Hope the world have enjoy their Christmas Celebration. I’m sharing about how did i spend my Christmas in Sabah Malaysia during the CMCO moment. After Sabah election on last year, the covid outbreak cases increase daily. However, the local government is control very well and they have done a great job. This is the time for us to spend most of our time at home relax due to travel restrictions. It is kind of a life challenge to me.
Anyway, how did i spend my Christmas in Sabah Malaysia? Christmas decoration in Malaysia is very beautiful and i believe that Christmas is not all about party nor gift nor holidays, but it is all about Jesus. Also, it is a day of Jesus born as well as it is Jesus’s birthday. Do you agree?
On 20th December, it is our celebration for winter solstice. Not everyone will celebrate the winter solstice. Only Chinese people are celebrate winter solstice and we always sending our wish to friends and families such as Happy Winter Solstice. How do we celebrate winter solstice? We definately is Rice ball.
What is Rice Ball?
According to the picture i took above, it is rice ball. Chinese is called Tang Yuan 湯圓. This is what exactly we eat during the winter solstice each year. We always eat Yam favor. It is more than a culture to celebrate this each year. Some chinese are not willing to eat rice ball, it is because they said if you eat rice ball, you will be old 1 years old. People prefer to stay younger forever, so they avoid eating rice ball. For me, i love to eat rice ball very much, especially is my Taiwan rice ball with tofu hua. That’s really delicious. Sometimes i eat the rice ball mix with red bean in Taiwan.
What did i eat during Winter Solstice and Christmas?
First dish was dry butter prawn dish. It is one of my favourite food in Malaysia. It is very crispy and taste deliciously. I had my dinner at Wong Kwok Chinese Restaurant in Suria Sabah Shopping centre. It’s cost around RM25. It is worth to try it.
This was my second dish prior to my order. This is one of the best dish what you should try it. This Called Shanghai Style Braised Pork Knuckle Served W Mini Buns. Actually this dishes is one of the Chinese New Year dishes. We eat this once in awhile. It taste very yummy and i love the sauce as well. It is very tasty and the meat is very soft. Love it and elder people would love it as well. Thus dishes come with Mini Buns. The buns is taste very delicious and very crispy. It is good to eat together with the meat. I ate this in Wong Kwok Restaurant as well and it’s cost me RM60. It is not expensive and it is very worth to try it.
Final dishes is BBQ Pork Rice Noodles. This portion is really big and it is for 2 to 3 people portion, but of course it is not as big as Western portion. Their BBQ Pork Rice noodles is really very delicious and i love fat BBQ Pork meat. Their Rice noodles is very different with Australia one. This is more than Malaysian delight style. It cost around RM13. It is best to try while visiting Malaysia.
Continue the Christmas Decoration Shows
How beautiful is the Christmas decoration in Sabah. I took this beautiful Christmas decoration at Suria Sabah Shopping centre in Sabah Malaysia. It was my First time experience the Christmas that is very empty in the shop. It is very unusual, that nobody come out due to the COVID-19 outbreak panic. So it is very freedom for me to take a nice shot 😁
By the way, please feel free to contact me for any concern you may have.
To conclude, I hope that my travel blog will be impact your life. After read through my blog, you may feel like wow, it made me feel like i want to change my plan to travel now to exploring around the world. It will change your life forever and experience Lot of interesting culture around. Anyway, have a fruitful New Year 2021. God Bless! 😀
In ancient China, every spring and autumn, the emperors would hold sacrifice ceremonies, Spring Festival Day, Autumn Festival Month, so some people say that the origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival should be derived from the autumn moon sacrifice ceremony.
In addition to the Moon God’s birthday, the Mid-Autumn Festival is also the birthday of the god of the earth, which is widely believed by the people. When the 15th coincides with the full moon, Chinese people often use the full moon to symbolize reunion, so many foreign wanderers will also take advantage of this day. Home and family reunion. The Moon, the protagonist of the Mid-Autumn Festival, is one of many ancient legends, and myths such as Chang’e Flying to the Moon, Wu Gang’s Attacking Gui, and Jade Rabbit Pounding Medicine are widely spread.
Change to the moon More than 4,000 years ago, there was a violent king in a poor country-Hou Yi. In order to be immortal, he found the elixir of life, but his wife Chang’e did not make people in poor countries suffer. Hou Yi’s long-term brutal rule, so he secretly swallowed these medicines. I didn’t expect Chang’e to fly lightly, and gradually flew to the moon, and lived in Guanghan Palace. From then on, Chang’e was revered as the moon God, And because the day of flying to the moon happened to be August 15th, posterity worshipped the Moon God on this day every year.
Wu Gang Fagui
According to legend, Wu Gang was originally a woodcutter who lived in the mortal world. Because he was obsessed with the way of becoming immortal all day long, he abandoned the righteous cause. The Emperor knew about this. The Emperor was very angry, so he was detained in the Moon Palace and told him “If you cut down the laurel tree, I will give you a spell.” So Wu Gang kept cutting down the laurel tree, but because the laurel tree would automatically heal, no matter how hard Wu Gang tried, he couldn’t cut it down.
The Legend of Jade Rabbit Making Medicine
There are three gods, who are transformed into three decent people, begging foxes, monkeys and rabbits for food, foxes and monkeys all take out food to help people, but only rabbits don’t have it, and then the rabbit tells the people “You eat me”, Jumped into the fire, and the gods were so touched, they sent the rabbit to Guanghan Palace to become a jade rabbit. After that, the jade rabbit accompanied Chang’e in the Guanghan Palace and made the medicine for longevity.
The custom of eating mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival was actually handed down from the Yuan Dynasty, and it was initiated by Berwin. At that time, the people of the Central Plains was ruled by the Yi tribe, so they decided to initiate an uprising against the rule of the Mongols. Suffering from the lack of channels, the clever Berwin spread the plague outside, asking everyone to buy mooncakes to eat to avoid disasters. When they opened the food, they found the “August 15th Night Uprising” note hidden in the mooncakes, and the people responded. In one fell swoop to overthrow the Mongolian rule, the custom of eating moon cakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival was passed down.
Rappefruit Since the pronunciation of grapefruit is the same as “Yoko”, it has auspicious meanings, and it is the abundant production period around the Mid-Autumn Festival, so it has become an inevitable fruit for the Mid-Autumn Festival. In the Yilan area, the quality of Dongshan’s Wendan pomelo is widely praised, juicy and delicious, and mouthwatering
On my upcoming blog, i will share with human being about the type of mooncake, the favour as well as how it taste like. Different country have a diferent type of mooncake. Stay tune world 🙂
Do you ever think that how did Chinese people celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival? Basically, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the traditional celebration day and it is set on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month. It is called Mid-Autumn Festival because it happens to be in the middle of the third autumn. In some places, the Mid-Autumn Festival is set on August 16. There are customs such as worshipping the moon, admiring the moon, worshiping the moon, eating moon cakes, admiring osmanthus flowers, and drinking osmanthus wine. The full moon signifies the reunion of people, as a sustenance to miss the hometown, the love of relatives, and pray for a good harvest and happiness, and become a colorful and precious cultural heritage.
The year is divided into four seasons, and each season is divided into three parts: Meng, Zhong and Ji, so the Mid-Autumn Festival is also called Zhongqiu. The moon on August 15 is rounder and brighter than the full moon in other months, so it is also called “Moon Eve”, “August Festival”. This night, people look up to the bright and bright moon in the sky like a jade plate, and naturally look forward to family reunion. The wanderers far away also take this to express their feelings for their hometown and relatives. Therefore, the Mid-Autumn Festival is also called “Reunion Festival”.
Our people have the custom of “autumn evening and evening moon” in ancient times. Xiyue means worshiping the moon god. In the Zhou Dynasty, every Mid-Autumn Festival was held to welcome the cold and celebrate the moon. Set up a big incense table, put moon cakes, watermelon, apples, red dates, plums, grapes and other sacrifices, of which moon cakes and watermelon are absolutely indispensable. The watermelon should be cut into lotus shapes. Under the moon, place the statue of the moon in the direction of the moon, and the red candle will burn high. The whole family will worship the moon in turn, and then the housewife will cut the reunion moon cakes. The cut person has calculated in advance the total number of people in the whole family. Those at home and in other places must be counted together. You cannot cut more or less, and the size should be the same.
According to legend, the ugly girl of Qi Kingdom had no salt in the ancient times. When she was a child, she worshipped the moon religiously. When she grew up, she entered the palace with superb character, but she was not favored. On August 15th of a certain year, the emperor saw her in the moonlight. He felt that she was beautiful and outstanding. He later made her a queen. This is where the Mid-Autumn Festival comes. In the middle of the moon, Chang’e is known for her beauty, so the girl worships the moon, wishing “looks like Chang’e, face like a bright moon.”
In the Tang Dynasty, the Mid-Autumn Festival and moon watching were quite popular. In the Northern Song Dynasty Jingshi. On the night of August 15th, everyone in the city, rich or poor, young and old, must wear adult clothes, burn incense and worship the moon, express their wishes, and pray for the blessing of the moon God. In the Southern Song Dynasty, the folks gave moon cakes as a gift for reunion. In some places, there are activities such as dancing grass dragons and building pagodas. Since the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the custom of Mid-Autumn Festival has become more popular; many places have formed special customs such as burning bucket incense, tree Mid-Autumn Festival, lighting tower lanterns, setting sky lanterns, walking the moon, and dancing fire dragons.
Today, the custom of playing on the lower reaches of the moon is far less popular than it was in the past. However, banquets to admire the moon are still very popular. People ask their wine to celebrate a good life, or wish their relatives in a distance to be healthy and happy, and to “share a thousand miles together” with their families.
There are many customs and forms of the Mid-Autumn Festival, but they all entrust people’s infinite love for life and yearning for a better life.
Ion Sky is one of the best tourist atraction in Singapore. Ion sky is located at Orchard Road Singapore. It is very interesting that Ion is 3 in 1 which mean there is 3 Ion in one building. They are Ion Orchard, Ion Sky as well as Ion gallery. Ion sky is quite hard to find because it is located in the Ion Orchard Shopping mall. Ion sky is for people to view this beautiful City of Singapore which is kind of observatory. This is just very similar with Taipei 101 the tallest building.
Ion Sky is at 56 levels above Orchard Road, 218 metres into the clouds. Surround yourself with sweeping 360° panoramic views of Singapore and enjoy ION Sky’s multimedia experience.
The elevator all the way unimpeded came to the 55/56th floors, and the elevator door will open automatically in the moment you arrive door opens. Indeed ION SKY viewing platform more like a scenic trail, although it does have that set up in the 56th floor had a table viewing it here so that i can stop viewing place or in the carpeted walkway to ring Mainly, this circular walkway is connected from the observation deck on the 56th floor to the left and right sides to the front of the elevator floor on the 55th floor. This observation journey is actually the uphill trail after i am stepped on the entrance of ION SKY the moment has already begun because beside the trail for a view of that wall is composed of a plurality of transparent glass floor wall of glass windows composed of only architecture horizontal and vertical frame length glass wall seems a little too much, their views are divided “fragmented” Have.
Since being an observation deck, ION SKY naturally wants to introduce some of the scenery around here! And the way to introduce here is very simple, that is place the names you should pay attention to directly on the glass windows! Although the direction arrow is also marked above the place name, it is difficult for people unfamiliar with this area to find the real scene!
While looking at the scenery outside the window and walking up the walkway, I suddenly found that the top of the walkway was actually a transparent glass roof [surprise] (Wow! Everyone else has a glass floor, this is actually a glass roof! Very special!). Especially Special, but I think ION SKY is only installed to save power! Because the roof glass is covered with a little sticker. Anyway, this glass roof not only appears on the trail, but also on the periphery of the observation deck on the 56th floor!
While observing the information while climbing the slope, we walked to the highest point of ION SKY-just before the observation deck on the 56th floor, stepped on the wooden floor of the observation deck, and immediately saw another “bouncer” in a suit with a straight back. Is this ION SKY very advanced or very dangerous place? Anyway, this observation deck on the 56th floor is not only an observation deck, but in fact it is more like a rest area because in addition to the quite “advanced” toilets, there are more than ten round sofas placed here Stool for everyone.
After walking around the protruding rest area, I went back to the intersection of the observation trail and the observation deck on the 56th floor. When I was about to continue to enjoy the scenery, I found that several horizontal windows are covered with Lehenge. Iron Bar Lean! These thick iron bars are really annoying! The scenery outside the window is almost completely invisible! Just when I was going to skip these floor-to-ceiling windows, I suddenly found that one of the floor-to-ceiling windows was covered with a translucent board. I just looked up and found out that the board says ION SKY is certified by the Cloud Appreciation Association. Official point of view! Oh~~ This is no wonder, no wonder some of the floor-to-ceiling windows here will have information about clouds! [Nod] Um… but what an unknown organization this Cloud Watching Association is? Why haven’t you heard it?
Because the ION SKY observation deck where I were now is 218 meters above the ground, it is the highest point in this area, so here, in addition to enjoying the surrounding scenery without any obstacles, you can also look out very very far! It is said that even as far as Johor Bharu Malaysia and Batam Island of Indonesia can be seen from their side! You can also see some well-known attractions in Singapore such as Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer and Singapore Sports City!
Cool! Seriously, I’m really never thought that I could see this view here! Really great place to see and do!
Marina Bay Sands is located in Singapore and it is just next to the Garden by the Bay. Basically Marina Bay Sands is part of the shopping centre. There is lot of stores as well as the cafe and restaurant in the mall. Singapore is a very small country so no matter wherever you go, there is always crowded, especially is During the Christmas and new year seasons. It is a very busy districts.
One thing i love about Marina Bay Sands was their Christmas decoration in the mall. It is very beautiful and it made me feel more like the Christmas environment which is very great. People are definitely will love to see and taste the Christmas environment in Singapore. Next, i will let you know the most special thing i have seen😁
This is the most special thing that i was talking about. According to my previous blog, i was writing about the Christmas Wonderland in Singapore. When i was celebrate my Christmas in Singapore couple years ago, i visit this beautiful shopping centre name called Marina Bay Sands. When i entered into Marina Bay Sands, i saw this Sampan Boat Ride. This is very very cool and I find this was very interesting so i went to experience the indoor Sampan Boat Ride.
I do highly recommended you to take a beautiful sampan boat ride at Marina Bay Sands Shopping Mall for a leisurely canal trip. It is very fun. You can walk in purchase your ticket for this Sampan Boat Ride at the ticket booth. It is cost Singapore Dollars $13 per person.
You can also make a wish while walking around “Rain Eye”. “Rain Eye” is an environmentally friendly bowl-shaped device made of acrylic material. It is 22 meters wide and is used to collect rainwater into the canal. If you come by chance, you can also watch the water flow waterfall once every hour up close. Every minute, 22,000 liters of water pours down from the height of the two-story building, painting a spectacular face, the visual effect is extremely shocking.
Christmas Wonderland is based in Singapore where Singaporean and tourists celebrate their Christmas every year. Christmas Wonderland is located in Gardens By The Bay Singapore. I was celebrate my Christmas in Singapore on year 2015. This was my very first time celebrate Christmas in Singapore. My purpose of celebrate Christmas in Singapore was to visit this beautiful Christmas Wonderland in town as well as to experience the Christmas environment. Apart From that, Garden by the Bay was my mainly explore point.
Christmas Wonderland is always happening between 28 November and 26 December every year. There is a lot of activities such as light entertainment, Christmas parades, Christmas lights, Santa’s workshop, light sculptures, Meadows Theatre, Festive entertainment, Blizzard Time, Garden Rhapsody, Carnival games and rides, Festive Markets as well as the Poinsettie Wishes Floral Display.
How to get there?
You could catch the MRT to get off at the Bay Front Train Station then look out for the exit for the Gardens By the Bay 😉
My Highlights in Christmas Wonderland
I had lot of highlight about my Christmas celebration in the Christmas Wonderland.
First of all, Gardens by the bay is all about the Gardens which is like Perth Botanic Garden. The event host just organize for this Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the bay. When it comes to Singapore’s must-see attractions, you must mention the Gardens by the Bay! Gardens by the Bay have gone through history and transformed into an important landscaping in Singapore. The flower dome, the double greenhouse in the mist forest, the sky walks of the sky tree and the light show are embellished by Singapore, giving Singapore the name of “city in the garden”.
If you want to know more about Gardens by the bay or intend to visit one day or anytime soon, please feel free to contact me and I will organize the Marina Bay Garden Raiders for you, so that you can understand the route arrangement, must-see attractions, and transportation and I Will tell you how to buy tickets and how much the price is for Marina Bay Garden, so you don’t need to do more homework. Can get it done!
Anyway, continue with Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay. There is free of charge for visit Gardens By the Bay as well as the special event Christmas Wonderland, so it wasn’t cost us anything but there is some function will be cost such as Shows, performances, make a trip up to the OCBC Skyway and others experiences.
The stunning luminarie sculptures are handmade by Italian craftsmen using white wood from the south of Italy, making these one-of-a-kind pieces for Christmas Wonderland 2015. Stunning luminaries is defined as the light in Italian. I was marvel at a 21metre tall Spalliera luminarie light sculpture – modelled after San Gimignano, an Italian hill town in Tuscany, the mesmerising tallest luminarie Christmas tree in Asia, and new light sculpture designs displayed across the 57,000sqm fairground.
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Häagen-Dazs™ helps bring this picture to life with ‘snow’ in the tropics at Blizzard Time. It was a great complement to the carnival games and rides, Christmas village and festive market. Gather everyone and step into a wintry Christmas at Gardens by the Bay. I was very enjoy the wonder of ‘snow’ in the tropics during Blizzard Time presented by Häagen-Dazs™ in the heart of the Spalliera at the Supertree Grove daily. An Instagram-worthy moment not to be missed.
This Christmas walk into the vast tropical wonderland of Gardens by the Bay and watch the space of nearly five football fields turn into a festive sea. Admire the most dazzling scenery in the fairyland: the colorful Baroque light sculpture; this group of works is handmade by Italian craftsmen, and is a dazzling landscape for children and adults.
The tallest illuminated Christmas tree in Asia is 21 meters high, which is also my highlight on year 2015 visit. Here, you will have the opportunity to admire the magnificent mirror maze covering an area of 314 square meters and a height of 22 meters. In addition, don’t miss the Blizzard Time every night to experience the magical snow in the tropical garden
Supertree Grove had lot of beautiful tree in there. There are 18 Supertree in the park.
18 traditional carnival games and rides are available to all visitors of Christmas Wonderland to enjoy. This is a must-go for the little ones in town!
It was added to the festive atmosphere at year 2015 Christmas Wonderland is the new Garden Rhapsody – The Christmas Special light and sound show at the Supertree Grove.
Experience the traditional European Christmas market at the annual festival fair. Wander among 24 specially designed wooden houses inspired by famous Christmas markets such as London Hyde Park and the Champs Elysées. A total of 240,000 light bulbs were used in the audience, recreating the magical charm of the Champs Elysees in Paris. Why not stop at a local brand store and pick a few unique Christmas gifts and crafts? In the lively festival market, traditional Christmas snacks and food are everywhere, which is a sensory feast.
Experience a truly authentic Christmas atmosphere with a total of 24 festive huts. Enjoy speciality food and beverages and shop for Christmas gifts all in one location.
I am sharing about the best destination in Singapore today. I’m going to introduce about Merlion Park Singapore. It is the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore.
The Merlion Park in Singapore which is only sprays water, should be the most iconic and iconic landmark in Singapore! As long as tourists who come to Singapore to travel, they will definitely come to take pictures with the Merlion. In addition to recording the Merlion himself, this article also sorted out several popular Singapore attractions around Merlion Park. , You can arrange to play on the same day when planning your trip.
Merlion Park is the must-see attraction in Singapore. It is a famous landmark and symbol of Singapore. This mascot represents the Lion City of Singapore and it is erected on the banks of the Singapore River. Tourists will never forget to leave a photo in front of the Merlion. Memorial photo! In addition to admiring the Merlion during the day, there are also beautiful light shows projected on the Merlion Park at night and the night area is even more charming. Be sure to come and enjoy the night view. Should not be missed!
Merlion Park is the smallest park in Singapore and it is located next to the Fulton Hotel, covering 0.25 hectares of ground, with an open deck, so that visitors can walk in front of the Merlion and take as many pictures as they want. Merlion is a fictional lion head animal. It was designed in 1964 by Mr. Fraser Brunner, then director of the Van Kleef Aquarium. It was adopted by the New Brigade as a symbol two years later and was used until 1997. During this period, the Merlion has become a representative of Singapore, like the Eiffel Tower in France or the Statue of Liberty in the United States.
The fish tail as a city identification of Singapore, representing excellent character such as courage, wisdom, strength, and fish tail lion also symbolizes the hardcoming of the first batch of the ancestors of fighting. The most well-known fishhouses are located in the East Bay of Singapore, which is a preferred attraction of Singapore’s historical culture.
The image of the merlion lion head fish body originated from the title of Singapore in Malay. In Malay, Singapore is called “Singapura”, the meaning of the word is “lion”, which is why Singapore. There is no lion but it is the reason for being a lion city.
There are 7 merlion statues in Singapore, distributed at the Singapore Tourism Board, Sentosa Island, Mount Faber and Hongmao Bridge, but the most well-known and not to be missed is the Merlion Park near Marina Bay. The Merlion statue in the Merlion Park near Marina Bay is 8.8 meters high and weighs 70 tons. It faces the Eastern Marina Bay and overlooks the Eastern waters of Singapore, symbolizing the spirit of Singaporeans’ continuous exploration. Next to this statue, there is also a small merlion statue, two meters high and 3 tons in weight, which is also a favorite photo place for tourists like me.
Merlion Park and Singapore’s other landmark, Marina Bay Sands, are across the bay and near Raffles MRT Station. The transportation is very very convenient in Singapore.
Singapore’s Merlion Park is directly opposite the world-famous Sands Hotel. The wavy Sands Hotel Casino and Shopping Mall. The Sands Hotel’s water dance show is held on the opposite platform. As one of the most complicated buildings in history, many of them have been completed. The world’s highest record adds legend. The hotel’s most topical top floor, the huge sky garden is equal to 3 football fields. I hope that I can soak in the highest infinity pool in the world and look out at the Merlion next time! There are 21 museums in the museum. There are so many museums in Singapore.
The coconut shell is the Museum of Art and Science. It can only be said that Singapore is worth seeing only in architecture. Moving towards the Merlion Park, the left-hand building is the Binhai Art Center, and the appearance of aluminum sunshades is like a durian. This art center cost 600 million Singapore dollars to build. The inside concert hall and theater are built on a world-class scale. There is also a coastal performing arts library and outdoor performance venue. I really want to go inside and see it next time!
On the top is the Singapore Flyer, a ferris wheel with a diameter of 150 meters. It takes half an hour to make a lap, and the shopping mall below is 165 meters. It is the largest ferris wheel in the world! Rare, but a viewing cabin can accommodate 28 people. There is a gimmick. In addition, you can take a ferris wheel to enjoy a big meal. The romantic price is $328.9 SGD (surprised).
Entertainment at Merlion Park
The fishwish park covers an area of 0.25 hectares, the area is not large, but as a Singapore landmark, a batch of tourists are still attracted to this visit. Next to the statue of fish tail, build a look at the public and tourists. If you don’t hurry, sit on the table to blow the sea breeze, enjoy the graceful scenery of the Singapore Bay, is really comfortable. If you arrive in the Tail Lion Park, it is already in the evening. It may wish to stay slightly, to be dark, the opposite Bay Bay Golden Salagia gives a beautiful light, overlooking the charming night of Singapore. If you are lucky, you can catch up with the citizens who hold music performances or organize events in the Fishwish Park, and feel the customs of the “Lion City”. I remember that when I took a photo with the fish tail, I took a photo of the fish tail lion spurting the water column, which is said to get strength and wealth.
Things to do near Merlion Park
Merlion is located in the Marina Bay area, surrounded by a wealth of attractions, such as the Marina Bay Sands Resort across the bay from the Merlion, with the Marina Bay Gardens, high-altitude observation deck, Art Science Museum and Marina Bay Sands, Waiting for famous attractions in Singapore.
The Sands Hotel deserved to cost US $ 5.5 billion to build. The vast interior of the building is also impressive. Combining hotels, shopping malls, casinos and theaters, many international brands can buy soft hands and spend a few days eating, drinking and having fun inside. Certainly not boring.
Next to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, there are also the newly completed Red Dot Design Museum, the Double Helix Bridge, and the Marina Walk.
If you go further, you can reach most of the attractions within 8 stops by subway. Places such as Chinatown, Little India, Orchard Road, Singapore National Museum, etc. that you must visit are all within a four kilometer radius of Merlion Park.
If you want to learn more about Singapore travel information, you may wish to continue to browse other related travel strategies in the article, from family parent to child shopping instructions, from different angles to introduce the itinerary of the city of Singapore.
Welcome to Perth Western Australia! Rottnest Island is a must see for almost all free travellers. The transparent and clean water quality, abundant water activities, beautiful scenery, and the happiest in the world Baby kangaroos, such as the “quokka”, are all reasons that make this Australian island famous. Today I want to share my experience about the super star, ferry transportation to Rottnest Island and transportation on the island, itinerary arrangements, and travel notes to attractions, regardless of whether you plan to take a day trip, a two-day trip, or even many days trip. I do recommended for 2 days trip as the island is quite big so one day is not enough if you want to explore all distinct in the Island but it is your choice.
Although Rottnest Island is not very big and it has 63 beaches. It can be said that there are beautiful scenery everywhere around the island where is pretty good.
First of all, Rottnest Island is an island on the west coast of Australia which located just 18 kilometers from the West of Fremantle. Rottnest Island is a very popular holiday destination, with ferries between Perth and Rottnest Island. The resident population of Rottnest Island is only about 100 people, but about 500,000 tourists visit Rottnest Island every year. Because their ecology on the island has not been destroyed, short-tailed kangaroos have their own nests; occasional tourists also always feed them, and they never need to worry about clothing, food, housing, transportation and so on.
Around the dining area, northeast and southeast are places to stay. Although there are not many places to stay on Rottnest Island, there are many options for youth hostels, restaurants, camping, etc…
Quokka – Super Star
The first to discover Rottnest Island was the Dutch. When they landed, they found that the island was full of Quokka. They mistakenly recognized Quokka as a big rat (Rotte), so they called it Rotte nest (Dutch in squirrel nest), and then slowly evolved into Rottnest.
Quokka short-tailed dwarf kangaroo, the only kind of kangaroo in the genus Dwarf kangaroo, it is a small kangaroo that is about the size of a domestic cat. Short-tailed kangaroos, like other marsupial mammals, are herbivores and often move at night, with small families as the activity unit. A Quokka weighs about 2.5 to 5 kilograms, a fat and cheeky face, and a cute face that always looks like a smile, so it has the title “the happiest animal on earth”
Quokka only eats plants, do not feed Quokka, he will get sick! Once found it is a fine of $150! Quokkas can only digest plants, other types of food can result in illness. Anyone who deliberately interferes (including feeding) wildlife will be fined $150. Due to the very limited distribution of Quokka (mainly on Rottnest Island and a small island in Albany), it is included in the vulnerable species. In the mainland Australia, they are threatened by hunters such as foxes, so dense surface vegetation is needed for shelter. Large-scale felling of trees and agricultural development have led to a reduction in their habitat, which has led to a decline in the number of this species. In addition, Quokka usually gives birth to a baby, and successfully raises a baby kangaroo every year. The small number of litters in one litter, combined with the limited range of activity and the threat of hunters, make this little kangaroo very rare in mainland Australia.
How to get to Rottnest Island
There is 2 options for you to catch transportation to get to the island. They are ferry and private jet. I will definately recommended you to catch ferry instead of catching the jet. As a tourist and student, it is good to experience both such as catch the ferry to the Rottnest Island and then catch jet return back to Perth. Both are good to try but if you are local or residents, it is good to do Ferry as the jet is very costly.
By the way, It is mainly reached by ferry and there are currently three main shipping companies, each departing from different ports. Regarding to the three shipping companies, it is the cheapest to take the ferry departing from “Fremantle” by “Rottnest Express” and “SeaLink Rottnest Island” on weekdays. Round-trip tickets on the same day are slightly cheaper.
In addition, “Rottnest Express” has the largest number of sailings and it is the only shipping company that departs from “Perth City” and “Fremantle” but of course depart from Fremantle is closer to the island which will take 25 minutes to get there. If you catch the Rottnest Express from Perth City, it will take 90 minutes to reach your destination. If you want to depart from “Hillary” in the North District of WA, only “Rottnest Fast Ferries” have a ferry and this will take about 45 minutes to reach the island.
The “Fremantle” port is a little special which divided into “Northport” and “B Shed” ports, but almost all are mainly “B-Shed”, which can be reached by walk from the Fremantle Train Station while catching train from Perth Train Station.
Perth city – Rottnest Island (Rottnest Express) = $103
Fremantle – Rottnest Island (Rottnest Express) = $64
Fremantle – Rottnest Island (Sealink Rottnest Island) = $64
Hillary – Rottnest Island (Rottnest Fast Ferries) = $86.5
Please note that these fares is weekdays fare, weekend ticket would be different price but it is not a big different. Adult tickets fare listed above. Kids price are almost half price with adult fares. These are with return tickets. It is up to you whether you wanted to add-on for hire a bicycles or snorkel equipment rental. There is a package option which is cheaper than buy everything separately.
Catch a private jet from Rottnest airport to Perth will be take around 20 minutes to arrive Perth. Mainly reason of taking the jet from the Island to return back to Perth is just want to explore around the beautiful and nice view island from the sky. The jet only fly when there is minimum of 2 people per jet. It is very costly and not worth it but very good experience. It has been many years ago so I can’t remember how much i have been paid for this jet but i remember it is approximately $250 per person. However, there is a combo fare for both ferry and flight which mean one way ferry and one way flight for you to experience.
Public Transportation throughout the Island
There is a number of transportation you could have options to choose. As for the transportation on the island, Rottnest Island cannot drive, so it is not possible to “rent a car” and so on. There are three main modes of transportation on the island, namely “bicycle”, “bus” and “train”. But some people prefer to walk to explore the island to save some money. Yes, walk is good but walking is very tiring throughout the island as island is quite big and you won’t be able to manage to walk the whole island.
Bicycle – Most of the tourists prefer to use bicycles to move around the island or even around the island, which is why the three major shipping companies provide bicycle reservation services. There is also the only bicycle rental shop on the island, called “Rottnest Island Pedal & Flipper”, which is just next to the port within the walking distance. But in my personal opinion, buses is better than bicycles. Why do i said that? It is reasonable as riding a bike is pretty slow so you won’t be able to see everything in the Island. Bus is worth than bike because bus ticket is $20 per person per day which you can have enough time to explore everything in the Island. But if bike, it is cost $30 per person daily fare basis. And bike only can explore some part of island.
Bus and Train
Island explorer bus is the best options because this will take you to all attractions in the Island but this will be your choices whether you want to get off or not. It is hop on and off basis. The bus is running every 5 minutes which is perfect. Rottnest Island has totally 19 explorer bus stop.
For the trains, i never try with train in the island but i will share some details of it. There are 64 locations on the scenic train, which will only reach the World War II memorial site in Oliver Hill. You can see the underground tunnels, gun wreckage, etc….but it may take a long time and the frequency of the trips may be difficult to arrange. It cost $11 per person for one way. If it is not at least on the island for 2 days, it is not recommended to experience.
Attractions in the Rottnest Island
There is 63 stunning beaches on the coast, 20 beautiful bays and many coral reefs and shipwrecks invite you to enjoy some of Australia’s best swimming spots, snorkeling trails and surfing spots. On the dry ground, you will encounter cute mini marsupials, world-famous short-tailed kangaroos (Quokka), and many unique animal and plant species that can only be seen in Western Australia.
Of course, it is necessary to introduce the attractions on the island. Most people will play around the island so i am sharing all part of the Island. Basically the Rottnest Island is divided into 5 districts, namely East, South, West, North, and Central with different gameplay and features, so that everyone can quickly understand the attractions in each area. Let’s go for Awesome adventures 🤔
EAST Districts – “Thomson Bay” on the east side of Rottnest Island is the port and the most lively area on the island. Visitor services centers, various restaurants, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels are all concentrated here, making it the most convenient for dining and shopping.
In Thomson Bay, you can find more family fun, such as golf, tennis, shopping and guided tours, as well as cafes, restaurants and takeaway options.
The land and sea travel itinerary will provide an unforgettable experience, from the contact experience of wild animals such as short-tailed kangaroos, seals, osprey and whales, to historical and cultural tours, vividly reproduce the colorful ocean of Rottnest Criminals, colonies and World War II heritage.
SOUTH Districts – The southern area of Rottnest Island is mainly a place for beaches, snorkeling, and diving. It is a place where you can enjoy the beauty and water. It is a dive site recommended by many Australians. It’s a Little Salmon Bay. It’s okay to spend an afternoon here leisurely!
Henrietta Rocks is a very beautiful attraction in the island and it is very interesting due to the Shark Wreck that is visible and very close to shore. There were a few snorkellers there checking it out on the day where I visited, and if I have been better planned, I would have walked out to see it as well. It’s very close to shore which is pretty convenient.
In general, parker point is located between South and East of the Rottnest Island. It is one of the best Attractions in the Island. The most popular activities in the Parker Point are included Scuba Diving, Snorkelling and Swimming.
In fact, there are some attractions on the south side of Rottnest Island, such as Green Island, Oliver Hill, and Wadjemup Lighthouse. The route is a little simpler than the north side, but If you want to go to Oliver Hill or Wadjemup Lighthouse, there are many uphills. These two are Rottnest, The highest point of the island, Oliver Hill is the highest point on the island.
The well-positioned Oliver Hill was a defensive place during World War II. There is an oversized battery (Oliver Hill Battery, 9.2-inch cannon) defending the coast of Perth. If you ride a bicycle, you can only park in the parking lot below and walk for about 15 minutes. Anyway, you don’t want to ride up. It’s really steep, lazy people can actually take a small train (Captain Hussey train), the scenery is not bad! As for the Wadjemup Lighthouse, many people really feel that they don’t need to go there. Many of them just ride there and ride back. I don’t know what are people doing.
After leaving Oliver Hill, I wanted to go to Little Salmon Bay, but time may not be enough. Fortunately, I returned to the ferry at about 16:00 and successfully ended the day trip to Rottnest Island.
Continue to move down and pass the Salmon Bay, Green Island, Mary Cove and other places. I can only say that the scenery on Rottnest Island is too satisfying!
WEST Districts – Compared with other areas in the West of Rottnest Island, there are fewer places suitable for snorkeling and water playing. The biggest feature at West Districts is whale watching, dolphin watching, and the terrain is slightly different. Rocky terrain that you can see are totally different scenery.
The total length of the island is about 22 kilometers, which sounds good, but it still takes a lot of time and energy to come to the Western District. There are many ups and downs along the way, but it is worthwhile to see these beautiful scenery! Every year from the end of August to November, it is the time for 35,000 whales to move from the Antarctic Circle to Rottnest Island. At this time, it is very easy to see whales appearing in addition to the West End. There are many bays that are also very beautiful and there are many small ferries. This kind of life is really comfortable and enjoyable.
NORTH Districts – Rottnest Island’s northern and southern areas are very similar in the gameplay. They mainly experience snorkeling, diving, fishing and other water itineraries. There are their lovers on both sides. In short, if you want to relax on the beach and enjoy the island. The clean water quality of South and North are very highly recommended places! The most popular in the Island is the Lighthouse. There are 2 lighthouses in the Rottnest Island. One is located in the Southern of Island and another one is located at the North sides. The North District Bathurst Lighthouse and the surrounding seascapes are the best and this island is really beautiful! How to move along the northern coastline, you can pass through Longreach Bay, George Bay, Little Armstrong Bay and other attractions, almost all are safe waters where you can play water. Whichever you like, you are ready to go to the water anytime!
When i visit rottnest, i was very hurry to catch the bus to explore around the island so I do highly recommended you to have your lunch before you go for the explorer bus. Otherwise will be like me very hungry at the end 😂
CENTRAL Districts – The main area of Rottnest Island is the three main attractions, namely World War II Memorial (Sightseeing Train Terminal), Pink Lake and Wadjemup Lighthouse. Among them, the lighthouse is the least recommended spot on the island. In addition to all the way uphill, the scenery is also more ordinary, if time is not enough, you can give up first.
Here we go Pink Lake 😍
Pink Lake is also called a Salt Lake. You should try to touch the pink lake water. When i was touching the pink lake water, the water is very sticky with weird smell and it’s kinda weird but i find that was very interesting.
Skydive at the Island – Leap from Height
Are you a skydive lover? Play skydiving on the turquoise beach of Rottnest Island and get a panoramic view of the magnificent coast of Western Australia. While enjoying the exciting thrill of blood, while enjoying a bird’s eye view of the stunning scenery on the island from an unparalleled perspective. After landing on the ground, you can even savor a free drink to celebrate your accomplishment in a lifetime. Skydive Geronimo’s team of skydiving instructors is professionally trained and experienced. After ensuring you feel comfortable and safe, you will be challenged to the unique island skydiving experience throughout Western Australia. Skydiving is very costly but it is worth to try once in awhile. Their cost is depend on how many ft you choose for skydive.
The end of my story
My story is just all about an introduction to the Quokkas, transportation, accommodation, attractions, and itineraries of Rottnest Island. I believe that everyone can understand this island better and it will be more helpful for the itinerary. “Segway” and other projects can also create their own classic gameplay! Stay tune on my next blog. Please follow me by click the follow button on this site. Thanks 😊
It is understandable of travel restrictions due to the COVID-19. You can still start planning for your future travel plan. Are you intend to visit Australia in the future? Or are you from somewhere in Australia would love to visit Perth? I am sharing one of the best attractions and the beautiful garden that you will love it which is name called Araluen Botanic Garden 🙂
First of all, Araluen Botanic Garden can be a Garden or Park. Some people love to call Park and some call garden. It is not a big different.
Overview of Araluen
Araluen Botanic Garden is located in the Roleystone Western Australia. Araluen Botanic Garden is a unique attraction hidden in the lush valley of the Darling Range. The botanical garden has wild and cultivated beauty, and you can come here for leisure activities throughout the year. Regardless of the season, you can see the babbling stream and green scenery in the Araluen Park. You can have a barbecue picnic here or choose multiple trails to enjoy the fun of hiking.
There are exotic and native species in the paradise-like gardens, all of which are grown and cultivated in the historical park with rich and fertile soil and high rainfall. Magnificent and culturally significant terrace gardens, wood and stone structures, water features and ancient trees shape this park. Tulips and other beautiful flowers are in full bloom during the hot spring season, which is the best place for photography, bird watching and family gatherings.
There is an event in the park sometimes includes summer concerts, children’s activities during school holidays as well as the Art in the Park on the last Sunday of every month. Araluen Garden has a glorious history. Founded by Young Australia League in 1929, it was originally used as a holiday park, and until today it still exudes the charm and atmosphere of the old era.
Facilities in the park include a log cabin tea room and a gift shop. In winter, a warm fire will be lit indoors.
One thing i love about Araluen Botanic Garden is the beautiful lake. While i was walking around the lakeside, i could feel relax with this lovely weather as i love cold weather very much.
According to my personal experience in Araluen Botanic Garden, i have learnt a lot of the different type of flowers, the histories of the exotic garden, the local cultures and so on. The other beautiful things shown me was the small waterfall.
What’s flowering at Araluen?
Before you decided to plan for a visit, you need to know that Araluen Botanic Garden has different type of flowers on every season. Not every flower you can see on every season. You could even visit Araluen Botanic Garden on every season to encounter and discover these beautiful flowers.
The top rose garden contains the greatest variety. The Rose Garden has examples of Tea roses, many of which flower all year, Gallica roses of French origin, Damasks, Albas and modern shrub roses.
There is an admission fee for this visit and it is just cost AUD$10 per person only which is worth enough. This Araluen Botanic Garden is bigger than Kings Park Botanic Garden. You could see so much garden and park here than Kings park, especially is the colorful flowers part where amazed me 😂😁😆