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Beijing to Shanghai by High-Speed Train

In our 15 days of touring across China we have traveled by every means of transportation possible: from domestic flights, high-speed trains, slow regional trains, buses, cable cars, fast elevators, boats, electric scooters or bikes, but by far the best experience, was traveling by the fastest train in China from Beijing to Shanghai. In 2017, China keeps the world’s record for the largest high-speed rail (HSR) network with a length totaling over 22,000 km, including 12,500 km of rail routes allowing trains at a speed above 250 km/h and there is a plan to enlarge to 30,000 km by 2020 and 38,000 km by 2025 and no country in the world does infrastructure development like China. We saw it with our own eyes. The world’s longest HSR line, Beijing-Guangzhou High-Speed Railway, will extend with 2,298 km and is expected to run to Hong Kong in 2018. Currently, only 16 countries and…

Beijing -The Ultimate Travel Guide

What does Beijing bring to anyone’s mind? A city overflowing with millions of people? The 2008 Olympics? Pollution? And heaven forbid… no access to Facebook? The Chinese capital is so much more than that. We have to admit that we came here with preconceptions but soon we discovered another world, a huge city with its perfectly preserved monuments or modern architecture in a constant huge change. It will amaze you. Beijing was the first stop in our China tour and we had three days to discover this amazing city. So, we will share with you some insider travel tips on things to do in Beijing, like the best places to see and explore. Why visit Beijing Really?! Are you still questioning why you should visit China’s pulsating capital – a city of imperial history, abundant restaurants, leafy parks and tea rituals? When to visit Beijing Beijing has attractions that can be visited…

Strolling the Forbidden city in Beijing

Beijing has a history of about 3,000 years. It first became the capital of a big regional empire under the Mongols in 1271. After that, it continued to be the capital of the Ming and Qing empires, and it was the capital of modern China for most of the 20th century. A city that is continuing reinventing itself. New buildings, new roads, and new sports venues seem to spring up overnight. The cityscape is changing yearly but at the same time, Beijing remains the center of tradition, with the treasures of nearly 2,000 years. Few places on Earth can match the extraordinary historical panorama on display in Beijing. There are six Unesco World Heritage Sites in this city alone (just one less than the whole of Egypt). At its heart is the magnificent Forbidden City, a royal palace on a scale like no other. For five centuries, it was the…

Night Markets in Beijing

Having more than 11 million inhabitants, Beijing has a lot of people to feed.So at almost every city corner, there is another food market. In fact, there are hundreds of different kinds of foods being offered up across town, some coming from recipes that date back literally thousands of years ago, from China and beyond. Expect Hui, Mongolian and Manchurian ethnic flavors as well as foods that date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. Beijing is home to some incredible food places especially night markets. You can find anything and everything in these hustling, bustling bazaars: Wangfujing Food Market If you’re a first-timer in Beijing, Wangfujing Dajie (Street) is a must see. It has tons of hotels nearby, cool people and stores for everyone. Donghuamen Street Market A few minutes away and just around the corner from the Wangfujing food market is its kid brother. After its pedestrianization, Donghuamen…

Walking the Great Wall of China

As an “Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World”, the Great Wall of China is a must-see attraction. While it can’t actually be seen from space, it’s most definitely a great man-made wonder best seen in person Originally constructed by Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of the unified China, in the third century B.C., in order to prevent incursions from barbarian nomads into the Chinese Empire and to protect the Silk Road. In the construction of the wall they used huge numbers of soldiers and convicts. It is said that as many as 400,000 people died during the wall’s construction; many of these workers were buried within the wall itself. But the Great Wall held little importance for the Mongols led by the Genghis Khan, they just passed through the wall and conquer all of China, parts of Asia and sections of Europe. The best-known and best-preserved section of…

1 day in Bergamo

Bergamo is a small town in Lombardy, Italy, very close to Milan. The city is often overlooked by tourists who arrive to Italy with low cost airlines and head straight to Milan or just take another flight to somewhere else. This was also our case. On the way to Spain we had to spend a night in Bergamo before our next flight, but this time we had a full day to enjoy the charming little city. So, we dropped our bags and headed to the Upper town. Bergamo offers little treasures like museums, ancient palaces, churches and monuments that can be compared with those of other more important Italian cities. The city is divided into two parts – the Upper Town, or “Citta Alta”, and the newer, Lower City, or “bassa città.” Main point of interest is the Citta alta, that’s where the whole magic of Bergamo is. Citta Alta…

Hiking the Cies Islands

If you think about Spain’s islands what first pops into your head? Ibiza? Tenerife? But what if we told you that on the Atlantic Coast of Spain you can find some of the most beautiful islands in the world? If you don’t believe us, we invite you to take a tour of the Cies Islands with us and see the natural, untouched beauty that they have to offer. A few km away from the Galician city of Vigo,  lies the Cies Islands, an unspoiled paradise of green wilderness, white sand and turquoise-blue waters. These islands are designated as A National Park, therefore an protected area. There are technical three islands in this archipelago: the sought island – San Marino, The North island – Monteagudo, and in the middle – Do Faro, which is linked to Monteagudo by a stretch of sand known as Rodas Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in…

Cies Islands – The Islands of the gods

One day I saw a picture of an amazing beach and I fell in love with it. It was called the Cies Islands. I didn’t know anything about it but I told to myself that we have to go there…and two months later we were there. Somewhere in the Galician Land, there are three Islands: The Cies Islands which are Vigo’s greatest treasure. These islands are part of the Atlantic Islands National Park and one of the Galicia’s most beautiful places, which is why the Romans named them the islands of the gods. The Cies archipelago means three islands: Monte Agudo, O Faro and San Martino. The first two are connected by a long strip of sand which is Rodas Beach and a bridge between the ocean and the inner lake. Imagine a paradise beach with crystalline waters, in a natural environment that makes it a unique wildlife observatory, bordered by…

Top 17 Things to do in Moscow

Moscow, like the entire USSR, was heavily guarded against Western influence by the Communist Era for so long. It is still regarded as an exotic, enigmatic and powerful city. Now, Moscow and the rest of the Russia started to be visited more and more by many tourists although westerners can’t help to feel a strange allure to discover this metropolis. Moscow is huge, exciting and exhausting at the same time. You say the word “Moscow” and most of the people think about Kremlin, Red Square, and images of intensely cold winters, vodka and beautiful blonde blue-eyed Russian ladies. Of course, it is more than this. If you just visit The Red Square and Kremlin you won’t get the whole picture. To enjoy the city you need to meet people and experience the really Russian culture. Below are a few of my personal recommendations on what to see when you’re visiting Moscow.…

Nedeea Valceana – Brutally Beautiful

There is a place in Romania where nature has managed to stay unspoiled by civilization, where a whirling river is flowing through spectacular gorges, and its banks boast with centuries-old churches and many spas. The Olt Valley is one of the most spectacular and beautiful areas in Romania, between Căpăţânii, Lotru and Făgăraş mountains. Not far from Olt River there is a medieval village called Odai (Chambers) –  where you can only walk or ride. In the Early Middle Ages because of the many invaders, and also because the narrow valley of the Olt did not allow enough agricultural land for the people, the locals from this region climbed into the Lotru mountains. Here, in the heart of the mountain, at over 800 meters altitude, on all the slopes that had a southern opening to the sunlight, people established the small village called Odai. The village’s name identifies with his…