Travel

Betake the quiet charisma of Taza

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Morocco has never been short of showcasing the beauty through its craftsmanship and art. The country’s interesting and colorful façade is a result of diversity and variety acquired from different facets encountered by its culture that evolved through time.

While Morocco is an artwork of its own, slipping into one of its undiscovered city Taza will allow those who are in journey understand and appreciate the place in a different extent.

Location

Taza is located in north central of Morocco. It is composed of two towns divided by a mountain pass called ‘Taza Gap.’ This city is slightly noticed by travelers compared to the country’s flagship tourist destinations like Fez and Marrakech.

This can be a blessing in disguise though, because the location would enable its visitors to feel the rawness of culture and lifestyle residing in it.

Climate

Simply put, the climate is being categorized as tropical. The city experiences seasonal climate and treats September is the hottest month while January is being cited as the coldest.

Its location, in the presence of Atlas Mountain, plays a big role as to why the climate in the city is as such.

Transportation

Taza won’t give travelers a difficult time. Its location is strategically accessible to major parts of Morocco. Travelling by train is the most common way of getting to this city. Gare de Taza train station is located in north Ville Nouvelle. This city destination can also be reached by bus.

There are ample bus companies that run to and from Taza. Convenience wise, another option would be taking grands taxis. These are taxis that can be commissioned to go outside Taza and get to nearby cities like Fes and Oujda.

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Attractions

Medina Walls

This is one of Taza’s main tourist attractions. This was a remembrance from Almohad’s rule in the 12th century.

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Gouffre du Friouato

This is a cave found 25 kilometers from Taza. What makes this cave unique is its measurements – 20 meters wide and 150 meters long which makes it the deepest in North African region.

The cave has two famous chambers namely Salle de Lixus and Salle De Draperis.

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Djebel Tazekka

This oak forest is perfect for those who love to do trekking. A scenic view itself, this woodland also allows travelers to view Middle Atlas and Rif from its peak.

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Market Mosque

Located within the Medina Walls, Market Mosque is a trading spot that allows tourists shop from bazaars and see kissaria.

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See More:

Taza Tourism: Sights And Attractions
http://www.morocco-holidays-guide.co.uk/taza-morocco/taza-attractions/

Taza Things to Do
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Africa/Morocco/Province_de_Taza/Taza-2105455/Things_To_Do-Taza-TG-C-1.html

Aira Algado

Salina Turda: Saltmine, museum, and amusement park all underground

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How much is salt today? A one year supply won’t even make a dent on your grocery budget (not that there are consumers buying one year supply).

The point is, the table salt we’ve all been taking for granted could have been classified as gold in the past. A mine has been built for those precious salts, and it’s in Romania called Salina Turda.

LOCATION

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Apart from vampires, you’d be surprised to know Romania has other things it is known for. Former salt mine now transformed into an underground museum and halotherapy center, Salina Turda has the tourists flocking in Romania.

The currently famous spot used to export salt in the regions of southeastern Transylvania, Hungarian Plains, and the Balkan Peninsula. Today, the pull of Salina Turda extends far from those regions. Located in the northwestern Transylvania particularly in the municipality of Turda in Cluj County, the attraction gathered two million visitors since 1992.

Salina Turda is about 400 feet deep and is considered the world’s largest salt mine and museum.

CLIMATE

The salt mine museum sits in Turda which experience continental climate. Written off with the climate is drier summers and cold winters with infrequent yet, heavy downpours.

However, deep in the mine has the same climate all throughout, which ranges from 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit with an 80 percent accompanying humidity, so visitors are advised to dress warmly.

TRANSPORTATION

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One of the major cities in Romania, which tourists frequent too, is Cluj-Napoca. Upon visiting the city, tourists hop on the bus going to Turda, where the salt mine is located.

The ride lasts for about 35 minutes. Car rentals are also available in the cities. Roads like E60 and E81 connects Romania to Turda. Parking area is available, but you have to buy a ticket first which costs five lei per day.

ATTRACTIONS

Upon entering Salina Turda, an employee will give you a map and brief you of the best route to take.

You will be greeted by slick, black walls of salts, which are fascinating to look at yet clammy when touched. Exiting the tunnel and climbing down the stairs will be the Franz Josef Gallery.

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Located in the Franz Josef Gallery is the Losif Mine called the “room of echoes” due to the place being an enclosed area.

An official document stating the existence of the mines dates back in 1271, but the mining equipment you will see in the place are usually from the 1800s.

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After the Losif Mine is the Rudolf Mine, which was the last to be excavated in Salina Turda. Wooden balconies are installed to overlook the deep excavation.

At the bottom of the Rudolf’s mine is a mini amusement park great for the family.

Merry-go-round, bowling lanes, pool tables, Ferris wheel, children’s playground, and mini-golf completes the fun ambience.

Going down to the Rudolf Mine would be through elevators or stairs.

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After the Rudolf Mine is the Terezia Mine. The name of the mine means “bell” after its shape. The Terezia Mine is an impressive 393-feet deep excavation in which you can ride rowboats as it a lake was formed at the bottom of this mine.

Much like the Rudolf Mine will be the Gizela Mine where spa treatments are located.

Images:
(1.) http://radiocluj.ro/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2014/08/Salina_Turda5.jpg
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See More:

Salina Turda Salt Mine in Romania
http://holeinthedonut.com/2013/11/21/salina-turda-salt-mine-in-romania/

Salina Turda
http://salinaturda.eu/?lang=en

Mary Grace Valdez

Get the steam going in Beppu

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Nature and its accompanying wonders continuously amaze people even after we thought that we have known everything about it. The human race never faltered in uncovering deep-earthed mysteries as we progress along time not because there’s a lot left undiscovered, but our hunger in learning something new is insatiable. While we zoom our way into technological advancements, many are still left gaping at what Mother Nature has to offer.

Quite a number of people adored nature’s intrinsic details, from the sound of waters flowing down the stream up until the leaves of a hundred-yard high sycamore—all of these, and everything in between, surely makes the heart of an avid nature enthusiast thump like it’s going to fall of their chests.

And speaking of which, there’s this small town in Japan, so blessed with nature’s wonders that they are slowly being known all over the world as a heavenly vacation spot. Beppu, a humble prefecture in Japan, boasts of geysers and hot springs, greens surrounding the vicinity and people who never ceased in taking care of their blessings amidst how the country lurched into modern civilization.

Location

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Specifically a part of the Oita Prefecture, Beppu is a small town in Japan, which is widely known for its collection of hot springs and steam points.

It is perched in the island of Kyushu, just west off of Beppu Bay. Beppu’s total land area is a stretch of up to 49 square miles and is currently inhabited by a population of almost 125,000.

Climate

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As according to international climate classifications, Beppu is under the warm, mild and temperate class. Typically, Beppu is experiencing rain showers all throughout the year, even on its driest months.

The average recorded temperature in this place is at 15.8-degree Celsius with an estimate rainfall of 1770 millimeters annually. The hottest months are from June to September, the coldest being November to January.

Temperatures in Beppu are said to drop at even a 5.5-degree Celsius mark and can go as high as 27-degree Celsius during August.

Transportation

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Getting in by air, travelers have flights coming in from Oita Airport, which usually is the end trip of domestic flights in big cities like Tokyo and Haneda. There are also known flights that go to and from Seoul, Korea.

Bus systems are also available within Beppu, which will take you around the city and connects to neighboring prefectures if required. And as expected, train rides getting in and out of Beppu is all systematized from Hakata station going to the JR Nippo line then in Beppu city center.

If you wish to get to Beppu by water, the Ferry Sunflower Kansai Kisen has trips going on an overnight between Beppu, Osaka and Kobe for a fee. If you want to travel out using the port system, the docks are a good 10-15 minute bus ride from Beppu’s train station.

What to See

Beppu Traditional Bamboo Crafts Centre

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Bamboo is abundant in whole of Beppu and so residents have found a better way in making use of these materials in a more purposive manner.

This hands-on crafts center will let travelers experience how to create bamboo products for a fee.

Many tourists from all around the globe made sure to get their hands working at this center for an experience they will never forget.

Hells Circuit

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Because of the fact that Beppu have a lot of geysers and hot springs to brag about, they have made sure that the visit would be systematized by getting the attraction named as Hell Circuit.

Called Jigoku Meguri, The Hell’s or Hell Circuit is a series of eight stops, which are all converted as amusement parks, adorned with themes to keep you entertained.

Hells are subdivided into two groups which includes Umi Jigoku, Oniishibozu Jigoku, Shira-ike Jigoku, Kamado Jigoku, Oni-yama Jigoku, Yama Jigoku, Chi-no-ike Jigoku and Tatsumaki Jigoku.

Beppu Tower

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This is one landmark that’s been a hot spot for lovers and couples to enjoy Beppu’s scenic and picturesque landscapes.

Images
(1) www.shafir.info
(2) www.city.beppu.oita.jp
(3) www.bugfox.net
(4) www.nihonabudget.com
(5) www.tracepattern.wordpress.com
(6) www.youtube.com
(7) www.panoramio.com

See More:

Beppu Travel Guide – Japan Guide
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4700.html

Beppu Tourism and Vacations: Best of Beppu
http://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Tourism-g298219-Beppu_Oita_Prefecture_Kyushu_Okinawa-Vacations.html

Paul Intalan

Fell deeply in love with China’s Yunnan Province

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The enchanting mix of landscapes and inhabitants, the splendor of architecture and its accompanying well-manicured greens, the superlative sights of colors and feel of steel, ethnic groups being respected by all its local people — all of these, some the things you’d surely encounter in a diversified city.

With the rise of technology nowadays, it is quite difficult for a city or town to preserve their heritage no matter how deeply-rooted this had been.

Some tend to squat the possibilities of primitive groups expanding and just let history flow down the drain. Many have failed to keep up with the demands of modernization and the intrinsic sense of urgency in retaining the old ways but Yunnan in China is not one of those, this city effectively get their roots tight while progressing forward.

Location

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With an area of 394,000 square kilometers, Yunnan is the most southwestern province in China. The town’s northern tip is one of the compositions of the Yunnan- Guizhou Plateau.

Surrounding Yunnan are the following provinces — Sichuan on the north, Guangxi on its eastern side and the Tibet Autonomous Region on the northwest end.

Countries also border Yunnan as Laos meets it on the south, Burma on the west and the southeast end is shared with Vietnam.

Climate

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The province of Yunnan has tapped two different climate classes which are subtropical highland and humid subtropical zone according to the Koppen Climate system.

Under the aforementioned types, it can be observed in the whole Yunnan area that they have mild to warm winters and tempered summers.

Transportation

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Yunnan, like the rest of Chinese cities has a profound route when it comes to air travel, and on the city’s case, travelers have options in circles other parts of the country through twenty in-country flights.

The most known airport in Yunnan as of last check is the Kunming Changshui International Airport, which is just recently in operations since 2012. Railways are also the most used mode of transport as the city is easily connected to a whole lot of neighboring areas.

If water travel is what you’re up to, check out rates and schedules with the Golden Peacock shipping company. One healthy way of traveling within the city of Yunnan is through bicycling which is a government-mandated and driven project to minimize pollution in the whole country.

What to See

Qiongzhu Si (Bamboo Temple)

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The artsy ego in you would surely be awakened as you set to see the Bamboo Temple, which boasts life-size clay figures which had been constructed in the 1800s by sculptor Li Guangxiu.

Chuang Ku

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Visit Chuang Ku which is downtown Yunnan and get to experience the fusion of notable art pieces such as paintings and sculptures and be filled with joy as you try the restaurant serving Chinese and Scandinavian selections.

Tang-Dynasty Pagodas

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While not as astounding as the other pagodas found in China, the Tang-Dynasty Pagodas would transport you back in memory lane as you will surely notice how well the locals preserved the original look of this smacking edifice.

Images:
(1) www.wall-pix.net
(2) https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0368/5017/files/China_Yunnan_LG_map.gif?4468526344784913291
(3) www.flickr.com
(4) www.virtualtourist.com
(5) www.flickr.com
(6) www.ginkgosociety.org
(7) bibhudev.blogspot.com

See More:

Yunnan Travel Guide
http://www.chinahighlights.com/yunnan/

Yunnan Travel Guide
http://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/yunnan/

Paul Intalan

Amazing clash of clans in Aden

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One interesting thing that a travel spot would have is the amalgamation of races, colors and behaviors sitting on its very bed. The thought of witnessing clashes in opinion and views while thriving together to make the place progress is a must-see feat.

You would be exposed in various languages, the mishmash of way of living and the air saturated with opposing poles. While this might sound pandemonium to some, it makes the trip one heck of an unforgettable experience.

Be amazed at how this little town in Yemen managed to incorporate the blatant differences into a unified liking in making its name known as a tourist spot. Adore and be crazed by Aden, Yemen’s very epitome of cultural variations.

Location

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With a total population of 800,000, Aden can be found on the outskirts of Yemen specifically lying at the eastern end of the infamous Red Sea.

Aden is a good 170 kilometers off of Bab-ei-Mandeb, also on its Eastern tip, and is considered to be one of the country’s leading seaports.

Aden is comprised of several sub-divisions, namely as Crater, Ma’alla, Tawahi and Gold Mohur.

Climate

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As according to the Koppen Climate Classification, Aden is experiencing a subtropical/low-altitude arid hot climate. As how the type says it, Aden is typically a town with high temperature all throughout the year.

Annually, Aden is averaging a 29.2-degree Celsius mark to the lowest point recorded in 7-degrees Celsius. The months of January and September recorded the highest amounts of accumulated precipitation with 39 millimeters as the annual count. Generally, the months of April until June had been known to be the driest quarter of the year.

Transportation

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Aden is generally a city tacked with Red Sea and other bodies of water and so travel by water had been the most convenient and generic way to get to the town. Hundreds of passenger ships, which dock in Tawahi had been uplifting the city’s daily tourism.

Commercial ships are also frequent in Aden, which then gives the city’s trade and industry the fuel it needs. The port itself to get in and out of Aden is measured at 8 by 4 miles wide as of the latest tracking. If traveling by air, the airport serving tourists is the Aden International Airport and is located 10 kilometers away from the city center.

What to See

Al-Aidrus Mosque

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If you want to witness how Aden strived from its ancient roots to the modernized city it is now today, then pay a visit at the Al-Aidrus Mosque.

Constructed in the mid-19th century era, this glorious feat of architecture sits atop 600-year old ruins and is commonly visited by the local community for religious purposes.

Tourist Harbour

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If you just want to feast your eyes on how the day passes by in Aden, get a seat at the famous Tourist Harbor and be mesmerized.

Day and night, this area in Aden is alive with docking tourist cruise ships and business is open 24/7 for endless commercialized tankers visiting the town.

Aden Tanks

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Resulting from the connived efforts of Aden dynasties, the 13 cisterns of water called the Aden Tanks had been a hot tourist spot for the historical background it holds.

It is said that the tanks were built dating as far as the first century, which had been a purposeful setting for the whole of Aden in keeping buckets of rainwater.

Gold Mohur Club

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When you’re craving for swimming and binging on drinks all at the same time, then get your feet moving in the Gold Mohur Club, which is a part of the well-known hotel chain, Sheraton.

With a fee, you’d be able to experience how Aden should be experienced, get a little tipsy while diving in the city’s pristine sea.

Images:

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(2) www.www.lib.utexas.edu
(3) www.nbc.com
(4) www.news.yahoo.com
(5) www.www.ugo.cn
(6) www.flickr.com
(7) www.yemengallery.com
(8) www.bpadenkids.com

See More:

Why I Traveled To Yemen For My Vacation
http://www.wanderingearl.com/why-i-travel-to-yemen-for-my-vacation/

Aden Travel Information
https://www.happytellus.com/aden/yemen

Paul Intalan

Retaining the British scent in Kandy

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Colonization had been a huge part of every known country’s heritage, culture and total way of life. The Old Times’ situation of taking over a specific place had left so much mark on how the world moves today. Influences are indelible — from language to the food one race eats, up to the very way that they handle a situation and numerous intangible stuff brought about by the dominant and colonizing country.

As usual, the thought of being influenced had been viewed in negatively and positively, depending on the gravity of influence observed. But on a city in Sri Lanka called Kandy, the effects of British invasion had left them a whole tad special from their countrymen. Brits had beautifully smudged their rich heritage in all positive ways and they are keeping track of its purpose up to this very date.

Location

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Kandy is situated in the middle of an island, surrounded by thick forests and tall shrubbery. The mountain ranges bordering the city of Kandy are the Knuckles Mountain Range and Hanthana Mountain Range.

The city center of Kandy is perfectly adjacent to Kandy Lake and at the southern face of Udawatta Kele Sanctuary. Kandy is geographically located at Sri Lanka’s Central Province.

Climate

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According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Kandy is under the tropical rainforest class which equated to cooler generic temperatures and wetter atmospheric conditions.

Due to Kandy’s elevated location, the temperature is definitely lower than that of the whole Sri Lankan area.

Kandy’s dry months include December through April and are experiencing its monsoon weather on two scopes: May to July, December to January wherein the weather in general is rough and unstable. October is the rainiest month while the month March is deemed to be sunniest.

Transportation

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Kandy’s main method of transportation is through the government-operated city bus system. The Sri Lanka Transport Board, together with selected private companies do all the maintenance and route specific for buses circling in and out of Kandy.

If you want to travel via railway, take the Matale Line that connects Kandy to other points in Sri Lanka like Peradeniya and Matale. It then connects to the Main Route to bigger cities such as Colombo and nearby Badulla.

Currently, Kandy is scheming on putting up an international airport that will service domestic flights and out of the country trips.

What to See

Ceylon Tea Museum

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Located in the southern area of Kandy lies the Hantane Tea Factory, which had been abandoned and erected in 1925.

Several associations have put their feet forward in re-establishing the defunct teahouse and converted it as the Ceylon Tea Museum, which is now home to several tea and tea-processing paraphernalia.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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This religious complex had been one of the most visited places in Kandy for its aesthetic and strong historical foothold to Buddha.

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic had been named as such for this is where one of Buddha’s most-covered relic lie, Buddha’s tooth.

The Alut Maligawa shrine and the well-maintained Audience Hall had been spotted for recreation and religious purpose, which is situated within the ruins of the Temple complex.

Asgiriya Maha Vihara

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This edifice serves as the headquarters of nikayas, which are dubbed to be the highest order of monks.

Be amazed and feast your artsy hungry eyes to the reclining Buddha image to be found within its limits.

Kandy Lake

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Created by Sri Wickrama Rajashina in 1807, this artificial lake is one of the most-visited locations in Kandy due to its construction and former usage such as being an ammunition store.

Images
(1) www.gosrilankatour.com
(2) www.flickr.com
(3) www.mysrilankaholidays.com
(4) www.kandyflimso.com
(5) www.ahungrytraveller.blogspot.com
(6) www.lanka.com
(7) www.panoramio.com
(8) www.snipview.com

See More:

Kandy – Sri Lanka Tourism
http://www.tourism-srilanka.com/cities/kandy.html

Sights in Kandy
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/sri-lanka/the-hill-country/kandy/sights

Paul Intalan

Live modestly and emanate contentment in Hualien

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Traveling on a budget had been prevalent nowadays because of the fact that people would like to satisfy their craving to roam around aimlessly than go with everything planned.

Trips that require less money would mean more chances of finding yourself lost yet fulfilled in a place that you’ve never set foot before.

While it is just an inviting thought to stay in luxurious hotels and be pampered by answering your every whim through pointless travel purchases, we cannot escape the thrill and excitement of submerging yourself like a local when it comes to eating, lodging and spending.

Being in the middle of a busy street with just enough money to spare is one heck of an experience and if you want to have your tight budget maximized, then put Hualien in Taiwan as a priority.

Enjoy and roam around this pleasant small town with a light pocket and a fulfilled heart after.

Location

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Known to be one of Taiwan’s most liveable and pleasant cities, Hualien City is making its mark into being a melting pot in travel and tourism.

It is specifically located on the infamous Taroko Gorge and is a strip of land between the huge Pacific Ocean and the Central Mountain Range.

Currently, this humble city is being occupied by 106,000+ residents and is the seat of the county of the same name, Hualien County.

Climate

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Hualien City, like the rest of Taiwan and neighboring Southeast Asian countries is under the tropical rainforest climate and is bordering a humid subtropical climate.

Summer temperature is ranging from 25-32-degree Celsius while winters play in the range of 15-22-degrees.

Annually, Hualien is on the general temperature mark of 24-degree Celsius with rainy months of June to September inviting the cooler winds to the area.

Transportation

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Located 10 minutes away from the Hualien City Center lies the international airport, which would be the travelers means of getting in and out, the Hualien Airport.

The airport is specifically located in the Xincheng Township and is known to serve domestic flights and selected international flights for its passengers.

Via rail, tourists can choose to use the Hualien Station, the TRA Northlink Line and the Hualien-Taitung Line that connected the whole of Hualien to nearby coasts and towns.

Trade and commerce go by the Port of Hualien, which negotiates with fleets and cargoes coming from Japan, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Korea.

What to See

The Abode of Still Thoughts

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True to its perspective in keeping it clean and simple, this religious infrastructure called The Abode of Still Thoughts is the original home of the well-renowned Tzu-Chi Buddhist Foundation.

Commonly being visited by tourists because of its cleansing reputation, this edifice of religion is nothing but a modest temple and a well-manicured Japanese style garden to welcome its visitors.

Hualien County Stone Sculpture Museum

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Open to the public for a fee, visit the Hualien County Stone Sculpture Museum if your artsy alter-ego would want to sink its eyes on traditional and contemporary sculptures.

Cultural Creative Industrial Park

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Located on Zhonghua Road, this park is a vast space in showcasing Hualien’s talent for culture and the arts.

The whole park had been dotted with stores selling local products, cafe shops for you to wear out the whole day’s travel stresses and numerous pieces of art are present for purchase and pure entertainment.

Qixingtan Beach

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With Hualien just adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, Qixingtan also known as Chihsingtan Beach is those rare types of beaches wherein fine black pebbles replace sand, which is soothing to the feet.

Soak up the sun and be enchanted by Hualien’s take on the beach life.

Images
(1) www.remotelands.com
(2) www.happychap.eu
(3) www.panoramio.com
(4) www.youtube.com
(5) www.eng.taiwan.net.tw
(6) www.nandanathanthetravellers.blogspot.com
(7) www.english.moc.gov.tw
(8) www.gnetgnet.blogspot.com

See More:

Hualien Tourist Attractions
http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002124

Hualien Things To Do
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Taiwan/Taiwan_Sheng/Hualian-1078902/Things_To_Do-Hualian-TG-C-1.html

Paul Intalan

Within Nooks of Bodrum City

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Embrace the extravagance and refinement found in the graceful city of Bodrum with its gentle grandeur found on its beaches, clubs and fancy hotels.

Not only does the place translates magnificence, but it also exudes serenity and peacefulness that still fit for those who are seeking for sweet escape in an exquisite kind of way.

Location

Bodrum, formerly called Halicarnassus, is in the southwest of Aegan Turkey. This city is 557 square kilometers in size and houses one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Climate

Bodrum des have a Mediterranean climate. July is the hottest month while January is called to be the month where the city is at its coldest.

Summers are hot and humid while winters are mild and mostly sunny.

Transportation

There are three airports in which Bodrum can be reached. These are Bodrum-Milas, Dalman and Izmir. The city can also be reached through seas via Kos and Rhodes ferry boats.

Bus is another means of transportation. Intercity buses operate within some of Turkey’s key cities like of Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya, Adana etc.

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Attractions

Castle of St. Peter

Founded in 1402 by Knights of John, this tourist spot is composed of five towers English, German, Italian, French and Snake.

With dimensions of 590 x 606 feet, this wonderful architecture also serves today as one of famous places where events and gatherings are being held.

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Beaches

Bodrum peninsula is gifted with beaches and blue waters. Aside from the aqua blue seas, cruises and boat rides are other attractions on the coasts of this city.

There is enough amount of beach resorts found in this area and anyone who loves the sun will never go short of options in this haven where seaside is in rich supply.

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Myndus Gate

This 7-kilometer long wall has been the scene of one of the bloodiest battles during the time of Alexander the Great.

This historical site has been restored to preserve the heritage of this ancient historical spot.

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Images
(1) http://www.charterworld.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Bodrum.jpg
(2) http://www.mappery.com/maps/Bodrum-Town-Map.jpg
(3) http://abjourney.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/DSC09446.jpg
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(5) http://www.nostalgia.gr/image/Bo/mindos.jpg

See More:

Bodrum Information
http://www.bodrum.org/

Bodrum Travel Guide
http://www.bodrumpeninsulatravelguide.co.uk/

Aira Algado

Take the Beach Life in Coff’s Harbour

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Beach and the kind of life that it offers always has been one’s indulgent dream. The swaying leaves of tall coconut trees, the waters splashing on the shore, the gritty sand as it crunches below your feet and the euphoric aura that is being exuded just by the mere sight of the sun setting on the horizon — all of these, a part of the beach life picture.

Retirees and other vacationers who have set out of the country always look for something that is connected to the blue aquatic diorama of an island and one name that’s coming to mind is a small town in Australia called Coff’s Harbor.

Location

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Specifically and suitably located on Australia’s coastal tips, Coff’s Harbour is a small town in New South Wales and is on its northern edge.

Sydney and Brisbane are at about 540 kilometers and 390 kilometers respectively.

Coff’s is also surrounded by small towns such as Bellingen, Coramba, Nana Glen, Corind, Dorrigo, Karangi, Sawtell, Woolgoogla and the Nambucca Valley Region.

Coff’s Harbour is said to have almost 71,000 as recorded in 2012.

Climate

According to the Koppen Climate Classification, all of Coff’s Harbour is under the humid subtropical class which equates to more sunny days and clear skies.

Suitably, the beach is always touched by the rays of the sun since the town receives an estimated 122 days of sunlight. Winters, on the other hand, is not as strong as its nearby cities and is usually damp.

Transportation

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If getting along public transportation, you have a lot of choices for bus systems like Busways, Sawtell Coaches, Beaumonts, Newcombe and Ryan’s Bus Services.

All of the aforementioned runs within the veins of the city and have regular stops at Coff’s Harbour and inner city points.

For train systems, the town is being catered by the services of NSW Trainlink Railway Services and has a specific stop at the town’s main terminal.

For air travel, Qantas, Tiger Airways and Virgin Australia will be your top bets for safe and sound travel.

The main entry and exit point would be at Coffs Harbour Airport, which offers domestic, interstate and international flights.

What to See

Big Banana

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For outdoor and indoor recreation, put Big Banana on your checklist for activities like ice skating, mini golf, toboggan rides, plantation tours and be immersed in validating that the ‘Big Banana Experience’ is worth all your efforts, not money, as admission to this park is free.

Diggers Beach

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Just a turn off away from Big Banana, surfers and exhilaration addicts would find Diggers Beach the best for the sport as it promised surf-suitable tides on the range of 1 meter to 1.5 meters depending on the weather once you’re there.

Coff’s Harbour Regional Museum

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Experience the vintage nautical world through visiting artifacts harnessed from Coff’s Harbour locals which depicted the sea life.

Jetty Beach

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In contrast to Diggers Beach, Jetty is for those who want a tranquil beach visit.

Famous for the jetty found in this place, travelers would also have the capability of satisfying their stomachs as numerous restaurants dot the immediate vicinity.

Solitary Islands Aquarium

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Originally under the wing and supervision of Southern Cross University, Solitary Islands Aquarium is open for public visit on weekends and is home to an impressive number of marine animals and corals.

Images
(1) www.fncoffs.com.au
(2) www.mnweightofloads.org.au
(3) www.coffscoast.com.au
(4) www. caravansohyeah.smugglys.com
(5) www.google.com
(6) facilities.arts.nsw.gov.au
(7) theobservatory.com.au
(8) www.coffsholidayrentals.com.au

See More:

Visitor’s Guide
http://www.visitcoffsharbour.com/coffsharbour/

10 Things to do
http://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g255059-Activities-Coffs_Harbour_New_South_Wales.html

Paul Intalan

Fulfill and Recreate in Burnie

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When a city is thriving hard to rebuild and reinvent, all things pleasant are expected to be seen. From the tangible developments such as road widening, numerous buildings being perched here and there, environment being taken care of and preserved, people busy as bees thinking about how they would be able to make their lives and the place that they reside in a bit better — these are some of the scenarios you would encounter when you visited a place slowly getting up from its ashes.

Had never been a top destination in Tasmania, Australia, Burnie is now being known inch by inch, as the suburb’s City of Makers because of their ceaseless attempts to revamp their lives and the reputation of their beloved place. Be enlightened and witness the changes being carried-out every day, all for the benefit of jolting their city into its deep slumber.

Location

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Burnie is situated in the suburb of Tasmania. It is surrounded by famous and humongous cities like Devonport (47 kilometers away), Launceston (134 kilometers away), Queenstown (296 kilometers away) and Hobart.

With 20,000 residents, Burnie is a melting pot of shopping centers; fine dine restaurants, innocuous cafes and endless interesting galleries. Burnie is considered to be Tasmania’s most western city.

Climate

Due to its proximity and its situation as a port, Burnie is under the oceanic climate type with cooler winters and not so strong heat during summers.

From May to October, Burnie residents experience rain showers and cool temperatures. January to March is considered the hottest months with a maximum temperature of 25-degrees Celsius.

Transportation

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If traveling by air, the main entry point would be the Burnie Airport, which is just a good 20-minute drive from the town’s center. Commerce and trade happen in Burnie Port, which is one of the biggest general cargo ports in the whole of Tasmania.

Several cargo vessels and shipments are being delivered here every day to keep the business going. Expansions to keep the port open for travelers are still In the works and expected completion is by 2018.

Traveling by bus would not be an issue as you can easily ride and alight from the main bus system, Metro Tasmania. The buses would definitely transport you into any point of Burnie. Coaches are also available for longer stretches of transfer.

What to See

Maker’s Workshop

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Located at the western tip of Burnie’s beaches, this museum slash art display slashes creative center is said to be a must-visit as locals and the whole of Burnie’s creative juices are being showcased here.

Hellyers Road Distillery

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If you want to be drunk on broad daylight and yet be well informed how whisky is being made in Burnie, then a short-trip to this place would do you good.

One of Tasmania’s well-reputed liquor maker, Hellyers would definitely give you a glimpse of the technicalities in whiskey making.

Burnie Park

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Be in touch with your outdoors alter-ego and plant your buns into the city’s main park.

Home to one of the oldest edifices in Burnie which is the Burnie Inn; entertain yourself into witnessing day to day activities of Burnie residents, the huge and well-manicured lawn and sports lovers running all over the adjacent sports oval.

Burnie Regional Museum

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Travel back in time and see how Burnie was in the year 1900s.

Fill your craving for a real-life diorama of old Burnie through artifacts involving blacksmith, washhouse, bootmakers and stagecoach depots.

Images
(1) www.australia.com
(2) www.electoral.tas.gov.au
(3) www.imagesignsandgraphics.com.au
(4) www.ausemade.com.au
(5) www.restaurant.australia.com
(6) www.flickr.com
(7) www.tripadvisor.com.au

See More:

Tourism Information
http://www.discoverburnie.net/about-burnie/tourism-information-centre.html

Travel Guide
http://www.tasmaniavisitorsguide.com.au/burnie_town.php

Paul Intalan