Attractions and sites abound in China, whether you choose to visit the capital of Beijing or take a hiatus to Shanghai. You will never be out of things to do while you enjoy a holiday on the Asian continent. One of the main events of your trip to China should be a visit to the Great Wall of China, which can be visited at various points along its lengthy course.
#1 - The Great Wall of China and Its Major Sections
- The Badaling Section of the Great Wall of China
The most popular section of China’s Great Wall is Badaling, which never stops being filled with visitors and tourists. It may be best to see this section during the week as the weekends can be somewhat harried. The Badaling section is approximately 72 kilometres or 45 miles from Beijing. Restoration began on the wall in 1953.
You can visit this section from 6:30 a.m. in the morning to 7:00 p.m. in the summer and from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the winter. The Badaling section has been open longer than any other part of the attraction and is the best preserved. Tourists can see beautiful scenes of the trees below the wall. World celebrities have visited this section, including Margaret Thatcher and former U.S. President Richard Nixon.
A typical tour time takes 3-hours during the peak season or 2-hours normally. Restaurants available at this stretch of the Great Wall include McDonald’s Yonghe King, Great Wall Commune Restaurant, the Badaling Hotel Restaurant and Jindian Friendship Restaurant. Hotels in the area include the Great Wall Commune and Badaling Hotel.
Read more: Top Things to See and Do in China
Wherever I travel I look for sport fishing opportunities. While touring Southeast Asia my home base was Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s beach resort on the placid Gulf of Thailand. Thousands of small commercial boats fish the gulf for mixed catches of bottom fish and squid, staples of the city’s beachfront restaurants. I wondered what other fish were out there.
I saw a charter fishing boat moored near the commercial port, but there was no skipper to be found. I heard these charter boats come and go. They target barracuda and marlin and the fishing grounds are a costly four hour, full throttle run. Fisherman’s Den Charters and Pub promised catches of Barracuda and Dorado at a reasonable price. I booked my trip over a couple of pints.
Read more: Fishing the Gulf of Thailand
Travel through Cuba not limited to backpacking is so many things - but above all, (and I will surely fail to impress upon you) is the uniqueness of it. With a history dominated by controversy involving most notably the USA and Soviet Union, Cuba has not been without violent incident and struggle. In more recent history these incidents made all the more acute and rightly or wrongly by an individual man called Fidel Castro and certain others outside Cuba - men who have come and gone (Castro remains *), and other less known individuals making up the army and another individual we all know as Che. The revolutionaries that once and for all freed Cuba from Batista. Some think he [Castro] is dead others read that which he has had written from his hospital bed. But this is not a story of the History of Cuba this is a story of Cuba today (may june 2008).
*Summer 2016 it could be that Fidel Castro is dead.
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I travelled alone on this trip and yet I never really did. I met some great comrades of the backpacking kind from just a few days in. My itinerary was not fixed. I had hopes of diving a lot and didn't. I ended up with the following route; Havana,Maria la Gorda,Vinales, Cayo Levisa, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa,Varadero and Havana.
I mad a brief tour of el Capitol which looks like the white house (the dome at least) and had a run the next morning which made me late for my bus to Maria La Gorda. It was a truly great run up to vedado along the Malecon sometimes uncomfortable wearing the ipod and GPS oh well...the red trainers are well travelled. I was jet lagged and so I won't get into Havana yet.
Read more: Cuba Backpacking Guide - An unspoilt paradise.