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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Know more about China Adventures

Explore the Silk Road

Covering an area of 330,000 square kilometers, Taklimakan is the biggest desert in China. Under the endless sand are the relics of Silk Road, one of the greatest trade route in the history which connected the west and east. Although Xian is the starting point of Silk Road, the real essence which display the history of the road is in Xinjiang Province where you can find 14 grottoes and 990 caves. The sculpture and murals in these grottoes integrate the different artistic styles from China, Persia and India. On the road, the most fantastic view is castle of Luolan. In the ancient time, Luolan was a prosperous trade kingdom on the Silk Road. It takes you about two weeks to finish the whole journey so you should prepare everything well beforehand.

Western Tibet, off the beaten track

Traveling to the mysterious Tibet is always a dream for adventure-lover. But for the ordinary tourists, many of them choose to visit Lhasa and its vicinity. The most magnificent view and ancient culture lies in the western Tibet. Going to the western Tibet, you should not miss Mt Kailash which dominate the region with the sheer awesomeness of the four-side summit and the mythology of a billion Tibetan. Guge ancient kingdom is not far from Mount Kailash. The mystery of Guge lies in why no descendant of Guge exists in the world. Some relics of the castle was left and well-preserved.

Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking

Located between the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest in the world and of of the best for trekking. Despite the odd danger, it is gorgeous almost every step of the way. The path constricts and crumbles. When it rains, landslides and swollen waterfall can block the path. So you should check the weather before your journey. You should also study the trekking map of Tiger Leaping Gorge carefully. By the way, make sure that you bring the enough water on this hike.

Shangri-La Adventure

Shangri-la is a fictional place described in the Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. In the book, Shangri-la was a mysterious, harmonious valley gently guided from a lamasery. In the realistic world, people found such a place as the book described in Zhongdian, Yunnan Province. Zhongdian is a wonderful places for getting off the beaten track with plenty of trekking and horse-riding opportunities as well as little-visited villages and monasteries. Shangri-la tour will leave you a lifetime travel experience in China.

Rock Climbing in Guangxi

Yangshuo is the best place for rock climbing in China. The best place for rock climbing lies in that you can not only challenge yourself but also enjoy the charming landscape around you. There are over 300 rocking climbing routes attracting many rock-climbing-lovers so that it is easy for you to find a partner. The locations for climbings include Moon Hill, Tongmen Hill, Thumb Peak, Big Banyan, Win Bottle Cliff, Baby Frog, etc, but the most famous crags of these are Moon Hill.

Explore virgin forest of ape-man in Shennnongjia

Shennongjia has been the adventure place for Chinese adventure-lovers for decades. Famed for its medical plants and legendary ape-man, Shennongjia is likely to be the wildest travel experience. The whole forest is divided into two selections; one is open to tourists and the other is the natural reserve which is not advised to pay a visit to. But adventure-lovers always try their best to hike in this area so the classic hiking route come into being and is regarded as brave person’s route.

Tips for adventurers:

Virgin forest is very large and many places are not open to the tourist so you need a tour guide.

For avoiding to be bit by blood sucker and snakes, you should wear trousers, long dress, hat, boot.

if you come across storm, you should stay at a open plain to avoid lightning strike.

Take some necessities such as raincoat, antiultraviolet glasses, knife, rope and compass.

Trekking along Great Wall

The saying goes like “He who has never been to the Great Wall is not a true man”. Adventurers can partake in the Great Wall Marathon which is usually held in May every year. It not only test your running ability but also give you a different Great Wall travel experience.

Mount Huashan

Mount Huashan is the most steep and dangerous mountain in China. As an old Chinese saying goes, there is only one path leading up Mount Huashan since the ancient time. So you don’t need to worry about being lost and it is unnecessary to invite a tour guide. The sunrise of Mount Huashan is very beautiful. If you plan to witness the sunrise, you have to climb the mountain at night. Many tourists choose to climb the mountain at nigh for watching the sunrise so that you can meet partner and the climbing path is generally safe.

Horse-Riding on Hulunbuir Grassland

Located in the northeastern Inner Mongolia, Hulunbuir Grassland is regarded as the most unsullied grassland in China. After May, the land is dotted with colorful flowers, birds, horses, sheep and cattle. It is very enjoyable to lie on the grassland and watch the clear blue sky. You can learn to ride horse here.

Bike-riding in Yangshuo

Yangshuo is an ideal place for riding bike. It is easy to find the place to rent a bike. You can visit the villages along your route and enjoy the beautiful karst scenery.

 

1 Day Tour in Grand Canyon

There are two places where you can take this kind of river-rafting adventure :

  1. West Rim
  2. South Rim

Las Vegas travelers will partake in West Rim float trips, while folks heading up from Arizona cities like Phoenix, Sedona and Scottsdale will do the South Rim tours.

The West Rim is 120 miles from Las Vegas, which makes the region ideal for day trips. The typical float tour involves the following :

  1. Helicopter to bottom of Grand Canyon
  2. Bus to base of Hoover Dam
  3. Transfer to pontoon river raft
  4. Float 11 or so miles down Colorado River to Willow Beach

Personally, I get quite a kick out this trip. For one, the West Rim is the only place in the National Park where you can ride a helicopter to the bottom. I also like the fact that you go to the base of Hoover Dam. Few people actually get to experience this. Consider yourself in limited company when you do. And make sure you look up the wall of the Dam before getting on the raft because the top is 700 feet above you!

The South Rim float tours are equally impressive and come in two varieties :

  1. Bus to Glen Canyon Dam & 15-mile river raft to historic Lee’s Ferry
  2. Airplane to Page, AZ. Hop on Jeep 4×4 and do Antelope Canyon. Return to base of Dam and raft down to Lee’s Ferry.

The first tour is your most basic and affordable. The second trip is the deluxe version and will cost more. But the flight over is incredible and fast, and the side-trip to Antelope is something you’ll never forget.

Remember earlier I noted that there are no whitewater rapids on float trips. The benefits of this are:

  1. You don’t need to be in shape to run a marathon
  2. You don’t have to be an Olympic swimmer (safety gear is provided and must be worn at all times).
  3. You won’t be gritting your teeth

The other huge benefit is that kids as young as four years of age can do these trips, thus making them perfect for families.

These trips are all-inclusive and come with lunch, all gear and a professional river pilot/guide. I do encourage you to bring the following :

  1. Hat
  2. Sunglasses
  3. Sun block
  4. Water
  5. River sandals
  6. Shorts
  7. Long-sleeve shirt

Lastly, I recommend packing a bag of dry clothes. It’s more comfortable sitting on the bus home in fresh clothes versus damp ones (been there, done that!)

Float trips are seasonal and run from March through November. That said, don’t wait to book them last minute. These tours are extremely popular and sell out way in advance. My suggestion is if you think you are going to do one, book it ASAP.

Different Hot Air Balloon Rides

Group Hot Air Balloon Rides

Ballooning flights and trips are a popular activity for those who like to experience new things and get their adrenaline kick! Going on a balloon flight for a birthday is a great idea for the lucky person whose birthday it is, but also the guests that are lucky to be invited! Usually, friends and family can travel with other riders, but balloons can also be hired out by groups of people, usually up to 10 people. This is a great alternative to taking just two or three friends, and means you won’t have to leave anyone behind!

VIP Hot Air Balloon Trips

There is nothing more romantic than watching the sun set over beautiful views of patchwork countryside and hidden from view houses. Balloon trips are a great opportunity for couples to celebrate their love, wedding anniversary or even the backdrop for popping the all important question! VIP hot air balloons are a little bit more special compared to traditional balloon rides, as champagne and a post-ride dinner usually come with the package.

Safari Hot Air Balloon Trips

Going on a safari balloon trip doesn’t mean travelling to exotic countries. These exciting and adventurous trips are about experiencing spectacular views and spotting wild and local animals either in safari parks or out in the wild. Safari balloon rides are popular as they give people the chance to experience a balloon ride whilst looking out for lions, tigers or gigantic eagles in the sky! Safari balloon rides are great for all keen animal lovers and those with an adventurous side.

Historical Hot Air Balloon Rides

Ballooning trips can also be educational as well as thrilling! Local history can be found wherever you go, so there’s always the chance to fly over sites filled with local history whilst on a balloon trip. Watch the sun rise over a 400-year-old estate, or spot the number of different gargoyles gracing the front of large houses. Historical hot air balloon rides are exciting for all members of the family, and are a great way to learn local history whilst flying high above each landmark.

There are ballooning trips for everybody, no matter what their taste or what they want to get out of their ride. Whether it be to learn some local history or spend the day with the person they love, these flights are the perfect way of experiencing new things. These are some great ideas of experiencing a hot air balloon rides in an unconventional way.

Vacation Spot of South African

Kenya

Decide on your tour to this Main African vacation spot during the months from July to October. This is the time when the zebras and gnus create their annual migrations from the Mara plains to these areas. You will have the golden opportunity to see their deadly hunters following them as well. However, a number of other parks in Kenya have abundance of wildlife migration during January to March too.

Botswana

The weathers are at its most fantastic in Botswana through the month of September. The predominant climate condition during this time is very warm and welcoming and rainfall practically does not occur. The Okavango Delta of the area becomes the hub of indigenous wildlife. Thing to note here is that ‘mokoro’ the canoeing experience on Zambezi River takes its routes though the national parks and safaris in Botswana, and help travelers come in close contact with the plethora of wildlife a midst native flora and fauna of this part of Southern Africa.

Tanzania

Herds of zebras and their younger ones come to Serengeto and Ngorongoro nationwide parks in Tanzania during the months from February through March. Lions and tigers will also follow these animals and add to your skills of enjoying the exceptional wildlife of Tanzania. This is the reason why this time of the year experiences highest vacationer infiltration in Tanzania.

Uganda

Organize your adventure tour to Uganda during the course of the months from December to March or June to September. This is the time while you will get the opportunity to watch the widely known mountain gorillas of Uganda! As the name suggests, these creatures climb up the mountain tops. So, seasons of heavy rainfall make it hard for them to crawl and climb up the mountains. Therefore, avoid months from March to April and October to November and pick out the dry seasons suggested here for Ugandan holidays.

Zambia

Individuals visit Zambia to like the site of the herds of African elephants and buffalo there. They assemble at the Lower Zambezi valley while in the end of dry times which range from September to mid of November. You can also get an opportunity to watch the impalas and zebras in the pastures of Zambezi during this time period. However, the ideas are that avoid going to Zambia after November as considerable portion of genuine safaris remain blocked beyond this month of the year till the soon half of April.

 

Vietnam Adventure Tour

If you wish to make the most of your Vietnam adventure tour, then the following route comes highly recommended. Most Vietnam tours begin from the city of Hanoi, and not without good reason. For starters it is a gorgeous city that offers you a unique blend of French colonial architecture, busy marketplaces, serene tree-shaded boulevards and a criss-cross of streets that gives you a peek into its 1000 year old legacy in the form of the Old Quarter. Not to mention, it is also one of the most well-connected cities in Vietnam and is home loan international airport.

Your Vietnam adventure tour truly kicks off once you take an overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai, followed by a short drive to Sapa – a former French hill station. The journey to and from Sapa Valley offers a great opportunity to wear out your walking shoes and truly soak in the picturesque surroundings complete with lush rice terraces, as you also familiarize yourself with the lifestyle, traditions and attire of the locals. Do take a dip in the Than Phu River on your way back from Sapa Valley to Sapa, to cool off your heels and be ready to hit the next trail in your Vietnam adventure tour.

Tracing your way back from Sapa to Lao Cai and then Hanoi, be ready for the next leg of your Vietnam adventure tour – Ha Long Bay. Limestone formations rising out of the gorgeous emerald waters and tranquil grottoes of the Ha Long Bay sit beckoning you for an adventure like no other. Hire a traditional wooden junk to cruise along the island dotted waters of Ha Long Bay, where swimming, kayaking and sunbathing opportunities lie aplenty. Make sure to include Ho Ba Ham, the lagoon with three caves; Nui Ngoc, the fishing village; and Ba Men, the fisherman’s temple in your cruise of the mystical Ha Long, for an adventure that leaves you completely recharged to get back to the grind with grace.