Shanghai Night Guide for Tourists by Mira Daley


Based on my experience travel Shanghai last time after Hong Kong last time, here I would like to share best night place to visit. Shanghai is a vibrant city which will shows its best night view to travelers who give their best effort to find it. For they who do not have any ideas what to do in Shanghai at night, then this blog could be help.

First that cannot be missed is Huangpu River cruise. Huangpu River cruise is the best way to get full view of Shanghai night scenes. It is also the ideal way for visitors to know history and development of Shanghai. Huangpu River goes through the downtown Shanghai and divides Shanghai into Pudong and Puxi, is also very important part in tourism. The west side represented by the Bund is the classical zone of old Shanghai, and the east side embodied with the towering skyscrapers is the fashion zone of modern Shanghai. The past, today and future of Shanghai can be seen all in here.

Yu GardenCity God Temple at Night

Second favorite of mine is explore Yu Garden and City God Temple, surrounded by these tall ancient-looking well preserved area where you are bombarded with temples, pavilions, halls, hanging lanterns. There’s also a famous xiao long bao (Shanghai steamed soup dumpling) restaurant here. The complex is not popular attraction in the day but also attractive when the night comes. Personally for me, I rather visit this complex at night, for enjoy its atmosphere.

XintiandiXintiandi, A Center of Entertainment in Town

The third favorite of mine is Xintiandi, interesting spot in Shanghai to hang out and enjoy the night. Located in the narrow alleyways, the complex filled with numerous entertainment areas, such as cafes, bars, restaurants, souvenirs shops, etc. This area is definitely prominent for foreigners and mostly ex-pats. It is done up really nicely, clean, trendy, different from typical China and also lots of great spots for photography.

Then at last but not least, come to Nanjing Road (same iconic as The Bund) at night with bright lights along the street. Since this is a pedestrian street so no cars are allowed on this street and everywhere you turn there is some sort of shopping. Always crowded all hours of the day, but at night visitors surely enjoy different atmosphere. Once you have experienced it all yourself, you will come to understand why Shanghai is dubbed the city with the most colorful nightlife in China.

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Short Break to the Summer Palace in Winter by Ronny Steward


What is like a trip to Beijing without visit Great Wall right? So, everybody should visit Great Wall while travelling the capital right. But, how about Summer Palace? This royal garden palace is the most favorite place we did visit among all historical sites in town. So, why I love Summer Palace architecture, layout, history and most of all its stunning sceneries? It might with some experience I did experience there are the reason of all.

Summer PalaceOne Spot at Summer Palace

The Summer Palace is A Must do, this garden is huge! So if you want to explore all interesting spots inside make sure to be ready to spend a couple of hours wandering about. Then visit Summer Palace when winter was interesting though. Also during the winter when the Kunming lake freezes over you have the option to go on these miniature sled looking things – it was great fun!

Summer Palace used to be the place where the olden Chinese Qing dynasty emperor spends his summer time, but nowadays it has become a major tourist attraction in Beijing. Finding myself travel Beijing during winter when temperatures below 7 degree celcius, I thought there would be fewer visitors but it seems that I was wrong.

Summer PalaceStrolling around Frozen Kunming Lake

There have other few tour groups wandering around with their tour guides same like us. At one area there was also a group of people doing tai-chi, a type of Chinese internal martial arts which is normally practices for health benefits. We walked around the interesting area for about half day accompanied by tour guide. She explained everything she knew about the royal garden to us. And that made our experience a bit more value, imagine how the condition at past.

2 hours explore the garden didn't cover all the area because it was too large and also with the cold weather and limited time, we rather not too. Overall the view was spectacular and I bet it would more awesome during spring and summer where you could choose to get a boat ride around the lake area and enjoy green lush garden view.

Overall, I like this 1 day Beijing tour, covers everything I want to see in Beijing after Great Wall. Everything as organized and our travel after Hong Kong trip was worth it. Right after Beijing, headed back home, leaved China for this time.

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Why Visit Guilin after Trip from Hong Kong in China? by Sarah


Maybe everyone should ask why Guilin, not Beijing or Shanghai? Guilin is one of the area in China which popular for its nature karsts landscapes. A cruise trip from Li River to Yangshuo, a small tourist town near Guilin recently becomes so famous among foreigners. Then because of that, now Guilin has also improves and develop their tourism facilities and service for visitor. Here, I could tell you 3 top reasons why Guilin is a best place to visit in China.

1. Its Charm Beauty of Nature Landscapes
As the best known China nature landscapes, Guilin which located in Guangxi Province is offer breathtaking Li River and the characteristic karsts landscape. Some best and representative tourist attractions such as, Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Li River, Yangshuo, etc will not fail to impress you. Visitors could rafting in Yulong River, enjoy stunning multicolored nature stalagmites in Reed Flute Cave, enjoy impressive night show of Liu Sanjie etc.

Li RiverFun Li River Rafting

2. Seek for Chinese Ethnic Minorities around Guilin
Apart from its stunning mountain scenes and its winding river, travelers also could discover the characteristic ethnic diversity, the colorful local culture and the charming rural leisure around Guilin. Some best places to admire Chinese ethnic minorities nearby are in Sanjiang and Longsheng. Longsheng where the Zhuang and Yao ethnic people have lived there over the centuries has also famous for its rice terraces. As well as in Sanjiang, visitors will have a chance to visit local Miao families, and even taste their traditional food and enjoy local singing and dancing show. Visitors also will see the traditional Miao people architecture by a visit to Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge and its Drum Tower. If you have long time to spend then you can even explore a lot of Miao village which famous for its suspended houses in Xijiang which built using construction techniques that are around 7,000 years old.

Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge in SanjiangChengyang Wind & Rain Bridge in Sanjiang

3. A Taste of Traditional Chinese Rural Life
Especially in Guilin, travelers could have a taste of the rural life and take a close -up exploration to local villages. People here still travel the river on low bamboo rafts and locals use trained cormorants to catch fish from Li River. It can be said that average Guilin local people live a quiet rural life, a life that is not without its challenges and poverty-related issues. It is also a life that far from crowded, pollution and traffic that is so often seen in the larger cities including Hong Kong.

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