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Why Suzhou Should Be On Your Travel Bucket List

If you go to China and don’t visit the Great Wall of China, did you really go to China? Contrary to the travel bucket lists you see circulating around the internet, there are a number of things to do and see beyond those checklists. And in China, the picturesque city of Suzhou is just that. Known as the Venice of China, the city is connected through a number of canals and waterways including the Suzhou Grand Canal that has been listed in the World Heritage Site List by UNESCO.  Only a short train ride from Shanghai on the bullet train and a great stop before heading to other cities like Nanjing, here’s how to spend your trip exploring Suzhou, China. Visit the Gardens in Suzhou Lion Grove Garden Best known for its multi-story rock maze that rises nearly 23 feet into the air, the Lion Grove Garden is known for the labyrinthine…

How to Spend 24 Hours in Shanghai

Shanghai is a cosmopolitan city filled with the wonder of centuries past and a glimpse into the future. The city is often your gateway into exploring other Chinese cities with international flights landing regularly in Shanghai Pudong Aiport (PVG). Whether you are beginning your adventure in Shanghai before travelling to other nearby cities like Nanjing or Suzhou, or the city is your destination, here’s how to spend your first 24 hours in Shanghai. Dine in the French Concession in Shanghai Feeling more like you’ve stumbled across a promenade in Europe than in Asia, the French Concession is an elegant neighbourhood where cobblestones and leafy boulevards transport you to another time.  The area is filled with cozy live-music venues and boutique wine bars and small fashion boutiques. If you have time, the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum is worth the visit. While there are a number of noodle shops, French bistros…

7 Places to Visit in Nanjing, China

As one of China’s great ancient capital cities, Nanjing is known for this history and rich culture dating all the way back to the Ming Dynasty in the Republic of China.  Sitting on the situated in the Yangtze River Delta area 190 miles northwest of Shanghai, Nanjing is recognized as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Nanjing has remained a popular spot for travellers to explore because it is filled with highly acclaimed attractions and affordable accommodations options.  To help plan your trip to China, here are 7 things to do in Nanjing during your next vacation. The Grand Bao’en Temple The Grand Bao’en Temple has been restored to become an ultramodern museum that shares the history of the landmark and is home to the reconstructed Porcelain Tower which offers one of the best aerial views of Nanjing.  The Porcelain Tower was a soaring Ming-era pagoda and one…

These Hotels Have Figured Out a Way to Give Guests a Better Sleep

Travelling can be hard. Between the jet lag, time changes, early morning flights and busy days sightseeing… having a good night’s rest can be the difference you need to have a great vacation. Thankfully, hotels have figured out that this is the key ingredient to your perfect trip and have designed packages for guests to make their evenings more comfortable. According to the J.D. Power 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index (NAGSI) Study, guests are looking for: More zzzs, please: Overall satisfaction scores increase 114 points (on a 1,000-point scale) when hotel guests experience a better-than-expected quality of sleep. However, just 29% of hotel guests had such an experience. Of guests who do experience better-than-expected quality of sleep, 78% say they “definitely will” return to that property and 71% say they “definitely will” return to that brand. The anatomy of a good night’s sleep: The top contributors to quality of sleep…

Unwind at the Adult-Only TRS Yucatan Hotel

Bringing a new level of contemporary luxury to the Rivera Maya, the TRS Yucatan Hotel is an adult-only resort located on Kantenah Beach.  The Riveria Maya is located south of Cancun in the Mexican Caribbean extending along 130 km of coastline.  This hotel is ideal for the discerning traveller who is looking for a modern mix of coastline with an impeccably designed guest room to unwind in during your stay.  With private butler service,  modern facilities and a salt-water infinity pool next to the exclusive beach club, Helios, the TRS Yucatan offers an Instagrammable vacation that offers a picturesque all-inclusive experience. What are the rooms like at the TRS Yucatan Hotel? The hotel has a collection of 270 Junior Suites, 90 Junior Suites with a private pool, 45 suites, 18 suites with a private pool and 9 ambassador suites. Each of the room categories will vary in size and room…

How to Enjoy the Other Side of Amsterdam

Everyone has heard about Amsterdam as the crazy European destination where travellers stop to explore and indulge in the liberties of the city. But this winter, I travelled to this Dutch city and learnt this beautiful city of canals has so much more to offer its tourists than just a trip down to the Red Light District. With over one million residents, Amsterdam is The Netherland’s largest city and a creative and cultural hub. Known as the Venice of the North, there are over 1,500 bridges that cross this charming European City. Amsterdam is also one of the largest registered historic city centers in Europe with over 7,000 registered historic buildings, a collection of eight windmills in the city centre and numerous streets lined with their iconic narrow houses. How to Get Around Amsterdam The city is centred around the Central Station with six major concentric canal rings that surround…

6 Family-Friendly Activities To Do in Buffalo, NY

Are you looking for a family-friendly travel destination within driving distance from Toronto? Buffalo, New York is a great option for families hoping to get their kids out of the house during the summer without spending too long on the road. Over the last few years, Buffalo’s industrial areas have been revitalized to help showcase the beautiful waterfront and parkland areas this city has to offer. To help you plan your next family vacation, here are 7 family-friendly activities to explore in Buffalo this summer. Zipline at Buffalo RiverWorks The massive grain elevators are an iconic symbol of the city’s industrial past.  The concrete structures at Buffalo RiverWorks have been repainted to resemble a six-pack of beer and adapted to inspire adrenaline junkies at any age.  Onsite, there is an entertainment complex complete with a brewery, restaurant, sports sot along with areas for ziplining, rock climbing, roller derby, ice skating,…

Deerhurst Resort Opens the New Lakeside Lodge

Ushering a new chapter for one of the oldest resorts in the province, the historic Deerhurst Resort opened their brand new Lakeside Lodge just in time for the Canada Day long weekend.  Since 1896, the Deerhurst Resort has welcomes generations of vacationers to this iconic lakeside retreat.  The resort is best known for their 575 guest room accommodations, golf courses (the championship par-72 Deerhurst Highlands and full-length par-63 Deerhurst Lakeside) and 40, 000 square feet of functional space for meetings an event. But this summer, your summer adventure has been revitalized thanks to the opening of the brand new Lakeside Lodge. Lakeside Lodge at Deerhurst Resort With spectacular views and cottage-inspired interior design, Lakeside Lodge represents nothing short of the rebirth of Deerhurst’s iconic waterfront experience, which has been a hallmark on Peninsula Lake since 1896. Lakeside Lodge’s 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units now complement Deerhurst’s wider portfolio of resort…

Plan Your Visit To The The Shaw Festival

Beginning this spring, discover the beauty and culture of Niagara-On-The-Lake with The Shaw Festival. Inspired by the works of Bernard Shaw, each year this festival produces an impressive repertoire of plays from and about Shaw’s era to bring people together for 8 exciting months of incredible theatre productions. Experience the beauty of Ontario’s Niagara region by planning a weekend around one of these great plays to stay and explore the area. Plan your visit to The Shaw Festival Filled with beautiful scenery, historic hotels and cozy b&b’s, world-class vineyards and a large array of activities, there is always something to do during your weekend away. The Shaw Festival has thought of all of your planning needs giving you a comprehensive list of nearby accommodations, weekend and pre-dinner theatre packages or read our Niagara travel guides to help plan your trip. What’s On – The Shaw Festival 2019 April 4 –…

The Best Gardens to Visit at Garden Walk Buffalo

This weekend, some of the most beautiful gardens in Buffalo will open their gates to let visitors explore their outstanding horticultural and landscaping. This year, Garden Walk Buffalo is celebrating their 25th anniversary on July 27 and 28 as  America’s largest and free garden tour featuring more than 400 gardens. This two-day Garden Walk event expands through the quaint neighbourhoods in Buffalo to showcase the creativity of its residents which has helped to transform the urban garden in Buffalo.  To help you plan your Garden Walk route, here are 10 urban gardens to visit this weekend at Garden Walk Buffalo. The Best Gardens to Visit at Garden Walk Buffalo Mary’s Garden by Annabelle Irey & James Locke 75 Lancaster Ave Perennials and annuals complement this Victorian home with gardens on all four sides. A white picket fence surrounds the main garden, known as “Mary’s Garden,” with a crushed- brick path…