4 fabulous Chinese New Year getaway ideas with the family
There's nothing better to do than to take advantage of the long weekend for a Chinese New Year getaway with any of these 4 destinations.
A Chinese New Year getaway seems to beckon as the holiday falls on the 5th and 6th of February this year. It can stretch up to six days if you decide to take leave on the 1st, a Friday. If not, you'll still have 5 days, from Saturday (2nd feb) to the following Wednesday (6 feb).
With up to five days of break, one way you can maximise your Chinese New Year getaway is by exploring these exciting travel destinations recommended by WorldVentures.
Even as the dates draw nearer, these are places you can still consider for future years to come.
Chinese New Year getaway destinations
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Here are four you can choose from for your Chinese New Year getaway.
1. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Tour ancient archaeological sites, including Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the national symbol of Cambodia. Visit the fortified city of Angkor Thom and end your day on a tuk-tuk, sightseeing at Ta Prohm.
Siem Reap, a capital city in north-western Cambodia, is the gateway to one of the world’s most famous ancient sites, Angkor Wat. Buddhist shrines, preserved ruins and centuries-old sculptures garner the admiration and awe of millions each year. The giant, smiling faces carved into the Bayon Temple’s walls are mysterious remnants of the early 12th century.
Siem Reap is a visual treat for families, especially the children as they get to explore historical landmarks. You'll be amazed by the architecture and the stories that accompany them. The many markets and shopping centres allow families to indulge themselves in cheap bargains and bring back a souvenir or two for those back at home.
2. Perth, Australia
Explore Rottnest Island’s diverse flora, fauna and culture on a full-day tour of Australia’s most idyllic travel destination. Stroll along the boardwalk at West End and take in scenic views of the island’s pristine beaches.
Perth is Western Australia’s capital and a central hub for theatre, art, culture and ballet. Just off its sandy shores lies Rottnest Island (“Rotto” to the locals), a picturesque isle teeming with vibrant marine life and friendly faces. Coastal tide pools and blue-green bays offer ideal spots for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
Perth is the perfect place to be for families and children who are adventurous and love animals with attractions such as the Perth Zoo, Caversham Wildlife Park and Rockingham where they can swim alongside dolphins, penguins and sea lions. In addition, the beautiful beach sets a nice atmosphere for a day of family fun.
3. Manila, Philippines
Densely packed Manila has recovered to spectacular degree from the ravages it suffered during World War II. The capital of the Philippines boasts historic landmarks, a spectacular urban park and an always-happening line-up of markets, shopping centres and eateries.
Enjoy places such as the National Museum, Manila City Hall, Rizal Park, and Lucky Chinatown Mall. You can also visit entertainment resorts as well as natural attractions during your stay in Manila.
In Manila, there is something for everyone in the family, young and old. Explore the many museums and historical buildings and learn about the events that shaped the capital to be what it is today.
Also, have a fun time with the children at attractions such as the Manila Ocean Park, Museo Pambata and Splash Island! This is the perfect destination for a truckload of fun and education for the family.
4. Seoul, South Korea
You’ve got better than 2,000 years of history – and more than 25 million inhabitants – on display in South Korea’s capital of Seoul. The Bukchon Asian Art Museum at Bukchon Hanok Village – packed with traditional Hanok architecture – is where you’ll get a firsthand look at traditional Korean folk painting.
You’ll also explore Ihwa Mural Village, an eye-catching display of public artwork created by some 60 painters and sculptors; the towering N Seoul Tower, where you’ll enjoy a Korean lunch buffet; the ever-vibrant Garosu-gil neighborhood, often called the “Soho of Seoul”; and Hongdae’s Hongik University Street, flush with cafes, nightclubs, galleries, boutiques and other gathering places – and the venue for your seafood barbecue dinner.
With the increasing popularity of the Korean wave, it will definitely be interesting to explore the country that is responsible for it. Get a mix of both the city life and an escape to nature with a Seoul getaway that will definitely allow the family to get involved in many activities. You might even end up at places with beautiful sceneries that are perfect for photo opportunities.
There are so many things to do as a family here, from indulging in the traditional Korean lifestyle to visiting the theme parks and museums. Seoul would be a must-go destination for any family