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5 Must-Visit Old Street Markets in Hong Kong

With a fine collection of sprawling shopping complexes, mega malls and popular street markets, Hong Kong has always been a shopper’s paradise. While you can indulge in the best of luxury shopping experience here, there are some colourful old street markets as well selling all sorts Hong Kongof items from cheap clothing, jewellery and accessories to dried seafood, goldfishes and birds! Take a look at some of these exciting old street markets:

Ladies Market

One of the most popular outdoor shopping hubs in Hong Kong, Ladies Market is one exciting place shopaholics should not miss. The market has more than 100 stalls selling exquisite cloth items, accessories and various fashion goods at reasonable prices. Though this market largely caters to women, there are also a lot of items for men and a variety of household products and souvenirs offered. Food lovers can try a scrumptious range of delicious delicacies at some best restaurants and eateries in the Mong Kok area surrounding the market.

Tai Po Market

Tai Po Market is known for serving best local flavours in Hong Kong. There are a large number of shops in the market selling a fine variety of fruits, Hakka rice cakes, delicious sea food and much more. You can also shop for fresh meat and fish items here. There is a multi floored food centre close to the market representing the very best of community dining and where foodies can enjoy an array of delicious cuisines ranging from Cantonese to Indian.

Ko Shing Street

Located in Sheung Wan, a lively area renowned for its down-to-earth vibe, Ko Shing Street is one of the best places in Hong Kong to shop for traditional Chinese medicines, herbal products and many other health care products. This place is easily accessible by metro or tram. The dispensary employees in the market have extensive medical knowledge; and you can get here an array of medicines with a long history. A visit to the market is not complete without sampling traditional Chinese health foods such as star fish, dried sea food and abalone.

Graham Street Market

Counted among the oldest open air markets in Hong Kong, Graham Street Market is visited by many tourists all throughout the year. The market has two lines of stalls selling fresh vegetables, seafood, meat, tofus and sweets; and you can delight in a plethora of vivid scenes in the afternoon. It is the original Hong Kong-style “wet market” stretching some 500 feet from Hollywood Road to Queen’s Road Central. The market was also featured in a scene from the famous movie, Rush Hour. You cannot miss to head to 13Peel, a little cafe in the market and enjoy a single-origin coffee.

Business Card Market

Another interesting market in Hong Kong is Business Card Market, located in Sheung Wan. The market is full of printing shops creating finely designed business cards according to your taste. You have to simply take your CD or USB flash drive with your required calling card design on it and have it printed as per your specifications. Here you can also shop for fascinating Chinese Souvenir seals engraved in stone. Besides, you cannot miss to head to one of the fresh fruit juice stalls here and enjoy a refreshing drink.

Some of the Best Cultural Sights One Should Not Miss to Explore in Bali

Called the Island of the Gods, Bali is one top tourist destination in the world that evokes thoughts of a paradise. Besides its tropical treats, the island nation is renowned for its unique culture all over the world with a rich collection of temples, palaces, theaters and museums. Let’s take a look at some of the best cultural attractions of Bali:

Uluwatu Temple

One of the six key temples that are believed to be Bali’s spiritual pillars, Uluwatu Temple is a Balinese Hindu sea temple that draws the attention with its stunning location. It is perched on top of a steeped cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level, and thus, graces the western

Uluwatu Temple

coast of the island. One can spend a beautiful day here delighting in a beautiful sunset, stunning views of the waves of the Indian Ocean and daily Kecak dance performances held at an amphitheatre close to the temple apart from exploring Balinese architecture, ancient sculptures and traditional-designed gateways.

Tanah Lot Temple

Epitomising Bali as the romantic island, Tanah Lot is a rock formation with a temple called Tanah Lot Temple which is cherished for its natural beauty. It is an iconic sea temple with a stunning backdrop of the vast blue and history dating back to the 16th century. Located some Tanah Lot Temple300 metres offshore, it is one great place to learn about Balinese mythology. Visitors will have to walk through a number of Balinese market-format souvenir shops to reach the temple. There are some restaurants as well on the mainland cliff tops.

Ubud Royal Palace

One of the gorgeous royal palaces in Ubud, a royal town, Ubud Royal Palace serves as a cultural repository of arts, dance and literature. The well-preserved Balinese architecture of the palace and a stunning garden setting are a treat for sore eyes. The palace has beautiful walkways Ubud-Royal-Palacewhere visitors can have a perfect leisure time and click pictures. Every evening, the performances with gamelan and percussive orchestras are hosted here. This place is quite popular among Balinese arts’ lovers as one of the main sites to view traditional dance performances.

Elephant Cave

Also known as Goa Gajah, Elephant Cave is a significant Hindu archaeological site that also serves as a Buddhist temple, carved in stories and sacred figures. This place got its name as Elephant Cave due to its close proximity to the Elephant River. There is a large bathing pool that is believed to cleanse the soul and ward off evil spirits. The menacing entrance to the cave appears like a demonic mouth that is claimed to represent the Hindu earth god Bhoma by some and to belong to the child-eating witch Rangda from Balinese mythology by others.

Besakih Temple

The largest, holiest and the most important temple of Hindu religion in Bali, Besakih Temple is located on the slopes of the highest mountain of Bali, the Mount Agung. Built on six levels, the tBesakih Templeemple is an extensive complex of 23 separate but related temples including the largest and the most important, Pura Penataran Agung. There are more than 70 religious ceremonies held every year that are attended by Hindu devotees from all over the world.

All You Need to Know: Dubai Frame – World’s Largest Picture Frame

The latest addition to the list of Dubai’s spectacles, Dubai Frame takes you on ride to Dubai’s past, present and future. This 150 meter tall eye-catching mega structure officially opened on 1st January, 2018 and is much more than a selfie and photography subject. Dubai Frame has welcomed more than a million visitors ever since its opening, which makes it one of the must visit places in Dubai.
Dubai Frame Here’s everything you should know about this famous landmark.

Timing

Dubai Frame opens every day from 9 am to 9 pm. The best time to visit the frame is during evening to get some spectacular views of the city from the sky deck.

Glistening Exterior

The world’s largest picture frame that adorns a striking exterior is 150 meters tall and 93 meters wide. The shiny golden cladding with honeycomb design gives it a distinct appeal and symbolizes the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020.

Dubai’s Past

The first thing you will see after entering the Frame is a virtual exhibition that tells you about the Dubai Frame, which is followed by a little museum, the Past Dubai Gallery. Take a look at Dubai’s past when it used to be a small fishing village; all of which is displayed using really cool projections.
Exit the museum to board a high speed elevator that will take you to the Frame’s top to view Dubai’s glorious present.

360 ° View of Dubai

Gaze at the sweeping panoramic view of Dubai from the viewing gallery of Dubai Frame. The glass bridge at top connects the two columns of the frame and provides jaw-dropping views of the 150 meters drop. The Frame is strategically built to show two different perspectives of present Dubai. While you can behold the sight of new Dubai’s glittering landscape studded with skyscrapers on the north side of the gallery, the other side presents a view of Old Dubai and the Dubai Creek.

Into Dubai’s Future

After stepping out of the viewing gallery, you will be taken back to the lower section of the Frame for a walk into the future. Enter a tunnel equipped with virtual lighting that shows how Dubai will look like in the next 50 years. The sophisticated projections and sound effects make the walk through this tunnel a breathtaking experience.
After completing the walk in this virtual time vortex, you will be ushered towards a souvenir shop. Buy a Dubai Frame replica, t-shirts, caps, mugs, and more for yourself or for your loved ones as your visit to the Dubai Frame ends.