Travel & Destinations

What to see and do in China

My friend Michael from Get Moving Geelong says that China is a country that will not leave anyone indifferent. Without a doubt, you are going to immerse yourself in a very rich culture, so disconnecting a few days from your chores and going to know its customs will be worth it without any doubt.

For this reason, in this article we are going to tell you about some of the things you can see or do in the eastern country, they are the following:

  • Visit the Great Wall of China: it is one of the most spectacular engineering works in the world. You have several sectors to visit, you can choose the one you want.
  • Get to know the city of Shanghai: you must stroll through the area of The Bund, or the colonial houses, for this you can use a tour that is free without problems.
  • Take a walk through the capital, that is, Beijing: you can kick the Forbidden City visiting everything that you find interesting. Although it is important to consider the weather since it is rare that the weather is good.
  • Yangshuo: it is a municipality that is surrounded by spectacular karst mountains and bathed by the Li River. It is a fairytale landscape that you should visit, the most recommended thing is to rent a bicycle or take that boat tour.
  • Longji Rice Terraces: They were built more than 700 years ago and are very interesting to visit.
  • Pingyao: it is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in the country, it even seems that they continue at that time. Here you can walk along the wall or enjoy the Zhenguo Temple or the Shuanglin Temple.
  • Another city that you cannot miss, Xían: the most famous excursion you can take here is that of the Terracotta Warriors, but you can also walk through its streets to see the Muslim quarter, the wall or the Drum Towers and the Campana.
  • Zhangjiajie: or what is the same, the landscapes of the Avatar movie.
  • You have the possibility of moving by train throughout China: at first, all this may seem complicated, but little by little you will get the hang of it and you will do it without problems.
  • Get close to Leshan Buddha: it is carved from the side of a cliff. Measuring a total of 70 meters high, it is the largest sculpture in the world. You have buses if you want to go on your own or take a tour to visit it quietly.
  • Visit the Chinese city of Hong Kong: we can observe different contrasts, such as the skyscrapers that remind us of any city in the Western world, but with the streets of the Asian continent. You can visit its streets, along with its markets.
  • Macau: it is a city with a little American contrast. It is known as “Las Vegas of Asia” due to all the casinos out there. We even have some touches of Portuguese origin thanks to his legacy.
  • You can reserve your ticket inside the Train of the Skies, also called Transtibetan: it is a train that makes a tour through several cities such as Beijing or Shanghai to Tibet. It is indeed an expensive trip, but it is worth it and the traveller will never forget it.
  • Suzhou: or as it is known, “The Venice of the East”. It is an oppressive town where you will take a walk through the past. You can visit the gardens, the canals or the bridges.

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Turkey Just Has To Go On Your Bucket List

A fantastic and beautiful land in the balance to decide whether it is Asian or European … one thing is certain … it seems to unite two continents, as if it were a bridge over which we find a thousand-year history, a decidedly tasty typical cuisine and appreciated, infinite landscapes of natural beauty that extend from white beaches to imposing mountains … up to Istanbul, a city worth visiting … full of histories where it is possible to pass from Asia to Europe with a scheduled ferry in less than an hour …

CAPPADOCIA

A fantastic honey-colored landscape born after cooling a great volcanic eruption, for its color it would seem almost the work of very ingenious bees …! But here there are also Byzantine churches with frescoes, underground cities … today you can book in “5-Star Caves”, go horseback riding and even flights in hot air balloons …

EFESO

Certainly the best known archaeological site as well as being the most famous in Turkey and perhaps the best preserved … a mixture of Greek and Roman skills and architecture …

THE HAMMAMS

In Turkey there are many, and it is almost a have to try one to feel regenerated … almost reborn … the most popular and fantastic ones are those of the fascinating historic district of Antalya or Sultanahmet in Istanbul.

LICIA PATH

One of the 10 most beautiful long-distance routes in the world: 500 kilometers between Fethiye and Antalya. This is the Teke Peninsula, the cradle of the ancient Lycian civilization. The trail through pine and cedar forests dominated by 3000 meter high mountain peaks, through villages, extraordinary coastal views and the remains of a myriad of ruins of ancient cities such as Pınara, Xanthos, Letoön and Olympos.

BEACHES

A combination of sun, sand and blue water make the Turkish coasts one of a kind; among the greatest Mediterranean and Aegean beauties there is “Kaputaş”, a tiny bay with brilliant shallow waters and “Patar” , the longest beach in Turkey. Many of the most beautiful beaches are found along the Licia path.

ANI

Ghost town with a magical appearance seems to float in a sea of grass, almost as if it were a movie set. Located in splendid isolation on the Armenian border, it is pervaded by a surreal atmosphere. Before being abandoned in 1239 following a Mongol invasion, Ani was the prosperous capital of the kingdoms of Urartu and Armenia. Today only suggestive ruins remain, including those of some churches and a cathedral built between 987 and 1010.

PAMUKKALE

Terraced limestone formations dominated by the ruins of the ancient Roman and Byzantine spa center of Hierapolis, the ‘Cotton Castle’ is one of the most spectacular natural wonders in Turkey.

CRUISE IN GULET

Called ‘blue cruise’ four days and three nights aboard a gület, a traditional Turkish wooden sailing boat along the Turquoise Coast in the western Mediterranean.

SHOPPING IN THE BAZAAR

In Turkey there is a market for every occasion; from the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul to the mules that go up the narrow streets of the hilly bazaar of Mardin, the shadow theater, a covered market in Bursa up to the bazaars dedicated to silk or precious carpets.…

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Things You Must See In Austria

Austria is a fantastic and beautiful nation totally made up of fascinating mountains with inside characteristic cities with palaces, of authentic beauty … a nation that inevitably brings us back to orchestral music … it would be worth visiting all.

Austria is a real “treasure chest” of beauty to be discovered ….

Where to start? As in many countries we usually start from the capital, especially if it represents an absurd beauty … as well as in Austria …

VIENNA

Capital, which contains all the beauties we can imagine: it owes its charm to the Danube river that crosses it, to the many imperial palaces, including the Hofburg and the Schoenbrunn castle, but also to the presence of influential characters such as Sissi, Mozart, Beethoven and Freud, who have left her a rich artistic and intellectual heritage, and above all musical.

Then the Cathedral of Santo Stefano, La Ringstraße, a nineteenth-century street along which there are numerous monuments and numerous theaters. Vienna is truly an incredible and unique beauty.

INNSBRUCK

Surrounded by mountain ranges of unique beauty: La Nordkette.

Fascinating city endowed with unique beauty and also called “the capital of the Alps”. Typical monuments are the “Hofburg” and the court church which is a funeral monument of Emperor Maximilian I with 28 bronze statues at life height.

Don’t forget that Innsbruck is a real paradise for trekking excursions!

THE LAKES OF CARINTHIA

Carinthia is known as the region of a thousand lakes … indeed a few more. The big ones are about forty, but all of them reserve surprises, in summer and in winter, above and below the surface. And their water can even be drunk!

Here you can find a path in the mountains, a track only for bikes, and then the famous thermal baths …

SALZBURG

Beautiful city not to be missed: Baroque architecture, thanks to which its historic center has been declared a World Heritage Site, works of art preserved in its museums, boundless cultural and musical proposal.

TOP OF TYROL

Across the Stubai glacier you can reach the “Top of Tyrol” viewing platform (3,210 m). From the “Schaufeljoch” mountain station you can climb in a few minutes thanks to a series of metal stairs. The viewing platform offers a spectacular view over the whole of Tyrol and beyond: from the nearby Stubai glaciers to the Dolomites, the ztal Alps and a hundred other peaks in the Alpine region!

RIDE ALONG THE DRAVA

One of the things to do absolutely in Austria is to cycle along one of the many cycle paths.

Many are in Carinthia and the most famous is the Drava cycle path which unites three European countries: Austria, Slovenia and Italy and is over 366 kilometers long.

HALLSTATT

This small town at the foot of the Dachstein has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its beauty and harmony between historical and cultural heritage and the wonderful landscape that surrounds it.

HIGH TAURI

A high-altitude landscape is marked by alpine lakes, streams and waterfalls, including the impressive Krimml waterfalls on the Salzburg side.…

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Here is Why You Should Visit Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is in the Middle East, and its vast land is Arid. The country, however, borders the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. With one of the world’s largest populations (over 50% are less than 25 years), the country is unique in various ways. As of 2020, Saudi Arabia ranks as the world’s best Arab country from women. Considered as the origin of Islam, almost 100% of the population is Muslims.

Famed for the Mecca Pilgrimage (Masjid al-Haram) and Prophet Muhammad burial place in Medina (Masjid an-Nabawi), religion was the primary contact with the outside world until the 20th century and the subsequent discovery of oil. Since then, Saudi Arabia has become a high-income country that explains the massive expansion in technology, transportation, and business. These developments have fueled the country to a top tourist destination.  

Top 3 Places to visit

If you are not sure where to visit when you get to Saudi Arabia, you can start with the following 4 places. 

  1. Mecca

Since its Prophet Muhammad’s birthplace, Mecca is the holiest city in Islam. Built-in the 7th century, the Masjid al-Haram surrounds Islam’s most sacred shrine (Kaaba, covered in cloth). Mount Arafat is also worth visiting. It is where Prophet Muhammad conducted his last sermon. 

Also, there is the Mountain of light where Muslims believe Prophets Muhammad’s first revelation happened. You can do some shopping in the Abraj Al Bait Complex, which has some excellent malls. The downside of Mecca is that only Muslims are allowed inside the city.

  1. Tiran Island

If you’re looking for a great place to relax, you’ll love Tiran Island. This island is surrounded by coral reefs and has impressive dive sites. When visiting the island, remember to carry your swimsuit and diving kit. A camera is also worth- make sure you take some lovely photos for your album. 

  1. Madain Saleh

Also known as Hegra, it is an archaeological site found in the Al-Madina region. The remains available are from the Nabatean Kingdom and later. There is also evidence of Roman and Lihyanite occupation in the region. 

Though it’s referred to as a cursed place by Islam, the government of Saudi Arabia is trying to overcome the dull image to rake in more tourists. You can visit the Al-Farid – Lonely Castle, Elephant Mountain, and the Al Sanea Tomb.

  1. Jeddah

This city is one of the Port cities of Saudi Arabia. The city packs numerous beaches, resorts, and shopping complexes. Furthermore, Jeddah has some ancient buildings built with coral as cultural preservation. The Al Tayebet International City Museum has a variety of Saudi Arabian history; artifacts, art, pottery, interior décor, and old fashion. Visit the Kingdom tower, King Fahad’s fountain, fakieh Aquarium, and Al Shallal Theme Park. 

Conclusion 

The truth is that Saudi Arabia is, by all means, worth visiting. Besides what we have covered above, there is more than you can possibly exhaust even in a month. For instance, you can learn the Islam culture by visiting Saudi Arabia and still get to enjoy desert trails, diving, and so many more.