New & Noteworthy
Finnair to Open Route to Chongqing
In May 2012, Finnair will introduce a direct route to Chongqing, one of the largest and fastest-growing cities in China. Finnair is the first airline to open a direct flight route from Europe to Chongqing. The new route will include services to Chongqing four times a week with Finnair’s Airbus A340 aircraft. The flight from Helsinki to Chongqing will take 8½ hours. The Chongqing Airport’s growth potential is at a high with 140 routes to more than 80 cities in China and Asia while simultaneously undergoing an airport expansion. When the expansion is complete in 2015, the airport will be capable of receiving 45 million passengers per year. In addition to Chongqing, Finnair flies to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong with a total of 26 weekly flights. www.finnair.com
Ancient & Modern China Tour
Pacific Delight Tours’ 10-day Ancient & Modern China itinerary visits Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai.
The tour includes a visit to the Great Wall, Buddhist temples, the 2008 Olympic National Stadium as well as popular museums. Prices range from $1,599 to $1,799, depending on departure date and are per person, based on double occupancy. www.pacificdelighttours.com
Beijing Botanical Garden
Clients staying in Beijing will want to visit the Beijing Botanical Garden located in the Northwestern outskirts of the city between Xiangshan Park and Jade Spring Mountain. The Beijing Botanical Garden is filled with various exhibition areas and halls. The latest attraction is the rare twin lotus flowers — two lotus flowers that grow on one stalk. Such a phenomenon only happens once out of 100,000 blooms. www.visitbeijing.com.cn
“Reverie of an Empire” – Visit the Hong Kong City Hall Theater in Central for this event. The play tells the story of Yuan Shi Kai, the first President of the Republic of China and is a special production commemorating the centenary of the 1911 Chinese Revolution. (Now - Sept. 11)
Hong Kong International Jazz Festival – Featuring world-renowned musicians and local performers, this jazz-themed music festival will comprise a series of indoor and outdoor concerts, workshops and seminars and is a must for jazz lovers. (Sept. 25 – Oct. 2)
“Bats at Wetlands” Exhibition – Experience the world of bats with the whole family. Interactive games, videos and activities are offered to learn about these fascinating creatures. The exhibit takes place at the Hong Kong Wetland Park, Wetland Park Road in Tin Shui Wai. (Now - Oct. 31)
Clients looking for a tropical getaway should head to Hainan Island. A separate province of China, Hainan lies off the south coast of the mainland, in the South China Sea. Because of its location and tropical climate, some have referred to it as China’s Hawaii.
Historically known as a famous gathering place in ancient times for scholars, poets and artists, Liulichang Street in Beijing is now a surfeit of books, calligraphy suppliers, galleries and curio sellers where visitors can spend a day finding antique treasures. The market is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hongqiao Pearl Market
For off-brand electronics, fashion, jewelry, shoes, luggage and other miscellaneous items, the Hong-qiao Pearl Market is a shopper’s paradise in Beijing. Clients can peruse the inventory for hidden gems, away from the mainstream crowds.
Feng Shui Tour
On this 3.5 hour tour from Lung Cheung Road Lookout Point, Nine Dragons Wall in Wanchai and Statue Square, Central, learn about the principle of man living in harmony with nature that is Feng Shui. Explore how the principles of this ancient philosophy influenced the landscape of major commercial areas as well as what it offers.
Beijing Tourism Administration
China National Tourism Administration
China National Tourist Office
Hong Kong Tourism Board
Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administrative Commission
The Peninsula, Beijing
The Peninsula, Beijing is currently offering a special room rate, starting at $248 per night. Value-added benefits include airport transfers, spa vouchers, use of the fitness center and swimming pool and daily buffet breakfast for two served in Jing. www.peninsula.com/Beijing
Greening at Peace
Greening at Peace provides guests with an eco-savvy trip by donating trees to offset their travel emissions and helping to slow desertification, sequester carbon and fight global warming in the desertified lands of Inner Mongolia.
For each guest who purchases the Greening at Peace room package, Fairmont Peace Hotel will donate 10 trees on behalf of the guest — including planting and maintenance of the trees for 10 years.
The package includes a one-night stay in an art deco-inspired Green Room or a Green Suite, an organic welcome fruit plate, an organic breakfast in the Cathay Room or in-room dining and a donation certificate and Green Gift Pack upon arrival.
Prices begin at $326 per night, and the package is available through the end of the year. www.fairmont.com/peacehotel
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Families can enjoy Mandarin Oriental’s A Family Affair package, starting at $425 per night, for a minimum two-night stay. With a variety of activities to enjoy — from taking a ride on the Peak Tram and a fun-filled day at a nearby theme park to relaxing with a complimentary children’s movie — there’s definitely something for the whole family. www.mandarinoriental.com/hongkong
Hop On and Off Package At JW Marriott
Clients can discover Shanghai through the Big Bus tour with the Hop On and Hop Off package at the JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square.
The package includes daily breakfast for two and two, 48-hour Shanghai Sightseeing Tour tickets per stay. The package is available until Jan. 10, and agents should use booking code PX3. Rates start at $355 per night. www.marriott.com