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Top Hotels in Mumbai

India can be one of the best countries in the apple to appointment and its mix of age-old and avant-garde is a alluring experience. The majority of westerners that appointment are abiding to feel a little ability shock on accession at the arduous cardinal of people, signs of abjection and all-embracing anarchy which is India. However already you get accomplished this it is a absurd country to appointment and has some amazing India destinations. Abounding bodies travelling to India will acquisition themselves landing in Mumbai and this is the best busy burghal in the country with an estimated 14 actor bodies awash into it. If you get the adventitious to break in Mumbai it is able-bodied account accomplishing and there are abounding abundant things to see. There are a cardinal of absurd hotels on action in Mumbai and the afterward 5 are some of the best.

Taj Mahal Alcazar and Tower

The Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of the top auberge owners in Incredible India Tourism and one of their best able-bodied accepted hotels is amid in Mumbai. This is the Taj Mahal Alcazar and Tower and if you are attractive to break in a affluence auberge that is a actual battleground again this is one of the best options in Mumbai. This was the aboriginal auberge they operated and opened its doors added than 100 years ago in 1903. It sits in a celebrated area in the Colaba arena of south Mumbai and overlooks one of the best accepted landmarks in Mumbai, The Gateway to India. This was complete in celebration of the appointment of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. The top attic restaurant in the auberge is one of the best places to get a appearance of the cairn and abounding of the apartment additionally discount it. The auberge has some beauteous architectonics central and out and there and there is abundant aged furniture, chandeliers, carpets and artworks to see. The Taj Mahal Alcazar and Tower is apparently the best acclaimed auberge in Mumbai and if you are attractive for a appropriate auberge in the burghal it is the cardinal one choice.

ITC Maratha

The ITC Maratha is a Sheraton auberge and this ensures it is a affection abode to break in Mumbai. It is amid in Andheri east in the city, not too far from the airport acceptation it is calmly attainable for travellers attractive for about to stay. It is a admirable attractive auberge and amidst by its own area it can be a peaceful abode to choose. There are some 386 apartment from which to accept and these are all adapted out to the best quality. The auberge additionally offers a cardinal of accessories and this ranges from an alfresco pond basin to retail stores, business center, exercise allowance and adorableness salon. There are additionally a few restaurants to accept for area you can try out bounded or all-embracing food. Peshwari can actualize admirable Indian dishes, admitting Catherine’s produces accomplished all-embracing food. In all there are 8 restaurants and confined to accept from in the hotel. The ITC Maratha is one of the best hotels in Mumbai and is absolutely one to accede if you plan to break in the city.

The Oberoi

Oberoi is a able-bodied accepted name in affluence online hotel booking and the Oberoi Mumbai absolutely lives up to this reputation. Amid on Marine Drive in the burghal it provides some admirable angle out over the sea. It is a prime area which provides accessible admission to abounding of the acclaimed areas of the burghal and abounding of the day-tripper attractions. The apartment are set out in admirable affection and you accept the best of 214 apartment and 73 suites, which ambit from best apartment to Presidential suites. The auberge has a 24 hour spa so that you can booty advantage of this whenever you feel the charge and there are 5 restaurants and confined to accumulate you able-bodied fed and watered while you are there. If you appetite some admirable ocean angle with a little blow of luxury, the Oberio is one of the best hotels to arch for in Mumbai.

Le Royal Meridian

At alone 5 account drive from the airport Le Royal Meridian can be a acceptable best for weary travellers accession in Mumbai city. The auberge was advised in the appearance of a 19th aeon summertime alcazar giving it a celebrated attending and it is an affected and comfortable area to stay. There are 171 apartment to accept from and these ambit from Classic Apartment to Royal Club Premium. These are all beautifully laid out with beautiful board floors and affluence furniture. The auberge offers three restaurants with Indian and all-embracing aliment on the airheaded and there is additionally a lounge bar if you feel thirsty. The landscaped area about the auberge action a peaceful abode to absorb time and additionally accommodate an alfresco pool. Other accessories accommodate massage, exercise room, bathroom and Jacuzzi. If accessibility and affluence is your aim again Le Royal Meridian can be the abode to break in Mumbai.

ITC Grand Central

The ITC Grand Central is amid in the average of the business and ball commune in Mumbai authoritative it a acceptable option. The auberge has a absolute of 242 bedfellow apartment and suites on action and these ambit in admeasurement from about 300 aboveboard anxiety to a huge 1,800 aboveboard feet, with the Queen and Presidential Suites on the top attic actuality the aces of these. Accessories on action accommodate a Wellness Centermost with fitness, bathroom and spa rooms, calm pool, adorableness salon and massage during india travel packages. There are seven restaurants, cafes and confined to accept from and these serve both bounded Indian and all-embracing aliment and drinks. If you are attractive to absorb time in some majestic ambience in a acceptable area the ITC Grand Central can be a acceptable best in Mumbai.

A appointment to Mumbai can be a abundant acquaintance and the history of the burghal and the architect to see accomplish it a abundant abode to stay. There are a cardinal of accomplished hotels in Mumbai that can accomplish a appointment agreeable and those listed aloft are a few of the best on offer with book my trip.

The White Cloud Temple of Beijing

The White Cloud Temple of Beijing

The White Cloud Temple of Beijing

Built in the year 739, the twenty-seventh year of Kaiyuan Period, Tang Dynasty, the White Cloud Temple (Bai Yun Guan) of Beijing is located outside the Xibianmen Gate in Beijing. It is honored as one of the three “Great Ancestral Courts” of the Complete Perfection (quanzhen) Sect of Taoism. It also houses the Chinese Taoist Association, which was established in 1957.

The White Cloud Temple was formerly known as the Heavenly Eternal Temple (Tian Chang Guan). The statue of Laozi was enshrined in the temple. In the late Jin Dynasty, the Heavenly Eternal Temple was destroyed by a flood and rebuilt into the Taiji Hall (Taiji Gong). In the early years of the Yuan Dynasty, Master Qiu Chuji was summoned by Genghis Khan to preside over all the Taoists in China and to live at this temple in Beijing.

The White Cloud Temple

The White Cloud Temple

Since his Taoist title is Changchunzi, the hall was renamed Changchun Hall (Changchun Gong). The White Cloud Temple has been known also known as the ancestral court of Longmen Sub-sect since Qiu Chuji was honored as the founder of the Longmen Sub-sect under the Complete Perfection Sect of Taoism. In the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Chengzu ordered to rebuild the temple and renamed it “White Cloud Temple”. The name is still in use today. The current temple is a legacy of Emperor Kangxi who ordered to rebuild the temple in 1706.

The large-scaled White Cloud Temple is divided into an east area, a middle area, a west area and a rear garden. Halls and pagodas are mostly located in the east and west areas. To be specific, there are South Pole Hall (Nanji Dian), Doulao Hall, and Master Luo Pagoda (Luogong Ta) in the east area; there are five halls and a courtyard in the west area.The White Cloud Temple is best known for the Hall of Immortal Qiu (Qiuzu Dian), the Hall of the God of Heaven (Yuhuang Dian), and the Laolv Hall (Laolv Tang, formerly known as the Hall of Seven True Saints), all of which are located in the middle area.

The White Cloud Temple is included in many China Holidays itineraries – please contact us or visit our website www.BookChinaOnline.com for further details.

Yandai Xiejie in Beijing

Yandai Xiejie in Beijing

Yandai Xiejie in Beijing

Yandai (烟袋 smoking pipe) Xiejie (斜街 byway) is one of the oldest hutongs in Beijing. Located in the Xicheng District, it is close to the Shichahai and Houhai which are famous attractions in Beijing. Yandai Xiejie is 232 meters (253 yards) long with its east end on the Di’anmen Street and the west to the Yinding Bridge. Stepping into the street for about 50 meters, one would come to the south end of the Dashibei Hutong, which goes to the Gulou West Street (Gulou Xidajie). Passing over the Yinding Bridge one can reach the Shichahai Bar Street.

According to a book that was published during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the street was initially named Drum Tower Xiejie and was named Yandai Xiejie at the end of Qing Dynasty. It is recorded that there were many smoking pipe stores on the street in the Qing Dynasty, among which there was one named Shuangshengtai. The store owner put a 1.5-meter-high (5-feet-high) wooden smoking pipe in front of the store as a sign. As time went by, the street was known by the whole city for its giant smoking pipe, so it was called Yandai Xiejie. Some people also say that the street looks like a smoking pipe.

After the 1911 Revolution, the Qing Royal Family was overthrown, the banners (Manchurians that were fed by the Qing government) lost their incomes and many of them had to sell their properties, such as antiques, to make a living. Gradually many antique markets were formed in Beijing, among which Yandai Xiejie was a large one. But after 1949, the antique trading on this street gradually declined.

Yandai Xiejie lost its commercial position in the 1950s and many buildings were changed to residential buildings, including the Taoism Temple– Guangfu Guan. In 2007, the street was redeveloped to recover its historical features. Guangfu Guan has become a tourist site and many reproductions of classic architecture were built on the street. In the buildings are stores of Indian clothes, Miao costumes and accessories, Tibet costumes, Lijiang crafts, Shaanxi pottery, badges and quotations of Chairman Mao, etc. If you want to experience Chinese commercial culture, the best way would be to buy some souvenirs and bargain with the shopkeepers.

Besides these featured stores, there are also many restaurants on the street. Here you can go to traditional Chinese restaurants–roasted lamb of Master Ji, stewed pork liver (a traditional Beijing snack) of Master Yao, the Meiyuan Dairy, baked wheaten cake with donkey meat of Mr. Wang and wonton of Master Hou.

Yandai Xiejie

Yandai Xiejie

Having tried the local snacks, one can go to the restaurants that provide delicacies of other regions. The Xingfumanman (幸福满满Full of Happiness) Restaurant serves Taiwan snacks, such as Oyster Starch Pancake, roasted sausage, round pastry, etc. The Thai Restaurant and Ou Restaurant purvey Thai food. The Moon in the Lake Café features Korean food and there are also many western restaurants on the street.

There are more than 20 cafés and bars with different styles on the street, among which there is the Night of Yinding, the largest café in the Shichahai area. And others like the Red Mansion, the Sea Bar, the Show Place Café, the Wenshi Café, etc. One can have a cup of coffee when tired and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Houhai Lake. Tasting the delicacies of traditional Beijing style and those of other places, shopping in the widely varying stores, one would best experience the uniqueness of Beijing.

Yandai Xiejie in Beijing is included in many China Holidays itineraries – please contact us or visit our website www.BookChinaOnline.com for further details.

Zhenjiang Jiao Shan

Zhenjiang - Jiao Shan

Zhenjiang - Jiao Shan

Jiaoshan Hill is located about 4.5 km northeast of Zhenjiang City in the middle of Yangtze River with its beautiful greenery and is compared to a piece of floating jade hill, hence gains its another name “Floating Jade Hill”. Actually, this hill has gained many names in history such as Lion Hill, Lion cave, Double Peak Hill and so on because of its looks and appearance. It was originally named “Qiao Hill” after Qiao Guang, the famous hermit in Eastern Han Dynasty who once lived in the hill. In order to memory this famous hermit, Emperor Zhenzong of the Song renamed the hill as Jiao Hill.

Jiaoshan Hill enjoys its fame for the well-known sites there including Dinghui Temple, Forest of Stone tablets, Cliff of Scripts, Emperor Qianlong’s Xanadu and so on. Among them the most famous are Dinghui Temple and Cliff of Scripts.

Dinghui Temple is the oldest Buddhist temple south of Yangtze River with a history of about 1800 years and the largest one in Jiaoshan Hill. It was firstly built in the Eastern Han Dynasty in the year of 194 and named Puji Temple. In Song Dynasty it was renamed as Puji Buddhist Temple since Buddhism was well practiced there. Till the Qing Dynasty, Emperor Kangxi went over to supervise the southern China and paid a visit to the temple and changed its name as Dinghui Temple, which we use today. Buildings in Dinghui Temple are featured Ming Dynasty style because it reached its golden age during Ming Dynasty. All the buildings there give people a sense of peace for its harmoniousness with its surroundings and the greenery.

Jiao‑Shan

Jiao‑Shan

Jiaoshan owns the fame of “the first forest of stone tablets in the south” with its counterpart of Xian Forest of Stone Tablets Museum in the north. It has attracted numerous of calligraphy fans from China and overseas very year to the cave and cliff to study and appreciate the art of writing and the thoughts of the authors. Among the about 400 tablets engraved by more than 200 figures in history, the most famous one is “Singing the Crane” with seventy four characters by Lu You, a well-Know Chinese patriot poet in Song Dynasty in the memory of a dead crane. The characters are so well written and engraved that there are like a picture of a dancing crane, which are beloved and enjoyed by foreigners who even know little about Chinese. Now this piece of inscription has been regarded as the beginner of modern Chinese calligraphy and a pearl of its kind and is under national protection.

As Jiaoshan enjoys beautiful natural beauty, travelers can visit it in any time except winter. In autumn, Jiaoshan is full of the sweet scent of osmanthus fragans and poets come here for thinking and writing. They compare Jiaoshan as the Heaven,for Chinese people think the osmanthus trees are only planted there.

Zhenjiang Jiao Shan is included in many China Holidays itineraries – please contact us or visit our website www.BookChinaOnline.com for further details.


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    Exploring the Jewel of South Africa – Cape town

    Home to exotic vineyards, white-sandy beaches, beautiful natural reserves, stunning landscapes and scenic beachfronts, Capetown is a mesmerizing experience for any visitor. With the FIFA World Cup drawing near, the city has acquired a facelift and is now ready to handle the huge influx of visitors expected during the tournament. Begin your sightseeing tour of Capetown by ascending the top of Table Mountain in a cable car. The magnificent views of the city you get from this point are simply amazing. Climb down the Table Mountain in a cable car and visit the beautiful Rhodes Memorial that is a part of the Table Mountain National Park and offers unique insights into South Africa’s history.

    Take a trip down the memory lane by visiting Robben Island on a boat from the V&A Waterfront. This place is infamous for being the home to Nelson Mandela who spent 18 out of 27 years of imprisonment on this barren island. Continue your tour and explore the cobble-stoned Green Market Square in CapeTown that is famous for handcrafted items like African Carvings, masks, drums, beadwork etc. Red Shed Craft Workshop & Waterfront Craft Markets are places that offer reasonably priced jewellery, art and craft items. For getting bargain deals head to the Green Point Market on Sundays where you can steal exciting deals on everything from sun glasses to compact disks. However, if it is lifestyle related merchandise that you are looking for like home décor, art and artefacts then a trip to Cape Quarters is a must.

    Head to Gugulethu where you get to sample authentic Xhosa Cuisine in the famous Radebe restaurant. Other places that you can try out are the Bing Bang Club in Loop Street, Tiger’s Place and Lalapha in Langa Township. Before you end your tour do make a trip to the captivating Cape Peninsula that boasts of some of the finest beachfronts and is just great for some undersea adventure.

    Try if you can to book your air tickets to Capetown during the Cape Town Carnival when the entire city is steeped in an atmosphere of festivity. Or if you are the sporty kind, you can book your tickets to coincide with the dates of FIFA World Cup when you can combine the best of sightseeing with some thrilling soccer action.

    For more info :- Flights To Cape Town

    Tour Packages in India

    View the diverse culture, tradition and rituals of India, with the most exciting India Tour Packages, 3 nights Golden Triangle Tour india, and please your soul with the enchanting beauty of north-India. The package highlights the three most exotic destinations of India, i.e. Delhi-Agra-Jaipur. Extract all essence of ancient and recent history along with colorful culture and wildlife holidays, all in one single Tour to India.

    The incredible journey begins with the country’s capital, Delhi, the heart of nation. The city witnesses a mélange of diverse culture around 5,000 years old along with majestic glory of today. Distinct in two parts, i.e. Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city has sprawled over the West Bank of Yamuna River. Although, the streets of Old Delhi are narrow, still the scenic beauty of the city lies in its historical buildings.

    During your Delhi tourism you can relish some of the beautiful and serene temples, like, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Mandir, Birla Mandir, Iskcon Temple, etc. along with popular historical sites such as, Red Fort, India Gate, Qutub Minar, Iron Pillar etc. Enjoy the pleasure time while shopping in the bustling markets of Delhi with bargain until you get your thing!

    Make your stay comfortable with best accommodation facilities in the Delhi Hotels.
    Next destination of the tour is the city of architectural wonders, Agra. Home to number of heritage sites the city has lot to explore for its guests. Enjoy the spell bounding beauty of Taj Mahal in Agra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World made of pure white marble. The edifice is the symbol of undying love of Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Enjoy the other grand monuments of the Mughal era with your Agra Tours including, Agra Fort, tomb of Itimad Ud Daulah, Akbar’s tomb, etc. all representing the incredible architecture of Mughals.

    Jaipur, the pink city of Rajasthan is the final place of the Golden Triangle Tours. Located in the deserts the city structure resembles the taste of Rajputs and royalty of Rajasthan. Where on one hand the magnificent historical forts and palaces attract tourists, thereby on the hand, the excellent infrastructure of the city supports the tourism as well.

    Get into the flashback of around 300 year, when Mughal Empire in India was on decline and lost yourself in the sagas of Jaipur’s rich and vibrant heritage. Other than relishing forts, palaces and monuments you can have pleasure time in shopping particularly, semi-precious stones, miniature paintings, silver jewelry and lac items.

    Jinan Daming Lake

    Daming Lake

    Daming Lake

    Located in the center of Jinan City, Daming Lake Park is regarded as one of the three must-see tourist spots in Jinan (the others are Baotu Spring Park and Thousand-Buddha Mountain). Daming Lake Park is famous for Daming Lake (also known as the Lake of Great Light) which is a natural lake formed from many springs. Characteristically unique is its constant water level, unaffected by heavy rains or drought.

    Daming Lake Park covers a total area of 860,000 square meters (about 212 acres) of which the lake itself comprises of 460,000 square meters (about 113 acres). The six islands in Daming Lake contain flowers, trees and other plants flourishing amongst the various pavilions. The lake is a center of activity and one can find fish leaping near yachts and boats. In summer, lotuses bloom uninhibitedly filling half of the park with its fragrant scent. At the same time, willows circle the lake on three sides and swing with the breeze, a scene for which Daming Lake is famous. The centerpiece of the lake is a great man-made hectometer fountain built in 1985. The fountain has 103 injectors, and the main injector can spout water as high as 100 meters (about 328 feet) in all its majesty.

    At the northwest bank of the lake stands Tie Xuan Temple (Tie Gong Temple). Built in 1792, it is a memorial to an official of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Tie Xuan. He was a loyal military officer leading the army fighting for his emperor and local people, finally was killed cruelly after the failure. Admiring his heroic spirit and loyalty, the later generations built the temple. Tie Xuan Temple is a traditional courtyard in square shape. In the courtyard are Tie Xuan Temple, Small Canglang Pavilion, etc.

    Daming Lake Jinan

    Daming Lake Jinan

    The largest Taoist Temple in Jinan City, Beiji Temple (North Pole Temple), also called North Temple is located at the northeast bank of Daming Lake. First built in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), it has been restored many times. This group of constructions consists of the Bell and Drum Tower, the Front and Back Halls, and two other rooms. In the Front Hall, one will find the gilded statue of Zhenwu in the center (a Taoist god), and other 18 mud statues to represent the divinity of wind, thunder, etc.

    Because of both the exceptionally natural and man-made scenery, many festivals and activities take place here every year, including the Temple Fair in Spring Festival, the New Year Flower Exhibition, the Lotus Exhibition, different folk festivals, and a wonderful Stone Exhibition.

    Daming Lake is included in many China Holidays itineraries – please contact us or visit our website www.BookChinaOnline.com for further details.

    Potala Palace

    China‑Tibet‑Potala‑Palace

    China‑Tibet‑Potala‑Palace

    The world famous Potala Palace is located on ‘Red Hill’, to the west of old Lhasa. It was originally built in the 640’s, during the reign of King Songtsan Gampo. The 13-story palace stands 117 meters high and has over 1000 rooms. It covers an area of 130,000 square meters. The entire building is made of stone and wood, with walls averaging 3 meters thick.

    The Red Palace contains various chapels and mausoleums for previous Dalai Lamas. The 5th Dalai Lama’s mausoleum is in the west part of the palace and is 5-storeys high. His enormous Chorten is gold-covered and inlaid with diamonds, pearls, turquoise, agate and coral. The whole structure stands 14 meters high.

    The White Palace contains the living quarters of successive Dalai Lamas and their tutors. The offices of the old Tibetan government and their assembly halls are also located here. The original Potala was destroyed in the 9th century, during the end of the Tubo Kingship era. It was rebuilt during the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama and completed in the late 17th century. It became known as the ‘Winter Palace’ in the 1750’s, when the 7th Dalai Lama built the Norbulingka Park as his summer residence.

    Potala Palace

    Potala Palace

    The Potala is full of elaborate artwork and frescos that tell many stories. They portray religious subjects as well as the customs and traditions of Tibet. The frescos in the west hall depict the life story of the 5th Dalai Lama. One picture describes an important meeting between the 5th Dalai Lama and the Chinese Emperor Shun Zhi in 1652. It was after this meeting that the title ‘Dalai Lama’ was bestowed on him and successive leaders of Tibet.

    The Potala contains many precious works of art, including ornately decorated statues, sculptures and Tibetan painting. The topmost hall in the Potala is called ‘Sasong Langjie’. It contains a portrait of the Qing Emperor ‘Qianlong’ bearing the words ‘A long, long life to the present emperor’ written in Han, Manchu, Mongol and Tibetan. Dalai Lamas came to pay homage to this portrait on each Tibetan New Year’s Day. The Potala has been a sacred place for hundreds of years. Thousands of pilgrims from Tibet, other parts of China and abroad come every year to pay homage. Their devotion is shown by the difficult journeys they make to reach their ‘Holy city.’

    Potala Palace is included in many China Holidays itineraries – please contact us or visit our website www.BookChinaOnline.com for further details.


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    Ancient City Of Jiaohe

    Ancient City of Jiaohe

    Ancient City of Jiaohe

    The Ancient City of Jiaohe is one of the world’s architectural wonders hiding in the Yarnaz Valley, 10 kilometers west of Turpan City. Shaped like a willow leaf, the ancient city of Jiaohe has a history of 2,300 years and lies between two rivers on a loess plateau atop a cliff of over 30 meters. Jiaohe is 1,760 meters long from northwest to southeast and is 300 meters at its widest, with an area of 430,000 square meters. In the Western Han Dynasty (206BC – AD24), the city served as the capital of the Ancient State of Cheshi, one of the 36 kingdoms in the Western Regions. During the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the government established Jiaohe County under the jurisdiction of the Tang Western Prefecture. “Anxi Frontier Command,” the highest military and administrative organ established by the Tang Dynasty in the Western Regions, was once set here.

    The castle was a strong defensive bulwark. As an Indian proverb says, “Intelligence is bound to exist where two rivers meet.” Jiaohe, meaning in Chinese where two rivers meet, is such a place. People outside the wall of the castle could not learn information inside the castle, but people inside the castle had a command position over people outside the castle. Jiaohe was the capital of the Ancient State of Cheshi, built about 2,000 to 2,300 years ago. According to historical records, it then had an area of 250,000 square meters and was home to 700 households, 6,500 residents plus 865 soldiers.

    Jiaohe distinguished itself from other ancient cities owing to three features. First, it had only two city gates, the South and East Gates. The main south gate vanished long ago, leaving a huge breach. The east gate cut by the cliff was virtually non-existent. Second, the city faces cliffs on three sides, so there are no city walls commonly seen in other ancient cities. Third, all the buildings were dug from earth, and wood was rarely used. Inside the city were residences for common people, residences for aristocrats, temples, and workshops.

    Jiaohe Ancient City

    Jiaohe Ancient City

    At the end of the Eighth century, the city was tossed into the reigns of the Turpan, Hui, and Mongols. Residents fled from the destroyed city until the beginning of the 14th century when the site was abandoned, along with its glory and prosperity of over 2000 years. Miraculously, owing to the arid climate and remote location, the ancient city of Jiaohe remains intact, leaving the world with a rare exemplar of an earthen castle. The relics seen there today feature Tang Dynasty architectural styles. Houses were dug downward from the earth, and as no house gates faced the streets, military defense was apparently the priority. Many cultural relics were unearthed, such as antefix of the Tang Dynasty and Buddhist scriptures. The Ancient City of Jiaohe is the largest, oldest and best-preserved earthen cities in the world. It was listed in 1961 as one of the key national cultural relics under State Council protection.

    Ancient City Of Jiaohe is included in many China Holidays itineraries – please contact us or visit our website www.BookChinaOnline.com for further details.

    Tours In Cape Town

    There are many tour operators in Cape Town that offers some of the most beautiful trips that you are are able to take in South Africa’s Mother City. Some Cape Town tours let you visit the vineyards of the Cape, the Cape of Good Hope, a journey through the city and even travel all the way to the Garden Route and back. Most tours include a visit to a restaurant in Cape Town during the afternoon or evening, or relax in one of the many cocktail bars in Cape Town while watching the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean.

    The more adventurous trips available in Cape Town must be one the Cape Town shark cage diving experience. These are mainly found in False Bay, or even as far as Gaansbaai. You do not need a license to engage in professional diving in shark-cages and if you like you can also just stay in the boat and see how the other are facing one of the world’s most dangerous predators. Most tour operators also record a video of his shark encounter which, can be purchased on DVD later – an unforgettable experience awaits you.

    Tours which are closer to Cape Town will most likely have information pamphlets to all the main tourist information centers, such as the V & A Waterfront. From here you can explore the vineyards of the Cape and the Cape of Good Hope and other attractions such as Table Mountain and the Castle of Good Hope, while a tour-guide explains the history and tells you other interesting facts about the City.

    Of course, it is possible to explore the city of Cape Town on your own – you can do it all yourself. Just take a rental car and then go where you want to go. Most attractions are within reach of 20 minutes by car. However, you will have to plan to spend an entire day at the Cape of Good Hope. It takes about 1.5 hours to get there by car if you also make a stop at Chapman’s Peak Drive, where you will be greeted by the most beautiful landscapes. You can combine a trip to the Cape of Good Hope, with a visit to Hout Bay and False Bay – two beautiful cities on the coast near Cape Town.

    On a different day, go to the Canal Walk – the largest shopping mall in Cape Town and a paradise for shopaholics! Here you can get everything from clothes to games and souvenirs. Right next to the Canal Walk is Ratanga Juction – a theme park that is fun for the whole family with lots of water rides and roller coasters.

    These are just some of the attractions that Cape Town has to offer – there will be many adventures waiting for you when you arrive!

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