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(Photos) ‘Space-Time Tunnel’ opens in Guangzhou airport

The Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong province, welcomes its passengers with a "Space-Time Tunnel" starting Oct 21, 2016. The tunnel, built on the road from the airport terminal to the nearest subway, creates special effects with cutting-edge technologies, adding a new feature to the airport and enriching travelers' experiences. The tunnel is more than 200 meters long and covers some 2,500 square meters. It is the first such large space offering artistic, sci-fi-like experience in a Chinese airport.

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SOCCSKSARGEN to launch ‘Festival of First Peoples’

KORONADAL CITY -- SOCCSKSARGEN's regional tourism office has invited local and foreign tourists to take part in the "Tau SOX: Festival of First Peoples" that begins Wednesday. The festival will feature the cultures of the SOCCSKSARGEN region, which consists of the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato and Sarangani, and the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Koronadal, Tacurong and Gen. Santos. Explaining the festival's name, director of the regional tourism office, Nelly Dillera, said “Tau SOX” simply means people of "SOX" or the SOCCSKSARGEN region. "Tau", Dillera said, was lifted from the Nusantau (Tau) Hypothesis that states that there have been TAU or people traveling to the NUS or south even in pre-historic times. The Nusantau Hypothesis says that “Nus” is an Austronesian root word which means “south” and “tao” or “tau” refers …

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Forbidden City to build new museum to exhibit more collections

The Forbidden City in Beijing, also known as the Palace Museum, will build a new museum to exhibit more of its huge collection, said the site's director, Shan Jixiang, at the 2016 International Smart Tourism Conference in Hangzhou on Oct. 23, China News Service reported. The Forbidden City is the world’s largest timber architectural complex. It is also the world’s largest collection of cultural relics, and boasts the most visitors. Shan said the Forbidden City is currently facing a major problem: most of its massive collections can’t be displayed. Usually, 10 to 20 percent of the collections of major international museums are displayed at any given time. Although the Forbidden City holds over 70 exhibitions every year, only 0.5 percent of its collections have the opportunity to be put on display for …

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PH tourism destinations featured in taxis driving around New Delhi

Taxi cabs in New Delhi helped in promoting the Philippines' beautiful world class tourist destinations, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday. Philippine Ambassador to India Ma. Teresita C. Daza launched the taxi transit advertising of Philippine tourist destinations at the Embassy grounds on Oct. 10 as part of the Embassy’s continuing tourism promotion efforts in partnership with the Philippine Tourism Marketing Office in New Delhi. One hundred thirty taxis ply the roads of New Delhi, featuring key tourist attractions such as Bohol, Cebu, Davao, and Manila on the taxis’ sides and back. The use of taxi transit advertising is a powerful tool to raise awareness on Philippine tourism and to project the country’s beautiful tourist destinations. The taxis were also equipped with brochures containing five tour packages to famous tourism destinations in …

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Culasi’s best practice – building of sea wall to save lives

SAN JOSE de BUENAVISTA, Antique -- The town of Culasi in the northern part of this sea-horse shaped province we call Antique has been in the map lately. Visitors and guest, both foreign and local ones, dropped by this lovely municipality comprising of 44 barangays of which three are island barangays. These islands topped them all when it comes to day visitors as well as overnight travelers. Records from the Tourism Office and was shared by Culasi’s tourism officer John-john Sumanting revealed that as of the third quarter of this year, a total of 57,697 visitors were listed in its tourist arrivals. What made Culasi, specifically with its three island barangays, stood among the other towns in Antique ? Culasi is endowed with an 18-kilometer long uninterrupted coastal lines and to most of us, …

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Some enchanted Island

Images by Klara Fernandez Tarsiers and Chocolate Hills—as much as I don’t want to admit it, these two are the only things that come to mind every time I hear Bohol. I’ve always imagined it as a province surrounded by lush mountains and trees, with golden farm fields everywhere you look. But I was wrong. In my three days stay in the top tourist destination, I found out that Bohol is a glorious gem calling out to the world to come see its attractions and also its hidden beauty. An hour and 20 minutes from Manila via plane, Bohol is a province in Central Visayas just on the right side of Cebu. The 10th largest island in the Philippines, it is home to not just the tarsier and the Chocolate hills, but …

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Beyond Tourism

Palawan has been voted as the best island in the world. Puerto Princesa made its mark in the world because of the Subterranean River or what is more commonly known as the Underground River, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Seven Wonders of Nature. You can also go island hopping around Honda Bay where you can find one of my favorite snorkeling sites, Pambato reef. Palawan, popular for its clear waters, rich ecosystem, and pristine beaches has wooed tourists to visit its islands. In July, Republic Chemical Industries Inc. (RCI), maker of Pioneer Epoxy, and its affiliate Pioneer Adhesives Foundation Inc. (PAFI) as part of their corporate social responsibility, organized a three-day event to promote environmental awareness. Their campaign, “Our Earth, Our Responsibility” in collaboration with …

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37th MassKara Festival highlights to feature street, arena dance competitions

BACOLOD CITY -- The highlights of the 37th MassKara Festival this coming weekend will feature the much-awaited street and arena dance competitions in both school and barangay categories. On Saturday, seven elementary and four secondary schools are joining the showdown to be held in partnership between the Silver MassKara Festival Organization and the Department of Education Division of Bacolod City. Participants in the elementary level are Andres Bonifacio Elementary School-II, Rafael Alunan Elementary School, Bata Elementary School I, Handumanan Elementary School II, ETCS III (District VI), J.R. Torres Elementary School, and Francisco R. Flores Elementary School. Contestants in the high school category are Domingo Lacson National High School, Luisa Medel National High School, Fr. Gratian Murray, AFCS Integrated School, and Sum-ag National High School. There will be separate winners for the elementary and secondary …

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10th ‘Tinapa’ Festival in Rosario, Cavite showcases various dishes out of ‘smoked fish’

ROSARIO, Cavite  -- The 10th "Tinapa" Festival was celebrated Wednesday at Isla Bonita, Salinas Village in this town with colorful dances, parlor games, and preparation and cooking of various dishes out of "tinapa". "Tinapa" is a native delicacy of smoked fish such as "galunggong", "salinas", "tamban", "salinyasi" and "bangus" (milkfish), and is best eaten with fried rice and sliced fresh tomatoes for breakfast. It was in 2006 that the Tinapa Festival was first celebrated with then Mayor, now Vice Mayor Jose "Nonong" Ricafrente Jr., to promote and perpetuate the image of Rosario town as the place where smoked fish, particularly "tinapang salinas" originated. Visitors witnessed residents cook Tinapa Flakes, Tinapa Bread, Tinapa Siopao, Tinapa Hopia, Lumpiang Tinapa, Fishball Tinapa, Embutidong Tinapa, Burger Steak Tinapa, Tinapa Sandwich in Trosong Salinas, Salinas Palabok with Tinapa …

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Entrance of Changchun Garden in Summer Palace opens to tourists

The restored gate of Changchun Garden in Yuanmingyuan, also known as the Summer Palace, opened to tourists on Oct. 18 in northwest Beijing. Yuanmingyuan was once a resort for the imperial families of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It was pillaged and burned by British and French troops in 1860 during the Second Opium War. As one of three gardens in Yuanmingyuan, Changchun Garden contains several important relics. Built in 1747, the gate of Changchun Garden used to be the entrance used for emperors; on the gate there is even a plaque inscribed by the Qianlong emperor. In front of the gate stand several bronze kylins, an animal found in Chinese mythology. A spokesperson for Yuanmingyuan explained that only 20 percent of the underground remains have been excavated. Ongoing archaeological work will continue to …

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