Macau hotels expect strong bookings for the Feast of Maidens festival on 18 August.
Online PR News – 18-July-2010 – – Tourism operators in Macau are preparing for an increasing of visitors around August 16 for the Feast of Maidens festival, traditionally held on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. This festival, based on a Chinese legend, is celebrated across Asia under various names according to the location.
The festival appeals to single women, hence its name and also to lovers for its tragically romantic connotations. Macau attracts a large number of visitors for its heritage and casinos, with arrivals at hotels boosted by its many festivals, including the Feast of Maidens.
The legend tells of two lovers, the Princess Tchek Noi, a weaver, and Ngau Long, a cowherd, whom the king allowed to marry on condition that they continued their work. Unsurprisingly, once married they found other things to do and neglected their duties. The lovers were banished to the Milky Way, becoming stars, and were allowed to meet only once a year over a bridge formed by the world’s magpies.
Festivals in Macau are colourful and involve splendid firework displays as well as a great deal of eating, drinking, dancing, traditional music and parades. At festival time, booking rooms in a cheap Macau hotel can be tricky, according to DirectRooms.com. The best way to ensure a room close to the festivities is to book early online.
Marketing head at DirectRooms.com, Lek Boonlert, comments, “Macau and its casinos is a busy tourist hub, so booking well in advance is often essential to get value and choice.”