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  • Angeles Pampanga Hotel Angeles Pampanga Hotel

    • From: enclavehomesvillas
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      Word “Enclave” evolved from the Latin word “clavis”, which means “key”. In Angeles City, there lies a key – a key to a perfect getaway place that offers a tranquil escape from the hassles of urban demands. Like when Alice used the golden key to unlock the doors of Wonderland, the Enclave is a golden key to a gated paradise, which offers a wonderland of experiences to those who decide to unlock it.

      Enclave, a getaway and events place located at the heart of Angeles City. It was conceptualized to provide an accessible perfect getaway for city dwellers who seek relaxation, privacy, reinvigoration, and at the same time enjoy the company of their, family, friends, or colleagues. Suitable to celebrate all occasions in life! Team buildings, Company Parties, Birthdays, Debut, Weddings and Anniversaries.

      Executive – Weekday Promo: 4,400.00 +

      De Luxe – Weekday Promo: 4,720.00+

      Address: Fil-Am Friendship Highway, Brgy. Pampanga, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines

      Call us: 0915-7830359 / 0922-2801257     

      Email add: enclavegetaway@gmail.com, sales@enclavehomesvillas.com

       

      For more information, promos, events and discount please follow us at http://enclavehomesvillas.com/villas

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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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  • Best Eco- tours ever!!!!!!!!!! Best Eco- tours ever!!!!!!!!!!

    • From: VCBET
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      Hi friends:

      Stressed about the bad economy?. Be trapped in a crowded and noisy city?. Want to stay away from a boring life?. You need a vacation!.

      Why not only get your very own photo of three of the last untouched corners of Vietnam, Pu Luong, Ba Be National Park and Ngoc Son Ngo Luong Natural Reserves, but also fulfill your responsibility to natural areas?.

      Pu Luong Natural Reverse (Pù Luông) might suggest  something of a secret garden of millions of years created by two mountains running parallely towards northwest-southeast. Instead of getting some sleep on a well-equipped and luxurious hotel, sleeping over at eco accommodation providers’ traditional houses should be thought of. It is absolutely true to note that none of travelers are not captivated by a 360-degree view over diversified natural landscapes when they climb to the highest point with the evaluation of 1700 m.

      Moving on to the second must-see travel destination, Ngoc Son-Ngo Luong (Ngọc Sơn-Ngổ Lương), is located in the northern region of Vietnam with breakthtaking scenery. Easily accessible by car, great wildlife viewing is not out of travelers’ hands. It is for sure to say that you will have 24 amazing hours with a range of community-based activities such as rafting on charming rivers flowing through a forest, having the most memorable Thais-style dining experience rather than a nine-course tasting one with.

      For sightseers, perhaps it is too enough to make them remember it over and over. So, how any travelers can explore part of Vietnam’s hidden beauty in terms of way which was is different from others?.

      All you have to do is to join our tourism network_VCBET, Vietnam Community-Based Ecotourism Network, whereby you can get your responsible one-and-only trip done in relation to the local community. On the one hand, our carefully designed tourism products are good value for money as to participants. On the other hand, it is right your actions taken on minimizing the negative impact of tourism on where you had set your foot, providing direct financial benefits to hosts, and contributing to have a world of better tomorrow.

      That’s exactly what our eco-tours and your journey ahead are all about.

      And believe it or not, once you make a snap decision getting involved our eco-tours, you will have that “aha” moment…

      To your enjoyment,            

      Vietnam Community-Based Ecotourism Network

      Headquarters and Volunteer house: No 2, Cong Go Str., Dong Anh Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam

      Office in Hanoi: MV-Space Building, No 14 Trung Yên 3 Str., Trung Yen New Urban, Cau Giay Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam

       

      Office in Da Nang City: No 101 Pham Tu Str., Son Tra Dist., Da Nang City, Vietnam

       

      TEL: (+84)4.6329 2996

      Hotline: (+84)974 644 134 (Worldwide) | 0986 333 788 (Vietnam)

      E-mail: ecotourism@cvtd.org.vn

       

      Website: www.cvtd.org.vn

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  • Singapore: Traditions at the Singapore: Traditions at the Core of Modernity

    • From: Brianmcquillan
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      Admired as one of the most prosperous cities in world, Singapore is a popular tourist destination that can be defined through rock-solid infrastructure, congestion free roads and heady concoctions of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western cultures.These things in combination with energy make Singapore a city state like none other.Singapore appears as a city where poverty and chaos are nonexistent.As your flight lands in Singapore, you get introduced to a place where there is an order in almost everything.
      Prima facie, the city unveils to you as an urban settlement where everything seems artificial but as you scratch its shiny surface its true colours start enchanting you.
      This former British trading colony stuns you with myriad places of tourist interest, excellent shopping options, glittering nightlife topped with loads of glamour and glitch.
      Rendezvous with Singapore:
      National Orchid Garden:The garden opened for public in the year 1995, is home to a large number of species and hybrids.
      National Orchid Garden
      Singapore Botanical Garden: Sprawled over an area of 74 hectare. The garden boasts off a large collection of plants.
      Singapore Botanical Garden
      Marina Bay:Marina Bay is situated to the east of Downtown Core of the city. The tourists can explore new lifestyle options and have endless conversation on business and day to day life.
      Marina Bay
      Singapore Flyer: The operators of the wheel describe it as observational wheel. With total height of 165m it is the tallest Ferris wheel on the earth.
      Singapore Flyer
      National Museum of Singapore The museum is an ideal place for those who want to get introduced to history and culture of Singapore. The museum presents the history in an innovative way.
      National Museum of Singapore
      Singapore Science Center: This destination is an ideal place for those who have a genuine interest in science and have a scientific temper.
      Singapore Science Centre
      Chinatown: This Chinese heritage area has a huge following among tourists.
      Chinatown
      When it comes to accommodation and dining there is no dearth of options here. The city is a food lover’s paradise. Your London-Singapore trip is bound to be an unforgettable experience.

      This content is originally syndicated from http://brianmcquillan-travel.blogspot.com/2013/03/singapore-traditions-at-core-of.html


       
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  • Private Day Trip to Petra By F Private Day Trip to Petra By Ferry Boat From Sharm

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      Pick up from your hotel in Sharm and transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Taba port about 3 hours driving, sail to Aqaba port where you will meet our company representative. Then you will be accompanied by your tour guide and drive to Petra "Rose-Red City" for a full day sightseeing tour of the ancient city comprises a complete urban infrastructure which includes temples, baths, private houses, high places, paved streets, public buildings, markets, theaters, reservoirs and cisterns. Its entrance, a one-kilometer long fissure through the towering cliffs, "The Siq", provides a dramatic approach and induction to the city. The narrow winding path through the canyon dramatically opens up to expose the awesome facade of the Elkhazneh, "the treasury", with lunch at specialty restaurant of international and local Jordanian cuisines then you will driven back to Aqaba port to sail back to Nuwibaa port where you will be met and assisted by our company representative and then we will drive you back to your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh.

       

       

       


       

       

       

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      * Hotel Pickup & drop off service
      * All transfers by Ac vehicle
      * Return Ferry Boat tickets
      * Tour guide of your language
      * Horse riding in Petra (700 m)
      * Jordan entry visa
      * Entrance fees as per itinerary
      * Lunch meal during tour
      * All services charges and taxes

       

       

       


       

       

       

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      * Personal expenses
      * Tipping Kitty

       

       

       


       

       

       

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      * Passport
      * Break Fast box
      * Sun Glasses and Hat

       


       

       

       

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      * Single : 615 Usd
      * From 2 to 3 pax: 495 Usd per person
      * From 4 to 6 pax: 445 Usd per person
      * From 7 to 10 pax: 395 Usd per person

       

      Sharm to Petra Tours, Trips, Excursions To Petra From Sharm

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  • Private Day Trip to Petra By F Private Day Trip to Petra By Ferry Boat From Sharm

    • From: sharm
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      Pick up from your hotel in Sharm and transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Taba port about 3 hours driving, sail to Aqaba port where you will meet our company representative. Then you will be accompanied by your tour guide and drive to Petra "Rose-Red City" for a full day sightseeing tour of the ancient city comprises a complete urban infrastructure which includes temples, baths, private houses, high places, paved streets, public buildings, markets, theaters, reservoirs and cisterns. Its entrance, a one-kilometer long fissure through the towering cliffs, "The Siq", provides a dramatic approach and induction to the city. The narrow winding path through the canyon dramatically opens up to expose the awesome facade of the Elkhazneh, "the treasury", with lunch at specialty restaurant of international and local Jordanian cuisines then you will driven back to Aqaba port to sail back to Nuwibaa port where you will be met and assisted by our company representative and then we will drive you back to your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh.

       

      Price Includes:

      • Hotel Pickup & drop off service
      • All transfers by Ac vehicle
      • Return Ferry Boat tickets
      • Tour guide of your language
      • Horse riding in Petra (700 m)
      • Jordan entry visa
      • Entrance fees as per itinerary
      • Lunch meal during tour
      • All services charges and taxes

       

      Price Excludes:

      • Personal expenses
      • Tipping Kitty

       

      Tour Requirements:

      • Passport
      • Break Fast box
      • Sun Glasses and Hat

      Sharm to Petra Tours, Trips, Excursions To Petra From Sharm

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  • Excursions and day trips from Excursions and day trips from Johannesburg

    • From: Brianmcquillan
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      Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city which is an economic hub of country, and increasingly for rest of Africa. It represents spirit of South Africa and there are many things that are unique to Johannesburg. Capital of Gauteng province it is endearingly known to locals as Joburg, jozi or Egoli. There are various things that are unique o Johannesburg. It is largest city in the world that is not situated on a lake, navigable river or by the coast. With around 6 million trees, Johannesburg is most likely world’s largest man made urban forest. So book cheap flights to Johannesburg and explore some very interesting facts about this largest South African city.

      Sun City

      Whether you are watching wildlife from a safari truck or an elephant, exploring cultural villages of city, there is so much fun in doing each activity. The city also acts as a base to explore nearby scenic destinations on excursions or day trips.
      Some amazing excursions from Johannesburg include
      Sun City: - Sun City is the name which is known to most of passionate tourists coming to South Africa is truly majestic. It is a place where there is heaven between the mountains, is 2-1/2 hour’s drive from Johannesburg. The Palace of Lost city at Sun City is a fairytale African Palace that towers over valley is visible from almost anywhere on the resort .It is unique and most opulent and extravagant hotel at Sun City. The palace has 38 spacious rooms decorated with a distinctly African feel.

      Pilanesberg Game Reserve

      Pilanesberg Game Reserve:-Right next to Sun City, this game reserve is easily accessible from Johannesburg and is free from malaria. The Big five all inhabit in Pilanesberg but white rhinos and elephant sighting are very common is a good destination for day trip.
      Maropeng: - It is the key site in the Cradle of Humankind world heritage site. Important fossils of our ancestors have been found in nearby Sterkfontein Caves and are thought to be up to 200,000 years old.

      Maropeng Tumulus Front

      So book fights to Johannesburg from London as the city and its nearby places offer plentiful of scenic attractions.

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  • Top 10 China Tourist Cities Top 10 China Tourist Cities

    • From: topchinatravel
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      No. 1 Beijing


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

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

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

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

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

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

      No. 4 Hong Kong

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

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

      No. 5 Guilin

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

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

      No. 6 Guangzhou

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

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

       

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

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

       

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • From: topchinatravel
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      Day 1

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

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

      Day 2

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

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

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

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

      Day 3

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

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

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

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

      Day 4

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

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

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

      Day 5

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

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

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

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

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

      Day 6

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

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

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

      Day 7

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

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

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

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

      Day 8

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

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

      Day 9

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

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

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

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

      Day 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Day 11

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

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  • Mobile Massage and Soccer? Mobile Massage and Soccer?

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      An interesting business concept in the Mission District of San Francisco.

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  • Manasalu Larkya Pass Trekking Manasalu Larkya Pass Trekking - 22 Days

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      Mt.Manasalu 8165 Mtrs.

      The main journey here is around Manasalu, reaching north of the Himalayas and circling the great Manasalu-Himalchuli-Buddha massif. Since Manasalu is a special area for trekkers and was only officially opened from 1991 onwards for trekking. Since then, the region has been opened up for organized groups. The major trekking seasons are between March-May and September-November. It needs special permits. Three-week complete treks will give you an exciting, adventurous and once in a life time experience. The seven Villages Development Committees (the smallest political unit) within the conservation area are: Sama, Lho, Prok, Bihi, Chumchet, Chhekampar and Sirdibas covering 1,663sq.km. Over 9,000 local inhabitants reside here and their main occupation is marginal agriculture, animal husbandry and seasonal migration for labor and trade during the winter months.

      Tsum Valley

      The region offers visitors a glimpse of pristine natural and cultural traditions that are fast disappearing from other parts of Nepal. Due to the prolonged isolation and contact with other urban people, the major ethnic groups, the Bhotiyas still have a strong sense of attachment towards their traditional local culture and rich natural heritage. The region harbors a mosaic of habitats for 33 species of mammals, including the elusive snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan Thar, Blue sheep, with over 110 species of birds, 11 species of butterflies and 3 species of reptiles. There are approx 200 species of plants, 11 types of forests and over 100 species of useful plants. The bio-climatic zones vary from sub-tropical to Nival. This trek starts from Gorkha, home to legendry Gorkha soldiers and follows the meandering Budhi Gandaki River of the Daraudi River before reaching Larkya Pass (5,106 m) and crossing over into Manang district of ACAP. The altitude rises from a Mere (600 m.) to the summit of Mt. Manasalu (8,163 m.), the eight highest peak in the world.

      Manasalu Trek

      Maximum Elevation: 5106 mtrs.

      Trek Duration: 21 days

      Mode of Operation: Tea House and Camping

      Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous

      Season: Mar, Apr, May, Jun-Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.

      Attraction: The palace of ancient kingdom, Spectacular views of the Himalayas, Exciting ethnic encounters and village, Abundance of wildlife, Majestic water falls, Beautiful shining rivers, Bamboo forest with abundance of wildlife, Spiritual Buddhist monasteries, Snow covered mountain, Tibetan refugees camp, Beautiful mountain market ‘Samagaon’.

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      Manasalu Larkya Pass Trekking Day to Day Itinerary

      Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu; Greet and meet you at airport; Transfer to hotel; Overnight at hotel.

      Day 02: Half day guided city tours (Include world heritage sites: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati Nath Temple, Swayambu Nath and Buddha Nath Stupa); Afternoon pre-trip discussion of the trek; Overnight at Hotel.

      Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Gorkha; (5-6 hrs.);

      Day 04: Drive from Gorkha Bazzar to Arughat Bazzar; (4½ hrs.); 570 mtrs.

      Day 05: Trek from Arughat Bazzar to Soti Khola; (6½ hrs.); 530 mtrs.

      Day 06: Trek from Soti Khola to Machhi Khola; (6 hrs.); 890 mtrs.

      Day 07: Trek from Machhi Khola to Jagat; (6 hrs.); 1350 mtrs.

      Day 08: Trek from Jagat to Philim; (4 hrs.); 1700 mtrs.

      Day 09: Trek from Philim to Deng; (6½hrs.); 2095 mtrs.

      Day 10: Trek from Deng to Namrung; (5½ hrs.); 2900 mtrs.

      Day 11: Trek from Namrung to Lho-Gaon; (4 hrs.); 3100 mtrs.

      Day 12: Trek from Lho-Gaon to Sama-Gaon; (4 hrs.); 3390 mtrs.

      Day 13: Acclimatization day at Sama-Gaon, Short hike around Sama-Gaon and Manasalu Base Camp.

      Day 14: Trek from Sama-Gaon to Samda; (4½hrs.); 3690 mtrs.

      Day 15: Trek from Samda to Larkya Phedi; (3½ hrs.); 4460 mtrs.

      Day 16: Trek from Larkya Phedi to Bimthang V/A Larkya Pass; (7½ hrs.); 5135 mtrs and 3590 mtrs.

      Day 17: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani; (4 hrs.); 1860 mtrs.

      Day 18: Trek from Dharapani to Jagat; (6 hrs.); 1360 mtrs.

      Day 19: Trek from Jagat to Beshi Sahar; (7 hrs.); 760 mtrs.

      Day 20: Drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu.

      Day 21: Drop to airport for your final flight departure.

      (Note: This is full trip Itinerary, If anyone interested for the half trip after arrival in Nepal, we can arrange half trip itinerary also)

      Manasalu

      Trip Cost Includes

      • All airport/Hotel transfers
      • 3 or 4-star level Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
      • Welcome and farewell dinner.
      • All lodging and fooding during the trek.
      • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees.
      • Domestic flights and Airport taxes.
      • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide, Assistant trek guide and Porters to carry luggage (2 Trekkers:1 porter ) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
      • All necessary paper work and Trekking permits or National park permit, TIMS Card)
      • All government and local taxes if necessary.

      Trip Cost Excludes

      • Nepal visa fee.
      • International Airfare to and from Kathmandu.
      • Excess baggage charges.
      • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, Late departure, Early return from mountain (Due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
      • Lunch and Evening meals in Kathmandu (And also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
      • Travel and Rescue insurance.
      • Personal expenses (Phone Calls, Laundry, Bar bills during the trekking, Battery recharge, Extra porters, Bottle or Boiled water, Shower etc).
      • Tips for Guides and Porters.
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  • Puebla, 72 Hour Express Puebla, 72 Hour Express

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      After a great 3 day marathon in Puebla, the great Popocatepetl (Smoking Mountain in Nahuatl) bade me farewell with a magnificent spectacle of steam and ash brightened by the early morning sun as it hiccupped as it has for many centuries. Snowcapped alongside theIztaccíhuatl (Sleeping Woman) they frame the Valley of Puebla with eternal beauty.

      As a frequent visitor to Puebla taking in this view gave me pause to review what happened in the last three days between business meetings and planning for the visitors that will arrive son to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Puebla.

      This bright Sunday morning I arrived in the direct flight from Houston and headed to check in at the Camino Real Hotel in the heart of downtown Puebla. Once installed, met my colleague in the project and headed to my favorite Sunday stop, the flea market at the Los Sapos (Toads) fountain park. There looked for antique toys, books, helmets, medals, coins, jewelry surrounded by dozens of many other old and new items that make for a great start of the day. This area of downtown Puebla has sprawled over the last ten years to the many colonial era streets that connect Los Sapos with the Zocalo or main plaza, the Parian, the artists’ colony; the gran crafts market leaving only space to walk and marvel at what is new almost with every visit. There are a growing number of boutique hotels, carved out of decaying colonial buildings and old homes, each with a unique style and competing cuisine. There are many vendors of food, snacks, popular and high end restaurants.  The Zocalo, border by arched portal buildings on three sides –these with every form of eating establishment-, and the magnificent cathedral on the other, is a pedestrian paradise on Sunday. Children play, there are great offers of colorful balloons and many other toys, concerts and many other activities.  We were met by other friends as we replicated the walking tour we planned for our visitors, tasted mole, candies, took a peek at many of the monuments, stopped for lunch at a preselected traditional kitchen restaurant and enjoyed judging the various options offered by the owner and settling for one of Puebla’s signature dishes “Chiles en Nogada”. After we made our way to have coffee with an old friend who owns and produces some of the most magnificent pieces and sculptures in the Talavera pottery style that is unique to Puebla. We talked about his production of special Talavera pieces with Cinco de Mayo themes and motifs, for special gifts and to offer to visitors during and after the festivities. Someone mentioned that later we could attend and open air concert by a known contemporary singer and an open air play showing life in Puebla in the XVIIth century. We decided that there was time to see the plan and catch the end of the concert. On our way, we stopped to have a “pasita” (a raisin) which is a tradition to stop and have a shot glass of this raisin liqueur dispensed at a rather quaint shop that seems to have thousands of objects and probably sells other things, but the lines are to have a “pasita” as a rite of passage for visitors and locals alike. As we continue walking making our way to the candy street (one of Puebla’s great products is it immense variety of candies and chocolates, set side by side with dozens of locally imagined fruit liquors) we browse through antique shops, colonial furniture; we stop at City Hall, a rather handsome neoclassic building where a placard tells us that at this site in April of 1863, who after a month long siege –almost a year after the famous battle- they refused to surrender to the French army that was twice the force of that of 1862. Our meandering takes to the larger crafts market of Analco. We take a peek the Palafoxian library on one side of the cathedral with is thousands of books from colonial times that is open during daylight as it has no electric lights.

      A bit later as we turn to the street leading to the candy shops we pass by the Santo Domingo Temple and the Rosario Chapel, their interior lined with impressive Baroque altars and a  onyx pulpit; and the Capilla del Rosario, one of the most elaborately decorated Baroque chapels in Mexico, completely covered with ornate sculptured walls and vault in gold leaf and plaster. From passing all the temptations of candy we do surrender to some magnificent local chocolates as we arrive at the Teatro Principal, dating 1760 and seating some 1600, still in use today with an offering of great plays. The theater borders the Artists Quarter and there is a colonial patio where we arrive to see a play that depicts life in Puebla 26 years after being founded over 400 years ago (Puebla is a planned city). The visual staging was admirable as with a cast of dozens the play recreated a market scene that carried us in time with great delight. At the end we had time to catch the end of the concert at the zócalo still full of life as the clock showed it was past 10 pm.  Time to say goodnight and reflect on the magic of a Sunday in Puebla were time seems to go so slow that we could do all of this on foot and never feel the rush of time.

      Monday and Tuesday do change our pace as there meetings to attend in various parts of the city and now we need to get into the car and meet the challenge of urban traffic. Our meetings take us from traditional downtown to modern Puebla in Angelopolis with its eight lane roads, buildings showing the accomplished designs of Mexican architects that mix creativity with earthquake proof structures, university campuses (we have a presentation at the BUAP on Tuesday), golf courses, hotels, hospitals and housing developments.  The afternoon takes us to the Battle Park to see the May Fair were we find hundreds of stands with dozens of variations of popular food, crafts and games. Of great interest is the Mexican Army exhibit showing a modern and professional force, well trained, well equipped and highly disciplined. To my personal pleasure the exhibit included two type aircraft I flew in my Army days.  We had a chance to navigate at the intense building pace in completing the segregation of the Battle Park from the urban area that surrounds it. Our stop there was the ceremony re inaugurating the Planetarium, showing the renewed Imax and Sky projectors all done with and by Puebla technicians. As the Planetarium is located within the Park, it is also planned to be part of the visitors orientation and will show videos of the Battle that will help the visitor visualize what happened there 150 years ago. We close the day by having dinner at one of the two dozen open air restaurants found in the porticos around the Zócalo. Tuesday we return to Angelopolis to make a presentation sponsored by the Center of Innovation and Business Competivity of the BUAP were we presented a concept for the market of historic memorabilia as a foundation for the tourism business and a growth perspective for export of 5 de Mayo crafts and memorabilia.  Mixing business with pleasure, we had lunch at the Murales de Puebla restaurant, a new place for me. There we find ourselves surrounded by fascinating murals –there is a new one to be installed shortly full of 5 de Mayo and period history- we had the pleasure to see one of the greatest selections of mescal (tequila is a form of mescal) and taste two recommended by the owner. More important is the variety of choices in their menu full of traditional and innovative dishes. I settled for one of their signature dishes –enchiladas of three moles- will go back for more. For dessert we had one of the best flans I have ever tasted.  One of our last stops was the studio of world famous painter Washington Iza who is doing a specially commissioned work that depicts the Battle of Puebla juxtaposing the Lincoln-Juarez relationship, so important to the successful outcome of both wars.  The day finds its end by sharing literary and history opinions, and some good tequila with a friend.  Back to the hotel and ready to depart in the morning.

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      Set between two major mountain ranges, the Olympics and the Cascades, with the Puget Sound's fjord-like waters to the west and massive Lake Washington to the east, Seattle has one of the most dramatic settings of any city in the country.

      The frequent moody cloud cover can hide those jagged mountains but on clear days 14,411-foot (4297 meter) Mount Rainier can be seen from the city. Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a short stay in the northwestern U.S. city.


      Friday
      6 p.m. - If the clouds have lifted even a bit, there's no better place to watch the sunset over Elliott Bay than from the Seattle Art Museum's nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park on the downtown waterfront. Besides wandering about the 20 sculptures from major artists like Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson and Richard Serra, you can enjoy further views of the changeable bay by strolling along the paved trail through nearby Myrtle Edwards Park.


      7 p.m. - Head up to the Capitol Hill neighborhood and start the weekend with cocktails at Tavern Law, named by GQ Magazine as one of the 25 best bars in America.


      There are plenty of handcrafted cocktails to enjoy in the Prohibition-era surroundings, but celebrate the start of your getaway with a custom champagne cocktail. Peruse the menu. The oxtail banh mi sandwich, based on Vietnamese tradition, will give you a taste of the Pacific Rim influence that figures in so many Seattle menus.


      9 p.m. - Seattle takes its jazz seriously and there's no better spot than Dimitriou's Jazz Alley downtown to hear it. With any luck, a musician like Grammy Award-winning Arturo Sandoval will be holding court. Or maybe you'll catch the funky horn-driven Tower of Power.


      Saturday
      9 a.m. - Fortify yourself for the day ahead with one of the best Mexican breakfasts anywhere at Senor Moose in the lively Ballard neighborhood. The crowded restaurant offers breakfast specialties culled from regions throughout Mexico. Try the outstanding huevos motuleos with black beans inspired by the Yucatan breakfast staple. Even though it's early, go ahead and get an order of the flawless guacamole and chips. It's surprisingly good with a cup of Senor Moose's strong coffee.

      11 a.m. - Get a sense of Ballard's historic status as Seattle's Scandinavian neighborhood at the Nordic Heritage Museum and at stops such as the shop Scandinavian Specialties, where you can pick up house-made cured meats, homemade Swedish meatballs and a bowl of traditional yellow split pea soup.


      Ballard also has a lively shopping scene.  KAVU, a local Seattle clothing and gear company, offers the quintessential Northwest look, with hip interpretations of outdoorsy style clothes. Stop at The Secret Garden Bookshop which has a carefully chosen selection of books for children and adults. For lunch, head to the nearby Ray's Boathouse Cafe with views for which Seattle is famous, along with the seafood.


      3 p.m. - Spend the next two hours absorbing more of Asia's influence on Seattle at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. The museum, which is situated in lovely Volunteer Park, showcases exquisite art from various centuries and numerous counties in Asia.

      5 p.m. - Continue your exploration of Seattle's hot cocktail scene at the Zig Zag Cafe tucked away behind the Pike Place Market. Try the One Legged Duck, a blend of Rye Whiskey, Dubonnet, Mandarine Napoleon and Fernet Branca. Order a plate of marinated olives to go with it, or try the cheese plate. Much of the food on the menu is sourced at the Pike Place Market.

      7 p.m. - Since you're already at Pike Place, head to Matt's in the Market on the third floor of the Corner Market Building, where the food matches the view. Meat lovers can try the Pork Belly Confit with kimchi broth. For those who prefer seafood try the clams with chorizo and cava or order anything with Dungeness crab or perhaps some oysters on the half shell. For a larger plate try the seafood stew.


      9 p.m. - For a great evening head to the Triple Door in the heart of downtown Seattle, which offers music ranging from pop chanteuse crooners to Apple Jam, a group presenting a critically praised tribute to the Beatles.  A great wine list is available, along with excellent cocktails and Southeast Asian inspired plates. The satays are a perennial favorite.

       


      Sunday

      10 a.m. - For brunch try Salty's at Alki in West Seattle. It can be crowded, but the views and lavish assortment of Northwest foods on offer more than make up for it, including piles of Dungeness crab and smoked salmon, along with brunch staples like Eggs Benedict and Belgian waffles. Afterwards walk for miles along the waterfront through Alki, Seattle's premiere people watching neighborhood and beach scene. Seals often pop their heads up here, and you'll see ferries chugging off to local islands.

      1 p.m. - Seattle is a book lover's town, and readers have many fine bookstores to visit. Seattle Mystery Bookshop in historic Pioneer Square is one of the best and offers both new and used books. Passionate, friendly staff can help you find the perfect read.

      For an excellent general selection, Elliott Bay Book Company on Capitol Hill has the goods, many with staff recommendations, plus a great selection of unique cards. It's easy to lose yourself in the stacks, so keep an eye on the clock if you need catch a flight.

       

       

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      With booming family-friendly popularity, Seattle is an urban playground with wide open appeal for outdoor lovers. If you enjoy tall emerald forests and city parks, stunning views of distant snow-capped mountains and miles of Puget-Sound open water, you'll love Seattle. While many know Seattle as the rain capital, Seattleites boast their city actually gets less annual rain than New York or Miami. A little drizzle is no reason to miss out on exploring -- especially in summer.

       

      Most city attractions for kids are clustered at Seattle Center, a 74-acre downtown venue with the Space Needle, Children's Museum, Children's Theatre, Pacific Science Center, Experience Music Project and an indoor-outdoor amusement park. Large event fests are here; make sure to bring strollers for the little ones.

      ·         Pike Place Market. The nine-acre Market, which opened on August 17, 1907 according to its website (http://www.pikeplacemarket.com) is can't- miss for all ages as the city's heart and soul. The Market is a free National Historic District with more than 250 businesses, 100 farmers, 200 arts and craftspeople and open daily. Arrive at 10 a.m. to beat crowds. Mondays and Tuesdays are best for crafts; Wednesday-Sundays showcase amazing fresh produce. Kids love their photo with Rachel, the iconic life-sized bronze piggy. She's under the central Market clock by Pike Place Fish, where singing fishmongers throw fish.

      ·         Space Needle. This symbol of the 1962 World's Fair has an observation tower ("O Deck") at 520 feet high. Kids love scoping out Mount Rainier on free telescopes. SkyQ's interactive experience, with five touch-screen kiosks, entertains all. An often-crowded gift shop sells noteworthy souvenirs. Kids 3 and under free; kids ages 4-13 pay $9, ages 14-64 pay $16 and people over 65 years old pay $14.

      ·         Seattle Aquarium. While gazing into a 120,000-gallon aquarium, kids of all ages are astonished as they also see colorful salmon, rockfish, sea anemones and native Washington marine life. Also, there's storytelling for the youngest. On the waterfront at Pier 59, down a flight of stairs from Pike Place Market. It gets crowded, so arrive at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 3 and under are admitted for free. Admission for youth (ages 4-12) is $10.50, and admission for adults is $16.

      ·         Pacific Science Center. This hands-on, six-acre facility is great for elementary-aged kids, with interactive exhibits and live science demonstrations. A tropical butterfly area is popular for all ages. Also, IMax movies, laser tag and the Planetarium offer an educational, yet fun way of showing kids information. Prices range from $17-$23 for adults and $10-$13 for kids.

      ·         Woodland Park Zoo. Its naturalistic settings rank the 92-acre Woodland Park among the country's top zoos with appeal to all animal lovers. Chilean flamingos, an African savanna, tropical rain forest, and covered activities such as parakeets feeding provide a full day's entertainment. Bring dollar bills for rides on an old-fashioned carousel (merry-go-round). Admission depends on the time of year. Kids under age 2 are admitted for free; admission for adults (October-April) is $11 and $16.50 during summer months. Admission for kids ages 3 through 12 is $11 during summer months and $8 the rest of the year. Be sure to rent a wagon (near admission entrance).

      ·         Experience Music Project Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. One of the world's largest collections of memorabilia from Seattle icon Jimi Hendrix. EMPSFM appeals to rockers, high school teens and parents who remember Hendrix. It celebrates American popular music genres. Also, a SpinKids Station amuses young kids. Kids ages 4 and under are admitted for free. Admission for youth (ages 5-17) is $12, and admission for adults is $15.

      ·         Tillicum Village & Tours. For a memorable four-hour evening, take a late afternoon cruise to scenic Blake Island State Park, birthplace of Chief Seattle, for a Northwest Coast Native American dance presentation. An all-you-can-eat traditional salmon bake dinner is yummy. Board from downtown waterfront's Pier 55. Kids under 4, free; kids aged 5-12 pay $30 and adults pay $79.95.

      ·         Bainbridge Island. Board a downtown Seattle walk-on ferry (about $7 roundtrip, no reservations) at downtown's Pier 52 for a 35-minute ride to charming 28-square-mile Bainbridge Island. It's a fun day trip for the family. Enjoy ice cream, coffees, lunch or picnic. Bring a stroller.

      ·         Olympic Sculpture Park. This free, downtown nine-acre sculpture park is a great spot to view Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains scenery. A z-shaped path rambles among permanent and rotating sculptures. Great for a picnic lunch with treats picked up from shops at nearby Pike Place Market.

      ·         Alki Beach Park. Kids love this true sandy free beach park, with a 2.5-mile pedestrian walkway. It's where the first white settlers arrived in Seattle in 1851. Catch a Metro Bus (Route 56) a block from Pike Place Market. Water temps average 46 to 56 degrees Fahrenheit.

      ·         University District Farmers market. Washington's largest "farmer's only" market is also Seattle's oldest market, taking place every Saturday throughout the year. Sample local farm foods and watch chef demonstrations. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. near University of Washington.

      ·         Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Kids love watching salmon climb up a fish ladder or catching a glimpse of a sea lion from a viewing window. Also known as the Ballard Locks, the locks raise and lower boats between fresh and salt water.

      ·         Downtown parking is expensive and is challenging to find. Keep it simple -- walk, ride Metro Buses or take a cab.

      ·         One-way streets and steady construction can cause direction confusion; ask for directions.

      ·         The city's scenic waterfront-area hills are steep. Pack each family member's most comfortable shoes.

      ·         At dusk, avoid historic Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market areas (hangouts for rowdy, alcohol-slugging vagrants).

      ·         During late spring and summer, throngs of visitors and cruise passengers frequent popular spots; arrive early in the morning. Arrange a meeting place if family members get separated.

      ·         Summer air conditioning is scarce, so plan accordingly. November kicks off the cool rainy season. In winter, dusk arrives come late afternoon.

       

      Other things things you should know

      ·         Seattle's Visitor Center and Concierge Services have free bookings and reservations for dining, tours, and transportation. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Washington State Convention & Trade Center's Upper Pike Street lobby, 7th and Pike streets. 206-461-5800.

      ·         Most top children's attractions are conveniently located near Seattle Center, a 74-acre urban park, including the Space Needle, the modernistic 1962 World's Fair landmark.

      ·         Seattle's climate is refreshing from July through September. Pack a light jacket or sweater, but most humidity-free temps range from 50s Fahrenheit to the 80s.

      ·         Dressy attire not required. Seattle is casual and laid-back, with layered comfort a fashion standard.\

      ·         Multiple public parks, with green space for running and hiking (some with beaches) offer kid-friendly places for dissipating energy.

      ·         Caught in a downpour? Cool weather? The towering, downtown flagship REI, billed as the world's premier outdoor gear store, has a 65-foot freestanding indoor climbing wall. (Residents typically shun umbrellas).

      ·         At Pike Place Information Booth, corner of Pike Street and 1st Avenue, buy half-priced concert and play tickets for day of performance.

      ·         While walking downtown, have kids look for Seattle's iconic bronze pigs. Take pictures.

      ·         During the winter, rent a car for the day and take the kids skiing. Crystal Mountain has the state's highest vertical drop, along with scenic chairlift rides, hiking trails and biking trails (www.skicrystal.com). Also, the Summit at Snoqualmie has easy accessibility and lessons, both skiing and snowboarding, for adults and kids (www.summitatsnoqualmie.com).

      ·         Plan picnics after visits to the Pike Place Market area. Fresh fruits, cheese, meats and sweet treat food choices are abundant. Don't miss Beecher's for cheese near the market; kids love the homemade mac and cheese on a cool day.

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  • Good Morning Xi'an Good Morning Xi'an

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      Get to know the food, culture and history of Xi’an on this tasty tour that combines the best of the present with intriguing remnants of the past. Visit a bustling morning market, learn about the special ingredients used in Chinese cuisine, sample regional delicacies and discover the powerful aura of the iconic Terracotta Warriors on this revealing Urban Adventure.

      Highlights:

      • Learn about key ingredients while visiting a morning produce market
      • Shop for tasty Chinese snacks
      • Choose to try a traditional Xi'an breakfast
      • See the magnificent, mighty Terracotta Warriors
      • Feast on a lunch of local specialties

       


      Tour style:Food & Market visits, Heritage & History, Sightseeing
      Inclusion:

      English speaking guide, Transport & Entrance fees as indicated, Market visit, Entry to Army of Terracotta Warriors Museum and Meals: 1 lunch


      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: 7-8 hours
      • Meeting point:

        By entrance to Starbucks and Haagen Dazs on Bell Tower Square

      • Start time: 8.00 AM
      • Finish point:

        Bell Tower


      <!-- Drop-off time:2.00 PM-3.00 PM
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      • 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


      Also runs from:1 Jan 2012 to 31 Mar 2013

      Itinerary:

      Discover the fascinating history and delicious, local flavours of charming Xi’an on this tour that reveals commercial hot spots, culinary secrets and legends of history. In the morning, join a friendly local guide and travel to one of Xian’s busy morning produce markets. Spend some time here seeing what locals stock up on each day and learning about some of the key ingredients used in Chinese cooking.

       

      While here, why not take the chance to shop for some tasty local snacks to eat later in the day? Otherwise, perhaps start the day with a traditional Xi'an breakfast? Try fresh soy milk, pancakes or steamed buns, which are all available at the market. Next, travel to the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors - one of the greatest archeological finds of the past century and the pride of Xi’an. Marvel at the burial pits filled with life-sized chariots, horses and warriors, all buried to ensure the emperor has safe passage to the afterlife.

       

      Take time to explore, take photos and learn about the historical significance of this remarkable site before hopping into a private vehicle to head to the nearby town of Lintong. While in Lintong, feast on a flavoursome lunch of local specialties. Choose from regional dishes such as roujiamo or soup noodles then finish the tour back in central Xi’an where the afternoon is free to further explore the city independently.


      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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      Uncover an ancient and unique way of life on this walking tour of Xi'an's culturally-rich Muslim Quarter. See one of China's grandest mosques, walk the atmospheric backstreets, admire Islamic-Imperial architecture and indulge in a tasty banquet of traditional fare on this informative and enriching Urban Adventure.

      Highlights:

      • Walk the backstreets and alleyways of Xi'an's Muslim Quarter
      • Visit one of the largest and oldest mosques in China
      • Gain insight into the daily life and culture of the Hui minority
      • Tuck into a traditional banquet in a local restaurant


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

      English speaking guide, Transport & Entrance fees as indicated, Entry to the Grand Mosque and Local snack and Meals: 1 dinner

       


      Exclusion:

      Items of a personal nature, Tips or gratuities for drivers or guides.


      Group size:Maximum 12
      Schedule details:

      • Duration: 4 hours
      • Meeting point:

        By entrance to Starbucks and Haagen Dazs on Bell Tower Square

      • Start time: 4.00 PM
      • Finish point:

        Muslim Quarter North Entrance


      <!-- Drop-off time:8.00 PM
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      • Voucher exchange details:

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

      • Confirmation of booking:

        Please contact Xian Urban Adventures to confirm your tour 24 hours prior to departure.

      • 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


      Also runs from:1 Jan 2012 to 31 Mar 2013

      Itinerary:

      Get to know another side of modern China on this walking tour through Xian's evocative Muslim Quarter. Meet an informative local guide and begin the day by walking past the ancient Drum Tower to where Xi'an's Muslim Quarter begins. This busy market area is filled with different kinds of produce, snacks and souvenirs, so why not pick up a few treats while walking through the network of backstreets and alleys?

       

      Stop at the Great Mosque, one of the biggest (and oldest) in China and certainly one of the most unique. While here, admire the interesting blend of Islamic and Imperial architecture, discover ancient relics and feel at peace within the beautiful, tranquil grounds. Also, take the opportunity to learn about the origins of the Hui people and hear the tales of how Islam came to China many centuries ago. From here, continue the tour and visit a smaller mosque that may not possess the grandeur of the Great Mosque but nevertheless offers great glimpses into local worship.

       

      Continue on foot, passing bakeries and butcher shops to reach a local restaurant where a delicious banquet-style Halal dinner or barbecue awaits. This tour concludes after dinner, when you are free to discover the riches of Xi'an by night. Perhaps walk back down to the Bell Tower Square through the busy night market or return to your hotel on your own. If you're unsure of where to go, your friendly guide is happy to share tip offs of the best places to shop, eat and people watch in diverse Xi'an!


      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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