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Selasa, 12 Juli 2011

Urumqi Xinjiang Bars and Tourist Attractions

Urumqi is the capital city of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonoumous Region, the most western part of China.

Urumqi lies west of Bogda Mountain(part of the Tianshan Range) and at the southeastern edge of Junggar Basin. For over two thousand years, the area around Urumqi has been lush pastures populated by many minorities who herded sheep and cattle, Urumchi actually meaning "beautiful pastures" in Mongolian.

Urumqi has the most ethnic groups live here among the capital cities in China. There are about 13 ethnics, such as the Uygur, the Han, the Hui, the Kazak, the Man, the Mongol, the Sibo and the Russia, etc.

Urumqi City
Urumqi now is a modern city

There is much difference in the ethnic costumes, the languages and the customs with obvious characteristics. Urumqi is the earth that assembles the Chinese cultural, India cultural, the Islamic culture and the Occident cultural, which make the brilliant local cultural landscape.

Urumqi has a long history and the land was once famous for its Silk Road. The Silk Road now became the main reason why visitors come to Urumqi.

Urumqi Tourist Attractions

Silk Road is still the most favourite place at Urumqi. The most famous tourist spots among the numerous cultural relics and natural landscapes include the Heavenly Lake, the Southern Pastures, the Red Mountain, the Southern Mosque, the Tartar Mosque, and the Xinjiang Regional Museum.

Urumqi Top Attractions :

1. Urumqi Tianchi Lake.
Urumqi Tianchi Lake
Heavenly Lake is a lake about 30 miles southeast of Urumqi in Xinjiang, China. It is an alpine drift lake shaped in the Quaternary Glacier period. Heavenly Lake is 2,000 meters (6,500ft) above sea level on the stunning Bogda mountain. (Bogda is a Mongolian word, meaning "God".)

2. Tian Shan Mountains
Urumqi Tiashan Mountain
Tian Shan is one of the most stunning mountain ranges of China. Aptly described as the "celestial mountains", it is encased with snow throughout the year; the weather is sunny all the time, which is why Tianshan is is so attractive.

3. Urumqi Museum
Urumqi Regional Museum
Regional Museum is a large integrated museum and centre for the collection and study of cultural relics in Xinjiang situated in Xibei Lu, in Urumqi City.

4. Da Bazar / Erdaoqiao market (大吧扎)
Urumqi Erdaqio Market
Erdaoqiao is the largest market of ethnic minority goods in Xinjiang. The covered market was first opened in 1982 and the new market was completed in 2002. Merchants at the bazaar sell all kinds of items from local products to imported products, from arts and crafts to animals. T

5. Hong Shan / The Red Mountains (红山)
Urumqi Red Hill Park
Mount Red (also called Red Hill or Tiger Head Hill) gets its name from its reddish brown color. The mountain spans 1.5 kilometers long from east to west at an altitude of 910 meters and a relative height of 400 meters. Its purple sandstone was formed in the Pangaea continental environment 250 million years ago.

6. Silk Road
Urumqi Silk Road
The Silk Road is a series of trade and cultural transmission routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting East and West Asia by linking traders, merchants etc. during various periods of time.

7. Shaanxi Great Mosque
Urumqi Shaanxi Great Mosque
Located in the northern end of Jianzhong Road in Urumqi, Shaanxi Great Mosque is the biggest Islamic mosque in the city. Unlike other Islamic mosque in Urumqi, Shaanxi Great Mosque was built in Chinese traditional brick and wooden architecture style.

Urumgi Nightlife

Urumqi Nightlife

The number of bars and nightspots in Urumqi has exploded an recent years, though there are a number of interesting alternatives, like the 'traditional' local open air bars, or head to Erdaoqiao for one of the nightly performances. Most of the city' s bars are clustered around the city center, and there are also a number of internet bars, bowling alleys and coffee shops all open late, for some relaxing interludes to bar hopping.

Fubar is the only bar in Urumqi catering for the expat community and tourists. It's owned by an Irishman, New Zealander and a Japanese guy. They've been living in Urumqi for over 4 years and are a mine of information concerning everyaspect of the XinJiang, from what to do and great travel and touring advice. They also plan and organise tailor made tours depending on what you want to see and do in XinJiang. The tours they offer are ones that no other local tour operators provide.

Urumqi’s bar venues and respective nightlife culture have matured and blossomed over the years, and there are now over 200 bars and pubs in the city. Many of these venues are unique in their own right; they offer different themes and a variety of services – each catering to their own set of visitors and regulars. This article focuses on four popular bars that each have a distinct theme and fun atmosphere.

Some of Urumqi Famous Bars and Nightclub :

1. Silk Road Station & Bar 丝路驿栈酒吧
Urumqi Silk Road Station Bar
This bar is all about the outdoors and also serves as a members' activity center for the Urumqi Mountain Trekking Association. It is located in downtown Urumqi and usually sees a huge convergence of visitors from all over the world. The venue offers updates about the latest travel information, and is a great place to hear about different experiences from fellow travelers. One can also sign up for seminars and functions about different travel options here.

Walls at entryway into the venue are plastered with different assortments of travel pictures donated by visitors. Seats are very comfortable and are separated enough to allow room for privacy. Recommended are their one-of-a-kind ant liquor – it has a nice aroma and is supposedly a good way of warming you up for the chilly winter nights. Also, 100 meters away from the bar is a night bazaar (Wuyi Night Bazaar) – very well known locally. They've got all sorts of local cheap eats that you're probably not able to find anywhere else.

Add: 36 Huanghe Lu, Urumqi
地址:乌鲁木齐市黄河路36 号
Tel: 099 1582 0981
Business Hours: 09:00-23:30
Transportation: Take bus routes 3, 902, 109 to School of Traditional Chinese Medicine station (中医院站)

2. Orange Street Bar 橙街酒吧
Urumqi Orange Street Bar
This is one of the older venues in the city and very well-known locally. It's located near Nanmen (South Gate), an area that is very popular with those that are very much “culturally refined”. Orange Street Bar is modeled after the pub houses of Europe and America; it's both modern and romantic. The venue is very spacious and is decorated with little wooden crafts and handmade ornaments that lend the place an artsy touch. The music of choice here is largely country music from the West. They also carry a nice selection of liquor, beer and wine. After nightfall, visitors can gaze out of the windows for a beautiful night view of the city.

Add: 2F, Dashizi Tangjiu Building, 30 North Jiefang Lu, Urumqi
Tel: 099 12837 988
Business Hours: 20:00-04:00
Transportation: Take bus routes 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 111, 1, 25, 30, 33, 4, 501, 59, 60, 8, 901, 927 to Beimen and walk 46 m to destination

3. Shebin Bar 舍宾酒吧
Urumqi Shebin Bar
This is a 10-year old venue in the city. The bar’s main attraction is their live performances – attracting energetic bar hopping fanatics from all over. It's very nicely renovated with a corridor that lead inside to the main hall and away from the bustle of the city. In the middle of the main hall is a small stage and oddly shaped tables and chairs; the whole atmosphere is quite cost and laid-back. There are exciting performances from bands every night and you can even ask to try out your singing and music talents on stage. They carry a good variety of liquor and drinks at the place as well; recommended are their special cocktails.

Add: 2 North Gongyuan Street, Sayibake Area District
Tel: 099 1558 8789
Business Hours: 21:30-03:00
Transportation: Take bus routes 101, 102, 103, 109, 111, 14, 157, 17, 1, 25, 26, 68, 7, 907, 910 to Hongshan station and walk 271 m to destination

4. Dick Cowboy Bar 迪克牛仔酒吧
This venue is located in one of the most prosperous commercial districts in the city. It's known for its “Wild West” feel and the unique bar culture it presents. Wooden floors, old-style tables and chairs, and walls decorated with all sorts of cowboy attire and ornaments make up for a wild and untamed feel to the venue. There is a round table set up with high chairs in the middle and with different wine bottles and glasses cluttered on it – a seemingly perfect setting for any pub out West. Under the warm lights in the bar, sipping cocktails, listening to soothing saxophone music, makes this one of the most charming bars in the city.

Add: 2F, Wanda Hotel, 105 Hongqi Rd, Tianshan District, Urumqi
Tel: 0991-28835314
Opening Hours: 11:00-04:00
Transportation: Take bus routes 308, 36, 3, 44, 58, 61, 8, 927 to Hongqi Rd station and walk 84 m to destination

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Kamis, 05 Mei 2011

Hohhot Inner Mongolia City and Nightlife

Hohhot (呼和浩特) is a capital city of Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, situated in Northern China. Hohhot is the city of Mongolian, as Mongolian ruler Altan Khan found it.

Visiting Inner Mongolian means visit a natural beauty of Mongolian grasslands that lie within a hundred-kilometer radius of the city. These are Xilamuren (80km north of Hohhot), Gegentala (150km north) and Huitengxile (120km west).

Besides the natural beauty of grasslands, Hohhot also offering a Chinese and Mongolian culture and sightseeing including old temple, and great mosque.

Hohhot travel attractions :

1. Five Pagoda Temple
Hohhot Five Pagoda Temple
The Five Pagoda Temple (Wuta si), located in the southern section of town, is a miniature temple built in Indian style, so named for the five four-sided pagodas that jut up from the rectangular base of the building. This is a pretty temple that is worth taking time out to visit, especially if you are in the vicinity of this older section of town.

2. Great Mosque
Hohhot Great Mosque
The Great Mosque (Qingzhen dasi), located in the older southwestern part of Hohhot, was built during the reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD) after throngs of the Hui Muslim Minority migrated from Xinjiang to Mongolia.

3. Inner Mongolia Museum
Hohhot Inner Mongolia Museum
The Inner Mongolian Museum (Neimenggu bowuguan) is the largest and best museum in Inner Mongolia, boasting a good selection of ethnic Mongolian items, and a historical lineage of this vast grassland province. Although not arranged in the most logical of order, the museum contains a variety of interesting exhibitions that should keep you interested. The captions in the museum are unfortunately only in Chinese and Mongolian, but most of the pieces pretty much speak for themselves.

4. Xilituzhao Temple
Hohhot Xilituzhao Temple
Xilituzhao Temple (Xilituzhao si, or Xiaozhao si), containing the residence of the 11th Grand Living Buddha, is the largest temple in town. Originally a small Buddhist construction, it took the temple hundreds of years to expand to its current size.

5. Tomb of Wang Zhao Jun
Hohhot TOmb of Wangzhaojun
The story of the concubine Wang Zhaojun, one of China's four historical beauties (along with Diao Chan, Xi Shi and Concubine Yang) is a Chinese morality tale of political alliance and sacrifice, a tale that, like much of Chinese past, has been obfuscated over time into numerous versions.

6. Dazhao Temple
Hohhot Dazhao Temple
Located in the old quarter of Hohhot to the southwest of the train station, Dazhao Temple (Dazhao si) is the largest Gelukpa (Yellow Hat Sect) temple in town.

7. Inner Mongolia Grassland
Hohhot Xilamuren Grassland
Lying about ninety kilometers (about 56 miles) north of Hohhot, Xilamuren Grassland is the first grassland tourist attraction opened in Hohhot. Xilamuren, which means 'yellow water' in Mongolian, is also known as Taihe after Puhui Temple, a Lama temple built in 1769 in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Hohhot Nightlife

Night life in Hohhot is very colorful. You can enjoy Mongolian singing and dancing shows, take part in a bonfire party on the vast grassland, or join in the crowd in pubs and bars. Most of the bars or pubs in Hohhot are located in the major hotels.

Hang Blue Food Entertainment Ltd. is the biggest bar in Hohhot, providing wine, beer, fruit juice, and western food. It often invites singers and actors to perform for the customers. Hualian Cinema is a big one in Hohhot with the latest show equipments to show the latest movies.

In Hohhot, there are decent entertainment places and some great bars. The Mongolian people are fond of singing and dancing late into the night and so there are a many places that are open late and provide variety of dishes. Some venues feature nightly Mongolian shows and others cater towards Western tastes. There is a brand-new bar street completed in late summer 2007, which even has a strip bar in European-style. The bar street runs from Zhandong Lu in the west to Xinchun Lu in the east.

Hohhot Photos :

Hohhot Central Square
Hohhot Central Square

Hohhot City
Hohhot City

Hohhot Nightlife

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Kamis, 17 Maret 2011

Dalian after Japan Nuclear Radiation Crisis

Japan Nuclear Radiation

Dalian is a city in North East China, and one of China's region which is very close to Japan. After Japan earthquake and Tsuname on 11th March 2011, followed with Nuclear power plant damaged, Dalian and most of Japan nearest country begin to monitor the nuclear radiation.

China, the Koreas and Russia's far east are the regions closest to Japan, but all lie on the west of the main disaster zone.

Authorities in China's northeastern province of Liaoning have begun monitoring for possible radiation from Japan, but have not yet detected any, Xinhua news agency reported.

Monitoring stations in Shanghai as well as those in the eastern provinces of Heilongjiang, Liaoning, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian were ordered to conduct around-the-clock surveillance of radioactive substances in the air and sea water.

In Shanghai, authorities said they are preparing to inform the public of the dangers of radioactive substances and precautionary measures to take in case of contamination.

In Jiangsu, authorities said the Tianwan nuclear plant, located in a coastal city some 500 sea miles from the coast of Japan, has not been affected by the destructive earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

In Liaoning, inspectors went to the province's airports to check whether goods transported from Japan were contaminated by radioactive substances. ( Nuclear experts called on the public to remain calm and learn about what precautionary measures to take if nuclear leaks were reported.

"At present the figures are normal and Liaoning has not been affected," it quoted nuclear safety official Gao Kui as saying.

Dalian Friedship Square

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Rabu, 16 Februari 2011

Dalian Liaoning China Beach and Nightclub

Dalian (大连) is a city in Northeast China's Liaoning Province, just north from Qingdao, Shandong. Talk about Dalian, people will refer to the history while Russian and Japan occupied a port near Dalian, Port Arthur. Dalian is one of China’s premier beach destinations, outside of Hainan Island.

Dalian is still a young city, start from 1898, but already became one of the premier destinations of China that attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world. Dalian is a city that features a unique blend of the ancient Chinese tradition with modern sensibility and features.

Dalian City
Dalian City. Situated at the tip of China's Liaodong Peninsular, it is a trading and financial center in northeastern Asia and has gained the name the 'Hong Kong of Northern China

The most famous thing to do in Dalian is the beach. Dalian has so many beaches, all of which are famous for their breathtaking natural beauty and thrilling water sports and activities. Binhai Lu, next to the coastline, offers superb views of the sea and is a popular spot for watching sunrises. Tiger Beach, Fujiazhuang Beach and Gold Pebble Beach are Dalian's nicest spots for swimming and lounging on the sand.

Dalian Beaches

The beach, lying in southern Dalian, is a celebrated summering place in north China and a national scenic resort. Major scenic spots: Wooden-Club Isle, Hutan (Tiger's Beach) Amusement Park, Beida (Grand North) Bridge, Yanwo (Swallow Nestle) Peak, Fojiazhuang Park, Forest Zoo, Xinghai (Star Sea) Bay, Xinghai Park, Shenya Marine World, and Heishi (Black Rock) Reefs. A seaside highway runs by all these attractions.

1. Fujiazhuang Beach
Dalian Fujiazhuang Beach
It's the fair way out of town to Fujiazhuang Beach to go swimming. Though there're a number of beaches south of the city, the best is Fujiazhuang Beach having sandy beach bordering two scenic parks, Baiyunshan and Xiuyuefeng. Excellent for swimming, but has few facilities. It'll take half-day drive here, but it's worthy. You can enjoy the pleasant scenes of Dalian peninsula on the way.

2. Tiger Beach
Dalian Tiger Beach
There are Seabed World, Bird Sing Wood in this stretch of coastline. It's an ideal place to see excellent natural views of the ragged cliffs and crashing waves

3. Jinshitan (Golden Stone Beach)
Dalian Jinshitan
Jinshitan Scenic Area of Dalian Jinshitan Scenic Area, also known as the Golden Pebble Beach National Resort, is situated in the Liaodong Peninsula and facing the Huanghai River.

Another choice for swimming. 60km north of Dalian, Jinshitan is an attractive beach area with splendid coves and rock formations. There's also a golf course, cross country motorcycling, an amusement park and hunting grounds within a forest.

4. Bangchuidao Scenic Area
Bangchuidao Scenic Area in Dalian City Bangchuidao Scenic Area is located in the east of the Binhai Road,9 kilometers (some 5 miles) away from the center of Dalian City. Bangchuidao Island is a famous seashore resort and offers excellent scenery of hills, sea, islet and the beach.

Dalian Tourist Attractions:

Besides its beaches, Dalian also boasts of numerous cultural and historical landmarks. Places like Xinghai Square, Baiyu Hill, Lushun and Bangchuidao Island will help to you have a clear understanding of the rich cultural and historical heritage of the city. There are also many parks and gardens in the city that feature a wide array of the plant and animal species available in the country. Some of the popular parks of the city are Laohutan Scenic Park, Xinghai Park and Labor Park.

1. Bin Hai Road
Dalian Binhai Road
Spanning the coast for more than 30 km / 19 miles, Bin Hai Road is the very centre of Dalian's beach activity and makes for a pleasant drive. Edging Dong Hai Park on the eastern side and Xing Hai Square to the west, the road winds past many scenic mountains, with stretches where you can enjoy the stunning coastline and sea views. Famous for its clean air and sea breezes, this is a great escape and provides access to numerous resorts, bathing areas and hotels.

Binhai Road, Dalian is one of the premier tourist attractions of the city. The uniqueness of Binhai Road lies in the fact that it boasts of the rare blend of mountain and the sea. This immensely popular tourist attraction is situated on the much renowned coastline of Dalian. Binhai Road covers an area of 35 km bordering Xing Hai Square in the west and Dong Hai Park in the east.

2. Xinghai Square Dalian
Dalian Xinghai Square Dalian
The square was built to honor Hong Kong's return to China in the year1997 and represents the "New Spirit of Dalian". Xinghai Square also boasts of imprints of 1000 pairs of footprints of Dalian people, which bears testimony to the enterprising spirit of the denizens of Dalian. The importance of the square can be proved from the fact that it features prominently in the tourist literature on Dalian.

3. The Forest Zoo Dalian
Dalian The Forest Zoo Dalian
The Forest Zoo in Dalian is located at Baiyunyanshui, the beautiful spot in the south of Dalian. The Zoo covers an area of about 1000 hectares and was shifted from the downtown center to the southern part of Dalian city to scenic place called white cloud mountain landscape. The shifting was done on October 15, 1995 and has hills to the back and sea in the front of the Zoo.

4. Russian Street Dalian
Dalian Russian Culture Street
Russian Street is one of the few prominent places where it is possible to get a glimpse of the colonial past of Dalian City. The Street stretches across Shengli Bridge to the north-east of the train station. Tourists have the option of exploring this 430-meter-long street on foot or on a jingling carriage. There are a number of duty-free shops, supermarkets, antique stores and painting shops that sell East European goods which are located on Russian Street.

Dalian Nightlife

Dalian Nightlife

Dalian is very popular among foreginers, especially Japanese and Korean due to their near location. The majority of nightspots in Dalian are neon karaoke dives that cater to naughty Japanese businessmen, but there are a few pleasant exceptions.

For pubs and clubs your best bet is to head to the two main squares, the Youhao and Zhongshan, where a host of drinking and dancing establishments can be found.At Youhao square, the most popular is probably the Sun City bar, although if this is full you should have no trouble finding others.

Near to Zhongshan Square, Renmin Lu is probably your next best destination, the Casablanca Cafe and Bar has good music and a good array of expensive beers, while the Greenery Beerhouse does western snacks.For nightclubs, men will have to be careful, for they often have a door charge.

Dalian famous Bar and Nightclub

"Camp David Bar" is one of the hottest night spots in Dalian. Named after the US Presidential retreat, Camp David is a great place to sit back and have a beer after work. Always crowded after 8:00 PM and with a very friendly owner and bar staff, this bar always makes for an enjoyable evening.

Another Dalian Bar :

1. Blut Sky Bar
Address: Just off Gangwan Guangchang, Dalian
Tel:(86411) 8597-8377

2. Shuangzizuo Bar
Address: No. 14 Changjiang Road, behind the Shangrila, Dalian
Tel: (86411) 8264-1443

3. Cross-Country Bar
Decorated in a cool and mysterious style, this bar is a fashionable place popular with young people.
Address: No. 415 Huanghe Road, Shahekou District, Dalian

4. Tian Hao
It's a music themed bar opened by Bird Band, a former well-known band, who gave country music performances in city bars.
Address:Next to Children's Palace, Renmin Square, Dalian

5. Max Bar
Address: Renmin Road, Hai Zhi Xiang, Zhongshan District, Dalian

6. 5th Street Disco Pub
Address: No. 155 Youhao Road, Zhongshan District, Dalian

7. Spark
Korean designed, this is a gracefully decorated cocktail bar. Bartenders from Korea present fantastic COCK-TAIL Shows.
Address: Opposite of Liangyun Hotel, Dalian

8. Augustus
This is an entertaining venue for performances.
Address:Opposite Spark, Dalian

9. The Sphinx Bar
Located close to the Hilton, Shangri-La and Furama Hotels.
Address: No. 14 Chang Jiang Lu, Zhongshan District, Dalian

10. Red Star Bar
Address: Sanba Square, Opposite Tianshang Renjian Hotel, Dalian

11. Windsor Town
Address: No. 201 - 9 Xinhua Street, Shaqu District, Dalian

12. Square Story Cafe
Address: No. 6 of Sanba Square, Dalian

13. Venice Bar
Address:No. 12 – 1 Renmin Road, Zhongshan District, Dalian

Dalian Photos :

Dalian Friendship Square
Dalian Friendship Square

Dalian Skyline
Dalian Skyline

Dalian World Trade Center
Dalian's tallest skyscraper: Dalian World Trade Center (242m/794f, 55 stories, 2000).

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Kamis, 13 Januari 2011

Chiayi Alishan National Forest Nightlife

Chiayi city (嘉義市) is the main city of Chiayi County, a city located in the plains of southwestern Taiwan. Chiayi is best known as the access point of the scenic mountain area of Alishan (阿里山).

Chiayi County relies on mountains and faces the sea. Comparing with other counties and cities in Taiwan, it is the only one that has three great national scenic areas-- Alishan National Scenic Area, Silaya National Scenic Area, and Southwest Coast National Scenic Area. Chiayi County has majestic and broad scenery surrounded with hills and waters, a landscape of lakes and seascapes.

Chiayi is the city of wind music in Taiwan. The wind music festival started as a local event in 1988, when it was more like a joint performance by local wind music bands. Over the years the festival has become the most anticipated annual event in Chiayi.

How to access Chiayi
HSR Chiayi (Taibao) station is on the high-speed line between Taipei (1:30 hours, $1080) and Kaohsiung. The HSR station is over 15 km out of town, but linked to the city by the Chiayi BRT system.

Chiayi is also served by mainline TRA trains and the scenic narrow-gauge Alishan Forest Railway to Alishan, which both leave from the same station, but have separate ticketing counters. Long-distance buses leave from the terminal immediately outside the station, but local buses (notably those to nearby hot spring town Guanzihling) use the Zhongshan Rd bus terminal a few hundred meters down the street.

Chiayi Tourism
Chiayi may be identic with Alishan Forest Recreation Park. Alishan is well known for its sunrises, and on a suitable morning one can observe the sun come up on a sea of clouds in the area between Alishan and Yüshan. Alishan is one of the few places, along with Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake, and the Mainland China attractions of the Great Wall of China, Huangshan Mountains and Taishan Mountains, that all Chinese people know even in the Mainland. Also well known all around China is the song Ālǐshān de gūniang, ‘the girls of Alishan’, referring to the beuatiful girls of the Tsou aborigial tribe.

Chiayi Park and Botanical Gardens are a lovely way to spend the afternoon. The Botanical Gardens provide pleasant trails that weave you through a large variety of plants and trees native to the area. Ponds hold koi, turtles, and frogs. You can even see hints of a traditional cemetery through the trees in some places. Chiayi park is well-maintained and serves as a center of activity for local adults and children.

Chiayi Park is located in the suburban area of the east Chiayi City. It was first developed along the hilltop landscape. Later, vacant lands to its east and west were included into the park and bridges were constructed and roads built. The park's current measure of area is over 268,000 square meters with tall old trees, waterside pavilions and houses on the terrace, fish ponds rockery decorations, and winding pathways that lead to secluded corners in the park. The design of the park makes good use of the original natural landscape of the area to create tasteful scenery and a free and unfettered ambiance.

2009 Chiayi City International Band Festival
Chiayi is famous for its wind music in Taiwan. December in Chia-Yi city, the streets are filled with wind band music activities and atmosphere, making wind band music culture literally the face of the city. The city's enthusiasm and vibes are best presented through the energy of music and creativity. Music feast is the melody of year end that Chia-Yi praises. Chia-Yi Intl. Wind Band Festival oaths to make wind band music part of people's life experiences, promoting Chia-Yi as an international city through its dedication of throwing a brilliant festival.

This year, the festival features “Cross-Boarder” as the concept, hoping to reveal Chia-Yi City’s local charm and frost the city’s look through waves of interval artistic energies; creating a new style of performance art and festival celebration spirit from crossed cultural communication. In the meanwhile; it aims to make board-crossing a life style that is ubiquitous through cultural interflows.

Musicians from home and abroad are invited to Chia-Yi to perform and mingle, their diversified performances that are both visual and audio stimulating will help achieve the festival’s goal, which is “Infinite Creativity, Everlasting Brand”.

Chia-Yi Intl. Wind Band Festival aims to make this cultural festival an unforgettable memories shared by all participants by throwing interesting and activities, promoting not only business industry in Taiwan, government officials, but also academy.

Chiayi Nightlife
Chiayi has countless tea stalls and quite a few KTV lounges, but virtually no bars in the Western sense.

Some of Recommended Chiayi City Bars/Pubs :

1. Apollo Pub.
Address : Min Dzu Road, #305

2. Blue World. Min Sheng North Road, #324.
Telp : (05) 228-4763

3. Calgary Cafe. Main hangout for foreigners, Western food, and alcohol
Address : Guo Hua Street, Lane 351, #19
Telp : (05) 227-1626.

4. Dimple Pub.
Address : Min Chuan Road, #447
Telp : (05) 225-1850

5. HERE Lounge Bar. Upscale place, very snazzy decor
Address : Lin Sen West Road, #189, 2F
Telp : (05) 224-3198

6. Ma Tou Music Pub.
Address : Chang Rong Street, #273
Telp : (05) 216-5553

7. Mask Pub.
Address : Guo Hua Street, #337-2
Telp : (05) 223-5258

8. Mermaid Piano Bar Pub
Address : Chung Hsing Road, #169
Telp : (05) 231-9900

9. Tian Yao Di Dong.
Address : Sz Wei Road, #350

Photos of Chiayi Tourist attractions and Alishan Mountain :

the alishan forest train
The Alishan forest train is one of the 3 famous mountain trains in the world. The train took us from an elevation of 30 meters to an elevation of 2216 meters passing 49 tunnels and 77 bridges on the way. With splendid mountain views and passing through 3 different climatic zones (tropical, subtropical and temperate) this train journey was pretty remarkable.

Tashan Mountain
The view from the top of Tashan mountain. Elevation: 2663 meter above sea level.

The Extraterrestrial Highway Chiayi
The Extraterrestrial Highway. Chiayi is the centre of extraterrestrial activity in Taiwan, they have even erected a large monument to commemorate the frequent UFO visits to this lovely little corner of the country.

The Liberty Bell Chiayi
The LIberty Bell. A symbol of freedom and liberty for the denizons of Chiayi, the Liberty Bell is an exact duplica of its more famous cousin in the city of Brotherly Love

The Eiffel Tower Chiayi
The Eiffel Tower. Intersection of Wenhua an Chungshan Roads.

Lady Liberty Chiayi
Chiayi's Lady Liberty. Chiayi's Lady Liberty, strides high atop a traffic circle on the entrance into town from Highway 1. It is like a shining beacon for the weary expat here on business... " Give me your tired, your poor, your hungry, your oppressed huddled masses of expat labour...."

Mt Alishan Chinese Chiayi
Mt Alishan. Alishan is one of Taiwan's top tourist resorts and well worth a visit. There are five things at Alishan that the tourist cannot miss: the railway, the beautiful cypress forests, the "sea of clouds," the sunrise, and the sunset.

Chiayi Main Street
The main street of Chiayi

Chiayi Park
Chiayi Park. The park was established in the 43rd year of Meiji Reign Period during the Japanese colonial period in the name of "Chiayi Park." The name was once changed to "Zhongshan Park" after the KMT government arrived at Taiwan, but was reinstated in 1997.

Chiayi City and Temple
Chiayi City and Temple

Watch Typhoon Morakot, ChiaYi, Taiwan - Overtopping of Dam in South ChiaYi (August 8th, 2009) video here

Typhoon Morakot lashes out at ChiaYi, Taiwan and dumps over a meter of rain on my location, with over 2m in the mountains (and counting!). The dam on the south side of the city is overtopped and incredibly violent. A massive hydraulic jump is visible.

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Jumat, 17 Desember 2010

Airasia new route Medan to Hong Kong

Airasia Medan Hong Kong

Good news for Indonesia travellers especially Medan City who want to travel to Hong Kong. Airasia, World Low Cost Airlines, had just launched its new route 4 weekly Medan - Hong Kong. Service operates with Airbus A320 aircraft. This also marks Air Asia Group’s 6th route to Hong Kong.

The flight will take 3.5 hours, and start fly from January 16, 2011. Medan is also the first city who fly to Hong Kong directly from Airasia.

Medan, Indonesia has been building a name for itself as an escape to city life with the stunning scenic attractions it offers. Being the nation's third largest city, Medan is the home to a vast variety of cuisines, the harbor of fruits of an energized milieu, and is where the spectacular Lake Toba, the largest volcanic lake in South-East Asia situated.

Route Medan - Hong Kong will start a new era for China-Indonesia travelling relationship. After this route begin to start, there will be many Indonesian visiting to China next year, including China mainland. From Hong Kong, travellers can continue their journey to neighbour city such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macao, or even to another provinces like Xiamen (Fujian) and Guilin (Guangxi).

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Kamis, 14 Oktober 2010

Xian Old China Historical City Bar and Nightlife

Xi'an (西安) or historically known as Chang an, is the capital city of Shaanxi Province. Xi'an is also called the eternal city, because it is one of the oldest city in China, records the great changes of the Chinese nation just like a living history book.

For 1,000 years, the city was the capital for 13 dynasties, and a total of 73 emperors ruled here. Xi'an is the undisputed root of Chinese civilization having served as the capital city for the Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang dynasties. With so much history within the ground the city lies upon, it is no wonder that there are so many historical ruins, museums, and cultural relics to be found here. It was already influencing the world outside of the Great Wall of China as the eastern terminus of the Silk Road(丝绸之路).

Xian City
Xi'an City

Xi'an Tourism

Xi'an is one of famous historical sites in China. Because it is an old city, and one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, tourism sites in Xi'an can not be seperated with city wall and ancient tombs.

The city has many important historical sites, and some are ongoing archaeological projects, such as the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang and his Terracotta Army. There are several burial mounds, tombs of the Zhou Dynasty kings located in the city. Xi'an also contains some 800 royal mausoleums and tombs from the Han Dynasty, with some of them yielding hundreds of sculpted clay soldiers, and remains of sacrificial temples from the Han era. The city has numerous Tang Dynasty pagodas and is noted for its history museum and its stele forest, which is housed in an 11th-century Confucian temple containing large stone tablets from various dynasties.

Xi'an is the great place for those who really interested with China History and China kingdom film. If we watch ancient Chinese series, the king of one dynasty residence was in Changan, which is Xi'an nowadays.

Famous scenic spot of Xi'an

1. Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses ((兵马俑)

Xian Terracotta Army
Xian Terracotta Army

The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang

2. Banpo Museum
The Banpo Museum is located in the eastern outskirt of Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province. As the first museum at the prehistoric site, it was built at the base of the excavations of the Banpo site.

3. Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayan Ta)

Xian Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Xian Big Wild Goose Pagoda

As the symbol of the old-line Xi'an, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. It is located in the southern suburb of Xi'an City.

4. Forest of Stone Steles Museum
Once the site of the Temple of Confucius during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127), the Forest of Stone Steles Museum is situated on Sanxue Street, near the south gate of Xi'an City Wall.

5. Huaqing Hot Springs
Situated at the northern foot of Mt. Lishan in Lintong County, 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from Xi'an City, Huaqing Hot Spring is famed for both its dainty spring scenery and the romantic love story

6. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor

Xian Mausoleum of the First Emperor
Xian Mausoleum of the First Emperor

Speaking of Qin's Terracotta Warriors and Horses, I dare say that most people definitely have heard about it or even have paid a visit. Its grandeur and mystery really overwhelm you

7. Xi'an City Wall
When Zhu Yuanzhang, the first Emperor of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), captured Huizhou, a hermit named Zhu Sheng admonished him that he should 'built high walls, store abundant food supplies.

8. Shaanxi History Museum
Shaanxi Province is the birthplace of the ancient Chinese civilization. Xi'an City was the capital city in thirteen dynasties which in total lasted over 1100 years.

Xi'an Nightlife

Xi'an is not a very modern city in China, though the nightlife. We can not find so glamorous and sexy Bar Girls in Xi'an. Xi'an is not known for its vibrant bar and club scene. Choices for quiet evenings out are far more numerous than those for raucous benders, but that doesn't mean Xi'an is without its nightspots.

Most nightlife centers around the Drum and Bell Towers. Two large movie theatres, the A Pang Gong and Northwest Film City are located in these areas. English-language features are sometimes shown with Chinese subtitles, but many of the movies are dubbed into Chinese. Be sure to clarify at the ticket counter before going inside.

The largest and liveliest club in the city goes by the name 1+1 Disco, and is as close to a taste of home as you're likely to get. Live music prevails, as do live DJs and a healthy dance floor. Find this place at 285 Dong Dajie, a 15-minute walk from the Drum Tower.

Xi'an Nightlife attractions :

1.Tang Dynasty Dinner Show in Xi'an

Xian Tang Dynasty Show
Xian Tang Dynasty Show

The Tang Dynasty Dinner Show, a performance of Chang'an music and dance originated in China's Tang Dynasty over a thousand years ago. It has been recreated in accordance with various historical records as well as ancient art and relics discovered in Xian, the capital of the empire during the Tang Dynasty

2. Night Market With Dumpling Dinner in Xi'an

Xian Muslim Street Market
Xian Muslim Street Market

Xi'an has a wonderful night market near the central mosque that is a must-visit for a Chowhound. They have loads of stalls with interesting and unusual foods, including loads of good sweets that are sort of reminiscent of Middle Eastern things, with a lot of honey and sesame.

3. The Bell Tower

Xian The Bell Tower
Xian The Bell Tower

At night the Bell Tower in the historical centre of the city is illuminated to provide a striking backdrop for the surrounding shops and restaurants. This is perhaps the best place to start your evening and to get a feel for the city’s nightlife and a great location to soak up the buzzing atmosphere with the spectacle of light and colour against the dark blue dome of the night sky.

Xi'an Bars and Nightclub

Xian 1+1 Bar Disco
Xian 1+1 Bar Disco at Defu Lane. Located in the northern side, Xiangzimiao, South City Gate, Xi'an, Defu Lane has existed in Sui and Tang Dynasty as part of Imperial City.

Xi’an, famous for its glory of ancient days and now the modern nightlife is starting to sparkle. Pubs & Bars are essential parts of a city's nightlife and the Chinese really know how to throw a party, both the younger and elder generations.

Clubs 1+1 (pronounced 'yi-jia-yi' for the taxi driver) is Xian’s most popular disco where drinks flow freely and music plays until the early hours. Considered by many locals to be too noisy, the crowd is generally foreign with a few of the Xian party set. The music is up tempo, featuring everything from house to electronica.

Located at Nanyuan Gate, another popular club is Xian Longdu Disc Club, where the young and hip go to chill out and listen to the resident DJ. Great service and an inviting atmosphere make it well worth checking out. Also well known is the Goldfish Crazy Club located at 77 Xi Yi Road.

Recommended bars, clubs and cinemas

There are some lively pubs and bars crowded along the short Nandajie Street, where there is street food and restaurants open past midnight. One ofthe most famous bar street---De Fu Xiang.

1. De Fu Xiang
Although with a length that less than one mile, De Fu Xiang is actually the central part of nightlife in Xian. Scattered with over 40 bars, cafes and teahouses, it always takes on a quaint and graceful look. The bar is mainly middle and up class oriented, decorated romantically, full of cozy and exotic atmosphere. Invite yourself a cup of wine to get fully relaxed.

2. 1+1 Disco Bar
Located at No. 285 Dong Dajie, 1+1 Disco Bar is the most well-known dance club in Xian. One plus one equals what? This famous question might have many different answers for different people. Here, in the bar, the answer simply means “living it up”. Decorated in a trendy style, it includes a Disco Hall, a Slow Bar, a Champagne House and a pool in the court yard. DJs here are passionate and dancers are hot, providing you with top visual and acoustic enjoyment.

3. Didi's
Popular among local young people, especially on weekends.
Address: Huangcheng West Road
Hours: 20:00-midnight

4. Sicilian Coffee
Address: 1/F of Yu Cheng Buiding, No 100, Huan Cheng South Road
Phone: (29) 82092996

5. Ivy Coffee
Address: 4/F, Parkson Shopping Center, Xida Street
Phone: (29) 87270077

6. Fu Bao Ge Teahouse
Address: 66 De Fu Xiang, Nanda Street
Phone: (29) 87211031

7. Xian Diwang Club
Known as the best club in Xi'an, it is also the most state-of-the-art and expensive.
Address: Zhuque Street
Phone: (29) 85227569
Hours: 20:00-midnight

8. Xian Longdu Disc Club
One of the most popular disco bars with the young and hip in Xi’an, the DJ is great, and the ambience and service are good.
Address: Nanyuan Gate
Phone: (29) 87250342
Hours: 20:00-midnight

9. Shaanxi Royal Nightclub
Address: Beida Street
Phone: (29) 87266967
Hours: 20:00-midnight

10. Charlie's Bar
Located in the Jianguo Hotel, it is really a pleasant place to relax.
Address: No 20, Jin Hua South Road
Phone: (29) 88238888
Hours: 24 hours

11. Xian New Century International Club
Add: Dongda Jie, Xian
Tel: 88315566
Description: Located in Xi’an Hi-Tec Industrial Zone, it makes one of the most luxury Nightclubs in Xian.
Open Hour: 11 am-midnights

Xi'an Photos :

Xian City Wall
Xian City Wall

Xian Building
Xian Building

Xian Building
Xian Industrial Zone and CBD

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