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23/10/2013

Walk The Bund Shanghai

1. The Bund.

The Bund is the famous road that runs along Shanghai's waterfront on the Huangpu River (the brance of Yangtze River where you can have Yangtze River tour). It is 1500 meters (0.93 mile) in length. It was once part of the British settlement of Shanghai. When Shanghai became a trading port in 1846, the street by the river was paved and the banks of the river were reinforced. Then a long row of commercial buildings was constructed. A building boom at the end of the 19th/beginning of the 20th century led to the Bund becoming a major financial centre.

A walk along the Bund is a must when in Shanghai. The walkway along the river is pleasant with trees and flowers. There are good views across the river to Pudong with the famous Pearl Tower. On the Bund itself you can see the famous Peace Hotel, the original Hong Kong (more via Hong Kong travel guide) Shanghai building.
 

From the Bund you can get on a boat for a sail along the Huangpu River. There is also a tunnel under the Huangpu River. You can go through this by train. It's like a fairground ride with psychodelic lighting. This will bring you out near the Pearl Tower.

2. East meets West on The Bund

One of the world's primary promenades curves along the Huangpu River and separates the historic and statuesque European architecture of the 1920s and 1930s from the glittering and dynamic architecture of modern China.

The Bund is a microcosm of Shanghainese life with local residents using the public space for fitness (tai chi), entertainment (kite-flying) or business (photography), while domestic and international tourists throng the broad footpaths to take in the magnificent views. So don't miss it for your China travel deals.

The Bund is also a springboard for cruises along the Huangpu River (both day and night), fine dining and wining at establishments in several of the historic buildings, and even a sightseeing tour through a tunnel linking Puxi to Pudong.

The Bund is a must-see.

3. Stroll along the Bund
  We visited the Bund most days we were in Shanghai (the city of 72-hour China visa). The first time was mid morning with a tour group where we took random photos of both sides of the Huangpu River, many photos were of river activity and often included the Oriental Pearl TV Tower which is located on the opposite side of the river, the district known as Pudong.

The word "Bund" means embankment and the Shanghai Bund is the area on the western side of Huangpu River where the Colonial Buildings were established after the British won the Opium Wars of the 1840's.

During daytime the Bund embankment is extremely popular with tourists, and with Shanghai hosting 3 million tourists each day you can imagine the crowds. We enjoyed out night visits best as the city buildings were a blaze of coloured lights and most of the river boats were well lit. It was a party atmosphere on the Bund.

Ideal for night photography and make certain you bring your video camera. Included on this page are 2 videos.

After completing our Bund visit we crossed the road and walked Nanjing Road, an excellent shopping street.

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22/10/2013

Don't forget shopping when travel in Hong Kong

1. Many Shopping Places: Hong Kong is the City for Shopping!

Hong Kong (learn more via guide of travel to China) is the paradise for people, who love to shop. The products are duty and tax free, so the prices are low.

For some markets like the Jade Market, the Bird Market, Flower Market and other markets I'll do some extra tips. I normally do not shop for electronics or jewellery, so this tips are from a brochure of the Hongkong Tourist Board. There will also be an extra tip for "elements", a big and luxurious shopping mall, which I have visited, but bought nothing.

Garments, Leather goods and international brands: Prince's Builing, Alexandra House (MTR Central)

Canton Road, Harbour City (MTR Tsim Sha Tsui)

Times Square, LeeGardens (MTR Causeway Bay)

2. Hard Rock Cafe: Hard Rock T-shirt

Usually when I travel to a city that has a Hard Rock I make my way there to pick up my daughter a fashionable tee. It is so much easier for me to find a tee that my daughter would like here in the Hard Rock shops instead of those cheesy ones sold to most tourists. And she actually wears them.

This particular Hard Rock Café was located at the top of the Victoria Peak (houses some famous Hong Kong sightseeing) in the shopping complex and is a none food and drink Hard Rock. Basically they sell their typical t-shirts, pins, jackets, mugs and everything you would find in a Hard Rock.

So, if you are looking for a Hard Rock to spend some time eating and drinking you'll definitely be disappointed with this location.

What to buy: Hard Rock T-shirts, jackets, hats, pins and other accessorries.

3. H&M: Tips go shopping from Tusen Wan to Elements

If you know how to transit inside the MTR. YOu can take the MTR from Tusen Wan to go to Lai King station and change to Tung Chung Line towards the Kowloon station which is the station under Elements shopping Mall. And I think it's the nearest location for you to go to H&M shop. But I'm wondering if there are locations for you to go for shopping. Have you been to the "Lady's street" which located in Mongkok. So you can take the MTR to go there too. Then you can go to the shop of H&M located in Langham Place,just one street next to the Lady's street. I hope you enjoy your shopping ! I hope it helps.

4. HK Studio: Street Art

Hsu Yu is a street artist who makes his living by selling his artwork along the promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui. I was walking along there one afternoon and spotted his table and fell in love with his artwork. He is inspired by what he sees in postcards and paints his pictures with an Asian flair by looking at the postcards. He does some excellent work including black and white paintings. Of course I bought a few pieces and he unfortunately does not have a website but says that he is able to email photos of his work to anyone interested. I've taken a couple of photos of his paintings so you can get an idea of what he does. The first one is of a beach in Lantau called Pui O and the second is a street scene in Central, Hong Kong Island. Photos above this text. My photos of his artwork do not do his work justice. His prices are very affordable.

5. Taste Dragon beard candy - a unique experience

What to buy: These candies are really worth a taste for your Hong Kong tours.
They were first crafted by a Imperial Chinese chef over 2 000 years ago.The candy maker stretches and doubles sugar until it forms thousands of fine strands. It's filled with toasted peanuts, coconut and sesame seeds.
I especially appreciated its cripness and it really melts on the tongue.

What to pay: rather expensive but unique

Don't forget Hong Kong for your China vacation deals

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18/10/2013

Annual Weather and Its Ideal Travel Destination in China

Covering a vast area from the east to west with 62 longitudes and about 53 latitude, China is catheterized by different climate and weather that varies from region to region and province to province. When it is warm in southern part of China, it may be cold in its north; it is dry or windy in the west such as Xinjiang province, it is probably rainy day with rainstorm in the eastern China, especially the coastal cities such as Guangzhou or Qingdao; It may be cold in winter in most of China but it is still warm in Taiwan island and Hainan province. And Kunming, with its favorable weather all the year round, make it a best place to have a travel all the time for travelers from home or broad. Here are some tips for your trips to China based on its weather and the best times to travel.

kunming
peach in Guilin

January: North China , especially Harbin and Jilin as you can appreciate the wonder of rime in Jilin and ski in Harbin and appreciate ice sculpture at almost everywhere there during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival?which is held from January 5 to February 5 every year.

February: Hainan Island. It is still cold in most of China in February. However, Hainan is a good place where you will be embraced with its warm sunshine, coconut graves, and a leisurely bay.

March: Regions south of the Yangtze River (where you can have Yangtze River tour) such as Shanghai, Yangzhou, Suzhou, and Hangzhou where spring flowers appear and it drizzles at times, which make it more graceful and more worthy of a visit.

Hainan Island

April: Guilin, Xi’an, and the Yellow Mountains, where you can appreciate blossoms. Guilin is strongly recommended here as you can appreciate the peach blossoms and enjoy the unique karst landforms which are decorated with verdancy along the Li River.

May: Shangri-La, Lijiang, and Kunming (learn more via Kunming travel guide) where you can retrace the ancient life, enjoy clean blue skies, visit mysterious Tibetan monasteries, and appreciate prosperous azaleas and massive snow-capped mountains.

Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain

June: Zhangjiajie. You can view the peculiar hills in the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, and the challenged toughened glass cliff path of Tianmen Mountain.

July: Costal cities such as Dalian, Qingdao, Weihai, Yantai are nice choices for a cool tour as it is China’s hot summer then.

August: Tibet to visit the magnificent Potala Palace, horse around on the vast grassland, and pay a visit a local family for a adventurous experience.

September: Xinjiang (main destination for Silk Road travel) and Beijing. It is cool at that time and melons and fruits in Xinjiang are ready to taste.

Potala Palace

October: Jiuzhaigou, decorated with colorful trees, including golden, red, blackish green, and yellow, which are reflected on light blue pools and make it a fairyland.

November: Guizhou to visit the Miao villages which are near hills and by rivers, and experience the colorful Miao customs to help you better understand the Miao minority, and you can enjoy the?Lusheng Festival for Miao customs this month.

grape in Xinjang

December: Hong Kong for shopping to save you a lot of money as it is a peak discount season, which will make your tour much enjoyable!

Choose your ideal travel destination in China to relax and enjoy yourself at your leisure time, and you will impressed by the astonishing scenery here, and you will have a memorable trip!

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