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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. …

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Xi’an: Top 10 Sights

Xi’an (Sian), formerly known as Chang’an, is the first and the oldest capital of China.  With a current population of around 8 million, this is not one of the largest cities in China, however that does not mean that it lacks its share of popular, and interesting attractions! The number one reason why different people come to visit this town …

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What To Pack On Your Trip To China

If you are planning on visiting China and are wondering which essentials you must bring on your journey – this article is for you.  China is a very beautiful, large country with a multitude of different regions – from mountains to flatlands, from desserts to seas, and hence there are a number of things that you should consider, before you finally …

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Beijing: The Top 20 Attractions

Beijing, which means “Northern Capital”, is one of the 6 ancient capitals of China, which it remains to this day.  It is currently the second largest city after Shanghai, though it has a lot more cultural and historic sights, waiting to be explored.  While, it is practically impossible to see all of its main sights in one trip, unless you …

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How To Visit Mont Saint-Michel From Paris (On a Budget)

Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most popular sights in France, attracting close to 3 million visitors each year – it is one of the most unique, picturesque destinations in the World.  Surrounded by endless fields of green (or orange, or white depending on the season), it delights and amazes its visitors, once they see it merging with the sky, and the …

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Age of Ambition: Chasing Truth in the New China

Book:  “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China” Author:  Evan Osnos Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014 There has been a number of books published on China in the last few decades that cover everything from politics, cuisine, culture, and even modern trends.  However, not that many of them come even close to the level of …

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Havana Real: One Woman Fights To Tell The Truth About Cuba

Book:  “Havana Real: One Woman Fights To Tell The Truth About Cuba Today” Author:  Yoani Sánchez Publisher:  Melville House Publishing, 2009 How does one survive when one does not have enough food on a table?  How much does anything else matter when that happens on a daily basis? Yoani Sanchez, the author of this book, is an intelligent young Cuban woman, …

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Antigua Guatemala: The Top 10 Attractions

If you’re traveling to Guatemala and need a quick reference guide to the top sights in Antigua – then this article is for you. Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful and historic cities in Guatemala, as well as in Central America, Antigua is a true gem.  Its original name was Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala, before it was renamed to Antigua, …

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Havana: Top 20 Sights

If you’re going to Havana for the first time and need a quick guide to the top sights in this gorgeous, colonial, city – then this article is for you.  Below we compiled the top 20 sights to see in Havana, together with some quick facts, such as the opening hours and the entry prices, when applicable. Please note all prices that are …

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Swiss Watching: Inside The Land Of Milk And Money

Book:  “Swiss Watching: Inside The Land Of Milk And Money” Author:  Diccon Bewes Publisher:  Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2010 What makes up a Swiss identity? What makes the Swiss tick? Who are the people that populate this beautiful, peaceful, and rich country that is called Switzerland? Whether you have been to Switzerland or not, you might have a thing or two in mind …

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Cuba For Americans: ‘The Rules of Do’s and Don’ts’

Before we dive in to this discussion on Cuba, please note – this article was intended for American citizens, who until recently, were not able to travel to Cuba, by legal means, at least. * * * So you are an American citizen, and you are reading this article because you would like to go to Cuba, correct?  That’s good …

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25 (Fun) Things To Do On Easter Island

If ever get lucky to visit one of the most mysterious and remote islands in the World – do not just go there for 2 or 3 days.  There are a ton of things to do on Easter Island, and to cover most – you might need at least a week! Please note: you will need to buy a one-time pass to …

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Visiting Anne Frank’s House – Amsterdam

There is no shortage of great museums in Amsterdam, one being bigger and better than the other.  There’s the museum of Van Gogh, a house-museum of Rembrandt, there’s Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk, NEMO and Amsterdam Museum, and then there’s Anne Frank’s House. Who was Anne Frank? Anne Frank was a young, Jewish teenager locked up with her sister and her parents, …