Chinese Travel trends

Chinese Travel trends

What are the top accommodation and travel trends this year? Boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have given their predictions.

Local life: Hotels are helping guests get to know the locals or at least get to grips with the local scene. Budapest boutique hotel Brody House champions the city’s artistic energy, holding exhibitions, readings and other cultural events for guests.

Rooms are named after the local artists whose works decorate walls, staff abound with hot tips on what to do in the area and the hotel even has its own record label, Brody House Sounds.

Stay at Claska in Tokyo and you’ll see the city’s best-dressed canines (and owners) pop by for a pooch-pampering treatment at the doggy beauty salon downstairs. Claska also has a gallery, boutique and lively bar, as well as a series of arty events held on the hotel’s rooftop terrace.

Beyond boutique bedrooms, there’s a string of services promising instant immersion with the locals – Eat With, for example, which hooks up hungry visitors with hosts happy to cook dinner for guests in their own homes.

Sleep swamis: The best hotels have been offering guests access to personal chefs, personal trainers, and health and well-being gurus for years. Now some hotels are going the extra mile to ensure that guests even have a fabulous time while they’re asleep.

Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives has a slumber guru responsible for making sure that guests get a restful night. The slumber guru’s bag of tricks includes soothing milk baths, relaxing massages and a pillow menu.

Alila Villas also takes sleep very seriously. Both Alila Villas Uluwatu and Alila Villas Soori have a pillow menu, a selection of essential oils and scented candles up their (pyjama) sleeve.

Seriously social: Like it? Tweet it. Seen it? Instagram it. The social-media savvy are here to stay and hotels are getting wise to marketing via mobile – so much so, in fact, that some have even been built specifically with social media in mind.

Take 1888 Hotel in Sydney, whose design was mapped out to maximize its Instagram-ability, and some of the Melia group hotels, where specialist concierges respond to guest requests via Twitter.

Family affair: Traveling with children in tow doesn’t have to mean compromising on style and service. Mr & Mrs Smith’s new site, Smith & Family, puts family travel first. Hotels are picking up on the trend, too.

A great example is Six Senses Qingcheng Mountain in China (set to open in 2014), which has village-style accommodation that works well for families, an excellent kids club and a panda research center just 10 minutes away where you can interact with pandas and their cubs.

Etihad is even introducing a Flying Nannies service on long-haul flights, with their nannies (specially trained cabin crew members) accredited by Norland, Britain’s leading childcare training college.

On the other hand, Scoot, Singapore Airlines and AirAsia X now offer child-free zones on some flights.

Playing Tarzan: Hoteliers have become increasingly creative when it comes to where guests rest their heads. One trend is the rise of treehouse hotels.

Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses in New Zealand has been giving visitors a natural high for a while but wannabe Tarzans and Janes can now also cuddle up in the canopies at grand country manor Chewton Glen, Hampshire, as well as at Japamala Resort and Bunga Raya in Malaysia.

Beyond the bedroom: Rather than simply providing a space to bed down for the night, hotels are offering even more bang for your buck. They are increasingly places where guests and locals alike can while away the hours, and not simply head straight to their rooms.

The Ace Hotel Bar at the Ace Hotel New York (winner of the Hottest Hotel Bar at the inaugural Smith Awards in November 2013) and The Zetter Townhouse in London are a scene unto themselves.

And while a great bar can put a hotel on the map, lobbies and libraries are jostling for recognition too. Try swinging by the photo booth in the lobby at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club.

Distracting destinations: With the World Cup kicking off in June, 2014 is set to be all about Brazil. Beyond Rio, visit the melting pot of Bahia for its forested interior and stylish seaside resorts, and Ponta dos Ganchos in Santa Catarina for beachcombing and jungle roaming.

Mr & Mrs Smith predicts the southern states of America are on the up, so watch out for Austin’s cool and the understated but sophisticated Zero George Street in Charleston.

Look east to Japan, the next cool kid on the block, which offers Claska in Tokyo, or Beniya Mukayu in Kanazawa. Don’t neglect Sri Lanka – Mr & Mrs Smith website recommends Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo and Casa Colombo in the capital.

Hot hotels: The minimalist masterpiece that is Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland, Canada, is set to make waves on the hotel scene. It won Best Newcomer at the Smith Hotel Awards 2013 because of its soul-stirring location and incredible interiors.

This year, keep your eyes peeled for the opening of Grace Marrakech in Morocco, the Pig near Bath in Britain and Alila hotels in India (Alila Fort Bishangarh in Jaipur) and Oman (Alila Jabal Akhdar).

Delayed reaction: Delays to a journey are always a nuisance but travelers can now choose from a range of services designed to take the sting out of lengthy waits. In the Netherlands, VertragingsApp is an iOS app that offers readers short stories based on the length of their delay.

In Australia, Qantas Airways has created a range of books carefully selected to correspond with flying times.

Based on research that shows the average reader can finish about one page a minute, Stories For Every Journey is a collection of novels and non-fiction titles that are the perfect length to be enjoyed between take-off and landing (allowing breaks for meals, naps and bouts of leg-wiggling, of course).

Room service: Shaken and stirred. In 2013, the New York Hilton Midtown stopped offering breakfast in bed for the residents of its 1,980 rooms. Mr & Mrs Smith predict a fresh approach to in-room snacking from other hotels, too.

Public Chicago leaves a breakfast bag at your door and The Upper House has gone high-tech – guests can order from an iPod touch.

Reuters has not endorsed this list.

http://www.mrandmrssmith.com

China’s Rich Pick Their Top 10 Domestic Getaways

sanya

The results of this year’s Chinese Luxury Traveler White Paper, published by Hurun and ILTM Asia, are in. The report documents the top 10 travel destinations of China’s ultra-rich, based on the face-to-face interviews and questionnaires of over 150 participants worth at least 10 million yuan each. The responses were collected this April and May, with most participants responding from Beijing or Shanghai. The average respondent was 37 years old, and 80 percent of participants were men.

Unsurprisingly, Sanya, Hong Kong, and Yunnan have maintained their hold on the top three slots for another year. Here is a run-down of the Top 10, along with notes on what makes them so popular.

1. Sanya

Considering that Sanya’s geographic position as southernmost city in the country has earned it the reputation of being “the Hawaii of China,” it’s scarcely surprising that the country’s elite are crazy about this place.

 2. Hong Kong

China’s “Shopping Paradise” has kept the number two spot, but other distinct features like the city’s rich financial history, the beautiful Victoria Harbor, and even Disneyland keep tourists interested.

 3. Yunnan

Yunnan literally means “south of the colorful clouds,” but the city’s certainly got a vibrance all its own. It boasts a mild climate year-round, which supports some of the most beautiful flowers and wildlife to be found anywhere.

 4. Tibet

The ancient marvels of Tibet promise to offer tourists unique experiences. Here, top world heritage sites like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple Monastery, and Norbulingka are easily accessible, and the average elevation of 4,000 meters contributes to a mystical, mysterious atmosphere.

 5. Macao

Macao is an interesting mix of all sorts of things: Eastern and Western architecture, grand structures and sloping hills, administrative bodies and casinos. The Macao Wine Museum, the Grand Prix Museum and the Macao Art Museum also do a good job to ensure there’s something for everyone here.

 6. Hangzhou

Hangzhou is a bustling, historic city that complements the natural life around it beautifully.  The West Lake is its most popular and dazzling feature, but Ling Yin Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in China,  also attracts tourists, as does the famed Hefang Old Street.

7. Beijing

The capital of China, Beijing boasts and impressive number of millionaires to begin with, but those that don’t live here certainly want to visit for its cultural history and political  importance. The Great Wall of China, the Temple of Heaven, and the Beijing 798 Art Zone are just some examples of attractions old and new that draw the masses.

8. Shanghai

With the Bund, the City God Temple, and the Yuyuan Garden, as well as the explosion of art and fashion the city is currently experiencing, Shanghai’s inclusion on this list is another no-brainer.

9. Quingdao

“The Switzerland of the Orient,” this charming port city is renowned for its Tsingtao beer and the Qingdao International Beer Festival.

10. Xinjiang

Xinjiang stands out for its luscious fruit, famous all over the country. Hami melon, pears, grapes, and apples are at their sweetest here.

 

[china.org.cn]

China’s Rich Pick Their Top 10 Domestic Getaways

sanya

The results of this year’s Chinese Luxury Traveler White Paper, published by Hurun and ILTM Asia, are in. The report documents the top 10 travel destinations of China’s ultra-rich, based on the face-to-face interviews and questionnaires of over 150 participants worth at least 10 million yuan each. The responses were collected this April and May, with most participants responding from Beijing or Shanghai. The average respondent was 37 years old, and 80 percent of participants were men.

Unsurprisingly, Sanya, Hong Kong, and Yunnan have maintained their hold on the top three slots for another year. Here is a run-down of the Top 10, along with notes on what makes them so popular.

1. Sanya

Considering that Sanya’s geographic position as southernmost city in the country has earned it the reputation of being “the Hawaii of China,” it’s scarcely surprising that the country’s elite are crazy about this place.

 2. Hong Kong

China’s “Shopping Paradise” has kept the number two spot, but other distinct features like the city’s rich financial history, the beautiful Victoria Harbor, and even Disneyland keep tourists interested.

 3. Yunnan

Yunnan literally means “south of the colorful clouds,” but the city’s certainly got a vibrance all its own. It boasts a mild climate year-round, which supports some of the most beautiful flowers and wildlife to be found anywhere.

 4. Tibet

The ancient marvels of Tibet promise to offer tourists unique experiences. Here, top world heritage sites like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple Monastery, and Norbulingka are easily accessible, and the average elevation of 4,000 meters contributes to a mystical, mysterious atmosphere.

 5. Macao

Macao is an interesting mix of all sorts of things: Eastern and Western architecture, grand structures and sloping hills, administrative bodies and casinos. The Macao Wine Museum, the Grand Prix Museum and the Macao Art Museum also do a good job to ensure there’s something for everyone here.

 6. Hangzhou

Hangzhou is a bustling, historic city that complements the natural life around it beautifully.  The West Lake is its most popular and dazzling feature, but Ling Yin Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in China,  also attracts tourists, as does the famed Hefang Old Street.

7. Beijing

The capital of China, Beijing boasts and impressive number of millionaires to begin with, but those that don’t live here certainly want to visit for its cultural history and political  importance. The Great Wall of China, the Temple of Heaven, and the Beijing 798 Art Zone are just some examples of attractions old and new that draw the masses.

8. Shanghai

With the Bund, the City God Temple, and the Yuyuan Garden, as well as the explosion of art and fashion the city is currently experiencing, Shanghai’s inclusion on this list is another no-brainer.

9. Quingdao

“The Switzerland of the Orient,” this charming port city is renowned for its Tsingtao beer and the Qingdao International Beer Festival.

10. Xinjiang

Xinjiang stands out for its luscious fruit, famous all over the country. Hami melon, pears, grapes, and apples are at their sweetest here.

 

[china.org.cn]

主题:天堂无需奢华——1万元畅游夏威夷攻略(上)

主题:天堂无需奢华——1万元畅游夏威夷攻略(上)

 

夏威夷,太平洋上的明珠,全球最佳海滩聚集地!夏威夷,都说是人一辈子至少要去一次的地方!可是。。。据说那个地方好贵的那。。。都错了小伙伴们,夏威夷其实也可以很亲民哦:准备好1万大洋和7天的假期,我们去人间天堂吧!

 

 

第一天:国际机票6500元+公车2.5刀+午餐8刀+晚餐10刀+酒店70刀=7060元

国内起飞,目标美国夏威夷州檀香山国际机场(机场代码HNL),飞行时间约9个小时(直飞)或者13个小时(转机,包括转机等候时间)。夏威夷比中国晚18个小时,所以同一天,我们抵达天堂夏威夷!出关取了行李,坐19路或者20路公车,付2.5美元,慢慢晃到威基基(Waikiki)区(奢侈的同学可以叫辆出租车,大约25刀)。

夏威夷酒店全部为下午3点check-in,把行李寄存在大堂,小伙伴们就可以步行到著名的威基基海滩了!阳光沙滩,一切就在眼前了!懒洋洋地在蓝天白云下睡一会儿,倒个时差。 吃饭就在威基基International Market Place的Food Court解决吧,各国美食选择丰富,初来乍到也不会觉得不习惯哦。晚上6点左右,换上花花衣裳,漫步到沙滩上看看日落,偶遇免费的呼拉舞表演,这就是度假的节奏啊!

 

 

第二天:珍珠港市区观光拼团250元+三餐25刀+酒店70刀=830元

起个早,在麦记之类的快餐店或者当地的便利店简单早餐,然后跟着当地的散客团(中文的哦)出发去珍珠港洛~ 珍珠港因为限制人数,排队的人不少,所以要早点去呢。拿了票,接着看个电影介绍(有中文讲解机器可租借),然后上船,去到沉船纪念馆,看看脚下仍然漂着机油的亚利桑那号(注:珍珠港不可以带大包进去,要寄存哦)。珍珠港出来再去檀香山市区晃一圈,唐人街、太平洋国家军人公墓、夏威夷的皇宫等等。差不多中午回到酒店。解决完午餐,在酒店房间里小憩一下,或者在泳池晒着太阳小憩,临近晚上了出门继续逛逛海滩,逛逛海滩边的公园,欣赏日落,看看街头表演,美好的一天啊!

 

 

第三天:东欧胡岛环岛拼团250元+三餐25刀+酒店70刀=830元

今天可以睡到自然醒,如果酒店楼层高的,可以起身看个日出,然后倒头继续睡!起床后出去觅食,在阳光下慵懒地喝杯咖啡,看看路上来来往往来自不同国家的人们,融入夏威夷的慢节奏生活中~  下午1点半左右,强大的散客团再出发,去岛的东岸看看。号称夏威夷比华利山庄的Kahala富人区、奥巴马最喜欢的白沙滩、热带雨林、Ko’olau山、钻石头山、恐龙湾自然保护区、大风口、几百年的日式寺庙(寺庙旁边小山坡上默默躺着张学良和赵四小姐的墓碑哦~)。拍照留影,各种摆pose,幸福就这么简单!(建议这天不要穿短裙哦,大风口的风会让你360度走光没商量的!)回到酒店是下午4点左右,洗漱过后,继续每天的功课——逛海滩。当然,海滩边还有很多商店,奢侈品、当地好玩的小店、免税店,应有尽有,即使不买东西,window shopping一下也是很美的!(未完待续)

 

天堂夏威夷,就在你身边!

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夏忆咨询QQ号:2825252022 

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主题:天堂无需奢华——1万元畅游夏威夷攻略(上)

主题:天堂无需奢华——1万元畅游夏威夷攻略(上)

 

夏威夷,太平洋上的明珠,全球最佳海滩聚集地!夏威夷,都说是人一辈子至少要去一次的地方!可是。。。据说那个地方好贵的那。。。都错了小伙伴们,夏威夷其实也可以很亲民哦:准备好1万大洋和7天的假期,我们去人间天堂吧!

 

 

第一天:国际机票6500元+公车2.5刀+午餐8刀+晚餐10刀+酒店70刀=7060元

国内起飞,目标美国夏威夷州檀香山国际机场(机场代码HNL),飞行时间约9个小时(直飞)或者13个小时(转机,包括转机等候时间)。夏威夷比中国晚18个小时,所以同一天,我们抵达天堂夏威夷!出关取了行李,坐19路或者20路公车,付2.5美元,慢慢晃到威基基(Waikiki)区(奢侈的同学可以叫辆出租车,大约25刀)。

夏威夷酒店全部为下午3点check-in,把行李寄存在大堂,小伙伴们就可以步行到著名的威基基海滩了!阳光沙滩,一切就在眼前了!懒洋洋地在蓝天白云下睡一会儿,倒个时差。 吃饭就在威基基International Market Place的Food Court解决吧,各国美食选择丰富,初来乍到也不会觉得不习惯哦。晚上6点左右,换上花花衣裳,漫步到沙滩上看看日落,偶遇免费的呼拉舞表演,这就是度假的节奏啊!

 

 

第二天:珍珠港市区观光拼团250元+三餐25刀+酒店70刀=830元

起个早,在麦记之类的快餐店或者当地的便利店简单早餐,然后跟着当地的散客团(中文的哦)出发去珍珠港洛~ 珍珠港因为限制人数,排队的人不少,所以要早点去呢。拿了票,接着看个电影介绍(有中文讲解机器可租借),然后上船,去到沉船纪念馆,看看脚下仍然漂着机油的亚利桑那号(注:珍珠港不可以带大包进去,要寄存哦)。珍珠港出来再去檀香山市区晃一圈,唐人街、太平洋国家军人公墓、夏威夷的皇宫等等。差不多中午回到酒店。解决完午餐,在酒店房间里小憩一下,或者在泳池晒着太阳小憩,临近晚上了出门继续逛逛海滩,逛逛海滩边的公园,欣赏日落,看看街头表演,美好的一天啊!

 

 

第三天:东欧胡岛环岛拼团250元+三餐25刀+酒店70刀=830元

今天可以睡到自然醒,如果酒店楼层高的,可以起身看个日出,然后倒头继续睡!起床后出去觅食,在阳光下慵懒地喝杯咖啡,看看路上来来往往来自不同国家的人们,融入夏威夷的慢节奏生活中~  下午1点半左右,强大的散客团再出发,去岛的东岸看看。号称夏威夷比华利山庄的Kahala富人区、奥巴马最喜欢的白沙滩、热带雨林、Ko’olau山、钻石头山、恐龙湾自然保护区、大风口、几百年的日式寺庙(寺庙旁边小山坡上默默躺着张学良和赵四小姐的墓碑哦~)。拍照留影,各种摆pose,幸福就这么简单!(建议这天不要穿短裙哦,大风口的风会让你360度走光没商量的!)回到酒店是下午4点左右,洗漱过后,继续每天的功课——逛海滩。当然,海滩边还有很多商店,奢侈品、当地好玩的小店、免税店,应有尽有,即使不买东西,window shopping一下也是很美的!(未完待续)

 

天堂夏威夷,就在你身边!

全国首家专属美国夏威夷自助旅游预定平台。灵活出行,无忧假期,玩转天堂夏威夷,精彩只在夏忆!

夏威夷淘宝店:ihawaii.taobao.com

夏忆咨询QQ号:2825252022 

夏忆中国咨询电话:021-51099723

夏忆总公司官网:http://www.bs-hawaii.com

 

关注我们微信公众订阅号夏忆iHawaii夏威夷自助游,微信号:ihawaii999 或直接扫描下方二维码

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主题:天堂无需奢华——1万元畅游夏威夷攻略(上)

主题:天堂无需奢华——1万元畅游夏威夷攻略(上)

 

夏威夷,太平洋上的明珠,全球最佳海滩聚集地!夏威夷,都说是人一辈子至少要去一次的地方!可是。。。据说那个地方好贵的那。。。都错了小伙伴们,夏威夷其实也可以很亲民哦:准备好1万大洋和7天的假期,我们去人间天堂吧!

 

 

第一天:国际机票6500元+公车2.5刀+午餐8刀+晚餐10刀+酒店70刀=7060元

国内起飞,目标美国夏威夷州檀香山国际机场(机场代码HNL),飞行时间约9个小时(直飞)或者13个小时(转机,包括转机等候时间)。夏威夷比中国晚18个小时,所以同一天,我们抵达天堂夏威夷!出关取了行李,坐19路或者20路公车,付2.5美元,慢慢晃到威基基(Waikiki)区(奢侈的同学可以叫辆出租车,大约25刀)。

夏威夷酒店全部为下午3点check-in,把行李寄存在大堂,小伙伴们就可以步行到著名的威基基海滩了!阳光沙滩,一切就在眼前了!懒洋洋地在蓝天白云下睡一会儿,倒个时差。 吃饭就在威基基International Market Place的Food Court解决吧,各国美食选择丰富,初来乍到也不会觉得不习惯哦。晚上6点左右,换上花花衣裳,漫步到沙滩上看看日落,偶遇免费的呼拉舞表演,这就是度假的节奏啊!

 

 

第二天:珍珠港市区观光拼团250元+三餐25刀+酒店70刀=830元

起个早,在麦记之类的快餐店或者当地的便利店简单早餐,然后跟着当地的散客团(中文的哦)出发去珍珠港洛~ 珍珠港因为限制人数,排队的人不少,所以要早点去呢。拿了票,接着看个电影介绍(有中文讲解机器可租借),然后上船,去到沉船纪念馆,看看脚下仍然漂着机油的亚利桑那号(注:珍珠港不可以带大包进去,要寄存哦)。珍珠港出来再去檀香山市区晃一圈,唐人街、太平洋国家军人公墓、夏威夷的皇宫等等。差不多中午回到酒店。解决完午餐,在酒店房间里小憩一下,或者在泳池晒着太阳小憩,临近晚上了出门继续逛逛海滩,逛逛海滩边的公园,欣赏日落,看看街头表演,美好的一天啊!

 

 

第三天:东欧胡岛环岛拼团250元+三餐25刀+酒店70刀=830元

今天可以睡到自然醒,如果酒店楼层高的,可以起身看个日出,然后倒头继续睡!起床后出去觅食,在阳光下慵懒地喝杯咖啡,看看路上来来往往来自不同国家的人们,融入夏威夷的慢节奏生活中~  下午1点半左右,强大的散客团再出发,去岛的东岸看看。号称夏威夷比华利山庄的Kahala富人区、奥巴马最喜欢的白沙滩、热带雨林、Ko’olau山、钻石头山、恐龙湾自然保护区、大风口、几百年的日式寺庙(寺庙旁边小山坡上默默躺着张学良和赵四小姐的墓碑哦~)。拍照留影,各种摆pose,幸福就这么简单!(建议这天不要穿短裙哦,大风口的风会让你360度走光没商量的!)回到酒店是下午4点左右,洗漱过后,继续每天的功课——逛海滩。当然,海滩边还有很多商店,奢侈品、当地好玩的小店、免税店,应有尽有,即使不买东西,window shopping一下也是很美的!(未完待续)

 

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