Wednesday, December 7, 2016

'Five Star' Toilet Preferred by Tourists in China

Often the word 'toilet' rating raised eyebrows of the tourists

A bidet on the toilet, illustration - Image credit Lenilucho

Holidays in China become something exotic for tourists from America and Europe, for those Chinese mainland has always been something interesting and mysteries that need to be revealed.

But. Excitement traveled to this China mainland often face unique things that make the tourists a little ‘annoyed’, when they wanted to go to the toilet or washroom.

I can understand it, and as the same review on a site, CNN Indonesia, today, the toilets in China often make tourists filed a complaint. Why?

You'll know, they write that the toilet is used as a place to meet ‘the call of nature’ in the morning, often dirty, even the public restrooms located in major cities there are sometimes not equipped with doors. Imagine when you were inside, when 'major parts' of yours were carrying out their duties, someone saw it freely.

It was a little annoying, isn’t it? Haha.

They said, the toilets in China, usually a squat toilet, those found in the tourist area with complete perfunctory, the model is found in many Asian countries, while most of the tourists came from European countries or the United States, they were expecting modern seating toilet, and can only be found in the hotel and a large mall.

And, you immediately know if a lot of complaints about the toilet, the Chinese government immediately responded, they held a toilet 'revolution', it’s serious, they are now renovating public toilets with five-star amenities.

One of them, you can see in Bishan District, Chongqing Province. Other article citations, Oddity Central, wrote that the toilet measuring 150 square meters that has the amenities and comfort of a toilet in hotels at a cost of 800 thousand yuan, that's good.

You will be amazed, come in and feel the marble floors with mahogany doors and elegant wall paper. Inside the toilet there was a crystal chandelier and a sofa that makes people linger at home.

Local governments in Bishan serious enough in receiving tourists, because the toilet is also equipped with heaters during the winter, and in summer the air conditioning will maintain the air temperature at the temperature of 26 degrees Celsius.

The right time to take a vacation when tourists are spoiled, no more squat toilet, but modern toilet with temperature control knob on the toilet seat, is also a key regulator of the water pressure, even music playing for 24 hours.

As one user of the toilet, Xu Wan said, the most impressive facility is a large glass overlooking the garden which is one-way, so the only transparent from the inside.

"We can see beautiful scenery while on the toilet, not only the walls as long as this is in a public toilet."

After Bishan began the first, then in Xiamen, and other places soon followed.

Source: L Kertopati - CNN Indonesia, Oddity Central
Image: Lenilucho via Wikipedia

Emirates Blossoms at Dubai Miracle Garden

5 million flowers transformed into the Airbus A380 in original size

Emirates A380 in blossoms flower - Image credit Emirates

The Emirates appear beautiful in the famous park in Dubai, you've heard the fame of this flower garden, Dubai Miracle Garden. And the flowers are blooming all over the body of the Emirates A380 aircraft stands at 10.82 meters from the ground and the tail of the plane is 24.21 meters above the ground, you can feel the aroma.

Feels fragrant around you, because the presence of the blooming flowers, this rare spectacle you find there, maybe only at certain times.

Interesting reviews on the sites, detikTravel, December 6th, let me know about this unique event, apparently attractive ideas from Emirates airline in cooperation with the park management.

You know when something interesting happens, Emirates Airbus 380 plane made entirely of flowers and other plants. There are about 500,000 plants and flowers are used to build it, look dashing, after the flowers bloom, be presented 5 million flowers, and weighed would be 100 tons.

According to them, the flowers are prepared for 4 months in the nurseries of Dubai Miracle Garden in the UAE, consists of seven variations of flowers include Petunia, Viola, Coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides), Marigold (Tagetes), Snapdragon (Antirrhinum), Geranium ( Pelargonium) and Gaillardia (Gaillardia aristata).

Emirates around the garden - Image credit Emirates

You can observe the beauty of the flowers, such as the iconic Emirates logo made up of more than 9,000 flowers and plants, 100,000 flowers form a large wing, and exceeding 80.27 meters.

They are about 200 crew peoples working on this installation carefully for 10 hours a day for 180 days to build, coat and pair foliage texture on top of the metal structure weighing 30 tons to make the Emirates A380 aircraft with the original form as high as 72.93 meters.

Outstanding installation for the tourists who are visiting Dubai and watch through a special stage which consists of two levels in the middle of Dubai Miracle Garden, opened to the public since the November 27th.

Source: F Safa - detikTravel, Emirates

Traveling with Gwyneth Paltrow Applications

The users can receive travel guidance in 25 cities around the world ala Gwyneth

Gwyneth Paltrow at the French premiere of "Iron Man 3", Paris - Image credit Georges Biard

Gwyneth Paltrow is extraordinary to say, that's how it is. A star, singer, food writer with her calm-faced, gentle, and has exceptional acting talent. You certainly remember her interesting role as 'Pepper Potts' in the movie series of the "Iron Man".

She has a lot of activity outside the film, as the quote from the sites CNN Indonesia, Monday, last December 5th, her clothing line Goop, which could bring her to the fans, as befits the style of Gwyneth Paltrow.

Perhaps no one could have guessed, she had the attention on one thing, tourism and gadgets, which then produce something for the travel community, say similar to Google Apps maybe, now she also contributed in the travel application, called the "G. Spotting", of course you have to download it first, applications that facilitate you traveled to 25 cities around the world.

And, the time for Noora Raj Brown, vice president of communications at Goop, on the site Travel and Leisure, said that the G. Spotting application focuses on "advantages and benefits, which correspond to the time and your budget."

What was it called “G. Spotting” application? The first try is the features on G. Spotting, it give recommending travel destinations ala Gwyneth, as well as friends and colleagues in Goop.

One of the favorite in 'G. Spotting' travel app, Central Park

Say you want to try the sensation of ‘taco’ food truck in Los Angeles, a community arts center in Detroit and a five star hotel in Hong Kong.

Noora added. "Life is too short for a busy set of dining and leisure. Especially if you have little time, but want a memorable vacation."

You know when an application is flexible to be used by residents of a city, such as looking for a specific location for dining, hanging out, and others with friends in an interesting place in the city center. Looking for unique spots that can be tailored to the tastes of different users.

Finding the local dining destination specifically to townspeople taste, or intersect with art activities, or mingle with your children. You can set the agenda traveled together with the Goop editors, who arranged everything from incredible cities in the world, New York, Paris, Detroit, and can even reach the attractive town, Aspen.

The habit of using the application through the gadget, into the millennial era, opening up opportunities for anyone to facilitate the young users. Gwyneth Paltrow know about this.

Source: V Probo - CNN Indonesia, Travel and Leisure
Image: L Priyanti - NY

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

10 Vacation Destinations in Instagram 2016

Tourist areas are often used as background vacation photos

Times Square, New York

Photos on Instagram seems to be one of the show media action that favored by the millennial, they are young people age in the social media era, and a penchant for taking pictures seems to have become a habit.

Features that are owned by the Instagram meet the expectations of their subconscious, the young age, and like some time I write an article on this blog site, obtaining quotes from various other tourist sites, which also discusses this photo themed social media site.

This time the sites CNN discusses succession tourist sites are present in Instagram, Tuesday, December 6th, they made a review of 10 attractions in the world's most widely enshrined in Instagram.

According to the latest annual release of Instagram that make up destinations, also citing a tourist site, detikTravel, December 6th, cities and attractions that most often appear in status updates from the accounts of users of the social media sites.

Young people seem so confident, they proudly displaying their latest pictures in various world-class travel spots, and you immediately know that the tourist site became one of their goals to make the background of their great photos.

For them, no matter what happens around, even when looking at the food presented in front of a cafe table, when hang out with their friends, take pictures in advance first and pray then, if remembered.

Central Park, New York

This is an interesting moment, a list of photographs of those presenting the famous tourist spot, mostly from the United States and Europe. Call one of them, Central Park or Times Square in New York, then the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum in Paris.

All right, you want to see a list of the favorite tourist spots in Instagram in 2016.

1. Disney Theme Parks (worldwide)
2. Universal Studios (worldwide)
3. Central Park, New York, USA
4. Times Square, New York, USA
5. The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

6. Louvre Museum, France
7. Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, USA
8. Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles, USA
9. Brooklyn Bridge, New York, USA
10. VDNKh, Russia

You do not need to feel annoyed with all these situations, young people always come to a tourist location by the hustle and excitement of a story, something that 'trending' and that's where they are present.

Source: F Safa - detikTravel, CNN
Image: L Priyanti - NY

10 Most Linked Cities in Instagram

Cities in the world through the 'geotagging' features by Instagrammers in 2016

Sudirman Street in holiday moments, Jakarta

Geotag feature in Instagram social media sites into one facility one favored by the users, it is a concern that the CNN news site review it a few days ago.

Interesting, as reviewed in the article sites KompasTravel, Saturday, last December 3rd, because it is clearly visible which cities are always a topic and focus of the tourists in the world, as well as local residents of a city to enjoy their daily lives.

You can see sequentially cities in the world that always gets a good topic of the users of the social media sites.

1. New York

The city's most photographed and uploaded to Instagram in 2016, for some reason, the city is always interesting. Travelers pay attention to this "Big Apple" city through interesting scenes at the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Katz's Deli, and of course the famous Times Square.

2. London

You always remember the red telephone boxes, black cabs, red double-decker bus, until the tourist spot locations, such as Big Ben and the London Eye. Travelers always remember it in their subconscious and get a link from the users of Instagram.

3. Moscow

Being in the top three cities which got geotagging on Instagram. The capital of Russia is famous for St. Basil's Cathedral, but the attention of travelers Instagram users precisely to VDNKh, an exhibition venue and theme parks.

4. Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is the city with the highest population in the world. You will get to know the city is through its thick culture, and has the neo-gothic style architecture, until its skyscraper modern building.

5. Paris

This romantic city is always on the list when mentioning many things, including the matter of tourism. You already know which is the 'geotag' object, such as the Louvre Museum, the Centre Pompidou, and Musee d'Orsay,

Another place that will not be forgotten is the Fondation Louis Vuitton, and certainly the Eiffel Tower that are in the top five locations in the world's most widely uploaded on Instagram this year.

6. Los Angeles

Who can forget this city? There may be forgotten! The lovers of sun bathing and 'selfie' which usually upload their pictures, for example Rerranea Resort in Palo Verdes Peninsula that many uploaded to Instagram.

7. St. Petersburg

The historic town in Russia that also received great attention from Instagram users. And, no wonder the historic buildings such as the State Heritage Museum which was built in the 18th century as one of a list of museums in the world's most widely uploaded on Instagram 2016.

8. Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is always sparkling, and you may receive the city became one of the favorites of the Instagrammers, given Rio de Janeiro is the host of the Olympic World in 2016.

9. Istanbul

Lots of interesting things to link by the Instagram users, for example, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet district and many historic locations in Turkey attractive for immortalized.

The city also gets the hashtag #turkey indirectly, as the most widely hashtag on Instagram 2016. Even though you should know that question is a food made from turkey, and is not referring to a particular country, because the moment of Thanksgiving Day in the United States in last November.

10. Jakarta

Not unexpected for a social media community, because Jakarta entered as the 10th city whose photos get the most links. That many photogenic activity that can be photographing in Jakarta and uploaded to Instagram, including a “Panjat Pinang” climbing contest in celebration of Independence Day.

Now you know how interesting they are the millennials, especially young tourists who actively playing ‘gadgets’ and social media, have an interesting selection of cities in the world.

Source: S Agmasari - KompasTravel, CNN
Image: M Kretyawan

Most Connected Airports in Asia Pacific

Soekarno-Hatta Airport ranked 7th most connected in the World

Terminal 2F Soekarno-Hatta Airport

Airport connectivity into one of the new variable of the observer airports in the world, it is considered by one of the supervisors of air travel and certainly would be a concern for the tourists.

This time, OAG, air travel intelligence company based in the UK, observed at the level of connectivity an airport, which is the total number of inbound and outbound flight connections, then the result is divided into tables based on the location of the area and type of airline.

Interesting reviews of the airports in the world, citing the sites OAG, Sunday, December 4th, noting the specifics of Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta that included ranked 7th most connected Airports in the World, coupled with the nine airports in the United States.

Soekarno-Hatta receive more than 40,000 potential connections between flights within six hours, citing KompasTravel reviews on the site, yesterday, the airport that connects the air passengers to 71 different destinations.

As said by the Product Manager OAG EVP, Mark Clarkson, "There is a dynamic growth continued in the Asia Pacific region, with more air markets were open. It's quite impressive. Soekarno-Hatta currently conducting high level connectivity, while doing terminal construction infrastructure broadly. Demand from within and outside Indonesia is increasing, and this is a clear challenge for the airport to continue to follow this speed."

The following list shows the 10 most connected Airports in Asia Pacific by OAG.

1. International Airport Soekarno-Hatta, Indonesia
2. Haneda Airport, Japan
3. Sydney Airport, Australia
4. Indira Gandhi International Airport, India
5. Changi Airport, Singapore

6. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, India
7. Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong
8. Melbourne Airport, Australia
9. International Airport Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
10. The Beijing Capital International Airport, China

As for the 10 most connected Airports in the World.

1. O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, USA
2. Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, USA
3. Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas, Texas, USA
4. Denver International Airport, Colorado, USA
5. Charlotte Douglas International Airport, North Carolina, USA

6. Los Angeles International Airport, USA
7. International Airport Soekarno-Hatta, Indonesia
8. Tacoma International Airport, Seattle, USA
9. International Airport San Francisco, USA
10. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Arizona, USA

Interesting list of the level of connectivity an airport, especially in the next five years, Soekarno-Hatta Airport can become the center of international transit, as well as five-star airport.

Source: S Agmasari - KompasTravel, The Jakarta Post, Telegraph, OAG
Image: Boedy Pratikto

Monday, December 5, 2016

AU$ 2.3 Billion for the Great Barrier Reef

Australia funds poured in approximately three thousand reefs and 900 islands

Helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef at the Whitsunday Islands, Australia - Image credit Sarah Ackerman

World Heritage sites in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia is one of the pride of the people of Australia, the world community to acknowledge one of nature's great.

But. Present a problem with the decision taken by UNESCO, since the area of the island and reef that stretches along 2,600 km will be included in the list of status 'endangered', of course, the Australian government will try effort in order not included in that status.

Why? Problems with a negative rating to the Great Barrier Reef, according to an article on the sites CNN Indonesia, December 3rd, will embarrass the Australian government and undermine the country's tourism industry. According to Deloitte Access Economics report in 2013, the region to bring revenues of US$ 3.9 billion per year.

Referring to a first report submitted by a team of scientists UNESCO, the Australian government has promised to disburse AU$ 1.3 billion, to improve the ecosystem of the world, during the next five years.

Of course, the Australian government will be serious, for example, last June, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has also pledged funds amounting to AU$ 1 billion, bringing the total funds reach AU$ 2.3 billion.

The area is very extensive and requires the attention of all parties involved to improve water quality and ecosystem health, including a program to minimize spills of chemicals from agricultural areas.

Need the cooperation of both sides, UNESCO will study the development of the project, due consideration to revise the list of the status of the site.

Citing the sites of Reuters, Josh Frydenberg, Minister of Environment and Energy of Australia, said, "This report is expected to make Australia to avoid a threatened status by UNESCO."

Despite the funds disbursed have been so great, but the positive attention of various parties to give other feedback, while most other environmental groups who denounced the report comes just days after being quite heavy damage.

For example, from Shani Tager, coral savior activity of Greenpeace Australia.

"It is unacceptable for the government congratulated themselves about the handling of the health of the reef without promising significant development."

May need to refer directly to the location, as presented by Australian researchers, last week, two-thirds of 700 km reef that runs along the Great Barrier Reef, is dead since nine months ago, and was recorded as the worst in the World Heritage Site.

There is no other way for Australia, except to give full attention to the recovery of this coral reef area.

Source: L Kertopati - CNN Indonesia, Reuters
Image: Sarah Ackerman via Wikipedia