Category: Asia Pacific

Beijing, CHINA

 

Beijing (formerly Romanized as Peking), is the capital of the People’s Republic of China, the world’s third most populous city proper, and most populous capital city.  With a population of 21.5 million people, it is the nation’s second-largest city after Shanghai.

 

Location and Administration

Beijing is located in northern China.

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It is governed as a municipality under the direct administration of central government with 16 urban, suburban, and rural districts.

Beijing Municipality is surrounded by Hebei Province with the exception of neighboring Tianjin Municipality to the southeast; together the three divisions form the Jingjinji metropolitan region and the national capital region of China.

 

Beijing is a massive capital city. It has few thousand years’ history. An historical city yet it’s known as much for its modern architecture.

This is the city that you can find its ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Nearby, the massive Tiananmen Square pedestrian plaza is the site of Mao Zedong’s mausoleum and the National Museum of China, displaying a vast collection of cultural relics.

 

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Tokyo, JAPAN (東京)

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Brief introduction of Tokyo, Japan.

Tokyo (東京) ,officially Tokyo Metropolis (東京都 Tōkyō-to), one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. It is   the Japanese capital for more than 100 years (since 1869).

Greater Tokyo Area is one of the most populous metropolitan area in the world. It houses the seat of the Emperor of Japan, of the Japanese government and of the National Diet. Tokyo has fifty percent more people than any other urban area. It has 39 million residents who supported its $2.5 trillion economy – larger than many cities or even country in the world.

 

 

From modern electronics and gleaming skyscrapers to cherry blossoms and the Imperial Palace, this city represents the entire sweep of Japanese history and culture. Tokyo truly has something for every traveler.

 

Tokyo forms part of the Kantō region on the southeastern side of Japan’s main island, Honshu, and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands.

 

The size and frenetic pace of Tokyo can intimidate the first-time visitor. Much of the city is a jungle of concrete and wires, with a mass of neon and blaring loudspeakers. At rush hour, crowds jostle in packed trains and masses of humanity sweep through enormous and bewilderingly complex stations.

 

You can get around almost everywhere in Tokyo with JR trains and Tokyo metro subway lines. Get a “”Pasmo” or Suica”  rechargeable card, which you can also use at some shops.

 

While the Tokyo trains and subways are convenient, walking is by far more fun if you have the time, as you get to see small streets with tons of hidden local gems.

 

If you are lost or need help with directions, you can probably find someone to assist you. My personal experience, Japanese are generally very helpful.

 

If you plan to travel to other surrounding cities, there are highway bus services that link Tokyo to other cities, resort areas and the surrounding prefectures. There are JR and private bus companies. Bus service may be cheaper, but the train is probably more convenient. If you have a JR pass, then you should generally stick with the trains.

 

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Best Time To Visit

Locals will tell you the best time to visit Tokyo is in the fall and spring, when temperatures are temperate and the scenery is stunning. Both cherry blossom season and autumn foliage season are excellent times to visit. Many festivals take place during the month of July, when Mount Fuji is also open for climbing.

 

The rainy season starts around early June, and lasts for a few weeks. Typhoon season occurs near the end of the summer, in August and September, and can make for some strong weather patterns that can disrupt flights and trains.

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Food in Tokyo

Thanks to a rigorous approach to dining efficiency and a well-established solo eating culture, Tokyo has oodles of delicious and affordable food if you’re not afraid to go where the locals do. And the cheap eats in Tokyo are really next-level.

 

This is where all your money should go. It’s your choice. From the best ramen, freshest sushi skillfully crafted, a Michelin starred restaurant you can actually afford to mouthwatering snacks and kawaii sweet treats – you can be sure to eat your way through Tokyo without actually having to break the bank.

 

There is no tipping when eating out in Japan.

If you enjoyed your dining experience and want to express your gratitude or compliment the chef/service staff, a friendly “Gochiso-sama-deshita” will do.

Penang, MALAYSIA

 

Penang is a Malaysian state which is located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is the second smallest Malaysian state by land mass. Penang comprises of two parts: Penang Island and the mainland Seberang Perai (formerly Province Wellesley).

 

  • Penang Island is where the capital city George Town located. On the island, the state capital of George Town is home to landmarks such as colonial Fort Cornwallis, the ornate Chinese clan house Khoo Kongsi and the Kapitan Keling Mosque, all testaments to centuries of foreign influence. To the west, a funicular ascends Penang Hill, with its trails, flower gardens and panoramic views. George Town, Malaysia’s second largest city is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

  • Seberang Perai is bordered by Kedah State to the north and the east, and Perak State to the south.

 

 

Population

Penang has among the nation’s highest population densities and is one of the country’s most urbanized states. Penang’s population stood at nearly 1.767 million as of 2018, while its population density keeps rising.

 

Penang has heterogeneous populations which are highly diverse in ethnicity, culture, language and religion.

Aside from the three main races, the Malays, Chinese and Indians, Penang is also home to significant Eurasian and expatriate communities.

 

 

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Weather

As in the rest of Malaysia, Penang has a Tropical Rain Forest climate bordering on a tropical monsoon climate. The climate is very much dictated by the surrounding sea and the prevailing wind system

 

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Bangkok, THAILAND

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok

Bangkok is always among the world’s top tourist destinations. The city is a true tourist paradise, proved by the growing number of travelers coming each year.

 

Besides the city itself, Bangkok is also surrounded by many interesting provinces worth visiting.

 

The north of Bangkok borders Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani Provinces, with tourist attractions like Koh Kret and Lotus Museum.

The east of the city is next to Chachoengsao, a small province which is full of interesting places and activities. Tourists can pay homage to Luang Pho Sothon Buddha Image at Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan, watch flying foxes or fruit bats at Wat Pho, see the golden church at Wat Paknam Jolo, and pray to the giant reclining Ganesh statue at Wat Saman Rattanaram. There are also old markets for you to visit and shop such as Ban Mai Market, Nakhon Nuang Khet Market, and Khlong Suan Market.

 

The south of the city borders Samut Prakan Province and the Gulf of Thailand, with tourist attractions like Bang Pu, Ancient City, and Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo.

 

The west of the city is next to Samut Sakhon and Nakhon Pathom Provinces. Tourist attractions include Don Kai Dee Benjarong Village, Phra Pathom Chedi, Sanam Chandra Palace, Don Wai Floating Market, Sampran Riverside, and Thai Human Imagery Museum.




 

 

Things to do in Bangkok

There are a great variety of tourist places in Bangkok, mostly historical attractions and temples with elaborate architecture and art. Famous temples are Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Phu Khao Thong, Wat Ratchanadda, Wat Traimit, Wat Benchamabophit, Wat Bowon, and Wat Sutat.

 

There are also palaces, museums, parks, and a big array of shopping places, from luxury malls to flea and street markets like Chatuchak Weekend Market, Sampeng Market, and Pahurat Textile Market.

 

Bangkok nightlife is another highlight that has attracted many of tourists from all over the world.

 

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Osaka (大阪), JAPAN

Osaka 大阪, Japan

 

Osaka (大阪, Ōsaka) is Japan’s second largest metropolitan area after its capital Tokyo Osaka was formerly known as Naniwa. It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai Region for many centuries.

 

Before the Nara Period, when the capital used to be moved with the reign of each new emperor,   Naniwa (now Osaka) was once Japan’s capital city, the first one ever known.

 

In the 16th century, ToyotomiHideyoshi chosen Osaka as the location for his castle and the city may have become Japan’s political capital if Tokugawa Ieyasu had not terminated the Toyotomi lineage after Hideyoshi’s death and moved his government to Tokyo.

 




 

Travel from Tokyo to Osaka by train or bus

 

The distance between Tokyo and Osaka is about 400KM.

Tokyo and Osaka Station are connected with each other by the JR Tokaido Shinkansen.  Nozomi trains require about 155 minutes to reach Shin-Osaka Station from Tokyo whereas Hikari trains take about three hours and Kodama trains about four hours.

The one way trip from Tokyo to Osaka by highway bus will takes about 8 hours.

 

 

Places to visit in Osaka

  •  Osaka Castle (大阪城)
  • Shinsaibashi (心斎橋)
  • Dotonbori (道頓堀)
  • Hozenji Temple
  • Kuromon Ichiba Market (黒門市場)
  • Shinsekai (新世界)
  • Universal Studio Osaka
  • Shitennoji Temple (四天王寺)

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Shanghai, CHINA

Shanghai 上海

 

 

 

Shanghai 上海is the largest city in China by population and second most populous city in the world. Shanghai has a population of more than 24 million as of 2017.

 

Shanghai sits on the south edge of the estuary of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the East China coast,  a strategic location in Yangtze River Delta, it has became the world’s busiest container port. It is one of the global important financial centre and transport hubs in eastern China.

 

Shanghai has two huge international airport, good subway system and bullet train to most major Chinese destinations. The frequent flights, trains and buses make one’s travel a breeze. The urban transportation is also quite satisfactory. Despite the traffic jam that do happen occasionally, the convenient taxis, buses, metro trains etc. can take you to any corner of the city.




 

Best time to visit Shanghai

 

Winter in Shanghai is windy and chilly, so to visit the water towns, enjoy the Bund and see the scenery during clear warm (or hot) weather, the period from March to the end of November is better.

 

To avoid crowds, heat and storms, avoid July, August and the first and second weeks of October and first week of May.

 

 

 

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Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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