Five of the Best in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is a city on steroids. It’s historic role as a centre of trade and the impact of British colonialism alongside traditionally Chinese heritage. It can be overwhelming, but take a deep breath and dive in to its tightly packed streets to find Hong Kong is a heady mix of sights, sounds, and smells. Booked.net looks at five of the best highlights of Hong Kong, better yet most of them won’t empty your wallet.

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Weird fall holidays in the US

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WHILE people wait for the festive season and as the days grow longer and colder that wait can seem an eternity.

However, as Booked.net’s Svetlana Malukha reports, there are still some unusual and even awkward events throughout the lead-up to Christmas.

However, in all likelihood you’ll have never heard of them.

Of course, these holidays do not mean a day off work, but they can bring something new and fresh this gloomy time of year.

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Discovering Dubai in a day

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The towering Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world.

DUBAI in the United Arab Emirates is known as a city of superlatives.

It’s a deserved reputation.

The city holds the highest building, the biggest enclosed shopping mall and the only seven-star hotel in the world.

Dubai is a city that likes to show-off, offering a multitude of entertainment and places for tourists.

But what if you have only one day to tour all these places?

Booked.net’s Svetlana Malukha presents a few ideas about what to visit in Dubai in one day.

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How Facebook is changing how we travel

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LET’S face it, social networking website Facebook brings out the narcissist in all of us. Look at it as a “highlights package” of your life, an online brag-book.

Ranking highly among those brag-worthy events in people’s lives is, of course, travel.

Forget posts announcing engagements, wedding photos, pics of babies and cats. According to Facebook’s own figures, when it comes to sharing the major milestones in life – traveling eclipses them all.

With news this week that Facebook has now topped 1 billion users, it is clear Facebook is becoming one of the greatest tools the travel industry has.

Booked.net looks at how social media is creating a shift in the travel and tourism industry.

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Tour the world for $15 per day

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SOUNDS impossible right?

Maybe not…so, how many times have you been told a world tour is too pricey to afford? Forget about it and let others stay at home and dream of travel.

Traveling the world is a question of priorities not money. If you want to live a challenge and  wake up each day in a new place, make your decision and go.

So pack your suitcase or backpack and follow these tips of keeping to a budget of $15 a day:

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Controversial, silly and annoying things people do at airports

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IMAGINE you have just come back from a busy airport leaving behind long queues for security checks and baggage reclaim area.

It is not hard to understand the reasons some people dread to use planes to fly off on vacation.

Here is a list of silly, annoying and sometimes controversial  things people do in airports.

Check it out and, perhaps, you will recognize yourself.

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Dumb things to do on vacation (but at least they’re fun)

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TEETOTALLERS read no further.

These activities involve alcohol…a lot of alcohol.

While travel is said to broaden the mind and many take their “odysseys” deadly seriously…for others all this cross-cultural interaction can get a bit much. For them traveling is more like “ticking boxes” and snapping quick pics of the sights to later post to Facebook in between long and extended drinking sessions.

Some of the following I have done (I’m not going to say which).

Sure they aren’t intellectual – they probably shrink the mind more than expand it. They won’t foster cultural understanding, and if they do you probably will have no memory of it the next day.

But they are (and were) fun.

Booked.net’s Jared Morgan tries to remember.

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Top 5 amusement parks as captured by real travelers

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One of the roller coasters at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, United States.

AFTER bearing the burden of an everyday routine there is nothing more likely to reinvigorate your soul than by testing your nerve.

A dose of adrenalin straight to your veins is always a sure-fire way to help you recover a true appreciation of life.

Booked.net writer Olga Leleka was inspired to search YouTube and found some people putting themselves to the test in the world’s most famous amusement parks.

Check out the videos.

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Bullfighting: Fine art? Or barbaric entertainment?

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A matador makes moves with his cape to gruel a bull.

INTRODUCED as a spectator sport in 1726 in Spain, bullfighting went on to spread like a cancer into the south of France, Portugal, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru.

It bears several names: Corrida de torros, La fiesta or Novilada, but the essence remains the same – a bull is tortured and killed in front of thousands of cheering spectators, who call this “a fine art”.

It taps into a primal human instinct – a blood lust- and is similar to the events in the gladiatorial arenas of ancient Rome. But in the modern world is there still a place for slaughter to be considered a fine art?

Dmitry Dmitriev of Booked.net poses some questions about this controversial sport.

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Bangkok – city of contrasts

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The Rama VIII Bridge crossing Bangkok’s lifeblood – the Chao Phraya River.

IT’S a steamy, pulsating, heady mix.

A metropolis of more than 10 million people, it is intense, intoxicating, but thoroughly addictive – Bangkok.

Thailand’s capital is one of Asia’s most frenetic cities and a tourist mecca, the large amounts of cash that flows into the city from visitors is as crucial to its survival as the Chao Phraya River that flows through it – bisecting the city.

By night it turns into a hedonistic playground with a well-documented seedy underbelly.

In daylight it is a very different place, perhaps even more fast-paced, but somewhere you will find huge wealth and grinding poverty existing side-by-side.

From glitzy air-conditioned megamalls a stone’s throw from grimy back streets to elaborate Buddhist temples sharing the same space as neon-lit sleazy sex-bars.

Jared Morgan of Booked.net shares some photographs of perhaps one of the most contrasting and confronting cities in the world.

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