Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Delicious Delights of China

China is an extraordinary mix of landscapes and regional histories and cultures. No wonder there are so many distinct styles of cuisine to enjoy when you are traveling through the country! Historically, rice and noodles were the staples for most of the country. Typically, these are the dishes we still enjoy most today. And vegetarians are still very well catered for with a wide variety of meat-free and fish-free dishes. If you love food, then China should definitely be on your vacation list this year.

One of the best places to explore the widest variety of culinary delights is the city. Traditional ideas and dishes have traveled into the city with the workers, so you’re more likely to get a greater range of flavors in places like Hong Kong. Don’t feel that Hong Kong’s historic ties with the West have had a detrimental effect on the cuisine. On the contrary - The Chinese people have been traveling across the globe for centuries to source new foods and flavors. This eclectic mix is what gives the foods their character.

So what should you look for? Aside from the huge range of dishes and flavors, many of the recipes you can sample are prepared for their medicinal properties. Traditional Chinese gastronomy indicates that meals should incorporate each of the four natures or temperatures of serving. These would be hot, warm, cool, and cold. Dishes should also feature the sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and salty flavors too.

Eating in Hong Kong also gives you access to a wide range of international dishes, prepared with a distinctly Chinese flavor. Book into a hotel in Causeway Bay that can offer great restaurant service as well as easy access to this vibrant coastal area. When you’re this close to the Bay, you can get out on the water to help build up a much-needed appetite for some of the freshest cuisines you can find here.
Like most places, every region will have a signature dish. Is it worth traveling all over China to sample them? If you love your food, you’ll go in search of the best dishes! The climate does make an enormous difference to the kinds of ingredients that can be sourced freshly. Don’t forget, the cities are likely to be the only places where you can find the modern Chinese ‘fast food’ dishes. City life is fast-paced and modern dishes have been adapted to suit.

Don’t forget, you can visit places like Hong Kong and enjoy far more than just the food! There is a wealth of incredible shopping opportunities like markets, boutiques, and malls. You can’t go wrong if you’re looking for a new wardrobe in down! The air can be quite thick, so it’s nice to have a fresh outfit to change into after a long day out.

Whatever you come to China for, don’t miss out on the wide range of dishes that are on offer, especially in the cities. You can sample what you like, but make sure you can enjoy a full meal from your favorite region too.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

4 Things to Consider When Going Traveling

Booking a vacation is overwhelming and exciting all at once. You have the whole world laid about before you to choose from, but you can easily narrow down your choices with a lot of research and a little thought. You should first make a list of all the places you have previously visited, and all the places you’ve longed to visit. This can help you to narrow down the destination, then factoring in the time you have to take and how much money you have to spend is next.

When you need to decide a travel destination, you should always consider what you like. Do you like to rough it on hikes and climbs, or do you prefer to lounge on a beach holding a couple of cocktails? Do you enjoy the thrill of moving from hostel to hostel and experiencing a country in all its glorious culture? All of these questions will help you to make the decision toward where you want to travel. So, let’s look at the things you need to consider before you embark on your next adventure:

Budget. Unfortunately, you cannot travel without money. However, you do not need to have a huge amount of surplus cash to make a travel dream happen. Unless, of course, you are aiming for a month of five-star holiday on a beach! You can plan for a vacation in a thrifty way by teaming up with a good travel agent who can get you the best deals. You also have to consider the costs of the best travel insurance so that you can get a great deal and the best coverage. Once you’ve booked, think about your spending money! Take time to save up!

Time. Time is such a huge factor when you are choosing somewhere to visit. It’s not just the time you take off, whether it’s a weekend away or an entire month off. It’s the time you actually place the booking. You have to find the balance between booking close to the dates you want so you can get a great last-minute deal and ensuring you book with enough time to pay off your trip. Booking early allows you plenty of time to pay off your vacation and also save spending money, so make time a factor.

Documents. Wherever you choose to go, you need to check the documentation you need. Some areas require you to have shots, visas and even different levels of travel insurance. Hiking up the side of a mountain will require healthcare sign off and certain long-haul breaks will require visas that you need to get early. Vaccinations are never nice, but are a very real part of traveling.

Weather. Lastly, think about the weather! You want to enjoy where you’re going, so taking a week in a place that has torrential monsoons for a few weeks in the year is probably not a good idea. Always check the weather trends for where you are going before you book to avoid disappointment!

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