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  • Luxurious accommodations in Mu Luxurious accommodations in Mumbai which ensure Great Mumbai Tour

    • From: akanshaihpl
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      The metropolitan city of Mumbai is known for housing some of the most luxurious and classy hotels of India, which ensures that tourists have a great time here. Deciding which 5-star luxury hotel in Mumbai is the best to stay in can get bit tricky as all of them look so good! 

      Indulging in lavish living comes true in Mumbai when one decides to stay in Luxury Hotels in Mumbai. The city is the largest industrial sector of India. The luxurious facilities, the delicious food and of course the excellent suites; all of them ensure that tourists in Mumbai do not leave disappointed.

      Most of the 5 star hotels in Mumbai are situated in posh and sophisticated areas. Hence, they have become the favorite haunts for leisure tourists and corporate guests who come here every season.

      Given below are some of the most famous Mumbai hotels that haven proven excellent accommodations for a number of years and will continue to do so for centuries to come.

      The Taj Mahal

      • Address: Apollo Bunder, Mumbai - 400 001, Maharashtra, India 
      • No. of Rooms: 560
      • Dining: The Zodiac Grill (European cuisines),  Wasabi by Morimoto (Japanese Cuisines), Golden Dragon (Oriental Cuisines), Masala Kraft (Indian Cuisines), Souk (International Cuisines), Shamiana (Coffee Shop), Sea lounge (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages with multi-cuisines side eateries), La Patisserie (Desserts), Harbour Bar (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), Starboard (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages with Mexican cuisines), Aquarius (Quick bites with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) 

      At Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai, the history and luxury are mixed together. Existing as the first harbior landmark in the city, this heritage hotel is the leading hotel in the city. The hotel is the primary choice of accommodation in the city for every movie star, music legend, politicians, rockers, hip-hoppers and even for kings and queens. The popularity of this Mumbai hotel has made it the personal favorite retreat for leading business tycoons as well. A stay in here promises to deliver an unimaginable treasure of memories, and number of ways to celebrate life. The Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai always delivers on its promise. 

      The Oberoi

      • Address: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400021
      • No. of Rooms: 287
      • Dining: Fenix (Multi-cuisines), Vewtro (Italian Cuisines), Ziya (Indian Restaurant), The Eau bar (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), The Champagne Lounge (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages with finger food), The Oberoi Patisserie and Delicatessen (Desserts)

      The Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai’s exclusive business and shopping district, Nariman Point, is the best way to bask in the luxury of this ultimate destination in India. Surrounded by the ocean, this is a perfect retreat to enjoy privacy and serenity. The rooms are decorated with sophisticated and stylish ornaments and various contemporary amenities are installed in the rooms including some unexpected surprise technological touches. Lady tourists would love to stay at Oberoi, Mumbai, as they are picked up by lady chauffeurs from the airports, and the same lady chauffeurs take them for tours in and around the city in Audi A8 sedans! The hotel keeps up the legendary reputation of Oberoi hotels with unyielding facilities and services.

      Grand Hyatt

      • Address: Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz (East), Mumbai, India, 400 055
      • No. of Rooms: 547
      • Dining: China House (Oriental Cuisines), Celini (Italian Cuisines), Soma (Indian cuisines), Fifty Five East (Multi-cuisines), Lobby Lounge (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), Gourmet Store (Snacks and beverages), China House Lounge (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages with snacks), The Bar (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages)

      Grand Hyatt hotel in Mumbai is one of the leading luxury hotels in Mumbai. The 5-star resort offers a glimpse into the contemporary lifestyle of Mumbai. Stretching for more than 12 acres, the resort is surrounded by lush greenery all around. For accommodation, there are number of luxurious suites and rooms on offer where the guests are treated with varied modern facilities and services. For meeting and business events in the city, Grand Hyatt has earned a special reputation among travelers. And with shopping and spa facilities on offer for the guests, every discerning business travelers spend a relaxing time here.

      Hyatt Regency

      • Address: Sahara Airport Road, Mumbai, India, 400 099
      • No. of Rooms: 401
      • Dining: Stax (Seafood cuisines), Glasshouse (Multi-cuisines), The Bakery (Desserts), The Bar (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages)

      Hyatt Regency Hotel in Mumbai provides two things one would look for in their Mumbai luxury hotel: Unparalleled sophistication and exuberant style. No wonder the hotel has been designated as the best business hotel in the city. The close distance from airport and major business districts of the city, Hyatt Regency has become the first choice for corporate travelers. Nearby the hotel, there are several shopping areas which make it ideal for leisure traveling as well. There are several dining choices in the hotel, summing up exquisite cuisines from all around the world. There is an on-site spa to ensure one feels totally comfortable with a stay in here. Hyatt Regency has served several leading corporate personalities and firms over the years.

      Trident Nariman Point

      • Address: 5, Nariman Point, Mumbai
      • Number of Rooms: 575
      • Dining: Frangipani (Mediterranean Cuisines), India Jones (Asia Cuisines), Opium Den (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), Verandah (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages with snacks)

      One of the most favorite retreats in Mumbai, Trident Nariman Point has grown to fame, especially among people who wish to spend a good time in Mumbai. There are several entertainment zones nearby the hotel which keeps the leisure tourists on their toes, while the nearby financial districts keep the corporate guests happy and satisfied. The rooms are very spacious here and the technological advancement in India is visible as one enjoys the super contemporary room amenities. The views of Marine Drive that are visible from the hotel truly mesmerize one and all. The hotel features the most favorite brunch special restaurant in Mumbai, Frangipani, which has received several awards and accolades over the years.

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  • Ethnic Qiang in Sichuan, China Ethnic Qiang in Sichuan, China

    • From: Florentine
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      The Qiang people (羌族) are an ethnic group of China. They form one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the People's Republic of China, with a population of approximately 200,000 in 1990.They live mainly in mountainous region in the northwestern part of Sichuan province on the eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau.

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  • Nourilang Waterfall of Jiuzhai Nourilang Waterfall of Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan, China

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      It is 32 meters (about 105 feet) wide and 25 meters (about 82 feet) tall, and it is the widest waterfall in Jiuzhaigou. Nuorilang means 'grand and magnificent' in Tibetan, so it is a gorgeous waterfall. The top of the waterfall is very flat.

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  • Jiuzhaigou National Reserve Jiuzhaigou National Reserve

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      Jiuzhaigou (九寨沟) is a nature reserve in the north of Sichuan province in central China. It is officially known as Jiuzhai Valley in English. It is known as the habitat of giant pandas (although it is extremely rare to ever see a panda in the park) and mainly for its many multi-level waterfalls and colorful lakes. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It belongs to the category V (Protected Landscape) in the IUCN system of protected area categorization.

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  • Explore North East of Republic Explore North East of Republic of India

    • From: flyaustralia
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      Explore North East of Republic of India and its most enchanting destinations:

      North-East India lie deep within the lap of east range hills in north-eastern a part of India. Connected to remainder of Republic of India by just twenty kilometer of wide land (at Siliguri, West Bengal), the North-East Republic of India shares over two,000 kilometer of border with Bhutan, China, Asian country and People's Republic of Bangladesh.

      The North-East Republic of India is home to varied variety of social group teams (almost 166). Every tribe has their own distinct culture, which provides them a singular cultural identity. Several of art forms and festivals of the region are intrinsic a part of its wealthy culture and tradition. Several of festivals like Bihu, Nongkrem and Durga along with Karchi Puja are a number of the foremost necessary festivals, that are mirror to wealthy socio-cultural lifetime of North-East Republic of India.

       

      Dance forms like Garia, Bizu, Hai Hak and Manipuri square measure essential a part of cultural and spiritual celebration of North-eastern tribes. Performed in teams, music and dance kinds of North-east square measure fine feast for travelers to observe. Get flight to India.



       

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  • Great Time On JInshanling Grea Great Time On JInshanling Great Wall

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      Jinshanling is a good 2 hr drive from Beijing and we could have done a very cheap trip on one of the mini bus tours but given that it was one of the main reasons for the trip and we had spent a fair amount getting there we decided to spend a little more and do a private visit. We were looking for a true local and not through a large travel company and after trolling the web and Tripadvisor we were lucky to stumble across a couple of mentions of a young guy named "Snow" Cui who runs personalized custom tours out atJinshanling Great Wall22.jpeg Jinshanling. Snow has lived all his life in the family farm alongside the wall at Jinshanling. Due to the difficulty of making a living off the land the family initially started doing homestays in their home and then Snow began guiding. In recent times they have constructed a number of basic motel style units alongside their home and Snows mother and wife now also operate a home style restaurant for their guests and locals.

      Because Jinshanling Great Wall has located little bit far from Beijing, so our guide should picked us up from the hotel about 6:00am. Hiking the Great Wall of China is a must do thing if come to Beijing. The Great Wall which famous around the world has magnificent architecture and layout. The wall built in the ancient times of China on the mountain to protect attacks from enemy. It is such a huge project with great purpose to protect the country.

      So Welcome to Jinshanling ! And as Jinshanling Great Wall is the most natural part of the great wall !It's perfect to have great wall hiking on it !

      Jinshanling Great Wall Tour is also very hot in China ! Cheap price and many fun things to do. ok join great wall of china tours !

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  • My 2 Days Tour to Chengdu Qing My 2 Days Tour to Chengdu Qingcheng Mountain

    • From: Lux
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      Qingcheng Mountain is located in the southwest of Dujiangyan, is the birthplace of Taoism in China , is a famous Taoist mountain national 5A level scenic spots. In 2000, together with the Dujiangyan was included as a World Heritage World Heritage List.

      Qingcheng mountain peak elevation of 1260 m old Xiao roof . Whole mountain forest green , evergreen, Peaks ring Zhi, Zhuangruo enclosing walls , named Qingcheng Mountain . Jianmen mountains in Sichuan with the insurance, Emei show, the male Kuimen par , the " world Qingcheng " reputation.

      DAY1

      1 Qingcheng Mountain 2 Jianfu Palace 3 shangqinggong 4 Laojun Court 5 Tianshi Cave 6 natural picture

      The first day tour Qingcheng Mountain , watching the mountains in different years , different styles of Taoist temples and enjoy the charm of Taoist culture .

       

      Dining:

      Qingcheng four must: kefyr Cave , Cave tribute tea , ginkgo stewed chicken , Taoism pickles. The vegetarian temple is also very distinctive features , visitors can watch tasting.

      Accommodation:

      Mount Qingcheng Mountain accommodation previously dominated . Here star hotel, Villa Villa lot, suitable to Qingcheng Mountain vacation, health visitors , standard room from two hundred yuan first thousand dollars , but in general the season can be discounted . Taoist mountain part , such as shangqinggong , Tianshi Cave , also can stay ,20- 60 yuan / person. Mountains there farmhouse ,30- 80 yuan / person.

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      Scenic call center hotline

      DAY2

      Taian Town Baiyun Si WULONGGOU Yau Yat Chuen Li Kim Chui Ying Lake Ropeway

      1 2 Baiyun Si WULONGGOU

      The day after the main tour Qingcheng mountain beauty of the landscape , watching streams , waterfalls, pools , breathing the fresh air of the forest . Boarded cableway ride down the mountain after mountain .

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  • Riding Vietnam's mountainous n Riding Vietnam's mountainous north

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      We're on an eight-day motorcycling tour of north-eastern Vietnam, riding Honda XR250 trail bikes across the valleys and over the mountain passes of Ha Giang province and through the wild, remote and rarely visited mountainous "frontier lands" along the Chinese border, where roads are narrow, winding and steep, and the scenery is truly breathtaking.
      ROADS TO HAPPINESS: One of the group's motorcyclists in the mountainous Ha Giang province.
      It's a ride-it-yourself adventure, but we have two guides, Linh and Thon, who know where they are going, which is just as well, because we're having enough trouble just negotiating the traffic. Many of these "small ways and snake roads" - so called because of their sinuous shape rather than any abundance of serpents - aren't on the tourist maps and are definitely off the tourist trail.
      Linh and Thon also know how to carry out roadside repairs, skills that prove useful more than once. There are 12 of us in our group - nine experienced riders and three pillion passengers. We've known each other for years and most of us have travelled together before on various motorcycling road trips.
      But as we gather on the second-storey terrace of a Hanoi bar the day before we set off, our nonchalance starts to dissipate while studying the chaotic traffic that swirls below us, trying to determine whether there is any method in the madness (there's not!), counting crashes and watching first-time visitors to Hanoi with fear at the prospect of crossing the road.
      It's a bit of a blur, but somehow we manage to get out of Hanoi in one piece, and it's not long before we find ourselves riding along back roads beside rice paddies and meandering rivers, sharing the road with tractors, buffalo, dogs, chickens and ox-drawn carts, along with the stream of bicycles and motorbikes.
      As we ride through the villages and towns, we're treated like rock stars, kids and adults alike grinning, waving and calling out hello. At first we think it's because they don't get many visitors in these parts, which is true, but then we realise it's because we're riding bikes that are monsters compared with the tiny 50cc-150cc bikes and scooters they ride, and even the petrol station attendants can't resist climbing on our bikes to pose for photos whenever we stop to fill up.
      It may also be because we are somewhat overdressed - in Kevlar-reinforced jeans, protective riding jackets, leather boots, gloves and full-face helmets - compared with the locals in their sandals, short sleeves and nifty little hard hats with special holes at the back for ponytails - but I have no desire to experience a Vietnamese road-base exfoliation. Miraculously, in eight days and 1200 kilometres of rough riding, our group of 12 experiences only three tumbles, and none results in any injuries.
      We ride between 160 kilometres and 180 kilometres each day, which doesn't sound much - at home we ride that far just for fun on a Sunday morning - but at an average speed of about 40kmh, often less, it takes all day. By our third day, we've relaxed into the rhythm of the roads, have more or less got our heads around the organic nature of the traffic flow, and are high on the exhilaration (and adrenalin) of riding some of the world's best (and most challenging) motorcycling roads up and over countless mountain passes, the summits shrouded in mist, the deep-sided river valleys terraced with rice paddies, the distance filled with sawtooth ranges receding as far as the eye can see.
      One road in particular has us spellbound, the aptly named Road to Happiness from Ha Giang to Meo Vac via Dong Van, which includes the famous Ma Pi Leng Pass, a stretch so precipitous that workers had to be tethered to the cliffsides during its construction in the early 1960s.
      We eat lunch in cafes, throwing our scraps on the floor, along with everyone else's, and stop at roadside stalls for sweet milky coffee and fruit dipped in chilli and salt. When our seats become too hard or the view too beautiful to ignore, we pull over for a rest, which often ends up attracting a crowd, thanks to the wannabe magician in the group - he only knows one trick but it never fails to delight the local kids.
      We stretch our legs at village markets, where we rub shoulders with men in indigo suits and women in colourful embroidered costumes who have travelled in from remote mountain villages, usually on foot with heavy loads strapped to their backs, along the same steep roads we are riding.
      We spend our nights throwing back shots of lethal local rice wine with our homestay hosts before bedding down on mattresses on the floor beneath mosquito nets in one large communal room built on stilts, infinitely more comfortable than the few local hotels we stay at with the rock-hard beds they favour in northern Vietnam.
      At Ban Gioc waterfall we take a short ride on a bamboo raft and get so close to China we can chat to Chinese tourists on the other side, but Vietnam and China aren't exactly best mates, so we're warned not to step ashore on Chinese territory. The next day we get caught in a never-ending line of trucks carrying cheap goods across the border on a dusty road still under construction, which in Vietnam is no impediment to travel. You just weave your way around the road crews and hope like hell a road exists on the other side.
      By the time we get back to Hanoi we're road weary and ready to stop - eight days and 1200 kilometres is a long time to spend perched on a wire rack, even with a tower of cushions on top - but if you want to see, smell, hear, touch and really experience Vietnam, mixing it with the locals from behind the handlebars of a motorbike is about as full on as you can get.
      Need to know
      Riding a motorcycle in Vietnam is a high-risk activity. Check that your travel insurance covers motorcycling and be aware that as a foreigner you will be expected to pay compensation (in cash and probably on the spot) in the event of an accident, even if you are not at fault.
      It is not possible to get a temporary Vietnamese driving licence on a tourist visa, but an international driving permit (available from the NRMA) is usually accepted by police — although, officially, no foreign licence is valid in Vietnam, and harsh penalties (determined by the police) can apply for riding or driving without a licence.
      Trip notes
      Touring there from ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA
      The mountainous area of Northern Vietnam has long been famous for its beautiful scenery and great diversity of ethnic minorities. With our adventure motorcycling trip you will make a big loop to experience all the bests that area can offer. Starting in Hanoi you will explore Northwest before jumping into Northeast, back to Hanoi after a day relaxing in Ba Be Lake. The perfect itinerary and the support crew ensure you get the most out of the trip in terms of comfort, enjoyment and adventure. Along the way we encounter dramatic landscapes and sweeping panoramas as the rural population goes about its business. Highlights include the terraced valleys of Sapa, beautiful Ban Gioc Waterfall and many different colorful minority groups.
      Motorcycling adventure in Northern Vietnam 
      Hanoi - Mai Chau - Son La - Dien Bien Phu - Sapa – Hagiang – Bao Loc – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc – Ba Be – Lang Son – Hanoi
      14-day trip with 12-day motorcycling
      Motorcycling grade: Moderate
      Highlights
       
      • Stunning scenery
      • Stunning Pha Din Pass and Tram Ton Pass
      • Terraced valley of Sapa
      • Ban Gioc Waterfall
      • Babe Lake
      • Colorful ethnic minorities
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  • An Unforgetable Trip to Gulang An Unforgetable Trip to Gulangyu

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      While talking about Gulangyu Island in Xiamen, our minds will flash a collection of words: waves, church, piano, tea, petty bourgeoisie, etc. These words wander away as though a business card of Gulangyu Island which profoundly appeal to us. Indeed, each tourists who came to Gulangyu possibly heard these words; therefore, we set foot on this beautiful island which owns the name "Garden on the Sea".
      While remaining on the gorgeous Gulangyu Island, the music seems to never stop, such as a tiny stream flowing slowly, someplace, it hydrates my heart and let me as if bathed in the sea of music. Walking on this island, I just like to walk in the waves along the beach, I like to listen to the church bells which transfer in the alley. On the mid-day, I favor to sit in a tea shop to take a nap and be in a daze to kill  the time. Maybe this is the feeling of Gulangyu. In addition, the line upon row of foreign-style buildings situated under the banyan trees add more feeling of petty bourgeoisie on the island. While strolling, the sea breeze blows on my face; the birds' twitter and fragrance of flowers, the great tide, the hovering sea gulls, such affectionate sea garden scene really make people enjoy oneself so much as to forget to leave
      I really love Gulangyu. It truly is a wonderful spot having people show specific preference to. During our long living, if we have met with the beautiful Gulangyu once, this is probably the most unforgettable charming experience in your life. Missing in love Gulangyu, there is always this fantastic experience in my cardiovascular.
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  • Top 10 picturesque lakes in Ti Top 10 picturesque lakes in Tibet

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      Almost every tourist traveling to Tibet would drop a visit to a holy lake in Tibet. The most frequently visited lakes in Tibet are the top three holy lakes, Namtso, Yamdrok and Manasarovar. In fact, there are thousands of lakes across the Tibetan Plateau. The following is a list of the top 10 picturesque lakes in Tibet.

       

      1. Lake Namtso

       

      Namtso, meaning a "heavenly lake" in the Tibetan language, is reputed as the most beautiful lake in Tibet and was selected as one of the five most beautiful lakes in China by Chinese National Geography magazine in 2005. It is situated between Damxung County and Bange County, 240 km away from Lhasa, capital of Tibet. The lake, covering an area of 1,940 sq km, lies at an altitude of 4,718 meters. It is the largest salt water lake in Tibet and the second largest salt water lake in China. Its purity and solemnness are symbols of Qinghai-Tibet Platean. Its touching beauty should not be missed by any visitor who makes a Tibet tour.

       

      2. Lake Yamdrok

       

      Located on the way from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp or Kathmandu, Yamdrok is also frequently visited by travelers. Lake Yamdrok is surrounded by numerous snow-capped mountains and has a power station at its western end which is considered to be the highest in the world. The lake is fan-shaped, and is around 72 km (45 miles) long. In Tibetan Yamdrok means "the Lake of Swans". Tourists and pilgrims can be seen walking or prostrating themselves along the lake's perimeter. On a steep mountain slope southwest of the lake lies Samding Monastery, which is the only Tibetan Monastery headed by a living female Lama.

       

      3. Lake Tangra Yumtso

       

      Lake Tangra Yumtso, the largest holy lake worshipped by ancient Bonpo of Tibetan Buddhism, is the third largest lake in Tibet. It is located in Xainza County, Nagqu Prefecture, northern Tibet. Lying at an average altitude of 4,600 meters, the lake covers an area of 1,400 sq km, with 70 km in length and 20 km in width.

       

      4. Pangong Tso

       

      Pangong Tso, meaning "long, narrow, enchanted lake" in Tibetan language, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. 60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 km2. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water.

       

      5. Lake Manasarovar

       

       

      Manasarovar, meaning "an invincible lake of jade" in the Tibetan language, is one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world. Lying at an altitude of 4,588 meters above sea level, the lake covers an area of 400 sq km, with the circumstance of 90 km. Together with Mt Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is a pilgrimage site. There is a pilgrimage path around the lake and a circuit is a little over 100km, taking 4-5 days to complete. Chiu Gompa, 30 km south of Darchen, is a good starting point for a circuit around the lake. It is a must-visit for a tour in Tibet covering western Tibet.

       

      6. Basumtso

       

      Basumtso in Tibetan language means 'green water'. The lake definitely deserves that name: the views are breathtaking, and those glaciers, which cover on the upper reaches of the lake, are beautiful and at the same provide fresh water for the whole region. The lake covers an area of 26 square kilometers. You can see the beautiful snow-capped peaks reflected from the green waters of the lake. The beautiful view of the lake and the glaciers even makes some European visitors think of the inspiring Swiss Alps when they see the majestic view on the shoreline of this lake. Standing by the lake side, you can see fish shoaling in the water, birds circling in the air and beasts roaming in the forest. You can find a harmonious scene of animals living a comfortable and easy life in Basum with human. The World Tourism Organization listed the lake as a world tourist site.

       

      7. Selincuo

       

      Selincuo Lake located in Northern Tibet Autonomous Region and covering an area of 1,800 sq. km, is the second largest saltwater lake, second only to Namtso Lake. Lying at the junction of three counties, it can be seen from afar, a beautiful vast waterscape surrounded by golden grasslands of the Tibetan plateaus and snow capped mountains under clear skies. The natural sights here are absolutely breathtaking and after sunset the deep blue waters melt into one with the shadows of looming mountains, creating an air of mystery and intrigue.

       

      8. Lake Rakshastal

       

      Lake Rakshastal lies close to the west of Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash. The Satluj River originates at Rakshastaal's northwestern tip. Despite its close proximity to Lake Manasarovar—over the road to Purang County, Lake Rakshastaal does not share the lore of worship with its east neighbor. The name of the lake literally means "lake of the demon" in Sanskirt. It is also known as Ravana Tal, as it is considered to be the place of severe penance tapasya by Ravana, demon-like egoistic King of Lanka in Hindu theology. In Buddhism, Lake Manasarovar, which is round like the sun, and Rakshastal, shaped as a crescent, are respectively regarded as 'brightness' and 'darkness'. Its salty water, a stark contrast to the fresh water of Lake Manasarovar, produces no aquatic plants or fish and is considered poisonous by locals.

       

      9. Cuona Lake

       

      Covering an area of over 400 square kilometers, Cuona Lake is regarded as the highest freshwater lake in the world. Cuona Lake means 'Heavenly Lake' to the locals. Numerous believers often come all the way to worship this holy lake. The water here is crystal clear with fish jumping freely. Together with the boundless plains and clear sky, the scenery surrounding Cuona Lake are of great beauty, attracting cranes, mandarin ducks, swans and other wild animals. Around the lake is the famous Qiangtang Nature Reserve where Tibetan yak, donkey, snow leopard and so on live.

       

      Cuona Lake is the nearest lake to Qinghai-Tibet Railway with the nearest shore only tens of meters distant, so passengers can enjoy the serenity of the lake with great ease.

       

      10. Peiku-tso

       

      Peiku-tso is located 40km to the east of Jirong county town and 250km from the Tingri County. It's just on the way to Ngari, between Zhangmu and Saga. With the elavation of 4,590 meters above sea level, Peiku-tso lake is the biggest lake in Shigatse area. It's a light salty lake with an area of more than 300 square kilometers. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, it is bright turquoise all year around. Traveler can make a detour to this lake when doing a tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

       

       

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  • How to plan a Tibet trekking t How to plan a Tibet trekking tour

    • From: tibettravel
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      With the modernization of major cities of Tibet, travelers to Tibet cannot find original Tibetan taste. Many Tibetan people in cities live a modern life, wearing fashion clothes, using latest new mobiles. What you see is just out of your expectation. But making a Tibet trek to remote areas of Tibet, you will find the traditional Tibetan style. But you may ask how to plan a Tibet trekking tour? Just follow Tibettravel org, you will get a perfect answer.

       

      Where to Go

       

      The inaccessibility of many areas of Tibet offers lots of chance for travelers to do a trek in Tibet. Trekking from one holy site to another one or just around a sacred mount or lake in Tibet is the most popular trekking way in Tibet, for instance, trekking from Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery or from Tsurphu Monastery to Yangpachen Monastery, or trekking around holy Mt. Kailash.

       

      Generally, Tibet trekking can be classified into Tibet pilgrimage trek, Tibet culture trekking and sightseeing trek, but most Tibet treks combine the three types together. During trekking in Tibet, you can visit sacred monasteries and other holy sites, view fabulous landscape of Tibet, drop a visit to a traditional Tibetan village, etc. 

       

      When to go 

       

      Tibet trekking is not feasible from December to March as the temperature goes very low and also the days become much shorter. During the snowfall not only the mountains are inaccessible but the highways that take you to the trail heads are blocked. Generally from April to October, the best time to travel to Tibet, is also great time to trekking in Tibet. Rain is not a problem for trekking in Tibet as it receives only little rain being in a rain shadow zone behind the Himalayas. Rather rainy season is the best time for trek, as the weather is mild and the ground in mountain valleys turn green and alpine flowers bloom in profusion.  

       

      Tibet Permits

       

      Depending on the area you hope to visit in Tibet, you may need as many as four different permits. Of course, Chinese visa is the first permit you should apply for. Then, Tibet Entry Permit issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau is a must for foreign travelers to travel to Tibet. Besides, Alien’s travel permit is required if you visit places outside Lhasa and military permit is needed for visiting militarily restricted areas of Tibet. These Tibet permits cannot cost you too much and are easy to get thanks for the new policy on Tibet travel permit 2013.   

       

      Equipment for Tibet trekking

       

      A trekking tour in Tibet is usually made at areas far away from main road and lack of tourist infrastructure, so you at least need a tent, a sleeping bag, and a stove to stay warm and well fed. All of these things can be purchased or rented in Lhasa, though quality may vary. White gas for western liquid fuel stoves is not available in Lhasa, though pressurized fuel canisters for canister stoves are found everywhere. Owners of multi-fuel stoves capable of burning regular unleaded will find gas stations in Lhasa. Ration 4-6 ounces of liquid fuel per person, per trekking day.

       

      Besides, warm clothing and a good pair of shoes are essential for a Tibet tour, and can be purchased in Lhasa, but the price is usually a little high at the tourist city. It is best to buy clothes and shoes in your hometown or big cities of mainland China. Waterproof, high-top hiking boots are better suited than ventilated low-top trekking shoes to the snow covered high mountain passes common on Tibetan trekking routes. Gaiters, knee high canvas leggings that attach to your boots, are extremely useful if snow gets above the ankle level.

       

      Food for trekking in Tibet

       

      Usually, there are no restaurants or shops on the trekking route. So you need to prepare food by yourself or hire a cook to prepare food for you. It is a good idea to bring enough food for your entire trekking tour. Though western style dehydrated "backpacker meals" are not available in Tibet, a wide variety of non-perishable foods at the local supermarkets makes it easy to eat well on your trek. Hot chocolate, dehydrated fruits, candy bars, and instant noodles make good staples. If your Tibet tour is long, it is best to hire a cook to cook food for you.  

       

      Drinking-water for Tibet trek

       

      Drinking large amounts of water is the most important key to beating the altitude. Tibet's backcountry is full of grazing yak, sheep, and goats so stream water must be treated before drinking. Lodine, chlorine, and mechanical filters are all good treatment options. Western filters cost a fortune in Lhasa, iodine isn't available anywhere in China or Tibet, and Chlorine tablets were in stock in limited quantities in Lhasa. Boiling water is effective, but Tibet's high altitude puts the boiling point lower. Bring water to a rolling boil for at least a minute before drinking.

       

      Water from locals is a good way to fill water bottles when passing through small villages. Though they may not have much if anything to offer in the way of food, every family keeps a large thermos of boiled water on hand. Just be sure you know what you're getting before pouring, or you may end up with a water bottle full of yak butter tea.

       

      Altitude Sickness

       

      Altitude and the related effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) should be taken seriously if you travel to Tibet. If ignored, AMS can progress into High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), both of which can be fatal. Before starting your trekking tour in Tibet, you should give yourself a few days to acclimatize. During trekking, move slowly and try not to sleep at the day's highest elevation. Most importantly descend to lower elevation immediately if any of your companions seem to act drunk, complain of a headache that is not relieved by ibuprofen, or become nauseous and vomit. 

       

      Hiring a Pack Animal

       

      It is very hard to walk at high altitude with a heavy backpack. It is wise to hire a pack animal, usually a yak. Yaks can be rented in villages of almost any size, and can make a trek more enjoyable by taking weight off of your back. Yaks come with yak men to herd, handle, and feed them and some yak men can speak a little English. 

       

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  • Saga Dawa Festival Tour, the T Saga Dawa Festival Tour, the Top Tibet Pilgrimage Tour 2013

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      If you are feeling lost in your life, make a spiritual tour to Tibet and find yourself, find your dream, find your life. A Saga Dawa Festival Tour, the top Tibet Pilgrimage Tour in 2013, is highly recommended. 

       

      In my high school, a friend told me that Lhasa was a must-visit place in his life and that it should be his last trip in his life. However, he travelled to Tibet after he was graduated from university for he felt lost in the competition of society. He said it was an amazing tour changing his life. When he saw how the devout Tibetan pilgrims kept faith to their belief no matter how hard it was, he realized that he must keep faith to his dream.

       

      It is best to travel to Tibet during Saga Dawa Festival which is the best time to observe Tibetan pilgrims. The Saga Dawa Festival is the most significant event of the year for Tibetan Buddhists as three of the most essential events in Buddha’s life (birth, enlightenment and passing into Parinirvana) took place on the full moon day of the 4th lunar month in Tibetan calendar.

       

      This month is regarded as the holiest time of the year. It is also known as ‘bum gyur dawa’ in Tibetan, meaning (the month which multiplies by 100000 whatever wholesome or unwholesome action is performed during this month has a 100000 times stronger effect than at other times). Therefore, thousands of Tibetans make a Lhasa tour to do ritual walks and ceremonies during the Saga Dawa Festival.

       

      During the whole month Buddhists have celebrations and pay homage for Buddha Shakyamuni. Most auspicious ceremonies are also held in Holy Mountain Kailash region in Tibet as it’s believed that on Saga Dawa day Buddha Shakyamuni is coming from the heaven to the top of Kailash and people get blessed. People put auspicious huge prayer flag known as Darpo Che performing religious ceremonies.

       

      The Saga Dawa Festival in 2013 will fall on May 25th. Since there is lots of preparation work for a Tibet tour, it is time for you to get started now, applying for Chinese Visa and then Tibet Permits, booking air/train tickets, hotels, etc. 

       

      As too many travelers and pilgrims travel to Lhasa during the Saga Dawa Festival, the hotels and air/train tickets are in great demand. In addition, taking Tibet train to Lhasa is a popular way to Tibet. It usually takes two days to Lhasa from mainland China, so soft sleeper berth is at greatest demand. Early booking is highly recommended.

       

      As for the permits, if you just want to make a Lhasa tour, a Tibet entry permit is enough, but if you want to make a Kailash tour, Alien’s travel permit and military permit are also needed except the Tibet entry permit. Actually, it is not necessary to worry about the Tibet permits as the policy on Tibet travel permit 2013 makes it is quite easy for foreigners to get Tibet permits. 

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  • Li River in Misty Rain Li River in Misty Rain

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      It is my second Li River trip. Last season I hiked along this River, and this season, since it was a light stormy, I select to do a Li Stream vacation. The Li Stream was so wonderful in the misty rainfall, just like a China artwork collection.

       

      Reminding Guilin my preferred identify here must be Li Stream. My first a chance to Li Stream, it was a warm day, the elegance full Li Stream created me so satisfied that I did not feel any tried during the climbing. This a chance to Li Stream, the elements is not so excellent, and it was a little stormy. I had thought that it was not a excellent day to do the Li Stream vacation, but I was incorrect. In the misty rainfall, the scenery of Li Stream had another different elegance, which was amazed me. 

       

      It did not stop pouring. Our vessel approved through the natural water and mountains, which liked that I stepped into a China artwork collection. Status on the outdoor patio, it was so wet outside, river twisting through mountains. The far away mountain, close water and local-style homes were so relaxing. Along the vacation, the rainfall and water, the expression of mountains in the water, mists and ripples, etc… all the moments, I sensed that maybe I am in my desire. 

       

      Slowly, our vessel approved though the collection. All the way in the collection, the amazing artwork created me do not want to get off the vessel. I observed that Li Stream is always elegance all season long. In sunlight, rainfall, snowfall, water, all the elements conditions, Li Stream has it different ladies that draws visitors from all over the world. 

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  • The Flagstaff House Museum of The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware

    • From: x123456
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      In a quiet nook of Hong Kong Park, toward the Admiralty gate, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is a curious find. The structure itself is a rarity. The oldest surviving colonial building in the city, built around 1845, served as the official residence of the Commander of British Forces until 1978. Its whitewashed two floors  with colonnaded porches, against a wall of lush greenery, make it popular with newlyweds as a photo backdrop.

       

      The permanent collection describes the cultivation of tea, the different brews, how it is processed(immediately dried or fermented first) and the rituals that surrounded serving it both in China and beyond.

       

      Frequently changing exhibitions showcase tea-related paraphernalia, from beautifully glazed cups and pots to drawings and paintings. Tea serving procedure and a history of teatime implements are all covered. The late collector K.S Lo donated a collection of prized Yixing teapots in his will in 1995. These fine ceramic pieces are displayed in their own gallery. Alongside exhibitions, the museum holds regular tea gatherings and lectures to promote Chinese ceramic art and tea-drinking culture in tandem.

       

      In the gift shop you get the chance to buy some of the best-quality pots and tea types you might find in Hong Kong.           

       

         

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  • YELLOW MOUNTAINS, CHINA YELLOW MOUNTAINS, CHINA

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      These mountains are breathtaking! You feel as if you are walking through a Chinese painting. There are a few hotels in the mountains. You travel up part of the way by cable car, and then you hike. Pack light even though there are bearers to carry your bag.

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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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  • The Great Wall at Badaling The Great Wall at Badaling

    • From: x123456
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      The Great Wall at Badaling, located in the north of Yangqing County in Beijing, is one of the typical and well-preserved scenic areas that were opened to the public earlier.

      The topography of Badaling is very precipitous, occupying a commanding position. After some parts of the walls on the Great Wall were rebuilt in 1953, the Great Wall became a scenic area, where there are 3741 meters long areas in total for sightseeing, including 1176 meters of them in the south and 2565 meters in the north, and also there are 16 enemy broadcasting stations. The Great Wall at Badaling was announced as an officially protected historical site in March 1961, as a scenic area in 1982, as the first of ten scenic spots of the nation in 1986, and as world cultural heritage in 1987. During those years from 2000 to 2009, more than 500 country leaders from all around the world visited the Great Wall at Badaling. On the 8th of May in 2007, it was approved as a scenic area with national AAAAA level.
      There are some of other scenic spots, besides the Great Wall, like the Golden Fish Pond, Qijingguang Garden, Yuanconghuan Garden and so on.

      Climbing the Great Wall is a kind of entertainment activity. On the other hand, it’s worth a visit , if you go to the sculpture image museum, where you are able to know a lot of Chinese scholars.
      Having got off the bus, I walked for 80 meters further to the entrance of Badaling.after that, I began climbing the Great Wall. Although it’s a little tired, you will feel a kind of sense of achievement when you look down from a higher position at the Great wall. If you like, you may visit the Great Wall at Badaling one day by your self, through our service of China holidays.

       

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  • Shopping for love in Vietnam's Shopping for love in Vietnam's mountains

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      Once a year, with his wife's blessing, Lau Minh Pao gets to have a guilt-free tryst with his ex.


      Their rendezvous' have played out more like strolls down memory lane than salacious flings, but they are part of a treasured tradition in this mountainous corner of northern Vietnam that may challenge some more linear concepts of love.

      "In the past, we were lovers, but we couldn't get married because we were far apart," Pao simply as he waited for his date on a dark night in the village of Khau Vai in Ha Giang province.

      Now when they meet, he said, "we pour our hearts out about the time when we were in love." They are not alone.

      For two days each year, on the 26th and 27th of the third month of the lunar calendar, the tiny village of Khau Vai, strung along a saddle in the lush hills near China, is transformed into a "love market."

      For nearly a hundred years, the Khau Vai love market (Ha Giang province) as been known as a lovers' rendezvous. This is no ordinary farmer's market. Flirting, courting and, hopefully, canoodling are the order of the day. Hundreds of members of Giay, Nung, Tay, Dzao, San Chi, Lo Lo and Hmong hill tribes trek in from across the mountainous districts of the Dong Van Plateau and as far away as nearby Cao Bang province, some travel days to attend 

      Legend has it the market dates back to 1919. Legend has it an ethnic Giay girl from Ha Giang province fell in love with an ethnic Nung boy from the neighboring province of Cao Bang.The girl was so beautiful that her tribe did not want to let her marry a man from another tribe and a bloody conflict ensued between the two tribes. Watching tragedy unfold before them, the two lovers sorrowfully decided to part ways to avoid further bloodshed and to restore peace.

      But to keep their love alive they made a secret pact to meet once a year on the 27th day of the third lunar month in Khau Vai. Thereafter, the hill village became known as a meeting place for all of those in love. 

      Young, dreamy singles trek to Khau Vai in hopes of finding a first love. Wayward lovers come to escape their families. Older generations might hope to bump into an old flame. Married men and women often return to the love market to rendezvous with former lovers, and they are allowed to meet again without jealousy from their spouses during this one event of the year. 

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  • A trip in Dali A trip in Dali

    • From: x123456
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      The autonomous prefecture of Dali which is located in Yunnan Province is an undeveloped and extensive territory in the southwestern part of China, with an area of 29459 square meters, abundant natural resources, beautiful landscapes, and mild climate.
       
      It was in March 2011, when I went to Kunming in Yunnan Province to live. One day, all of sudden, one ideal came across my mind that I would like to visit Dali. I didn’t know why I love it more than Lijiang. Maybe that’s because the air there is much more fresh and there are less busyness and noise. What’s more, Dali is famous for its fresh air and mild climate.
      In the evening on Friday in March 25th 2011, I took a train to Dali, where I spent a week travelling and I had a lot of fun during the short trip.

      It would be better to go to Dali in March if you like, because it often rains from May to October and also a lot of traditional events of Bai ethnic groups are normally held there in March.

      Having spent a night on the train, I woke up at dawn in the next morning and arrived at the train station of Dali. I had reserved a less expensive hotel on the Internet after checking out prices. It’s a two-floored hotel where it’s 50 Yuan for a night, there are individual bathrooms, 24 hours’ hot water service and internet access are provided. On the second floor, you are able to overlook ancient towns of Dali.

      On the first day, I went to Tianlongbabu Studio City, a scenic area which is situated at a holiday resort of the provincial level. It’s composed of three parts, including the Dali scenic spot where you are able to see Dali Street, Dali Palace, and Zhennan Prince City, Liao scenic spot where there is an ancient gate, and Xixia Palace’s scenic spot. What’s more, you can ask someone to take a picture of you who wear costumes

      After that, I visited Zhangjia Garden. It’s a newly-developed scenic spot where facilities and buildings are all brand-new. As a matter of fact, it’s worth a visit.

      Having entered Zhangjia Garden, I watched singing and dancing performances a little bit. And a kind of famous tea from Dali can be tasted for free and it’s called Sandao Tea. while you are visiting, it’s easy to get lost in the garden, where courtyards are very delicate and there are all kinds of flowers, most of which are rare. In addition, it’s called the First Garden of Yunnan surrounded by camellia, rhododendron, and lakes.

      Last, having visited some scenic spots in Dali, I went back to the Ancient Town of Dali to hang about at the West Street where the streets all look similar and there are many shops.

      The trip in Dali ended like that. Although I went to a lot of scenic spots to visit, I didn’t feel any tired.

        
                

        
          

       

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