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Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland Preview in Motion Picture

20 Nov

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is now ready to please visitors to London from every corner of the world.

Let my motion pictures take you to the scene and feel the scream and joy in winter.

Hyde Park Ready for Winter Fantasy

19 Nov

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Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is set to cheer visitors from both home and abroad with special Christmas atmosphere.

The annual carnival in the famous royal park holds its public preview today from 4 pm to 10 pm, unveiling this year’s 45-day celebration of Christmas and New Year.

Christmas Features

The Winter Wonderland, which will officially start on 20 November, decides to make Christmas as its main selling point.

The organiser tries to deliver an atmosphere of Christmas featured by festive music and ubiquitous figures of Santa Claus and reindeers.

A special “Santa Land” has also been set up to prioritize Christmas in people’s minds for the coming winter.

Within the “Santa Land” a “Santa’s Grotto” is well prepared to remind people of the warmth in winter with a set scene of home with Christmas tree glitering, and of course, a Father Christmas welcoming.

Kate, who works as assistant at the pay-for-picture “Santa’s Grotto” said: “People like to come here because they want to keep the memory of Santa.”

“It is a special memory of Christmas for kids.” She added.

Happiness in the time of austerity

The Angel’s Christmas Market is another feature to pay attention for this year’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Main Entrance of Winter Wonderland, near Hyde Park Conner station

A dazzling variety of products are for sale at the market, from crafts to foods.

However, sellers seem to be optimistic with detectable caution because of the current economic depression.

“I hope this year will be alright,” said Susan, who works at the market for a company specialised in leather products, “People maybe don’t want to buy things because of the recession.”

“This is my fourth year here,” She added with hope, “This year the market has a new organiser, so it is supposed to be good.”

This year’s Winter Wonderland also includes attractions such as London’s largest open-air ice rink and a 53-metre-tall observation wheel.

The Winter Wonderland will officially set off tomorrow on 20 November 2010 and blow the closing whistle on 4 January 2011.

Travellers Keep Plans to Germany Despite Terrorism Threat

17 Nov

Itineraries in Germany are not influenced although terrorist attacks are said to take place in the end of November.

Germany holds information that Islamic radicals plan to execute attacks, putting Christmas tourism under significant threat.

However travellers tend to keep their initial plans to go to Germany, taking terrorist attacks as a lesser serious factor.

“My journey won’t be changed,” says Xudong Zeng, a Chinese student in the UK who has planned to go to Germany during Christmas holiday, “Nobody knows what will really happen. As a matter of fact, living the world itself contains a lot of fatal threats.”

Zeng seems to be echoed by Zheng Zhou, who intends to travel to Germany in Easter holiday next year. “It won’t affect my intention to go to Germany. Of course there will be some worry about it, but not much. ” Zhou says.

Move of government

German tourism under threat of terrorism

The German government has strengthened the security at airports and stations in response of possible attacks.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told the BBC today that the strengthened security would be in practice “until further notice”.

The quick reaction of the German government helps keep travellers’ confidence in the security situation of their coming journey.

Xudong Zeng said that she was less worried about the terrorist attack because of the extra security in transporting hubs in Germany.

She also said that she now took terrorism in a much less serious way because she was previously warned by the media that there would be attacks in the UK, but nothing serious have ever happened since then.

The Europe has been plagued by terrorist attacks since October. Germany and France are under severe threat of terrorism.

UK travellers were warned by the Foreign Office as the threat level over Europe was raised from “general” to “high” in October.

As a main tourist destination during Christmas, Germany attended the World Travel Market which took place from 8th to 11th of November in London.

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