Need a little chemistry in your world? Gaze at the stars, get physic-ly fabulous and put your sexiest organ to the test as we take off to Asia’s biggest and best science boffin destinations. We also feature four beautiful hotels that will have you drooling over your labcoat.
Hollywood may have some impressive stars on the pavement, but wait until you see what the skies of China have to offer when you tour the Ancient Observatory in Beijing, housed in a building dating back to the 15th century. It’s a chance to see water clocks, calendar calculators and ancient star maps – and learn all about Chinese astronomy. Get into the boffin spirit with a stay at the Park Plaza Beijing Science Park in China’s ‘silicon valley’, where you’ll find loads of gadgets to play with and creature comfort facilities like the sauna and massage centre.
If you’re a Captain Kirk and Spock fan, then you’ll want to beam up to the Science Museum in Osaka Japan — a Starship Enterprise-shaped building adored by Trekkies of all nations. Inside are loads of interactive exhibits, a huge domed planetarium, demonstrations and a 3D Omnimax screen. After all that excitement, you’ll need some time out to relax in the jacuzzi at the Hyatt Regency Osaka. Get ready to face the final frontiers of Osaka fun – Den Den Town for cool electronics, Big Street Shopping Mall for your Bladerunner experience and fantastic bars and restaurants tucked away.
Quick question – can you recite the periodic table of elements? If so, a bit concerning. But either way, you’ll love 850+ exhibits at the Science Center in Singapore. Apparently, if you spent 5 minutes on each exhibit you would need an entire week to experience everything. Back at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Singapore, you can be the hippest science boffin in town as you kick back and enjoy a Singapore Sling and other experimental juices.
If the DC-3 airliner suspended from the ceiling of the Science Museum in Hong Kong gets you excited, wait until you put pedal to the metal in the advanced driving skills simulator, or check out the 500 exhibits across 18 galleries. Plus, there are loads of edge of the seat science shows, such as the Solar Paella show about converting solar energy into mechanical energy. Keep the techie theme flowing at the Cosmo Hotel, where Executive rooms, Studios and Suites are each equipped with a flat-screen personal computer.