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21/04/2014

One of the Seven Wonders of the world

The great wall was developed in the Ming dynasty as a result of disturbances from the Dadan, Tufan and Nuzhen. The main line of the wall started from Jiuliancheng near the Yalu River Yangtze River tour in the east to the west of Juyongguan pass. The complete wall now stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Nur in the west, around the southern edge of Mongolia. The great wall is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Before the great wall was built, the Chinese people had prior experience in wall building. The wall was made by rammed earth and gravel between board frames. During the Ming dynasty, the wall was constructed to along the northern border of China. The Ming construction of the great wall was much stronger than the previous dynasty due to the use of bricks and stones rather than rammed earth. As the Mongolian raid in china intensified, the Ming devoted more time towards the repair and reinforcement of the wall. The section closer to Beijing China vacation deals was made the strongest.

Today, the different sections of the great wall include Gubeiko, JinshanLing, Simatai, Jiankou, Mutianyu, Huanghua, Juyongguan and Badaling. Juyongguan and Badaling are the closest sections to Beijing. Badaling is the most visited by tourists. It is a great section for viewing the full beauty of the wall. Mutianyu is a good section for those who would prefer hiking the wall; it is also much steeper than Badaling.

In the ancient times, Badaling section was used to protect the capital from the attack of foreign bodies. As a result, Badaling was given the name North Gate. Over one hundred million visitors have walked on the Badaling section of the great wall. Mutianyu section is in between Juyongguan, Badaling, Jiankou and Huanghua in the west, and Gubeiko, Simatai and JinshanLing to the east. This section is the largest and the best overall in quality. The unique feature in Mutianyu section of the wall is the presence of watchtowers. Compared to other sections, Mutianyu has twenty-two watchtowers, which makes it easier to view the scenery of the wall top China toursin every hundred meters.

If you prefer going to a less crowded section of the wall, Simatai is the best option. It is over hundred kilometers on the northeastern side of Beijing. Twenty well-preserved watchtowers are located on the west and thirteen rugged watchtowers are located on the east. Part of JinshanLing has been restored, and is located at the west of Simatai. During the summer, Huanghua section usually has yellow flowers, which explains the name Huanghua meaning yellow flower. Jiankou great wall is built along the mountains, making it a very good place for viewing the wall. Close to Juyongguan are other historical attractions like the life sized terracotta warriors and a temple. Gubeiko is connected to both JinshanLing and Simatai.

Having the opportunity to view all the sections of the wall was a very exciting experience. Each section had its own unique feature making it stand out in comparison to the other sections.

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18/04/2014

A few more travel tips…

One of the most important factors to be aware of when visiting any foreign country is the currency that they use. The official Chinese currency is called the ‘Ren Min Bi’ (RMB) and the basic unit of money used is called the ‘yuan’. The Bank of China handles a long list of foreign currencies so if you have forgotten or just simply chosen not to exchange the currencies over before coming to China then you will be able once you get here.

One of the main differences is the water. Tap water in China is undrinkable so it is advisable to not drink it, however, the tap water will be safe once it has been boiled and this can be done via various methods. Another way of ensuring you get safe drinking water is to get it from a water dispenser, however, these are usually only found in offices and places of work etc. The easiest way to get around this problem is just to buy bottled mineral water. These are readily available in majority of places and they are quite cheap as well.

Dining is an art form and considered to have great significance in the Chinese culture China guide. The old saying “waste not want not” is taken literally with them eating every part of the plant or indeed animal. Most foreigners have also said that the authentic and real Chinese cuisine is nothing like the Chinese take-away from back home so enjoy the delicacies of the real deal while you are here. However, you will have to get use to chopsticks, even with noodle soup expect chopsticks to be handed to you. Although cutlery is usually available upon request, but it is a lot more fun to attempt to eat with chopsticks. It is not a common practise to tip when in restaurants or cafes etc but even so, it is becoming increasinly common to tip your tour guides and the drivers.

This is another major factor to understand and be able to put into practise when in China in order to get ‘value’ for money: Bargaining. Be prepared to bargain in majority of places except in departments stores or indeed shopping malls. Always be polite and smile as after all it is just a game. Large calculators are often used to assist the negotiations. Before you start to bargain, have a maximum price in your head and don’t go above it. If the vendor ‘s price is still too high, simply walk away slowly. Most of the time you are usually called back with a lower price. Speaking a little Chinese may be helpful. Bargaining can save a lot of money but can be very time consuming so be patient.、

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17/04/2014

Tips on Tourist Visa to China

Firstly, you need to download the China visa application application from the Chinese Embassy website and complete the visa form, and keep in mind to attach one passport photo to the application. Then make a copy of your hotel and flight information. After have done those, you will obtain an invitation letter from an authorized Chinese business, and then you need to deliver all materials to the Chinese Consulate nearest you. No appointments are necessary. Provide a self-addressed, prepaid envelope to have documents returned to you via mail.

When you come to the visa issues, there are things you need to prepare in advanced. Firstly, passport with at least six months of remaining validity and one blank visa page; secondly, the completed Visa Application Form; thirdly, an invitation letter from an authorized Chinese business/organization; lastly, fees for the standard services. However, there are tips on the Visa issues. The same day and rush service are available for extra fees. There is an exception that you do not need a visa for trips to Hong Kong less than 30 days. If you travel to Hong Kong prior to mainland China, it is possible to apply for your visa there. You can ask the hotel concierge for assistance.

When finished the visa, you can come to China directly. Before your departure, I have something to tell you about the travels in China. If you a green hand, I recommend that you should go to a China travel agency for help.In fact, you can find flights, hotels, tour packages information here and compare all the prices which is offered by different airlines or hotels, so that you can get the most competitive prices. By doing this, you can save big on your travel expense. In addition, the most attractive service of CYTS offered is the tour packages, such as the Multi-City Tours, the Single-City Tours, Join-in Groups Tours, and so on. I will give you an example to make it clearer. The popular China travel package Beijing Post-Olympic Memories, which is one of the Single-City Tours. For this itinerary, you can experience the most popular historical city and see both ancient civilization and modern progress. Moreover, you will have to opportunity to walk on the largest Square in the world Review 29th Olympic Games at Olympic Park. The highlights of this itinerary are the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, the Hutong Culture, the Bird’s Nest, the Water Cube, and many other attractions. It is sure that you will have a better view to Beijing.

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