As the longest lingering bastion of the British Empire, Hong Kong has often attracted attention from historians, media stalwarts and ordinary travellers alike. However, anyone keen to escape the hustle and bustle of Kowloon and the crowded streets of Central should make sure to visit Hong Kong when it’s in its least commercial time of year – during the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated in a range of East Asian countries, including China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. Originally, the festival commemorated the 14th century Chinese uprising against the Mongols, in which the rebels spread the word of revolution on pieces of paper that were hidden in cakes. Today, however, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a pan-Asian celebration of togetherness and harmony, and generally falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month of the Chinese calendar (often mid-to-late September or early October).

Anyone visiting Hong Kong during the Mid-Autumn Festival will be treated to a colourful showcase, where families make up and light bright lanterns throughout the city. Traditionally, lanterns are made in the shape of animals but more recently, modern technological icons, like space ships and aeroplanes, have also been a popular choice.

Moreover, the Mid-Autumn Festival is often called the ‘mooncake’ festival, since mooncakes are traditionally eaten during this time. Mooncakes (or yuek beng) are widely considered a delicacy, and are sweet, baked cakes that consist of a thin, soft skin with a sugary, oily filling. Often, mooncakes will contain one or more whole salted duck egg yolks in the centre to symbolise the full moon, while the actual filling can vary according to regional culture.

The original mooncake filling is popularly believed to be lotus seed paste, which (due to its high price) is often substituted by white kidney bean paste instead. Other seed pastes that are used to fill mooncakes include red bean paste (made from adzuki beans), mung bean and black bean paste; but jujube paste and five kernel paste are also popular. As well as indulging in special mooncakes, many Chinese families will also eat pomeloes (a large type of grapefruit) while having barbeques outside under the moon.

Flights to Hong Kong leave London so regularly that it’s relatively simple these days to make a quick trip to the city over a period of a few days. And, if you’ve got friends or family in Hong Kong, or you simply want to explore one of Asia’s most fascinating cities, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the perfect time to visit.

This package is designed for CCIE Routing and Switching Bootcamp exam candidates who are pretty close to pass the lab exam but lack of real testing experience. This training helps you become familiar with each lab question and its solution. This training is also good for the CCIE R&S lab exam candidates who have failed the lab exam for more than one time. Over 95% of them will pass the lab exam after they finish this course. http://www.cathayschool.com/

You will study with your instructor one-on-one during the CCIE Lab training. Our highly skilled instructors will step-by-step show you the best way to configure each full-scale lab and strengthen your weakness areas in the mean time.
Before you finish this course, you will be provided a full set of our full-scale lab materials which highly reflect the most current lab exam. The materials contain CCIE R&S Bootcamp questions, requirements and solutions, which can be comfortably studied and practiced during the gap between your course finishing date and the lab exam date.

Location: Guangzhou, China
Price: $8,000.00 USD
What is included:
12 days’ one-on-one classroom study
Day 1 ~ Day 6:
Complete all the full-scale labs step-by-step together with your instructor. You will be given the best solution and detailed explanation on each lab question. Also, your instructor will show you how to avoid the easily made mistakes based on the testing experience of hundreds of our previous students.
Day 7 ~ Day 12:
You are required to go over and complete all the labs once again by yourself. Your instructor will sit next to you and provide assistance only when necessary. At the end of each date, he/she will grade and correct your configurations and summarize your daily works and give you helpful suggestions on your future exam preparations.

1 month after class support (could be upgraded to 3 months)
On the last date of your course, you will be provided with the study materials which contain the most updated full-scale labs which have not been practiced during the course. These materials reflect the latest update of the real lab exam and come with complete solutions.
Along with this, we will update your study materials free of charge and provide email support (48 hours response guarantee) for 1 month. Not enough? You can buy our Material update and technical support extension service (E-MUTS) at an affordable price. For detailed information, please check with your training advisor.

FREE 100 hours remote rack access
After the course, you will be provided FREE 100 hours remote access time so that you can practice the labs by connecting to our rack. Simply drop an email to rackschedule@cathayschool.com to reserve your rack and we will make necessary arrangement.

Location
This boot camp is held in Guangzhou, which is the biggest and the most developed city in South China. Learn more about Guangzhou

Traval & Transportation
It is very convenient to travel to Guangzhou.
You can either fly into Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) or Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). There are direct flights from the following major cities to Guangzhou every week: Europe: Frankfurt, Helsinki, Paris North America: Los Angles, San Francisco, New York, Toronto Australia: Sydney, Melbourne Asia: Tokyo, Seoul, Dubai, Singapore
Also, there are over a hundred international flights to Hong Kong. You can fly to Hong Kong first and then transfer to Guangzhou by train (duration: 2 hours and the expense is covered by CathaySchool).

Our friendly staff will meet you at the airport or train station when you arrive and then transfer you to the hotel. This is free of charge.

Hotels
Students will be accommodated at the 4-star luxury hotel (President Hotel or same grade hotel), which is across the road from our training center. Each hotel room has king-size bed, air condition, internet access (free of charge), tub, flat screen television, 24-hour room service and more. You also have the option to upgrade to a 5-star hotel (Royal Mediterranean Hotel, The Westin Guangzhou or Shangri-La Hotel GuangZhou). All these hotels are within 10 minutes driving distance from the school.

Meals
All meals are included.
Breakfast is provided in the hotel restaurant. For lunch and dinner, you will receive cash to be used at the wide variety of sit-down restaurants, cafes and buffets. MacDonald, KFC, PizzaHut and StarBuck are all within walking distance.
Drinks and snacks through out the date are also included.

After class activites
You will never feel boring in Guangzhou. After class, we can arrange the following activities at a reasonable cost:
Culture tour, Shopping tour, Zoo, Fun park, Hot springs, Disco bar, Show bar, B.Y.O party, Chinese traditional massage, etc.
You can choose all these options when you are signing up with us.

Advanced Upgrade Package

Training PLUS:
6 hours (per day) one-on- one guaranteed
Two month after training support (Materials update + Email support by instructor)
Accommodation & Meals PLUS:
Hotel accommodation (5 stars premium room)
Lunch and Dinner standard – 150 RMB / per day
Free unlimited laundry service
Unlimited access to the gym in the hotel
Add-on Service (complimentary) PLUS:
Chinese traditional massage/spa at one of the biggest spa in Asia (1 time)
A big entertainment show, including Chinese dancing, magic show and acrobatics (3 hours)
Car hire with driver (4 hours)
Price: $2,700.00 USD

Deluxe Upgrade Package

Training PLUS:
8 hours (per day) one-on- one guaranteed
Three month after training support (Materials update + Email support by instructor)
Accommodation & Meals PLUS:
Hotel accommodation (5 stars executive room)
Lunch and Dinner standard – 200 RMB / per day
Free unlimited laundry service
Unlimited access to the gym in the hotel
Add-on Service (complimentary) PLUS:
Airport pick up and drop off by Mercedes-Benz
Chinese traditional massage/spa at one of the biggest spa in Asia (2 times)
A big entertainment show, including Chinese dancing, magic show and acrobatics (3 hours)
Car hire with driver (8 hours)
Price: $5,200.00 USD

I. Bridging and Switching
A. Frame relay
B. Catalyst configuration: VLANs, VTP, STP, MSTP, RSTP, Trunk, Etherchannel, management, features, advanced configuration, Layer 3
C. Tunneling
II. IP IGP Routing
A. OSPF
B. EIGRP
C. RIPv2
D. IPv6: Addressing, RIPng, OSPFv3
E. GRE
F. ODR
G. Filtering, redistribution, summarization and other advanced features
III. BGP
A. IBGP
B. EBGP
C. Filtering, redistribution, summarization, synchronization, attributes and other advanced features
IV. IP and IOS Features
A. IP addressing
B. DHCP
C. HSRP
D. IP services
E. IOS user interfaces
F. System management
G. NAT
H. NTP
I. SNMP
J. RMON
K. Accounting
L. SLA
V. IP Multicast
A. PIM-SM, bi-directional PIM
B. MSDP
C. Multicast tools, source specific multicast
D. DVMRP
E. Anycast
VI. QoS
A. Quality of service solutions
B. Classification
C. Congestion management, congestion avoidance
D. Policing and shaping
E. Signaling
F. Link efficiency mechanisms
G. Modular QoS command line
VII. Security
A. AAA
B. Security server protocols
C. Traffic filtering and firewalls
D. Access lists
E. Routing protocols security, catalyst security
F. CBAC
G. Other security features
R&S Equipment List: and IOS Version:
The lab exam tests any feature that can be configured on the equipment and the IOS versions indicated below. You may see more recent IOS versions installed in the lab, but you will not be tested on the new features of a release unless indicated below.
3725 series routers – IOS 12.4 mainline – Advanced Enterprise Services
3825 series routers – IOS 12.4 mainline – Advanced Enterprise Services
Catalyst 3550 series switches running IOS version 12.2 – IP Services
Catalyst 3560 Series switches running IOS version 12.2 – Advanced IP Services

Our one-on-one CCIE boot camp produces the No.1 one time passing rate in the industry. In the last 3 years, 90% of our international students pass the lab exam at the first attempt. At CathaySchool, We help you secure your investment by providing each student the unbeatable and practical triple insurance:

First guarantee – What happen if I am not satisfied with your training?
Each student has 2 days to evaluate our course. If you find our boot camp is not the one which will definitely help you pass your lab exam at first attempt, simply notify your instructor before the 3rd day to withdraw from the course and get your money back.
* For more information, please refer to our course cancellation policy.
Second guarantee – What happen if I failed the lab exam at the 1st attempt?
You will be provided an extended 2 months material update (including the lab questions, requirements and solutions), 2 months technical email support (guarantee 48 hours response) and 150 hours rack access time.
Third guarantee – What happened if I fail the lab exam again?
Come back and re-attend our one-on-one course again. This is free of charge, including 4-star hotel accommodation and meals (this definitely beats all our competitors again!!!). At CathaySchool, we believe that there is no reason to have students pay for anything when they need to re-take the course.

We want you to pass… so we are committed more than others
Comparing training vendors? Nobody is committed to your success like CathaySchool. Ask the other companies…
Do they have a similar pass guarantee program?
How long are you covered by it?
When you retake their class, do you get full access to a dedicated rack of equipment again?
Are the materials updates offered at no charge?
Do you have to pay for your meals, hotel and rack access when you re-take the course?
Do they provide one-on-one training?

1. We accept bank wire transfer, Western Union and major credit cards (1) .
2. To make a reservation, you are required to send a $1,000 USD deposit (2) (3).
3. The balance needs to be paid in full one week before your course starting date (4).

(1) Credit card payment will incur a surcharge of 8%.
(2) Deposit amount may be subject to change without notice.
(3) Your deposit is refundable. Cancel the course 60 days prior to the starting date will receive 100% of your deposit; A $500 administration fee will apply if you cancel the course within 30 – 59 days before the course starting date; Deposit is non-refundable if you cancel the course within 30 days before the course starting date.
(4) Balance is preferred to be paid by bank wire transfer. For credit card payment, you will need to afford 8% processing fee and provide scanned copies of both sides of your credit card when you arrive China.

Early bird – Save 5% by registering and funding full payment 30 days ahead.
Multi-student – Save 10% for 2 participants; 15% for 3 participants.
Group training – For four or more participants, please contact us for a substantial discount..
* Only one discount is allowed at a time.

This popular package has been designed to accommodate CCIE Service Provider Lab exam candidates who are purely interested in focusing on some selected areas of study. The 5 day Selective Training option is highly suitable for people that are interested in saving training time, have extremely busy schedules, are confident in a majority of the core material, have some areas of particular weakness or have previously attained some related training. Part of the preparation for this course will require you to complete several scenarios which are developed for insight into potential weakness areas and an indication of relative strength. http://www.cathayschool.com

You will study with your instructor one-on-one during the CCIE training. Step by step, our highly skilled instructors will show you the best way to configure each scenario and strengthen any areas of your skills as required.

Before you finish this course, you will be provided a full set of our full-scale lab materials (which mirrors the most current lab exam). The materials contain CCIE Service Provider questions, requirements and solutions, which can be comfortably studied and practiced during the period between your course finishing date and the lab exam date.

Schedule of events:
Student instruction is conducted privately with one-on-one tuition, so you have the freedom to begin from almost any date of the year.

Location: Guangzhou, China
Price: $7,000.00 USD

What is included:

5 days’ one-on-one classroom study
Day 1 ~ Day 4:
Complete several advanced, technology-focused scenarios accompanied by your personal CCIE instructor. These scenarios cover most lab exam content and are especially focused on any areas as best suited to the individual for maximum results. In addition, a detailed explanation will be provided about the technologies covered, interpretations of the questions, and common mistakes that students have made with relation to each topic.

Day 5:
Complete an eight hour full-scale lab. The exam is then graded and reviewed, step-by-step by your instructor. In addition, the instructors will review your performance for the entire class and give recommendations to take and pass the CCIE lab exam, along with suggestions of what topics to focus on during further preparation.
1 month after class support (could be upgraded to 3 months)
On the last date of your course, you will be provided with the study materials which contain the most updated full-scale labs which have not been practiced during the course. These materials reflect the latest update of the real lab exam and come with complete solutions.
Along with this, we will update your study materials free of charge and provide email support (48 hour response guarantee) for 1 month. Not enough? You can buy our Material update and technical support extension service (E-MUTS) at an affordable price. For detailed information, please check with your training advisor.
FREE 100 hours remote rack access
After the course, you will be provided FREE 100 hours remote access time so that you can practice the labs by connecting to our rack. Simply drop an email to rackschedule@cathayschool.com to reserve your rack and we will make necessary arrangement.

Location
This boot camp is held in Guangzhou, which is the biggest,and most developed city in southern China. Learn more about Guangzhou

Traval & Transportation
It is very convenient to travel to Guangzhou.

You can either fly into Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) or Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). There are direct flights from the following major cities to Guangzhou every week: Europe: Frankfurt, Helsinki, Paris North America: Los Angles, San Francisco, New York, Toronto Australia: Sydney, Melbourne Asia: Tokyo, Seoul, Dubai, Singapore

Also, there are over a hundred international flights to Hong Kong. You can fly to Hong Kong first and then transfer to Guangzhou by train (duration: 2 hours and the expense is covered by CathaySchool).

Our friendly staff will meet you at the airport or train station when you arrive and then transfer you to the hotel. This is free of charge.

Hotels
Students will be accommodated at a 4-star luxury hotel (the President Hotel or another of equal standard), which is located across the road from our training center. Each hotel room is fitted with a king-size bed, air conditioning, internet access (free of charge), western style bathroom, flat screen television, 24-hour room service and more. You also have the option to upgrade to a 5-star hotel (Royal Mediterranean Hotel, The Westin Guangzhou or Shangri-La Hotel GuangZhou). All these hotels are within 10 minutes driving distance from the school.

Meals
All meals are included.

Breakfast is provided in the hotel restaurant. For lunch and dinner, you will receive cash to be used at the wide variety of sit-down restaurants, cafes and buffets. MacDonald, KFC, PizzaHut and StarBucks are all within walking distance.

Drinks and snacks through out the training are also included.

After class activites
You will never feel bored in Guangzhou. After class, we can arrange the following activities at a reasonable cost:
Culture tour, Shopping tour, Zoo, Fun park, Hot springs, Disco bar, Show bar, B.Y.O party, Chinese traditional massage, etc.
You can choose all these options when you are signing up with us.

Advanced Upgrade Package

Training PLUS:
6 hours (per day) one-on- one guaranteed
Two months after training support (Materials update + Email support by instructor)
Accommodation & Meals PLUS:
Hotel accommodation (5 stars premium room)
Lunch and Dinner standard – 150 RMB / per day
Free unlimited laundry service
Unlimited access to the gym in the hotel
Add-on Service (complimentary) PLUS:
Chinese traditional massage/spa at one of the biggest spas in Asia (1 time)
A big entertainment show, including Chinese dancing, magic show and acrobatics (3 hours)
Car hire with driver (4 hours)
Price: $2,200.00 USD

Deluxe Upgrade Package

Training PLUS:
8 hours (per day) one-on- one guaranteed
Three month after training support (Materials update + Email support by instructor)
Accommodation & Meals PLUS:
Hotel accommodation (5 stars executive room)
Lunch and Dinner standard – 200 RMB / per day
Free unlimited laundry service
Unlimited access to the gym in the hotel
Add-on Service (complimentary) PLUS:
Airport pick up and drop off by Mercedes-Benz
Chinese traditional massage/spa at one of the biggest spa in Asia (2 times)
A big entertainment show, including Chinese dancing, magic show and acrobatics (3 hours)
Car hire with driver (8 hours)
ice: $3,800.00 USD

I. Bridging and Switching
A. Frame relay
B. Catalyst configuration: VLANs, VTP, STP, MSTP, RSTP, Trunk, Etherchannel, management, features, advanced configuration, Layer 3
C. Tunneling
II. IP IGP Routing
A. OSPF
B. EIGRP
C. RIPv2
D. IPv6: Addressing, RIPng, OSPFv3
E. GRE
F. ODR
G. Filtering, redistribution, summarization and other advanced features
III. BGP
A. IBGP
B. EBGP
C. Filtering, redistribution, summarization, synchronization, attributes and other advanced features
IV. IP and IOS Features
A. IP addressing
B. DHCP
C. HSRP
D. IP services
E. IOS user interfaces
F. System management
G. NAT
H. NTP
I. SNMP
J. RMON
K. Accounting
L. SLA
V. IP Multicast
A. PIM-SM, bi-directional PIM
B. MSDP
C. Multicast tools, source specific multicast
D. DVMRP
E. Anycast
VI. QoS
A. Quality of service solutions
B. Classification
C. Congestion management, congestion avoidance
D. Policing and shaping
E. Signaling
F. Link efficiency mechanisms
G. Modular QoS command line
VII. Security
A. AAA
B. Security server protocols
C. Traffic filtering and firewalls
D. Access lists
E. Routing protocols security, catalyst security
F. CBAC
G. Other security features
R&S Equipment List: and IOS Version:
The lab exam tests any feature that can be configured on the equipment and the IOS versions indicated below. You may see more recent IOS versions installed in the lab, but you will not be tested on the new features of a release unless indicated below.
3725 series routers – IOS 12.4 mainline – Advanced Enterprise Services
3825 series routers – IOS 12.4 mainline – Advanced Enterprise Services
Catalyst 3550 series switches running IOS version 12.2 – IP Services
Catalyst 3560 Series switches running IOS version 12.2 – Advanced IP Services

Our one-on-one CCIE boot camp produces a No.1 one time passing rate in the industry. In the last 3 years, 90% of our international students pass the lab exam at the first attempt. At CathaySchool, We help you secure your investment by providing each student with the following unbeatable and practical triple insurance:
First guarantee – What happens if I am not satisfied with your training?
Each student has 2 days to evaluate our course. If you find after 2 days that you dont believe our boot camp will definitely help you pass your lab exam at first attempt, simply notify your instructor before the 3rd day to withdraw from the course and get your money back.
* For more information, please refer to our course cancellation policy.
Second guarantee – What happens if I failed the lab exam at the 1st attempt?
You will be provided an extended 2 months material update (including the lab questions, requirements and solutions), 2 months technical email support (guarantee 48 hours response) and 150 hours rack access time.
Third guarantee – What happens if I fail the lab exam again?
Come back and re-attend our one-on-one course again. This is free of charge, including 4-star hotel accommodation and meals (this definitely beats all our competitors again!!!). At CathaySchool, we believe that there is no reason to have students pay for anything when they need to re-take the course.

We are dedicated to helping you pass… so we are committed more than others.
Comparing training vendors? Nobody is committed to your success like CathaySchool. Ask the other companies…..
Do they have a similar pass guarantee program?
How long are you covered by it?
When you retake their class, do you get full access to a dedicated rack of equipment again?
Are the material updates offered at no charge?
Do you have to pay for your meals, hotel and rack access when you re-take the course?
Do they provide one-on-one training?

1. We accept bank wire transfer, Western Union and major credit cards(1) .
2. To make a reservation, you are required to send a $1,000 USD deposit (2) (3).
3. The balance needs to be paid in full one week before your course starting date (4).
(1) Credit card payment will incur a surcharge of 8%.
(2) Deposit amount may be subject to change without notice.
(3) Your deposit is refundable. Cancel the course 60 days prior to the starting date will receive 100% of your deposit; A $500 administration fee will apply if you cancel the course within 30 – 59 days before the course starting date; Deposit is non-refundable if you cancel the course within 30 days before the course starting date. (4) Preferred method of payment is bank wire transfer. For credit card payment, 8% processing fee and all necessary proof as required by card processing company on request – which will include scanned copies of both sides of your credit card, passport photo page and hotel bill with signature.

Early bird – Save 5% by registering and funding full payment 30 days ahead.
Multi-student – Save 10% for 2 participants; 15% for 3 participants.
Group training – For four or more participants, please contact us for a substantial discount..
* Only one discount per account is accepted.

In today’s world, it seems that almost any topic is open for debate. While I was gathering facts for this article, I was quite surprised to find some of the issues I thought were settled are actually still being openly discussed.

It’s really a good idea to probe a little deeper into the subject of Po Lin Monastery. What you learn may give you the confidence you need to venture into new areas.

Sited atop Lantau Island on the Ngong Ping plateau, lies one of the most frequently visited sights in Hong Kong – the Po Lin Monastery.

There’s enough to see and do in and around the monastery to consume a vacation day or more, so plan ahead.

The trip there is an adventure in itself. Take the MTR (the excellent Hong Kong subway system) to Tung Chung. Outside at the bus terminal, board the No. 23. The ride can take an hour or longer and winding your way up the mountainside provides a pair of delights. Riders get to see some of the superb countryside and seaside near Hong Kong and at the same time experience the harrowing joy of a typical Chinese rollercoaster bus ride.

Founded in 1924 as a sanctuary for Buddhist monks, the Po Lin Monastery offers superb sights both inside and out. The view from the top looking out over the sea and mountainside is breathtaking.

You’ll be free to look around at the exterior, which provides a superior example of the architecture and art of the period and style. The monastery is festooned with small statues and inscriptions. The surrounding grounds make it easy to imagine the tranquility that motivated the monks to make it their home.

You can experience a small taste of that lifestyle for yourself by purchasing a meal ticket and enjoying the vegetarian lunch prepared by the monks in the dining hall.

Inside the temple, it isn’t necessary to remove your shoes, nor to wear long pants as required by Buddhist temples elsewhere. Simply acquire an incense stick and offer three bows to the ancestors who watch over the monks and their sacred building. Place your incense sticks in the holder and then enjoy the many colorful and intricate carvings and decorations.

Visitors can even stay overnight and see the rising sun the next morning. The view of the light spilling onto Fong Wong Shan Mountain, twice the height of Victoria Peak, has inspired the monks for decades in their peaceful retreat.

From the temple gate, look out toward the top of Muyushan Mountain. You’ll be able to clearly make out a large copper statue of the seated Sakyamuni, reaching 26 meters (85 feet) high. Sakyamuni was the sage of the Sakyas, a Buddhist-Lamaist (Tibet) god and the historical Buddha.

Here known as Tian Tan or The Big Buddha, the statue was constructed over a steel frame and completed in 1993 after a 10-year construction effort. It sits atop the plateau, reached by climbing 268 steps.

Stand at the base and take in the setting first. Around the pedestal is a three-story exhibition hall containing a large bell. Rung 108 times per day, it is said to relieve the 108 vexations. As you listen to the chimes, you can take in the many finely carved Buddhist figures.

Then walk up and glance around to take in the view the Buddha has, from an island twice the size of Hong Kong itself. You’ll begin to feel, perhaps, as the monks do about Lantau Island and the Po Lin Monastery.

Now you can be a confident expert on Po Lin Monastery. OK, maybe not an expert. But you should have something to bring to the table next time you join a discussion on Po Lin Monastery.

A deluxe business hotel located in the heart of the city embraced by stunning views of Victoria Harbour

With 324 rooms including 12 spacious suites, Hotel Panorama by Rhombus has opened on March 28th, 2008. This brand new property, one of Hong Kong’s tallest buildings, will deliver you a genuine style in accommodations embraced by pure comfort and relaxation. Guestrooms are contemporarily designed with floor-to-ceiling windows, offering breathtaking views of both Victoria Harbour and the city of Hong Kong ranging in themes: Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Superbly located in the heart of Tsimshatsui in one of the city’s most popular shopping and business hubs, Hotel Panorama by Rhombus is amidst a vast selection of shops, boutiques, museums, restaurants, bars and entertainment centres. Its prime location allows you to access all parts of Hong Kong via Mass Transit Railway (MTR), Airport Express, buses, taxis and ferries. All of Hong Kong’s conveniences are right at Hotel Panorama’s door steps.

Located on the 38th floor is Santa Lucia Restaurant & Lounge, boast modern design and floor-to-ceiling glass. By day it is a bright naturally lit room with scenic harbour and city views, while after sunset it transforms to a serene canopy of stars and city lights. It is the ultimate place for any occasion requiring a magical ambience, setting, view and fine dining experience. Café Express located on the lobby level, is the informal all-day restaurant providing you with a casual breakfast, brunch, light lunch or a deluxe dinner.

The other unique facilities include the Sky Garden, Fitness Centre, Rhombus Club Executive Lounge and Business Centre. The Sky Garden, Putting Green and Fitness Centre are located on the 40th floor where you can unwind and relax while taking in some of the most spectacular and idyllic scenery on earth. Rhombus Club Executive Lounge on the 39th floor offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities, personalized business and concierge services; it is an exclusive retreat for conducting business or simply relaxing and enjoying a soothing cocktail after a long day. The Business Centre on the lobby level offers a wide range of personalized administrative and internet services catering to all diverse business needs.

The days when exotic holidays were reserved only for the privileged few are all but a forgotten memory. The growth of low cost airlines has been fundamental in making overseas travel a realistic possibility for everyone.

With budget airlines offering

cheap flights with prices as low as £19, it’s easy to see why the majority consider travelling abroad to be the more appealing holiday option.

Unfortunately for the traveller wishing to venture to the more far-flung corners of the globe, budget airlines focus mainly on travel within Europe.

However, all this could be about to change, with the launch of AirAsia X. A franchise of the Kuala Lumpur-based low-cost airline AirAsia, this is set to become the first airline in the world to offer customers the low cost model for long haul travel. It is reported that by the end of October 2007 it will start offering long-haul services from Kuala Lumpur to Australia and China for the price of £14, excluding tax and airport charges.

The idea of budget long-haul flights is not a new concept, far from it in fact. Laker Airways introduced the first-ever low fare “Skytrain” service between London Gatwick to New York’s JFK airport way back in 1977. Despite such forward thinking, the company went bankrupt in 1982.

The second company to ever attempt the budget airline model is Oasis Hong Kong Airlines. They began operating in October 2006, offering flights from London Gatwick to Hong Kong. In June 2007 they began an additional service to Vancouver.

If AirAsia X’s and Oasis Hong Kong Airlines prove successful, it could pave the way for more airline companies to follow suit. This is a development that I’m sure all travellers would welcome, as the main financial burden to anyone travelling outside of Europe is normally the cost of the airfare ticket itself.

Is this the future of things to come? We can only hope. In the mean time we can be grateful for the fact that we at least have the options to travel freely, without restraint and on top of that we have a multitude of cheap

flights from an ever-increasing selection of companies that are fighting for our custom.

So, in conclusion, it seems that it’s actually a good time to travel – and it looks set to get better.

Would tourist attractions, Odessa lifestyle model and entertainment in Odessa really matter for a single backpacker? Since the very moment you take a look at Odessa Map, it would give you a single and definite answer. Odessa is the city known for its humor, the most beautiful women in Ukraine, rich story of the whole nation. Yes, right, not just the city, but a separate nation. As long as Moscow and Riga is supposed to be the separate states with separate governing system, Odessa is one of the kind to be included as the #3 in this hero-cities chain.

So, the first question from a “touristo” is: Where to stay?

The answer is… Try Odessa accommodations (hotels, apartments, hostels)

A few 4* hotels to name are: “Palladium” (Italians blvd., Kanatna str.), “Odessa”, former “Kempinski” hotel (Sea Port, near Potyomkin stairs) and popular among tourists “Arcadia Plaza” (one of the youngest hotels), that is close to the sea coast, night clubs and just beautiful and lively Fountain area in Odessa.

Rating: good quality, each room accommodate up to 3 guests, price – European standard.

Odessa apartments (privately owned, compact and convenient, furnished, equipped). By now Odessa apartments has got the most accommodations rating from tourists due to inexpensive prices, yet high standards and privacy.

Rating: high quality, high rating, accommodate up to 5 guests, prices vary dependable upon the accommodation level. Apartments have chambermaid service (weekly or, upon request), laundry and extra linen.

Odessa, the multinational city

Odessa counts over 1 million inhabitants. In general, the city is multinational and counts Bulgarians, Moldovans, Russians, Ukrainians (the natives).

Odessa changes, Odessa grows and modernizes, Odessa blossoms and recreates as a “new generation” resort. Large monumental history (as many monuments not a single one of the European cities would possess), yet it would sound quite amazing when you see quite a few casinos around, 4*- 5* restaurants that would compete in quality and price volume in the entire world. So, who said Odessa is a Soviet place?

Odessa – a good place to gamble and eat? Now, further more…

Odessa restaurants (to name only a few) are Steak house (meat and wine) – #18 Deribaska str; Buffalo ’99 (European) – #7 Richelievska ( corner Deribaska); Estrelita (Italian) – #1 Yekaterinska str.; Sushi time (Japanese) – Lustdorfska road (Tavria); Hong Kong (Chinese) – Gavanna str. corner Deribaska; Mexico (Mexican) – Glushko str; Katran (Seafood) – #13 Mayachniy per; Koumanets – Lanzheronovskaya str. (corner Gavanna). Average level of receiving guests – homely manner, good food quality, friendly staff, credit cards accepted.

A few words to say about Odessa sights and night life not to forget what most of the backpackers come for: Shevchenko Park (cultural area); Sea coast; Potyomkin Staircase (mostly referred as the battle spot), Primorskiy Boulvd, Deribaska str; 411 Memorial Battery (dedicated to WW2, The Great War of 1941-1945); Dolphin park – Lanzheron beach; Arcadia beach & Night clubs; Preobrazhenskiy Monastery; Literature, Archaeological, Western & Eastern Arts Museums; Opera House, Russian Drama Theatre, Ukrainian Drama Theatre, Philarmony. And all of the places still remain the same as they were in Soviet age which every mature Odessan recalls with a warm smile on their face.

Let’s talk about night clubs. Yo; Fidel; Palladium; Hali Gali. Average age attended: 18-45, face control enabled. Establishments are mostly friendly and hospitable. A good place to dance, POP and electron music lovers.

Bowl/billiards places: Odin; Mexico; Profy – 24/7 service. Playing tables reservation, bars, saunas, exotic massage starting from Russian ending up Thai and Chinese techniques.

And, at last, beaches. We know a few now and let’s sum up our nice tour with the most sceneric areas of the coastal area. Arcadia; Delphin; Gold Coast; Karolino Bugaz – resort area, entertainment base, hotels, summer night clubs, pools. Shrewd Odessans will make you feel comfortable as long as you have the budget set up.

Destination guides also recommend the following sights Sofievka, Uman park; Ascania Nova, wild animal reserves; Vilkovo, Odessa Venice (excursion includes boat walks, meat and champagne lunch and some rest times to spend with the locals).

Bottom line for Odessa attractions. Odessa in Ukraine has been always noticed about in various, still fun and amazing in Memoirs by Isaak Babel, Vorontsov (whose stone monument remains standing high above the Odessa buildings), who’s put a lot effort into architecture and building of the hero city of Odessa.

Thailand Travel: Ixs

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 In: Hong Kong Transportations

The Kingdom of Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia. It covers an area of 514,000 square kilometers. It is roughly equidistant between India and China. Thailand shares its borders with Mynammar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. Myanmar (Burma) is on the north-west side , Laos on the north-east, Cambodia on the south-east and Malaysia on the south.

Topographically the country is divided into four distinct areas: the mountainous North, the fertile Central Plains, the semi-arid plateau of the Northeast, and the peninsula South distinguished by its many beautiful tropical beaches and offshore islands.

Climate

Thailand is largely tropical. It is hot and humid all year around.A degree of relief provided only in the mountains in the far north of Thailand. Thailand’s climate is dominated by monsoons. There are three seasons: the cool season (November to February), the hot season (April to May), and the rainy season (June to October).

People

The population of Thailand is about 60 million. Ethnic Thais form the majority. Historically, the area has been a migratory crossroads, therefore, strains of Mon, Khmer, Burmese, Lao, Malay, Indian and, most strongly, Chinese stock produce a degree of ethnic diversity.

Religion

The national religion is Theravada Buddhism. More than 90 percent of all Thais practice this religion. The remainder of the population adheres to Muslim, Christian, Hindu and other faiths. There is full freedom of expression in Thailand. Buddhism continues to cast a strong influences on daily life.

Customs

‘Wai’ is one of the most distinctive Thai customs. It is similar to the Indian namaste gesture. Generally, it involves a prayer-like gesture with the hands and a bow of the head. It comes in several forms showing greeting, farewell, or acknowledgment. Physical demonstrations of affection in public are common between friends, but less so between lovers. It is thus common to see friends walking together holding hands, but couples rarely do so except in westernized areas.

Visas

The Thai Government has adopted the tourist friendly policies in order to flourish Thai Tourism industry. Most nationalities do not require a visa for a stay of up to 30 days provided they have a ticket for onward travel. Longer visits require a visa which can be obtained from Thai embassies and consulates. Tourists visas permit stays up to 90 days. Thai immigration requires visitors passports to have a minimum of 6 months validity and at least one completely blank visa page remaining.

Travel to Thailand

Most visitors arrive through Bangkok’s Don Muang International Airport which is connected by daily flights to Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Flights, from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Hong Kong, land on a regular basis at Chiangmai, Koh Samui, Phuket and Hat Yai. Charter flights sometimes land in Bangkok, Phuket, and at U-Taphao for Pattaya.

Regular rail services link Singapore and Bangkok intermediary stops include Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth, Penang and major southern Thai towns.

Overland entry to Thailand is restricted to three road crossings on the Thai- Malaysian border, and the bridge spanning the Mekong River between Laos and Thailand at Nong Kai.

Travel within Thailand

Thai Airways International (THAI) operates a wide domestic network with daily flights linking virtually all major towns with Bangkok. Ground transportation is extremely comprehensive and quite cheap. There are convenient rail connections with the North, Northeast and South, while air conditioned coach and government bus services are operated from Bangkok to all town throughout the country. Rental cars are also readily available.

Recreation

Golf, tennis, ice skating, and bowling are the main recreations of the people of Thailand. At the same time, boxing and kite fighting are the most popular local sports in Thailand.

Thai Boxing is not only the most exciting spectator sport in Thailand but also a means of self-defense for the Thai people. It also the honor of being the largest spectator “ring sport” in the world. Unlike the Western-style of boxing, Thai Boxers are allowed to use their feet, elbows, legs and shoulders. The Ratchadamnoen Stadium and Lumpini Stadium are the main venues of the bouts.

Kite fighting is an ancient local sport in Thailand. It has been played and patronized by the Kings of Thailand for centuries. Kite fighting contest is held from March to April at the Sanam Luang in Bangkok. Hundreds of Kites of different forms and colors are made by the Thais. Each kite is huge in size and requires a number of people to fly it. Kites are classified as “chulas” (male) or “pukpaos” (female). The object of the contest is to force the opposition’s kite to land in your half of the field while thousands of people cheer. This makes the competion very interesting and excited.

Another traditional Thai game is Takraw . It involves the use of a takraw ball, made of rattan. The ball is five to six inches in diameter. The players hit the ball over a net to another team by using their head, feet, knees or elbows.

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Angeles City is a popular city located in Pampanga province in the Central Luzon region of Philippines. This city with its rich heritage has been fascinating tourists since a very long time. This is a flourishing city and is comparable to Manila, the capital city of Philippines. There are lot many things in this city that attracts vacationers and the booming nightlife of the city is one such thing, which lures everyone. The hotels in Angeles City are also significant in drawing people with its warm hospitality.

Various appealing things in the city include the old and historically significant buildings of the city that holds notable charm. Another interesting place close to the city is the adjoining Clark Freeport Zone. This is the site of world-class resorts, casinos, duty-free shops and beautifully landscaped golf courses. Balibago, the capital of this zone is called as the entertainment district mostly because of its popular bars and nightclubs. Tourists generally head for this place to enjoy various shows, dancing events and beer parties. Angeles city, along with the rest of the Pampanga region, is also known as the Culinary Center of Philippines.

Other attractions in the city include Fort Stotsenburg, Old Pamintuan Residence, Founders’ Residence, Post Office Building, Camalig, Holy Rosary Church, Holy Family Academy Building, Museo ning Angeles, Bale Herencia, Lily Hill, Mount Pinatubo, etc.

How to reach Angeles City

Angeles is served by the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Clark Freeport Zone, approximately 5 kilometers from the city. The airport generally receive flights by budget airlines. A few direct flights from Hong Kong and Korea also arrive here.

Buses are the most economical way to get to the city from Manila. There are several air-conditioned buses that ply from the capital to Angeles City and take about one to one and a half hours time. The best way to reach the city from Manila is via car through the North Luzon Expressway. Rental car companies are found all over Manila and Angeles. If you don’t know the routes, you can hire cars with drivers who are well acquainted with the roads.

There are a large number of Hotels in Angeles City including different lodges and resorts offering variety of accommodation options. Travelers can choose to stay at the luxury hotels or the budget accommodations at cheap prices. You can book a hotel in Angeles City with the help of the online Internet reservation facility. You can directly visit the official website of the hotel or use any other reliable website for booking.

The Western and Eastern worlds are moving ever closer together, with the relative cheapness and prevalence of air travel, and the advent of that magical medium known as the internet. Business is often done with overseas partners, and a larger percentage of air passengers travel for business than for pleasure. Hong Kong is now one of the world’s most multicultural cities, with many overseas companies opening Hong Kong branches.

However, with all of these new experiences and interactions comes confusion and uncertainty, especially in dealing with people from foreign cultures. In this article we look at why a good base for your travels is essential, in the form of a luxury hotel or spa in Hong Kong, and also go through some tips for doing business in Hong Kong.

If you are travelling to Hong Kong for business, be prepared for the pace of life in the city. It has been described as ‘frenetic’ – much like New York or London. The people that live in Hong Kong are often characterized as entrepreneurial, competitive, hardworking and very commercial. Best not to waste the time of these hard workers! They are very deadline conscious. It is also advisable to have a local contact make initial steps towards business dealings for you. These connections are known as quanxi in Cantonese, one of Hong Kong’s official languages, and they help you establish some credibility before you meet your business partners.

Other things to consider when doing business in Hong Kong include local holidays like Chinese New Year. Many people take several weeks holiday around this time – January-February – just as Westerners often do at Christmas. If you are scheduling a meeting, it is best to do so well in advance – these are busy people, remember! Confirm appointments the day before they are scheduled, just in case. While your meeting is in progress, do not discuss politics – the same rules as for family gatherings in the West. To avoid fights, politics and religion are off the conversational cards.

Staying in Hong Kong for business is a great opportunity to experience some of the city’s excellent five-star facilities, luxury hotels and spas. The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is a great choice of you are looking to stay in the Central district. This hotel is known for the spaciousness of its rooms and the gorgeous contemporary decor. The business facilities at this Hong Kong luxury hotel include a cable HDTV with keyboard for internet access, wireless internet in all rooms, an in room safe as well as laundry and dry cleaning service. If you want to do some intensive relaxing at your luxury Hong Kong hotel after your intensive business meetings, the Zen-like spa has some excellent treatments and relaxation areas.

The Shangri-La Bangkok is a great luxury hotel for longer trips to Hong Kong. The executive suites are one of the hotel’s best features, with a separate living and sleeping area, the option to connect to an additional room to create a two bedroom suite, and a beautiful marble bathroom. The business facilities include an in-house mobile phone (avoid the horrendous roaming charges on your own phone), an ipod docking station, fax, printer and scanner, a high speed data transfer port, and a limousine service. Upon arrival, guests are personally escorted to their rooms, and the personal touch to the service certainly does not end there, with 24-hr butler service and massage facilities.

If you are moving up the corporate ranks, Hong Kong is almost certain to be a business destination for you at some stage. Make use of the city’s excellent luxury hotels and spas while you are there, and you’ll have an experience as intensely relaxing as it is productive!