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Discover A Beautiful And Enchanting Urban Paradise In Hong Kong

With over seven million people living there life in Hong Kong is blisteringly fast and it’s easy to get lost with the huge surges of crowds on the city streets. However, if you are planning on visiting this beautiful and vibrant place, you won’t be disappointed. There’s so much to see and do that even if the rush does get overwhelming, you’ll love being there. But where to start? Well, we think you should spend your first day climbing Victoria Peak.

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Unforgettable Views

There is nothing quite like the view from Victoria Peak because it towers over one of the largest and most impressive cities in the world. Getting to the top isn’t an easy trek, but there are other ways to reach the top. The most popular option is a tram that is actually one of the steepest in the world. It only takes seven minutes to reach the top, and that’s pretty darn impressive consider the mountain is a massive 1500 feet above sea level. If you want the best advice, make sure you wait for a clear day to do this. With clear skies, you won’t just see the city. You’ll be able to view the surrounding mountains too, and it looks absolutely stunning.

Make sure you take a picnic as well because this is a wonderful place to spend your first lunchtime in Hong Kong.

Take To The Water

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If you want to escape the city after a couple of days there, you can charter a junk boat. Don’t worry, junk boats won’t fall apart as soon as you get them out of the bay. The name is derived from the rustic appeal of the boats and the way they are designed. But despite their name, they still offer plenty of luxuries such as a fully prepared meal on your trip. If you’re staying at one of the hotels near the bay, you should be able to find more about this, and yes, the people who arrange this service do speak English. So, you won’t need to brush up on your Chinese to make sure you can take a trip.

Head To The Busy Streets

You probably want to check out the hotels away from the center of the city when you’re booking a hotel. Be sure to check hotel deals in Southside because this is a beautiful area to stay. However, as the sun begins to set, you should definitely head into the more urban areas of town and explore the Hong Kong markets. There, under the neon lights, you’ll find everything you could ever possibly want to buy, all on one street. There are various different sections on the market whether you want ladies clothing and accessories or to find flowers, goldfish and yes, even birds!

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Rub The Big Buddha’s Belly

Rubbing a Buddha’s belly is supposed to bring good fortune and if you want to test this why not try it with one of the biggest Buddha statues in the world? You’ll find the 202 ton Buddha west of the city in Lantau Island. That’s not the only attraction you’ll find here. The beautiful views and stunning wildlife are another reason to take the trip.

So, is it time for you to take a trip to Hong Kong and explore one of the most incredible places in the world? The answer is most definitely yes.

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Shanghai’s Charms Explored

When you are traveling through Asia, there are far more beautiful and iconic places to see than you can possibly make time for. But if your whirlwind tour of Asia includes China, why not make the most of one of the most incredible cities in the world? Shanghai is famed for its elegant and stark mix of architecture. It is also the financial hub of China, so you’re bound to see plenty of amazing people and sights. It is perhaps the charm of this exciting and vibrant city that many tourists miss. Make sure you don’t miss out!

The Bund is perhaps the most immediately recognized area of Shanghai. This is a waterfront promenade area that features some of the most beautiful and some of the most iconic buildings in the region. It can be quite pleasant to stroll along here on a clear day, despite the intense hubbub of the locals and the action on the water.

Of course, Shanghai has plenty of accommodation to choose from. As a business center, you can expect to find high-tech luxury apartments for rent. These can be found both inside and just outside of the main city area. As a traveler or vacationer, you may be more comfortable in a hotel in Shanghai if you plan to stay for a few days. Choose one that offers a range of culinary delights so you can explore the taste of the region too.

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You may have chosen to visit Asia and China for a taste of the culture. Shanghai is very modern, but there is still evidence of much more traditional ideals too. Just take a walk through the Yu Garden. This botanical beauty reflects life in China dating back to the Ming Dynasty. It is sculpted and tended well, and you can easily forget that you’re in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world. You can find everything that represents the old Chinese traditions including elegant ponds, gorgeous bridges, and amazing structures and buildings. Bring your camera!

Xintiandi is the place to go for shopping. There is a wide range of fashion stores and boutiques to explore. You’ll also find plenty of jewelry and charms to fall in love with. It’s one of the rare car-free areas of town, so you can enjoy browsing without the worry of traffic. This is also a good place to come for an evening out to enjoy local entertainment and fine food.

Perhaps one of the best places to spend a full day in Shanghai is the Shanghai Museum. Some of the artifacts here are incredibly rare and beautiful. Best of all, entry is usually free, so you can take it all in without worrying about the cost. You can find art, jewels and all the history and culture you need in here. Check out the Jade sculptures!

Whatever you’re keen to see most in Asia, do make time to stop off in Shanghai. You can find a lot of China’s history and culture in evidence without missing any of the charms of the region. Enjoy.

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Discover The Wonders Of Canada

If you have had your fill of European destinations and want to try something new, Canada has more than most to offer the adventurous traveler. It’s vast open spaces and glorious scenery combine for a truly impressive traveling adventure.

You now require an eTA to visit Canada for tourism, transit or business trips that are going to last less than six months. You can find out lots more information and details of how to apply on the Canadian eta website so check this out several months before you leave. Make sure that you have adequate travel and health insurance in place and that your passport is up to date. If you are participating in sports such as skiing you may need additional insurance.

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Vancouver is a chic coastal city and an ideal base for your trip but it’s the outdoors that makes this area truly spectacular. Here are some sights that you cannot miss. Whatever your tastes in outdoor adventures, Vancouver, and the surrounding area has something to offer you that you will not be able to resist!

Stanley Park for garden lovers

There are more than 1,000 acres of space at Stanley Park making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. There is something for everyone there. You can take a relaxing stroll around the flowering gardens and wooded areas spotting the natural flora and fauna. For the more adventurous, you can hire a bike or some roller blades and check out the Seawall 5.5-mile path.

Grouse Mountain for winter sports lovers

True adventure is a short 15-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. On Grouse Mountain you can ski, snowboard, snowshoe or ice skate. If that is a bit much for you there are gentle sleigh rides as well. If your trip is in the summer, you don’t have to lose out. Swap winter sports for zip lines and trekking. The 1-mile long aerial tramway to the gorgeous Observatory restaurant is not to be missed.

Whistler Blackcomb for the gondolas

Travel a little further from Vancouver (around two hours) and you reach Whistler Blackcomb – a vast 8,000 acres of pure fun. There are two mountains and oceans of space where you can ride the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola. This is a perfect destination for a winter or a summer break so take your pick. Winter sports include skiing and snowboarding but in the summer, you can go mountain-biking along challenging trails and try out outdoor adventures like zip trekking. The area is well serviced by more than 130 restaurants so refueling after your exercise is not a problem! If the weather does turn a little bad you can always head indoors to one of the 200 shops!

Sea safari for water lovers

A coastal city has got to have coastal adventures and Vancouver does not fail in this. You can spot seals, whales, and blue herons in the waters near the city. You can choose from a sedate kayak trip or a thrilling sea safari from Howe Sound.

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