by CHAN LEE PENG on 09/04/08 at 6:57 am
If you’re looking for the creme de la creme of vacation spots, a palace is right up your alley.
From London to Istanbul, Moscow to Paris, discover a dream trip to one of these royal locales.
- Airfare from New York (JFK) – $1,497; from Los Angeles (LAX) – $1,356; from London (LHR) – $1,071
- Nearest Hotel: Shangri-la China World Hotel; Cost per night (avg.) – $314
Imperial Palace or GuGong (Forbidden City, Zijincheng) in China was a Royal Administrative site for royal use and public access during the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Chinese history. It was recorded that the third emperor of dynasty Ming built this palace before he successfully took over the politic and crowned himself emperor. There have been a total of 24 emperors of Ming and Qing who dwelt in this palace. The palace has 9,000 rooms to accommodate imperial families, administrators, eunuchs, maids and soldiers. It has also served as a major location for discussing internal administrative affairs. Now, this palace has been turned into a national museum for tourists to visit and preserves many classical Chinese architectural structures of imperial splendor.
Located in the heart of Beijing, it has easy access to Tiananmen Square while the city of Wangfujing is located to the east. In 1961, this ancient palace was approved by the State Council as the National Palace Museum displaying protected heritages. By 1987, the palace was listed by UNESCO as a “World Heritage”, reflecting the cultural dimension of historical value which has gained international recognition.
The White House, United States of America
- Airfare from New York (JFK) – $136; from Los Angeles (LAX) – $226; from London (LHR) – $684
- Nearest Hotel: The Captial Hilton; Cost per night (avg.) – $399
The White House is one of the more well known symbols of America and is obviously home to the president of the United States and his family. This “palace” is a two-story building and is located in Washington, DC. It was initially established in 1792 and officially became the US President’s official residence in 1800. President Roosevelt first used the phrase “White House” in 1902, referring the to white color of the Presidential residence.
Buckingham Palace, England