Hangzhou: A ‘Must-See’ in China


KAI is proud to represent Hangzhou Tourism to promote this up and coming region of China. Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, is an ancient city known for its natural beauty and cultural heritage. The city has been long noted for its magical landscapes with gorgeous pagodas, pavilions, lush gardens and historic temples. Hangzhou is one of the six oldest capital cities in China, offering 5000 years of rich cultural traditions. When Marco Polo visited 800 years ago he declared it the finest and most splendid city in the world. Travelers heading to Hangzhou will have the opportunity to learn many facets of traditional Chinese culture as well as experience modern China.

Only 45 minutes from Shanghai on the Bullet Train, Hangzhou is in a pure natural landscape on the mystical and beautiful West Lake, where legends abound. It has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century. The lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is surrounded on three sides by undulating hills and boasts three islands and two causeways. Ten mystical sites highlighting the beauty of the lake have been named to provide visitors outstanding views. The Grand Canal, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the world’s oldest and longest canal. It begins in Hangzhou and ends at Beijing. There are eleven heritage sites on the Grand Canal in Hangzhou.


Fine porcelain, silk, and tea all have rich histories in Hangzhou with museums dedicated to how each has impacted civilization. The Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou is one of the world’s most important temples with over 400 carvings cut into limestone. A number of internationally acclaimed festivals occur in Hangzhou including the Dragon Festival, an annual boat race said to be lucky for those who watch it. The nearby XiXi Wetland National Park features a network of crisscrossing streams and multiple waterways with ancient Persimmon trees and over 150 species of birds. For more information about Hangzhou, call 917-521-5271 or click here.


Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Wins Big!
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve was bestowed with the honor of winning both the ‘Experience Africa Award’ and the ‘Engage Africa Award’ at the We Are Africa Innovation Awards ceremony. Enjoyed first-hand by each visitor, amazing environmental and social development programs are integrated smoothly into the Grootbos experience. The futures of local families and communities involved in their projects have been positively influenced by Grootbos & its guests.


Legacy Hotels & Resorts’ Bakubung Bush Lodge Updates

Twenty-four new rooms were unveiled recently at Bakubung Bush Lodge. The 13 standard queen rooms, 7 luxury king rooms, and 4 executive suites are spectacular and have been well received by recent guests. Bakubung looks forward to welcoming your guests to Pilanesberg National Park which is more accessible with added flights from Johannesburg on SA Express. See more of the new Bakubung rooms and activities here.


The MS EUROPA 2’s 2016-17 Season



Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announces the release of the new brochure for EUROPA 2’s 2016/2017 cruise season. Guests on board EUROPA 2 can expect a range of exciting events and premiere destinations such as Greenland and exotic Oceania; including Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. Also new on board, there will be some new themed cruises focusing on food, fashion, art and lectures. Click here for the full press release. Contact us at 877-445-7447 or hapag-lloyd@kainyc.com for brochures, information, and reservations.

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