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    TAKE YOUR FREE VT FLAG WITH YOU !

    by V.T.FLAG Updated Jul 3, 2014


    If you are coming to China - make sure you have your free Virtual Tourist Flag with you!

    Just email the wonderful VT staff at:

    feedback@virtualtourist.com

    Just send them your address and the rest is history. History to make!


    Don't forget!

    The VT staff like postcards, so please send them a nice postcard while you are here!


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    Historic tour

    by solopes Updated Jun 9, 2014

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    Only recently awake for tourism, China is starting to enhance the best signs of its rich history.

    This may give you contradictory sensations, from the "deja vu" of the Great wall, to the surprise (for me) of the beautiful walls of Xi'an, from the metropolitan boom of Shanghai, to the calm fields along Li River, between Guilin and Yangshuo.

    You may step in a glimpse from tradition to modernity with only a common link - lots of people.

    The consequences of the revolution are heavy, but many signs have escaped destruction and history is a long walk that makes Chinese proud.

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    Terracotta Soldiers at Xi'an

    by angiebabe Updated Apr 27, 2014

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    This is an amazing Unesco site - with an army of around 6000 soldiers of varying ranks and positions all individual made from Terracotta that was found out at Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum about 45 minutes from Xi'an.
    Xi'an was once the capital of China - that was when the first Emperor to unite the country and its people ruled

    Spread over 3 pits with information given plus the exhibition building which has the prized 2 bronze carriages with 4 horses and a driver each

    During peak season the standard entrance ticket is 150 rmb, a student ticket is half that at 75 rmb. At offpeak time of year, when i firs went in December 2013 the student discounted ticket was 60 rmb and the standard entrance 120rmb.

    The small buggies save you 15 minutes of walking to get you to the site for 5 rmb - worth it if you have limited time as you still have to walk back (as they dont want to put you off walking back via the road of shops! These shops are pretty good though - one is a post office where you can postcard photos made to post. at the end of the shops back down near where the site ticket office is KFC - a good place for pep up coffee and my favourite Beijing chicken wrap (slightly spicey and with housin sauce and cucumber)

    there are toilets just past where the buggies pick up station is and just inside the site gate to the right.

    I was with a group in December and we were rushed around the site - had about 1 and half hours - it was adequate but when returned again yesterday I had booked a reliable driver and car and he told us to have 3 hours - we used that 3 hours easily and if you are someone who likes to spend time reading all the info in the museum and really seeing things well then you could easily spend 4 or 5 hours!

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    The Great Wall near Beijing

    by angiebabe Written Mar 11, 2014

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    In 1997 I visited the Great Wall at Badaling, which is the most touristed site of all visitable GW sites from Beijing - when i visited though in January, being winter was an obvious advantage with not so many visitors at the same time.
    January in Beijing the temperature was an average minus 10'C and lots of snow around - out at Badaling there was hardly any snow for the snow shots I had hoped to get but it was still beautiful.

    Ive since photos taken at Badaling at peak time in summer and seriously there are so many people on the way at the one time all crammed in youd think it was a major protest march or something!

    I had hoped at the time to go and visit Mutianyu or Simatai sites but as I found a group tour excursion i decided to join that which included Badaling and i didnt have time to go out to the other sites during the remainder of my time in Beijing. I am hoping later this year to walk from Jinshanling to Simatai and stay the night at Simatai.

    From Xi'an i could also travel up to Yulin and visit the wall there but there are several places that the Great wall can be seen - particularly the parts that are in the sea south of Beijing, out from Tianjin, are where id like to visit at some stage soon.

    The Lonely Planet is quite inspirational with info to visit these sites.
    An interesting and seemingly well written website...http://www.wildgreatwall.com/which-part-of-the-great-wall-is-the-best-to-visit/

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    Visas from Hong Kong or renewing from Hong Kong

    by angiebabe Updated Mar 8, 2014

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    Heres a good website that has updated its info to Feb 2014 for entering and staying in Hong Kong

    - http://www.immd.gov.hk/en/services/hk-visas/visit-transit/visit-visa-entry-permit.htmlellent list of country by country

    Handy site for those who might already be in China and need to know about renewing their visas or changing their visas in Hong Kong.

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    Shennong Stream

    by al2401 Updated Feb 9, 2014

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    The Shennong Stream rises in the mountains of central China and flows into the Yangtze via Wu Gorge. It is the home of the ethnic minority people, the Tujia.

    Transfering to a smaller boat you travel on a zig-zag path through 4 amazing gorges in turquoise clear water. The scenery changes from lush green vegetation to cliffs decorated by stalagtites. There are also many caves.

    As the stream narrows you will change boats again - an open sampan crewed by 6 local boatmen which at one stage is towed through the shallows by the boatmen, called 'Trackers', from the shore. The boatmen sing local songs while rowing and engage in races between boats of tourists. After all this hard work they then row the boats home.

    This is a good opportunity to see an unspoiled area close up.

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    Shanghai

    by solopes Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    No other visited city in China reveals the mixture of cultures and civilizations that for several centuries passed through China.

    New and antique stand side by side, while, like mushrooms, modern buildings grow everywhere, changing the general look of the city, but preserving the historical sites and references.

    As I try to reflect in my page, Shanghai is a definitive "must see".

    Shanghai - China
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    Xi'an

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    Before leaving to China I doubted that Xi'an could justify the thousands of kilometers needed to visit it.

    The doubts went down as soon as we arrived there, even before visiting the terracotta warriors. Xi'an is a gem that justifies any kind of detour.

    Xi Xi Xi Xi Xi
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    Yangshuo

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    Treated by tourist packages as a minor destination included in Guilin's visit, the small town of Yangshuo has its own charm, and has nothing to loose when compared with the best known Guilin.

    West street and the rural surroundings are an excellent complement to the trip in Li River.

    Yangshuo - China
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    Yangshuo

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    We were attracted by the famous landscapes of Guilin, but, as a matter of fact, it was Yangshuo that showed us the beautiful look of rural China.

    I know that it may have been forced by our package, that kept us inside Guilin, with a quick trip to the caves, and took us to the rural Yangshuo. I also know that in Yangshuo we had an important detail, somewhat absent in Guilin: the Sun. But... I saw what I saw. And Yangshuo has the best landscape that I saw.

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    Guilin

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    Nowhere else in China I saw such an effort to "justify" the tourism.

    The landscape is beautiful, but the anxiety to add attractive details to it, is excessive, and sometimes... boring.

    Each peak, each rock, each possible detail gets a name, a tale, a pretext to be listed. No need to! Guilin is a lively city, with some interesting points and... it has Li river.

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    The wall

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

    Ten thousand kilometers long, the wall may be seen from many places.

    I read that most of it is ruined, and the visit is so dangerous that it is forbidden in many sections. Some points were prepared to tourism, which means security, best appearance and... crowds. The easiest access is from Beijing and touristy structure are already well mounted there. Unless you want a real exclusive image, there's no reason to complicate, trying another approach to the wall.

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    Spend some time at Kung Fu school

    by Merebin Written Oct 23, 2013

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    Visit one of the number of Kung Fu schools in Beijing to catch a performance from the acrobatic Shaolin monks - or even attend classes to learn some Kung Fu skills yourself. To get the real Karate Kid experience, visit Beijing Qinghe Shaolin Kung Fu School, where some of the Karate Kid II movie was filmed.

    Visits and classes are cheaper with a group and several tour companies offer half and full day tours with transfers.

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    Cycling Xian's City Wall

    by Merebin Written Oct 16, 2013

    The ancient city wall of Xian is one of the best preserved in China. This enables visitors to walk, or cycle, the entire 14 kilometers of its top. The wall itself is impressive at around 12 metres in height and approximately 14 metres wide.

    The ride itself is relatively easy - although the cobblestones do make it a little bumpy in place. Single or tandem bikes can be hired in several places on along the wall's top, including near the South Gate. There are good view over Xian from the top of the wall, as well as the occasional small kiosk where you can buy ice creams and drinks. To ride the whole circuit takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours at a leisurely pace. You pay a deposit of around 200 yuan to hire a bicycle which is reimbursed in your return, and a hire fee of approximately 40 yuan for 100 minutes hire of a single bike.

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    Shekou nice evenings ..

    by sinou Updated Oct 12, 2013

    The kindly ambience is very appropriate for walking, or to relax and spend some time independently,.. where the tropical trees like coconut ,mangroves ..also green flowery hedges , and so on .
    The Mermaid.. the noticeable monument :
    Mermaid statue Overlooking on clean comfortable seats that distributed throughout.
    a lot of people in the public parks grill and eat in the nice evenings..really it is good to see..or to experience..

    Shekou Shekou nights Mangrove and coconut trees.. Ming Hua ship..

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