China to Singapore
Tour - Cruise
China, South Korea, Japan,
Shanghai, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore
|November 19, 2005
||ATL / LAX
|November 20, 2005
LAX / Hong Kong / Beijing
Cathay Pacific Airways
Roy C Farrell and Australian Sydney H de Kantzow founded Cathay Pacific
Airways in Hong Kong on 24 September, 1946. Initially based in Shanghai,
the two men eventually moved to Hong Kong and founded Cathay Pacific
Airways. Legend has it that Farrell and a group of foreign correspondents
thought up the airline's unique name in the bar at the Manila Hotel!
We have about an 8-hour layover in the Hong Kong airport. This is
after flying from ATL to LAX late afternoon, leaving LAX after midnight
and flying for ump-teen hours. Steve found the Travelers' Lounge for
our extended lay-over.
The Travelers' Lounge (‘TTL’) and
Plaza Shower & Relaxation Lounge (‘Shower Lounge’) are
located in the Restricted Area of Departures Level of Hong Kong
Services & Facilities:
- Food & Beverages
- Internet Access
- International Newspapers & Magazines
- International TV Channels
- Music Enjoyment
- Comfortable Seating Area
|November 21, 2005
Beijing is the capital of the
People's Republic of China (PRC). Beijing is one of the four municipalities
of the PRC, equivalent to a province in China's administrative structure.
Beijing Municipality borders Hebei Province to the north, west, south, and
for a small section in the east, and Tianjin Municipality to the southeast.
Beijing is China's second largest city in terms of population, after
Shanghai. It is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads
and expressways entering and leaving it in all directions. It is also the
focal point of many international flights to China. Beijing is recognized as
the political, educational, and cultural center of the PRC, while Shanghai
and Hong Kong predominate in economic fields.
|November 22, 2005
The Forbidden City was the center of imperial power throughout the Ming and
Qing dynasties, and the picture would only have given you a slight idea of
the immensity and stature of this famous structure.
A Tang Dynasty poet wrote about the Forbidden City: "Without seeing the
magnificence of the royal palace, one can never sense the dignity of the
emperor." Indeed, visitors to Beijing are left with a feeling of awe as they
tour the immense Forbidden City, with its elaborate and enormous gates and
Get a feel of how the Emperor and Empress lived at the center of power for a
span of centuries, from 1402 right through to 1911. Hear the stories about
their relations with each other, and the way they lived their lives as
leaders of an ancient nation.
Come and get a firsthand feel for the power that used to belong to the
Emperors of ancient China.
Tiananmen Square is the largest square in the world, which is about 40
hectares (99 acres) in all!
In ancient times this was the imperial courtyard, and when the dynasties
collapsed, there were many things of historic importance that took place on
After the founding of the Chinese government, the monument to the people's
hero was built in the central line of old Beijing city, in the same line as
the Forbidden City. The national flag was put in the same central line, as
well as Chairman Mao's mausoleum (built behind the monument along the
central line as well).
On the square, you can take a walk and have a look at our Great People's
Hall on the west side and the history museum to the east side. Look at the
people try to fly kites to entertain themselves. You will get a real feel
for the life of Beijing!
Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven was a special place for ancient emperors, where they
used to render worship to what they regarded as the heavenly king.
Every year the emperors felt compelled to come and announce the article
written for the heavenly king. At that time, animal sacrifices were offered
and prayers were offered in the hope of receiving blessings.
The first act of any ancient emperor, upon coming to the throne, was to do
an act of worship in the Temple of Heaven. After this they would assume
their official station as emperor.
|November 23, 2005
Depart Beijing for a scenic drive to The Great Wall. This
evening enjoy a Chinese hosted dinner.
The Great Wall
on the Wall began as early as the far distant spring and autumn period in
the 8th century B.C., but it was the first Qin Emperor who extended this
bastion against the "Northern Barbarians.” Construction reached its height
under the Ming Dynasty. Today, the wall stretches some 3,600 miles. Your
visit features a walk along a restored section of the Wall’s battlements,
which are wide enough to allow cavalry and chariots to pass.
|November 24, 2005
Summer Palace is the most beautiful place in Beijing, and was built
during Emperor Qianlong's reign. This emperor wanted to celebrate his
mother's 60th birthday, so he built the Summer Palace in her honor.
It is made up of a lake and a hill, and is divided into a political area,
living quarters of the imperial family, and a sightseeing area. Almost all
palaces were built along the large lake. You can enjoy a boat tour to
appreciate the tower on the hill, and then walk along the painting corridor
to add to your pleasure. There, you will find about 14,000 different
When you visit the palace of the emperor and the queen's and concubines',
you will be able to learn how the concubines were selected, the rites
between the queen and concubines, and also the celebration of Mother Queen
Ci'xi. This tour is a high point in the study of Beijing culture and ancient
Transfer to the pier at Xingang and embark on
your 16-day cruise.
|November 25, 2005
|November 26, 2005
||Pusan, South Korea
Busan Metropolitan City, also commonly referred to as Pusan, is the largest
city in Korea,
with a population of about 4 million, Busan is South Korea's second largest
metropolis next to
densely populated city is situated in the narrow
Nakdong River valley, with mountains separating some of the various
districts. Busan is located at 35°6'10" North, 129°2'25" East (35.102778,
|November 27, 2005
Peace Memorial Park
On August 9, 1945, Nagasaki became the second city to
suffer a nuclear attack. Peace Memorial Park is located near Ground Zero,
the center of the blast, and is home to a beautiful memorial fountain and
the 30-foot-high "Statue of Peace."
Atomic Bomb Museum
On permanent exhibit are photographs taken in the city
immediately after the atomic blast, as well as artifacts that survived the
Atomic Bomb Hypocenter (Ground Zero)
Located near the Atomic Bomb Museum,
the monument marks the center of the atomic blast which leveled the city.
|November 28, 2005
|November 29, 2005
situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta, is China's
largest city. The city's development in the past few decades has made it one
of the most important economic, commercial, financial and communications
centers of China.
|November 30, 2005
|December 01, 2005
|December 02, 2005
||Hong Kong, China
tourists flock to experience Hong Kong's wonders every year.
Hong Kong's visitors seek out a wide range of natural, cultural and
cosmopolitan attractions. The most popular attractions during the past few
years have included:
From The Peak's summit, visitors can gaze down on the jungle of skyscrapers
and Victoria Harbour, where ferries and pleasure junks glide by. At night,
the whole area becomes a dazzling spectacle of lights.
Market shopping is a fascinating part of the Hong Kong experience. Visit the
Ladies' Market in Mong Kok for inexpensive fashion items or Yau Ma Tei's
Temple Street Night Market for anything from T-shirts to electronics. As
well as souvenir markets, visitors can enjoy markets dedicated to birds and
Ocean Park is one of the biggest entertainment complexes of its kind in
Asia. Its reef aquarium, giant pandas, roller-coasters, Kid's World and
Discovery of the Ancient World combine to offer a fun-filled day.
Repulse Bay is one of the most accessible and picturesque beaches on the
south side of Hong Kong Island.
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple
Decorated in a riot of colours, Wong Tai Sin is an excellent example of a
traditional Chinese temple. Yellow latticework and multicoloured carvings
complement the temple's red pillars and golden roof.
Aberdeen is a scenic highlight of any trip around Hong Kong Island. Brightly
decorated trawlers, which double as floating homes for Aberdeen's fishermen,
fill a sheltered harbour whose hillsides are decked with woodland and
residential towers - not to mention Hong Kong's famously glitzy floating
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition
The Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre is one of Hong Kong's defining
landmarks, with its distinctive curved three-tier roof and vast expanse of
glass walls creating a dramatic vista.
Stanley Market is a delight for shoppers, filled with stalls, shops and
|December 03, 2005
|December 04, 2005
The Champa Kingdom flourished for over a thousand years. This
tower complex overlooking the Cao River is perhaps the best preserved of all
Cham sites. Dedicated to the goddess Uroja, the central tower features a
black stone sculpture of the deity. Local villagers still bring offerings of
flowers and incense to her shrine.
Hon Chong Promontory
This small, rocky peninsula juts out into the South
China Sea and offers fine views of the bay, the coast and the offshore
Long Son Pagoda
Dragon-shaped balustrades flank the entrance to the
pagoda. The sanctuary is decorated with murals and images of the Buddha.
Behind the pagoda sits an enormous white Buddha built in 1965. The Buddha
commemorates those monks who protested the abuses of the Diem regime by
setting themselves aflame.
Silk Embroidery Workshop
Observe the ancient Vietnamese art of picture
embroidery at a local workshop. Silk embroideries illustrate subjects
ranging from scenes of everyday life to myths.
|December 05, 2005
||Vung Tau, Vietnam
Vung Tau is a resort
town in the province of Dong Nai 125 km from Saigon. The town is a long
strip approximately 14 km long and 6 km wide. Where the southern tip of town
meets the ocean stand two famous mountains Nui Lon (Truong Ky) and Nui Nho
(Tao Phung) or Large mountain and Small mountain. If anywhere in Vietnam
could be described as the "Vietnamese Riviera," it would surely be Vung Tau.
Historically, Vung Tau used to be part of Bien Hoa. The first settlements in
this area occurred during the reign of King Gia Long.
Vung Tau is Ho Chi Minh City's closest beach resort, and can be reached by a
picturesque hydrofoil ride down the Sŕi Gňn River or by a rather circuitous
highway route. The water is not terribly clean, but the town with its
fishing fleet and outdoor restaurants is colorful and relaxing. Thousands
flock there on Sunday afternoons to jump into the surf with most of their
clothes on. Bai Truoc (Front Beach) is most popular.
|December 06, 2005
|December 07, 2005
industrial port city, one of the bigger cities in Thailand’s Chon Buri
province. This city specializes in electronics assembly, containers,
logistics for import / export and a gateway for tourism.
Situated about 70 miles south of Bangkok International Airport, the city is
easily accessible by driving along the Sukhumvit Road (Highway 3). It is
located right next to Leamchabang Port. A major industrial and agricultural
producer, Chon Buri specializes in sugar cane, coconut, and tapioca
plantations and is home to many manufacturing plants. Sriracha District is a
large residential area with shopping malls, ports, and a Sport Centre close
by. Plus, the beautiful and popular seaside resort of Pattaya – featuring
beaches, sports, and a renowned nightlife – is a short 30-minute drive away.
Bangkok, a mirror of Venice in Asia, this "City of Angels" is a bustling
place with a maze of extensive waterways constantly in motion. In between
the office towers and royal palaces are beautiful parks, boulevards and
gardens. Bangkok is a city with more than 400 Buddhist temples. The most
famous of these is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, containing a statue
carved from a single piece of jade. Gaze at one of Bangkok's best known
landmarks, Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn. Spend time in the city's oldest
and biggest monastery, Wat Pho, where you'll be awed by its famed Reclining
Buddah. Shoppers will enjoy the excitement of the floating markets.
|December 08, 2005
|December 09, 2005
(population 340,000) is
a town in Malaysia, and is the state capital of Pahang, the largest state in
the peninsular, covering around 36,000 km˛. It is in Peninsular Malaysia,
facing the South China Sea and at the mouth of the Kuantan River about
halfway up the east coast from Singapore to Kota Bharu.
The Pahang state government shifted the administrative centre of Pahang from
Kuala Lipis to Kuantan in 1957.
State Mosque, KuantanKuantan's main sightseeing attraction is its State
Mosque(Masjid Negeri). There are scenic beaches popular with vacationers in
the town's vicinity, such as Teluk Cempedak, Batu Hitam, Balok, and
Cherating. The Kuantan area also produces handicrafts and batik. The main
shopping facilities in Kuantan includes Berjaya Megamall, Kuantan Parade,
Kuantan Plaza, and Teruntum.
|December 10, 2005
The Republic of Singapore is an
island city-state in Southeast Asia, situated on the southern tip of the
Malay Peninsula, south of the Malaysian state of Johor and north of the
Indonesian Riau Islands. Its coordinates are 1°17.583′ N 103°51.333′ E, just
137 km north of the Equator. The name Singapore was derived from Malay word
singa (lion), which itself is derived from the Sanskrit word siMha of the
same meaning, and the Sanskrit word pura (city).
Singapore was originally a Malay settlement. The British developed the city
as a colonial trading port and military base from the early 19th century.
Singapore declared independence from Britain in 1963, and joined the
Federation of Malaysia shortly afterwards. On expulsion from Malaysia in
1965, Singapore was separated from traditional markets. Its future looked
bleak. But government-led rapid industrialisation and business-friendly
policies stimulated some of the fastest economic growth in the modern world.
Singapore now has one of the highest gross domestic product (GDP) per capita
rates in the world; it is a major financial, transport and medical hub.
Crime is low, and Transparency International consistently rates it as one of
the least corrupt countries in the world.
Practices such as the restrictions on chewing gum and heavy fines for
littering, spitting, and not flushing of public toilets have led some to
label Singapore a "nanny state". National service is mandatory for
Singaporean men and male children of permanent residents. Even though it has
not been engaged in any military conflict, the Singapore Armed Forces
maintains a 100,000-strong active force and 350,000-strong reserve force.
Singapore has relatively warm relations with Malaysia especially since the
recent changes of leadership in both countries. However, disputes still
exist over issues such as the sale of water and territorial claims over the
small Pedra Branca rock formation.
Explore this "Crossroads of
Asia" from the fashionable shops of Orchard Road to the beguiling Botanical
Modern high-rises tower over Chinatown’s old streets and alleys.
Explore the maze of awning-draped shops and market stalls on foot.
Sri Mariamman Temple
Built in 1827 by early settlers from India, Sri Mariamman is thought to be the oldest Hindu temple in the city.
Explore a portion of the 129-acre gardens which boast
over 12,000 orchids, including Singapore’s native "Vanda Miss Joaqium"
orchid and a lilac-tinged orchid - the "Jane Denny" - named after the
gardens’ four-millionth visitor.
The second-highest point in Singapore provides panoramic views
of the harbor, Sentosa Island and the downtown district.
|December 11, 2005
Singapore is located in the heart of Singapore's business, entertainment and
shopping district at the corner of Orchard Road and Scotts Road. The
financial district is three miles away and the Orchard Road Mass Rapid
Transit/MRT station is directly connected to the hotel linking it with all
parts of the island.
320 Orchard Road
|December 12, 2005
Fluke South East
Asia Pte Ltd
60 Alexandra Terrace
#03-16 The Comtech (Lobby D)
Telephone: 65 6799-5566
|December 12, 2005
||Singapore / LAX
Cathay Pacific Airways
|December 13, 2005
||LAX / ATL