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Up on the steep slopes of Cotton Mountain, Shanxi Province, China, stands a Taoist Monastery. It secludes itself by hiding way high in Cotton Mountain reached either by climbing hundreds of hanging steps or by creeping up a narrow, steep, and winding road.  The Monastery is a huge structure consisting of grand welcome gates, temples, residences for monks and guests, dining halls, study chambers,connecting hanging bridges, pagodas, and scenic lakes and waterfalls.  All its magnificent architecture, stretching over layers of mountain ranges, was designed and constructed by taking advantage of the natural slopes and cliffs.  Buildings protrude to the blue sky and hang over deep green valleys.  The Monastery is one of the most frequented spots for visitors to Shanxi Province, China.  Read more

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“The Most Wondrous Wall of All” is a very unique and personal account of Emilio Mazzi’s visit to the Great Wall of China.  We’ve helped clients arrange many trips to Asia over the years, and Emilio’s experience stands out because it’s much different than a typical tourist’s memories of an exhaustive climb “en masse” up the Great Wall.  I think this just goes to show how unique and different a tour on a Princess® cruise can be.

FYI, note that Emilio tells us this experience took place many years ago.  You can experience the Great Wall and other magnificent sites for yourself on Princess Cruises® shore excursions or take a Princess cruisetour.  Contact us for more information and plan your own travel experience in exotic Asia!

View of the Great Wall of China

View of the Great Wall of China

Happy New Year!

“Celebrations travel” is a term that has been coined in reference to travel that takes place because of any type of special occasion.  That’s why at Celebrations International Travel, our motto is Celebrating Life Through Travel.   What will you celebrate in 2011?  Birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, family milestones, retirement, create your own list!

Here are just a few travel ideas to consider:

Cruise the rivers of Europe during Tulip Time or to visit the Christmas markets.

– Take an oceanliner cruise to a part of the world you’ve always wanted to visit.  If there’s an ocean, a cruise ship can take you there!

– Take in the beauty of New England’s fall foliage with a Canada/New England cruise.

– Go on a tour to a dream destination.  Want to see the capitals of Europe or the exotic splendors of Asia or South America?  A tour may be the perfect vacation choice.

– Get away from it all!  If a luxurious, relaxing retreat is what you’re looking for, consider a stay at an all-inclusive resort.  Choices are plentiful throughout the Caribbean and Mexico.

– For your annual family reunion, take a trip that offers something for everyone.  Oceanliner cruises, the Disney resorts, and all-inclusive resorts are a great choice.

Whatever you celebrate in 2011, mark the occasion with a special trip.  Celebrations International Travel‘s experienced agents can help make it happen!

We wish you a happy and prosperous 2011!

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This brand-new video from Princess Cruises has been posted to our Web site.  Enjoy this glimpse into some of Princess Cruises’ Exotic itineraries. 

Contact us with any questions.

I came across this very interesting and well-written article from Newsweek:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/236064

I especially like the introduction. Browse through the article, and take a look at the detailed captions in the photo gallery. This goes to show what an amazing, yet fragile world we live in….all the more reason to get out and explore as much of the world as we can, and all the more reason we should all work to protect it.

Happy reading, and happy travels!

We would like to thank our friends and colleagues at www.GotSaga.com for featuring my article on Guilin and the Lijiang River.  What a befitting destination to feature in light of the Chinese New Year celebration currently going on!

Celebrations International Travel’s agents can help you plan a tour to China that best suits your travel style.  Whether you prefer to participate in a tour where the itinerary is pre-set and you get to join a group of traveliing companions, or if you’d prefer a tour itinerary customized with travel dates of your choice and including only those cities and towns that interest you, we can help you explore the wonders of China and the world!

Either as a part of your tour to China or as a trip by itself, a river cruise down the Yangtze and Lijiang Rivers is a unique and unforgettable experience.  See our Cruises page to learn more.  Victoria Cruises is an American-owned and managed cruise line specializing in Yangtze River cruises.  There is no better, more luxurious way to experience the waterways of China.

As a follow-up to my last post, I’d like to expand upon the adventurous nature that culinary tours can take on.

I don’t mean that every culinary traveler would necessarily want to embark on a strenuous hike or go bungee jumping (although we can certainly work that into a culinary tour if that’s what they want).

Culinary travel in the truest sense of cultural immersion tends to evoke the adventuresome spirit in many travelers.  For example, how often do travelers on your average sightseeing tour to Japan get to witness traditional cormorant fishing by the Ukai fishermen, done by firelight?  In India, travelers have the opportunity to stay overnight in an ancient palace and fort that has been converted into a hotel.  In Vietnam, you can take a cycle or walking tour through bamboo thickets to a rural village to see the threshing and harvesting of rice and get a glimpse of what modern-day village life is like.

In northern France, culinary travelers may want to visit the Cointreau Museum in Angers and tour the salt fields of Guerande.  In Germany, you can visit a farm to explore the origins of authentic Black Forest ham, spend the night at a hotel with rooms constructed of hollowed-out wine barrels, and marvel at the beauty of medieval castles and rolling vineyards while you enjoy some of the best German beers and wines.  In Italy, culinary travelers can enjoy a visit to a working Agriturismo, where five restored farmhouses sit amongst a grove of olive trees and a vineyard.  The Agriturismo produces amazing wines, olive oils, and cheeses.

In many culinary destinations, travelers have the opportunity to visit with local families to share a meal and learn their cooking techniques.  Especially for travelers looking for something that’s unique and not touristy, I can’t think of a better way to experience a destination, its people, and its culinary traditions.

These are just a handful of examples of the adventuresome nature of culinary travel.   Contact us to learn more and start planning a culinary adventure of your own!

I don’t know how many people in Japan celebrate Christmas, but check out this Frosty the Snowman bento box lunch and Gingerbread Man bento posted on Refrigerator Soup’s site….both excellent ideas and cute as can be!  Refrigerator Soup features a number of other Japanese-inspired creations.

As with many Asian cultures, the Japanese celebrate countless holidays, festivals, and other observances throughout the year.  Foods of special significance and symbolism are served at each meal, and the food choices are just as varied as the styles and types of Japanese meals.   Japanese cuisine prides itself on a large variety of foods served in small quantities that look exquisite.

You can experience the culinary wonders of Japan first-hand on a culinary tour customized especially for your family or group.  See our Japan Sample Itinerary, and contact us for more information.

Domo Arigato & Happy Holidays!

Almost all Chinese people I know (myself included) love to celebrate the holidays (make that any holiday) with an abundance of good food.  Considering my own background, I think the Chinese have some of the most discerning palates and tastes in the world.  By “discerning,” I don’t mean that all food has to be 5-star restaurant-looking, but it has to be good.  Good by the Chinese cook’s own discerning standards, that is!

While some foods are symbolic during various festivals and occasions, many dishes can be served and enjoyed throughout the year.  Here are a few traditional dishes:

Ming Tsai’s Red-Roast Duck with Baby Bok Choy

Braised Chinese Mushrooms

Sticky Rice with Chinese Sausage

Try your hand at making these and other Chinese specialties on a culinary tour to China!  The sample itinerary is posted on our Web site to give you an idea of the types of things you can see and do on one of our culinary tours.  However, we encourage you to take that inspiration (and your love of Chinese cooking) and run with it!  We will customize your culinary tour to suit your interests, preferences, dates, and budget.  Don’t just eat your way through China, this is your chance to truly experience the cuisine and culture!

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Rasamalaysia.com is offering a chance to win a copy of this unique new cookbook.   Here’s the link to enter by leaving a comment:  http://tinyurl.com/yjhfog6

Subtitled “Home Cooking from Asian American Kitchens”, the cookbook offers a collection of recipes from various cuisines across Asia.

I must confess that I wasn’t always a fan of Asian foods while growing up.  I’m an American-born southern girl of Chinese heritage; many times I preferred to stick to good old macaroni and cheese!  But now that my husband and I have combined two distinct Asian cultures in our household, we are both ardent connoisseurs of all Asian cuisines.  (We’ll still join you any day for some scrumptious BBQ, NY Strip, or hearty American breakfast any day!)

I think this cookbook is a great way to not only celebrate our Asian origins, but to acknowledge and embrace our way of life in our American homeland as well.

Celebrations International Travel currently has sample itineraries for culinary tours in China, India, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam.  We customize all itineraries to suit your family or group’s preferences, budget, and travel timeframe.

Interested in visiting another country in Asia or elsewhere in the world?  Let us know and we will create the tour just for you!  Contact us to start planning your culinary tour today!


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