Great Wall of China Succumbs to both Natural and Human Damages

crumbling great wallWhen you think about China one structure immediately stands-out: The Great Wall of China. According to a comprehensive archeological survey, the entire architecture – including its actual walls, trenches, and natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers – measures to about 21,916 kilometers. Continue reading “Great Wall of China Succumbs to both Natural and Human Damages”

A High Dose for Thrill Seekers in China’s Haunted Places

haunted placesPeople jump off a plane mid-travel. Groups of young adventurers scale high cliffs and mountains. Liberated souls go kayaking in swelled, roaring rivers. Thrill-seekers, one and all.

There are a lot of activities available for people wishing to elevate their adrenaline, to feel that rising fear from your stomach climbing up your chest, and yelling it out as you scream for pure ecstatic excitement. Continue reading “A High Dose for Thrill Seekers in China’s Haunted Places”

The Towering Skyscrapers of Shanghai

shanghai skyscrapersOnly twenty-five years old, the Lujiazui Financial district, Pudong, Shanghai has a world class skyline and in 2014, the second tallest building in world.

Cities with great skylines have several buildings that stand out from the rest. New York has the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. Chicago has the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and John Hancock Center. Hong Kong has the International Commerce Centre, Two International Finance Centre, and the Central Plaza. Shanghai’s already impressive skyline has the Shanghai World Financial Center, Oriental Pearl Tower, and Jin Mao Tower, and will be joined by the Shanghai Tower in 2014; giving Shanghai two of the top four tallest buildings in the world. Continue reading “The Towering Skyscrapers of Shanghai”

Exploring the Bargains in the Famous Beijing Markets

Bargains in Beijing Markets

Bargaining for clothes, shoes, souvenirs and knockoffs in the capital of China makes for a fun afternoon or a whole day of Beijing shopping.

No trip to China would be complete without an afternoon spent haggling in a traditional market such as the Dirt Market in Panjiayuan or the Silk Market, the indoor reconstruction of the old Beijing Silk Alley. Beijing shopping options can satisfy bargain hunters and trend hunters alike and range from outdoor free-for-alls to modern indoor mall-like complexes. Continue reading “Exploring the Bargains in the Famous Beijing Markets”

Kicking Off Your China Travel Plan

china travel tipsChina is fast becoming a popular and relevant tourist destination since it opened its doors to the world some 30 years ago.

Obtaining Your Chinese Visa

Be prepared to obtain a Chinese visa before leaving for your trip. You will want to apply for your visa at least a couple months before your flight departs. Visa’s can be obtained from your local Chinese consulate or you can hire a third party to deal directly with the consulate for you. Keep in mind that if you don’t live in a major city, you may not have a Chinese consulate near. The cost of a Chinese visa will run you anywhere from $150 to $300 depending on the method you choose to get one. Continue reading “Kicking Off Your China Travel Plan”