Category Archives: Asia

Tết: How to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year

Lunar New Year is coming. In many Asian countries, including Vietnam, the preparation for the biggest and most important festival of the year is gradually completed. The festival is called Tết in Vietnamese and millions of people are returning home to celebrate this special occasion with their family and friends.

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Houtong: Welcome to Taiwan’s Cat Village

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“Look! (It’s) Over there!”, I heard an excited voice behind me. It was a boy and he kept pointing her finger to a nearby bush. A few seconds later, a black-white shape leapt out. Its yellow eyes seemed to notice us but showed no interest to interact. After a while, the figure gently walked away, swinging its tail back and forth. That was my first encounter with the citizen of Houtong, a place that is often dubbed as the Cat Village.

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Dubai: Where Tradition meets Modernity

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Known as the superlative and glamorous city, Dubai is perhaps one of the most popular destinations nowadays. The gem of the Middle East is famous for its skyscrapers, gigantic shopping malls and the lavish lifestyle of its citizens. But Dubai is also full of history and cultural heritage. From the historic Al Fahidi neighbourhood, the bustling Deira to the still-developing Design District, Dubai is where tradition meets modernity.

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Hanoi French Quarter: A Little Paris in Vietnam

If the Old Quarter represents ancient Hanoi, the French Quarter reflects the time when Vietnam’s capital was under the influence of the French. With tree-fringed boulevards and mansions in French architectural style, this quarter evokes the image of Paris in the 19th and 20th century.

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Ha Long: The Bay of the Descending Dragon

Boasting an ethereal beauty, Ha Long Bay is unsurprisingly one of the most popular sites in Vietnam. Its name is recognised globally, and millions of people came here to behold this natural wonder. Nevertheless, not many visitors know about the mystery beneath that name. In Han-Viet (Old Vietnamese), Ha Long literally means “descending dragon” and it originates from a legend on this ancient land.

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Japanese Cuisine: Typical Comfort Food

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Centuries-old history, spectacular landscape, and one-of-a-kind culture – Japan is an amazing destination for so many reasons. But for foodies, Japanese cuisine alone is reason enough to visit. With an endless variety of regional and seasonal dishes as well as international cuisine, Japan is definitely a paradise for any food enthusiast. From intricate haute cuisine at a luxury ryokan to down-to-earth street food, the country offers a wide range of gastronomical delights.

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Hanoi Old Quarter: Explore the Soul of the City

At first glance, Hanoi Old Quarter appears as a dirty, crowded and chaotic area. But if you take time and explore it more closely, you might find its charms hidden beneath the ugly appearance. From the sound of the street vendors to simple figurines made of glutinous rice powders, all these small things represent the eternal soul of Hanoi.

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