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4 Asia­n cultural festivals with a twist of the unexpected

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Holidays are just a little more interesting with a  dash of the unusual on top. So experience the best of Asia’s cultural gems with a twist of antithesis – mix art with rock, noodles with Shakespeare, tea with jazz and single women with patron saints…

Taste tea as it was intended at the Hadong Wild Tea Cultural Festival, from 4-8 May. Renowned for having high-grade teas produced using traditional methods, you can get into the cultural spirit during celebrations and events such as at tea etiquette ceremony competitions, jazz concert, tea-making demonstrations and of course, lots of tastings!

Take the bus or train to Seoul and stay at Lotte City Hel Mapo, where you can satisfy your hunger at the in-house buffet restaurant.

See more great Seoul hotel deals for 4-8 May.

If only the gals from Sex and the City had made a trip to the Feast of San Roque fiesta in Manila on May 12.  This is where single women dance and pray to the patron saint of the unmarried in the hopes of meeting their beloved. Whether you’re attached or not it’s an excuse for games, processions, fireworks and general way-out partying.

Treat your new (or old!) beau to the Regalia Tower Suites Manila Quezon, and bubble up in the Jacuzzi.

See more great Manila hotel deals for 12 May.

A bit like serving toad-in-the-hole at a Chinese banquet, but Shakespeare in the Park in Singapore from 28 Apr – 22 May is a lot more tasty. The Singapore Repertory Centre puts on Macbeth under the stars with a picnic—ah, bliss!

Continue your gentrified English experience with a traditional afternoon tea at the Fairmont Hotel.

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You’ve never seen art done like it is at the Design Festa in Tokyo from 14-15 May.  This massive event brings together 8500 artists from 70 plus countries – watch them weave/paint/sculpt/whatever their creations before your very eyes, then rock out to live performances.

Stay at the Shiba Park Hotel Tokyo where you can sketch out a masterpiece on a napkin at one of the restaurants or bar that hosts regular whiskey, jazz and other party events.

See more great Tokyo hotel deals for 14-15 May.

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