Beijing Five Pagoda Temple (Watu Temple) – Witness China’s Diverse Culture

China is fast becoming a developed country, but it will always retain its age old beauty as the country has achieved a beautiful balance, where they don’t let modernity reduce the value given to their culture and history. In the past the country was one of the greatest cities in the world, and the remnants of this regal and sacred past can still be seen. Religion is given high regard in China even today and for visitors there are many long standing religious monuments to visit. As Buddhism is one of the country’s most prominent religions there are places of worship dedicated to it as well, and one such site that must be visited by all is the Beijing Five Pagoda Temple, or the Watu Temple.

The temple dates far back to the 1400’s when it was originally known as the Zhenjue Temple, and has since undergone many changes throughout history. It has been renovated many times, including total renovations when it was destroyed. The temple was only open to the public in the 1800’s and has since been a major attraction among visitors. Though today no monks reside in the temple it is popular as there are many precious Buddhist items on display here making it a popular museum.

The draft for the design for the temple was brought to China by an Indian monk, and thus is unique as it mixes Indian style patterns with the fairly different Chinese style of art and architecture. The high rising structure is made up of several tiers on which visitors will find intricate inscriptions and precious gold plates which are centuries old but timelessly beautiful. It is known as the Five Pagoda Temple as there are five of these structures at the top which add greatly to the beauty of the structure. In addition to the physical finesse of the structure visitors also appreciate the peaceful and serene ambiance that is felt within the temple. It is the ideal place to stop over at for visitors to China who want to experience the great variety that is seen in the country’s culture.

When selecting a Beijing hotel to stay in visitors will greatly enjoy the exquisite Raffles Beijing Hotel. This accommodation is a popular choice from Beijing luxury hotels, as it makes visitors feel that they have entered the country’s past, while still retaining the comforts and luxuries of the present.

Discovering the Enchanting Mengjia Longshan Temple

Rich in history and culture, Taipei’s rich heritage can be experienced when visiting such sites as the Mengjia Longshan Temple. Those wanting to indulge in the finer things in life before heading on their sightseeing adventures should look to stay at well placed luxury hotels in Taipei such as Regent Taipei. Enjoying a central location in the Zhong Shan area, this luxury hotel Taipei makes an ideal base for business and leisure travellers alike. A site definitely worth visiting, the Mengjia Longshan Temple dates back to 1738 and was constructed by settlers who came from Fujian. Serving as a place of worship, the temple showcases classical Taiwanese architecture and features such elements as decorated gates and a courtyard with a waterfall. An ideal time to visit is when worshippers including Taoists and Buddhists come to the site in order to burn incense sticks and offer prayers.


Mekepung (Bull Races) – Racing Buffalos in Bali!

Bali offers visitors some truly unique holiday experiences and one such example is Mekepung or bull races that take place in Negara. Before heading to the area it is important to find suitable accommodation and if you enjoy the finer things in life then you should look to stay at luxury resorts in Bali. Located amidst breathtaking coastal scenery, Regent Bali is one such Bali luxury resort in the Sanur District. Taking place outside Negara, the bull races in actual fact feature water buffalos and traditionally were held to mark the end of the rice harvest. The animals themselves are adorned with a variety of colours and paraphernalia and they pull a two-wheeled cart with a driver, while being cheered by frenetic crowds!