What are up-front scenic spots in your country?
By Zhu Huifen
January 10, 2009 12:55am CST
I like travel. Before retirement, I travelled a lot, taking advantage of business trips. It was interesting that 10 years ago on a trip in the states, when I opened the little flour-made stuff after dinner, the paper read, "You may enjoy travelling around through business as well as private trips." In China, the up-front historic spots are Beijing and Xi'an, both being capital for several dynasties, hence magnificent palaces, gardens, temples left, and the natural scenic spots I would suggest are Huang Shan and Jiu Zaigou. Tibet is good but not for all, limited by its height. I appreciate your sharing about the up-front travel places in your country. Thanks in advance.
11 Jan 09
I live in India in the city of Mumbai. As you know India is a vast country rich in tradition, culture, Architecture both ancient, historical and modern.There are so many places to see that to enumerate all of them it would take quite a few pages. India`s diversity is colossal because of the several languages spoken, several religions followed. In India the geographics vary from North to South and East to West. We have everything, deserts, mountains, plains, valleys, beaches etc.There are temples, mosques, stupas, churches, gompas,monastries and everything that one can think of. Mighty rivers like the Ganga, Yamuna, Cauvery, Godavari etc crisscross the country and feed the fertile land for agriculture.India is a magnificent tourist attraction and thousands of people visit it every year.
12 Jan 09
Thank you so much for the details. Definitely, India has always been on my dream list for its history and culture. One of my ex-colleagues has been there and brought back a metallic gift for me. I will seek for more information from our local travel agencies to see if there is any program suitable for me.
11 Jan 09
I love that what we call Chinese Fortune Cookies you, a Chinese person, calls "flour-made stuff". Fantastic! I'm from Wyoming in the USA, home to Yellowstone National Park, which is worth a visit if you like nature. Here in France you could spend a lot of time in Paris or in the Alps. You could come see our show at Disneyland Paris!
12 Jan 09
Thank you so much for your response. I learned about Yellowstone National Park only from books. I visited some cities in the states on business trips, and should make up for the natural resorts when visa formalities are more convenient for private visitors. And France is definitely so attractive to chinese tourists. Besides the museums and disneyland, I also dream of the old towns within reasonable distance from the metropolis.
10 Jan 09
People can catch a cross channel ferry over to Dover from Calais in France. They will see the beautiful White Cliffs of Dover before landing. There is also majestic looking Dover Castle to see. I have walked along that special coastline many times and had some wonderful times on the chalky like cliffs. There is a lighthouse and I have climbed to the top. After some amazing views the walk goes back to ground where I saw a seal. Wow! Now I live in a different area and one place near here that has stunning views is Brean Head. There are wild flowers growing there in the spring and stunning coastal views both sides. Two islands in the Bristol Channel are visible, Steep Holm and Flat Holm. I have seen a herd of wild goats on that jut of land.
• United States
10 Jan 09
I have travelled quite a bit in the USA and the UK. In Europe I have been to France, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Spain. I loved Germany, the Rhine Valley is especially beautiful. When I am here in the UK and people talk about going to America most of them say they are going to Florida, mainly Orlando and Disney World. I tell them that would be like me telling my friends in the USA to come to England and go to Blackpool. One trip I think would be beautiful for anyone visitong the USA would be to fly to Chicago, rent a car and head West until they hit the Great River Road. This road runs alongside the Mississippi River. To do that in the early fall is best - the colours are magnificent and you can go through Hannibal, the home of Mark Twain, St. Louis and on down to New Orleans area.
12 Jan 09
Thank you so much for your advice. Europe is never enough to see. I visited Germany and England only on business trips. I would like to make up for the historic and scenic places. In the states, again I visited only the bit cities east and west. Never had a chance to see the national parks, except a high-up plane view of the whole country from Detroit to San Franscisco. I cannot drive, maybe a Grey bus is good for me, eh?