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Top Amusement Parks in U.S.


Friday, May 30th, 2014

Kids love theme park a lot, that’s the main reason parent normally plan for vacations in amusement park their children will enjoy most. Amusement parks are an excellent way to enjoy the vacation with your family. There are lots of amusements and theme parks in the US, they provide hours of family fun with special touches you won’t experiences at the mega-parks. Here we share top amusement parks located in U.S.

Cedar Point

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For those who have a long layover in Cleveland or even Pittsburgh, you must visit Cedar Point, one of the best amusement parks on the planet. It’s located on a Lake Erie peninsula in Sandusky, Ohio, United States and opened in 1870 by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. It is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the United States behind Lake Compounce. Cedar Point features a world-record 72 rides, including 16 roller coasters making it the park tied with Canada’s Wonderland for the second-most roller coasters in the world. It is a family-oriented amusement park that has something for all members of the family like; live musical shows, children’s rides, tame rides and much more.

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

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Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, commonly known as Magic Kingdom, is the first-built of the four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida. It opened on October 1, 1971. Designed and built by WED Enterprises, its layout and attractions are similar to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California and dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters. Here fairytale dreams come true for all. Delight in classic attractions, enchanting fireworks, musical parades and beloved Disney Characters across 6 whimsical lands. The main attraction of Magic Kingdom are Astro Orbiter, The Barnstormer, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station, Cinderella Castle, Country Bear Jamboree, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade and many more.

Knoebels

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Knoebels is a traditional theme park situated in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. Opened in 1926 and it has been America’s largest free admission park for 87 years of operation. Knoebels Park has more than 60 rides, two wooden roller coasters, a 1913 carousel and a haunted house dark ride that was featured on the Discovery Channel. The park and its rides have won awards from organizations such as Amusement Today, American Coaster Enthusiasts, and The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Visitors are able to enjoy the rides by purchasing either pay-one-price, all-day/unlimited-access wristbands, limited-access hand stamps or books of tickets, with hand stamp costs varying depending on the height of the rider.

Schlitterbahn Water Park

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Want to beat Texas summer heat? Schlitterbahn Water Park is the best option for you. With over 40 rides and attractions it’s keep you nice and cool in summer. It normally opens around the end of April, and closes its doors in September. The park is family friendly of course, so if you find yourself in the Texas Heat, head on down to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas. Here you can enjoy AquaVeyer, Bahnzai Pipline, Bamboozle Bay Heated Pool, Black Knight, Blastenhoff Beach, Boogie Bahn Surfing Ride, Butterfly Bayou and much more water spots.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

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Universal’s Islands of Adventure is a theme park located in Orlando, Florida. It opened May 28, 1999, along with CityWalk as part of an expansion that converted Universal Studios Florida into the Universal Orlando Resort. The slogan for this theme park is “Live the Adventure”. Overall theme of this park is that of a journey of exploration, where guests depart from a main port to visit six other distinctly themed islands, all emphasizing adventure. It consists of seven themed “islands”, only one of which utilizes movie tie-ins with Universal Pictures. They are in clockwise order from entry like; Port of Entry, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Lost Continent and Seuss Landing.


Memorial Day Celebration


Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

When summer time is coming, you know the most notable event to happen first? Yep! It’s Memorial Day!

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Memorial Day is a central holiday in United States and it is observed on the last Monday of May. It’s a day to honour and remembering the sacrifices of U.S men and women who have died in military service for our continued freedom. It originally began to honour Union Soldiers who had lost their lives in during the American Civil War. In the year 1966, Waterloo, New York was named the official birthplace of Memorial Day and in current times, the official Memorial Day Celebration is held at Arlington National Cemetery, where the acting Vice President of The United States places a memorial wreath on the tomb of the Soldiers. The day starts by visits to cemeteries and memorials. The traditional time for remembrance is 3:00 pm U.S. Eastern time. Another custom is to hoist the national flag at half-mast from dawn till noon. Many people doing grave decoration, parties, family gathering and variety of other ways as well in their Memorial Day Celebrations.

As Memorial Day holiday brings another long weekend, people plan for outing, picnics and parties with family and friend. If you are planning for a party and looking for tips and ideas on how to make this unforgettable, then you have come to the right place!

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Most of people plan a party on the same day as Memorial Day. But if you plan your party on a different day, there are certain advantages to make your party more convenient. For example, if you choose Sunday to host a party, the day before the Memorial Day. It will be less taxing, lots of fun and more relaxing. Party on same day may cause your guests to be weary since Memorial Day itself is hectic and full of activities and also next day is an working day.
Once you have finalized a day of Memorial Day party, then your next important job to preparing your food and drinks menu. People have their own preference and limitation when it comes to food and drinks. Try to offer a lot of varieties according to your guest preference and limitations.

Entertainment is one of the most important factors of all parties. If you want to make your party successful, you have to plan different fun activities for your guests. You can host different music, dance, sports and games activities. However, if you want to take your party to new levels, then the quickest and most convenient way of doing that is to rent inflatables. It helps to lift the mood of your guests as they arrive at your location. Party rental companies offer a large variety according to your budget and party themes.

We hope these suggestions will make your party amazing and enjoyful.


Black Taj Mahal – Myth or Reality


Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Taj Mahal is considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World and it’s a symbol of true love dedicated to Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. But do you know after erection of Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan wanted to build another Taj Mahal for himself in black marbles that would have been exactly identical to the white Taj Mahal. According to Shah Jahan this Taj Mahal would have been situated just opposite Mumtaz’s white Taj Mahal, across the other side of river Yamuna and a beautiful decorated bridge connecting both the Taj Mahals. The white Taj Mahal is Mumtaz’s Tomb and the black Taj mahal was supposed to be Shah Jahan’s Tomb. A European traveler by the name of Jean Baptiste Tavernier who visited Agra in 1665 first mentioned the idea of Black Taj in his fanciful writings. The writings of Tavernier mention that Shah Jahan began to build his own tomb on the other side of the river but could not complete it as he was deposed by his own son Aurangzeb.

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According to Aurangzeb, his father was in subconscious state of mind and in love with Mumtaz and he was wasting a lot of money unnecessarily in constructing monuments. After winning the throne from his father, he jailed him in the Agra fort where Shah Jahan spent last years of his life and died in 1966. The black taj mahal plan was interrupted because of war with Aurangzeb and Aurangzeb after holding the Throne didn’t complete it.

Some scholar suggests that the blackened marbles in Mehtab Bagh that lie on the other side of the river are actually grim remains and foundations of an abandoned plan. It’s a big question in front of us “Why Shah Jahan wanted to construct another black Taj mahal?” Was he willing to convey some message to the world, like to differentiate between heaven and hell? But these entire questions will remain unanswered, and will flow with rumours.

If you want to share your views with us or anything relevant to Black Taj Mahal, then you can post a comment below, it will be appreciated.


Taj Mahal – A Memorable Experience


Thursday, May 8th, 2014

If you are planning a trip to India, you must plan a visit to the priceless monument of love – The Taj Mahal. Without visiting Taj Mahal, your trip to India remains totally incomplete. Nothing in the world can beat the magical effect of Taj Mahal, an architectural beauty which is beyond description and is also considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor , Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved third wife Arjmand Begum popularly known as Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1630 A.D. Shah Jahan was head-over-heels in love with his dear wife. Mumtaz Mahal, an inseparable companion of Shah Jahan, died in 1631, while giving birth to their 14th child. It was in the memory of his beloved wife that Shah Jahan who was deeply grief-stricken by her death, built a magnificent monument as a tribute to her, which we today know as the “Taj Mahal”. Though built as a mausoleum for the beautiful queen, Taj Mahal stands and speaks unquestionably the glory and taste of Shah Jahan and his inordinate love for his wife and that’s why this picturesque beauty is also known as the Symbol of Love.

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Taj Mahal is situated on the banks of Yamuna River, located in Agra city of Uttar Pradesh in India. This architectural marvel was constructed in marble and semi precious stones which were imported from Baghdad, Punjab, Egypt, Russia, Golconda, China, Afghanistan, Ceylon, Indian Ocean and Persia. The construction started in 1632 AD and completed in 1648 AD, with the mosque, the guest house and the main gateway on the south, the outer courtyard and its cloisters were added subsequently and completed in 1653 AD. Masons, stonecutters, inlayers, carvers, painters, calligraphers, dome-builders and other artisans were requisitioned from the whole of the empire and also from Central Asia and Iran. It took approximately 22 years to build and it made use of the services of 22,000 labourers and 1,000 elephants and an expenditure of approximately 32 million rupees. Ustad-Ahmad Lahori was the main architect of the Taj Mahal and Amanat Khan Shirazi was the calligrapher of Taj Mahal.

The interior and exterior decorations of this monument are amongst the finest to be found in the Mughal era. If you carefully study the architecture it’s tell you that the Taj blends Hindu architecture and patterns along with Mughal designs and arches. The red lotus in Taj Mahal is actually a symbol of Brahma while the trident that features several times in the inner sanctuary of the tomb is a symbol of Shiva. The inner chambers of the Taj are carved and designed with semi precious stones while the exterior facade is a study in geometrical patterns and symmetry. The Taj Mahal’s pure white marble shimmers silver in the moonlight, glows softly pink at dawn, and at close of day reflects the fiery tints of the setting Sun. Outside the monument complex there is a large and famous Mughal garden. The garden has a raised marble water tank situated at its centre, which reflects the image of the mausoleum.

The other attractions close to Taj Mahal are Agra Fort, Jama Maszid, Sikandra, Itmadh-Ud-Daulah tomb, Fatehpur Sikri, Khas Mahal, Panch Mahal, Moti Masjid, Jahangir Mahal and Taj Museum.

We have no words to define its beauty, but it would be enough to say that the Taj Mahal has a life of its own that leaps out of marble. A tour to the Taj Mahal is a once in a lifetime experience, that leaves you with many unforgettable lifetime memories.


Chinese Dragon Boat Festival


Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese lunar calendar and the alternate name of this festival is Double Fifth Festival. This festival is celebrated every year in the memory of a Qu Yuan, a great Chinese poet. He was also the minister of ancient state of Chu. When the king decided to ally with state of Qin, Qu opposed and king accused him as betrayer of the country. He was barred from his own country. After 28 years, when Qin captured the capital of Chu, committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River. People Says his admirers raced out on their boats to rescue him and that’s why dragon boat races became the part of the festival.

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Ancient Chinese believed that the day of this festival was unlucky because it’s a mid of summer and the hot weather used to bring various diseases, which could spread rampant-ly. Dispelling disease and driving out evil were the main purpose of the festival. During this festival there is evening party and an open tournament of dragon boat racing. In this festival everyone would drink some realgar wine and children would have the Chinese character for “King” written on their foreheads with realgar wine.

Major Activities of The Dragon Boat Festival

In this festival celebration consists of the two major activities – eating Zongzi (steamed glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves) and racing dragon boats. The dragon boat races are the most popular and main attraction of this festival, especially in Southern China.

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Zongzi are made from sticky or glutinous rice and shaped as a pyramid. It contain bean or nut paste in the centre, or even egg or meat. The wrapping is usually of any common local leaf. Bamboo leaves are used in the south, maize and other similar leaves further north.

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Zigui County is the hometown of the famous poet Qu Yuan and it’s also a birthplace of dragon boat customs and culture. That is the main reason of Dragon boat racing has been the largest mass meeting in Zigui County. During racing events boats are normally decorated with heads and tails of dragons as part of the Chinese tradition. A huge drum is taken along onboard so that the oarsmen move together efficiently. The best venue to appreciate the race is Muyudao harbor which is only 1 kilometer from the Three Gorges Dam. The yearly race is held on the nearby river.

Where to Watch Dragon Boat Races?

Some famous places to watch the wonderful Chinese Dragon Boat Races during this festival are Neijiang Cit, Li River in Guilin, Fenghuanggucheng in Hunan, Xiamen in Fujian, Hong Kong and the Xixi Scenic Area in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.

Don’t miss it! Just plan a trip and enjoy Dragon Boat Festival.

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