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Monday, January 26, 2009

Asia Lion Dance

Asia is famous for many cultural and religious festivals. Almost every country in the continent has its own world-famous event which draws visitors from all over the world to its shores. The Genting World Lion Dance Championship is Malaysia's claim to fame when it comes to festivals. This colourful, exciting and exhilarating event, with a history spanning over 1500 years, is held once every two years at the Arena Of Stars in Genting Highlands, which is known as Kuala Lumpur's City of Entertainment. The three-day event was held for the eighth time in 2008 and the spectators witnessed many lion dance troupes from around the world vying for the ultimate prize.The event is organised by the Selangor and FT Dragon and Lion Dance Association, and is endorsed by the Ministry of Culture, Art and Heritage and is presented by the city of Genting. The event sees teams from countries such as Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, US and Mauritius taking part. The top ten teams with the highest scores from the preliminary rounds are selected to compete for the grand prize at the finals.
The audience also gets a chance to participate at the event; they can vote for their favourite teams. Another attraction for visitors will be the China Town Bazaar held outside the competition venue during the three-day event; visitors would find exquisite merchandise including Lion Dance-related merchandise and arts and crafts at the bazaar.
Guests to the city of Kuala Lumpur can enjoy this biennial festival, basing themselves at the charming Citrus Hotel Kuala Lumpur. This modern hotel built in a contemporary style, provides room and suite accommodation to guests who want to enjoy a refreshing and comfortable stay while having easy access to the bustling metropolis. This discount hotel in Kuala Lumpur provides services such as all day dining, Wireless Internet access, keycard security, personal safe, gym and swimming pool to guests.

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