As autumn approaches, it’s time to plan the family holiday to take advantage of the Fall Break. It is certainly true that the family that holidays together bonds together, and it is, moreover, a wonderful way for children to learn as well as for parents to relax. We have selected five family destinations that suit the needs of everyone in the family. Whether you would like to enjoy cultural activities, admire natural beauty, explore culinary delights, or shop till you drop, we are pleased to help you color your holiday and create a memorable trip for you and your loved ones.
A visit to a fairytale castle is a dream of many children and even some adults. Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, is a romantic spot that stirs your imagination. It was built in 1868 by King Ludwig II, who was inspired by the opera Lohengrin, a work of his favorite composer, Richard Wagner. The interior of Neuschwanstein Castle comprises different styles; Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic and so on. Modern amenities, such as electricity, plumbing, and telephone were also installed in the castle. A trip to Neuschwanstein Castle usually starts from Munich, the capital of Bavaria, which has numerous attractions. For example, Frauenkirche, the symbol of Munich, where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view from the towers; Marienplatz, a central square where the new Town Hall with its majestic gothic architecture and famous clockwork glockenspiel is located; and Neuhauserstrasse, a shopping street lined with brand-name shops. If you visit Munich in October, you can’t miss Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival, which attracts some six million people annually.
There’s a huge variety of holiday activities that make Hong Kong one of the top holiday destinations for all. Take a trip to the colorful temple and enjoy a 360-degree view from Ngong Ping, one of the world’s best cable car rides, try the thrilling rides in Ocean Park, let fairy tales stir your imagination at Hong Kong Disneyland, and enjoy shopping in this shoppers’ paradise. No trip would be complete, though, without exploring the city’s culinary repertoire that will surely satisfy, whatever your desire. From simple, yet extraordinary, dishes like wonton and noodle soup or congee with assorted garnishes, to spectacular seafood, the unpretentious Chinese Imperial cuisine and international flavors in some of the world’s best restaurants. This year there are 79 Michelin star restaurants in Hong Kong, up from 27 in 2009, marking Hong Kong one of the world’s culinary capitals.
It is no exaggeration to say that each time you visit Japan, it’s never the same. Perhaps it is because Japan has so much to offer, from northern Hokkaido to the southern city of Fukuoka. Although in fact, all Japanese cities are great places for a family holiday, it is Osaka that really meets everyone’s needs. This city offers a wide range of activities, like grabbing some excitement at Universal Studios Japan, enjoying the marine life in Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and traveling back in time to the three hundred-year-old Osaka Castle. Plus, you can spend the whole day shopping in the covered shopping arcade in Shinsaibashi and snap the iconic Glico Man Sign at Dotonburi, before being engulfed in Osakan food culture, which is described as ‘Kuidaore’ or ‘eat until you drop’! Besides, Osaka is the gateway to many popular destinations such as Nara, Kyoto, and Kobe, all less than an hour away.
Thanks to the reasonable living costs, flavourful food, beautiful natural scenery and the wide range of shopping choices, Taipei has been growing in popularity among travelers. There are various activities for the family, but the first on your list is certainly a visit to Taipei 101, an engineering and architectural feat which was the world’s tallest building until 2009. The view from the 89th and 91st floors is unmissable, as is the 660-tonne steel pendulum that serves as a tuned mass damper on the 87th - 92nd floor. In addition, the National Palace Museum, home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Chinese art (said to take you four months to see it all), is a must. Spend a healthy day exploring the city by bicycle, which can be picked up from Youbike citywide, before unwinding at sunset, at Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf.
A land of scenic charms and one of the world’s best-managed tourism destinations, New Zealand offers a myriad of activities on both the North and South Islands. A road trip is the best way to discover the natural wonders of this Southern hemisphere country. Start from Auckland, a city of pretty quays and harbors and New Zealand’s largest metropolitan area, and drive down to Rotorua to witness the geothermal activity, geysers, and hot mud pools. Stop to experience the ecological diversity of Tongariro National Park, where the desert meets the beech forest. Then cross to the South Island for an exciting whale watching experience at Kaikoura, before heading further south to enjoy the breathtaking scenery in Queenstown and Milford Sound. Alternatively, explore the land of Middle-earth (from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit) through one of the many guided tours of the films’locations, which will make your family holiday one of the most memorable trips ever.
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