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Lanzarote or Lanza grotty


´╗┐For people whoke to travel around Europe, the term Lanza-grotty might be familiar. If you speak to people who use it freely they have basically come away from Lanzarote having had a bad experience, usually with a particular resort or accommodation. Of course, in principle, its easy to have a bad holiday experience wherever you go, but poor old Lanzarote was unfortunately labeled - 'Lanza-grotty' - by a few bad experiences and the name stuck. Personally, I have never had a really bad experience in Lanzarote. On one occasion the apartment we stayed in wasn't particularly great, but I certainly wouldn't label the island because of it. It's perhaps easy to see, when you get off the plane and hop into your hire car or shuttle transport, why people think that Lanzarote doesn't offer much. The first thing you see as you travel down the LZ-2 is dry, baron land. Having said that, if you are lucky enough to arrive to a perfect blue sky, the orange landscape does sit quite nicely against the blue backdrop! I can't help feeling that people who have their bad experiences generally pay attle less for their holidays. I am not saying that is a bad thing by any means, as I often look around for the best deals to save a few pounds. But as the saying goes, you generally get what you pay for, and again I find it attle unfair that the island gets a bad reputation for the sake of us keeping a few notes in our pockets. I would alsoke to point out that my bad experience was in Puerto del Carmen, about 10 years ago. Now, Puerto del Carmen, or PDC as the localske to call it, is sometimes known as Blackpool in the sun, and its easy to see why. The sea front isned up with English Cafes and Bars and it doesttle for the image of the island. Again, I am not saying that there is anything wrong with this as the resort obviously does very, very well in attracting visitors year on year but I wonder if people who have had these experiences might have had them in PDC rather than Playa Blanca or Costa Teguise? Having said all that, we are all entitled to our own opinions, and the fact that we are all so different is what helps to make the world go around. Just because I find something satisfactory doesn't mean someone else will and so its very easy for a place to get a bad reputation. The unfortunate title of Lanzagrotty, in my view, is totally unjustified. I love the island, the year round climate, the great food and compelling culture and am happy to put my bad experience down to, well a single bad experience! Lanzarote has so much more to offer than the odd complex in need of repair and I urge anyone who has once had a bad experience to go back, hop in a hire car and explore the, quite frankly, stunning island. Ian is the author of Destination Lanzarote, an online guide and resource to the fourth largest, volcanic island of LanzaroteLanzarote.

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong Launches New K pop Themed Zone


´╗┐Tourism attractions and accommodation in Hong Kong are among the best in Asia, and now one of those attractions in particular - Madame Tussauds Hong Kong - iskely to get a whole lot more popular with visiting K-pop fans with the opening of its new K-wave Zone. Launched on 30 April 2015, the K-wave Zone is the attraction's 10th themed exhibition zone and the first K-pop themed zone in any of the Madame Tussauds museums worldwide. The K-wave Zone is a central element of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong's 15th anniversary celebration and the attraction's third expansion project, an investment of HK$50 million that adds another 2,400 sq ft to the attraction area. Seven Korean celebrities' wax figures will be on display in the K-wave Zone, the first of these being Kim Soo-hyun, the lead actor in the immensely popular series My Love from the Star, U-Know Yun-ho and Max Changmin from TVXQ!, Nichkhun Horvejkul, singer and rapper from boy band 2PM and Bae Yong-joon, best known for his role in the drama Winter Sonata. Work is underway on a wax figure of Choi Siwon, a member of thetra-popular pop group Super Junior, and this is expected to appear with another Korean star by the end of the year. Choi Siwon flew to Hong Kong for the opening ceremony of the K-wave Zone, which was also attended by representatives of the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Consulate General of the Republic of Korea. In the K-wave Zone, which is set against the backdrop of Seoul's vibrant streets, visitors can re-enact classic scenes from Kim Soo-hyun's My Love from the Star, pose with Bae Yong-joon in a quaint caf' and join other wax figures on stage and dance to K-pop music. A backstage dressing room full of accessories also provides visitors with the chance to create their very own K-pop looks. Commenting on the new themed zone, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong's general manager Kelly Mak said: From now on, those who are passionate about Korean culture won't have to travel to Seoul to get up close to their favourite Korean celebrities and enjoy an interactive experience created by advanced technology. Other themed zones at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong include those on Hollywood A-list stars and Asian VIPs, the British royal family, historical and national heroes, music stars, superheroes and sporting figures. Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is located at famed tourist attraction The Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island. A picturesque way to reach the attraction is on The Peak Tram which is a seven minute ride from the Lower Peak Tram Terminus, which itself is a 15 or so minute walk from the Central or Admiralty MTR stations. Considered to be among the world's best public transport systems, Hong Kong's MTR (Mass Transit Railway) covers much of the destination and is a convenient and affordable way to travel around. Many of the hotels and serviced apartments in Hong Kong are handy to at least one MTR station. With a network comprising some 150 stations from Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon and Central on Hong Kong Island to Lantau Island and Tsuen Wan in the New Territories, location of the iconic Tsing Ma Bridge. A local sightseeing favourite and a key infrastructure facility, Tsing Ma Bridge lays claim to the title of the world's longest suspension bridge carrying both rail and road traffic. It was named for the two areas it connects across the Ma Wan Channel - Tsing Yi and Ma Wan - and was itself the inspiration behind the name of nearby leading Hong Kong serviced apartment property, Bay Bridge Hong Kong by Hotel G (formerly known as The Bay Bridge Hong Kong Hotel & Serviced Apartments).