many libraries, theatres, museum and stadiums. For sports fans, it is worth noting that some of the games for the 2018 World Cup will be held at Rostov-on-Don. The…

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Ring of Fire tells Asia of its seismic peril

Ring of Fire tells Asia of its seismic peril

The string of active volcanoes around the Pacific Ocean has lived up to its Ring of Fire name lately, sparking mass evacuations in Indonesia and Vanuatu and unsettling parts of southwestern Japan. The 450 or so volcanoes that make up the ring outline where the massive Pacific Plate grinds against other plates that form the Earth’s crust, creating a 40,000-kilometer-long zone prone to earthquakes and other seismic upheaval. Japan The Shinmoedake volcano in southwestern Japan…

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Alberta making efforts to draw more visitors

Alberta making efforts to draw more visitors

The province of Alberta in Canada is making efforts to attract more Chinese tourists, especially ahead of the China-Canada Tourist Year in 2018, according to Darlene Fedoroshyn, the Travel Alberta director of business development in the Asia-Pacific. Alberta, in western part of Canada, is home to many iconic tourist attractions, such as the Banff and Jasper national parks, as well as Lake Louise. The province’s tourist department, Travel Alberta, is trying to tap the Chinese…

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Malacca set to showcase its history with China-style outdoor show

Malacca set to showcase its history with China-style outdoor show

KUALA LUMPUR-Boo Kuang Loon, a Malacca-born businessman, had always wanted to contribute to the Malaysian city’s cultural richness. But he never thought that a letter to Zhang Yimou, a renowned Chinese director, would make his dream come true. In early 2013, when traveling in China, Boo was stunned by Impression Liu Sanjie, an outdoor show directed by Zhang held in Yangshuo, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. He then wrote to the director, who is well known…

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The 10 Secrets to Bargaining in China

The 10 Secrets to Bargaining in China

Bargaining in China is an art form — a scripted performance in which everyone has a role to play. Follow our shopping guide to nail your lines and get the best deals. The more you save, the more jade, tea, silk, pearls and other Chinese specialities you can bring home. 1. (Almost) everything’s negotiable When can you haggle in China, and when are prices set in stone? Wares at any open-air or indoor market are…

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Dawson City – Home of the Sourtoe Cocktail

Dawson City – Home of the Sourtoe Cocktail

There’s something about folks who live in tough climates that I just love. They have a sense of independence and a do-it-yourself attitude I find highly appealing. And they don’t come much tougher — or more colourful — than in Dawson City, Yukon. Last time I was there I met a farmer who grows organic crops on the far side of the Yukon River and lives off the grid, using solar power and a windmill…

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Travel Tips in Canada

Travel Tips in Canada

Tip 131: Hike Newfoundland’s East Coast Trail “I do this hike every year. It’s world-class and always a beautiful adventure.” — Travelzoo member Elaine Tip 132: Drive Route 132 in Quebec “A new controlled-access highway has been built, but take the road less travelled. With all the transport trucks and commercial traffic gone, the old roads are far more scenic. Examples include Route 132, the old road along the south shore of the St. Lawrence…

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7 Family-Friendly Day Trips from Vancouver

7 Family-Friendly Day Trips from Vancouver

You don’t have to venture too far out of the city to experience an exciting escape from Vancouver. These seven day trip destinations offer something fun and active for everyone in the family. 1. Visit Squamish Head north along the scenic 45-minute Sea to Sky highway. Pan for gold or delve deep into the mines at the Britannia Mine Museum. Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola for stunning views of the Howe Sound fjord and…

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Ride a Mountain Coaster in Revelstoke, B.C.

Ride a Mountain Coaster in Revelstoke, B.C.

Boasting the most vertical in North America, the Revelstoke Mountain Resort is also home to a thrilling ride called the Pipe Mountain Coaster. The ride itself takes only a minute or two, depending on how fast you want to go, but it’s a thrilling minute or two, making you want to go again. And maybe again. To begin, you’ll ride the gondola to the top, which is a beautiful scenic view in itself. At busy…

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