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China says Central & Eastern European countries should implement attractive tourist visa policy for Chinese people


Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) should accelerate the implementation of visa on arrival, visa-free, and multiple entry visa policy for Chinese tourists, according to Li Jinzao, head of the China National Tourism Administration who was at the China tourism information day conference in Budapest on Thursday. Increasingly, countries have been implementing very attractive and … Continue reading

Oahu Hawaii Sea Life Park


November 16 2007: Sea Life Park Hawaii is located on O’ahu, one of Hawaii’s most famous islands. Oahu is known for its natural beauty, history, culture, and attractions. Sea Life Park adds to Oahu’s magic by providing a unique opportunity to interact with exotic sea life and animals. There is swimming with dolphins and sea … Continue reading

Bandung Indonesia Tangkuban Perahu


September 2nd 1977: Tangkuban Perahu is a volcano 30 km north of the city of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. It is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs and boiling mud up close, and buy eggs cooked … Continue reading

Jakarta Indonesia "Seven-Up Man" Monument


August 31st 1977: The monuments in Jakarta, many of which are built on roundabouts,  are usually called by local names, and are most often referred to as a way of giving directions. Many of the locals don’t actually know what the monument is supposed to depict. The Statue of Dirgantara (Father of the Heavens Monument) … Continue reading

Dubai Autodrome


The Dubai Autodrome is the region’s first fully integrated motorsports facility. The complex, a part of the Union Properties Motorcity development, not only includes an FIA sanctioned 5.39km circuit, which offers six different configurations, but also incorporates a Race & Driving school and a CIK approved Karting track. Officially inaugurated in October 2004 when it … Continue reading

Dubai Autodrome


The Dubai Autodrome is the region’s first fully integrated motorsports facility. The complex, a part of the Union Properties Motorcity development, not only includes an FIA sanctioned 5.39km circuit, which offers six different configurations, but also incorporates a Race & Driving school and a CIK approved Karting track. Officially inaugurated in October 2004 when it … Continue reading

Wollongong: Grand Pacific Drive


Similar to Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, NSW now has a picturesque driving route of its own, called Grand Pacific Drive and it is something to be seen. Despite being a response to a falling rock problem in the northern part of the coastal city of Wollongong, the NSW government have turned a bridge into a … Continue reading

Bourke, NSW


Bourke is a town and Local Government Area in the north of New South Wales, Australia. The town is located approximately 800 kilometres north-west of Sydney, on the south bank of the Darling River. At the 2006 census, Bourke had a population of 2,145, of whom 815 or 33% identified as Indigenous Australians. The site … Continue reading

Bourke, NSW


Bourke is a town and Local Government Area in the north of New South Wales, Australia. The town is located approximately 800 kilometres north-west of Sydney, on the south bank of the Darling River. At the 2006 census, Bourke had a population of 2,145, of whom 815 or 33% identified as Indigenous Australians. The site … Continue reading

Jiading Confucius Temple in Shanghai


Jiading is an ancient town located in Jiading District, about 20 kilometres northwest of Shanghai. On the southside of Jiading, in South Street, is the famous Confucius Temple, known locally as Jiading Kongmiao. It is one of the biggest and best preserved temples in Eastern China. It also serves as the Jiading Museum, and provides … Continue reading

Dubai Beaches


Dubai has a number of excellent beaches and beach parks. Dubai’s main beaches run along Jumeirah Road. In truth, it is one long beach divided up by hotels and private clubs, interspaced by a few public access beaches. The Jumeirah beaches have soft white sand that slip into the shallow warm turquoise waters of the … Continue reading

Diamond Head Hawaii


Diamond Head is the most famous volcanic crater in the world. It is located on the South-east Coast of O’ahu, at the end of Waikiki, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was originally named Laeahi by the ancient Hawaiians. The name meant “brow of the tuna” and looking at the silhouette of the crater from Waikiki, … Continue reading

Canberra Parliament House


The most striking and readily recognisable feature of Canberra is Parliament House. Parliament House replaced Old Parliament House, and was officially opened on 9th May 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II. Much of Parliament House is buried beneath Capital Hill. Though security has tightened since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US, Parliament House is still … Continue reading

Dynamic Tower Dubai


The Dynamic Tower in Dubai is the first Building in Motion to be constructed in the world, and it will herald a new era of architecture and become a symbol of Dubai, the city of the future. The developer is Rotating Tower Dubai Development Limited of Dynamic Group. Created by revolutionary architect Dr David Fisher, … Continue reading

Hatta Village (Heritage Village) Dubai


The Hatta Village, or Dubai Heritage Village, is constructed around an old settlement and is a recreation of a traditional style mountain village set in an oasis. The Dubai Heritage Village helps you discover the old world charm of barasti or palm leaves and mud houses. There’s a large central fort and tower which overlooks … Continue reading

Old Bastakiya District Dubai


The old Bastakiya district, in Dubai, UAE, is a step back in time to the days before electricity and air-conditioning, where traditional courtyard houses were cooled by wind towers. It gives a glimpse of the way Dubai used to be. Old Dubai was famous for its wind towers that lined the Creek on both sides, … Continue reading

Camel Racing In Dubai


The former president of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed, endorsed camel racing and provides financial support for citizens who are caretakers of camels. Camel races take place on an annual basis, mostly during the late October to early April racing season and periodically throughout the year. The races generally take place on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays … Continue reading

World Islands Dubai


The World Islands of Dubai is a man-made archipelago of 300 islands constructed in the shape of a world map and located 4 kilometres off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Like the Palm Islands, also in Dubai, they are built mainly using sand dredged from the sea. All the artificial island projects are … Continue reading

Palm Islands Dubai


The Palm Islands, also referred to as The Palm Dubai and The Palms, are the world’s three largest man-made islands, which are being built on the coast of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The project is being handled by Al Nakheel Properties (Nakheel Corporation), which will increase Dubai’s shoreline by … Continue reading

Seattle Space Needle


The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair, yet even today, it is still the number tourist attraction in all Seattle. The old fairgrounds surrounding the Space Needle house numerous attractions that in themselves attract a lot of tourists. The Space Needle “complex” where the old fairground was (now called the Seattle Centre) … Continue reading

Goulburn Waterworks Museum


Goulburn Waterworks became operational in January 1886, to provide a reticulated water supply to the growing City of Goulburn. Before 1886 the residents of Goulburn would have collected water in tanks or wells, or purchased supplies from a carter. The demand of the growing city resulted in the Rivers and Harbours Board installing a waterworks … Continue reading

Goulburn Overview


Goulburn today is a world renowned fine wool area, symbolised in the city by a three story high concrete castrated sheep, but it also has a secret in it’s grand old buildings and magnificent cathedrals, which look like they were transported stone by stone from Britain. But Goulburn also holds the secrets of the settling … Continue reading

City Of Goulburn


Welcome to the first article on the Travel Australia website. This is a collection of stories about the history and sites the great country Australia. First up is my home town, the City of Goulburn, Australia’s First Inland City. Goulburn is rich in history, and has many sites to see. For the photographer and artist, … Continue reading

Java Indonesia Pawon Temple


The Pawon is one of three exactly aligned Buddhist Temples, located in Central Java, and each a mile apart. The exact religious relationship between the three is known to exist, but is a long-forgotten mystery. The Pawon is located exactly central between the Borobudur, one mile north-east, and the Mendut, one mile south-west. There is … Continue reading

Java Indonesia Mendut Temple


The Mendut is one of three exactly aligned Buddhist Temples, located in Central Java, and each a mile apart. The exact religious relationship between the three is known to exist, but is a long-forgotten mystery. Mendut is a ninth century Buddhist temple, located in Mendut village. It is located about two miles northeast from Borobudur. … Continue reading

Waikiki Hawaii USA Honolulu Tavern Karaoke


It was just about a year ago, we were sitting at my favourite bar in the world, the Honolulu Tavern. Since there’s karaoke there every night, we decided to have a YouTube party, and this is the result (with apologies to Creedence Clearwater). It was October 16th 2007, to be exact. Now none of us … Continue reading

Oahu Hawaii Swimming With Dolphins


Sometimes, there isn’t need to write a lot, so I’ll just post a video of myself and my friends at Sea Life Park in Honolulu. Here, we went swimming with dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, sharks, turtles and lots and lots of fishes. Other Feature Articles about Hawaii: Honolulu USA – Pearl Harbor Diamond Head Hawaii … Continue reading

Canberra Australia Parliamentary Triangle


The Canberra Parliamentary Triangle is formed by Commonwealth, Kings and Constitution Avenues. The buildings within the triangle are deliberately located for visual effect. Many are of national importance, and these are popular tourist attractions. The apices (extremes) of the almost perfect equilateral triangle represent the three most important aspects of Canberra. They are: Parliament House … Continue reading

Fucking Austria


British tourists have left the residents of one charming Austrian village effing and blinding by constantly stealing the signs for their oddly named village. While British visitors are finding it hilarious, the residents of Fucking are failing to see the funny side. Only one kind of criminal ever stalks the sleepy 32 house village near … Continue reading

Rockhampton, Queensland Australia


Rockhampton is the unofficial capital of Central Queensland, and proudly declares itself the ‘Beef Cattle Capital of Australia’. Yet it is also a proudly independent city, and, since the 1860’s, has had a strong secessionist movement thriving in the city. It is located 638 km north of Brisbane, 8 metres above sea-level and just a … Continue reading

Honolulu USA Pearl Harbor


Of all the places I’ve ever been, few are as inspiring as Pearl Harbor, on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. We all know the story, and we’ve seen the movie, but it is not until one visits the place that the enormity of what happened there really sinks in. What happened in this place changed … Continue reading

Goulburn Australia


Goulburn today is a world renowned fine wool area, symbolised in the city by a three story high concrete castrated sheep, but it also has a secret in it’s grand old buildings and magnificent cathedrals, which look like they were transported stone by stone from Britain. But Goulburn also holds the secrets of the settling … Continue reading

Bangkok Thailand


Bangkok is the political, social and economic centre of not only Thailand, but much of South East Asia and Indochina as well. Bangkok is generally regarded as a truly global city, and is the world’s top tourist destination. It has a unique mixture of cultures – Thai, Chinese, Indian, Buddhist, Muslim and Western – which, … Continue reading

Sydney Australia Circular Quay


Whenever I visit the city of Sydney, the first thing I do is walk from Central station down to Circular Quay, and around the city’s CBD. The area around Circular Quay is my favourite. Sydney was the site of Australia’s first established European settlement, in 1788, when the First Fleet. This consisted of soldiers and … Continue reading

Seattle USA Underground City


Seattle is best known for the Space Needle, which offers breath-taking views of the city. However, beneath the sidewalks and city of Seattle, another world exists – a city which was burnt down, then rebuilt on top of itself. It is the world of the pioneers, the original settlers of Seattle. The subterranean passageways under … Continue reading

Huai'an China A Bad Time


Not all travel adventures are pleasant experiences. On my first trip to China, I met with some young Australians having horrendous experiences. These young people had gone to China, on their first overseas trip, to teach English, and instead, were virtually kept captive by unscrupulous Australian school managers. Caroline was already in Huai’an (pronounced Why-an) … Continue reading

Airlie Beach Queensland Australia


Australia is home to some of the best holiday spots and beaches in the world. Amongst the top spots, few surpass Airlie Beach, in the Whitsunday Islands. I was fortunate enough to live there for three months in the summer of 2002, and enjoyed the warmth of the water, and the warmth of the people. … Continue reading

Java Indonesia Borobudur Temple


My first overseas travel was to Indonesia, in 1977. The most memorable events of the trip was seeing the Borobudur. I was only 16, and it was also the first time I hadn’t travelled with my family, or to visit other family members. I got to travel on my own, with just a group of … Continue reading

Brisbane, Queensland Australia


A few of my fellow travellers and myself were discussing what is Australia’s best city. Without hesitation, I chose Brisbane. I guess what came out of it was that each city and each town means something different to each person. Each city and town has it’s own culture and personality, that suits the personalities of … Continue reading

Hawaii USA Sea Life Park


My most recent trip overseas was to Hawaii. It was there that I got to swim with the dolphins I have had wondrous experiences in all the places I have wandered to, and all have had an impact of some sort on my life. Honolulu was more full of such experiences than anywhere else I … Continue reading

November 16 2007: Oahu Hawaii Sea Life Park Photo Gallery


Photographs from Sea Life World in Hawaii, November 16 2007 For a complete list of articles and photo galleries about my favourite memories during my travels, click here Tourism Articles On This Site “My Journey” Articles and Photo Galleries

Downtown Burj Dubai and Dubai Mall


Downtown Burj Dubai is a massive real estate development just off Sheikh Zayed Road. It will be home to the Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, and the Dubai Mall, the world’s biggest shopping mall. There are also several hotels in the complex. The Giorgio Armani Hotel will occupy the first 37 floors of the … Continue reading

Burj Al Arab In Dubai


The Burj Al Arab is one of the rarest of jewels that can be found in the world. One of the most luxurious hotels in the world, it has earned the name of being the first 7 star hotel; and so far the tallest Hotel in the world. The name Burj Al Arab in Arabic, … Continue reading

Burj Dubai Interior


The interiors of the Burj Dubai would be lavishly designed by Giorgio Armani. The entire 200 plus floors interiors by Armani would make it one of the most posh and luxurious towers on earth. Another jewel within this tower would be the first of its kind “Armani Hotel.” Corporate offices, private apartments and hotel suites … Continue reading

Burj Dubai Exterior


The Burj Dubai’s completion is expected to occur somewhere in late 2008, though the exact details are shrouded in secrecy. When fully completed it will earn the name of being the “tallest man made structure”..as well as the “tallest free standing structure on earth” The construction of this tower takes place throught the whole day … Continue reading

Design and Inspiration for Nakheel Tower in Dubai


The Nakheel Tower, the future world’s tallest skyscraper, will consist of four individual towers. It will feature design elements from Spain’s gardens of Alhambra, Egypt’s harbor of Alexandria, Iran’s Isfahan bridges, and Morocco’s promenade of Tangier, and wil be a “green project”. “Nakheel has sought inspiration not just from Islamic design but also from the … Continue reading

Nakheel Tower and Harbour Dubai


The entire structure of the new Nakheel Tower will cover an area of 270 hectares, house 55,000 people and provide a workplace for 45,000, and have 10,000 car parks. It is also expected to attract millions of tourist every year, which is what Dubai is all about these days. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said that … Continue reading

Nakheel Tower Dubai To Be New World's Tallest Building


The Burj Dubai, not even completed yet, is about to be dethroned as the world’s tallest building. The Nakheel Tower, also in Dubai, was announced last month, to stand at over one kilometre high. The exact height and number of floors wasn’t announced by Nakheel, the developer that is constructing  the building.  They don’t want … Continue reading

Burj Dubai


The Burj Dubai will be the tallest building in the world when it’s completed, and at 688 metres in September, is already taller than the Taipei 101 Tower (509 m).  It is believed it will be 705-900 m tall, and 160 stories when it is completed , probably by 2009. It is already being called … Continue reading

Burj Dubai (Burj Khalifa)


The Burj Dubai will be the tallest building in the world when it’s completed, and at 688 metres in September, is already taller than the Taipei 101 Tower (509 m).  It is believed it will be 705-900 m tall, and 160 stories when it is completed , probably by 2009. It is already being called … Continue reading

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