Useful Things to Know Before You Travel to China

Travelling to China can be a rather memorable experience. It’s a destination that feels like you’re travelling to a whole other planet. 

Whenever I get asked, have I travelled to China, I’m always reluctant to say yes.
 
I have a love/hate relationship with visiting China as it’s not a comfortable place to travel around.
 
But please, don’t let this put you off your trip entirely, it’s a good thing. 
 
I guess I love it more for this very reason, that it is a challenging country to travel around. 
 
And it is for this very reason I’ve put together this blog post as I wanted to share my top Useful things to know before you travel to China. 
 
If only I had known these few things before I departed on my first trip to China, I feel I would have enjoyed my first trip a lot more. It is a country that grows with you over time. 
 
I do hope that this information helps you to navigate around China A lot better from the get-go.
 

China offers many incredible destinations to travel too, such as: 

– See pandas in Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center, 
– Exploring the forbidden city of Beijing.
– Taking on the dangerous challenge of the plank walk on Mount Hua.
– Unearthing the Terracotta Army outside of the ancient city of Xi’an, 
– Walking along the Great Wall of China, 
– Exploring the busy hustle of Shanghai city
– Relaxing on the tropical island paradise of Hainan. 
 
Simply put, China covers a lot of ground for travellers with much to see and do. 
 
After all, China is one of the world’s most populous countries. Did you know that you can find 102 cities in China with a population of over 1 million people? Now that’s a lot of people. 
 
Nothing wrong with a challenge, In fact, I would prefer a challenge whilst travelling, It’s always a nice change to get lost on your own without an understanding of where you might end up.  
 
Always be prepared before you travel, jump into the deep end and most importantly, have fun. 
 
However, I can give you a few tips I wish I knew before travelling to China. 
 
You will have moments throughout your trip to China when all you can simply say is “oh China”! It is a special place, and you will stumble across the most bizarre of situations. 
 
And a brief word of warning, health and safety is a whole different ball game in China. So do be on guard where ever you go and be sure to take out reliable travel insurance before your trip to ensure you’re covered. 
 

You will need to arrange a VPN before your trip to China 

The great firewall of china, nothing gets in, nothing gets out. 
 
It doesn’t bother locals that much that everything is blocked, as they have their own Chinese versions of popular services and apps. 
 

Blocked websites in China:

– Facebook
– Google (Gmail, Maps, translate)
– Twitter
– Flickr
– YouTube
– Instagram
 
ALL BLOCKED! You have been warned. 
 
Need not fear; you can quickly get around this blocking problem by downloading a popular virtual private network service called a VPN. 
 
It’s essential that you find a VPN that works in China, and you set it up on your laptop and mobile smartphone before you arrive. 
 
Once it’s set up, you can access all the above-blocked sites easily in China. Meaning you can stay connected with the outside world and carry on like usual. 
 

Don’t damage your electronic devices 

Make sure you have the correct voltage and adapters to charge your electronic devices. It’s a good idea to get a plug with a surge to be on the safe side. You have been warned. 
 

Stick with tea and bottled water in China

Coffee is not a good idea in China; after all, they do so well as a nation to create incredibly tasty tea, why would you drink coffee? 
 
Coldwater isn’t a thing; you’re more likely to see hot water on offer around China as many locals like to either add tea leaves or drink it on it’s own hot. 
 
Avoid drinking tap water at all costs and purchase sealed bottled water when you need. 
 
Instead, Switch your coffee for tea, and you won’t be disappointed. 
 
For an emergency brew, China does have Starbucks. Not that Starbucks is a great coffee, it’s just available just in case you do need your caffeine fix in the morning. 
 
Otherwise, I would get a flask to fill up with hot water to add your tea leaves to in the morning. Do as the locals do and enjoy the excellent tasting tea on your trip to China. 
 

You don’t need a Visa to enter China

Did you know that you don’t need a visa to enter China? I didn’t know this either, but British tourists flying from London to Hainan directly can enjoy a 30-day visa-free entry. 
 
For the majority of trips to China, you are required to apply for a tourist visa to enter. 
 
But there are few exceptions where UK passport holders don’t need a visa. 
 
Another example is an international traveller who is transiting through China within 72 hours. You need to reach another country within 72-hours to be eligible for the transit visa. 
 
I used this transit visa whilst on a trip from London to Bangkok via Beijing, and I went hiking along the Great Wall of China within 72-hours and was able to enter China without the need for a visa. 
 

Eat first, ask later, China will remain a mystery when it comes to food 

My best advice for eating food in China is to order the set meal or the recommended dish and then eat before asking what it is. 
 
Food in China can be an adventure in itself; the best advice is not to ask what you’re eating and just eat it. Eat first, then ask later. 
 
You might be surprised by what you’re eating. China is a fun culinary destination, and I’ve enjoyed some incredible dishes having no idea what it is. 
 
Also, Mock food is popular in China, such as Mock Duck or Mock Chicken as China perfected fake meat way before the impossible burger.  This is mostly down to cost as meat can be expensive for locals and the mock version is much cheaper and has a similar taste and texture. 
 
If you happen to have a dietary requirement, preference or allergy, it might be a little tricky to get across your requests in China. 
 
A good idea would be to translate these words in advance so you can have them on hand to work out with the restaurant what’s in the meal before eating. 
 
I must warn you that they may say that the dish doesn’t contain an item when it does. This is entirely down to the language barrier and the ingredient being more used for a stock than being a key ingredient. 
 
Jodi from Legal Nomad has put together some useful cards for those looking for Gluten Free options that will help with the translation issue. I’d highly recommend sorting this out before you travel to China. 
 

Make sure you carry cash whilst travelling around China

Most payments in China are made through QR payment with digital wallets using apps such as WeChat Pay or Alipay. 
 
It’s challenging to get a local sim card and activate these apps; travellers should withdraw local cash from an ATM as card payments such as American Express, Mastercard or Visa are not a common form of payment, especially for smaller transactions with local vendors, cash is your best option. 
 
I’d recommend trying to locate and find an HSBC ATM to withdraw your cash in China and be sure to inform your bank ahead of time that you’re travelling to China to avoid your account being cut off. 
 

Gobbing, Spitting and farting are all common practices in China

Trump, toot, bottom burp, One-Cheek Squeak or how about a Breezer? Fart to your hearts contents in China as locals don’t seem to mind openly in public. 
 
I don’t think I will ever forget the moment a local dropped a tune whilst standing next to me. It was like getting permission to finally allow my body to unleash the orchestra performance of a lifetime out in public without any shame. 
 
Please don’t get offended as it doesn’t fix anything, you’re in China now. Join in with the local customs. 
 
However, it was the sound of the gobbing noise on almost every street corner of China that got to me. It’s again, relatively common practice and one that can’t be avoided. 
 
Welcome to China, Spitting is relatively common; you will simply have to get used to it.
 
Another custom to get used to is the art of queuing. It doesn’t exist really; you might end up waiting a long time if you get in line.
 
A word of warning, Some toilets don’t have doors. Always carry a packet of tissues for when nature calls and practice the art of squatting before your trip to China, you will need to learn. 
 

You will stumble across a language barrier in China

Good luck trying to speak English, you will have to learn Chinese; after all, you’re in China now.  
 
Even some international hotels will struggle with language barriers so be prepared.
 
I’ve also noticed that some Chinese signs with English translations, usually don’t make any sense at all. You will be on your own when it comes to understanding the local language. 
 
My best advice would be to download a translation app before your trip to China. Write down essential landmarks and the name of your hotel on your phone to show to taxi drivers just in case you get lost.
 
Another idea to understand your destination a lot better, would be to hire a local guide to help you navigate around the language barrier and understand China a lot better.
 

Most importantly, Chinese locals are super friendly 

I first heard horror stories about how locals in China were mean and not friendly towards tourists; this was simply not the case from my experience.
 
I found China to be a friendly place to travel around and found locals filled with curiosity and interested in finding out more about your personal trip around China. 
 
Especially in the remote areas of China that hardly see any tourists at all, locals will want to know what you’re up to and stop to take a photo with you.
 
Embrace your visit to China, take photos on every occasion, learn a few essential words to allow a connection and a smile, randomly hold babies for selfies (This is a thing!) and be prepared for friendly nods and smiles all round.
 
China is incredible, and you have to take it for what it is. After all, this is China.

The Best Adrenaline Adventures in Catalonia

Catalonia is an excellent place to live or travel to thanks to its varied terrain, with the mountainous Pyrenees to the north, and beautiful Mediterranean Sea to the south.

For those that love to get their heart racing and adrenaline pumping, Catalonia is the place to be! From abseiling the mountains, flying through the sky, racing down a rollercoaster drop, to jumping off a bridge into the canyon below, this exhilarating Spanish region can provide.

 

Here are the top adrenaline adventures in Catalonia

White water rafting

Spain is one of the best countries in Europe for white water rafting thanks to the excellent weather conditions, and the Pyrenees the best location within the country with a better volume of water and a great variety of canyons. Depending on the difficulty of the river, this activity can be suitable for families, or for those wanting a white-knuckle ride!

This activity is still extremely safe to do, the worst injury you’re at risk of is sunburn! There are different companies that offer white water rafting, and experienced and professional guides will accompany the group to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride. The best time of year to go white water rafting is in the Springtime of April, May and June, but you can still head out until the end of summer.

 

Ferrari Land

Part of the PortAventura Theme Park, Ferrari Land is a unique theme park to Europe that is inspired by the legendary Italian brand and its creator, Enzo Ferrari. The best ride for thrill-seekers here is the Red Force rollercoaster, the highest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe. The rollercoaster accelerates from 180kmh in just 5 seconds, one that’s not for the faint hearted! Another adrenaline inducing coaster here is the Thrill Towers, a 55-metre-high free fall that’s sure to leave your heart in your mouth.

Access to Ferrari Land is included in the general ticket for the PortAventura park, and also gives you a chance to experience the other exciting rides in the park too. This activity is suitable for any age to go to, and costs €56 for adults for the day, and a reduced price of €49 for kids and seniors.

 

Canyoning in Pallars Sobirà

If you’re an adrenaline seeker, then canyoning is the best activity for you! A day of descending canyons, swimming, jumping, sliding and abseiling is sure to get your heart racing. The experience can be customised depending on your skill level and what you would prefer to do, for example if you’d prefer to do more swimming and sliding natural slides instead of the exhilarating pond jumping.

The canyoning tours are subject to weather conditions but can be booked for any day of the week. It’s essential to know how to swim for this one, but no prior experience is necessary. Pallars Sobirà is located in the central Pyrenees, so makes for some stunning scenery, but travelling here will require some pre-planning and will most likely require a car to get to.

 

Hot air Balloon tour

What better way to get to know Catalonia than by a hot air balloon flight through the sky? See the Mediterranean coast, Montseny Natural Park, Montserrat mountain, and Barcelona all within the space of an hour! This activity is the perfect combination of thrills and relaxation, perfect if you and your group can’t decide on what to get up to in Catalonia.

A pricier option of the list, a Catalonia hot air balloon tour costs €180 per person, but this price also includes transportation to and from Barcelona and a local brunch too. This one is very weather dependent because of the nature of the activity, and safety is always paramount, so it bear in mind that it may have to be refunded or rearranged at last minute.

 

Mountain Climbing the Pedraforca

Pedraforca is one of the most beautiful mountains in Catalonia, meaning ‘pitchfork of stone’ in Catalan as its two main peaks look like a pitchfork when viewed from the East. The normal hiking route here is a popular one in summer as its relatively easy, a good option for those with children. For those looking for a bit more of a challenge, taking the route by Coll de Verdet up to the summit takes around 5 hours with a slope ascent of 900m, it’s not for the inexperienced hiker!

The mountain can be climbed in all seasons, but in December to April there’s usually snow so the ascent at this time is a little more difficult. If you’re after a cheap day out, heading to Pedraforca is a great idea as there is no entry fee to the area, it is however a protected area so just remember to be respectful to the animals and plants!

 

Bungee jumping in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia

Defy gravity and get your adrenaline kick by bungee jumping thirty metres off the Sant Sadurní d’Anoia bridge! 30 metres doesn’t sound too high until you’re stood on the edge ready to go, but it’s the perfect activity for those that want to push themselves out of their comfort zones.

There’s the option to buy a ticket for a solo jump either once or twice, or to take the tandem jump and go down with another person! The price starts at €35, and anyone can take part in this as long as they’re brave enough to take the plunge.

 

Caving

If you’re an outdoor lover, exploring Catalonia’s caves and caverns is the perfect choice for you. Take a descent tour through the darkness of the cave and discover the natural beauty of the region from a different perspective.

There are lots of different caves to explore here, and tours will include a professional team of mountain guides who can safely allow you to carry out the activity. This is another weather dependent activity, and guides will only allow the caving to be undertaken in safe conditions.

Great Ideas for Visiting Walloon Brabant Safely

Although Belgium is not so big, it still offers all kinds of different activities.

One small region is particularly worth a visit: Walloon Brabant!

Whatever the season, there is always a good reason to get some fresh air and go to discover less known places.

 

Here are some ideas that will delight young and old… and can be done safely!

Get away in nature

The unmissable Villers-la-Ville Abbey

Set in the heart of nature, Villers-la-Ville Abbey is an incredible and extremely peaceful place! Travel back to the time of the monks and explore the ruins to discover the secrets of their daily life with the interactive tablet. Walk around the five gardens and admire their wonderful compositions in very different styles. Guaranteed tranquillity!

 

The huge Solvay Regional Estate

Take a trip to the wonderful Solvay Regional Estate in La Hulpe. It will captivate you with its enchanting appeal and panoramic views to take your breath away. Walk to your heart’s content around the woodland and estate… Admire the château that stands at the top of the hill and take in the beautiful French-style gardens.

 

Admire the art

The magical Folon Foundation

In the grounds of the stunning Solvay Regional Estate is a little gem that is well worth a visit. The Folon Foundation opens its doors so you can admire the impressive work of a Belgian artist of multiple and varied talents, all with a touch of magic.

 

Louvain-la-Neuve: quite an art

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium’s youngest town, takes you on a journey… Enter the doors of the excellent Hergé Museum and meet Tintin and Snowy as well as many other characters created by this Belgian artist. Wander through the streets of the town and admire all the graffiti in many styles, with bright colours and countless stories. Louvain-la-Neuve will show you art in all its forms.

 

Enjoy local specialities

Walloon Brabant has no shortage of producers to get your mouth watering. The chocolate makers offer sweet treats with proven success. The numerous breweries will awaken your taste buds with their craft beers! Including the famous Gheuzerie in Rebecq which is unique in Wallonia. But the specialities of Walloon Brabant also include sweet and savoury tarts, vineyards and many other farming products that must be tried!

 

Feel the excitement

Do you love excitement, climbing and challenges? Then the Adventure Park in Wavre is for you! This park, in the middle of a wood, promises an exciting day of adventures! Fasten your harness and move from tree to tree as you follow different trails at height! Whiz along one of the zip lines, cross the suspended bridges and, if you are feeling brave enough, try the freefall or even a bungee jump for maximum adrenaline!

 

Practice your swing

Ideal for fans of golf, Walloon Brabant is the Belgian province with the most courses. So if you love a round of golf, head to one of the 10 courses for an enjoyable game in the heart of nature!

For something slightly different, have a go at disc golf in Louvain-la-Neuve… An unusual activity that promises a fun time!

 

Walloon Brabant certainly has some surprises in store for you!

Top Everest Trekking Package – Himalayan Asia Treks

Being Top Destination for Trekking and Hiking, People many have disarray which is the best travelling and climbing trail in Nepal so we are Trying to Explain here for your Top 3 Everest Trekking Packages.

This Top 3 Everest Trekking Packages as a result of Mountain see, Cultural and Natural magnificence, and to learn Nepalese ways of life in the Himalayas.

 

14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek is daring trip bundle schedule best in Khumbu Everest area which prompts Mt. Everest headquarters with both route trips with a helicopter with legitimate wellbeing back.

This Everest Base Camp Trek 14 days Itinerary goes through exciting antiquated travelling course followed by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa. Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days is arranged in the Khumbu district of Nepal where world-acclaimed Sherpa’s settlement with their credible way of life. It is one of the most well known and requesting travelling objections for the whole traveller all around the globe. This classical 14 days Everest Base Camp Trek is notable for its fabulous snow-topped mountains like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Island top, and great Khumbu icy mass and strong of pinnacles.

During 14 days Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary, you will get a plentiful chance to investigate snow-topped mountains, special scene, widely varied vegetation, the way of life of Mt. Everest climber’s, mountain towns, rich green backwoods, old Buddhist cloisters, etc. The conventions, culture, and accommodation of Sherpa’s is another significant feature that you can insight during a Trek to EBC.

Everest Base Camp Tours is essentially round year journey; in any case, March-May and September-November are the greatest months to travel. Everest Base Camp Trek 14 days is appropriate for any sorts of travellers yet ought to have a decent degree of physical wellness. This Everest Base Camp 14-day Trek schedule has been redone for novices to encounter adventurers which take you to the world most noteworthy Base Camp.

14 days Everest Base Camp Trek is an energizing excursion of a lifetime which starts with an energizing beautiful helicopter departure from Kathmandu to Lukla-entryway to the Everest area. At that point, the trip to Everest Base Camp takes you towards the well-known towns of Phakding, capital of Everest locale Namche Bazaar. Next, you move towards Tengboche which reflex the noticeable Sherpa culture and furthermore the most established and biggest Buddhist cloisters. Giving progression your trip, you journey towards Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep to your last objective Everest Base Camp. At that point you move to Kala Patthar-the most noteworthy purpose of a trip to investigate 360-degree all-encompassing perspectives on the world’s most noteworthy mountains with dynamic dawn and nightfalls. Your Everest headquarters journey course keeps on sliding towards Pheriche, Namche, and end your trip at Lukla. In conclusion, you make a return trip back to the capital city Kathmandu and investigate world legacy locales.

 

14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,320 m).

Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,850 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,640 m) 4-5 hrs.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,286 ft.) 6-7 hrs.

Day 04: Rest and Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar and journey 2-3 hrs.

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870 m.) 5-6 hrs.

Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940 m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m) and climb to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and back to Gorak Shep. 6-8 hrs.

Day 10: Hike to Kalapathar (5,545 m) and a trip to Pheriche (4,371 m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,850 m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,320 m) 35 min. and transfer to the hotel.

Day 14: Departure

 

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trekking is for the individual who needs to travel high in height, see the greatest mountain on earth and can deal with this genuinely chilly atmosphere which exists at practically any season at this elevation.

Mt. Everest, also called Chomolungma (Tibetan, which means Goddess Mother Mountain) and Sagarmatha (Nepali, which means One Whose Forehead Touches the Sky), the most elevated heap of the world is a definitive dream, everything being equal, and mountain dwellers. Here we have a particularly planned this outing to carry you to Kalapattar-the best perspective and furthermore the headquarters. Everest Base Camp is surely the most cherished journeying objective of Nepal yet in wording adventurers’ traffic is the second as a result of its availability.

Following an amazing, brief departure from Kathmandu to Lukla in the Khumbu district, you land and eat at 9200 feet before starting your trip to the Everest headquarters. En route, you will be roused by magnificent perspectives on Mt Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Nuptse.

 

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m) Transfer to the Hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Manthali (5 Hrs.).

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m) and Trek to Phakding (2,652m-3 Hrs.).

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m-6 Hrs.).

Day 05: Explore Namche Bazaar and climb up Hotel Everest View for Everest Panorama.

Day 06: Trek to Dole (4,110m-6 Hrs.)

Day 07: Trek to Machherma (4,470m-5 Hrs.)

Day 08: Trek  to Gokyo Village (4800m-6 Hrs.)

Day 09: Explore Gokyo Valley and Lakes and Acclimatization day.

Day 10: Hike to Gokyo RI (5357m 3 Hrs.) and trek to Thaknak (4750m-3 Hrs.)

Day 11: Trek to  Cho-la Pass (5367m) to Lobuche (4940m-7 Hrs.)

Day 12: Trek to Gorak Shep (5170m-3 Hrs.), explore Everest Base Camp (5364m-3 Hrs.)

Day 13: Hike to Kala Pattar (5554m) for 360 deg. displays and trek to Pheriche (4280m-6 Hrs.)

Day 14: Trek to Pangboche (4050m) and Tengboche (3800m) to Namche Bazaar (7 Hrs.)

Day 15: Trek back from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m-8 Hrs.)

Day 16: Fly to Manthali-drive back to Kathmandu, move to Hotel.

Day 17: Departure.

 

Everest 3 High Passes Trek

The 3 high goes of the Khumbu is an exploring trek into the recognizable wild over the treetops of the Everest district.

These 3 genuinely lumpy high ignores referred to the world as the Kongma La (5,535m), Cho La (5,420m) and Renjo La at (5,340m) of the better realized Khumbu zone are what thrill seeker climbers will need to do once in a blue moon in the light of its sheer excellence and the considerable difficulties it presents. The endeavour additionally covers notable path that incorporates EBC, the transcending Kalapathar and the quiet Gokyo valley with its emerald lakes.

The social parts of this excursion are basically astonishing as it gives you profound experiences of mountain customs and how mountain networks get by in these cruel zones, however yet save their comforting grins for guests notwithstanding the gnawing cold. Our excursion wanders into the virgin Nangpa la valley, a grand Sherpa town where adventurers relish the intensity of nature and this likewise covers the energetic town of Thame which is home to probably the greatest cloister in the Khumbu and the Himalayan perspectives from around here is supposed to be the absolute best on the planet.

Your 20 days Everest 3 High Passes Trek starts with an inquisitive recorded and social visit through the antiquated souks of the archaic Kathmandu valley and visit covers some world legacy destinations of gigantic intrigue. This follows with a beautiful trip to the Everest legend Hillary’s air terminal of Lukla, one of the most elevated on the planet and generally emotional.

At that point you start your mainstream climb through Phakding up the seething ‘Dudh Koshi’ [river of milk] on your approach to Namche and the world-well-known Sagarmatha National Park. In the wake of summiting your quick go at Kongma La, at that point you scramble toward the renowned Everest headquarters. You climb past the frightful Khumbu icefalls, the entryway to Everest from the western cwm. Cho La is the following test you defeat after which; your journey to the grand vantage purpose of Kalapatthar and afterwards, it’s an honoured descending path to the emerald pools of Gokyo. Appreciating heavenly perspectives from the fifth lake close to Gokyo Ri, you set out for the imposing last go of Renjo La. At the point when this is done, you take an old course utilized for quite a long time by Tibetan brokers by means of Nangpo La arrive at Thame and crash out in Marlung for the evening. Subsequent to setting your markers in the laps of Everest, you finish up your outing at Lukla to bounce your trip back to Kathmandu and a warm delicate bed at your inn.

 

Everest 3 High Passes Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. (1300m)

Day 2: City Excursion and Trek Preparation. (1300m)

Day 3: Kathmandu (1,300m) to Lukla(2,845m) to Phakding(2,610m) 3-4hrs journey.

Day 4: Trek to  Namche (3440 m) 6-7hrs.

Day 5: Acclimatization and Exploration day.

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche(3,870m) 6-7hrs.

Day 7: Trek to  Dingboche(4,410m) 6-7hrs .

Day 8: Trek  to Chhukung (4,730m) 3-4hrs.

Day 9: Rest and acclimatization day at Chhukung.

Day 10: Pass the Knogma La Pass (5,535m) and Trek to Lobuche(4,910m), 9-10hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep(5,160m) – Everest Base Camp (5,364m) – Gorakshep 8-9hrs.

Day12: Trek from Gorakshep(5,160m) – Kalapatthar(5,550m)- Gorakshep – Dzonglha(4,830m) 6-7hrs.

Day13: Dzongla(4,830m) to Cho La Pass (5,420m) to Thangnak(4,700m) to Gokyo (4,800m) 9 – 10hrs.

Day 14: Acclimatization and exploration day at Gokyo valley:

Day 15: Gokyo(4,800m) to Renjo La (5,345m)to Marulung(4,210m) 8-9hrs

Day 16: Trek to Namche(3,440m), 7-8hrs

Day 17: Trek to Lukla2,845m)8-9hrs trk.

Day 18: Lukla (2,845m) to Kathmandu (1300m) flight (30-40 minutes flight)

Day 19: Departure

Top Heritage Hotels in Jodhpur

Vibrant Culture, colorful festivals, Rajputana architectural aesthetics and gracious people – these four elements describe Jodhpur in a nutshell.

One of the major tourist destinations in Rajasthan, Jodhpur will give you a sneak peek into the magnificent forts, royal palaces, revered temples, lip-smacking food and colorful festivals.

For those looking forward to experience luxury and lavishness from close quarters, staying at Jodhpur heritage hotels is a very good option.

 

In this article, you will find the list of top 7 Heritage Hotels in Jodhpur, each of which retains the soul of princely India.

Ranbanka Hotel

The only heritage hotel in Jodhpur to be recognized as a ‘Classic Heritage Hotel’ by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the hotel has taken care of every meticulous detail to enter this prestigious category. The Palace was converted into a heritage hotel by Raj Kumar K.V. Singh. The hotel has derived its name from the famous battle cry of the Rathore Clan, Ranbanka Rathore. It features 71 fully quipped heritage rooms which include Courtyard Wing, Legacy Wing and Jodhana Win. On the dining front, the hotel has several multi-cuisine and al fresco dining venues to watch out for.

 

The Kothi Heritage

Built by Bachraj Ji Singhvi in 1888, The Kothi Heritage has been refurbished into a heritage hotel and gives the ultimate pleasure of a luxurious stay. As you will book your stay at this Heritage Hotel in Jodhpur, the spectacular blend of art and architecture is visible in every nook and corner of this hotel. The 30 feet long Central Hall in The Kothi Heritage, adorned with lattice work frescoes, adds splendor.

 

Haveli Inn Pal

A serene and beautiful place, known for its good ambience, Haveli Inn Pal was built by Thakur Umaid Karan Singh Ji. For many years, Haveli Inn Pal has been a private residence of the Pal family but now it has been converted into a cozy place to accommodate discerning travelers. There are 12 tastefully designed rooms in this hotel, each of which is equipped with an array of modern amenities. The Haveli Inn has a beautiful Garden Restaurant where you can savor breathtaking views of the Mehrangarh Fort along with lip-smacking Rajasthani food.

 

Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur

If you are looking forward to plan your stay in the vicinity of Thar Desert, then Ajit Bhawan Palace is the best bet available for you. It is one of the top choices for both domestic and international tourists. The beautifully designed and decorated ambience will make you fell head over heels in love with this hotel. The accommodation options at Ajit Bhawan Palace are classified as Royal Suites, Luxury Suites, Luxury Rooms, Luxury Tents and Executive Rooms. Few facilities that you can enjoy in this hotel include swimming pool, spa, shopping arcade and conference facility among others.

 

Hotel Megh Niwas

Built by Colonel Megh Singh, an army veteran of World War II, Hotel Megh Niwas has been converted into a luxurious boutique hotel and offers an exciting mix of traditional hospitality and classic ambience. All the rooms are air-conditioned with amenities such as telephone, bath tubs and 24 hours running hot and cold water. There is a rooftop restaurant having a seating capacity of 80 to 90 people and offer panoramic views of Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace.

 

Balsamand Lake Palace

Situated on the banks of Balsamand Lake, The Balsamand Lake Palace heritage hotel is built entirely of red sand stone. The hotel offers accommodation in terms of 10 plush suites and 26 other rooms, each of which is surrounded by lush green and manicured gardens. The open-air multi-cuisine restaurant at Balsamand Palace offers delectable variety of Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisines.

 

Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace

Set amidst 26 acres of sprawling greens, Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the most beautiful palaces in India. The hotel is built entirely out of yellow sandstone in fashionable Art-Deco style. With its 64 well-furnished rooms categorized as Maharani Suite, Maharaja Suite, Royal Suite, Regal Suite and Deluxe Rooms. Besides accommodation, the dining options offer a wide assortment to choose from.

Everest Base Camp Trek Guide 2021/2022: Updated information about EBC Trek Guide

Everest Base Camp Trek Guide 2021/2022 – Updated information about EBC Trek Guide

Mt. Everest, viewed as the gem of the Himalayas, is the tallest mountain on the planet.

It stands 29,000 feet above ocean level and is the objective for climbers and globe-trotters from everywhere the world. The Everest Base Camp Trek will bring you into probably the most seasoned and most cherished spots on earth where you will see amazing perspectives on precipices, transcending ice sheets, and forested slopes.

Experience the excellence of nature and the neighbourhood Sherpa conventions of Nepal. This is viewed as one of the best on the planet. This is your opportunity to get very close with the magnificence of Everest and it is an excursion that will be associated with a lifetime. For the genuine swashbuckler, there isn’t anything that beats Everest Base Camp Trek probably the best perspectives on the Himalayas.

Your Everest Base Camp Tours starts on the departure from Kathmandu to Lukla where you’ll land at Tenzing-Hillary air terminal. There are no streets between the two towns and the main path in is via plane. There are some lovely perspectives on the Himalayas, so on the off chance that you don’t get queasy, you will need a seat by the window so you don’t miss a solitary moment of the excursion. The flight takes around 30 minutes and afterwards, you’ll be arriving in the peak town. The entire spot is humming with energy as adventurers and aides are occupied with planning for the trek. As you get together and plan to leave you’ll say farewell to progress as you start the rising towards Everest Base Camp.The air at the higher heights is cool and fresh and lavish, green woods stretch the extent that the eye can see. You’re off on an excursion to one of the most testing objections on the planet. The lovely and tranquil mountain towns, the benevolent individuals, and amazing perspective on the mountain make this excursion a once in a blue moon experience into the obscure. You’ll have a guide with you consistently travel along the pathways and trails to Everest Base Camp. Bring your camera and a lot of films since you’ll need to record this excursion for the entirety of your loved ones at home. There is a lot to see en route like spiked bluffs, shimmering away from of water, and an engineered overpass.

You’ll make stops in Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Gorakshep while in transit to Everest Base Camp. You’ll go through the night in a portion of these towns and experience the accommodation of the individuals of Nepal. It is a 2-day trip to Namche Bazaar, which is the exchanging centre of the mountain. Individuals go to the towns to purchase and exchange their merchandise. The Sherpa lifestyle is a custom that has made due for some, numerous years. The towns are distant and stay as they have been since the get-go.

The characteristic magnificence of the Khumbu ice sheet is probably the best element of the trekking in Nepal. On the off chance that you’ve never encountered the Sherpa lifestyle, you’re in for a treat. The magnificence of the environmental factors, the quiet sentiment of being in nature without any interruptions like ringing telephones and PC screens will familiarize you with an alternate method of living. Every one of the towns you’ll be visiting has its own way of life and conviction framework. Tibetan Buddhism began here and is obvious wherever you explore. You’ll see wonderful symbols of the Buddhist culture and life in the Himalayas. As a feature of the trip, you’ll additionally get an opportunity to visit a couple of the cloisters and gompas in Nepal like the notable Tengboche Monastery. Each stop along the course is involvement with culture and friendliness. The Trek to Everest Base Camp is an undertaking that you should insight for yourself.

 

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek

  • See the stunning perspectives from the lap of the world’s tallest mountain – Mount Everest.
  • Surrounded by the magnificence of nature and the mountains of Nepal: Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Makalu, etc.
  • Experience the neighbourliness of the Sherpa public. Find out about their locale, customs and culture.
  • The venture incorporates stops at Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery and Kala Patthar.
  • Take in the set of experiences and otherworldly experience of visiting the Tengboche Monastery.
  • Discover the magnificence of Sagarmatha National Park that is home to a few types of imperilled creatures.
  • See the pleasant perspectives from Nagarjun Hill and the Everest massif.
  • Get some great perspectives on Everest from Kala Patthar, the most elevated point in the journey. Take in the perspectives on Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and numerous different pinnacles. Likewise, there is the lovely dawn see over Everest from Kala Patthar.
  • Most energizing and daring trips to/from Lukla.
  • Take a guided city visit through UNESCO recorded World Heritage Sites of Nepal.

 

How Difficult This Trek?

Everest Base Camp Trekking is appropriate for most adventurers and climbers of normal wellness levels. The whole trip happens over a 12-day time frame and arrives at a greatest rise of 5,545 meters. The climb is modestly troublesome so you ought to have solid legs and be genuinely and intellectually fit to address the difficulty. In case you’re stressed over having the option to keep up on the trek it is prescribed to rehearse different cardiovascular activities like strolling, running, and swimming to get ready for the Trekking in Nepal. The air at the higher rises is more slender and some may think that its difficult to pause on the off chance that they are not ready for the adjustment in height.

There is no climbing experience required for the excursion. You ought to have the option to walk and climb moderate slopes to stay aware of the aides. You’ll be checked and everybody advances at a similar movement on the path, gradual. The primary concern is for the security of the gathering and you’ll get the chance to stop and enjoy a reprieve en route. It causes a ton to get a lot of rest and hydration for the climbs, just as being in acceptable state of being. The sooner you adjust to the climate the quicker you’ll adjust to it. The primary objective is to continue your energy over significant stretches to keep a consistent movement. On the off chance that you follow these tips you’ll finish the Everest Base Camp Trek like a prepared star.

 

The Best Time of Year for the Everest Base Camp Trek

The best season to trek the Everest Base Camp is in the spring from February until May. You can take the trek any season really, however the mountains of Nepal are known to encounter changes in climate. The best an ideal opportunity to visit is the point at which the temperatures are moderate and the environment is generally dry. Later in the season, it gets exceptionally damp which makes climbing more troublesome. Another great time, in case you’re not ready to come in spring, is in the tumble from September through November. You’ll see untamed life, blossoms sprouting, and clear blue skies. Regardless of when you plan your trip, it makes certain to be a life-changing encounter.

 

How Might I know whether the Trek is Right for Me?

In the event that you are searching for another and energizing experience, the Himalayan Asia Treks can take you higher than ever. Adventurers are furnished with all the essentials like facilities, foods, and transportation. Everything is orchestrated early by our organization staff preceding the trip. Several individuals rush to Everest consistently to go on an outing up the mountain. It’s an encounter that everybody ought to have in any event once in the course of their life. Our aides and considerate staff will ensure your outing is paramount and one that you will treasure for eternity. Relinquish your concerns and follow your globe-trotter soul to Everest Base Camp.

You’ll be setting out on a 12-day experience into the mountain towns of Nepal, a spot that couple of individuals find the opportunity to see while in transit to Everest Base Camp. It resembles venturing back so as to a less complex lifestyle encompassed commonly. Your agenda is intended to give you all the best sights and an opportunity to visit far off zones that are just open by walking. Reach us today to book your experience.

 

Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) and move to Hotel

Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trip to Phakding (2610m) – 35min, 8km, 3 – 4 hours

Day 03: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440m) – 10 km, 6 – 7 hours

Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 05: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3867m) – 8km/5 – 6 hours

Day 06: Tengboche – Dingboche (4410m) – 10km, 5 – 6 hours

Day 07: Dingboche – Lobuche (4910m) – 7km, 5 – 6 hours

Day 08: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5140m) – Everest headquarters (5364m) – 15km, 8 – 10 hours

Day 09: Gorak Shep – Kala Pattar (5545m) and trip to Pheriche (4260m) – 15km, 8 – 10 hours

Day 10: Pheriche – Namche Bazaar (3440m) – 15km, 8 – 9 hours

Day 11: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2840m) – 18km, 7 – 8 hours

Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu (1350m) – 35 minutes

Day 13: Rest Day in Kathmandu

Day 14: Departure.

 

During the Everest Base Camp Trekking 14 Days, you pass by mountain towns like Phakding, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and so on, where you will get the opportunity to watch the day by day way of life of local people. Moreover, you get the chance to see their way of life and standards. The path incorporates a few Chortens, gompas, stupas, supplication wheels, and petition banners, which will introduce you the social wealth of the area. The last objective of this stunning excursion is Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar (offers 360-degree perspectives on Everest). During the trip, you get the chance to see extraordinary perspectives on mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623 m), Mt. Kongde (6,187 m), Mt. Pumori.

Beautiful Beaches and Accommodations in Turks & Caicos

If the thought of jumping on a plane and flying to a Caribbean paradise island has stumped your mind, then you probably have imagined one of the Turks & Caicos beaches.

The Turks & Caicos archipelago is surrounded by waters so turquoise that they appear to be glowing at times, plus it has endless stretches of white sandy beaches. Then there are the historical ruins, the museums, and other attractions. But if you are visiting Turks & Caicos for the first time, you will find it very difficult to stay too long from its beaches.

 

Popular Islands and Beaches in Turks & Caicos

It is not easy to find the ideal beach as everyone has their definition and personal expectations. However, according to the Conde Nast Traveler’s list of the world’s best beaches, Grace Bay on Provo is the number one beach in the world.

Leeward Beach is another stunning beach located east of Grace Bay. Its turquoise waters and startlingly white sand beaches are quite memorable. Although there are no hotels along Leeward Beach, there are many modern beachfront villas for rent and several private residences.

Sapodilla Bay and Long Bay Beach are two more beaches found on Providenciales that are also very popular. Sapodilla Bay has shallow and calm waters, making it ideal for families, whereas Long Bay Beach is known for its kiteboarding.

Other Turks & Caicos Islands that should be on your list are Parrot Cay, Grand Turk, South Caicos, and Pine Cay. Parrot Cay is the home of some of the most luxurious villas for rent in the Turks & Caicos archipelago. At the same time, South Caicos is mainly known for its long stretches of undeveloped sandy beaches and cozy villas.

 

Accommodation in Turks & Caicos

You can choose from Turks & Caicos villas for rent, beach houses, and the standard resort hotels for accommodations. The common nominator for almost all types of accommodations in Turks & Caicos is that you will never be more than a few meters away from the beachfront.

Whether you prefer to be pampered in a luxury villa with all the amenities, or a basic one featuring just the essential furniture, the wealth of options is pretty much endless.

Furthermore, there is an almost endless choice in terms of location. Visitors can choose from a very quiet place for absolute peace and solitude to one surrounded by other villas full of other people eager to socialize.

 

Turks and Caicos private villas for rent

Most of these villas have large bedrooms, contemporary bathrooms, the massive patios or decks, and a view to die for. In terms of style, most of the villas are modern with minimalist interiors. Typically there is an abundance of glass framing so that you never miss a moment of the spectacular views that surround you. The neutral finishing is quite comfortable. Another common thing about most villas for rent is that they come with modern, well-equipped kitchens that include washers, dryers, and even a video and audio system.

Things Nobody Tells You About Iran

As an Iranian interacting with many foreigners, I encounter with many interesting questions in my day-to-day life and I also discover some interesting, yet overlooked details about my country and its culture.

The questions normally range from more general topics like politics, economics and religion to tiny details about everyday life of people in Iran.

Here are some of the most frequent topics I have been asked as an Iranian. So let’s check it out to see if you also carry the same doubts about this less-known land or not!

 

Do you live in the future?

When I talk about dates and calendars in general, our Iranian solar calendar is one of weirdest details about Iran.

People normally get surprised when they understand that we use 3 official calendars in the country and the main one starts with the first day of spring, and when they here about the date, it sounds to them that we live in another era, probably in the future, as we are about to begin the year 1400!

 

It’s Saturday, let’s go to work!

When most people around the world are about to start their weekend, people in Iran get ready to go work, because it is Saturday! Yes, the week in Iran ends on Friday and so the weekend officially starts on Thursday.

So, it is good to have this in mind when you are organizing a trip to Iran, as it might affect the details of your plans in many ways!

 

Iranian food is not Indian food!

Unlike what many foreigners might think about Iranian gastronomy, we are not in general accustomed to eat spicy foods as it is so common in countries like India.

It is true that we use more spices than other countries in general, but these spices are not normally hot and spicy and they rather bring a different taste to our food.

You may sense the taste of turmeric, black pepper, saffron and cinnamon in many foods, but at last the food won’t be spicy (although it would definitely be more salty, sourer and stranger in general!!)

 

And do you have it on in the house, too?

The hijab theme is always a controversial topic and usually hard to explain in many ways. It is more related to the government rules and peoples’ beliefs than other subjects.

So, no, we dress normal in our houses, although if you get invited to some traditional or religious families’ houses, you might see a woman having it on because of strangers in the house, as it widely depends on the family’s background and religious beliefs.

 

Who drives in Iran and how?

Many foreigners have this idea that women are not allowed to drive in Iran, but it is not true. Actually, they have had the possibility to drive since many years ago and they still do.

In fact, in my experience, they are better drivers in big cities like Tehran, as they respect the law more than many men (calm down! Just an idea!!). But it is true that driving in Iran in general might surprise (and even scare you!) in some moments!

 

Is it really snowing in Tehran?

Unlike the existing image of Iran, its capital and many other cities are green, with many lovely trees and cool weather and in fact, the 3 thousand and some snow-capped mountains of Tehran, complete the beautiful image of this city.

We normally experience snow in the city during the winter, but you can see the snow on top of the mountains (and even go skiing!) in other times of the year in Tehran, too.

 

Iranian rap, Ghormeh Sabzi-Pizza?

Actually, it is not a very strange and rare combination. Iranian rap and other Iranian versions of different types of music have been evolved and developed during the contemporary time and now have an acceptable background and history.

As an Iranian, I listen to many of them, as there are some well-made raps, rocks and fusion versions of Iranian music with good Persian lyrics.

What might sound strange to you as a foreigner, would probably be listening to the Iranian classical music and Avaaz (or Awaz), which is  an unmetered vocal section of a mode in Persian music and might sounds unfamiliar or totally new to you.

Hiking in Hong Kong: Easy & Beautiful Trails

Despite being a large, bustling city, Hong Kong is an excellent place to get outdoors in nature!

Since ~70% of Hong Kong’s land is covered in greenery and country parks, hiking is a popular activity for locals and expats. Often the trails have gorgeous views and lead to some spectacular destinations.

On your next Hong Kong trip, I highly recommend trying a hike to experience Hong Kong’s outdoors and see some beautiful nature.

 

Here are three easy, yet beautiful trails to get you started!

1. Quarry Bay Tree Walk

Distance: 3.2 km / 2 miles

The Quarry Bay Tree Walk is an easy trail through the forests behind the Quarry Bay neighborhood on eastern Hong Kong Island. Start at the Taikoo MTR station (exit B) then walk west on King’s Road. Turn onto Greig Road and walk up until you reach the Tree Walk.

The trail is mostly paved and has a slight elevation gain (124 m/406 ft). Along the way, you’ll encounter remnants of the Wartime Communal Kitchens (listed as Wartime Stoves on Google). These kitchens were used during the second world war in Hong Kong as an influx of refugees after the fall of Canton led to increase of food demands.

Continue along the Quarry Bay Tree Walk until you reach Mount Parker Road. At this point, you can turn and head back down towards Quarry Bay or choose another trail for a longer hike.

 

2. Dragon’s Back Hike

Distance: 5.4 km / 3.4 miles

The Dragon’s Back hike is a meandering ridge trail located in Shek O Country Park in southeastern Hong Kong Island. Because the trail is on a ridge, you’ll have spectacular views of the sea and Hong Kong’s south side as you hike.

To get there, ride the MTR to Shau Kei Wan station (exit A3) then take the number 9 bus to the trailhead. The first part of the hike is a gradual climb up to the ridge. Once you reach the ridge, you’ll be able to see Shek O Beach off to the right and Tai Tam Bay on the left. The trail undulates across the “dragon’s back” for ~2 km (1.25 mi) and offers amazing views. Some days you’ll find paragliders setting up for flight on the hillside.

Once you’re finished the ridge, you’ll descend into a forest and have a flat and shady walk for the remainder of the trail. At the end of the trail, turn left to head back to the road to catch the bus.

If you’d like a longer hike, turn right and continue on to Big Wave Bay (~2 km extra). The descent to Big Wave Bay is rather steep and consists mostly of stairs.

 

3. Sai Wan Pavilion to Ham Tin Beach in Sai Kung

Distance: 5.1 km / 3.2 miles

Although it’s a bit difficult to get to this hike, the views and secluded beaches along this hike make it worth the effort!

The hike from Sai Wan Pavilion to Ham Tin Beach is located in Sai Kung East Country Park in New Territories. To get there, you’ll need to take a combination of MTR and bus to Sai Kung town. Once you arrive in town, you can take a taxi to the Sai Wan Pavilion.

The trail begins along the stunningly turquoise High Island Reservoir. Even on a cloudy day, the color of this water never ceases to amaze me. Most of the first part of the trail is flat or downhill until you reach Sai Wan Beach – the first of four gorgeous beaches in Sai Kung East Country Park.

At this point, you could stop your hike. I prefer to continue to Ham Tin Beach – the second beach – which is larger and even more beautiful. Both beaches have restaurants, toilet facilities, beach equipment for rent, and places to purchase boat tickets to return to Sai Kung town.

 

Any Questions?

Do you have any questions about hiking in Hong Kong or these three beautiful hikes? Please let me know in the comments below!

If you’re looking for other Hong Kong hikes or tips on traveling to Hong Kong, be sure to check out the Becky Exploring blog.

iQ Hotel Milano: A Smart Hotel with Spa in the Heart of Milan

I spent three days in Milan last year on a business trip.

My company booked a modern double room at the iQ Hotel Milano, which I did not know but surprised me in a very positive way!

 

Let’s start with the location…

The 4-star hotel is located a few minutes’ walk from the Milano Centrale train station, a great thing if you travel by train.

After the check in, I discovered the many comforts of my room, in particular the very soft mattresses specially designed for a deep rest, as the staff explained to me.

What about the staff? All very kind, with sincere smiles and always ready to help, with precise directions, maps or suggestions from locals about the city.

On the top floor of the iQ Hotel, there is a modern and cozy bar, with a lounge area and lots of spaces to relax or work, meet people or be on your own. Here, at the LiQuido Rooftop Bar you can enjoy tasty finger food with excellent cocktails and the view over the city is amazing!

 

Another service I particularly loved was the spa:

It is not easy to find a hotel in the heart of the city with a private spa, a real luxury. After days of exhausting work commitments, I used to return to the hotel and pamper myself to an hour of wellness, with a panoramic view of the city. A truly unique experience!

On my next trips to Milan, for business or pleasure, my hotel will always be iQ Hotel Milano.