Five interesting airports to keep on your radar when traveling
Updated 18:12, 07-Feb-2019
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Spring Festival is in full swing in China and around east Asia, and many are choosing to go abroad to spend their holidays. Whether it's a long-haul flight or a short domestic trip, for a traveler, all roads start, lead and go through airports – and many facilities are choosing to join the fun during the festive season.

Los Angeles International Airport has put on a lion and dragon dance performance on the first day of the Lunar New Year, while at Changi Airport in Singapore, some retail shops are marking the occasion with sales on celebratory drinks like wine and champagne.

Whether you're excited to get to your dream destination, or tired after a trip of a lifetime, you might still want to look around you if you're passing by these five airports, because you might be surprised with what they have in store for you.

Changi Airport, Singapore

A garden inside the Changi Airport in Singapore. /VCG Photo

A garden inside the Changi Airport in Singapore. /VCG Photo

A butterfly in one of Changi Airport's tropical gardens. /VCG Photo

A butterfly in one of Changi Airport's tropical gardens. /VCG Photo

Terminal 3 in Changi Airport. /VCG Photo

Terminal 3 in Changi Airport. /VCG Photo

Airports aren't exactly where you'd come up close on personal with nature, but Changi Airport is an exception. The facility houses the world's first butterfly garden, a space designed as a tropical butterfly habitat with flowering plants and a waterfall. There are 40 species of more than 1,000 tropical butterflies during different seasons all year round.

Los Angeles International Airport, USA

A view of Los Angeles International Airport at night. /VCG Photo

A view of Los Angeles International Airport at night. /VCG Photo

The Theme Building in LAX. /VCG Photo

The Theme Building in LAX. /VCG Photo

The Theme Building in LAX. /VCG Photo

The Theme Building in LAX. /VCG Photo

Commercial planes usually travel at an altitude no higher than 38,000 feet, but what if you could get a feel of the outer space? The Los Angeles International Airport is your ticket. Its Theme Building is a structure characteristic of the Space Age, and more importantly its rooftop is a perfect spot to watch aircraft take off.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, The Netherlands

Gate of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. /VCG Photo

Gate of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. /VCG Photo

Those into cultural adventures will find themselves right at home at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The aerodrome houses a library and exhibits precious pieces from its national museums, which are changed every so often.

Wellington International Airport, New Zealand

Lyall Bay outside of Wellington International Airport. /VCG Photo

Lyall Bay outside of Wellington International Airport. /VCG Photo

A statue of the dragon Smaug from "The Hobbit" in Wellington Airport. /VCG Photo

A statue of the dragon Smaug from "The Hobbit" in Wellington Airport. /VCG Photo

New Zealand is home to breathtaking natural scenery so out of this world that fantasy movies such as "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" were filmed there. You can spot elements of this whimsical world at your first destination before entering the beautiful land, the Wellington International Airport.

 Hong Kong International Airport, China

An aerial view of Hong Kong International Airport. /VCG Photo

An aerial view of Hong Kong International Airport. /VCG Photo

Besides being one of the busiest airports in the world, Hong Kong International Airport is also a great place for entertainment. The airport has Hong Kong's largest IMAX screen and a nine-hole golf course. Airport expansion with a budget of 136.2 billion U.S. dollars has been initiated, and the work is scheduled for completion by 2030.