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  • Ten Tips for london Ten Tips for london

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      Ten Tips for London

       

      London is one of the world's great cities. It has been almost continuously inhabited for over 2000 years and was the epicentre of the worlds largest empire for three centuries. Generations of wealthy Londoners with philanthropic inclinations have resulted in today's magnificent collection of public buildings. Creative reuse of resources and enlightened urban planning have resulted in a superb transit system. For North Americans there is no, or at worst only a small, language barrier to overcome. Do not be offended, for example, if someone asks you what time you would like to be knocked up. London is not inexpensive however. Here are ten tips to help keep your London trip on track and under budget..

       

      EasyHotels

       

      EasyHotel is a chain of budget priced hotels which has five locations in London These hotels are tremendously inexpensive by European standards. Our South Kensington room in Central London, which was only two blocks from a tube station, cost 47 pounds per night including tax. Locations are usually found in renovated older buildings. The rooms are spartan. Bathrooms are constructed of acrylic material . Wall Panels and ceilings are made of plastic panels. Amenities that are expected in hotel rooms like closets, chairs and coat hangars will not be found. Room cleaning, windows, television and Wifi are all extra cost items. If you are looking for a relaxing haven to retreat to from the bustle of London look elsewhere. If you are seeking a clean, quiet, inexpensive place to sleep at night give EasyHotel a try. The website is at http://www.easyhotel.com.

       

      Transit

       

      Visitors arriving at Heathrow can get their first experience with London transit by taking the tube (subway/light rail) to the city centre. An unlimited travel pass for central London, covering bus and tube travel will cost 7 pounds per day. This pass is available after 9:30 a.m. when the morning rush has subsided . If your stay in London will be 4 days or longer, get a weekly pass for 28 pounds. These circumvent the 9:30 a.m. restriction as well. A passport size photo is required for the weekly pass so bring a spare one with you. Tube transport is very efficient but the perspective from the top of a |London double decker bus is unique. Get on one going in your direction. You can always use the tube to get where you are going after you get lost on the bus.

       

      Phones.

       

      There is no need to get burned by mobile telephone roaming charges here. To take advantage of low European telephone rates make sure that your GSM phone is unlocked before you get here. If you don't have a GSM phone, unlocked refurbished units are available for under $100.00 in Canada. If smart phone type capability is required, get one that is equipped with Wifi. Upon arrival in London go to the first mobile telephone store that you see and purchase a SIM card and some phone time. On this visit I went with the Mobile provider Lebara. The SIM card was 5:00 pounds and talk and text airtime was another 5:00. Rates vary depending on call type, but the airtime was sufficient for 100 minutes calling a local land line. Calls to another Lebara subscriber were free which is worth noting if travelling in a group. Lebara coverage was good in London and adequate outside the city.

       

       

      Leicester Square/Covent Garden/Piccadilly Circus

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      The area containing Leicester Square (pronounced Lester), Covent Garden and Piccadilly circus is the centre of tourist activity in London. Tourists from all over the world congregate here. Buskers are a regular feature of the area and they occasionally compete for attention with movie stars at Leicester Square premieres. Covent Garden, the historical site of a fruit and vegetable market, hosts shops and restaurants today. Piccadilly Circus is home to the National Gallery and is only a short walk from Horse Guards and Trafalgar Square..

       

      Theatre

       

      New Yorkers might disagree but London is the English speaking theatre capital of the world. Most of the plays that you have heard of played or are still playing here. The Phantom of the Opera is in it's 26th year of production. In and around Leicester Square are many outlets offering discounted tickets. Many of the people working the booths are theatre buffs who will take the time to help you make your selection. We enjoyed “Noises Off”, a British farce, seated 4 rows from the stage for 36 pounds at the Aldwych theatre.

       

      Pubs

       

      No visit is complete without a stop at a traditional British pub and they don't get much more traditional than Ye Olde Cheddar Cheese. Located in an alley called Wine Office Court off the north side of Fleet Street between Aldwych and Farringdon Road, Ye Olde Cheddar Cheese was rebuilt in 1667. People were a lot shorter in 1667 so if you are 5'9” or above, mind your head when visiting the ground level tap room or negotiating the stairs to the downstairs warren. The pub has a nice collection of draught beers by Smith. Beer is one of the few things in London that North Americans will not find terribly expensive.

       

      Hatchards

       

      The oldest bookstore in London is Hatchards which was founded in 1797 by John Hatchard and still occupies the same location. Do not expect to find dusty old tomes copied by a wizened monk in the 12th century here. Other than it's collection of books by and about Winston Churchill, Hatchards selection is much like that of any other upscale modern bookstore although with more signed copies than most. For book lovers the helpful knowledgeable staff, eclectic layout and the realization that you are treading the the same floors that Dickens probably walked on make the visit worthwhile.

       

      Speakers Corner

       

      For those not overly burdened by the concept of Political Correctness, Speakers Corner is worth a visit. It is in the Northeast Corner of Hyde Park near the Marble Arch tube station. The best time to visit is on a weekend afternoon but you might find someone with a soapbox and an agenda at other times as well. Anyone is free to speak their mind here and members of the audience are free to respond. These exchanges are usually good humoured and often quite witty. Historical figures who are reputed to have exercised their right to free speech here include Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin.

       

      English Breakfasts

       

      English Breakfasts are famous. The best place to get one is not in your hotel. You will need to find a gritty out of the way cafe that is frequented by locals. They are everywhere although harder to find in the more expensive areas. My current favourite is a hole in the wall cafe in the Hammersmith & City tube station in Hammersmith. These places typically charge between 5 to 7 pounds for selections of bacon, sausage, fried tomato, mushrooms, beans, eggs, potato, toast and coffee or tea. Entertainment is free. London humour is pointed, cynical and merciless. On my last visit two members of a local work crew were mocking a third who had achieved a hangover during an unsuccessful mating attempt. Try to contain your amusement just like the locals do.

       

      Museums and Galleries

      London hosts more than 200 museums and numerous art galleries. Many of these, like the British Museum and Tate Modern, are world reknowned. Others such as The Horse Guards Museum have a specific focus. Many offer free admission to their permanent collections. The best I visited were the British Museum, National Gallery and the Tate Modern. All of these fall into the free category.

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  • The Palais Garnier Opera House The Palais Garnier Opera House in Paris, France

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  • Plan Your Affordable Vacation Plan Your Affordable Vacation in Australia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Zhongzheng Memorial Hall in Ta Zhongzheng Memorial Hall in Taipei China.

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      With a vast area of one hundred and fifty six thousand square metres,  Zhongzheng Memorial Hall which was constructed between 1912 and 1949 , surrounded by Zhongshan South Road, Aiguo East Road and Xinyi Road is featured with the styles of Chinese classic gardens. It’s painted blue and white, which symbolize freedom and equality.    

       

      Surrounded by dense trees and flowers waving in the wind, Zhongzheng Memorial Hall is a very high building around which environment is very good and also there is not much noise. It looks very solemn, with an exhibition room at the ground floor where the cultural relics of Chiang Kai-shek are showed to visitors and on the top floor where there is a bronze statue of his beside which two of guards stand guard and change shifts every two hours. It has become one of the important tourist attractions. 

       

      Zhongzheng Memorial Hall is where I visited for the first time in Taipei. It’s quite near to my hotel. It’s only two or three minutes walk. Out of the hotel, I could see its blue dome. The building which looks like Temple of Heaven and also like Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum is painted blue and white. We all know that the covering area is broad and it’s so extensive that it’s incredible. The buildings around it are shorter, but we could have a bird's-eye view of landscapes around, standing on those buildings. The main gate is at Freedom Square where there are the National Music Hall and Opera House.        

       

      what is interesting is that the square looks a little bit like Wuyi Square in a mainland city. On that day, I run into a group of school students came to visit Freedom Square. As I was ready to take a photo of it, I heard from the distance a cheer from them. They looks a bit younger and are probably at the age between fifteen and seventeen. My tour in Taipei ended with visiting Zhongzheng Memorial Hall and Freedom Square.     

         

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  • Australia A Land of Scenic Sig Australia A Land of Scenic Sights That Take Your Breath Away

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      Australia! What strikes your mind when you ponder about this marvelous country? Many may live by the notion that Australia is renowned for its Sydney Opera House and sparkling beaches that make the vacationers from far and within have the time of their lives. But, this statement doesn’t prove to be true. There is so much to do and see other than the beaches. How will get to know what’s lying in bag for you unless you don’t touch down in the country? Take flights to Australia and you will get to know what we’re referring to. This fascinating nation is packed with stunning highlights. You would be bestowed with so much to do and see in Australia that you would not be able to get enough of every attraction you come into close contact with.

      Welcome to Australia!

      The attractions in this nation are so overwhelming that you would definitely be swept off your feet. Australia is one of the most acclaimed hotspots on Earth that persuade the day-trippers from all the corners of the world. The landmarks would simply leave you in awe when you feast your eyes on them.

      What isn’t there that doesn’t prove too hard to resist?

      You would be offered a number of highlights such as architectural marvels, skyscrapers, beaches, historical museums and the list just does not come to a close.

      Let’s take a journey together to Melbourne, which is one of the most appreciated cities in Australia, shall we?

      Melbourne – Melbourne is recognized as one of the most impressive cities in Australia that attract a huge number of visitors from far and within. This great Australian city is a place where you can grab culture to a great extent by paying a visit to art galleries. Wait a minute! There’s more that’s awaiting your touch of discovery. Grab cheap flights to Melbourne from London for an exciting tour.
      Following attractions are worth a visit:
      • Melbourne Zoo
      • Eureka Sky deck 88
      • National Sports Museum
      • Chinatown
      There are other highlights as well that are a must-visit. So, you can book cheap flights to Melbourne and look forward to an enjoyable journey.

      Melbourne Zoo
      Eureka Sky deck 88
      National Sports Museum


      Chinatown
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  • Enjoy your dream vocation in t Enjoy your dream vocation in the Perth

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      The westernmost capital city which sits on Swan River, Perth is known for its sunshine, natural beauty and relaxed pace. Beyond its tranquil river and balmy beaches, the city has lively city precincts with great shopping, nightlife and dining options to meet the locals and experience its vibrant culture. There are so many things to see and explore. So take a Perth cheap flights and enjoy some amazing things about city.

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      King Street is lined with art galleries and elegant boutiques. For shoppers there is no better place than Murray and Hay streets. The Edwardian theatre is a great place to enjoy a day out with your family and friends. It stages large scale ballet, opera theatre and orchestra productions. There is nightlife every night of the week in Northbridge which sits just behind the city centre. You can enjoy your meals in top value restaurant along with aromatic café or cocktails between William, James, Aberdeen and Parker Street which are adorned with great assortment of clubs, bars, cafes and top value restaurants.

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      Leederville is a place for students, families and professional to hang out. If you love music then catch some live music in Mount Lawley where the art-deco Astor Theatre hosts various programs for popular Australian musicians. From culture to cocktails, Perth’s compact, friendly and energetic city precincts have much to entice you. So Book low fare london perth flights and enjoy your visit to one of the most beautiful destinations of Australia that has something for everyone. Some must see attractions of city include.

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      • Perth Zoo
      • Adventure world Perth
      • The Aquarium of Western Australia
      • The Perth Mint
      • Yellaghonga Regional Park
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  • Spectacular Sydney – A must vi Spectacular Sydney – A must visit destination

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      If you are planning your vacations to Australia, then don’t miss spectacular Sydney. Capital of New South Wales, It is one of world’s premier city destination built around one of the most beautiful harbour in the world. Vast, dynamic, fast paced and vibrant, Sydney is an epitome of easygoing Aussie living. Book your flights to Sydney that offer much loved sights on the tourist trail, sun soaked beaches, hidden art galleries, bustling nightlife and amazing food options which make Sydney truly a must visit destination.
      The city has a busy social calendar means that at almost any time of year, a festival is underway especially during the summer months.

      Taronga Zoo

      On enjoying holidays to Sydney and surrounds some must se places that no visitors will want to miss out include Sydney Harbour Bridge, world’s largest steel arch bridge and one of Sydney’s most famous landmarks. This famous bridge can be explored in many ways. You can take a walk across the rocks and admire the view, or join a guided day or night tour on a Bridge Climb or visit the fascinating Pylon Museum and its lookout.

      Sydney Opera House

      Situated on Sydney Harbor is another famous landmark which is Sydney Opera House. It is considered by many to be one of the wonders of modern world. One can join a guided tour of its impressive interiors or see one of the performances. You can come face to face with exotic flora and fauna of Sydney at Taronga Zoo, Sydney Aquarium, or at Featherdale Wildlife Park.

      Sydney Aquarium

      To enjoy all this and much more, just book cheap flights to Sydney from Heathrow and enjoy one of the best holidays of your life.

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  • A short overview of Los Angele A short overview of Los Angeles

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      Los Angeles, often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in the U.S. state of California and the second most populous in the United States, and is located in Southern California. The city is the focal point of the larger Los Angeles–Long Beach–Santa Ana metropolitan statistical area and Greater Los Angeles Area region. Los Angeles is also the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated and one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States, while the entire Los Angeles area itself has been recognized as the most diverse of the nation's largest cities. The city's inhabitants are referred to as "Angelenos."

      Culture

      Los Angeles is often billed as the "Creative Capital of the World", due to the fact that one in every six of its residents works in a creative industry. According to the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, "there are more artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers and musicians living and working in Los Angeles than any other city at any time in the history of civilization."

      LA malls and shopping centers:

      West LA and Beverly Hills, including Beverly Center Shopping Mall, Rodeo Drive, Two Rodeo, Century City Shopping Center and Westside Pavilion.

      Hollywood and nearby, including Hollywood & Highland, Universal CityWalk, Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard Shopping District in West Hollywood.

      Downtown and nearby, including California Market Center, LA Fashion District, Santee Alley, Cooper Design Space, Grand Central Market, LA Flower District, Little Tokyo District, Olvera Street, Citadel Factory Outlet.

      Mid Wilshire and nearby, including The Grove, Original Farmers Market, West Third Street, Koreatown Galleria and Koreatown Plaza.

      South Bay / Redondo Beach, including Del Amo Fashion Center, Manhattan Village Mall, South Bay Galleria, Plaza El Segundo, South Bay Pavilion.

      Los Angeles Nightlife:

      ABH: The Thompson Beverly Hills is a destination on its own accord, but when you consider their rooftop pool at ABH you're left with no reason to not be there right now. The pool provides an intimate and secluded environment for sipping cocktails or taking a dip.

      Poolside cabanas are few and far-between, but incredibly sought after. Luckily, admittance is reserved exclusively for hotel guests and members so the list to get one stays relatively short.

      Apple:  Apple is two-fold, restaurant and entertainment venue. The food comes from the kitchen courtesy of up-and-coming young chef Bryan Ogden, but it is once the plates are cleared that the real fun starts. Over in the Apple Lounge, velvet ropes hold back the average, and only allow the best of the best past.

      Avalon Hollywood: Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles is a historic night club and music venue that attracts some of the hottest performers and musicians in the business. It houses room for nearly 2,000 people, features the exclusive Bardot lounge on the second floor, and plays host to A-list DJ?s. Avalon Hollywood is one of the top destinations for music and party enthusiasts. The historic Avalon is located right across the street from Los Angeles? Capitol Records Building and attracts hundreds of trendy music lovers. With three bars, opera box seating, and outdoor patio Avalon Hollywood is a popular venue for live concerts, dancing, award shows, film screenings, and private events.

      Today, all the major studios are here and the city is the world's undisputed king of film-making. Disneyland is the city's major attraction, but LA is also home to world-renowned cultural institutions from the Museum of Contemporary Art to the LA Philharmonic and the stunning Getty Museum so just try this weekend a new experience in your life. Book your flights to USA and pack your begs now with http://www.ticketstousa.co.uk.

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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
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      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

      Service Ends

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      If you are on the edge of setting off a venture to one of the most traveled destinations on the planet, then what can be better than Australia? What strikes your mind when you think about Australia? Many may hold the perception that the country is distinguished for Sydney Opera House. But, this statement doesn’t prove to be true. There are other things as well that are worthy of your visit. So, don’t let time slip off your hands before it’s too late in terms of getting your hands on some of the most unparalleled deals on flights to Australia.
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      Rajasthan Travel is one of the best tour options of India. Rajasthan Travel Packages include Fair and Festivals packages, camel safaris packages, Wildlife packages, Forts and Palaces Package. Rajasthan Travel is always being the first prime destination for tourist in India. http://www.rajasthantours.net

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  • Rajasthan Tourism - A Fantasti Rajasthan Tourism - A Fantastic Experience to Explore

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      Rajasthan, the area of kings, is the biggest condition of the Republic of India. It is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the country. It possesses unique social and geographical features which have made a prominent India vacationer getaway. The condition is visited by a lot of domestic and international vacationers each year. Tourist in this royal and imperial India condition provides the vacationers an excellent encounter to take pleasure from for life-time.

      The traditional condition of Rajasthan is well known for its beautiful fortifications, stylish palaces, delicately designed wats, designed havelis and prosperous museums. Hence, the condition is also sometimes described as the Property of Ancient typical monuments. You will have a amazing opportunity to some most outstanding India fortifications & typical monuments while checking out the traditional places of the condition.

      Jaipur is the capital and biggest town of the condition. City Development, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and Jordan Hall Art gallery are most well-known points of interest in the town. Due to many lilac painted houses and buildings this town is also known as the Pink Town of India.

      Jodhpur is a adventure town located at the edge of the Thar Leave. It is also known as the Pink Town of India due to glowing blue homes. It is the second biggest town of the condition. Mehrangarh Ft, Umaid Bhawan Development and Jaswant Thada are main points of interest to see in the town.

      Udaipur, known as the Venice of India, is a romantic town in Rajasthan. It is also known as the Town of Ponds & Development due to many lovely lakes and stylish palaces. City Development, Pond Development, Jagmandir Development, Pond Pichola, Jagdish Forehead, Monsoon Development and Saheliyon-Ki-Bari are points of interest in the town which will never fail to surprise you.

      Bikaner is a beautiful town which is well known for fort, palaces, havelis and wats. Junagarh Ft, Ft Art gallery, Lalgarh Development, Deshnoke Rat Forehead and Camel Reproduction Farm & Research Center are major points of interest to see in this town.

      Jaisalmer, the Fantastic Town of India, is a amazing vacationer getaway to see in Rajasthan Tour. It is famous for Fantastic Fort, Jain Temples, Havelis and Sam Sand Sand hills.

      Apart from traditional places and spectacular fortifications & typical monuments, Rajasthan tourism is also well known for creature’s sanctuaries and nature. The condition offers ample opportunities for creature’s tourism at its creatures stocks and recreational areas. Ranthambore Nationwide Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve and Bharatpur Bird Refuge are very well-known on Rajasthan tours in India.

      Rajasthan tourism is imperfect if you do not discover its desert areas. Camel opera is the most well-known way to discover the desert and ripping sand dunes.

      Hence, it is but obvious that tourism in Rajasthan is an excellent encounter to take pleasure from for life-time.

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      Sung Sot (Amazing) cave, one of the largest caves in Ha Long Bay, has been selected as one of the world’s ten most beautiful caves by the Association of Tourism Offices and Brokers in the Czech Republic.

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      Mostly the foreigner travelers are lured with India’s traditional monument, way of life, palaces, fortifications and vibrant gatherings. Thus, Rajasthan is top of the details of the overseas travelers who check out from every duration and depth on the planet as this amazing condition is filled with several traditional ancient typical monuments. This wonderful condition is in the northwestern element of the Native India subcontinent which stocks its edge with Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Pakistan. It is also known as area of Rajput. There are many functions which appeals to high variety of travelers. It is not only about fortifications, palaces and ancient typical monuments and is also unique opera getaway. You can appreciate vehicle opera, creature’s opera and camel opera on your trip. You can check out here to discover out awesome Mughal and Rajput design of structure.

      There are several vacationer locations where you can check out but it becomes challenging to choose where you need to begin from as this excellent condition is speckled with several, which quickly entice the vacationer in extreme variety.

      Jaipur

      Jaipur is investment of Rajasthan and is well-known as white town. It has several points of interest by means of awesome structure, fortifications, ancient typical monuments, havelies and palaces. You get an experience of noble way of life of Rajput when you check out here. There are several spectacular structure which heat you. These architectures are City structure, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Designer Ft and Jal Mahal apart from that there are some well-known wats like GaltaJi Brow, Jain Mandir, Govind Dev Ji, Moti Dungri and Birla Mandir. All these structure creates Jaipur ideal position and also increase the excellent thing about Rajasthan Tourism.

      Jaisalmer

      Jaisalmer is one of the most exciting locations in Rajasthan. It is also known as ‘the fantastic town of India. This position is generally known for its ancient typical monuments including Jaisalmer Forts, Nathmalji ki haveli, the Patwon ki haveli and the Salim Singh ki haveli. It is also known for its unique sand sand hills, providing you remarkable camel opera. Tazia Structure, The Leave Nationwide Playground, Bara Bagh, and Gadsisar Sagar Container, these functions are also appeals to travelers in high variety. Rajasthan is truly the biggest spots which provide amazing and wonderful vacation along with any Older Triangular Tour world.

      Udaipur

      Udaipur is another unique trip getaway in Rajasthan and is established by Maharana Udai Singh. It is also known as the Pond City. There are many travelers come from element on the planet to discover Udaipur. Some well-known tourist’s points of interest are Pond Development, Pond Development, Pond Fateh Sagar, Pond Pichola, Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, Maharana Pratap Funeral service. All these functions lure lot of travelers.

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      Become a morning person, get active and hit the streets of Xi'an for this energetic city tour filled with history, culture, food and fun. Witness daily life in motion, find out about local legends and admire historic architecture as you cycle around the iconic city walls of Xi'an with Urban Adventures.

      Highlights:

      • Pick up some tasty snacks from street vendors
      • Join in with locals practicing their morning exercises
      • Cycle along the ancient city walls of Xi'an
      • Admire the well-preserved architecture on the streets of Xi'an
      • Learn about Xi'an's historic, local legends

       


      Tour style:Cycling, Local life & Culture, Heritage & History, Sightseeing
      Inclusion:

      English speaking guide, Transport & Entrance fees as indicated, Entrance to the City Walls and Bike rental (100 mins)


      Exclusion:

      Items of a personal nature, Tips or gratuities for drivers or guides and Entry to other museums at the Terracotta Warriors complex


      Group size:Maximum 12
      Schedule details:

      • Duration: 3 - 4 hours
      • Meeting point:

        By entrance to Starbucks and Haagen Dazs on Bell Tower Square

      • Start time: 8.00 AM
      • Finish point:

        South Gate of City Walls


      <!-- Drop-off time:12.00 PM
      -->Additional information :

      • Voucher exchange details:

        Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

      • Confirmation of booking:

        Please contact Xi'an Urban Adventures to confirm your tour 24 hours prior to departure.

      • Additional information:

        During national holidays and on weekend sights in Xi'an can be extremely crowded. If you wish to avoid the busiest times we recommend visiting Xi'an outside of these periods or taking your Urban Adventure on a week day.

      • Dress standard:

        We will be on our feet for a number of hours so please make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes

      • Child policy:

        Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

      • Language: English


       

      Itinerary:

      Get into action on this cycling city tour that uncovers a slice of daily life while exploring the ancient and modern sides of Xi'an. Start the day by meeting an enthusiastic local guide in central Xian. Weave through the backstreets and modern thoroughfares of Xi'an and stop to buy some snacks from the street vendors selling everything from fruit to breakfast foods.

       

      Next, stop at a park in the shadow of the ancient city walls to join the locals in their morning exercises. You'll see people doing everything from relaxing tai chi to energetic dancing - there's even outdoor gym equipment to warm up on. If you're lucky, your exercises might be accompanied by the sounds of locals practicing opera or playing traditional instruments. Climb to the top of the wall and choose a bike to cycle on. Go it alone or pair up on a tandem bike for some extra fun! Ride around the city walls, appreciate the ancient architecture and revel in the unique view of the city. It may be a little bumpy at times but the incredible view and insight into local life is second to none.

       

      Stop to see city landmarks, take snapshots and learn about legends and tales of charming Xi'an. Depending on the weather (and the fitness of the group) the ride could last up to 14 km if the whole circumference of the wall is completed. Arrive back at the South Gate where the tour ends. Take the option to hire the bike for longer for an independent adventure (at an additional cost) or choose to explore on your own for the rest of the day.


      Your trip:

      For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

      Tipping:

      If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.

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