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Winter Down Under when it's hot in China

08-23-2010 14:25 BJT

Travel in Australia in winter, say between June and August, is bliss for people living on the other side of the equator when mercury soars to its highest in a year.

Travel in Australia in winter, say between June and August, is bliss for people living on the other side of the equator when mercury soars to its highest in a year.
Travel in Australia in winter, say between June and August, is bliss for people
living on the other side of the equator when mercury soars to its highest in a

Pleasant temperatures, often around 20 degrees Celsius in the day, plus crisp air and clear skies make Australia an enticing destination.

But its greatest appeal has to do with something else entirely. No matter what you fancy, the moment you set foot on this vast land, you are bound to be thrilled by its enormity, both socially and geographically.

And for those seeking culinary experiences, it's not to be missed for those with an appetite for seafood, steak, wine - and cuisines from around the world. The ingredients are fresh and natural.

So now, are you ready to try a different sort of winter and feast with both your eyes and palate in an exotic destination? Here we go!


Australia's capital in all but name, Sydney is just around 10 hours from Shanghai and connected by daily flights. It's a perfect start for any first-time visitors to the country, with its gorgeous weather, glamorous people, stylish restaurants, and above all, a breathtakingly beautiful landscape.

Without a doubt, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, are Sydney's most famous attractions, making the stunning harbor, officially Port Jackson, the city's soul.

Dubbed "the coat hanger" by Sydneysiders, the spectacular steel-arch bridge, held together by almost six million hand-driven rivets, links the CBD with the North Sydney business district.

Among the various ways to admire the landmark, cruising underneath it or climbing up it are both options. The first offers plenty of ease and comfort to appreciate its splendor from different angles while the latter is worth trying, particularly if you want a closer, more personal and strenuous experience.

And Sydney Opera House, Australia's most recognizable building with an impressive shell-like exterior, is an equally treasured icon in the harbor. The masterpiece of modern architecture by Denmark's Jorn Utzon has earned a reputation as a world-class performing arts center and become a symbol of the nation since it opened in 1973.

And again, you will not be disappointed, no matter how you want to appreciate it. A tour from "front of house" to backstage could be perfect for those who want to have a better understanding of the opera house. For budget-conscious or tight scheduled visitors, the building itself is a grand piece of art, said to have been inspired by elements including orange segments, snails, palm fronds, sails as well as Mayan temples.

In addition, Sydney is known as Australia's largest and most diverse city and offers more than great views.

Hit Bondi, Sydney's most famous beach for surfing as well as people watching. You will probably find the one-kilometer sandy strip, which is crowded throughout the year, is much more accessible during the winter.

Spoil yourself with abundant fresh seafood as Australia lives up to its name as a seafood eater's paradise.

There are numerous food courts, riverside alfresco dining venues as well as upmarket restaurants headed by innovative and highly competitive chefs.

For those seeking retail therapy, Sydney is a great place to pamper yourself. The gorgeous Queen Victoria Building, completed in 1898 and occupying an entire city block, is a fascinating place where you will be most likely impressed by tiled floors, stained-glass windows and a superbly-looking central dome. And the Strand Arcade, the last remaining arcade of the five originally built in Sydney, offers its own stylish shopping experiences in architectural splendor.

Rambling at Darling Harbour is fun. The large waterfront recreational pedestrian precinct is dotted with snazzy cafes and bars. You will find it a pleasant place to while away the hours.

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