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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…

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…

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.…