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  • A trip in Macao A trip in Macao

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      I have been to Macao many times and know everything well there. However there are still some of places I have never been to. Last time, I went to Macao to revisit Venetian Hotel,  and Ruins of Saint Paul's, but Guia Fortress is the scenic spot I have never been to for a visit. When I went through customs pass, it was already 10:30 in the morning. After I reached Macao, I exchanged RMB for Macao dollars at an exchange shop. I saw through a window on the right side of the custom pass hall that a lot of hotel shuttle buses that take tourists to hotels for free were parking there and took one of them to the Venetian Hotel of Macao the layout of which is designed like Venice.          

       

      In the hotel, there are a lot of arch bridges, small canals and stone roads that are designed like those in Venice. On the third floor, it’s a very big shopping center, where diamond rings like the brand TIFFANY are sold at 40 thousand Macao dollars. Therefore it seems that I should work harder to be able to buy that kind of ring. And then I went to Guia Fortress to visit. I took a bus there to go to the LulianRuo Park and then to the Erlonghou Park for visit. In the Erlonghou Park, cable cars are provided to take tourists to the top of the Songshan Mountain for them to overlook the beautiful views of Macao. It’s only 3 Macao dollars for a return thicket and it’s so cheap. It was when I took cable cars for the first time.  

       

      Guia Fortress is located on the top of Dongwangyang Mountain, on which you are able to overlook the whole peninsula of Macao. There are also many air-raid shelters which are opened for people to visit.

       

      After that, I went to Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro. On the way to Ruins of Saint Paul's, I passed by Tower Stone Square, and Central Library of Macao. At 3 in the afternoon, I immediately went to a cake shop to buy some cheese cake, because each time I went to Macao and I would buy some, for it tastes really good.        

      What’s more, I went to a famous beef offal restaurant which has many subbranches, to eat some beef offal. However, it’s much more expansive than before. After that, I went some shopping.   

       

      This trip in Macao ended with being on my way home by flight.   

            

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  • Group Adventure Trips - Activi Group Adventure Trips - Activities for Every Energy Level

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      When the travel bug bites, it can be hard to shake off and those with a nose for adventure will find that the call of the wild can sometimes be hard to resist. But if the thought of making a solo trip into the unknown is a little daunting, it may well be worth checking out group adventure trips.

      Adventure Tours for All Types of Traveller


      Whatever your experience and fitness level, there's bound to be an adventure tour to suit your interests and abilities. Should you have a head for heights and a decent amount of climbing experience, you may want to team up with others of a similar skill set to tackle super-challenging adventures such as climbing France's mammoth Mont Blanc mountain, or trekking across the high passes of Everest. There are many adventure tours out there aimed at delivering a serious challenge and while these trips are not for the faint of heart, they are perfect for those who like their trips to come with a hefty dose of adrenaline. Those who like to take things at a slightly more gentle pace needn't give up on the idea of adventure travel, however. Whether you are a budding wildlife photographer keen to snap some close ups of lions, wildebeest and cheetahs on the African plains, or a yoga lover looking to slow things down on a yoga retreat in beautiful surroundings, there are group adventure trips that will be right up your street. Adventure travel needn't mean bungee jumping from canyon-spanning bridges or making death-defying ascents up sheer rock faces (although those who enjoy such white knuckle pursuits are sure to find an adventure tour that fits the bill...) - there are 'Discovery' wildlife tours to suit those who long to see big cats, gorillas and other magnificent creatures in the wild; cycling tours that allow groups of cyclists to travel through the beautiful Andalucian countryside or into farther-flung destinations such as Laos and Vietnam and cultural adventures that take in world famous sights such as the magnificent Machu Picchu Inca settlement in Peru, or China's legendary terracotta warriors. Tours of famous wine regions are also hugely popular and provide an opportunity to increase knowledge and understanding of the world if wine while taking in some breathtaking scenery.

      Group Adventure Travel to Suit Your Style and Budget


      Group adventure tours are a great way to overcome fears about taking solo strides into the great unknown and are a good way to meet new people with similar interests and travel styles.
      Groups are generally no larger than 16, giving travellers a chance to get to know plenty of other travellers without being overwhelmed by huge numbers of people.


      Group travel experiences may range in time scale from a couple of days to a month or more and can be as simple or as luxurious an experience as you choose. Those who are looking for a slice of adventure but who don't want to miss out on the finer things in life can choose from a range of Premium breaks, whereby travellers head off on overseas adventures in comfort and style, travelling in luxury and staying at top-end lodgings. For many adventure travellers, however, part of the appeal lies in getting 'back to basics' and being self-sufficient in challenging conditions. Whatever you are looking for in your group adventure trip, there is bound to be an option to suit your interests, skills, budget and travel style.

      Author Bio: Bryan Latham is a freelance travel writer who contributes to a range of adventure travel websites and blogs. Highlights of his travels have included group adventure tours to Colombia's Lost City and a group trek along the Great Wall of China.

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  • 11 Days Experience China Tour 11 Days Experience China Tour to Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Shanghai

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      Day 1

      Arrival Beijing
      Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
      Meals: No Meals 
      Accommodation: In Beijing

      Beijing, China capital and one of the great travel destinations of the World, offers sights and cultural relics found no where else on Earth. The city has a character all its own; there are quadrangles, small alleys, tricycle, boiled mutton, roasted duck, arts and crafts, Peking Opera, The Great Wall, the 2008 Olympics venue and a vibrancy that is the distinctive flavor of Beijing.
       

      Day 2

      Beijing
      Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Tiananmen Square, the World largest urban square and the Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. Peking Opera is available for your optional night entertainment.
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation: In Beijing

      Forbidden CityAs the biggest city center square in the world, Tiananmen Square covering 44 hectares in the heart of Beijing. It is the place where history-changing events and ceremonies occurred. A few steps away, come to visit the Forbidden City, which was the Imperial Palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties and, it is one of the largest, and certainly the most completely restored, ancient architectural complex in the world. Walk in the footsteps of Emperors; come to the museum and see with your eyes, and feel with your hearts; you'll begin understand what life in this richest of feudal realms was like for the Imperial Rulers, their concubines and their slaves.

      After enjoying a delicious lunch, continue on to the Temple of Heaven. Departing from the Imperial vermilion and gold hues of the Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven is decorated in blue, the color of the Heavens. The perfect harmony between the architectural environment and nature can be felt here; you might easily imagine the vivid spectacle of a great sacrifice to the Heavens for a good harvest. The magnificent Hall of Prayer of Good Harvest is one of the most important and impressive building in China.

      In the evening, we offer you an opportunity to enjoy Peking Opera as an optional activity. Expert performers convey powerful emotions to the audience through song, dance, facial make-up, exquisite masks and costume, skilled use of body language and sympathetically integrated musical accompaniment.
       

      Day 3

      Beijing
      Today you will have the opportunity to traverse the ancient steps of Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall first, then Ming Tombs (Changling Tomb), the once lavish burial chambers of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Peking Roasted Duck is available for your optional dinner.
      Meals:
      Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation:
      In Beijing

      Mutianyu Great WallMutianyu Great Wall was first built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, making it older than the Badaling section.  It is connected with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi and Jinshanling in the east. In 1569, the Mutianyu Great Wall was rebuilt, mainly with granite and is one of the best-preserved sections with the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall, being 7-8 meters high and 4-5 meters wide with 22 watchtowers on this 2,250-meter-long section. It served as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs.

      Then, you will have chance to visit the Ming Tombs which located in the northern suburbs of Beijing. Altogether there are thirteen tombs of Ming Dynasty Emperors from the period after the capital was moved from Nanjing to Beijing. You visit the Changling Tomb, burial site of Emperor Yong Le, the biggest and first built at this historic site. The Lingsi Palace in Changling Tomb's second yard really deserves a visit. This is unique, a magnificent palace made of camphor wood. The ceiling is colorfully painted and supported by sixteen solid camphor posts. The floor is decorated with gold bricks.

      For today dinner, how about taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck, as it is the best-known dish in Beijing. It is very tender and unforgettably delicious. You will visit a local restaurant to enjoy a full meal and learn the proper way to experience Peking Roasted Duck. From the whole roasted duck to the soup of duck bones, you will enjoy a banquet made from every part of the duck. Moreover, the chef will demonstrate his skill of cutting the skin of the duck for your entertainment.
       

      Day 4

      Beijing    Xian
      In the morning, take a Hutong Tour by rickshaw to visit the ancient lanes and alleyways of Beijing. Be transferred to the airport for the flight to Xian in the afternoon.
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation: In Xian

      HutongIf exploring the Forbidden City has improved your understanding of the lifestyles of China ancient Imperial Court, then this relaxing Hutong Tour will give you an insight into the lives of ordinary Chinese people and reveal their social culture in today Beijing City. The narrow streets of old Beijing are known as Hutongs. You will take a pedicab tour along the Hutongs and see the 100-year-old houses, courtyards and a vanishing way of life in today's Beijing.

      Wonderful time always passes so quickly, in the afternoon, you have to take a flight to Xian, the city that steeped in history and still giving up secrets, is your gateway to ancient Chinese civilization. In its 3,100 recorded years of evolution, it has been home to 13 dynasties. Xian was also the end of civilization for those setting out on the famous Silk Road. Today Xian is a vibrant, modern city, but surrounded by history, even underfoot! So there can be no underground railways due to the obligation to preserve the wealth of ancient treasure still awaiting discovery.
       

      Day 5

      Xian
      Enjoy your full day visit to the Terracotta Warriors, one of the world most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation and the massive City Wall. Before dinner, have a nice walk in the North Square to view the fully illuminated Big Wild Goose Pagoda. There is also the option to attend fantastic Tang Dynasty Show (dinner included).
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation: In Xian

      Terracotta WarriorsAs an ancient capital city to 13 dynasties, Xian has a rich recorded history, frequently enhanced by the evidence of new discoveries, like the 1974 unearthing of the fabulous Terracotta Warriors, the long forgotten army created to guard Emperor Qin Shihuang's tomb. In accordance with ancient beliefs, this grand project was mounted at enormous cost by the cruel and tyrannical Emperor, only to be attacked, plundered, burnt and buried after his funeral by the peasants who'd labored under the whip to build it. Then, over two thousand years later, this 'Eighth Wonder of the World' was rediscovered by farmers digging a well. The fine troops, horses and carriages in battle formation are a National ancient art treasure. Three excavation pits are now opened to the public and a fourth is nearing completion. You can, like US President Clinton, now gaze in wonder upon this historic site, listed by UNESCO in 1987 as a world cultural heritage.

      The first landmark visitors will encounter in Xian is the ancient City Wall, which stretches round the old city. Xian was always a walled city, and today wall represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. The first city wall of Chang'an was begun in 194 BCE. The existing wall was started during the Ming Dynasty in 1370; it is massive, measuring 13.7 km in circumference, 12 m in height, and 15–18 m in thickness at the base. The South Gate and North Gate are the two main entrances to the inner city. The city itself is neatly arranged along the city wall. This impressive structure is just a precursor to the remarkable discoveries awaiting visitors to Xian. 

      The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty and originally had five stories, although the structure was rebuilt in 704 during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian and its exterior brick facade renovated during the Ming Dynasty. One of the pagoda's many functions was to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and travelers Xuanzang. Now this well-preserved holy place for Buddhist has been the symbol of Xian. 

      Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner that was created for "emperors only" in ancient China. You can enjoy the sumptuous dinner while watching a fabulous dancing and singing performance of the Tang Dynasty. This is not only a performance of Chinese traditional dancing and singing, but a re-enactment of Chinese ancient ceremony and culture.
       

      Day 6

      Xian    Guilin
      Finish up your Xian tour by visiting the famous Shaanxi History Museum. After lunch, you will be transferred to the airport to board a short flight to Guilin.
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation: In Guilin

      Shaanxi History MuseumAs the regional capital and doorway to the Silk Road, Xian was one of the richest, most well-protected cities in all of China. The famous Shaanxi History Museum introduces the visitor to area rich culture, from Emperor Qin Shihuang to the present day in this walled city. The museum is house in a striking Tang Dynasty-style pavilion and features an enormous collection of 113,000 historic and cultural relics. This is where you experience history, with chronological dynasties exhibits that take you through the ancient dynasties.

      After the tour in Xian, you will have a different experience for the visiting in Guilin, which is famous for its serene landscape, Karst limestone formations, mist-covered hills and bamboo groves. It is home to more than ten ethnic groups. On the way from the airport to your hotel, you will find dozens of pretty hills everywhere in the city of Guilin. It is a city of hills and green trees and boasts one of the most photographed areas of China.
       

      Day 7

      Guilin      Yangshuo
      In the morning you will be driven to the Pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours, lunch served on board). Savour the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. After disembarkation, have a walk along the famous West Street. In the evening you can enjoy the optional night show of Impression of Liu Sanjie.
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation: In Yangshuo

      Li RiverIn the morning, be driven to Pier for your Li River Cruise. A double-decker river boat is waiting for you. The landscape from Guilin to Yangshuo is truly a masterpiece of nature. The crystal waters, straight-out-of-a-painting mountains, peaceful farm fields, hard-working-but- ever-smiling fishermen and wandering water buffaloes inspire poetic musings of Guilin charming life. Under the blue sky, your river boat transports you in an unending daydream.

      You will end up your cruise in Yangshuo, is a small oriental but Western-influenced town with a history of 1000 years. The West Street in the town earns its name since almost every one in West Street can speak fluent English and every restaurant or bar offers menus in several languages. You will feel no borders or distance here and will soon fall under the spell of this charismatic, welcoming small-town atmosphere. Moreover, West Street is flanked by fascinating little shops and vendor stands selling a broad variety of superior quality souvenirs, perfect gifts for friends and relatives. West Streets charms increase when night comes; countless bars, cafés and bistros open till midnight with dynamic music and live bands to ensure you can have a really memorable night with your new-found friends.

      Some guests may also hear about the night show- Impressions of Liu Sanjie performance. The site is only one mile from West Street in the world's largest natural theatre which utilizes the waters of the Li River as its stage, flanked by twelve mist shrouded hills and the heavens as its backdrop. Mist, rain, moonlight, the hills and their inverted reflections in the river all become the ever-changing natural background, so you will enjoy a unique experience each time you attend. In the 'Impressions of Liu Sanjie', you will be presented with stylized scenes and events from the daily life of the Zhuang people living around the Li River. From these pageants, you will gain a realistic sense of Sanjie's birthplace and appreciate the beauty of the folk songs. If you are able to take photographs under low-light conditions, you are assured of some stunning images from this performance.
       

      Day 8

      Yangshuo    Guilin
      In the morning, have an excursion (if you are interested, can have a biking) around the countryside of Yangshuo to admire some of the most stunning scenery like the Moon Hill and the Big Banyan Tree. Drive back to Guilin after lunch
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation: In Guilin

      Yangshuo's scenic and quiet countryside- flora, fauna, rice paddies, small bridges and so many awaits you to see. Taking mini van or bicycle is an ideal way. Besides the beautiful rural scenery, you can also enjoy farm food and explore the ancient way of planting rice, which has been practiced by Chinese for thousands of years. 

      Day 9

      Guilin    Shanghai
      Before flight to Shanghai, you will have a half day city tour to Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin City and then the colorful Reed Flute Cave, the showcase of distinctly-colored stalactites and stalagmites. After lunch, be transferred to Shanghai in the afternoon by air.
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation: In Shanghai

      Elephant Trunk HillReturn to the city center for the next tour attraction, pagoda-capped Elephant Trunk Hill, or Xiangbishan, the symbol of Guilin. Observed from a distance, you will see an elephant-like form standing majestically at the confluence of the Li and Yang Rivers, with its trunk arching into the clear waters, a fantasy elephant eternally quenching a gargantuan thirst; lifelike in shape and energetic in posture.

      Reed Flute Cave is named for the special reeds, used for making flute instruments that grow near the cave entrance. The caves are a feast for the eyes. The natural beauty of a profusion of stalactites and stalagmites, stele, stone pillars, stone curtains and stone flowers creating an infinite variety of extraordinary scenes, creatively illuminated, is bound to evoke gasps of admiration. It is fitting then, that Reed Flute Cave is commonly praised as Nature's Grand Art Palace.

      Wonderful time always passes so quickly, in the afternoon, you have to take a flight to Shanghai. From scenic place Guilin to that modern city, you have a lot to expect. It is the bustling economic heartbeat of China that enjoys all of the comforts and amenities of a fully modern metropolis. But at the same time, it still has scenic ancient sites reminding the rich history of old Shanghai
       

      Day 10

      Shanghai
      Today, enjoy your full day city tour that start with the visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, then move to Yuyuan Garden, a Chinese classic garden in city downtown, and the nearby old street. Next have a bird-eye view of the city after ascending Oriental Pearl TV Tower, which is the third tallest TV and radio tower in the World. The highlight of the day is perhaps the stroll along Shanghai's famed waterfront promenade, the Bund, to admire the illuminated buildings lining the Huangpu River.
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation: In Shanghai

      Today you'll find a Buddhism shrine - Jade Buddha Temple, which is located in a crowd of Shanghai City. It was first built in 1882 in Jiangwan on the southern outskirts of Shanghai. In order to make it convenient for the adherents to visit, it was bodily moved to Shanghai City at the present sire in 1918. It is named for its two bejeweled white jade Buddha. It receives thousands of visitors and worshipers everyday while keeps its sanctity and charming. Carved from a whole piece of white jade, the sitting jade Buddha statue is translucent with a solemn expression, displaying the excellent skill and extraordinary art of Chinese people.

      Oriental Pearl TV Tower Night ViewYuyuan Garden has a lot of stories for it was severely damaged in the 19th century and was restored in 1961. This garden was first built in the 16th century by provincial governor, Pan Yunduan, in honor of his father who was the then government minister. It has many scenic courtyards decorated with baroque rockery, pools, and flora that are all connected by corridors and passageways. The delicate design and exquisite layout of the whole garden reveals a strong impression of 'garden in the garden, whole in the part.

      Completed in 1995 to a highly innovative design, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower has become a symbol of excellence in architecture and is a favourite sight for tourists in Shanghai. At 468 meters, it is the third tallest TV and radio tower in the World.

      The tower is composed of the tower base with three batter posts, and three standing pillars, within which are elevators, holding 11 steel-structures creates the poetic conception as described in the old line "large and small pearls dropping onto a jade plate".

      The Bund is the showcase with the old buildings of colonial-era leftover along Huangpu River. The renowned waterfront district is the city's most famous landmark. The word BUND is of Anglo-India origin meaning embankment on the waterfront. It is also the popular site to enjoy the night view of the city
       

      Day 11

      Departure Shanghai
      Your China Experience is over all too soon as you transfer to the airport and board the homebound international flight, bidding a fond farewell to this ancient land.
      Meals: Breakfast

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  • High Road and Low Road High Road and Low Road

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      Edinburgh Scotland has an upper section and a lower section and streets filled with interesting shops connect the two. This photo shows one of the streets that leads the from the lower to upper city as well as displaying the colorful new and charming old architectures of the city. There are plenty of stories to keep a vistiors interest like the ones about the people who used to live under one of the major bridges and got boarded up underneath during the plague era.

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  • Glasgow's River Clyde Glasgow's River Clyde

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      Besides the picturesque bridges over the River Clyde, the October foliage makes for uncommon photos.

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  • Everest Base Camp Trek - Wound Everest Base Camp Trek - Wounderful Treks in Nepal

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      A trek to Everest Base Camp is one of the most amazing adventures in the world and has become a Mecca for adventure travel enthusiasts. Just imagine standing at the point where so many expeditions have left on their way to the summit of the highest mountain in the world. The trek ventures deep into the Himalayas with amazing views of many of the world's highest and most beautiful mountains. Not only can you enjoy the breathtaking views across the Khumbu icefall, but you can experience all the amazing landscapes and culture that Nepal has to offer too. A trip to Everest Base Camp Trek is a real adventure taking you from the bustling Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, via a small aircraft, to Lukla and the start of the trek up the Khumbu Valley. The trek passes through many Sherpa villages, including the famous trading centre of Namche Bazar, as well as visiting Buddhist monasteries along the way.

      Trekking to Everest Base Camp
      Everest Base Camp trekking vary in duration but to ensure you acclimatise properly to the high altitude and lack of oxygen, and enjoy your adventure to the full, real buzz recommends a trek duration of about 14-18 days. In order to trek to Everest Base Camp you must go as part of an organised trek with a licensed mountain tour operator Nepal Visitors Trekking and Walking (p) Ltd. Porters will carry the majority of your food and equipment and cook all of your meals for you. For the trek you only need to carry a daysack containing food, water and warm clothing.

      Everest Base Camp Trekking Itinerary:

       

      Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
      There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.

      Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
      Your sightseeing trip will start at 9 AM in the morning after the breakfast. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. Places we visit are Pasupatinath temple, Buddhanath, Monkey temple, Bhaktpur durbar square and Kathmandu durbar square. The afternoon includes a final briefing and preparations for the trek. Overnight at hotel.

      Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2804 meters) trek to Phakding (2610 meters) 3 hours.
      An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan international Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minute scenic flight to Lukla at 2804meters. On arrival at the airport guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding at 2610meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.

      Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5.30 hours.
      We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar known as the Gateway to Everest which is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, Money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail. Overnight at Guesthouse.

      Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day.
      We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. As well as a short trek where a museum is celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. Today we hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at Guesthouse.

      Day 06: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters) 5 hours.
      The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860meters today. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the days trekking went. Overnight at Guesthouse.

      Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4350 meters) 5.30 hours.
      From Thyangboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time so we avoid getting affected by the altitude. Overnight at Guesthouse.

      Day 08: Trek to Chhukung (4710 meters) and trek back to Dingboche. 4.30 hours.
      Today you can enjoy another day for acclimatization. We will have trip to Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley to get a marvellous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse's massive south wall, then return to Dingboche in the evening. Overnight at Guesthouse.

      Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours.
      Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits.We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910 meters at Lobuche which is really just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. Overnight at Guesthouse.

      Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then trek back to Gorak Shep (5180 meters). 7 hours.
      After an early morning start leaving Loubuche, we head up to Everest Base camp (5365meters) you will have unobstructed views of many mountain giants like Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse and Lhotse looming directly ahead and on all sides. Then we make our return to Ghorakshep at elevation of 5180 meters at noon for our overnight stay. Overnight at Guesthouse.

      Day 11: Trek to Kalapattar (5555 meters) then trek down to Pheriche (4200 meters) 6 hours.
      After reaching Base camp of Everest our aim today is to trek Kalapattar (5555meters). Starting early the ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama possible with the best view point of Mount Everest along with other surrounding mountains. We then descend to Pheriche at elevation of 4200 meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.

      Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5.30 hours.
      Leaving the mountains behind us our descent takes us through Tengboche Monastery at elevation of 3860 meters before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar at 3441meters. We arrive back into Namche Bazaar in the afternoon. Overnight at Guesthouse.

      Day 13: Trek to Lukla (3404 meters) 6 hours.
      Finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also giving you time to explore the town. Overnight at Guesthouse.

      Day 14: Morning flight back to Kathmandu.
      Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

      Day 15: Leisure day in Kathmandu.
      It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla, If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight.

      Day 16: Transfer for your final flight departure.
      The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

       

      For More information

      Nepal Visitors Travel Network
      P.O. Box :19760, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.
      Tel :+977-1-4263133, Fax:+977-1-4216454, +9779841258665 (M)
      Skype: nepalvisitors
      info@nepalvisitors.com

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  • Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Par Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, Vancouver

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  • New York City Bridges New York City Bridges

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      View from the East River at night. We are on a Circle Line Sunset Cruise in October 2011. 

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  • Ponte Vecchio Ponte Vecchio

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      The "Old Bridge" is the oldest of six bridges in Florence, Italy.

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  • A Look Back A Look Back

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      Pictured is the barn and blacksmith shop which are part of Kirby’s Mill.

      Kirby’s Mill is a historic grist mill located in Medford, New Jersey. Originally known as Haines Mill, it was built in 1778 by Isaac Haines and partners along the Southwest Branch of Rancocas Creek.

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  • Vietnam heritage, Long Bien Br Vietnam heritage, Long Bien Bridge, Bridging the gap

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      The famous 113 year-old Long Bien. Bridge in Hanoi capital could be transformed into the world's longest contemporary art museum and cultural events centre according to a recently tabled proposal. Dieu Linh finds out more

      A major engineering feat at the time, the 1.7km Long Bien Bridge was started in 1898 across a river which shifted over sand, gravel and stone by Dayde and PiIle Company and inaugurated in 1903. At that time it was the longest bridge in Indochina and one of the four longest bridges in the world. Originally, the bridge was called Doumer Bridge in honour of the Governor General of Indochina, Paul Doumer. With 19 steel spans, the bridge is a fine example of the engineering concepts, metal work and architecture also featured in the Eiffel Tower. In fact, many people accredit the bridge's design to Gustave Eiffel. The Vietnamese architect and historian Dang Thai Hoang claimed the bridge was "built to an Eiffel blueprint."

      Today it stands as a symbol of Vietnam's courageous fight for independence. It's still an eye-catching sight to behold, but on closer inspection, the bridge is more evidently a patched up warrior. So what does the future hold for this old icon? On July 15, a seminar on the rehabilitation of Long Bien bridge was organised by Vietnam Urban Planning Association. One speaker, Nguyen Nga, an architect and urban planner from Paris, proposed that the bridge could become a contemporary museum as part of an ambitious plan to revamp the capital city. As there will be a new Long Bien bridge built in the future to serve national railway links, the originaI bridge has an opportunity to be reinvented as the world's longest contemporary art museum.

      It's a most tempting proposition — imagine the views of the red river? From a distance the bridge would also be a beautiful, aesthetic vision in downtown Hanoi. The structure would be dressed in large panels of translucent glass. An array of both open and closed spaces would permit permanent and transitory projects of various kinds. A large exhibition hall could display restored locomotives and wagons from the earliest days of the bridge, some of which could be transformed into dining cars and cafés.

      There are logistical challenges — the bridge must be raised three metres to permit the navigation of large vessels and be enlarged to permit long term development and future evolutions. As part of the same plan there will also be an Art Park, situated on the island called Bai Giua, in the middle of the Red River, which will "recall our ancestral past and connect it with our present and future, adding even more attractions of this area."

      To be constructed at the other end of Long Bien Bridge, there will also be a Museum of Contemporary Art, which will rise out of a lotus. The museum will present works of contemporary art, design, and technology, and feature a library, an auditorium, a restaurant and a cafe. At the very top a penthouse bar will offer guests a magnificent view of the capital. Long Bien bridge's 131 arch-es will be renovated with hanging gar-dens in the manner of the Coulee Verte Arts Viaduct in Paris or the High Line in New York City.

       The reopening of the 131 arches, currently walled in and condemned, could liberate a whole city of galleries for artisans and artists and helping to boost accessibility and interest. The arches could house galleries, studios and workshops, where artists could explore painting, printing, sculpture, mosaic, photography, design, and video art, and also per-forming arts, theatre, music and dance. Twenty arches would also be reserved for cafes, tea houses, and restaurants.

       This expansive plan also incorporates Hang Dan Water Tower, which is to be renovated and transformed into The Museum of Antiquities with a cafe-restaurant on the roof. The Green Promenade — also called The Walkway for Peace — will stretch nearly four kilometres connecting Hanoi Opera House, Ly Thai To Garden, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hang Ngang, Hang Dao Street to the Thang Long Citadel, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hang Dau Water Tower and Long Bien Bridge.

      "The 10-year plan will allow Hanoians to improve their quality of life with new cultural and social spaces, progressively transform urban space around a new axis: the Walkway for Peace, reinforces Hanoi's green texture beyond the edges of Hoan Kiem and the banks of the Red River and the island Bai Giua," says Nga. "These works contribute to the general development of the city, they will also help the growth of all the satellite towns and the artistic patrimony, culture and productivity of the entire country."

      Since being published, the proposal has received plenty of positive feedback. Associate Professor, Doctor Vu Thi Vinh, vice secretary of Vietnam Association of Cities said that the plan was daring but feasible.

      Amongst the public, the reaction has been more mixed. Minh Trang, a 21 year-old student from Hanoi University of Education, wondered if the plan would cost too much and if resources would be better spent on other practical and meaningful works, such as developing public kindergartens, schools, hospitals or houses for the poor.

      But Duy Lam, a.45 year-old businessmen from Thanh Xuan district, seemed impressed at the idea. "Recently, Long Bien Bridge has shown signs of degradation. So I feel so happy when hearing about this plan. It'd be great if this proposal was approved. We can preserve the historical bridge better and create an ideal destination for tourists. But, of course, it would not be easy to make this plan come true."

      Source(Timeout magazine)

      If you plan to Vietnam  tours this season, you can take a tour to Ha Noi, and visit Long Bien bridge - the history bridge.

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  • Maui Research - What to do Maui Research - What to do

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      vacation-planning.jpgIn preparation for our Dream Vacation to Maui, I've spent an unGodly amount of time researching exactly how and what to do, when the best time is to do it all and how I can get the ABSOLUTE BEST PRICES - because, let's face it, MAUI IS EXPENSIVE!!! Let's get started, shall we?

      THE FLIGHT

      The airline ticket was #1 on my list. I knew that it would cost the biggest chunk for my hubby and I to even get there, but we went ahead and spent the extra money on flying with Hawaiian Airlines. If you book far enough in advance like we did, our tickets turned out to be about $550/pp/rt. Not too shabby. We are going in August and we booked the flights in March. We made the decision to fly with Hawaiian Airlines because;

      1. Think about it - they fly a LOT of Hawaiian's to and from the mainland. Hawaiians are known for their...ROBUSTNESS, therefore the seats on the planes are more accomodating than say, your typical Alaskan Airlines flight;

      2. Chances of our luggage getting lost is slim to none. You're on one plane. Headed to ONE destination. It doesn't get much more straightforward than that. I'm terrified of all my swimsuits getting lost by the airlines, but I'm slowly getting over obsessing about this minor glitch that could ruin our trip. That's not to say that I'm not gonna get on the plane wearing one of my suits under my sundress, because I plan on jumping in the water almost immediately after we walk into the condo we secured - if not sooner. I'm excited and am acting like a teenager...and I haven't been a teenager in 21 years...so... YAY!

      3. We are getting Lei'd when we land. I want the full Hawaiian treatment and nothing says HAWAII like a Lei, am I RIGHT?!?! YEP! We paid the extra money to get Lei'd when we get off the plane. Corny? Yep. But a girl has a dream in her head and she's probably got only one chance to make her dreams a reality and I'm going for it.

      4. I want my Hawaiian experience to start the MOMENT we step foot on that plane. And that is what will happen on this particular airline. The Aloha Spirit (from what I've been told) happens the moment you step foot on the plane. That sounds like the perfect way to start a dream vacation to Maui, wouldn't you say?

      WHERE TO STAY

      A friend of mine told me about a website that shares listings of vacation homes that are for rent by owner, complete with an easily navaigatable (I just made up that word) website. You can basically select ANY WHERE that you want to go and then it starts to narrow down the area's and gives you explicit details on the properties listed and in almost every case, there are interior and exterior photos with the listing so that you can make an informed decision. the website is www.vrbo.com (vrbo=vacation rentals by owner). It took some looking and even some correspondence with a couple owners before we found our dream condo to rent for 8 days, but the folks we talked to - even when their space wasn't what we had in mind - were full of Aloha Spirit and more than helpful with suggestions and places to go and things to see. I even spoke with one lady, and after determining her condo didn't have the beachfront location we were looking for, she gave us some of the condo addresses in her complex that would be more of what we were looking for. WASN'T THAT NICE?!?! We're staying in Sugar Beach Resort, by the way. We found an end unit, 50 steps from our Lanai to the Beach completely renovated for about $145/night. SEE??? LISTEN TO ME, PEOPLE!! I'm trying to help you streamline your searches here!!!

      WHAT TO DO

      There is SO MUCH to do on Maui. If you have an unlimited bankroll, you're going to LOVE IT! But I can help you even if you don't, and you're going to have a GREAT TIME!

      If you're like me, you obsess about just about every detail of your trip, and ONLY when you have everything planned and mapped out can you simmer down and enjoy the anticipation until you leave for your trip. I couldn't/wouldn't rest until I scoured the internet for every little thing we wanted to do and had a plan of attack.

      One thing to remember, there's a time difference. Maui is anywhere from 2 to more hours ahead of wherever you are from. You can use this time change to your advantage for some of the activities you are planning.

      • The Road to Hana - Over 60 single lane bridges - hairpin turns - blind corners. This is a place that you DEFINITELY don't want to drive in the dark of night. The suggestion is to get a SUPER early start to get the entire trip completed by sundown. We are planning our trip to Hana on the first day we are there. We arrive on Thursday and will do the Road to Hana on Friday. We'll already be waking up super early - we are early risers anyway, so we're going to be up before the birds are chiping. Might as well take advantage of our internal clocks right out of the shoot, right?
      • "The Crater" - Haleakala - we are planning to make the 3am trip to see the sunrise on Haleakala on the very next day. IF WE CAN GET OUT OF BED! HA! All that driving may make this impossible, but we're going to plan for it, and if it works out, GREAT! Get both of our early morning trips out of the way. While the trip to "The Crater" (I've been told not to call it Haleakala by someone who lived in Maui - because I'll sound like a stupid white girl from the mainland.) isn't as trecherous as the Road to Hana, it's still going to take some time to get up there. And to get there in time for the sunrise, you'll need to get up early.
      • Snorkelling - I've done some research on this and have found that rental snorkel gear is CHEAP!!!!!!! My husband and I will be able to rent snorkel gear from Boss Frog's for $9.50 for an entire week. It's a great deal - they have specials on the internet, and NOT ONLY THAT!!!!! - but they LOVE helping people enjoy the island. They are corrdinators for activities and can most of the time get you the best deals on anything from a Luau to a Rental Car. I would call them when it gets close to time for your trip and have them help you with as much as you can afford - afterall - you almost can't afford NOT to.
      • Trip to Molokini - There's a little crater of a volcano that has been underwater for quite some time and if you go on a catamaran trip with Boss Frog's they'll take you there (weather permitting) for PRACTICALLY FREE if you rent your snorkel gear through them!! I think there are harbor fees you have to pay, but they run the catamaran out there once or twice a week and LOVE showing everyone a good time. There are other places that offer trips to Molokini as well, but if you can swing the trip with the catamaran from Boss Frog's look into that first. You may be able to take advantage of it and save some $$.
      • Luau's - there are TONS of places on the internet to find info for the best Luau's on the island of Maui. I would say to research ALL of them, read about the types of show they perform. Once you've found the right one for you - whether it's more of a traditional luau or one with FLAMING KNIVES FLYING THROUGH THE AIR, start looking at prices. Contact some of the activity coordinators on the island - I've mentioned Boss Frog's already a few times. These companies have a way of purchasing lots of seats at Luau's because they are partnered with them and many times, they have deeper discounts than you can even find on some websites, so it's worth a call.
      • Beaches -  I mean, COME ON!!!! It's MAUI! I'm extremely excited to rent our car, drive to the closest beach and run like a bat out of hell into the ocean the minute our plane lands. There are so many beaches that you almost can't make a bad choice. I plan on hitting as many of them as I can. We're only there for 8 days, and by reading this far you can see that I've got other things planned, but I just can't wait to run into the water as soon as humanly possible. Many of the snorkel rental shops give you a map to help you find the best snorkelling - from those maps you can also locate awesome beaches for lots of different things you want to do - sunbathing, longboarding, body surfing, surfing, fishing...the list is endless.

      I hope i've given you some tips you can use that will be helpful for planning your trip to Maui. All it really takes is an internet connection and a computer and the rest just sort of falls into place. Good Luck!! MAHALO!

       

      P.S. 43 wake-ups....GAAAAAAHHH!!!!!

       

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