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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

From Hong Kong to Shenzhen Airport

How to fly from Shenzhen to save money? How to go to Shenzhen Airport from Hong Kong? How do I enjoy the benefits of cheaper domestic flights in China by flying from Shenzhen instead of Hong Kong?

Shenzhen Baoan Airport

Life is about exploring new things and new ways to do the same things. Are there certain things in life that you have heard about for a long time but never tried? To me, my friends have been talking about the benefits of flying from Shenzhen Airport to cities in China. That's right, in most cases, air tickets from Shenzhen is much cheaper than flying direct from Hong Kong

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tiffany Christmas Tree in Central

The Hong Kong Tourism Board and Tiffany & Co. put together a 18-meter-tall giant Christmas tree at the Statue Square in Central Hong Kong for this Christmas. The Status Square has been transformed into a Tiffany Christmas Wonderland with giant outdoor displays and Christmas lights in this Hong Kong WinterFest 2012.

Giant Tiffany Christmas Tree at Hong Kong WinterFest

The center piece is of course the Tiffany Christmas tree. Apart from the giant Christmas tree, a collection of giant Tiffany gift boxes in the brand's signature Tiffany Blue are very eye catchy! There is even a merry-go-round next to one of these boxes! 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Illuminated Forest @ Langham Place

Event: Illuminated Forest at Langham Place
Dates: Nov to Dec 2011
Location: Level 4, Langham Place, Mong Kok 朗豪坊商場 
Address: Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mongkok, Kowloon

Langham Place, a shopping mall in Portland Street of Mong Kok in Hong Kong, hosts regular small to medium sized exhibitions. There is of course no exceptions in this holiday season. This Christmas, you can find a small jungle of white glowing Christmas trees at Langham Place Mongkok.

Illuminated Forest at Langham Place Mongkok

Theme around white Christmas, white trees and houses made of plastic and LED warmed up one's heart. According to Langham Place, displays in the Illuminated Forest are supposed to be 4D: stimulating ones sight, touch, sound and smell.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Two Years of Simple Travel

This is the 250th post of our Simple Travel Blog! Since its humble beginnings in October 2010, Simple Travel Blog has plenty to celebrate.

Now at November 2012, we have:

Our most important achievement is of course your continuous support. Thank YOU! 

We are setting new goals to achieve new heights. We will continue to travel, continue to share and continue to be simple. Let's ride on the journey to Simple Travel Blog's 500th post together!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Chengdu Wuhou Memorial Temple (Video)

In memory of one of the smartest and brightest man in Chinese history, Zhuge Liang, the Wuhou Memorial Temple in one of key attractions at Wuhou District of Chengdu City in Sichuan Provence of China.

Chengdu Wuhou Memorial Temple

There are plenty of online resources on the Marquis of Zhongwu, the state chancellor of "Shu Han" Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period, a period when landlords, warriors and strategists competed to rule China.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Chengdu Jinli Ancient Street (Video)

In Chengdu City of China, next to the historical Wuhou Memorial Temple, there is an Ancient Chinese Street called Jinli. Literally translate to the "Lane of Bright and Beautiful", Jinli or Jin Li is a street full of traditional Chinese houses hosting shops that offer Chinese food and souvenir.

Jinli Ancient Chinese Street, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

This Ancient Street felted a bit commercial, especially when I saw a Starbucks shop coated with a traditional Chinese exterior. However, when compared with places such as Tianzifang in Shanghai, Jinli felted more "traditional" than Tianzifang.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Chengdu Wuhou District

Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Provence of China, is a history rich city. It played an important role in the Three Kingdoms period (BC 220–280) in Chinese History. Named after a legend in Chinese History, the Wuhou District in Chengdu is a partially history rich area.

Wuhou District, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Wuhou, short for the Marquis of Zhongwu, was the title given to one of the best strategist in his era. Often considered as one of the smartest and brightest man in Chinese history, Zhuge Liang was the state chancellor of "Shu Han" Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

Just when one have little expectation of a domestic airport terminal in an inland Chinese city, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport left an exceptionally good impression. It is so good that it gives a wow upon arrival, and it leaves a wow before departure.

I did not have a chance to see the International terminal of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, I would imagine that it would be either as good or better than its domestic terminal. Search for photographs of the exterior of this airport and you will understand what I mean.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Giant Garfield @ Hong Kong

It's huge! It's Garfield! To celebrate this Christmas, Maritime Square at Tsing Yi District in Hong Kong put on a huge Garfield figure. It is part of Orange Christmas 2012 Garfield x Panda-a-Panda Christmas decorations. This two stories tall cat face has certainly up-lifted the spirit of this MTR shopping mall.

Giant Garfield @ Hong Kong

Although workers are still installing final pieces of this temporary display, one can clearly see Garfield is covered in patches of snow. Once completed, it would offer plenty of photo opportunities for shoppers. As the slogan of the display puts it, it's time for an Orange Christmas!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Food @ Hua Hin Thailand

Those of you who have been following our blog would know that I am a strong believer in tasting food at the country where it originated. Every city that I have been to, every city that I have visited, most of my time would be spent on tasting its local food. 

Thai Chicken Fried Rice @ Hua Hin Thailand

I have momentarily put aside my believes when I was in Hua Hin Thailand. Yes, I spent most of time eating Western food. Nonetheless, these food were well presented and well made

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hua Hin Night Market

Hua Hin Night Market is one of the must go places when you are in this part of Thailand. The other three alternatives are: go back to hotel and sleep early; hang out at pubs; or attempt foot and body massage. A visit to the night market is probably the only night activity that suits the whole family.

Hua Hin Night Market, Thailand

Located at Hua Hin city center, Hua Hin night market is just 3 minutes walk from the clock tower; 10 minutes walk from Hua Hin beach. The night market is centered around one street, Hua Hin 72, and stretched along two blocks. Groceries and food stores are scattered in near by open areas. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Elephant Ride and Show (Video)

Thailand is one of the countries where you can find Asian elephants. It is an unique experience to ride on these giant animals in the bushes. Hua Hin elephant rides can be organized by the hotel you stay in. The elephant place we visited provide pick-up from hotel, one hour elephant ride as well as a mini elephant show.

Elephant is Coming!

The ride began with the sound of unique footsteps. A two meter elephant appear from just round the corner with a driver on its head. We walked up a wooden staircase to a platform, where we can move to a basket tired on the back of the elephant. The seats are made of wood that hurts our bottom, the "safety belt" was as loose as a goose. These didn't matter because the journey has begun.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Relaxed trip to Hua Hin Thailand

Hua Hin, a name that may not be familiar to most travellers. It is one of the holiday destination of Thailand in Asia. It has a beach tho it is not magnificent. It has a night market tho it is not unique. It has got a tourism and hospitality industry but it is not known for its size.

The only selling point of Hua Hin is simple. It was the place where the Thailand royal family spent their holidays. Yes, it "was". Compare to other well known Thailand holiday destinations such as Phuket and Chiang Mai, Hua Hin has a long way to catch up.