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Aerial virtual tour of Hong Kong

Aerial virtual tour of Hong Kong

Take a tour to Hong Kong now at your desk...is amazing.

虛擬的香港空中瀏覽.....

有多個景點可供瀏覽,在畫面上的「控制圖列」中,按「+」「-」可將畫面拉近、拉遠。

  
http://www.airpano.ru/files/Honkong/start_e.html

 



The Boy King at the Aberdeen centre, Richmond

Many of you may or may not know about Aberdeen centre in Richmond. If you do not know, it is located on Cambie Road and No. 3 Road in Richmond across the Radisson President Hotel. It is a fair new Chinese mall having about a hundred shops and restaurants there. They have now showing King Tut statues using M&M candies. There are excellent art works from volunteers that build the setting together. We enjoy going there once a while to shop, to eat and to sightseeing. It is a very good place to go to and learn about Chinese culture and cuisine.

They have water fountain show that the water dances according to the music, quite a spectacular scene. More Pictures

 


River Flow in Penticton

VBNF has an opportunity to see a site for new housing development in Penticton and Summerland a few weeks ago. On the way form Summerland to Penticton, we were driving along a river which I was told that runs to Hoover Dam in Las Vegas. The river is quite narrow and quiet so you would never thought of that it would go a long way to Las Vegas. Anyway, the river creates an exceptional fun activity for the youngster. You can actually sit on a tube or rubber boat and let it slowly flow down the river to the low end. We saw school buses picking up the kids and parents at the low end and take them back where they start. It was so relax, so slow but it is moving. Not a bad place to go for a short vacation in Penticton or Summerland.

Here are some shots taken from the car.

 


Seattle Tour

With the strong Canadian dollar, many of us would go south of the border to go shopping especially now before school starts. It is sad in a way that the cost of material is almost 30% less than here in Vancouver with lower taxes. So going south to shop is not uncommon as you can see in the line up going down and coming back at the border.

If you want to go south to shop, it is better that you go early in the morning like before 8:00 a.m. I like to use the Aldergrove exit on 264 St., as it has the lowest traffic going to Bellingham. The best time to come back is get back to the border around 5:30 - 6:30 when most of the people may still be shopping or having dinner. I like the Truck crossing or Aldergrove to come back.

Check out the webcam at the crossing: http://www.borderlineups.com/cam.php?CamID=6

I love the Internet, do you?


Boathouse in Portland, Oregon

We went to Seattle for a short 3 day vacation. We went all the way to Portland, Oregon to look for a factory outlet. We found one Prime Outlet there. It took almost 3 hours drive from Seattle to get there and yet we were very disappointed with the outlet as there is not many shops there comparing the Prime Outlet in Washington on I-5 about an hour and a half from Bellingham. Anyway, there is no sales taxes there but I can justify the saving form the gas and time we have to spent on the driving.

We visited the Seattle Center which we haven't gone for a while. They have many children events during the summer and we saw the Tibet festival there.

In Seattle, you can visit the Pike Place Market where you can see the fisherman throwing the salmon in the air, flowers, gifts, etc. From there you can also walk down to the pier which a fairly new development that I think Vancouver should learn. The old pier was not a tourist area 10 years or so ago. Now they developed the place and now many tourists visiting bringing many visitor dollars to the city.

We need something like that in Vancouver or New Westminster that has waterfront. Of course we do have similar thing in North Van, the Lonsdale Quay and Steveston Pier in Richmond. We do have New Westminster Quay but nobody goes there as it is lack of attraction or even publicity.

Here are some pictures we took while we were in Seattle.

 

 

Richmond Steveston Pier

The Steveston Pier is one of the best attractions in the lower mainland. Each year many visitors go there to enjoy a day off with good food and good shopping and sight. We go there all the time. One of the best features is the pier's fishing market on weekends.

You need to go early if you want the best fresh seafood off the fishing boats. Some of the most popular seafood are: Salmon, Prawns, Ground fish, Tuna, cods, Sea Urchins and sometimes Octopus, depending on the season. Last week, they even have fresh Sardines. Prices are reasonable. The thing is they are fresh from the boat. If you are a seafood lover like me, bring a big cooler there to shop. Many Foreign visitors go there to by fresh salmon to take back to their country.

By the way, Salmon is allowed to take to the US without restriction.

Last week, the sea urchins are huge, only $10 for 3. These are large ones from the Northern side of the Vancouver Island. Sea Urchins is one of the high price seafood in the Japanese Restaurants. You can eat them as Sashimi or Sushi.

There are many shops and restaurants for you to shop around or sit down to enjoy.

You can see more the pictures here.

 


Egyptology News

  • Nineteen artifacts to return back to Egypt from NY
  • Antiquities council rejects new antiquities minister
  • Archaeologists Syndicate head Dr.Fayza Haikal
  • Skepticism meets plan to transform Tahrir into UNESCO site
  • Ancient Egypt treasure gate unearthed in Luxor
  • As Zahi Hawass flies to Peru, protesters call for the minister to step down
  • Swiss men share Pharaoh gene

Please Download the Egyptology News for JULY 2011 Khaled AZZAM and A-Z Tours International Here Travel to Egypt

Flight Tips by Action Travel.

http://www.a-ztravel.com/ & http://www.actiontravel.ca/

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ROYAL WEDDING IN ROYAL BRITAIN!

The mere mention of London emanates the charms of English legends, fairy tales, history and mythology. Most of us love the era of kings and queens, knights in shining armor, Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, Victoriana, and the list could go on.

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Egypt tourism sees hope after the revolution

Many countries including US and Canada issued warnings against travel in Egypt, Causing the tourism industry to collapse for the short term and expected to last till the end of this winter season. All Tourist Sites such as Egyptian Museum, Saqqara and Giza Pyramids in Greater Cairo, usually overrun with tens of thousands visitors, stood empty for over a month, Same thing in all other sites including Karnak temple and the world famous Valley of the Kings.

Egypt's uprising emptied the hotels, but most Egyptians expect the recovery to be quick and the revolution to boost business in the long run.

Download full report here

 


Be Aware of Air Traveling Fees

For some of our traveler friends, here are some fees that you may not be aware of.

Unless otherwise indicated, companies listing fares may not include all applicable taxes, charges and government imposed fees. The following overview has been prepared to give you an idea of what additional fees and taxes may apply.

Airport Fees: Airport Improvement Fees (AIF) may apply depending upon your destination.

Canada Goods and Services Tax: Prices listed may not include GST, HST, or individual province taxes.

Air Travelers Security Charge (ATSC):

For domestic flights, the ATSC tax is $4.67 CAD/segment. For trans-border flights, the ATSC tax is $7.94 CAD/segment.

For international flights, the ATSC tax is $24.00 CAD per trip. A flight segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing.

NAV Canada: A surcharge is collected to operate Canada's Air Navigation systems. Surcharges within Canada are up to $20.00 CAD based on distance. International itineraries are up to $15.00 CAD per round-trip ticket.

Fuel Surcharge: In reaction to rising oil costs, many airlines have imposed a fuel surcharge to flight bookings.

Insurance Surcharges: Many airlines have implemented a nominal insurance surcharge to cover the costs of aviation insurance.

Shipping & Handling Fees: Some travel companies or their agents may impose shipping and/or handling fees if you request paper tickets or for certain types of transactions.

Service Fee: Companies listing offers may charge a service fee.

Itinerary Changes/Cancellations/Refunds: Itinerary changes, if permitted for the fare, may have a change fee dependent on the market, supplier and the specific fares rules associated with your ticket.

 


Travel at Lower Cost with Professional Services

VBNF works with action Travel and A-Z Travel to bring you the best price for your personal or business travel

If you plan for a vacation or a business trip either for yourself or a group, we can arrange the best fare for you. Contact us with your requirements.

$799 for 7 Nights Including Airfares at Outrigger Hotels and Resort, Hawaii departing from Vancouver

For booking or information, please contact us.

Fly to Hong Kong via Beijing or Shanghai under $800 with Tax included

There is an Airfare war to bring passengers to China between Air Canada and other airlines. So if you want to fly to Hong Kong and would like to stop by Beijing or Shanghai, you can save a few hundred dollars.

For booking or information, please contact us.

Flight Tips by Action Travel.

http://www.a-ztravel.com/ & http://www.actiontravel.ca/

For booking or information, please contact us.

Are you flexible on your flying dates? If you are, this can give you more options on your airline tickets fares. Traveling on weekdays is usually cheaper than flying on weekends. Additionally early morning, late night or red eye flights are usually cheaper than flying during the day. The time of year when traveling can make a difference. Prices are usually cheaper in the low seasons when most people are not traveling. The high seasons are usually holiday periods, like Christmas, Easter, US Thanksgiving, Spring Break and the summer when kids are on holiday. These periods tend to incur higher prices and are best booked well in advance.

For instance traveling to Europe in the spring or the fall, is usually much cheaper than during the summer when many people head that way.

There are many flight search options online, but a Travel Agent has the resources that are not necessarily available to the public and can save you a lot of time looking for the best fare when they have this readily available at their fingertips.

If you plan on traveling regularly it is advantageous to enroll in a flight program that offers you points for every mile traveled. These can be useful for upgrades and for free flights once you have enough collected points. Depending on the program many offer points for other services as well as flights and these can add up nicely to give you free flights or gifts down the road.

If you have to travel in the high season it is best to book as far as possible in advance. This way you will get the best possible price and in most cases the best possible seating options. The closer it gets to flying time the price usually gets higher as there are fewer and fewer seats available.

Are you flexible on your flying dates? If you are, this can give you more options on your airline tickets fares. Traveling on weekdays is usually cheaper than flying on weekends. Additionally early morning, late night or red eye flights are usually cheaper than flying during the day.

The time of year when traveling can make a difference. Prices are usually cheaper in the low seasons when most people are not traveling. The high seasons are usually holidays periods, like Christmas, Easter, US Thanksgiving, Spring Break and the summer when kids are on holiday. These periods tend to incur higher prices and are best booked well in advance.

For instance traveling to Europe in the spring or the fall, is usually much cheaper than during the summer when many people head that way.

There are many flight search options online, but a Travel Agent has the resources that are not necessarily available to the public and can save you a lot of time looking for the best fare when they have this readily available at their fingertips.

If you plan on traveling regularly it is advantageous to enroll in a flight program that offers you points for every mile traveled. These can be useful for upgrades and for free flights once you have enough collected points. Depending on the program many offer points for other services as well as flights and these can add up nicely to give you free flights or gifts down the road.

If you have to travel in the high season it is best to book as far as possible in advance. This way you will get the best possible price and in most cases the best possible seating options. The closer it gets to flying time the price usually gets higher as there are fewer and fewer seats available.

If you need extra leg room many of the airlines now allow you book your seats in advance in order for you to choose your preferred seats. They do charge a fee for this depending on the type of fare purchased and the exit aisles usually incur a higher fee. If you check in and obtain your boarding passes online within the 24 hour period you can choose your seats at the same time at no cost. 

All in all when booking flights, book through an agent, if possible be flexible with your times, book early if flying in the high season, and enroll in a flight mileage program to collect miles for future free flights.

 

THE PYRAMIDS OF EGYPT - VISITOR INFO.

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THE PYRAMIDS OF EGYPT

For most people Egypt is a dream, the possible trip of a lifetime. There are many films and documentaries on TV that portray Egypt. The site most commonly recognized is the view of one of the 7 wonders of the world “the Great Pyramids”.

Like most people when I first thought of the Pyramids I thought of them out in the middle of the desert. In this modern day and age life has caught up and on one side of the Pyramids the city of Giza (or greater Cairo) is right up alongside the Pyramids’ Plateau. At one time the Nile used to flow right alongside this Plateau, and this was where the stones where transported to the site by boat. The Nile is now 8 km away.

There is much to see at the Pyramids, besides the 3 large Pyramids there are numerous smaller ones of queens or mothers of the kings. Then there is the famous Sphinx, the body of a lion and the head of a Pharaoh. Napoleon supposedly shot off its nose.

The Solar Bark museum is well worth a visit. In a stone pit besides the Pyramids a 4,000 year old plus wooden boat was found, placed lovingly in pieces to be reassembled after death by the servants (shapties) for the Pharaoh to sail into paradise. The boat or bark as they were called has been fully assembled as it would have been 4,000 years ago. Amazingly another pit has recently been found with another boat in it that in time will also be assembled.

You can enter two of the Pyramids. A smaller one that is rotated between two, and the large Pyramid of Kofu. The small Pyramid can be entered by anyone for a fee, but is very humid, crowded and claustrophobic and not for the faint of heart. Certainly for those that enter it is something to tell friends and relatives about. Of course these were tombs so they were not meant for the living to visit, but for the resting place of Pharaohs. The ceilings are low and you will have to bend to pass through at certain points until you reach the main chamber.

Entry to the large Pyramid of Kofu is restricted to a certain number each day. You have to arrive early to get in line for the two options, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. These cannot be purchased in advance and require you to line up yourself with your passport.

For the best view, go to the top of the plateau. Here you can ride a camel out behind the pyramids into the desert. Great for some wonderful views and pictures of the Pyramids. At the top of the Plateau you can pose as though touching the top of the Pyramid.
In the evenings, the Pyramids are turned into an array of lights as the story of the Pyramids is told during the sound and laser light shows. These shows are presented each evening and are rotated in various languages. Well worth a visit.

There are many other sites to see around Cairo including Sakkara the site of the first step Pyramid, and the Red and Bent Pyramids, and of course a visit to Cairo would not be the same without a visit to the Egyptian Museum.

 


 

Odessa is a popular tourist area in Russia by the Black Sea. This will give you a 360 degree virtual tour for the area. Enjoy.

http://www.odessa360.net/panoramas/-virtual_tour_center/index.html

敖德萨是俄罗斯著名的黑海旅游胜地,在高新数字技术支持下,让更多人如身临其境游览。现转发与朋友们分享,消遣,快乐!
朋友:这个东西被称为360立体全景可延伸照片,您可以像站在广场中央环视四周,还可以点击小箭头进入某条街道或某个建筑物(例如进入大剧院,看完一楼大厅,再点击上楼的箭头,就可以进入楼上的剧场看看)很有意思,要有耐心,慢慢看吧! 一共可以看到十几幅360立体全景照片。

假如,把小箭头设计成带有某家公司标志的方向盘,就可以收取广告费啦!哈哈哈!

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