Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Flavours of Hong Kong

A vacation to Hong Kong is full of surprises. Not only is the place full of attractions that are pleasing to all senses, there are various delicacies too that make the stay worthwile. Some of the best dishes of Hong Kong that are sure to feature on your must eat list are as follows:

Dim Sum: Literally meaning ‘touch your heart’, dim sums come in a variety of flavours. iN fact, they may number to almost 150 varieties on a restaurant menu to over 2000 flavors in the entire range with new flavours being innovated every day. Since many locals tend to avoid fried foods early during the day, steamed varieties dominate the palate of most. Designed to be washed down with tea while eating with a group of people, dim sums also come in snack sized portions that may be pan fried, deep fried or even baked. You can find dim sum restaurants on every nook and corner of Hong Kong starting from mid priced eateries to high class restaurants. Just go into the one that suits your pocket and enjoy a quintessential HongKong experience.

Seafood: Served fresh, Seafood of Hongkong comes in various forms- baked, fried, steamed, sliced, grilled, and stuffed. The food is so fresh that you can see it swimming minutes before it is served on your table. For a true satisfaction of palate, head to your nearest seafood restaurant that comes complete with a dining experience ranging from cosmopolitan fusions to sampan style concoctions that are best served with beer. Do make sure to try steamed fish which is the staple of many locals.

Chinese Barbecue: Though the word barbecue conjures images of salad and steaks in backyard, when compared with the popularity of Chinese barbecue, it comes nowhere near. Popularly known as siu mei, these barbecued meals serve as a window into the traditional Chinese roasts. Hanging right in your face at popular fast food chains, high end restaurants and supermarkets, the taste of this will leave your taste buds asking for more. You can also pair your meal with noodles, rice or rice noodles.

Fusion: For a city that has seen a multitude of cultures since its inception, it is hardly a surprise to see kitchens across the city fusing flavours derived from various countries and regions. There are traditional Chinese chefs adding soya sauces to European dishes, thus creating a complete new flavour altogether. In fact, these fusion styles and flavours can be found everywhere in the city- from street vendors to five star restaurants.

Eating in Hong Kong is not just about filling your stomach with anything that is kept on your plate. There are many other factors that make the place a true hub of a vibrant eating culture. Whether its lunchtime or midnight, you will be able to get your choice of food every time. In fact, for a true experience of the truest
flavours of the city, it is best to schedule a late night excursion that brings out the best of the place for you to sample.


Thursday, September 05, 2013

Top Travel Tips for Dubai(UAE) Travellers

Dubai, Known for its gigantic shopping malls, innovative architectural structures, wonderful sports facilities and luxurious holiday resorts, Dubai is truly a gem in the desert country. The city has become one the most popular playgrounds of the rich and famous, and has made many a statement with several of the world’s tallest buildings, man-made islands and even a huge indoor ski slope and all this in the middle of a desert. These fishing towns in the Arabian Gulf have gone through a lot of changes and, at present, it is one of the best tourist destinations in the world.

The summer months

Weather wise, the best time to come to Dubai and really enjoy the outdoors as much as you enjoy what’s inside the malls are in the cooler months of November to March. During summers, the temperature is often above 40 degrees centigrade. So be sure to discard any notion of visiting the city from May to October. The best time to visit Dubai is from November to May, that is, the winter season. During this time, temperatures only range from 25 to 15 degrees centigrade. There are lots to see and do here, not just the sun, shopping and modern buildings – you can go see the traditional (old) Arabic architecture down at the Bastakiya Quarters near the Dubai Creek or join a desert safari to experience the vast desert.

Rent a car

Dubai that is loaded with liveliness, fun, energy and excitement you need to experience every sight. In order to resolve this issue, you need to rent a car Dubai that suffices your demands, making you comfortable and easy. Once you have decided to visit Dubai as a tourist or for business purpose, you need to assure the following points:

1.       Make sure you have the international driving license. Of you do not have the license none of the UAE car rental will let you rent a car, because it’s a must. Every agency will ask you for international driving license; therefore leave the home town with it.

2.       Always keep in mind that you do not belong to the city of you not local and locals own this city more than you. Never get into any trouble by reacting harshly to any abusive gesture by the locals. It will causes serious trouble to you.

3.       If you are a first time driver in Dubai, it is must for you to take care of the lanes. Dubai is a crowded city with crowd all over, therefore it’s necessary for you to stick to your lane.

4.       While making your way to toll points, make sure you have change because most of these points do not have change. Giving extra money will either cause you the loss or will displease the officers there.

Go Mall Hopping

The last thing anyone would REALLY want to do is go to a country as a tourist and spend a major part of it traipsing through a Mall. Mall of the Emirates isn’t the only shopping centre in the UAE with a surreal twist. The Dubai Mall has a huge aquarium – one of the largest in the world, containing 10 million litres of water, sharks, stingrays and thousands of exotic fish – right there next to the customary high street fashion outlets, such as H&M and New Look. Visitors can take a ride on a glass-bottomed boat to admire all the sea creatures or, if they’re feeling brave, go diving with the sharks or take part in a little cage snorkeling. The Dubai Mall also has an Olympic-sized ice rink, where you can play hockey, take ice dancing lessons or just go for a sociable spin.

Tour the Gold Souk

Dubai Gold Souk or Gold Souk is a traditional market in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. World famous Gold Souk is Dubai’s Gold Souk, where narrow streets are lined with shop windows glinting with ornaments made in 22 and 24 carat gold. Along the slightly larger lanes of the gold souk, each shop window is crammed with gold necklaces, rings, bangles, earrings and brooches. On display in one of the shops is the World’s Largest Gold Ring, certificated from the Guinness Book of World Records. Designs can be traditional or modern, bold or conservative, loud or sober, sturdy or delicate. Along with designs, you will find many different shades of gold like pink, white, yellow or green hues in one piece. Dubai Gold Souk is worth a visit even if you have no intention of buying. It would be hard to resist the temptation to buy them. Haggling about the price is like a tradition. Take your time and plan 2 to 3 hours for your visit.