Come to China for the Moon Festival

- Melanie Zieba,

Also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Chinese Moon Festival is one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar. This year the festival falls on October 3rd and traditionally is spent admiring the bright mid autumn harvest moon and eating moon cakes with family and friends.

chang-eThere are also many legendary stories that accompany this festival with the most popular is the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese goddess of the moon and is often referred to the “woman on the moon” (similar to the Western notion of a man in the moon)

With the whole country in Celebration this time of year is the perfect time to visit China, and with so many amazing places to stay all over the country, it will only make your getaway that much better.

Banyan Tree Sanya:

This beautiful resort is located in the city of Sanya on the southernmost tip of Hainan Island. The Banyan Tree Sanya is designed as an exclusive hideaway escape from urban sprawl, and is the first all-pool resort in China. Each of Banyan Tree Sanya’s 61 secluded pool villas are exquisitely designed and set amidst a sculpted tropical lagoon, some with their own private gardens.

Weather in the area is often described as an “endless summer” making it perfect to enjoy the beautiful nearby beaches and the best air quality in the country.

The Moon Festival is also the perfect time for a romantic getaway. And if you book your stay between now and October 31, 2009, make sure to take advantage of the Banyan Tree Sanya’s Romantic Getaway Package. This package includes daily breakfast for two, a bottle of sparkling French Campaign upon arrival, one in-villa BBQ, 20% off a la cart spa treatments at Banyan Tree and a special Banyan Tree gallery gift.

W Hong Kong:

With a skyline view from every room, the W Hong Kong sits among modern splendor, oriental markets and colonial cool. If you are looking for an urban escape this is the place to be. Whether for business or pleasure, the W Hong Kong will help you enjoy the best of both worlds.

Located in the famous Tsimshatsui area in Hong Kong, the hotel is close to great shopping, Kowloon Park, the Avenue of the Stars and the legendary Star Ferry Pier. World class arts and entertainment is also close by for a wonderful night on the town.

The W Hong Kong also features multiple restaurants and lounges perfect for indulging in cutting edge cuisine or relaxing with a couple of metropolitan cocktails. When you escape to the stylish world of Hong Kong between now and December 31, 2009, if you book a three night stay you will enjoy a fourth night free!

HOMA – Hotel of Modern Art:

Calling all art lovers! Blazing the trail for design hotels in China is the Hotel of Modern Art. Set against the beautiful mountains of Gulini, Yuzi Paradise is a sculpture park completely dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art and culture in China.

The hotel’s founder, Rhy Chang Tsao, has contributed in setting a new course for a new kind of culture joining talents from China, Taiwan and other artists worldwide. By infusing cultural elements into the beautiful natural surroundings, HOMA offers a new experience of art and nature.

The facilities feature three restaurants with the option of dining in outdoor venues such as a stunning cathedral-sized cave. Rooms are simply decorated with mountain views and precious art work.

From now until October 31, 2009 when you book your stay consider taking advantage of their Gourmet Discovery Package. This is based on a two night stay for two people and features one gourmet dinner at their Lotus restaurant, a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, daily breakfast and VIP host service.

Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski:

This is the place where modernism and tradition blend together. Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski is an amazing private collection of living contemporary Chinese and Asian architecture that is designed by 12 Asian architects set in a shared landscape.

Awarded “A New Architectural Wonder of China” by Business Week in 2005, the hotel features breathtaking views of the Shuiguan Valley and the Great Wall.  The Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski is perfect for those who are seeking something a little unique.

A wide range of leisure facilities are available including saunas, massages, Tai Chi, Yoga and lessons with your personal trainer. Hiking (on-site), biking and fishing are further possibilities while golf courses and ski resorts are close by. And, of course, guests are only 10 minutes away from a non-resorted part of the great wall itself. A site truly worth seeing.

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