Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, China – New but Deserted

 See the new City of Ordos in Inner Mongolia, China where the crowning of Miss World 2012 took place. It was won by

Miss China Yu Lien Xia.

Look at the architecture of the new hall and stadium which is comparable with the best in the world.

Ordos in Inner Mongolia with the second highest GDP after Shanghai has its wealth through the vast resources of coal exploitation.

The government has built an entire new Ordos City.

All buildings virtually sold but unoccupied – held mainly by investors for investment. In China, nobody ever loses in real estate, at least not on a consistent basis. So they keep on building & investors with cash to spare to spare keep on buying.

Nobody has yet moved into the new City of Ordos, but investors are waiting patiently . . . only a question of time, they believe.

At present, of course there isn’t any existing economic activity, except some 30 Km away in the old city of Ordos.

With characteristic & unique style of architecture, reflecting the Mongolian past traditional life, Ordos City will prove to be a great tourist attraction in the days ahead.

There are also monuments dedicated to the great Genghis Khan, the historical conquerer in the era gone by.

Melissa Chan of Aljajeera in 2009 made this report, which as shown below in YouTube video:

Mongolians traditionally used to live in tents & will need time to get used to modern living.

Slideshow of Images of Futuristic Buildings  

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This is nothing compared to what is projected ahead! 

By 2025, China will build TEN New York-sized cities.

The scale and pace of China’s urbanization promises to continue at an unprecedented rate. If current trends hold, China’s urban population will expand from 572 million in 2005 to 926 million in 2025 and hit the one billion mark by 2030. In 20 years,China’s cities will have added 350 million people, more than the entire population of the United States today. By 2025, China will have 219 cities with more than one million inhabitants, compared with 35 in Europe today and 24 cities with more than five million people. Also, 40 billion square meters of floor space will be built – in five million buildings. 50,000 of these buildings could be skyscrapers – the equivalent of ten New York Cities.

So what’s happening in Ordos is rather insignificant when compared with the greater picture of China!

“Live” Meeting-Up With Celebrities at Madame Tussauds


Meet the celebrities of your choice up-close & personal!

 Prince William & Kate Middleton

Madame Tussauds London, the original, is a major tourist attraction located in Central London, housed in the former London Planetarium. It is famous for recreating famous people, or celebrities, in wax.


Anna Maria Tussaud was an artist known for her wax sculptures and Madame Tussaud’s, the wax museum, in London is attributed to her memory.

Now, this tourist attraction for celebrity wax figures in London is everywhere – New York, Washington, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Berlin, Shanghai, and Sydney.

Welcome to Madame Tussauds located in Times Square New York, USA. Get up close and personal with your favorite celebrity wax figures at the world famous tourist attraction.

Whom do you like to meet? Political leaders, historical figures, pop stars, cultural figures, TV stars, sports stars, world leaders, Hollywood stars – you’ll find them all at the wax museum.

Here are some of the celebrities we met (Slideshow):

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Niagara Falls

“Maid of the Mist” Boat . . . See the rainbow!

Niagara Falls is one of those MUST SEE sights when travelling to US and Canada – a natural wonder of the world. What you conjured in your mind or imagined from all the geography lessons of old, travel journals, pictures or videos cannot match the actual experience of your being there physically. It is awesome, breathtaking, magnificent, magical, majestic, stupendous, spectacular or if there’s any other word or adjective that I might describe it better.



Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls, forming the southern end of the Niagara Gorge.

More than 6 million cubic feet (168,000 m3) of water falls over the crest line every minute in high flow, and almost 4 million cubic feet (110,000 m3) on average.

You can take as many pictures or videos from the look-out point. But really to get the thrills & spills and being close to the falls, you must get on the “Maid of the Mist” boat. You will cruise close to the falls dressed with a thin blue rain-coat to prevent you from getting wet.

You can’t begin to imagine the roar & force of nature, the perpetual mist, splash & spray, often enhanced by the appearance of rainbow. It’s raising up your adrenaline level . . . you can’t stand or sit still!

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For the romantics, you can lunch & dine in style from the Skylon Tower while taking in the breathless scene of the Horseshoe Falls in all its splendour. In fact, there are a host of other top restaurants offering both tempting menus & sights.

God’s greatness is everywhere!

Towering Tour of US & Canada 2012

From our first experience of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in our student’s days, we have added in our life’s journey a list of other world famous towers . In Taipei is the 101 Tower, Pudong TV Tower in Shanghai, Pernas Twin Towers of Malaysia and in Auckland Sky Tower where we first experienced the glass platform beneath our feet in viewing down below.

In our recent Summer holidays (July/August 2012 of US & Canada, we have collectively been to the Empire State Building in New York, CN Tower Toronto, Montreal Olympic Tower, The Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls and Strastosphere Casino Hotel Tower in Las Vegas, unrivaled for its top amenities & expansive views, where we stayed for a couple of nights with free access to its tower.

Strastosphere Casino & Hotel Tower, Las Vegas

Las Vegas is full of hotels & casinos with the most exotic & amazing architectural feats. With modern technology, it may seem unbelievable to have extraordinary thrills & spills of rollercoaster, fun rides or simulated gravitational rides – all to fire your wildest imagination.

Niagara Falls Skylon Tower, Canada

The Skylon Tower, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is an observation tower that overlooks both the American Falls, New York and the larger Horseshoe Falls, Ontario from the Canadian side of the Niagara River. There the world-famous Revolving Dining Restaurant affords you a 360 degree view of the Niagara Falls once each hour in all its splendour. At the height of dining excellence award-winning continental cuisine is presented at 775 feet above the Falls. For lunch or dinner the menu is rivalled only by the spectacular view. Whether you come for a romantic Niagara dinner for two, a special celebration or just a family vacation this Niagara Falls restaurant promises the ultimate relaxation in Fallsview dining.

The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in New York City at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 meters), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454ft (443.2 m) high.[6] Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for 40 years.

CN Tower, Toronto

The CN Tower is a communications and observation tower in DowntownToronto, Ontario, Canada. Standing 553.33 metres (1,815.4ft) tall, it was completed in 1976, becoming the world’s tallest free-standing structure and world’s tallest tower at the time. It held both records for 34 years until the completion of Burj Khalifa and Canton Tower in 2010 and Tokyo Skytree in 2012. It remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, a signature icon of Toronto’s skyline, and a symbol of Canada, attracting more than two million international visitors annually.

Montreal Olympic Tower

Montreal Olympic Tower is unique & worth a mention. The Montreal Tower is the highest inclined tower in the world at 165 metres high and has a 45 degree angle. In comparison, the tower of Pisa is only five degrees! Getting to the top is also a unique adventure, as up to 76 passengers can board the 2 level glass encased funicular. It is also the only one in the world that works on a curbed structure; a hydraulic system that allows the cabin to remain horizontal during the two minute rise to the top.

The Chinese have a saying that there’s always a higher mountain to climb. You just can’t climb them all. There are nations, not to be undone for national pride & prestige, coming up with even greater challenges. Take Burj Khalifa in Dubai for example . . . it’s possibly about the tallest structure in the world that’s freely standing at the present. It’s even got provisions to go higher should there be any future contender.

We would have loved to be right on top of the Statue of Liberty, but because of time constraint, have to content ourselves with the Hudson River cruise and view it from afar. 

Starbucks Coffee

By P Chong                                                                   Friday, 8 April 2011

That irresistible aroma of the famed Starbucks Coffee . . . with the absolute guarantee that every cup of their coffee tastes exactly the same, whether you’re drinking it in New York, London or Beijing. Its growth has been phenomenal and its franchised set-up surged ahead of time. It is a trendy thing to be meeting friends over a cup of coffee especially among the young.

So anyone for a “Frappuccino” ?

1971 to 2011

The distinguishing mark is the logo of the company which over the years has seen some changes with much the same colour scheme.

Let’s just be wary about the genuine from the ingenious fake . . . going by their logo sign. You might be caught with the coffee choked on its way to your gourmet stomach!

At first glance, you hardly can tell the difference. To the non-discerning coffee drinkers, they may be drawn to the”drummed-up” premise by the price attraction.

These three ladies are happy to be drinking “Starbucks” coffee for only one dollar! Look! The logo is the same or similar! But upon closer look, the colour scheme of the logo may betray – but it’s certainly says “One Dollar Coffee”.


Well, coffee is coffee. After a day’s outing & shopping, they are glad to be drinking coffee & resting their weary legs. We found this “One Dollar ‘Starbucks’ Coffee” in one of the big shopping malls in Guangzhou.

They say it can only happen in China when it comes to fake goods and imitation stuffs. The reflected glory renders tremendous flattery to the genuine one.

Now, how about this? Is this flattery or insult?

As Perth resident, I’ve searched high & low for the presence of a Starbucks Coffee outlet, until I received in the mail yesterday:

Please be advised that there I have checked the WA business names register and I can confirm that there are no ‘Starbucks’ businesses registered. This is consistent with the information provided on the business’s website http://www.starbucks.com.au/ which shows the business has stores in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria only.”

So, are there any enthusiast to venture into “Starbucks” new creations?