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How to Use the Subway In the New York City

The New York City’s subway (metro) system was opened in 1904, though the city’s earliest train operations begun in 1863.  It is one of the oldest and largest subway networks in the World (in 2015, it reported over 5 million rides per week-day, with the yearly total of over 1.7 billion rides).  Despite its numerous issues and frequent delays, it is …

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New York City: The Top 10 Parks

New York City, with its five boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and the Staten Island, has a large number of very beautiful, scenic, recreational public parks.  Each park is quite unique on its own, and offers a number of interesting attractions.  Below is the list of the top 10 parks of the New York City, that includes all the ...
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Summer Edition

Its most popular visiting time is from mid-March to mid-April, once the gorgeous Sakura (Cherry) trees go in full bloom.  Then the garden attracts thousands of daily visitors flocking in to take pictures around the beautiful white-and-pink trees.  So what is there to do in Summer?  Should you still visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden?  Is there anything to see at …

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True Tales From The Life Of a New York City Cop

Book:  “The Job: True Tales From The Life Of a New York City Cop” Author:  Steve Osborne Publisher:  Anchor Books, 2015 If you ever wondered what a real, day-to-day job of a New York City’s police officer is like then you will be happy to learn about the existence of this book.  It’s author, Steve Osborne, was an actual NYPD officer, later a …

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New York City: The Top 50 Sights

Before it was named New York, this beautiful city was known as New Amsterdam, albeit for a very brief period of time.  After it’s earliest settlers, the Dutch, have surrendered to the British, in the mid-1600s, the city has started growing rapidly, expanding and attracting thousands of new immigrants from all over the World.  Since those early days, this melting …

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This Is London: Life and Death in the World City

Book:  “This Is London” Author:  Ben Judah Publisher:  Picador, 2016 What is London?  Or to be even more precise – what is modern London?  We know the main sights – Big Ben, London Bridge and the London Eye.  But what about the people?  Who are the people that make up this beautiful and densely populated capital of Great Britain? Of course, there’s the …

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A Quick Guide to Shanghai’s Main Airports

When you fly in to Shanghai, chances are – you will land in one of its two main airports: Hongqiao International Airport or Pudong International Airport.  Hongqiao is located around 13-15 kilometers (8-9 miles) out of the city center.  Pudong, on the other hand, is located much farther – around 30-25 kilometers (19-20 miles) out of the city center.  But the …

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China Road: A Journey Into the Future

Book:  “China Road: A Journey Into The Future Of A Rising Power” Author:  Rob Gifford Publisher:  Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2008 Rob Gifford is a talented journalist, travel writer, and a correspondent who used to work for the National Public Radio’s (NPR) China division, while he lived in this country for many years.  This book is based on his personal journey traversing the country …

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Shanghai: Top 20 Sights

Home to over 24 million of people – Shanghai is the biggest city in China, and is considered to be its ‘financial capital’.  It is one of the most beautiful, modern and expensive cities in the whole World, rival only to Tokyo and New York. In this guide on Shanghai’s top 20 sights – we have compiled some of the …

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The Last Days of Old Beijing: City Transformed

Book:  “The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed” Author:  Michael Meyer Publisher:  Walker & Company, 2009 The author of this book, Michael Meyer, came to China as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1995 – to teach English to some of the country’s less privileged kids.  He lived there for a couple of years, went …

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Guilin: Top 10 Sights

Guilin, located in the Southwest region of China, is one of the most beautiful, historic and touristic cities in the country.  It’s a small city with a population of less than… 5 million, famous for its scenic, narrow limestone hills and the stunning river Li.  Despite its remote location – it can be easily accessed by a bus, train, or a plane, since …

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Factory Girls: From Village To City in a Changing China

Book:  “Factory Girls: From Village To City In a Changing China” Author:  Leslie T. Chang Publisher:  Spiegel & Grau, 2009 As the name of the book evidently implies – “Factory Girls” was based primarily on the life of young migrants in China.  Leslie Chang, the author of this book, is a Chinese-American journalist who was born in U.S. and had spent many years of …

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Shanghai: Top 5 Panoramic Views

The beautiful city of Shanghai – is not only the largest city of China, it is also its vibrant and lively, financial capital.  An important port city since the invasion of the British, Shanghai is full of history.  Nowadays, its modern look is filled with steel and glass – a place where competing skyscrapers, quaint little gardens and ancient pagodas …

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How to Use the Metro (Subway) in Shanghai

Shanghai’s metro is clean and safe as is very easy to navigate, but if you have never used it before it might be a bit confusing initially.  However, in this quick review we will explain everything that you need to know about how to use the Shanghai’s metro. How to Navigate Shanghai’s Subway Lines: The first thing that you need …

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How To Use The Metro (Subway) in Beijing

If you will be visiting Beijing and are wondering how to navigate its extensive subway network – then this post is for you.  Beijing, with its current population of 21 million residents, is one of the largest cities in the World.  However, it can be easily navigable via the city’s widespread and easily accessible metro system. Beijing’s subway network started …

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(Describing) China in Ten Words

Book:  “China in Ten Words” Author:  Yu Hua Publisher:  Anchor Books, 2012 Yu Hua was born in China in 1960, five years before the violent turmoil by the name “Cultural Revolution”, initiated by the (in)famous political leader, Mao Zedong, took place.  He is the author of a number of award-winning fictional books about China, however, this particular publication is a work of non-fiction. …