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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.

 

Himalayas Trek

High snowy mountain peaks, good weather, local delicacies and people around you make every moment you spend almost unforgettable. There should be a balance between adventure and safety during your trek in Himalayas.

Basically, northern part of India is formed by the Himalayan ranges; this provides multiple options to those looking forward to experiencing trekking over there. Places like Garhwal, Kumaon, Ladakh, Sikkim and Himachal are some of the best known places in this region.

In Ladakh, the Zanskar mountain range also known as “The Lost Valley” is one of the most challenging mountains for trekkers. Winter season stays for almost 9 months but it would be great if you make all your plans in advance. Best time to hit this place is between June and September. This is the time when most of the Buddhist monasteries hold their annual festivals and. Visiting the place during this time allows you to learn the local culture of the Ladakh better.

Apart from Kumaon region, the only trekking place known for its high difficulty level is the “Nanda Devi”. Located on the Indo-Tibetan border, it’s the highest peak to trek in Himalayas. You can start your journey from the small town called Munsiyariand head towards the stunning “Johar Valley”. Being an unexplored region, this place gives you the rewarding experience of your life.

Next comes the Garhwal Mountains which are very close to Delhi. Starting with the Roopkund Lake, situated at an altitude of 5029 m, it comes in the periphery of Nanda Devi Sanctuary. There is a place called the Bhyundar Valley, aka the Valley of Flowerin the Garhwal region which is known to be the most rewarding place to trek. Your access point for this place will go through a village called Gangharia. Getting through this village is an adventure in its own way and you can experience only by visiting this place. May-September is the best time to be here and enjoy the most beautiful season of this valley; a season when the valleys are covered with flowers.

Kinner Kailash mountain, located in the “Kinnaur Valley” of Himachal Pradesh comes among the top places to trek in Himalayas. This place is known to be the abode of Lord Shiva and trekking over here is quite challenging and rewarding, for beginners as well as experienced trekkers.

There are few things that you should know prior to trekking Himalayas. Collect brief information about the place either from the internet or from your travel agent. It’s always good to have some basic knowledge about a place where you visit it for the first time. Once you start trekking, weather condition can get really bad. Make sure you carry all the necessary things with you including sleeping bag, medical kit, light and warm clothes.

In case you don’t want to make your first trekking experience horrible, double check your backpack for all the necessary items that would be required during trek in Himalayas.

Hot Air Ballooning History

It may be surprising to learn that the hot air balloons recognisable today didn’t start out looking like that. In fact they looked a little more like lanterns that are popular in today’s society at celebrations and special occasions such as weddings or birthdays. Like today, they were made of extremely lightweight and thin material making them carry naturally with the wind. To give them flight, small flames were inserted at the base of the balloon and hundreds were set off at one time.

So not quite like the kind of balloons you think about today. But these lanterns showed that an injection of hot air can give material flight. From then on many inventors and pioneers spent time working out how to create a balloon big enough to carry a person. This was no easy task – materials at the time were not as strong as they are now nor was the technology used in any way as advanced.

The first manned hot air balloon was around 1783. The man who was brave enough to undertake such a task was Etienne Montgolfier, who spent years, investigating how to create a contraption that would successfully carry him off the ground and into the air.

Prior to Montgolfier, the only other hot air balloon flight to have been a success carrying living things included a sheep, duck and a rooster. As these animals suffered no harm from climbing high into the sky, Montgolfier seemed satisfied that he would be safe to follow them. Unlike balloon flights today, Montgolfier didn’t use the balloon to travel anywhere. In fact the balloon climbed into the sky, but was tethered to the ground to stop it from climbing too far as they hasn’t properly worked out how to safely land the balloon!

Balloon flights didn’t become popular amongst the general public until rather recently. This was mainly due to the fact that hot air balloon flights weren’t easily accessible for the majority of people.

This was especially true during wartime – countries at a stand still and focusing on only one thing wasn’t really the time for frivolous activities such as balloon flights. But hot air balloons did play a part in wartime. They were used as a means of shielding the ground below by being allowed to drift up high above the rooftops. Doing so would make it extremely hard for the opposition to attack.

So as you can see hot air balloons have come a long way from where they started, as beautiful celebratory lanterns and military equipment. The main purpose balloons have nowadays is to show some of the wonders of the world, whist high up in the sky experiencing a once in a lifetime balloon flight.

Why Planning Horseback Vacation ?

Selecting horse riding vacations for discovering new country – There are a number of riders who love to travel to new countries. They enjoy beautiful scenic views riding on the horse. There is no need for you to choose a country that is far, instead opt for Costa Rica horseback riding for this purpose. This is one among the best locations for riding. Going to different country for vacations will give you adventurous and unforgettable experience.

Opportunity to meet experienced local riders and get to learn – Equestrian vacations mainly offer the opportunity to meet as well as get in touch with the local people. With these people one also gets chance to know as well as attend local events such as horse shows and horse fairs. Apart from this one can learn riding discipline, horse language as well as culture.

Opportunity to ride different breed of horses and explore riding discipline – In case you are horse ride lover you might be very well aware about the different kinds of breed of horses. Among these breeds there are chances that you might be dreaming of riding some specific breeds. By booking this equestrian vacations you might get a chance to ride the breed that you dreamed of.

Horse riders like to meet other horse lovers in warm atmosphere – The people that love stallion riding will surely enjoy sharing their stories and adventure with other riders. By this, you can make friends as well. You can also know various equestrian horseback riding destinations as well as various events.

Selecting equestrian horseback riding vacation to enjoy a special occasion – Occasion like honeymoon, hen, stag party, anniversary or birthday are very special in a person’s life and so people usually plan holiday on these occasions. In order to celebrate such occasions there are several packages as well as offers provided. There is horse riding packages as well as for horse lovers. By booking this vacation you can make yourself and the partner or guests special. This will prove to be a unique kind of trip.

This kind of vacation is not only for the horse lovers but also for others as it will help them keep away from the work stress, city traffic, noise and pollution. This type of vacation can be a life time experience for people. So book the packages that are suitable for you as soon as possible!

 

The Adventure of Safari Dubai

The purple sky of desert safari will give you an appropriate backdrop for camping in the deserts. It is an adventure in itself which combines the excitement of a roller coaster ride with the challenge of remaining mobile on the shifting. Desert Safari is a roller-coaster ride on the dunes of the Dubai desert which is surely enjoyed by all age groups.

When on the safaris, tourists can undertake activities such as camel riding; they get to go through the safari in the desert on camels. Dune bashing is what attracts many visitors to Dubai. Dune bashing basically involves tearing up and down sand dunes in a 4×4, usually at compromising angles that would otherwise be unachievable in a normal family car.

Roller-coaster ride surely shock and excite you whether you are an adventure seeker or not. A simple four wheel drive and a highly experienced driver are the only requirements of this thrilling Desert Safari ride. Camel rides are also an important part of the Dubai desert safari tour, these are popular among tourists.

You will experience a different scene altogether in morning and evening. The place is mesmerizing and you also get to see sun setting in the middle of the desert safari. After that you are taken to camps where you enjoy drinks or a cup of tea. As you watch the glorious sunset and relish the mouth-watering local food, you will understand the true meaning of ‘tranquility and harmony’.

Desert safari in Dubai gives you a chance to take pleasure of Dubai. Escaping the rush of Dubai city to go up and down the hills of that enormous desert is exactly what your soul was looking for when you left your hometown!

Dubai culture, Arabian tea and Arabian dates and the traditional buffet dinner and delicious breakfast with the sunrise in the desert, Refreshments and much more is waiting for you.

 

Philippines Adventures

The Plunge at Danao, Bohol

Ever wondered how Tarzan feels swaying from vein to tree branch to vein again? The Plunge at Danao, Bohol comes close to it! You will be attached to a long harness and will slowly be lowered to a wide space in the mountain. You really don’t have to do anything but to hold on tight and wait for the click of the cable that will release you and send you swaying to and fro! And it’s nothing like a sway on a swing; it’s hardcore thrill with nothing but nothingness below!

White Water Rafting at CDO

Beginner or expert, you can experience the ultimate river ride in Cagayan de Oro. It is far from Manila, but the travel will all be worth it. The river serves as the perfect ride for you to feel like you know how to paddle through and succeed! If you’re braver, you can try rafting at night! A big bonus is the sights and the beauty of CDO. Mindanao is really gorgeous, and CDO is definitely no exception.

Zipline at CDO

Oh yes, CDO is fast becoming the thrill seekers’ paradise. It currently holds the record for longest zipline in Asia! The line is 840 meters long, and the ride will last a minute. The good thing about it is that it is still relatively affordable! The ride only costs P500, whereas this rate will only take you about a hundred meters or so in other zipline facilities.

Mapawa River Trek at CDO

Let’s not leave CDO anymore! The trek will take you to five different waterfalls, with a big finale! The first four falls will require you to simply slide down, but the last one will have you jumping from a 20-feet cliff! With these three activities, you can be sure that your flight to the Davao International Airport and your road trip to CDO will be more than worth it!

Scuba Diving

You can do this basically anywhere there’s water and a licensed dive shop. The Philippines is the richest place when it comes to marine biodiversity, so you will really not run out of places to dive in. You’re in the Manila area? Batangas is only a three-hour drive! If you’re in the Visayas region, there’s Boracay and Cebu. And if you’re in Mindanao, well Davao is quite accessible too!