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CHENGDU RESEARCH BASE OF GIANT PANDA BREEDING

Chengdu research base is the best destination to know the giant pandas. Here we can closely observe pandas ,how they rest, eat and play with each other, also, we can learn how to feed them, even we can watch female pandas nursing their cubs . And more importantly, we can further our understanding of how to protect these beautiful but endangered creatures.

 

We all know that giant pandas are famous for their love of bamboo. Actually, for an adult panda, it eats about 17kg of bamboo stems a day or 14kg of bamboo leaves, or about 40kg of bamboo shoots. So giant pandas almost spend 12-16 hours eating bamboo each day.

 

They look very funny and like a child, and they really enjoy play on the trees.

 

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Enjoy the Breathtaking at Mt. Titlis

Switzerland become a great idea to spend your holiday with your loved ones! The atmosphere, ambience and scenery make me fall in love once I arrived at Zurich. As I have long time in Switzerland, I decided to have a day trip to Mt. Titlis with my family and here I will share to you my one day trip experience to Mt. Titlis!

Zurich – Engelberg – Mt. Titlis – Engelberg – Zurich

From Zurich, you can take the train to Engelberg from the Zurich train station (Zurich Hbf) and buy the ticket here. The return ticket costs around €38 for 2nd class and €66 for 1st class per person. I suggest you to catch the morning train because it will take you around 5 hours trip in return. After arriving at Engelberg Hbf, you must get out from station and take the free shuttle bus to the next station. It is a cable car station that will take you to the top of Mt. Titlis. The return ticket costs for the cable car around €92 per person and you can buy it online here. You will see how beautiful Switzerland is during your journey! After enjoying the Mt. Titlis, you can take the same route to come back to Zurich.

Titlis Cliff Walk

 

Here is my short trip video, please enjoy!

 

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page – St. Augustine”

Please leave your comment below if you have any interesting travel experiences!

Morocco, an amazing country!

The 1st day Marrakesh

It was a wonderful experience to travel with friends in Morocco. “Intercultural contact is generally thought to have the potential to positively influence cultural relations by increasing understanding”. (Kelman, 1962)

This is the first day we arrived at Marrakesh in Morocco where is totally different  from the country I come from.

It was embarrassing that i was wearing a skirt in a Muslim country. I know it is crucial to respect local religion. Then i decided to buy a scarf to cover myself.

The 2nd day Casablanca

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Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca is the third largest mosque in the world. Morocco to give 600 mosques green make over.

It became famous because of a film named Casablanca.

The 3rd – 4th day Chefchaouen- The Blue Pearl

Chefchaouen- The Blue Pearl

The houses and roads in this small village are painted into blue. It feels like walking in a blue kingdom of fairy tale.

Unfortunately, we could not experience the tour to Sahara Desert because of the terrible weather. It is the main reason to drive me come to visit again.

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Iceland -The Land of Fire and Ice

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Eat Pray Love

I am a travel addict and a lover of adventure. I yearn to see the world and experience different cultures. During my last Christmas holiday, I travelled to Iceland – the land of fire and ice – so called because of its glaciers, volcanoes, and hot springs.

First time to see the snow.

During the winter, the entire country is blanketed with snow, creating a beautiful, serene vista like something out of a film.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in Iceland is a must-visit destination. It is one of Iceland’s natural crown jewels, and the local people have taken to calling the black beach nearby “Diamond Beach”,since the ice crystals strewn across it glisten like diamonds in the sunlight.

Gullfoss waterfall


Gullfoss waterfall
 literally means ‘Golden waterfall’ and, most agree that it’s the most breath-taking in the country.

Geysir

Geysir is also a popular destination for tourists, who often visit on their way to Gullfoss. The geyser launches a staggering volume of hot water up to 20 meters skyward every ten minutes, making it a sight to behold.

Icelandic horses.

The Icelandic horse is a unique breed of smallish horses which love interacting with people, and are extremely popular with tourists who see them as cute. Why not enjoy a different riding experience with Icelandic horses?

City view of Reykjavik.

Even though Iceland is covered in white snow for much of the year, its cities are very colorful – looking like paintings. Most Icelanders are very respectful of nature and protect their natural resources; preserving Iceland’s beauty

Picture&Video by Rongling Zhang

A homeless tour guide for your London visit: Why not?

Think there’s nothing you can learn from a homeless person? Think again! 

Now you can book a tour around some of London’s coolest areas with a homeless tour guide. Pioneered by Unseen Tours – a social enterprise aiming to tackle homelessness in London, this concept has proven to be a huge success with hundreds of positive reviews on TripAdvisor.

So how is a homeless tour actually like? 

I booked a homeless Brick Lane tour during my stay in London in December 2016 out of curiosity. My tour guide was Pete – a previous advertiser who lost his job, became homeless and has had to sleep rough around Brick Lane for over 10 years. Along with his easy-going nature, Pete also wowed me with his extensive knowledge about the cultural and social issues around Brick Lane as well as in England. During the tour, Pete told us mind-blowing stories about the famous criminal Jack the Ripper, the suffrage movement in the early 1900s and the multicultural development of Brick Lane following Jewish and Muslim people’s immigration.

I was also blown away by Brick Lane’s brilliant street arts. Having worked in the advertising industry before, Pete explained to us a great deal about how street artists here cleverly delivered subtle messages of social struggles through their creative artwork.

Brick Lane street arts
Amazing 3D piece of art on the streets of Brick Lane

In short, my experience with the Brick Lane homeless tour went far beyond my expectations. If touristy attractions in London are not what you’re after, Unseen Tours will be perfect for you!

4 FREE attractions in London that you don’t want to miss!

Planning to visit London with a tight student budget? I’m sure you’ll love these 4 amazing free attractions in London!

1. Horse Guards Parade

Whereas tourists often flock to Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard ceremony, you will save much more effort to visit the equally impressive Horse Guards Parade on Whitehall Street. As this Horse Guard Parade is not so crowded, it’s much easier to watch it at a closer distance and take more photos with the guards. But be careful: The horses bite!

Tiny me standing next to a Horse Guard

2. Wallace Collection

My most favorite gem in London, the Wallace Collection features a remarkable collection of art, arms and armour, paintings and porcelain in a beautiful town house in Manchester Square. You can also try a medieval armour on and take a selfie with it here.

3. Camden Market

Open every day from 10am, Camden Market hosts over 1000 stalls selling everything you can imagine from exotic Asian food, vintage art, handmade accessories to organic cosmetics. Don’t forget to bargain before you buy though!

A street artist at Camden Market place
The scenic canal at Camden Market
You’ll get overwhelmed by the variety of products to buy here

4. Parliament Houses

Entrance to Parliament Houses is free, but be prepared to stand in the queue for up to an hour. If you are here at certain times, you can even watch live debates at the House of Commons or House of Lords.

The Lords Public Gallery

Have you visited any of these free attractions in London? Or do you know any other that should also make it to this list? Don’t hesitate to let me know by commenting below!

THINGS THAT PROVE YOU BUDAPEST IS A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT

1. Budapest has many interesting sights to visit

  • Az Országház (Hungarian Parliament Building)

    The House of Nation become one of the Europe’s oldest legislative buildings and the largest building in Hungary.

    Third largest parliament building in the world

    Hungarian Parliament Building from the Buda Side
  • St. Stephen’s Basilica

    Built in 1800s and become the largest church in Budapest.

    a Roman Catholic Basilica
  • A beautiful bridge that connects the Buda and Pest Side

    Budapest is a twin capital of dual monarchy which divided into Buda and Pest and connected with a bridge called Chain Bridge.

    Chain Bridge that connects Buda and Pest

    View from the Budapest Funicular
  • Shoes on the Danube River

    The monument is located on the Pest side of the Danube River and it is a tribute to the Hungarian Victims who were killed in 1940s.

    The memorial
  • Budapest Gellert Hill

    A 772 ft high hill in Budapest, Hungary with a view of Danube River and the city. There is also a liberty statue on the top of the hill as a symbol of Freedom.

    View from Gellért Hill

    Liberty Statue

2. Europe’s second-longest river

Danube river from the Pest side

3. Heaven of Paprika

Paprika addict, you must visit this place! A typical of Hungarian dishes always made with ground paprika and Central Market Hall offers you a variety prices of Paprika.

Fövám Tér Piac (Central Market Hall)

4. Who can deny this beautiful view?

Beautiful view from Buda Castle

 

“Travelling. It leaves you speechless, then turns you into storyteller”- Ibn Battuta

WHY VISITING AUSTRIA IS A BRILLIANT IDEA TO RELIEVE YOUR STRESS?

If you ever visited European countries, but you haven’t been to Austria, then you must consider it again!

Austria has Vienna, the city of classical music

Music has long been known as an effective way to reduce the stress as its unique relation to our brain and emotion. Therefore, you should give a chance to watch the classical music concert in Vienna State Opera building.

Still in Vienna, you can also visit the beautiful parliament building!

One of the conference rooms of the Austrian parliament building in Vienna that has Greek’s interior design with the statues of Greek god and goddess.

Magnificent mountainous view and lake along Hallstatt

Hallstatt is a small fairytale-like village located around 2,5 hours by train from Vienna. After the exhausting semester, this place might be the best option to enjoy a sip of hot coffee or maybe hot a bowl of hot goulash soup accompanied by the beautiful scenery.

The Original Sound of Music tour in Salzburg

The St. Michael’s Church where they were filming the wedding scene of Captain Georg von Trapp and Maria.

Not only the movie scenes, the Hohensalzburg Fortress is a place worth to visit near the old town.

Salzburg with the Austrian Alps as the background is the view we can enjoy from the top of the fortress.

Is there any better idea than visiting Austria?

 

“To travel is to live” – Hans Christian Andersen

Why Japan is awesome and you have to see yourself

1. Japanese Culture

Japan is well known for its politeness and good manners. Not only that, but Japanese culture also include efficiency. Japan is a busy country but is well organised. I was already impressed with the work efficiency at the immigration gate at Narita International Airport.

2. Japanese Foods

Do I need to say any more on Japanese food?

3. Japan is a super clean country

The Japanese take hygiene seriously. You will hardly see any rubbish on the roadsides – even the trains are clean!! In Japan, not only they are clean, everything is in perfect order and neat as well – well trimmed trees, for example.

4. Ancient Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines

Beautiful ancient Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Japan is one good reason that you should visit and see them yourself. Shrines which are located up the mountains will not disappoint in term of beautiful scenery. The Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Shrines and Temples of Nikkō and Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area are also awarded as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

5. Japanese Anime and Cosplay

No matter where you are, you must have read, watched, or at least heard of soe Japanese animation. Wouldn’t you be curious to see all these characters walking around the streets?

Photo credit: us.jnto.go.jp, japan-guide.com

TAIPEI, A CITY WORTH VISITING

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place occupy in the word.”- Gustave Flaubert

I always enjoy watching movies produced by Taiwan and the deepest impression one is named “Etudes”. It tells a travelling story about a disabled boy who did the cycling around in Taiwan. At that time, I admired how brave he was to do this cool thing. Finally, I have got chances to travel there lots of times. Taipei, as the capital city of Taiwan, it obviously has got more fun to visit.

As a landmark, Taipei 101 attracts your attention all the time. With the world’s fasted elevator, at the platform in 89 floor you could have a panoramic view of Taipei city. It is amazing, especially at night.

Do you like reading? Eslite can meet all your fantasy about the bookstore. Opening 24 hours and owns the books and CD from all over the world. It is more than just a bookstore but also the combination of Cafe and creative culture centre. With a cup of coffee and spend all your time here, such a wonderful day!

Danshui District, as a place has got a long historical background, it is totally worth to visit. Along with both sides of Danshui old street all covered by some of the old-fashioned restaurant, where you can eat the most authentic Taiwanese snacks. Besides, if you are a fan of Jay Chou, of course, the middle school of Danjiang is the necessary place for you to have a look. It is not only Jay Chou’s old school but also the filming location of his movie Secret. Only when you come here and feel it, can find the reason why Jay could have so many romantic inspirations.

Jiufen, a town maybe you are not that familiar with when compared to other places. But have you ever watched Spirited Away before? If you do, you must know the place Chihiro works in. Well, Amei Teahouse is the place when the author Miyazaki Hayao got the inspiration.  It attracts thousands of Japanese tourists go there every year.  Moreover, Jiufen still has a lot of Japanese architecture houses.  Choose a sunny day and set next to the window with a sea view, starting your day in Jiufen.

In short, only when you come here, you will have a deeper understanding of how this city looks like and start loving this place.

Let me know if you are planning a trip and I will provide some more tips for a great time.

This blog is reproduced from 2016 by Fiona