7. West lake West Lake is present in Hangzhou. And this place is known as paradise in China contributing to the beautiful scenario. It is a place of serenity i.e. one can see the beautiful surroundings and enjoy in peace here. There are many mountains surrounding the place. There is also the presence of Chinese style bridges that are in arch shaped along with trees lined near the walkway which add a different character to the place. To view the magnificence of the entire place visitors can take bike rides or walks around the lakes or even book a short cruise for your family.
The guardian of the Mona Lisa and many other famous paintings is the Louvre. This museum is huge and by huge i mean you need atleast 3 to 4 hours to cover it. The Mona Lisa was smaller than i expected but none the less this museum is a must visit as Paris is incomplete without it.
This place is called Song Dynasty. It is actually a man-made attraction which reconstructs how China used to look during the Song Dynasty. There are ancient houses that you can visit.. there are also workers who don the Chinese traditional costumes walking around the area. There are even little stalls along the way selling traditional Chinese snacks and candies. If you are lucky, you might even catch a performance!
INS Chapal is a warship which has been converted into a museum and now open for visitors. You are shown a short film about the life on the voyage and you get to explore the entire width of the ship to get a glimpse of the voyager’s life. Alongside is the Karwar Aquarium which houses a wide variety of fish. I initially thought it would be nothing great but the sheer variety surprised me. Both these are just on the Tagore Beach, so you could couple a visit to these places along with the beach.
This is the ancient water town called 'Wu Zhen'. Do note this place is not in Hang Zhou city but it is about a 1.5 hour taxi ride away from the city. I wouldn't highly recommend you to visit this place if you are running a tight schedule in Hang Zhou as you are required to spend about 3 hours in total travelling to and fro from this water town. But if you have extra time on hand, it won't hurt to visit this place because it definitely has its "traditional feel" to it.
Beautiful scenery! We took a day to tour the islands. There is a tourist spot to buy tickets for speedboats that allows you to take different routes to explore different islands. This takes up about a whole day, and I suggest starting early. We left the BnB at 6:30am reached around 7am got to the ticketing booth around 7:30am, difficult to park around there. A speedboat takes around 10 people and each ticket is around 120rmb. There are private boats as well but more expensive. We had 10 people, so we technically had a private boat ;) Each island has a different name, due to their special characteristics. On another day we traveled for about 2 hours to get to a old town, 芹川古镇 (Qin Chuan Old town). This town has a very long history and is relatively hidden, but has become a popular place to visit in recent years. Most families have stayed there for generations. Getting to know the people and the history of the place was very interesting. However, do bring someone who understands their dialect, because it's hard to interpret even if you understand mandarin.
This is one of the few cities in China that is not THAT commercialized for tourists just yet. Some roads are still muddy roads with bumpy rocks. There is no well-known hotel chain here yet, and therefore we stayed in one of the motels we managed to find. It was around 150RMB for a double room (non-peak period). We drove from Shanghai to this place, and I love the fact that no matter where you turn your head, you see beautiful mountains and scenery EVERYWHERE. There are many attractions in this area, despite them all being similar (it's all about climbing more mountains to see more scenery). Most attractions take about 1-2 hours.
The Mekong Delta also knows as the rice bowl of Vietnam has popular little islands fondly named after different animals that the Vietnamese consider auspicious- The Phoenix Island, the Dragon Island, the tortoise island and the unicorn island! The local names are obviously much harder to pronounce, and these seem to be the fun and easy versions for tourists to recall! We visited the Tortoise island firstWe started our journey to the Tortoise island first to sample some great produce in the island listen to traditional music. The island has abundant fruit orchards and owing to the fertile land they use no chemicals; it’s all organic. Dipped in some chilli salt, we ate these local fruits to our hearts contempt while listening to some traditional music!