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Things to do in Shanghai

China - Eric Anderson - February 10, 2018

Shanghai attraction

Shanghai is the most developed city in mainland China. It has a population of 23 million people. Shanghai attraction is called Hu for short and a famous international metropolis which is fast becoming the financial capital of the world.

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How to Prepare for a Backpacking Trip in India

Asia, Travel Tips - Ross French - February 7, 2018

India is a land of diversity, both culturally and geographically. Backpacking in India, either solo or with friends, is a sure ticket to life and adventure.

But, like any other trip, planning ahead saves you a lot of hassle, money, and time. Planning starts with an itinerary first: places you wish to visit, sights you always longed to see. And that would depend on what kind of trip you’re looking for. In this article, we’re going to give you a few tips to make sure you enjoy your first backpacking trip through this wonderful country.

How to Get Around?

India is home to a diverse population. And people from all classes of society have their own ways of functioning. So, you may choose to travel in luxury or you have the option to travel in the most frugal ways one can imagine. You can travel across the country in an extremely cost-effective way if you plan well.
The entire country is crisscrossed by an extensive railway network. If you have time, then traveling by train has its own charm. You get to see different places all day long, meet different people, or chit-chat over a cup of tea.

High-end trains have AC compartments, which are comfortable and cool, but there are also non-AC compartments that are cheaper. But don’t expect train rides to be as quiet as back home. The hustle and bustle of Indian trains might throw you off at first, but they do have their charm.

Domestic flights are the best option if you are in a time crunch. All the major cities are connected internally. Spicejet flights operate on an extensive network of domestic routes, which are reasonably priced. Book your tickets online or visit the nearest travel agent.

When traveling around locally within a city, always agree to a price before you board a rickshaw or taxi. Local guides and transport drivers can take advantage if you don’t negotiate well.

Where and what to eat?

When it comes to food, research beforehand on what particular spots are famous for. Every part of India has its own traditional flavors. Not only should you visit famous restaurants in tourist hotspots, but also hang around the local joints to sample more authentic flavors. However, it’s always better to watch the drinking water and consider carrying bottles with you as much as you can.

Where to Stay?

There are a lot of options when it comes to lodging. Once again, you can choose to spend the night at a high-end hotel or choose from low-cost options like guesthouses or hostels. There are also plenty of ‘Dharamshalas’ (rest houses for travelers) if you don’t mind sharing a dormitory you’re your fellow travelers. It would be wise to check for reviews online or from fellow travelers before the trip if you can.

Have fun!

Keep these short tips up your sleeves, and you’ll have a memorable backpacking trip in India. India is a wonderful place to backpack and is full of natural beauty and bustling city life, making it the perfect country for any adventure lover.

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What Not To Miss On A Short Trip To China

China - Ross French - October 19, 2017

One of the most significant problems with a short trip to China is deciding what you want to do and see on your holiday. There is a lot of choices available with modern, ancient, and also natural wonders abundant in this vast country as you can see by all of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are in China. However, with so much to see and do you can still have an action-packed short trip to China that will leave you wanting to go back for more.

Hong Kong For A Short Trip

A popular destination for a short trip is Hong Kong as it is a major transportation hub for cargo and passengers alike. There is a different feel to Hong Kong than when compared to mainland China, and there is a lot of its colonial past on show. There are lots to see and do in this vibrant city, and if you have the kids with you then you can take then to Disneyland to keep them entertained. Macau is also a short distance away if you wanted to do some adult entertainment in the casino. At night time, go somewhere high that has a view of the city skyline and see why so many people fall in love with the views.

Beijing Has Lots To See And Do

Another destination which has plenty to offer all types of tourists is Beijing, with plenty of history, culture, and beauty on offer. There are quite a number of attractions within Beijing or a short drive away such as;

• The Great Wall

• The Forbidden Palace

• The Summer Palace

• Ming Tombs

• Museums And Galleries

• Shopping

• Food And Entertainment

Beijing is an excellent place to spend a short trip to China and has lots to offer discerning travellers. You can book at The China Travel Company in the UK or from trusted tour providers, and choose the excursions you want to enjoy leaving you to sit back and have a good time taking all of the hassles away.

Enjoy The Scenery In Guilin

If you are looking for more views of nature, then Guilin may be the better choice for you with its dramatic limestone hills and landscapes. There are lots of things to see and do in the province around Guilin, so it is an excellent place to be based and enjoy the more relaxed pace of life. Explore Shan Lake or the Twin Pagodas, or take a look at the 1000-year-old village of Ji?ngtóuzh?u. You can also go hiking in Ti?nmén Mountain Park or B?ji?ozhài National Geopark and embrace some of the stunning natural beauty that is on offer. A trip to Guilin can show you a different side to the culture in China and taken in some spectacular scenery and interacting with the local people.

No matter where you decide to visit there are plenty of places in China that are suitable for short holidays. In fact, there are so many places that would be good to visit, your hardest choice will be where to go first!

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Philippines : A Travel Guide to the best Islands

Philippines, Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - July 29, 2017

Philippine

Philippine island located in the western pacific ocean which is scattered over a total of 500,000 square miles. The geography of this island is somewhat differs from that of a compact sector of earth. Philippine is being connected with three physical and cultural worlds i.e Asian world, the Pacific world and the occidental world. The cultural of philippine is mostly contributed by chinese, japanese, malaysian and other asian worlds.

Philippine is one of the most unseen travel destination which is very less when compared with the tourist number travelling to thailand and UK. Tourism is very important for this country’s total economy accounting for approximately 8% of its GDP.

You can choose to travel Philippine to improve your outlook towards life and most important to bring happiness. Trip to Philippine would be marvelous experience for any traveller. There are many stupendous places which will inspire you to start up your journey. It can give a good kick start to the adventure.

It has many islands which increases the places to visit as well as beaches to explore. Visiting to these places will include boat riding from the nearest beach.If you love the luxury lifestyle as much as you love to travel, then Huma Island, Palawan is the best place for adventure. It comes with the turquoise colored waters of Palawan, top class facilities, luxury resorts, mouth watering dishes and great adventure.

Camiguin another island, mentioned as “Island Born of Fire” as it holds the record of the volcanoes. It is not visited by many people but it is whipped with waterfalls, cold and hot wind blowing with untouched sand bar. And most importantly it is host of Lanzones festival – one of the most popular, dynamic festival of Philipinne.

Coron, Palawan, it is one the most beautiful destination in Philippine. It delights its tourist by its side scenery and water.

El Nido, Palawan is the nature’s way of showing vibrant colored beaches and supreme beauty. Boracay, Aklan is the one of the island which is voted as the best island in 2015 with the wonderful nightlife scene with impressive waters and soft white sand.

Lake Sebu is one of the underrated place in philippine but is the home of clean lakes which gives the relaxation to eyes.

If you are someone who loves history and you want history to be a major part of your life then you should definitely visit Vigan which is a historic destination coupled with Spanish styled houses to an 17th century Augustinian Cathedra.

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is one of the world’s best dive sites that serves as a home to coral reefs, the endangered hawksbill, lionfish, clownfish,sea turtles sea turtles, mantra rays and sharks.Manjuyod Sandbar can make you feel like standing in one of the best beach destination in the world where you can relax under rustling palms and gaze at serene blue sea.So Philipinne is the answer to paradise. Other destinations include Iloilo City, Banaue Rice Terraces, Ifugao, Kalanggaman Island, Leyte,Langun Gobingob Caves in Samar.

It is one of the poweful and attractive chain of islands. It is worth travelling for.

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Island Travel Guide: Things to do in Cebu

Philippines, Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - July 28, 2017

Cebu

Cebu is a smaller region located in Philippine which consists of islands. It is famous for islands and its food. You can eat like a king. Also rich in history, culture,tradition, food and natural wonders, there are many things to do in Cebu which attracts many tourists here.Cebu island is a wonderful nature wonderland. Tourists enjoy visiting those beaches so that they can enjoy the scene of the quiet blue sea and hear the sound of its waves when they are sloshing the shore.

It is a paradise for those who love nature. The perfect getaway from the stressed city life. This island is itself is like a beautiful garden comprising of an ocean of flowers and trees. Watching them for hours will not be enough to full your desire to charm your eyes on that beauty. Waterfalls seems like droplets comg down like a silky soft falls.

Whether you are a foodie or history junkie, the city Cebu has a world of complete pleasant things to do. Many things to do in Cebu which includes Spending a day at Cebu Westown Lagoon. Kids will love to visit water park and pools in extraordinary oasis.

You can look out for jaw-dropping beauty and remarkable floral arrangements.

It is free from because of the efforts to protect its nature life, rare birds, and rare plants. The wondrous Temple of Leah attracts dozens of visitors every day with beautiful architectural design.Hike Mount Babag is the best place for challenging trekking. It is good for adventure and striking challenges. Cebu has the best-tasting lechons in the country and is known for best pork dishes prepared ever. You can fill your plate with filling and tasty dishes.

Outdoor photography of nature here will help you to master the skills needed for successful landscape. It provides wide range of photography for natural elements. To experience the ultimate food trip in the city, just make a food trip to tisa.

It can give late night treats to travelers. It can offer first-class dining in restaurant in the Terraces in Ayala Center. You can Run with the best runners in the city and can learn the art of pole dancing in a fun and sultry way. You can learn Zumba by joining a Zumba fitness class in Abellana Cebu City Sports complex and burn your calories.

It is the home of the oldest church in the country so by Liting a few candles, and saying your prayers, you can make a wish. And worship. Carbon Market is the best place to buy fresh vegetables and fruits in the city. Experience the grandest festival in the Philippines which attracts many people towards it.

You can also visit Cebu zoo to meet the great Boggart tiger as well as the other charming creatures in this animal refuge.Swimming with the Butandings (whale sharks) will surely cherish for years to come. Cebu is a must go place with wonderful experiences and adventure altogether.

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