The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is a significant holiday celebrated in China in June. The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated by boat races in the shape of dragons. Competing teams row their boats forward to a drumbeat racing to reach the finish end first. Aside from the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival China is a country that offers a mix of culture and history with a wealth of iconic sites from the Great Wall of China to the Terracotta Warriors in Xian and spotting pandas in Chengdu.
You can combine a trip to China with a side trip to Singapore renowned for being a very multicultural and cosmopolitan city state. The end of June sees the start of the Singapore International Festival of Arts. From street performances to public film screenings, the Singapore International Festival of Arts may well be a celebration of the arts for everyone. Singapore is home of the Singapore Sling, try one at the legendary Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel or visit the colourful district of Little India. A visit to Singapore Botanic Gardens or Singapore Zoo is a good way to pass the day to escape the hectic pace of this vibrant city.
June also sees the largest annual celebration of art and culture in Indonesia, the Bali Arts festival with a full month of daily performances, art exhibitions, dances, food and other cultural offerings. For a relaxing beach holiday with spectacular scenery visit Bali. Bali offers world class beaches which have excellent diving opportunities, rainforests and a diverse culture and fine cuisine. There is a mix of fabulous beach resorts from cosmopolitan Seminyak and Nusa Dua to the cultural heart of the island in Ubud.
A place of superlatives – one of the largest countries in the world, the most populous, one of the most powerful, one of the most beautiful, yet one of the most unknown. A place of huge deserts, vast plains, magical forests and some of the highest mountains and the longest rivers. A place where time has stood still in parts while in other areas things are changing daily, such as in the ever-exciting cities of Shanghai and Beijing.
China offers the traveller a range of experiences, from some of the most ancient temples and artifacts to a fascinating culture spread from north to south and east to west. Explore ancient engineering feats at the Great Wall and Terracotta Army and then head to the modern sky-scrapers of Beijing and Shanghai - all equally impressive. The culture is colourful and vibrant with lots to see and do. Whether you're relaxing on a trip down the Yangtze River or marvelling at the Giant Pandas - China is simply a place you'll never forget.
A vibrant city state which has transformed itself into the commercial hub of south-east Asia. A former colonial outpost of the British Empire, it is a fusion of Chinese, Malay and Indian peoples and cultures all living on the main island and some of the surrounding 50 or so smaller islands. A showcase of modern architecture and a thriving port, it is the gateway for many visitors to south-east Asia.
An exotic collection of islands - 18,000 in total scattered around the equator; although the most visited are Java, Bali and Lombok - Indonesia spreads itself along the South China Sea. Throughout the centuries it has been influenced by traders and travellers from near and far as wide apart as China and Northern Europe, and it still bears the influences each has brought, as well as those of the three main Asian cultures and religions - Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.