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  • Plan Your Affordable Vacation Plan Your Affordable Vacation in Australia

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      The Great Barrier Reef, Bondi Beach, the Opera House and the Outback.  There are so many natural and cultural wonders to be visited in Australia that tourism is booming for travel "down under".  If you have been planning your Australian vacation, we've got some great news for you. 

      Australia is experiencing a real growth in business, commerce and population.  It is great news for travellers who have always wanted to visit Australia as there are more flights available now than ever before, and more airlines competing with pricing and willing to take you there.  

      Depending where you are travelling from in North America, the flight to Australia is is about twenty hours.  Typically the airlines will stop in Vancouver Canada, then Japan and on to Australia.  Historically the cost has hovered around $2000 or more per person and part of the reason that travellers have hesitated in the past to fly to Australia is due to the length of the flight and also because of the cost.  But thanks to the increased demand for flights, it is possible to get cheap flights to Australia and book them conveniently online. 

      • Avoid direct flights.  While convenient (and available from some major cities on the west coast) they are the most costly. Direct flights can also be more exhausting for some travellers (can you commit to more than twenty hours on one flight?).  There are more comfortable and convenient options.

      • Most travellers will book stop-overs on their way to Australia.  Countries such as Dubai and Hong Kong are fabulous to visit on a one day stop over.  Not only does it give you the opportunity to rest from the flight but it also allows you to take in some of the exotic local flavour of other countries on your way.  It enriches your travel experience and will leave you refreshed and ready to take on the adventurous continent of Australia when you arrive.

      • Lastly if you are planning on travelling for a few weeks, explore the opportunity to  purchase an "around-the-world" ticket which leaves you free to visit other continents usually for the same price as a direct flight to Australia.   It literally opens a world of travel opportunity if you have the time and inclination to explore.

      When booking your travel to Australia (like other flights) the most economical rates will be for connecting flights that are also booked well in advance.  Since a trip to Australia is a more expensive vacation, plan at least two months ahead of time in order to get the best rates and choice availability for your flights.

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  • Hong Kong Delicacies Hong Kong Delicacies

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      Buddies said that during my four day journey in Hong Kong; my weblog was all about Hong Kong’sdelicacies, which lured them. Hong Kong’s special treats are really attractive. You will discover them everywhere in all the methods and walkways. Hong Kong is a position converging gourmets all over the globe. European, Southern, Cantonese, Japanese people, Shanghai taste, etc…. all types of special treats can be discovered in Hong Kong. Strolling in Hong Kong, like walking in the heaven of “eaters”.


      The first day in Hong Kong, we were residing in a resort not far away from manchester international airport terminal. It was practical for purchasing, and energetic. Otherwise there was easy to take Anping caber car to see the biggest brown seated Buddha on the globe. We went to see the Buddha and had our lunchtime here. There was a position can eat monk meals. Though the dishes here were all veggie, they were very delightful and relaxing. As we had veggie lunchtime, we made the decision to have supper in an French cafe. The meals here is easy and beautiful. In the candle light, everything seemed so fantasizing. The most attribute of the supper was DIY crushed beans. The breads with French olive oil and crushed beans is so delightful.


      The second day in Hong Kong, we had our lunchtime in the first airport terminal of manchester international airport terminal. The crab-flavor seafood and Cantonese drinks here are worth the suggestions. After lunchtime we went to Kowloon, and residing in a resort of this region with Forehead Road, ladies’ street, Australia Dairy Company in close by. Delicacies can be discovered everywhere, and our supper was fixed when we stepped here. If you are a “Eater”, you will discover your pleasure here.


      The third day in Hong Kong, we had lunchtime in Hotel Novotel, seafood food, 198 Hong Kong Money per person. The seafood here is very clean. Fish, oyster and prawn are all my preferred. After lunchtime we went to Hong Kong Middle District. Out supper was Tai dishes. It was suggested by my buddy. It is said that the primary of the cafe Apple Shrub used to provide in Tai elegant.


      The brief 4 times journey was just making one day. The lunchtime of the last day is simple: breads, French Fried seafood, white-colored bottles, and special-made dessert of the position. The taste is so good as it is successive flavored. After lunchtime, we loaded our baggage and ready to go home. In the bathroom of manchester international airport terminal, we had deserts and clean fruit. Remembering the brief 4-days Hong Kong exquisite journey, oh, I think I drop madly in love with Hong Kong.

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  • Beautiful brahmas at Big Buddh Beautiful brahmas at Big Buddha

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      You can't visit Hong Kong without meeting Big Buddha. As magnificent as the giant statue is, the elegant brahmans offering gifts at the base of the statue just about steal the show.

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  • Country Specific Sim Cards For Country Specific Sim Cards For Long Distance Travels

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      When planning for a trip to going abroad, the huge phone call bills give almost a nightmare. You couldn’t think even an option to curtail that expense. Here a better option for you could be either to use international roaming on your cell phone, which would adversely affect your expenses or to use a calling card, but it would not allow you to receive calls. The third option is to use a country specific card which would allow you to make, as well as receive calls. Using a country specific card can reduce your expense up to 70%, depending on the number of days you are on a tour.

      TSIM International SIM Cards

      TSIM Communication Services Pvt. Ltd.

      The best option to follow while travelling to a particular destination would be a country specific card. These International SIM Cards can be used with any GSM unlocked handsets. These allow you to surf the internet but you have to pay an extra cost for that.

      These work like other SIM cards and are prepaid and postpaid as well. They can be operated as soon as you reach your destination and have to be returned to the company after you return from the trip.

      With prepaid cards, you can do top up online as and when required. You have to decide in advance the amount you would need.

      Postpaid card can be bought once you submit the necessary documents including your photo identity, visa, passport and residence identity. The bill will be received 15 days after you return from your trip.

      The cost of the cards depends from country to country and the number of days the SIM card is used for. The incoming calls in almost all countries are free of cost except Hong Kong, US, Canada and China. Getting international roaming activated in a number may be an easy option and but is not at all a cheap one.

      Country specific SIM cards prove advantageous and is cheaper while travelling abroad for a long period of time. TSIM Communication Services Pvt. Ltd. offers you country specific SIM for USA, UK, Germany, Canada, France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, UAE and many other countries.

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  • International Sim Card International Sim Card

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      Ttoolkit is a Hong Kong based company a whole host of handy solutions for local travel within China.
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  • Top 10 China Tourist Cities Top 10 China Tourist Cities

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      No. 1 Beijing

      , also called Peking, is the capital of China, the political center of China, the cultural center of China, as well as the key transportation hub of the world. Founded during 700 B.C., it served as Kublai Khan's capital (13th century) and the capital of China (1421-1911; 1949-now).

      ♦Forbidden City - the profound Chinese imperial system made Beijing serious and magnificent. The palaces served for emperors and imperial officials will tell people more stories in the past time.
      ♦Great Wall of Chinawhich is another culture in Beijing. Each brick of the great wall may tell you a story. Some are happy, some are sad. So Great Wall is a book wrote by Chinese people’s souls and spirits. 

      No. 2 Shanghai
      Shanghai , is China's largest city, with an urban population of 9.54 million. Advantageously located, Shanghai is located halfway down China's mainland coastline, where the Yangtze River empties into the sea. An important comprehensive industrial base and harbor, 

      ♦ The Bund - which will be a must-see place. When walking along the Bund at night, the charm of Shanghai will immediately attract you. It is a fantastic metropolis mixed the ancient and the modern tastes together.
      ♦ To the west of Shanghai is Suzhou, a city famous for the gardens. 

      No. 3 Xian
      Xian is the most famous ancient capital in China. With the former name Chang’an, this xity served as the capital of Tang Dynasty, the most prosperous dynasty in China’s history. The prosperous Tang Dynasty had left numerous relics in Xian.

      ♦ Terracotta Army - one of the eight wonders in modern world, is a door for peole to get back to the Tang Dynasty. 
      ♦ Xian City Wall - is the relics preserved since Tang Dynasty. in ancient time, each city of China built city wall to protect the city away from invasion.
      ♦ The start of Silk Road, a symbol to trace back the prosperity and the achievement in trade. 

      No. 4 Hong Kong

      Hong Kong is reputed as “the pearl of oriental country”. This bright pearl is shining all the time with its unique night view. Also, Hong Kong is called shopping paradise because of the numerous brands shops, and food paradise because of the countless snacks.

      ♦ Hong Kong Disneyland will bring people back to the childhood, playing with superstar that found in Disney cartoon. 

      No. 5 Guilin

      If you plan to savor the most beautiful natural scenery in China, you should pay a visit to Guilin. With the unique Karst geography, Guilin just looks like young lady that quietly sitting on the northern China. 

      ♦ Li River - world’s famous river from Guilin to Yangshuo, includes the most charming sites of Guilin.
      ♦ Yangshuo West Street - would be a good choice to spend your nightlife in Guilin.
      ♦ Longji Rice Terraces - which is a magnificent scene to show the intaligence of human. The field is planted along the mountain ridge

      No. 6 Guangzhou

      Guangzhou is a hot destination because of its convenient transportation system. It is called “The City of Ram”. Guangzhou attracts thousands of people who are interested in its strong regional culture, long history, its affecting and beautiful legends.

      ♦ Chen Family Temple - is the key historical site which entirely show Guangdong’s extraordinary folk architecture
      ♦ Shamian Island - is a popular attraction for domestic and overseas tourists. 


      No. 7 Lhasa
      With a history of over 1,400 years, Lhasa is the capital city, the political, cultural and religious centre of Tibet. It is a charming land that boasts abundant historical relics and enjoys superb natural environment. In another word, it is an ideal destination for people who wanna explore the unspoiled ethnic culture, livid folk custom and spectacular natural scenery, etc. 

      ♦ Potala Palace - it is a spectacular castle-like building complex that used to be the unification centre of political and religious of Tibet. Built against the Red Hill, this construction expresses perfectly the inner core of Tibetan architecture and also culture – steady, dignity, predominance and magnanimous. In 1994, it was listed into the World Heritage List by UNESCO. 
      ♦ Jokhang Temple - is located in the center of old Lhasa city, with the Barkhor Street surrounded, formed the “heart” of ancient Lhasa., which occupies an unchallengeable position of Tibetan Buddhism.
      ♦ Sera Monastery - is one of the grand three monasteries in Lhasa. The intense Debating on Buddhist Doctrines held everyday afternoon would be the very special activity one could not miss. 


      No. 8 Chengdu
      Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, has been recognized as “an important central city in Southwest China” by the State Council since 1999. Its civilization of over 3,000 years left Chengdu with various cultural heritage. Chengdu is one of the first 24 famous historical and cultural cities in China rated by the State Council and awarded the Best Tourism City in China by World Tourism Organization and China National Tourism Administration. Besides the renowned scenic spots inside the city,

      No. 9 Hangzhou
      Hangzhou was settled as early as 4,700 years ago, thus giving birth to the aurora Liangzhu Civilization. One of the seven ancient capitals and the key scenic tourism and historical culture cities in China, Hangzhou once was applauded as "the most splendid and luxurious city in the world" by Marco Polo, the Italian traveler in the 13th century.

      ♦ West Lake can be regarded as the soul of Hangzhou. There is a poem to describe West Lake like this:
      Rippling waters shimmering on a sunny day,
      Misty mountains shrouded by the rain;
      Plain or gaily decked out like Xizi;
      West Lake is always alluring
      ♦ Lingyin Temple is regarded as the spirit of Hangzhou. It is famous as one of the top ten Buddhist temple in China. Make a wish in the temple and wait the dream come true.
       From Hangzhou, travelers can begin Wuzhen Water Town trip.

      No. 10 Lijiang
      If you are looking for a romantic love story, go to Lijiang; if you are tired of the working days, go to Lijiang; if you are planning to know more about Naxi ethnic culture, go to Lijiang. Located at the northwest part of Yunnan Province, Lijiang Old Town is one of the well-preserved ancient towns in China and has enrolled on World Cultural Heritage List in 1997.

      ♦ Jade Dragon Snow Mountain – it is a botanist's paradise, a “kingdom of medicinal materials".
      ♦ Lugu Lake - the Last Matriarchal Society.
      ♦ Yufeng Temple - it is the witness of the peaceful coexistence and syncretism of multinational cultures and religions, and still plays a very important role in acculturation of Naxi Ethnic Group. 

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  • Visit Hong Kong for its Magnif Visit Hong Kong for its Magnificent Places of Interest

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      Hong Kong is one of the most matchless destinations on the planet that attract innumerable visitors from all corners of the world. Excitement is absolutely guaranteed to those planning an expedition to Hong Kong. Many book Hong Kong flights to grab an effervescent feel that is spread in the air and can be found from every corner of the city. You would never get bored as the city has loads of outstanding tourist attractions for them to derive pure pleasure from. As a matter of fact, it is an unspoiled getaway for the entire family.

      Hong Kong Attraction

      Hong Kong is special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China and bestows the tourists with plenty of places of interest. The attractions are really amazing.
      Disneyland – Disneyland is one of the family destinations that entice a flock of people coming from all walks of life. No visit to Hong Kong can be deemed complete without a visit to Disneyland. It is situated in Lantau Island. Take cheap flights to Hong Kong from Gatwick for a never-ending journey of thrill.


      Make your way to the temples that are in abundance in Hong Kong. The temples are simply irresistible and are a must visit.

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  • Mark Your Presence in Breathta Mark Your Presence in Breathtaking Hong Kong

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      Hong Kong is one of the most unspoiled getaways for your near and dear ones. If you are travelling alone or accompanied by your family members, then you are in for a treat. You would not get bored in the city as it pours so much on you to do and see. It is a distinguished destination that is located in East Asia. You can book flights to Hong Kong and look ahead to have the time of your life. You can grab exotic cuisines, dazzling nightlife, alluring attractions and theme parks that would make you come back for more.

      Hong Kong Attraction

      Welcome to Hong Kong!
      If you are planning a holiday in Hong Kong, satisfaction and entertainment are guaranteed. It is the special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, it offers a lot to those who are visiting the city for the first time in their lives or are frequent visitors. It is well-known for shopping purpose, especially for those who’re shopping buffs.
      Hong Kong Attraction

      You can grab hold of lovely moments and seize them forever and experience peacefulness all around you. There are so many sightseeing spots to capture in Hong Kong that can’t afford to be missed such as Hong Kong Disneyland, Victoria Bay, Ocean Park, Wong Tai Sin Temple, Stanley Market and the list does not come to an end. So, take cheap flights to Hong Kong from Aberdeen and feel the difference of being in such a marvellous city.

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  • Family Trip to China with Chin Family Trip to China with China Highlights

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      Family Trip to China
      with China Highlights


      This trip came about due to a desire to introduce our grandchildren to China.  My husband and I became interested in the country after living in Taiwan among the Chinese in 1966-67, when he was stationed there during the Vietnam War.  We had since made 3 trips to China—the latest in 2000, and felt it was time to visit again, before the country was irrevocably changed.  Our grandchildren, ages 14 and 12, were at a good age to take this trip—old enough to appreciate and enjoy the sights, but young enough that they weren’t too tied up with their own activities at home.  After we invited them, our daughter and son-in-law decided they would also like to accompany us, so we had a family group of six.  

      Although we had traveled independently on past trips to China—a process made considerably easier by my husband’s ability to communicate (at a basic level) in Mandarin—we decided to get some help with the logistics this time.  We had only two short weeks due to other commitments, so we didn’t want to waste any time.  I searched the Internet for tour companies, and came upon China Highlights—a branch of CITS.  They offered both group and private tours, and one of their stock tours was quite similar to the itinerary I had in mind.  The price seemed quite reasonable compared to some other tour companies I researched.  Also, the reviews I found online were all positive.  When I Emailed the company, a tour advisor named Grace Wang responded.  She was my contact throughout the process, and, if she was out of the office, one of her colleagues handled my inquiries.  I must say I was impressed with their quick follow up to my questions and concerns.  I selected the tour which was closest to my desired itinerary to get a price, and then made a few changes in destinations, hotels and activities.  One of the things I did was to eliminate all the planned shopping stops, so we would have more sightseeing or free time.  China Highlights had no problem with this.  They also arranged all my requested hotel and itinerary changes with no problem—and made helpful suggestions.   It all worked out very smoothly. 

      I arranged our own International air, and it took awhile to find what I considered a reasonable fare.  I booked with ANA in February, although I wasn’t entirely pleased with the schedule—it contained layovers both to and from China, with an overnight in Narita, Japan, on the return.  I was especially concerned about the overnight after the big earthquake and possible nuclear disaster.  Since I could cancel these reservations for a $300 pp charge, I continued to search.  About a month before our departure, I found a better schedule with Continental on Orbitz, with a price that just about covered our cancellation fees.  The flight to Beijing was direct, and we had only a 1 ½ hour layover in Narita on the return from Hong Kong.   Although our flights were long and uncomfortable, they were on schedule. 

      China Highlights:  I really can’t say enough about our satisfaction with them.  I’ve already mentioned that the planning process went very smoothly.  In the execution, our guides were all excellent.  They were always prompt, helpful, flexible when we wanted to change or add to our itinerary, and very knowledgeable about the cities and sights.   We were ferried around in comfortable air-conditioned vans or small busses.  Of course, the drivers were Chinese, and their way of driving is sometimes a little (or a lot) frightening.  However, except for a small fender-bender, we survived intact. 

      Cities & hotels:  3 nights in Beijing at the Park Plaza Beijing, 2 nights in Xi’an at the Grand Noble Hotel, 1 night in Chengdu at the Haiyatt Garden, 3 nights in Guilin at the Guilin Bravo Hotel, 1 night in Yangshuo at the Green Lotus, and 3 nights in Hong Kong at the Salisbury YMCA.   I feel this itinerary was just right for us, and I wouldn’t have changed any of it.

      I was pleased with all our hotels.  They ranged from 3 to 5 star hotels, and all in good locations, which is the most important thing to me.  At all of them we were just short walking distances from pedestrian shopping streets, night markets, and interesting restaurants.  Our included breakfasts were excellent in all but the Green Lotus in Yangshuo, which fell a little short in this category.   Winner for best breakfast would be the Salisbury YMCA in Hong Kong, with its great service and sunny restaurant with a view of the harbor. Winner for best view from our rooms was the Green Lotus with its stunning view of the Li River.   I didn’t get the lake view I had expected at the Guilin Bravo, but we were upgraded to nicer rooms in their new wing.  And they had a very nice outdoor pool and fitness center.  The kids also enjoyed the pool at the Green Lotus and at the Salisbury YMCA in Hong Kong, although the pools at the latter were not really geared to hotel guests and my grandson were rather disappointed that he had to pay extra to use the fitness room there.  The rooms were small and simple in the YMCA, but we couldn’t beat the price for the location--a couple blocks from the harbor and Star Ferry and across the street from a subway station. 

      Food:  Breakfasts at our hotels were generally excellent with lots of food choices and made-to-order omelets.  Lunches were included with our tour, and the restaurants chosen were generally good and included local specialties.  We could order from the menu or enlist our guide’s help.  Since the menus are so large and the dishes so unfamiliar, it was usually more efficient to have our guide’s recommendations.  Meals were a special challenge for me, because I have Celiac Disease, and am “allergic” to anything containing gluten (wheat, rye, barley).   During the planning process, I had a card with instructions for the restaurant translated into Chinese characters by Grace Wang.  This helped a lot—especially for dinners, where we were on our own.  I must say that China is a pretty tough country for those with gluten-sensitivity, but our guides all did their best to insure that I had something gluten-free to eat.  The main problem is the soy sauce which is used in so many dishes, and which almost always contains wheat.  I brought a bottle of gluten-free soy sauce with me, and some of the restaurants would use this to make a dish for me.  Generally, I ate mostly steamed rice, fried rice with egg (without soy sauce), and sautéed vegetables.  So I didn’t starve, but I couldn’t partake of some of the more interesting dishes.  The rest of the family loved the food.  Only once in awhile, toward the end of the trip, did anyone choose a pizza or hamburger instead of Chinese food.  The guys reported that the beer was also very good, but, again, I couldn’t partake because beer contains barley.  And, unfortunately, the wine in China still leaves much to be desired.   Meals which were especially memorable were our Peking Duck dinner at the Da Dong Restaurant in Beijing, lunch at the Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant in a garden setting near the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, the lunch of locally-grown organic foods at Longji Ping ‘an Restaurant at the Longsheng Rice Terraces near Guilin, Nomad’s (Mongolian Barbeque) in Hong Kong, and our final dinner splurge at the Hutong Restaurant with an unforgettable view of Hong Kong Harbor.  There was only one restaurant—in Chengdu—that was not good.  I don’t have the name, because our guide changed the itinerary restaurant to one in which she felt it would be easier to get some gluten-free dishes.  Although the food was fine, the atmosphere, service, and the restroom cleanliness left a lot to be desired.

      Shopping:  My daughter and son-in-law made their largest purchases at the Terra Cotta Warrior site near Xi’an.  This included a terra cotta warrior replica about 18” high, and a lovely celadon tea set.   For artwork and general souvenirs, we had the most luck in Yangshuo, Stanley Market and the Lady’s Market in Hong Kong.  We were more receptive to shopping there because it was near the end of the trip, and we wouldn’t have to cart our purchases around so long.

      Memories:  Oh so many, but here are some of the highlights.

      Beijing:  Of course, hiking on the Great Wall—the Mutianyu section.  The expression on my grandson’s face after he tried a snake skewer in the night market on our first night (he was a little more cautious in his food choices after that).   The grandeur and history of the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace.   Having our photo taken in Chinese finery at the Summer Palace.  The beauty of the Temple of Heaven.  The pedicab ride through a hutong (the old traditional housing area), followed by tea and conversation with a local resident.  Our first attempts at bargaining with the vendors at the Great Wall.  The traffic and crazy driving.  The hordes of people—especially at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City on a hot, steamy Saturday.  The forests of new apartment buildings to house all those people.  Our Peking Duck dinner at Da Dong.

      Xi’an:  Of course, the awesome Terra Cotta Soldiers.  My husband’s hilarious terra cotta warrior photo.  Biking along the city wall early in the morning.  Our auto accident which we knew was bound to happen (luckily, it was minor).  The tea ceremony.  The very entertaining Tang Dynasty show.  Walking in the rain through the Muslim Quarter.

      Chengdu:  Of course, the Panda Research Center.  My granddaughter having her photo taken holding a baby panda.  We couldn’t believe the number of people who were willing to fork over the equivalent of $150 to have this photo.  Of course, it was for a good cause.  Wu Hou temple and the restored old Jinli Street.

      Guilin:  Of course, the gorgeous scenery of the Li River Cruise.  The huge Reed Flute Cave, in which President Clinton once held a dinner party.   The visit to several classrooms in the Children’s Palace.   The visit to the boathouse of a local fisherman, who plied us with his homemade wine, peanuts, watermelon and lychees.  Our visit to the offices of China Highlights and our lunch with Grace Wang.  The colored lights and entertainment along the shore as we enjoyed a night cruise through the 4 lakes and under numerous bridges.  The view of the Longsheng Terraced Rice Fields, and my husband being carried in a sedan chair (he has bad knees) up the mountain while enjoying a beer.  The firecracker “welcome” in the minority village.  The relaxing foot massage enjoyed by the entire family—except my grandson, who luxuriated in his first full body massage. 

      Yangshuo: The awesome limestone karsts (mountains) which line the rivers and surround the city.  The cart ride into the countryside and visit with an old woman in her ancient home.  The “WOW”of the Impressions Light Show with its 600 actors and 2500 spectators.  The efficiency of our guide and driver in getting us in and out through the mobs of people at that show.   Being slowly poled down the Yulong River on bamboo rafts.  Souvenir shopping on West Street.  My husband’s hilarious Chinese hamburger incident.  The anxiety of almost missing our flight to Hong Kong followed by disbelief when they held the plane for us for more than a half hour—a delay that was extended because the security officers wanted to have their photos taken with my grandson!!!!!

      Hong Kong: Of course, Victoria Peak, the Star Ferry, Repulse Bay, Aberdeen Harbor.  Shopping & lunch by the water at Stanley Market.  Our evening harbor cruise to see the lights along the shore.  (For the girls) shopping in the pouring rain at the outdoor Lady’s Market.   (For the guys) shopping for electronics at the huge Golden Mall.  The view of the city and laser show and our farewell dinner at the Hutong Restaurant.  Listening to jazz at Ned Kelly’s Bar.

      In summary, our itinerary offered a wide variety of sights and experiences that were of interest to all the different generations of our family.  Although my husband and I had seen most of the major sights before, it was so enjoyable to experience them again with our children & grandchildren.

      Much has changed since my husband & I last visited most of these same cities 15 years ago.  The people enjoy considerably more economic freedom, and there are many signs of conspicuous consumption—such as upscale malls, designer labels (not always fakes), very expensive cars and small dogs (we rarely saw any sort of pet before).  They consider themselves more Socialist than Communist these days.  However, they are still subject to the political control of the Chinese Communist Party.  The one-child policy is still in effect, with some unavoidable consequences, such as an increasing surplus of bachelors.    Before, the streets were thronged with bikes, while autos have now taken over.  The traffic is so heavy, especially in Beijing, that the government has taken measures such as banning certain cars from the city on certain days of the week—depending on a number on the license plate.  Crossing the street can be dangerous, and we were warned not to rely on a green “walk” signal for safety.  The smog wasn’t as bad as we had expected—a result of the continuing dismantling of old coal-burning power plants.  However, rain shortly before we arrived probably also helped.  There also wasn’t as much littering and spitting as before.  Even cigarette smoking seems to have abated, and is not allowed in numerous public places.  These latter improvements came about in preparation for the Olympics which Beijing hosted in 2008.  Many of the old hutongs (housing areas) have been razed to build skyscraper apartment buildings, but the government seems to be more aware of the importance of preserving some of the old areas.  We didn’t get nearly as many stares as before; the Chinese people are much more used to seeing Western tourists.  Still—there were several instances where Chinese wanted to have their photos taken with us.  One thing that hadn’t changed was the friendliness we encountered everywhere.

      I’ve always said China is my favorite country for travel, and, although I’ve traveled to many different countries in the past few years, I would still rank it Number One.   

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  • In the U.S. and Japan 40 lover In the U.S. and Japan 40 lover's happy life

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  • How to get to and from Japan i How to get to and from Japan in the earthquake/tsunami aftermath?

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      Authorities in Australia and around the world are advising against non-essential travel to Japan. The situation for essential travel is confusing, though, with Tokyo’s main airports congested and difficult to access. We’ve got the lowdown on the current situation, and we’ve put together suggestions (in order of convenience) for ways to get to and from Japan right now.

      The situation in Tokyo

      City centre Tokyo Haneda Airport seems to be more accessible than remote Tokyo Narita, which sits 60 km to the east of Tokyo. Narita’s remote location, damaged railway track, crowded roads and disrupted trains are creating delays and problems for travellers. Leave plenty of time if you’re heading for Narita, and consider the other options outlined below.

      Booking or changing your flight

      Airlines are waiving change fees in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, even for tickets that would normally incur a change penalty. Check our full list of airline change fee waiver policies. If your airline doesn’t have seats, check whether they will rebook you on a oneworld or Star Alliance partner airline. Alliance rebooking isn’t part of airlines’ official change offerings at the moment, but it may well be possible in individual cases.

      Qantas passengers may well be able to travel on oneworld partner Japan Airlines (JAL). Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand travellers could be rebooked on Star Alliance’s Korean Asiana or Japanese ANA All Nippon Airways).

      When looking to book or rebook in unusual circumstances like these, it’s always helpful to be able to present a list of route options to a booking agent. They’ll be busier and more stressed than normal, and may well miss out some options. Bear in mind also that the Shinmoedake volcano on Kyushu, in southern Japan, is currently erupting. Its ash cloud may disrupt flights as airlines route around the plume.

      Here are the next-best options to get to and from Japan right now.

      Japan: Osaka

      Osaka’s Kansai International Airport (KIX) is a good bet for getting into and out of Japan, particularly since it is far enough west to have been undamaged by Friday’s earthquake. Jetstar flies from Cairns, Gold Coast and Sydney to Osaka, while Air New Zealand flies from Auckland.

      Korea: Seoul

      Incheon International Airport in Seoul (ICN) is a major international hub for Korean Air (a SkyTeam airline) and Asiana (a member of the Star Alliance). Both airlines fly to multiple airports within Japan. To connect to or from Australia, both airlines fly to Sydney, and Korean Air also flies to Melbourne and Brisbane. Auckland is also served by Korean Air.

      Taiwan: Taipei

      Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is a hub for China Airlines and EVA Air. Both airlines fly to Brisbane, and China Airlines also flies to Sydney. In Japan, China Airlines flies to Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Miyazaki, Nagoya, Osaka, Sapporo and Tokyo Narita. Eva Air serves Fukuoka, Komatsu, Nagoya, Osaka, Sapporo, Sendai (closed), and Tokyo Narita. JAL, Delta Airlines and ANA also connect Tokyo Narita with Taipei. JAL also flies to Osaka and Nagoya. Jetstar Asia flies from Osaka to Taipei.

      China: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong

      Connecting in mainland China can be tricky. According to the Chinese Embassy in Canberra’s visa rules, which are aimed at Australian passport holders:

      - You do not need a Transit Visa (G Visa) if your transit in China is less than 24 hours and during which time you will only stay within the airport (However, American and British passports bearers still need visas under this situation).
      - You need to apply for a Transit Visa (G Visa) if your transit is more than 24 hours, or if you have to go out of the airport regardless of the duration of your transit.

      The Embassy also highlights that there is a 48-hour special permit allowing transit between Shanghai’s two main airports, Pudong (PVG) and Hongqiao (SHA):

      - Australian, New Zealand, American, Canadian, South Korean, German, French, Dutch, Luxemburg, Belgian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Austrian, Greek, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish passports bearers do not need a Transit Visa (G Visa) if they transit via SHANGHAI and staying for less than 48 hours (going out of the airport is allowed).

      There is an application process involved so please apply for the Transit Visa only 1 to 2 months before your planned date to enter China.

      As a result of all of these conditions, connecting in Beijing or Shanghai is unlikely be a convenient option for some passengers. Hong Kong is not subject to these mainland Chinese visa restrictions, which means that a connection in Hong Kong’s airport might be easier, even with the additional flight time. Many Chinese airports have flights to Japan. We’ve picked the largest, in order of convenience.

      Hong Kong is connected to many airports in Japan:

      - ANA flies to Osaka and both Tokyo airports.
      - Cathay Pacific flies to Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, Sapporo, and both Tokyo airports.
      - Delta flies to Tokyo Narita.
      - Dragonair flies to Fukuoka and Sendai.
      - Hong Kong Express flies to Osaka, Sapporo and Hakodate.
      - JAL flies to both Tokyo airports.

      From Beijing, many airlines fly to Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports, including Air China, ANA, China Eastern, Delta, Japan Airlines and United. Iran Air and Pakistan International Airlines also fly between Beijing and Tokyo to connect back to their home hubs, although ticketing on those airlines may be more difficult.

      Beijing to Osaka services are run by Air China, ANA and China Eastern. Chinese airlines also fly to other airports in Japan, including Fukuoka, Nagoya, Okayama, Sapporo, and the closed Sendai airport, which was hit by the tsunami on Friday.

      Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport has flights to Tokyo Haneda on ANA, China Eastern, JAL and Shanghai Airlines. Note that there are no connections to Australia from Hongqiao, so a transit across Shanghai to larger Pudong Airport will be needed.

      Shanghai Pudong International Airport is connected to Tokyo Narita by Air China, China Eastern, Delta and JAL. ANA and JAL also fly to Nagoya and Osaka. Shanghai Pudong is also the hub for China Eastern, which flies to Fukuoka, Fukushima, Hiroshima, Kagoshima, Komatsu, Matsuyama, Nagasaki, Nagoya, Naha, Niigata, Okayama and Sapporo.

      Air China flies from Shanghai Pudong to Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka and (closed) Sendai, while Shanghai Airlines has flights to Osaka and Toyama.

      Whichever route you take, make sure that you prepare yourself, business colleagues, family and friends before you leave home in case you’re caught up in a disaster.

      Source http://www.vietnamsvisa.com/

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      We visited a small, quiet oasis in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.  Amazingly, once we entered this park, we could hear very little city noise.  I like the juxtaposition of the lovely greenery and landscaping against the background of some of the many high-rise apartments which abound throughout Hong Kong.  Because they're on a relatively small island, the only way they can house their large population is by building 'up' rather than 'out'.  However, the Chinese people still value their greenspace, and we saw many small parks like this throughout Hong Kong.

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