Chinese New Year In Taiwan: The Year Of The Goat

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A sweet start to the upcoming Chinese New Year in Taiwan!

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Goat

Chinese New Year is just around the coroner! Thursday, February 19 is fast approaching and the merchants are getting ready. Have you thought about where you want to spend New Years? It is time to make sure your reservations are booked. It is time to prepare for the coming, of The Year Of The Goat.

The Goat is the 8th animal in the Chinese zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. According to Chinese astrology, each New Year is affiliated with its animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle. Thus 2015 is, The Year Of The Goat.

Chinese New Year is a week of celebration. The Asians prepare vigorously for this day. When it arrives, it is party time in Asia. The children will have all the sweets they can imagine, though Asian sweets are not as sugar laden as Western confectuaries. Red lanterns will hang everywhere and merchants will have plenty of these to buy. Red is a color of prosperity in Asia. You will see a sea of red lanterns hanging in every home. Welcome to Chinese New Year!

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The Year Of The Goat will arrive with decorations of goats everywhere. There will be lantern festivals! You will see lions and dragons dancing in the streets of Taiwan. Large banquets will be hosted. People will make special offerings to their household gods. New clothes will have been bought or made, mostly in red. There will be fantastic parades and aerobatic demonstrations. Gongs, and cymbals will sound throughout every Asian Community world wide . Welcome to The Year Of The Goat!

What are you waiting for? Now is the time to book your reservation for Chinese New Year! Celebrate with your favorite Taiwanese community. Delight in all the festivities. This is a 15 day celebration you will not want to miss. Back your bags and grab your passport, as you welcome, The Year Of The Goat.

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China’s Hidden Gems for Rest and Relaxation

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By Sylvia Liu

Whether you’re exploring the concrete jungles of Shanghai and Beijing, or an actual jungle in southern China, it’s a welcome surprise to find a safe haven at the end of each day where you can relax in style. Across the vast land of China, from the lush forest of Yunnan to the red walls of a royal garden, we’ve found places for you to hide away—where we can leave your busy city life outside the chamber doors and spend some time resting and reflecting.

Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing

Featuring a wellness retreat, this is an oriental-Eden. Right next to the East gate of the Summer Palace lies a series of pavilions and courtyards of traditional Chinese lavishness. However, from the outside, it’s so hidden that you might miss it as someone’s humble home. This residence was originally provided for guests of the Empress Dowager Cixi, dated back into the Qing dynasty. The design aims to preserve the traditional Chinese architecture and atmosphere. Most importantly, you can have the Summer Palace all to yourself—a secret path from Aman that leads to the most amazing sunset scene after after the park has closed to the public. What a serene delight.

Commune by the Great Wall

If a garden-style hideaway is not your cup of tea, then maybe you would like to have a view of all the mountains and Great Wall at your feet. That sense of conquering might lead to a new perspective and positive energy to your 2015 adventure. There are 42 themed villas for you to choose—from minimalistic tranquility to forestry mystery. Each has its unique and breathtaking view of the Great Wall, Shuiguan section. One thing that you need to know is that this is not just a boutique hotel but a modern architecture highlight, developed by Zhang Xin.

Banyan Tree Lijiang

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Among the mist from the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, you can find a group of Naxi-style villas. That’s your escape—Banyan Tree. Every single villa is positioned for you to admire the vast snow gullies and limestone mountain faces from distance. Every time of the day, you will experience a different ethereal scenery. Combining comfort with nature and ethnic cultures from the Naxi Kingdom, it won’t be long before you’ve forgotten your life outside of this sanctuary. Literally, just like the resort’s introduction says—come live in a fairytale.

Aman Fayun, Hangzhou

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A look around La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa

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We explore La Reserve Paris – Hotel and Spa as it opens in the French capital

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15 romantic couple's retreats for Valentine's Day

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From cosy hotel stays across the region to relaxing spa sessions for couples to indulge in

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SNEAK PEEK: Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

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