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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…

Shanghai – The Ultimate travel Guide

With a population of more than 24 million, Shanghai is China’s largest and most developed metropolis. First it began its rise in the early 20th century, and it is today one of the world’s most important and powerful cities ever since. Shanghai is a booming financial capital, international metropolis, and the new New York. It’s a breathtaking assault on all the senses. Whether you are visiting Shanghai for business or pleasure, these travel guide can help you handle things more easily. Why visit Not that you need so many reasons to visit Shanghai but let’s see few of them: It is a unique city This unicity is coming from its exotic past Shanghai is China’s largest and richest city. So for sure you have many things to discover and enjoy. It easily rivals New York and Paris in terms of modernity. Shanghai’s night scene. As night descends the entire city…

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:…

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…