Great Places in China to Visit

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China is a remarkable country and also the main entrance to East Asia. It is an old civilization which provided the globe with noodles, gunpowder, and Peking Man. People arriving for the first time in China usually stay in large cities. While the visitors who have come before, make their way to the other side, however the traveling might be difficult due to change of language but most travelers achieve their goals. Below are listed some of the places to go to in China.

Beijing

At the moment, Beijing is the capital city of China and one of the most visited place in the country. It has a history of 3,000 years which is still living within the city. Literal meaning of Beijing is Northern Capital. The metropolis is the heart of many fascinating places like Tiananmen Square, Old and New Summer Palaces, the National Museum of China, and the Forbidden City.

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is a collection of smaller walls developed by different dynasties. It has a length of 8,800 km and the history of the wall is 2000 years old and it has been stated as world’s longest structure made by man. The wall was built to defend the land from invaders from north.

Hong Kong

To the southeastern coast of China is Hong Kong, which is a splendid first-class business center where British colonial authority, latest technology and Chinese culture mix up together. Even with having the mass of skyscrapers and utmost population mass. It also has lots of greenery, mountain views and seashores.

Hangzhou

The place is famous for its natural beauty and it’s West Lake which many poets and artists have portrayed in their work. Marco Polo in 13th century described it as the world’s most beautiful and magnificent city. West Lake is a huge lake divided by land bridges and with beautiful ancient buildings and gardens to provide visitors comfort and mysticism. Beside its coasts travelers get to view the sights of its walking paths, pagodas, tea farms and temples.

Jiuzhaigou

Jiuzhaigou consists of many waterfalls and snow-covered karst mountains, 108 lakes of blue, green and turquoise colors, which are crystal clear, due to these reasons it has been portrayed as a fairyland. Also, giant pandas are natural habitants in this area, but they are seen rarely due to the size of park and the amount of visitors.

Kunming

Kunming, located in center of southwest China, is cultural, economic, and industrial, place. It has train routes with all of the big metropolises of China also it connects with Vietnam through rail road. The mild climate throughout the year makes it possible to visit at any time. Other than that the place has its own charms, and provides a fascinating touch of culture.

Lhasa

Located at 3,500 meters from Earth’s surface Lhasa is the chief city of Tibet. However the city has not absorbed much from the greater China and has kept its culture. Potala Palace is one of the most fascinating places and also a place where Dalai Lama used to live.

Shanghai

Shanghai is one of the most industrial and largest metropolises of China. Its location is at the mouth of the Yangtze River on the East China Sea. The nights at the city portrays the Western image of cities of China with vivid neon signs, lively streets and abundant businesses. The city consists of many skyscrapers and shimmering shopping malls, lavish hotels and impressive arts centers can be viewed alongside.

Xi’an

At one time Xi’an was the beginning of the essential Silk Road which connected its commerce with numerous countries of Eurasia. It was also once among the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Newly found Terracotta Army has now become the popular attraction of the place. Terracotta Army is believed to be the guardian of the tomb of China’s first emperor.

Yangshuo

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Yangshuo in past has attracted tourists due to its cheap prices and relaxed atmosphere, but now it has got the attention of many visitors due to its karst mountains and stunning landscape. Also, the place has a good base to take a tour for a day to Guilin for a relaxing outing on the Li River.

10 Beautiful Gardens You Must Visit

If you have resources and time, you must visit these beautiful gardens.

Keukenhof Gardens in Netherlands

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This garden shows its beauty in spring when it gets filled with over 7 million daffodils, hyacinths and tulips, which are spread over 32 ha. While you enjoy the sight of such beauty, arrangers pass down tips on caring for flowers. The garden have cafes and restaurants for tourists, it also pleases its guests with boat and bike tours.

Kew Gardens in London

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Princess Augusta, King George III’s mother, started developing this garden in 1759 with 3.6 hectare, now it expands over 132 hectare of land. This garden holds around 50,000 species of different plants. This garden also holds few renowned buildings which include Palm House, Temperate House and Pagoda. It has a lot of great attractions to offer which will keep you busy for whole day. It also has Japanese Gateway, Treetop Walkway, Kew Palace and Waterlily Pond.

Suan Nong Nooch in Thailand

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This garden was started by Miss Nong Nooch in 1980 in Thailand. The Nong Nooch Paradise holds a number of many attractive gardens and features the largest variety of Cycad and Palm trees in the entire globe. The Orchids present in the country are also one of its great attractions. The garden displays many shows to entertain the tourists.

Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona

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If you want to see the best collection of desert plants then Desert Botanical Garden is the right place for you. It holds around 17,000 species of different desert plants. The garden also includes a research center for desert plants and a herbarium with laboratories, library, research facilities and plant conservation.

Versailles Garden in France

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Louis 14th the French King gathered a professional team of painters, designers and architects to start building the Versailles Garden in 1661. His project Château de Versailles along with its gardens would become his life time project.

Butchart Gardens in Canada

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Robert Pim Butchart started this garden in Canada by exploring land with abundance of limestone deposits from Owen Sound to West Coasts of Canada. He created cement plant there later. Butchart Garden started as a small garden, Butchart build around his house.

Yuyuan Garden in China

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This garden in China translates into English as ‘Garden of Contentment’. It was build during (1368-1644 AD) in the Ming Dynasty.

Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Morocco

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Jacques Majorelle made this garden in 1920s. Today, it is owned by Yves Saint Laurent a well renowned fashion designer. The garden is known for the blue color which is the main theme of this garden.

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Scotland

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The combination of maths and science gives this garden a man plus nature look. This garden was build around 1989 by Charles Jencks and his wife Maggie.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida

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Florida holds this beautiful garden with collection of different tropical plants. The garden has Tropical Plant Conservation center which has conserved many species of plants from tropical Africa, South Florida, Madagascar, Oceanic Islands and the Caribbean. The garden is also known for its research work involving palm. It is the leading center in this field with 70 years of research.

8 Beautiful Beaches Known For Their Different Color Sand

Sand and blue water is a common sight but sometimes the nature shows its beauty in different ways. Here is a list of different sand beaches all over the world which have different colors than normal.

Papakōlea Beach (Green)

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Known as Mahana Beach or Green Sand Beach this beach is present in Hawaii. It is present close to the South Point, Kau district. The reason why this beach has green sand is because of the olivine crystals present in the land. In United States, there are two such green sand beaches, the other one is the Guam sand beach.

Harbour Island (Pink)

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There is an island present in Bahamas and it is well known for its beaches with pink sand. The beach gets its pink color because the water is filled with red corals which go on through eastern coast. These pink beaches are a favorite tourist spot and are locally known as Briland.

Red Sand Beach (Red)

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This beach is present in Maui, Hawaii. It is also called by the name Kaihalulu. Kaihalulu get its red color from the iron which the area is rich with. It is a pocket beach which means it is a little away from the ocean.

Hyams Beach (White)

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It is a seaside village in Australia and is present in New South Wales. The village is surrounded by three beaches with white sand. The beach also holds a record for having the sand which is whiter than any other sand on the planet.

Punalu’u Beach (Black)

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This beach is also present in Hawaii and gets its black color from the lava that is present in the ocean. When the basalt comes to the surface, it gives the sand its dark color. Punalu’u Beach is also called Black Sand Beach.

Pfeiffer Beach (Purple)

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With its violet sand this beach is a top tourist attraction. The beach is present in California, U.S.

Ramla Bay (Orange)

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This bay is known for its reddish sand and is present in Gozo, Malta. Ramla Bay holds past objects from Rome.

Rockaway Beach (Brown)

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This beach is present in southern Pacifica, California. The sand of the beach is brown which reflects the color of chocolate.

20 Best Perennial Flowers For Your House Garden

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Perennial flowers are one of the most beautiful, boldly colored and eye catching flowers in the world. The flowers grow and bloom during the spring and summer seasons. There are many different types of perennial flowers. Below is a list of the best perennial flowers. If you would prefer to let someone else do all the work growing and delivery for you; contact FNZ for New Zealand Deliveries. AFD for Australia and FTD for the US.

Blanket Flower

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Blanket flowers are one of the long blooming plants in the world. The plants usually bloom during summer seasons all through into fall. They come in two different colors; red and orange.

Peruvian Lily

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The flowers come in shades of; yellow, orange and purple. The plant usually blossoms when they are around 2-3 inches tall if the soil is not too hot.

Aster X Frikartii

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This is a flower that can be grown on any soil. The Aster flowers appear during the months of July and September. They are available in lavender and blue colors. Continue reading