Monthly Archives: May 2011

Best of Bangkok

    Bangkok is one of the world’s most interesting cities. It is large and sprawling, occupying both sides of the Chao Praya River. Traffic is horrible and the streets are dirty, but the people are lovely and friendly, there is … Continue reading

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Best of Thailand

     Thailand, formerly Siam, has a mystical quality. Buddhism is pervasive throughout the country and this means that there are hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of wats (temples) dedicated to the holy man. However, Thailand is not primitive or backward. To … Continue reading

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Best of Guilin

     Guilin is located in south-central China, along the Li River. The city is best known as the gateway of the Li River and embarkation point for river cruises. The landscape along the river is some of the most unique … Continue reading

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Best of Zhouzhuang

    The town of Zhouzhuang, like Suzhou, lies approximately 90 miles west of Shanghai and is another popular excursion from the big city. It is one of several charming towns known as “water villages” because of an extensive canal system … Continue reading

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Best of Suzhou

     Suzhou lies just west of Shanghai and is one of the most popular excursions from that city. It is famous for its traditional Chinese gardens, montages of rocks, landscaping, water, and small pavilions. Here you will find a large number … Continue reading

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Best of Shanghai

  The ultra-modern city of Shanghai is China answer to glitz. A walk through the tunnel from the Bund to the Pudong will convince anyone that this is not your traditional China. Skyscrapers abound — there are 2700 buildings which … Continue reading

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Best of Xi’an

    The city of Xi’an, in north-central China, was an ancient capital of this vast land and home to one of China’s most important and influential emperors. China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang began his reign in 221 BC. He … Continue reading

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Best of Hong Kong

     This British possession has finally reverted back to mainland China. However, the difference is barely noticeable. Capitalism still abounds in Hong Kong, and evidence of wealth and privilege can be found everywhere.      This island city is very special … Continue reading

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Best of Beijing

    The capital of China is an important entry point into this fascinating country because it possesses many significant tourist attractions, while also illustrating how China is changing, becoming more modern.       The most important sight in the city is … Continue reading

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Best of China

   China is a huge country with a bewildering number of significant tourist attractions. It is probably a mistake to try to see them all in one visit. I would suggest multiple visits to explore the sights in a particular … Continue reading

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