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Pulau Payar - Marine Park tourism

Monday, April 12, 2010
Pulau Payar
World Tourism - The sprinkling of jade green islands that makes up Pulau Payar lies just 30km south-east of Langkawi. It's just a 1-hour boat ride out to the best marine park on Malaysia's West Coast, making it an ideal choice for a day outing.

This well-preserved, uninhabited marine park extends over a number of islands, with Pulau Payar being the largest. Your base out here is the floating platform moored off Pulau Payar. But the real attraction of this platform lies below sea level. Step into the underwater observation chamber to view the marine life surrounding a reef. Want to get even closer to the swirl of fishes that make these corals their home? Grab a mask, a snorkel and fins and join the spectacle!

Are you into scuba diving? The best diving is along the reef system that skirts the south, east and west of Pulau Payar. Please check with your dive operator what the visibility is like during that time. It can vary from time to time.

There is no accommodation in Pulau Payar as it is a marine park, but that's not really an issue since Langkawi, with all its fine resorts and restaurants, is just a quick boat-ride away.

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Coney Island – will be coming back

Thursday, April 8, 2010
Coney Island
State-of-the-art new rides with a roller coaster and a pendulum will release this summer at Coney Island to jump-start the reappearance of the famed Brooklyn amusement park, Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“Coney Island is coming back, huge time,” Bloomberg said at a news meeting near the boardwalk where the decades-old Astroland rides were take apart in 2008. The new rides are being shaped by Zamperla, the world’s leading company of mechanical rides, found in Altavilla Vicentina, Italy.

Luna Park at Coney Island will release on Memorial Day weekend by 19 rides. Among them will be the Air Race, which sends riders swinging and soaring about a control tower. It will be the ride’s worldwide debut. By the summer of 2011, Scream Zone at Coney Island will present two roller coasters, go-carts and a human slingshot beginning people more than 200 feet into the air.

“We will have rides that will flick you, turn you, launch you, dive you, splash you and make the mayor desire to lose his lunch,” said David Galst, a CAI spokesman.

Not all of Coney Island’s old amusements were piece. The 1920s Cyclone roller coaster is land marked, as is Deno’s Wonder Wheel. Both will go on to be operated by their present management. The cities buy 6.9 acres of Coney Island assets in November from developer Joe Sitt for $95.6 million. That followed years of wrangling among the city and Sitt, whose idea for Coney Island was not in line with Bloomberg’s.

Officials said the park will make 330 jobs by 2011, with pressure on local hiring. In coming years, the rest of the renewal is expected to create more than 25,000 structure jobs and 6,000 lasting ones, along with billions of dollars in financial activity.

The city has assured to invest about $6.5 million toward improving the neighborhood’s rotting infrastructure in research for building more than 5,000 housing units, counting 900 affordable ones. The May opening of Luna Park is to be toasted with a fresh beer called the Coney Island Luna Lager, complete by the San Francisco-based Shmaltz Brewing Co.

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Himalayan - National Park

Monday, April 5, 2010
Himalayan National Park
The National Park with an area of 754 sq. km. is located in Kullu District and has the representative area of temperate and alpine forests of Himachal. It has some the virgin coniferous forests of the State. Vast areas of alpine pastures and glaciers cap this park. This area has many important wildlife species of Western Himalayas, like Musk deer, Brown bear, Goral, Thar, Leopard, Snow leopard, Bharal, Serow, Monal, Kalij, Koklas, Cheer, Tragopan, Snow cock etc. Trekking of Rakti-Sar, origin of Sainj river and camping in alpine pastures is unforgettable. Similar is the trekking route to Tirath the origin of Tirthan river.

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