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Old Hong Kong Airport Opens As Cruise Terminal

Posted on Jun 15, 2013 | Comments Off on Old Hong Kong Airport Opens As Cruise Terminal

by Chris Owen

Old Hong Kong Airport Opens As Cruise Terminal.  Hong Kong’s $1 billion Kai Tak cruise terminal is open and processing cruise travelers as anticipated. Located at the site of the former Kai Tak International airport runway, the terminal will eventually source passengers from a pool of 50 million potential middle-class passengers in China. This week though, it’s all about the Americans.

Passengers disembarking Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas this week found a bit of a different experience than that of other cruise ports around the world. Showcasing some of what China has to offer cruise travelers, Mariner of the Seas offered passengers a kung fu demonstration, a lion dance at Mikiki mall in San Po Kong, shopping, dining and more on planned tours.

Adventure cruise travelers with a desire to go it on their own had a bit different experience, finding transportation options limited. “The terminal is fine, the building is fine but there is no good connection to the city,” passenger Fred Lutjens said in a Standard report that notes a queue of 100 people waiting for a taxi.
Kai Tak airport, which closed in 1998 after 70 years of service, was replaced by the current Chek Lap Kok International Airport. Using that valuable and available land efficiently, the $1 billion Kai Tak cruise terminal has the ability to handle passenger vessels as large as two of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class cruise ships, the largest in the world.

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Flying from Mt. Everest – The Mission – World Record BASE Jump

Posted on May 31, 2013 | Comments Off on Flying from Mt. Everest – The Mission – World Record BASE Jump

Flying from Mt. Everest.  When Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay summited 60 years ago, they didn’t have the equipment to fly off and why would you?

To celebrate the diamond jubilee of the first summit, Russian BASE jumper Valery Rozov threw himself off the north face in China 23,688 feet above sea level. It wasn’t the top, but it’s at least the highest BASE jump ever completed.

In the thinner air and colder temperatures of high altitude, Rozov had far less control of his wingsuit, and the flight was a little touch and go. After a minute of flying along the north face of the mountain, he landed safely in the snow on the Rongbuk Glacier at about 19,521 feet of altitude.

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Vivid Sydney Launch

Posted on May 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Vivid Sydney Launch

Amazing time lapse of the Vivid Sydney launch Friday may 24th to 10 June and this year it’s bigger, better and brighter than ever before. The 18-day annual event of light, music and ideas has become Sydney’s major festival in winter attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to signature events such as the Lighting the Sails of the Sydney Opera House and the beautiful, meandering journey around the harbour for the much-loved Light Walk. This year the Light Walk includes exciting new precincts such as Darling Harbour and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Vivid map

Other major Vivid Sydney precincts are the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks and Walsh Bay where the world’s best lighting technology is used to transform skyscrapers and heritage sites at night into an amazing colourful canvas. Once again, Vivid LIVE returns to the Sydney Opera House with an extraordinary series of music performances while Vivid Ideas brings creative minds together in Sydney to connect with global leaders in the creative industries from filmmaking to photography, design, technology and gaming.

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Escape to Shanghai – take a 5 minute video tour

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Escape to Shanghai – take a 5 minute video tour

Take a 5 minute desktop escape to Shanghai and see what the city has to offer.

Shanghai is a global city  with a total population of over 23 million. It has influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transport.

A popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden, as well as the extensive and growing Lujiazui skyline. It has been described as the “showpiece” of the booming economy of mainland China

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Is it smarter to travel in groups?

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 | Comments Off on Is it smarter to travel in groups?

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Ivory Trade – On a serious note – Warning some graphic images

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Ivory Trade – On a serious note – Warning some graphic images

The Ivory trade is devastating Africa’s elephants. The problem of how to stop elephant poaching often comes up when the 177 countries that signed the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species CITES, meet, and with as many as 25,000 elephants now being killed for their tusks each year, the global ivory trade is again likely to be a focus of discussion when they gather in Bangkok this week ( March 2013).  A small number of mostly southern African nations periodically argue that a legal, closely regulated trade in ivory could help deflate the soaring prices that poached tusks fetch on the black market in China and other Asian countries.

Article Source WSJ Online AAP

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Bear Essentials of Safety

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Bear Essentials of Safety

Air New Zealand filmed the Bear essentials of safety on the Routeburn Track, a 32km, 2-4 day track in the southwestern corner of New Zealand’s South Island.

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Humpbacks in Bermuda – Amazing underwater footage

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Humpbacks in Bermuda – Amazing underwater footage

Humpbacks in Bermuda

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One mans way to tour India – Freerunning

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 | Comments Off on One mans way to tour India – Freerunning

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