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15 Amazing Things to do in Valencia

Valencia was founded by the Romans. After the Romans, one by one the Visigoths, the Muslims and the Arabs arrived in Valencia. Among all, the Arabs left a profound legacy with their irrigation systems, recipes and artistic influences that are relevant and noticeable right up to the present day. Valencia offers a great combination of city strolling, sun and beach, old and new with fantastic things to choose from, and plenty of cool things to do! We were lucky enough to be shown around Valencia by two friends who are living in this beautiful part of Spain. 1. Relax with breakfast & Valencian orange juice, at Plaza de la Virgen First thing that you should do is to acclimatize to the local pace of life. Relax, breath and take your time to enjoy this city. And then start you day with a breakfast in the historic sites of this ancient city. In Valencia…

Stand up paddle boarding in Alanya

It was a chill morning, when I stepped on the wet, cold sand. The sky was cloudy between the clouds you could see the sun rising. The effect was spectacular. Rays of sunlight and an orange glow created a magical aura of celestial beauty around the horizon while the clouds above me blotted out the brightness of the sun. The sea was calm, it was just perfect for a morning Stand up paddle boarding, aka SUP. Basically, SUP uses a surf style board and a long paddle. In that regard, it is a cross between canoeing and surfing. It has its roots where all board sports have their beginnings, in Hawaii. Even if you’ve never tried it, many of you have probably seen stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP, over the past few years—it’s one of the fastest growing outdoor activities. Stand up paddling can be done in a variety of forms such as on flat…

15 days in China

We have just returned from China, after a two weeks adventure in which we traveled over 4,000 kilometers from North to South, explored cities of 20 million people or picturesque villages lost in rice, we went with all possible means of transport , bicycle, scooter, boat, cable car or high-speed trains. We were surprised to find a country not only immense in size and population, but also an organized and modern nation, from infrastructure to education. We believe that the 21st century will indeed be the century of China. China is, after all, the only great civilization to carry on continuously its traditions and cultural heritage for more than 4000 years. China’s huge territory and rich culture leaves a lot to discover and come up with. Be it natural beauty, food, architecture or civilization. We tried to discover as much as possible in our 15 day touring China. Below we…

The ultimate Travel Guide Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the place where “East meets West” and it is such an exciting, lively and vibrant city. It has a great mix of both Western and Eastern, both when it comes to culture, food, shopping, and architecture. It is a city that has “everything”. It is one of the busiest harbor cities in the world and is the most important trading place in Asia. Understanding Hong Kong Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China and has a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign relations and military defense. The city is one of the world’s leading financial, banking and trading centers and also the 3rd biggest international financial center, after London and New York, as it has low taxes and free trade. It is made up of four parts: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and the Outlying Islands. There are over 7…

10 Amazing things to do in Hong Kong

“A New York minute is a Hong Kong second” there is a saying you’ll hear all around you. It is a thrilling city of 7 million residents and it’s not hard to see why. Hong Kong teems with energy from the moment you arrive. There are skylines that need to be photographed, there are countless street markets to explore or get lost in, and ferries and boat rides are waiting. It’s pointless to say that it’s impossible to do everything, but there are some experiences that simply shouldn’t be missed. Whether you’re visiting Hong Kong for the first time or the tenth, here are 10 things you absolutely can’t miss. 1.Look up at all the Skyscrapers.  Lift your head and look up towards the sky when walking around the busy streets of Hong Kong, and look at all the spectacular skyscrapers. There are over 7 million people living in Hong…

Enchanting Beauty in Yangshuo, China

From Guilin we took the river cruise to Yangshuo – a town in the heart of some seriously stunning scenery. In Yangshuo, the town itself doesn’t offer much to do. There are lots of tourist stalls and shops, but the real appeal is the surrounding area so during the days, we set about exploring as much of the area as we could. There is the moon cave that look impressive from afar or the bamboo rafting down the river, and we might have done these if we have stayed longer. There’s also a daily night show, which features a light show and a dance display from the director of the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony. It’s also the only way to see cormorant fishing displays. But by far, the best ways to experience the Yangshuo are via bicycle or motorbike.  These can be hired from almost everywhere.  Even if you’re not…

Cruising on the Li River China

One of the world’s “Top 10 Water Wonders”, the Li River has the most popular and picturesque scenery in China. This is Guilin’s pride and joy: Li River a long winding waterway that cuts through the Guangxi province of Southern China, flanked by unusual hills and clusters of ancient villages. The river flows 437 km down to Guilin city and on to other counties like Yangshuo and Wenzhou. To experience the river at its best, we took a river cruise. Boarding a modern three-storey boat, we cruised through the most scenic section of the river, from Guilin to Yangshuo: a 80km journey that takes just over four-five hours to complete. The Best Times to Visit Li River is suitable for travelling all year round, especially from April to October. The most important thing to know about Li River weather is that it can get very hot, humid, and it rains…

Hiking the Avatar Mountains

There is a unique place in China like no other seen before: The Zhangjiajie Mountains aka The Avatar Mountains. These amazing pillar-like formations are a distinct hallmark of Chinese landscape, and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings. Beauty and unusual nature of the park are incredible. Mountain peaks and caves, streams waterfalls, rare plants and animals. There is no photo that could show splendor and grandeur of this place. Experience your get in the place is much better than you can imagine. This is a place of wow.Zhangjiajie came into foreigner travelers’ eyes after the movie Avatar. The Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar were inspired by Southern Sky Pillar in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. It is easy to see the comparison between Zhangjiajie’s mountains and those of the mythical Pandora. So you, see. While in China, we couldn’t miss this amazing place. The only regret is that we had…

Walking along The Bund in Shanghai

Shanghai, which literally means the “City on the Sea,” lies on the Yangzi River delta at the point where Asia’s longest river (6,300 km) ends its journey into the ocean. Now Shanghai is the largest and wealthiest city in China. With a name synonymous with world trade, it has the largest and busiest port, a grand business district, two large airports, the world’s fastest train (the Maglev), and a network of elevated highways. But until 19 century, Shanghai was a simple small fishing village. In order to understand the real importance and meaning of The Bund you have to know the history of the place. It’s like a novel. History After the first Opium War, the British forced China (by the Nanking Treaty) to open 5 ports, including Shanghai to trade, opening the city to foreign involvement and under their control. The village was soon turned into a city run by…

Relaxing in the Yu Garden in Shanghai

Shanghai. A huge, bustling metropolis. China’s biggest city. Its financial nerve center. A city in a constant move and development but in the middle of everything there is a Garden Oasis called Yu Yuan Garden. Yu Yuan Garden is one of the top tourist attraction in Shanghai. And unfortunately, it is now crowded with tourist shops everywhere.  But despite this, it is still amazing. If you are in Shanghai, it’s a perfect attraction to visit before going to the Shanghai Bund. A little bit of history Yu Garden was first built in 16 century during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan as a relaxation place for his father, the minister Pan En. The construction took almost 20 years to be complete but once completed, it was the largest and most prestigious of its kind in Shanghai. The huge expenses of the construction eventually ruined Pan Family. Actually, Yu Yuan is a complex formed by two things:…