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Huangpu River in Shanghai VS River Thames in London

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
Last May we cruised on River Thames in London. Just like Shanghai Huangpu River cutting through Shanghai, River Thames divides London roughly into north and south parts. River Thames River enters the North Sea at the Thames Estuary while Huangpu river flows into East Sea of China.
  
The River Thames cruise passes some famous attractins like Houses of Parliament, Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The boats on Huangpu River in Shanghai sail pass Shanghai Bund, the skyline of skyscrapers, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center, etc.
  
The enriched history of London is unveiled in front of us cruising on River Thames. The cruise on Huangpu River in Shanghai offers a good opportunity of immersing yourself in the combined sharp contrast of the old and new, the historical Bund and fast developed Pudong area rife with high-rises.
  
No London tour is complete without an amazing cruise on River Thames. No Shanghai Tour is perfect without cruising on Huangpu River.   
  
I realy recommend you visit River Thames and Huangpu River when visiting the two great metropolises. They have been both cultivated by great rivers like other international metropolises.
  
  
River Thames seen from a landing plane
 

River Thames seen from a landing plane

 

 
Huangpu River viewed from Jinmao Tower
 

Huangpu River viewed from Jinmao Tower

 
Half hour Cruising on River Thames from the pier of the Eye of London to the Tower of London
 

Half hour Cruising on River Thames from the pier of the Eye of London to the Tower of London

 
One hour cruise on Huangpu River

One hour cruise on Huangpu River

The Eye of London stands brilliantly by River Thames
 

The Eye of London stands brilliantly by River Thames

Oriental Pear TV Tower stands elegantly on the slyline of Pudong in Shanghai.

Oriental Pear TV Tower stands elegantly on the slyline of Pudong.

 
St. Paul’s Cathedral on the northern bank of River Thames

St. Paul’s Cathedral on the northern bank of River Thames

The buildings by the Bund left over from the colonial period of Shanghai 100 years ago on the west bank of Shanghai Huangpu River.

 

The buildings by the Bund left over from the colonial period of Shanghai 100 years ago

 

 

Tower Bridge on River Thames

 

Tower Bridge on River Thames

 

Yangpu Bride over Shanghai Huangpu River

 

 

Tower of London by River Thames

 

Tower of London by River Thames

 

The 421 m (1,381 ft) Jinmao Tower, the 494.4 m (1,622.0 ft) Shanghai World Financial Center east bank of Shanghai Huangpu River

 

The 421 m (1,381 ft) Jinmao Tower, the 494.4 m (1,622.0 ft) Shanghai World Financial Center east bank of Huangpu River

 

At nighfall, the two banks of Shanghai Huangpu River look more brilliantly (1)!

 

At nighfall, the two banks of Huangpu River look more brilliantly (1)!

 

At nighfall, the two banks of Shanghai Huangpu River look more brilliantly (2)!

 

At nighfall, the two banks of Huangpu River look more brilliantly (2)!

 

New York Beijing Travel

Monday, June 20th, 2011

 

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Are you looking for cheap flights and affordable packages to Beijing from New York City USA? As local travel advisors in Beijing, we are delighted to assist you planning your New Yourk Beijing tour from choosing your New York Beijing round trip air-tickets, Beijing airport pckup service, discount Beijing hotels, guided Beijing tour packages, to offering Beijing free travel tips and more.
  
Nowadays visitors are very easy to get the basic travel information on any destination and country they are going to explore. New York Beijing independent travel can be made possible if you grasp some basic travel information and ready to face the challenges ahead. 
 
 
1. Time your visting time for Beijing and China
Thinking of the best time to visit Beijing and other parts of China. Of course, the best time must be selected with your travel schedule (considering your family matters, your work and other factors which may affect your yearly travel plan).
 
Apart from these factors on your side, you must think of the best time to travel Beijing China in terms of crowds, prices, weather and personal interests, events, festivals etc.
 
Normally April, May, September and October are the best months for Traveling in Beijing and other major destinations in China. Try to avoid China national holidays: Chinese Lunar New Year (later jan to early Feb), May 1-3 First Labour Day, October 1-7 National Day…
  
  
2. Book your international flights from New York City to Beijing
Once you settle your travel time to visit Beijing, the important next is to reserve your international flights from New Your to Beijing. The round trip air-tickets make up the large bulk of your travel expenses. To get cheap air-tickets is the key factor to reduce your travel budget. So to find a right air-ticket booking agent is very important.
 
Your flight will depart from John F. Kennedy International Airport and arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) in Beijing, and vice versa for the return flight.
 
If you have a familiar flight booking agent, try to go on with your booking with it since your agent is familar with your travel request and will offer you reasonable airfare entitled to a loyal client.
 
Or you may try online flight booking logging on to such flight booking engines as expedia, cheapflights.com, cheapflights.com, orbitz.com…
 
Or you may visit the official websites of the airliens you are going to use and book online directly without middlemen. 
American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, UNITED, Continenta, Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa…
 
Avoid the local student vacation time since the huge number of Chinese students returning home will great raise the airfares.
 
Where to stay in Beijing? Beijing has hundreds of rated hotels, plus numerous hostels, courtyard hotels, B&B hotels and boutique hotels.4.Beijing airport to your hotel transfer
Now you are thinking of your transfer from Beijing airport to your hotel in Beijing.
First, you should have some basic information on Beijing Capital Airport. At present there are three terminals – T3, T2 and T1. Most of the international flights arrive at T3 and T2. T2 and T1 are connected by a corridor. T3 is a little far from both T2 and T1.

 
There is a Free Inter-Terminal Shuttle Buses connecting T3, T2 and T1. T3 is the largest single terminal in the world. Please make sure at which terminal you are arriving or departing to avoid a wrong terminal. 
 
There are 4 transportations available to go from Beijing airport to your downtown hotel:
Beijing Car Rental
Beijing Airport Shuttle Bus Service
Beijing Airport Taxi Service
Beijing Airport Express Train

5. Plan your daily travel in Beijing
Please check out suggested Beijing daily schedule for your reference:
1) Beijing in One Day:
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Badaling Great Wall ( or Mutianyu Great Wall )
2) Beijing in Two Days:
Day 01: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, Beijing Opera
Day 02: Ming Tombs and Badaling Great Wall ( or Mutianyu Great Wall )
3) Beijing in Three Days:
Day 01: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace
Day 02: Ming Tombs and Badaling Great Wall ( or Mutianyu Great Wall )
Day 03: Hutongs, Lama Temple and Olympic Sites, Silk Market, Beijing Opera
4) Beijing in Four Days:
Day 01: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace
Day 02: Ming Tombs and Badaling Great Wall
Day 03: Hutongs, Lama Temple, Olypic Sites, Silk Market, Beijing Opera
Day 04: Beijing Capital Museum, Panda House, CCTV Headquaters Building, Grand Natioal Theatre, 798 Space

6. Get around in Beijing
Generally speaking, getting around in Beijing is quite convenient. In the past 30 years, Beijing transportation has been improved gradually and greatly – widened roads, lengthened subway lines, more clean buses, more environmentally friendly taxis etc.

But like any other metropolitan cities worldwide, you will hit a traffic jam in a peak hour. So try to avoid rush hours and well schedule your airport transfer to avoid possible delay.

We have cut Beijing into 6 parts ( Central Beijing, Houhai & North Beijing, South Beijing, Northeast Beijing, West Beijing and Northwest Beijing) where you can find precisely where and in which hotel you want to stay, and what to see and do.

Five Steps to settle Your Hotel booking in Beijing
1. Choose the area where you want to stay
2. Compare the hotels and prices in the same area
3. Use google to map the exact address of the hotel
4. Use google and hotel review websites (e.g., tripadvisor) to assess the hotel
5. Book your hotel directly or use the hotel booking engines (e.g., expedia)              More about Where to stay in Beijing

Beijing Taxi Beijing Public Bus Beijing Subway Beijing Trains
Beijing Flights Beijing Airlines Beijing Bike Beijing Pedicab
Beijing Boat Beijing Walking    
  
  
7. Beijing Travel Tips
Traveling is also a way of learning. Beijing, of course, is a world of difference from your hometown. Having some empathy or putting yourself in “Beijing’s shoes” is highly recommended. So it is necessary to have for some basic facts and travel tips about Beijing before leaving for  Beijing.
Visa Accommodations Customs
Climate Communicating Business Hours
Money Changing money Credit cards
Phony Money Radio and TV Publications
Telephone Post Office Medical Services
Electricty Water Laundry
Transportation Beijing Time Cheap flights to Beijing
Beijing Travel Advice
 
8. Book a Beijing tour package?
Whether you are a very independent traveler or a frequent travel agency users (there are pros and cons to this approach), when traveling Beijing, it is a good idea to mix independent travel with private or group tour to make the most out of your Beijing short trip since Beijing has too much to see and do.
 
So, to purchase a Beijing tour package from a local travel agency, you’ll get much history and fresh knowledge of Beijing from a local Chinese speaking or English-speaking tour guide. We organize Beijing tour from the moment you touch down at your airport to when we transfer you back there at the end of an exciting vacation. Or you may select any of the travel service from us including transport, day trips, great wall tours, hotels, meals, night shows, and tour guides.
 
Beijing Tour packages Beijing Day Tours Great Wall Tour Beijing Coach Tours
Beijing Hutong Tours Half Day in Beijing Beijing Bike Tours Beijing Walking Tour
Beijing Kids Tour Beijing Side Trips    
 
9.  Beijing Travel Advice
Tips for Visiting Tiananmen Square
Tips for visiting Summer Palace
Tips for Visiting the Temple of Heaven
Forbidden City Travel Tips – The Palace Museum Travel Tips
Tips for Visiting the Great Wall of China around Beijing
How to Visit Ming Tombs in Beijing
How to visit Beihai Park Beijing
How to visit Shichahai
How to visit Bird’s Nest and Water Cube
How to visit CCTV Tower in Beijing
How to Visit National Grand Theatre in Beijing
Top 10 Most Romantic Places in Beijing
How to Enjoy Beijing Nightlife
Top 10 Beijing Souvenirs
Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing
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Train tickets booking experience in Beijing and London

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

 

Though Beijing is well connected to other major cities in China by the most advanced high speed bullet trains in the world, to book a train ticket in Beijing is still a headache for many foreign visitors.
 
Compared with the train ticket booking experience, Beijing Train Tickets Booking is overshadowed in the following aspects:
 
1. No official or authoritative train tickets online booking websites
2. No self-service ticket booking at the train stations
3. Train tickets must be booked 10 or 12 days in advance. In addition, no one can garantee you can get your tickets no matter how long you book your tickets in advance.
4. Manual ticket checking and collecting
 
In London, taking trains has the same experience as those of other tools of transport like subway or public buses, all automatic and self controlled, unlike Beijing where securing a train ticket is simailar to winning a lottery.

Self-service ticket booking at Waterloo Station of London

 

Manual train ticket booking

Automatic ticket checking

 

On the platform of Waterloo Railway Station in London