China
  • Why now is the time to visit China

    Why now is the time to visit China

    If you've always wanted to visit China, now is the time to go. The country is celebrating the China - Australia Tourism Year 2017 and specialists in Chinese touring, Helen Wong, is inviting you to the party.

  • 7 Asian Temples You NEED to See in Your Life

    7 Asian Temples You NEED to See in Your Life

    Whether you're seeking spiritual nirvana or just somewhere amazing to visit on your next romantic getaway, we've found seven Asian temples you need to see.

    Hidden in tropical jungles and clinging to rocky cliffs, these sites will leave you seriously speechless.

  • Checking in @ Club Med Guilin

    Checking in @ Club Med Guilin

    All-inclusive luxury in one of the most jaw-droppingly scenic areas of China. 

  • Top 5 Icons to See on Your Holiday to China

    Top 5 Icons to See on Your Holiday to China

    China is an incredibly fascinating destination, full of rich culture and history with some truly awe-inspiring sights.

  • Club Med's New Glamorous Ski Resort in China

    Club Med's New Glamorous Ski Resort in China

    It seems everyone is going on a ski holiday in Japan these days, but if you're looking to get the same thrills without the crowds Club Med has something for you. The pioneers of all-inclusive holiday resorts, Club Med has announced its brand new ski resort at picturesque Beidahu in north-east China. 

  • How to Spend 5 Nights in Taiwan

    How to Spend 5 Nights in Taiwan

    Taiwan sits on the edge of the Pacific “Rim of Fire” off the south coast of China. The constant tectonic movement has helped forge the dramatic mountainous ranges, luscious rainforests and crystal blue coastlines that Taiwan has to offer. While this may not be the first place you think of to holiday in Asia, it is a great place to visit for any couple looking for a culinary experience and an adventure across a country less travelled.

  • Cathay Pacific Celebrates Year of the Monkey With Super Sale

    Cathay Pacific Celebrates Year of the Monkey With Super Sale

    To celebrate the Year of the Fire Monkey, Cathay Pacific has just released special fares from Australia to over 50 destinations in Asia, starting from just $692* return.

  • Don't Miss Macau's Spectacular Journey of Lights Festival

    Don't Miss Macau's Spectacular Journey of Lights Festival

    Macau's Journey of Lights festival is set to shine brighter than ever this year with UNESCO World Heritage listed sites being transformed into scenes of spectacular night shows. 

  • Understated Luxury and Spectacular Views at the Grand Hyatt Taipei

    Understated Luxury and Spectacular Views at the Grand Hyatt Taipei

    Surrounded by lush mountains and hot springs, Taipei is a bustling, modern city. While many think of China when they think Taiwan, the country is a very different travel experience to mainland China. Taiwan is unique thanks to its mix of cultural influences from other countries including Japan, America and, of course, China.

  • One of the World's Greatest Journeys Has Just Begun

    One of the World's Greatest Journeys Has Just Begun

    One of the world’s greatest journeys has begun in China… The LUX* Hotel has just opened its second boutique hotel along the LUX* Tea Horse Road, creating a gateway for many couples to discover an ancient region of China. 

  • Utter Opulence at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

    Utter Opulence at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

    Hong Kong is the New York of Asia: dynamic, exotic, and a barrage of noises, colours and unique experiences. Most of all, it’s fun. On a quest for somewhere exciting for our 13th wedding anniversary, this vibrant city ticked all our boxes.

    To make sure the celebration was truly special, we took things to dizzying heights and checked into the “highest hotel in the world” – The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. Occupying the top floors of the International Commerce Centre, directly above Kowloon station, this 312-room luxury hotel reaches 490 metres above sea level, and is an iconic part of the Kowloon skyline. An elevator that’s apparently the fastest in Asia gets you to the top in less than a minute.

  • How to Make the Most of a 24 Hour Hong Kong Stop-Over

    How to Make the Most of a 24 Hour Hong Kong Stop-Over

    Whether it's a chef reinventing traditional Chinese cuisine in a restaurant that takes bookings three months in advance, a hot young designer creating a buzz in what has become Asia's fashion hotbed, or simply a new walking tour that takes its guests into a maze of traditional streets, markets and tea shops, a stop-over in Hong Kong is never, ever boring. Rhonda Bannister shares insights from her latest quick visit.

  • Romance at the Ritz-Carlton, Macau

    Romance at the Ritz-Carlton, Macau

    When The Ritz-Carlton opened in Macau this year, it heralded the start of a new era. As the group’s first all-suite property anywhere in the world, it is a huge vote of confidence for Macau. Situated at The Galaxy, an integrated leisure and entertainment precinct that’s a destination within a destination, guests have dozens of restaurants and bars, world-class shopping, movies, and an aquatic adventure park all at their doorstep. Less than two months from opening day, reviewers on TripAdvisor voted the hotel Macau’s best. Given that Macau offers a staggering number of luxury hotels, this is quite an achievement in such a short time.

  • The Ever-Changing Face of Macau

    The Ever-Changing Face of Macau

    Every day, Macau changes a little bit. It might be a new entertainment complex, a shopping mall or a five-star hotel opening, but the former Portuguese colony is moving ahead at a fast pace. 

  • Macau to Burst Into Kaleidoscope of Colours for International Fireworks Contest

    Macau to Burst Into Kaleidoscope of Colours for International Fireworks Contest

    For the 27th year in a row, couples travelling in the gorgeous city of Macau can witness the Macau Tower bursting into a kaleidoscope of colours for the Macau International Fireworks Display Contest, sure to delight admirers who flock from around the globe for the exciting event. 

  • Thailand comes to Macau

    Thailand comes to Macau

    The cultural melting pot that is Macau is an absolute must for foodies, and mezza9 Macau – overlooking the tranquil pool area on the third floor of the luxurious Grand Hyatt Macau – an essential stop for any self-respecting gourmand visiting this part of the world. 

  • Macau Celebrates 10 Years as a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site

    Macau Celebrates 10 Years as a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site

    We've said it before but I'll say it again. We love Macau – for so many reasons. Its historical charm, fusion of cultures (which translates deliciously in to the cuisine) and glitzy entertainment precincts are all reasons as to why it's high on our radar for romantic holiday destinations. But, did you know, the rest of the world loves Macau too? So much so that 10 years ago it was labelled a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. 

  • Up Close with Gentle Giants in Sichuan Province, Western China

    Up Close with Gentle Giants in Sichuan Province, Western China

    Paying for the privilege of shovelling animal dung might seem like an odd holiday option, but when the dung in question belongs to a Giant Panda, it’s worth shelling out for.

  • Couples' Guide to Shanghai

    Couples' Guide to Shanghai

    It’s a crowded, boisterous city of 20 million who work hard and like to party even harder! Shanghai is one of the world’s most exciting cities and has such a trendy, action-packed nightlife, you’ll find it hard to find the energy to get out of bed in the morning and keep going! If you only have a few days here it helps to know where the locals like to dine, shop and boogie the night away, so with a little help from a knowledgeable expat, here’s our top picks. 

  • Macau Recognised For Having the Most Five Star Properties in the World

    Macau Recognised For Having the Most Five Star Properties in the World

    Well known for its reputation as 'Vegas of the East', Macau has now been recognised for having the largest number of world class five-star properties of any destination in the world.

  • Honeymoon in Hong Kong

    Honeymoon in Hong Kong

    With an abundance of culture, food and astounding architecture, Hong Kong makes for a honeymoon to remember. It is the perfect destination for outgoing couples, laden with skyscraper-top bars and dozens of gentrified buildings filled with top notch eateries and quirky boutiques. But it's not just the city-loving couples that this amazing city can cater for, Hong Kong is overflowing with natural heritage that is just waiting to be discovered!

  • Helen Wong Creates Four Day Golf and Spa Itinerary in Shanghai

    Helen Wong Creates Four Day Golf and Spa Itinerary in Shanghai

    Couples thinking of a romantic getaway in China in 2015 can now take advantage of Helen Wong's fabulous new itinerary. The package is a golfer's dream: four days at Chinese golf resort.

  • Experience Macau's Spectacular Chinese New Year Parades

    Experience Macau's Spectacular Chinese New Year Parades

    Couples travelling to Macau in February will be delighted with plenty of festive fun and fanfare as the locals of the ever colourful Asian enclve herald the arrival of the Year of the Ram!

  • How to honeymoon in Macau

    How to honeymoon in Macau

    Macau, an administrative region of China, offers everything honeymooners could want and more. When it comes to luxury honeymoon accommodation in Asia, Macau has the top of the bunch, which of course is high on the list of priorities for newlyweds! To get to this idyllic destination, all you have to do is catch a high-speed ferry from Hong Kong and voila! You are in a veritable paradise.

  • China Doll: Helen Wong shares her knowledge and tips for travelling in China

    China Doll: Helen Wong shares her knowledge and tips for travelling in China

    Helen Wong of Helen Wong’s Tours is one of the pioneers of group travel to China. She has opened thousands of Australians’ eyes to the wonder and mystery of one of the world’s fastest emerging tourist destinations. Holidays for Couples caught up with Helen and asked her to share her vast knowledge of the country and its people, with a few handy hints for making the best of a visit to China thrown in!

  • Hong Kong Interlude

    Hong Kong Interlude

    Couples will experience a bustling, sophisticated metropolis where East and West collide beautifully in vibrant Hong Kong.

  • Explore romantic Macau in 2015

    Explore romantic Macau in 2015

    We've always loved Macau as a romantic destination for couples on their honeymoon or getaway for two, but we're not the only ones. Lonely Planet has listed Macau as one of the top 10 regions in the world to explore in 2015 – and who can blame them?

  • Experience Jiuzhaigou with Helen Wong's Tours

    Experience Jiuzhaigou with Helen Wong's Tours

    It's no secret that Helen Wong's Tours is the leader in tours around China, and today they've let us in on an area that's a perpetual favourite on the tour schedule – the Jiuzhaigou region.

  • 72 Hours in Macau

    72 Hours in Macau

    From world-class shopping, dining and entertainment to a richly layered history and UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, Macau melds the East and West together like no other place in China.

  • What Legends are Made Of

    What Legends are Made Of

    I love to travel. For nearly two decades now, I've been fortunate enough to check into some of the world's most divine hotels and resorts, many of them on behalf of this magazine. But there was one gaping hole on my travel bucket list – a legendary hotel that, I'd been told, has defined luxury travel since it first opened its doors in 1928.

  • China Cruises

    China Cruises

    Crystal Cruises recently announced that from April 2014, they are addding a 'five-night Extended Land Program' to Tibet on their regular romantic Asia cruise. Honeymooners and holidayers after a unique getaway idea, this one's for you!

  • Hot Hotel: Honeymoon at The Peninsula Hong Kong

    Hot Hotel: Honeymoon at The Peninsula Hong Kong

     After a fabulous 'facelift', The Grand Dame of the east, The Peninsula Hong Kong, has reaffirmed its place as one of the world's best luxury hotels. While the 300 guest rooms have been updated – think chic and subtle cream, walnut and caramel tones – it is the cutting edge in-room technology which will really excite couples on a romantic getaway or honeymoon.

  • Fly to China to celebrate 20 years of marriage

    Fly to China to celebrate 20 years of marriage

    China's magnificent attractions make it a perfect place to celebrate a milestone with your loved one.

    Consider celebrating 20 years with the love of your life by visiting one of the most ancient civilisations. With a recorded history of nearly 5,000 years, China's home to a rich cultural heritage and astounding geography.

    Here are a couple of these destinations to feature on your anniversary itinerary:

    Great Wall of China

  • China Short Breaks

    China Short Breaks

    Did you know that China now offers a visa-free period of 72 hours (3 days) if you're travelling to another country. This means that China is now on our HOT list of places to take a lengthy stopover. 

    With China's billionaire boom we have seen the country become more luxurious than ever. A luxury stopover? A new concept perhaps, but definitely worth your while. Whether your stopover is before your main holiday or after, there's no reason not to turn it into a mini romantic getaway.

  • Top 10 Asian Honeymoon Hotspots

    Top 10 Asian Honeymoon Hotspots

    A diverse collection of islands, jungles, cities and hinterlands, Asia boasts an almost endless list of incredible destinations, so picking exactly where to visit can be a bit of a challenge.

    Whether you're dreaming of a honeymoon on the beach, in a glamorous city or somewhere remote and rugged, we've handpicked 10 destinations for the perfect post-wedding getaway.

  • Exciting new cultural tours from The Peninsula Academy, Beijing

    Exciting new cultural tours from The Peninsula Academy, Beijing

    We're big fans of holidaying decadently and differently, and we love the latest additions to The Peninsula Beijing's Academy tours. If you're on a romantic holiday or honeymoon in China, we definitely recommend checking these tours out.

  • A Romantic Stay at the Mandarin Oriental Macau

    A Romantic Stay at the Mandarin Oriental Macau

     

    Located just 60 km or an hour’s Turbo Jetfoil ride away from Hong Kong, Macau has long been the favourite recreational haunt of expats living in romantic Hong Kong as it offers a slower-paced respite from the frenetic streets of that vertical megacity. It’s also a popular destination for travellers visiting Hong Kong or China (it is located around 150 km from the popular tourist city of Guangzhou) because of its Portugese heritage which is still so much a part of the lifestyle here. Opened just a few months ago in a great position on the Napa waterfront and close to many of Macau’s unique attractions, the Mandarin Oriental Macau offers guests an exceptionally romantic and exclusive home away from home.

  • Macau Insider’s Guide: 8 Things To Know

    Macau Insider’s Guide: 8 Things To Know

    1. For Australian and New Zealand passport holders, Macau is VISA FREE for 30 days.

    2. Visitors arriving at Hong Kong International Airport can transfer to Macau by the Sea Express Ferry Service. This trip will take 45 minutes and all customs and immigration formalities are completed in Macau.

    3. Macau’s currency is the pataca (MOP$), which has almost the same value as the Hong Kong dollar (HKD). Hong Kong dollars are accepted in most places but spend your patacas in Macau as you won’t be able to use them in Hong Kong.

  • Macau Insider’s Guide: 8 Deluxe Hotels & Spas

    Macau Insider’s Guide: 8 Deluxe Hotels & Spas

    Couples are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to luxurious accommodation options at excellent prices, couples’ spa treatments that will leave you both on cloud nine and restaurants that equal the best in the world. We think couples will love the eight options we’ve chosen as they all offer a very different experience.

    1. Mandarin Oriental

    Stylish, beautifully appointed rooms and suites are just part of the many charms of this architecturally stunning building sited on the waterfront within walking distance of all the action of the city, its historical centre and three major casinos, MGM, Wynn and Grand Lisboa. Floor-to-ceiling glass reveals stunning vistas of the city, Macau Tower, Nam Van Lake and the South China Sea. The oversized bathroom offers a full-size bath where you can both enjoy a long, decadent soak drinking in the magical views along with a glass of bubbles.

  • Macau Insider’s Guide: 8 Fabulous Restaurants

    Macau Insider’s Guide: 8 Fabulous Restaurants

    Foodies will love it here as the dining possibilities are endless, with choices ranging from intimate and romantic to large and loud; from authentic Macanese and Portuguese flavours to traditional and contemporary Asian tastes; from hotel buffets to Michelin star restaurants … but be warned, you’ll leave here heavier than when you arrived and I don’t mean your suitcases!

    1. Beijing Kitchen

    This is the place to eat if you’ve booked to see the spectacular extravaganza, The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams because the ‘show’ put on by the chefs in one of the four open kitchens of this chic restaurant will delight and amaze as they toss food filled woks over high bursts of flame. The cuisine is authentic Northern Chinese which we loved as it’s quite spicy and so different with specialities like wood-fired Beijing Duck, Shanxi hand-shredded noodles with pork and double-baked Superior Bird’s Nest just a small sample of the delectable dishes on offer. Open for lunch and dinner: macau.grand.hyatt.com

  • Macau Insider’s Guide: 8 Attractions

    Macau Insider’s Guide: 8 Attractions

    Macau is a compact city made for walking and with over 20 unique historical or religious sites clustered around the city’s heart, it’s easy to navigate your way around, savouring the wonderful sights in a short space of time. Here are eight don’t miss attractions.

    1: Of special interest is Senado Square with its wave-patterned, stone mosaic streets and its gorgeous neo-classical, pastel coloured buildings. This is the city’s beating heart which has been a civic centre for centuries and where locals and visitors alike stroll along, stopping to window shop at the many boutiques and stores that are now housed in the lovely old buildings. The restored St Lazarus Quarter, just a few blocks from here, is also a charming place to stroll around and admire gaily coloured buildings, lovely laneways and atmospheric piazzas where you’ll find some really cool little boutiques and galleries showcasing local ceramics, jewellery, handmade soaps and cosmetics.

  • Macau Insider’s Guide: 8 Activities

    Macau Insider’s Guide: 8 Activities

    Trust us – you won’t be short of things to do on your holiday here, but to get you thinking about it, here are our top eight to try!

    1. The House of Dancing Water

    Billed as a show like no other on earth, The House of Dancing Water show, created for City of Dreams by Franco Dragone, is a ‘must-see’ experience – quite simply it’s amazing! The dazzling costumes and special effects are fabulous but it’s the cast (and the millions of litres

    of water they use as their main prop!) that will have you agog with delight … don’t miss it!

  • Honeymoons That Give Back: Voluntourism

    Honeymoons That Give Back: Voluntourism

    Jemma Fletcher discovers the growing trend of Voluntourism.

    ‘The honeymoon that gives back’ – could there really be such a thing? A romantic escape which fuses romance, seclusion and luxury with the heart-warming gesture of giving back to the local community? Here at Holidays for Couples, we began to wonder if this fabled honeymoon could really exist … and after a bit of digging, we’re pleased to announce that it most certainly does – in droves!

    Below are our top six destinations which provide dream honeymoons with an opportunity to make the world a better place.

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