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Travel Tips for Visiting China

February 27th, 2008 by

Some years ago, that title would not have existed. There were few tourists packing up for a trip to China – but Chinese tourism is booming! In 2005 more than 120 million foreign visitors visited China – and experts have predicted a growth rate of 10% every year. Last year 49 million people flew into Beijing !China

As always, start with the “how to visit”, then the “when to visit” and follow that up with the “where and what to visit”.

Your choices on the how to visit is an escorted tour, a hosted tour, a river cruise, an independent trip or a combination of these. The escorted tour will provide the biggest bang for your buck. You will be able to choose the itineraries that please you and then you really have nothing else to worry about. Work with a travel professional who can guide you to a reputable tour company and match your wishes and personality with that of the tour. These tours will provide you with your accommodations, some of your meals, handling your luggage, your sightseeing and moving you from one place to the next. It is wonderful no hassle- no worry way to travel!! Remember, this is a country with at least 6 very different languages of its own. And while approximately one fifth of the population is learning English – in a country this size that’s not a lot of people able to answer your questions!

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Sungnyemun Burns Down

February 11th, 2008 by

A historic gate of Seoul and South Korea’s National Treasure, Sungnyemun, also known as Namdaemun or South Gate, was devastated by fire last February 10, 2008. All attempts to salvage the historic landmark were futile.

“An overnight fire destroyed a 610-year-old landmark that was considered the top national treasure, officials said Monday.Namdaemun Gate before it burned

The fire broke out Sunday night and burned down the wooden structure at the top of the Namdaemun gate that once formed part of a wall that encircled the capital.”*

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I Love You in Different Languages

February 7th, 2008 by

As Valentines Day grows closer, I love you animationeveryone is planning what to do for their special someone or parents or siblings or friends. Simple gifts from flowers to chocolates to valentines cards cost a little more extra. If you’re on a limited budget but still want to impress your loved ones, why not tell them how much you love them? A heartfelt ‘I love you‘ goes a long way, but you can even impress them more by saying I love you in different languages.

Here is a list of how to say ‘I love you’ in different languages. Click on ‘listen to audio‘ and practice saying the words out loud until you have perfected it.

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  • Polls

    Top 5 Romantic Spots in Asia

    • Palawan, Philippines (39%, 182 Votes)
    • Boracay, Philippines (36%, 168 Votes)
    • Bali, Indonesia (31%, 143 Votes)
    • Agra, India (18%, 84 Votes)
    • Batangas, Philippines (17%, 79 Votes)
    • Male, Maldives (16%, 77 Votes)
    • Jeju Island, South Korea (16%, 75 Votes)
    • Sentosa Island, Singapore (15%, 72 Votes)
    • Krabi, Thailand (13%, 60 Votes)
    • Macau, China (10%, 49 Votes)
    • Halong Bay, Vietnam (7%, 34 Votes)

    Total Voters: 467

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