Beijing, China – Why You Should Visit

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Travel |

Beijing is the capital city of the People’s Republic of China has the status of being the second most populous cities of the world. Located in the northern part of China it is a municipality that is directly controlled by the national government. It is divided into rural, urban and suburban districts that are sixteen in number. There is the national capital region as well as the Tianjin municipality and the Jingjinji metropolitan region, which form the three divisions of the city.

The city has a longstanding ancient history as well as a modern façade that still holds onto several traditional architectural landmarks. Being a seat of commerce, art, culture and industries of different categories, it comes second to Shanghai, which is the largest city of the nation as per urban population.

There are several reasons why one should visit Beijing. The history of the city is rich and dates back to three millennia which make it older than other major cities of the world. It has been the capital of four ancient empires that ruled the country. Geographically the city is surrounded by mountains on three sides and has city walls that line its interiors and exteriors. It is known for the gardens, parks, temples, palaces, walls and gates as well as tombs that make the city rich and enthralling to check out.

The Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, and Forbidden City are some of the renowned world heritage sites that are present in this city. The city also houses a large number of world famous universities and companies that form the Fortune Global 500 list. The economic expansion of the city and its modernization phase has led to the modern face of the city that is defined by several skyscrapers in the city.

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Moscow, Russia – Top 3 Things To See

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Travel |

This is the most populous and the capital city of Russia, which has about 13.2 million residents. Known as a Russian federal city, this is the center of the country that houses the main political activities, cultural, economic and scientific centers. It is also a significant destination and the largest city of Eastern Europe. Moscow is considered one of the largest cities of the world and it is one of the largest urban economies. Being ranked one of the alpha global cities of the world, you will experience a cold, northern temperate climate here.

The city is located by Moskva River and it is one of the most populated inland cities of the continent. It is one of the greenest capital cities of the world. The city was the seat of several political states such as the Grand Duchy of Moscow, which existed in medieval times after which the Tsardom of Russia existed here for some time after which came the Russian Empire and the Russian Federation. It is also a seat of Russian culture and has several theatres, museums as well as academic institutions of world fame.

There are several unique landmarks to visit in this city. The Ostankino Tower is one of the tallest and freestanding structures of the world which is a must see; you will also get to check out the Federation Tower here, known as the tallest skyscraper among all European countries. Among the historic buildings that are worth checking out here is the Saint Basil’s Cathedral. This historic, religious building has brightly colored domes and unique architecture and expressions of medieval art that make it a must see in this city.

The above points showcase the diverse culture and heritage that Moscow has. With modern landmarks and retail entertainment destinations, a visitor to the city can expect to have a full itinerary for touring the city.

 

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The 3 Top Places to Visit in Washington DC

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Travel |

Washington DC does not need any introduction. Located in the District of Columbia, it is the Capital of the United States of America.  This capital district was formed by the Residence Act signed in 1790. It is located by the Potomac River and it is on the East Coast of the country. This area was formed by taking land from the adjoining states of Virginia and Maryland. The region comprises of settlements of Alexandria and Georgetown which were pre existing.

The region was named in honor of President George Washington and the region was recognized to be the national capital in 1791. Washington today has a population of about 681,170. The metropolitan area of the city has a population of about six million. The district has its own administrative system which comprises of a mayor and a council of 13 members. Congress however has superior authority on the city.

The city is a beautiful place to visit besides its political importance. The attractions of the city are numerous that include three of the places you must visit if you are in town: Capitol Hill, West End and National Mall.

National Mall is a National Park, which comprises of several museums, government buildings, monuments and memorials. Here one can check out landmarks like the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool, National Museum of Natural History, National Gallery of Art, Jefferson Memorial, National Air and Space Museum and several others.  A good friend, Amanda, owns Purity Hair Design found here: http://www.purityhairdesign.com has visited many of these places and highly recommended to us the tours available that will leave you in awe of the rich history in Washington DC.

West End comprises of the White House, Kennedy Center and Textile Museum. When one visits the Capitol Hill one will see the Supreme Court and Capitol Building here. These are some of the numerous famous landmarks to be found here. This city is also an important cultural destination and has several museums and performing arts centers worth visiting. With a well established transportation system and tourist facilities, those who come here can expect to have well guided tours and a comprehensive view of the city in different ways.

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Don’t go to Ecuador without visiting The Galapagos Islands!!!

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Travel |

The Galapagos Islands are a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean.  The Galapagos Islands are known to have the rarest wildlife and plant species on earth. These islands are a group of about 19 islands. They are a part of the Republic of Ecuador and Spanish is the commonly spoken language here. However, the currency used is US Dollars. Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is known to have been based on his study of natural selection on various species on this island.

Being a volcanic archipelago, the population on the island is not very dense, about 25,000 people only live here. There are a number of active volcanoes, which have erupted quite some times in the past years. The last one erupted in 2011.

Though located on the equator, the Galapagos Islands witnesses drizzles almost through out the year because of the Humboldt current, which brings cold water to the islands. Usually there are two main seasons, warm season (December to May), when the approximate temperature is 25° C (77° F) and the garua season (June to November), when the temperature is about 21 C (72 F). June, July and August are the most preferred months for visiting the islands.

Though, The Galapagos Islands should definitely be on everybody’s travel list and Charles Darwin had visited the island back in 1835, tourism to the island for everybody has only started from 1965. This tourism was started by Forrest Nelson’s hotel ‘Galapagos’, who began organized tours. Now almost the entire island has become a tourist hub, even the locals have modified their houses and boats to suit the needs of the tourists. But, one must keep in mind that one requires permission from the military Government to stay there overnight on the beach and no one can stay there for more than 3 nights camping on the beach. Most tourists prefer to take day trips to the sea, snorkeling sites and come and stay over night at land-based hotels. Galapagos Islands has numerous scuba diving and snorkeling sites, but visiting them is allowed for limited time only and everyone has to be compulsorily accompanied by licensed professionals.  We have a friend who owns a roofing company in Albany who says the experience in and of itself is so far more amazing than any other trip he has been on.  He has recommended this trip so much that we decided to go there on our honeymoon, and did NOT regret it!!!  He is our proud sponsor and can be found at http://www.roofing518.com/.

The major tourist attractions are:

  1. Scuba Diving – With numerous diving spots, one may get lucky and may even spot various types of sharks.
  2. Snorkeling – Ideal place to experience swimming with sea lions and pacific sea turtles.
  3. Wildlife – One may be able to spot the rarest wildlife species on these islands. No wonder these islands served as an inspiration to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Varieties of animals one may spot are: penguins (really!), iguanas, sea birds, etc.

So do not waste time and pre book your flights and accommodation in order to avoid last minute rush and high prices. Do not forget to carry your swimsuits, raincoats/umbrellas, sunscreen and most importantly a waterproof camera to capture memories that will last a lifetime!  Here is an outstanding video shared by another friend, Amanda, who owns Purity Hair Design in Voorheesville.  She loves the raw experience offered here & thinks everyone should visit at some point in their lives.  You should check out the video about The Galapagos Islands found below…

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Europe 101: everything that a tourist should know about

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Travel |

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Many people are touring through Europe. This is because of the fact that this is a popular country and that there are many interesting things to see. There are many tourists that are touring through Europe without making sure that they know all the facts about Europe and to make sure that they get to know the country before they start traveling through it. Here are all the essential things about Europe that you need to know before you can start planning your tour through this country:

The country is large, do your research

You need to know that the country is large and you need to make sure that you are aware about all the cities and towns that you should visit. There are many sites that are able to assist you, but you should make sure that the site is legit and giving you real information.

Those people that don’t do the research find themselves in the middle of Europe and don’t know where to go next.

Talk to locals and make sure that you know what you should see

Even if you have done your research, you should still talk to the locals once you are in Europe. They know all the interesting places that you can visit, and that will make your experience even better. They might know about places that aren’t on the internet and that doesn’t give you all the correct information.

The locals are mostly friendly, so you don’t need to worry to ask for any assistance from the locals.

Make sure about your budget when booking at hotels

The last thing that you want, is to run out of your budget, before your tour is over. This is why you should make sure about the hotels that you are making reservations at. There are some really expensive hotels in Europe and then there are the so-called backpackers that are more affordable, and that is still offering you a great night rest.  You don’t need to stay at the expensive hotels to get a real European experience.

The different languages that you might came across

A mistake that many people are making is to think that if they are speaking English, that they are going to be able to talk to all the locals in Europe. However, this isn’t the case. There are some towns and cities where the locals are speaking French or Italian. English will not help you in these cities, so you might want to learn the basics of the other languages as well.

Europe is one of the most popular countries where people are touring through. This is because of the different and interesting things that you can see and do in Europe. With all these essential information, you will be able to know that when you are going to Europe, that you know everything to make your experience unforgettable.

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