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Old Town of Lijiang

Old Town of Lijiang

Old town of Lijiang, also called Dayan town, is a central town of the Lijiang Autonomous County of the Naxi Ethnic Minority in Yunnan Province. It is a national historical and cultural city and was regarded as one of the four well-preserved ancient cities. In 1997, it was listed as the world cultural heritage.

Lijiang is a beautiful shining jewel in the Northwest Yunnan. It had a history of more than 800 years. It is home to the Naxi people, descendants of the Tibetan Qiang tribes, as well as the Dongba culture which is regarded as one of the few living fossils of ancient culture exists in the modern world. Scriptures, paintings, music, dances, everything here are expressing the beauty of the unique culture.

Besides its brilliant history, it is also known for its wonderful scenery. Its name Dayan literally means a “great inkstab”, which gives a vivid description of the town’s location. As its name implies, it is on a piece of rich flatland fed by a river and surrounded by green mountains. Here, houses are made of wood and have their own unique characteristics. Most of them consist of a living area and a yard. The town, surrounded by green mountains and facing a river, has no high walls. The old style and prosperous street will take you back to in history for hundreds of years. When you are tired, the bars near the river will be your best choice to have a daydream.

If you want to a place of harmonious combination of tradition and fashion, make a trip to Lijiang and it will never disappoint you.

Notes:

1. The best time for traveling in the old town of Lijiang is autumn (September or October)

2. How to get to the town: cars are not allowed in old town, walking or cycling is a better choice.… Read the rest

Train Travel Italy - A Great Way to Get Around

Train Travel Italy – A Great Way to Get Around

If you are planning a trip to Italy, or anywhere in Europe for that matter, you should consider taking a train. Trains on an Italian trip are fast, economical, clean and efficient, allowing you to see the countryside while moving from one location to another. Most trains take you directly from the city center to the city center, giving you proximity to the location as well as lodging and eating places. You don’t need to fight local traffic (a truly awful experience for the most part) or waist time at the airport.

A big side benefit is meeting with locals. The Italians are warm and expressive people and they really love their city, region and country. You will get great tips about places to eat and sites to see on your trip. You can even practice in Italy. If you prefer, just sit and enjoy rural Italy when you travel between your vacation sites.

Train travel is very easy if you know only a few important things:

• Plan your vacation and determine if you need an individual ticket or one of the various road permit cards available for Italian train travel. After knowing your best value, you can buy tickets from the ticket window, ticket kiosk, online at Trenitalia, or through your travel agent (where there will be a handling fee)

• Before you get on the train, validate your ticket. Un-validated tickets can lead to stiff penalties. Validation is fast and easy. Look for the yellow box at the track and place the end of your ticket into the slot provided. Your ticket will be stamped with the time and date, presto, your ticket is validated, board your train and relax

• Trains are widely used in Italy and can get crowded during commute time. Travel off peak where possible and when possible reserve your seat

• As with anywhere in the world, watch your wallet and baggage. There is no need to be paranoid, just be conscious of your surroundings. We use money belts for our passports, credit cards, and cash reserves. To make travel easier we all travel with one bag and a carry on

Most stations are located in the center of town with lodgings close by. There are also baggage lockers in larger stations and baggage checks in all to make day tripping or finding a hotel easier. You can safely leave your bag … Read the rest

Condo For Rent? Use Social Media For Results

Condo For Rent? Use Social Media For Results

If you have a perfect vacation getaway for rent and you do not have a place online to publicize, you are already behind. When people consider a vacation, they go online to get as many details about a destination as possible. There next step is almost always “Where should we stay?”

Other than getting your condo posted on popular renting sites and waiting for people to come to you, why not take a more active approach? Create a Web site for your condo and list all information and pictures you can to give your future visitors all the information they need about your destination. Provide a guestbook online of people who have visited before, as well as an easy-to-use contact page for interested renters.

After building a Web site to promote your destination, use social media to find vacation goers where your condo is located and directly contact them. For example, use Twitter search to find “vacation Virginia Beach” to see if anyone is planning a vacation there. If so, direct message them a link to your Web site advertising your condo for rent. Write a blog about new additions, places to visit in the area and different seasonal or yearly events. Use Flickr and YouTube to post pictures and videos of your condo on your site to help provide information for your future guests. Finally, make yourself available by e-mail, Facebook and Twitter to any interested renters.

While it might sound like a lot of work, you’ll find that social media and blogging is easy and yields results.… Read the rest

Social Media Is Changing The Game

Social Media Is Changing The Game

Trip planners, today, are one of the most popular applications on social media. Sites like Facebook allow people to form groups and share travel plans. Travel social media involves the using of these sites to convert visitors into prospective buyers. Hoteliers and travel suppliers don’t only use travel websites but have also started to use social networking sites to their advantage by gauging what most users think of them. It becomes necessary for them to seed the basic listing information required to attract users into finding out more about them. All information like rates, web address, phone numbers, hours that are available online needs to be updated regularly, be accurate and checked for duplicated or outdated information. Care should be taken to ensure that all sites give the best working description of the brand.Maintaining a brand that lends its image to social networking sites makes it easier for the industry to develop a strategy that effectively promotes the brand across a wide population. Travel is one such industry which is constantly evolving to accommodate social networking sites and other web media as advertising space.

A travel supplier, when handling travel social media, has to deal well with negative reviews and have objective viewed brand loyalists publicizing their reviews online. They have to constantly strive to meet every need of the guests and even exceed their expectations. They have to take criticism seriously if they want to excel in travel social media. It is important that they learn how to handle the various kinds of criticism. Travelers should also take a part of the blame on themselves for having taken wrong traveling decisions because the hotel professionals almost always try to keep their guests happy. Therefore, when one writes a travel review for a site, it is imperative that they are objective and unbiased. Once a negative review is detected, the hotel authorities should intervene personally and give suitable explanation for the mentioned drawbacks.

A hotel needs to consider reviews wisely and while meeting their demands, they have to make sure that they working towards the satisfaction of all its guests. Even people who are planning a trip need to look at these reviews as only opinions and not objective comments. It is always advisable to get in touch with the hotel directly and they are better able to guide us through the services they offer and even guide one to … Read the rest

Great Tips for Getting the Best Deals on Your Airplane Tickets

Great Tips for Getting the Best Deals on Your Airplane Tickets

One of the most expensive costs on your trip abroad is the cost of your plane ticket. With the upward trend in fuel costs, it has been linked to rising plane ticket prices. Therefore, this might be one area where you need to plan well in advance to make sure everything still fits your budget. What is said with hard work and patience, you can still find good prices for flights so you can still stay within your budget. Here are some great tips for getting the best deals for your flight ticket.

Tip 1: Use the Internet to research on several travel booking sites

The internet has made access to information much more available and easier to obtain. There are various travel booking sites or travel consolidator sites that can help find airline ticket prices from various vendors. Often this website will offer promotions that you see have significant savings on tickets. It is best to search through about 3 to 5 different travel booking sites to compare prices to ensure you have found the best deal. You should check regularly on this website because from time to time they will have seasonal offers that have significant discounts.

Tip 2: Look for cheap airlines as an alternative

The increase in fuel costs is driving the upward trend in airline ticket prices. Therefore, one great way to save money is to travel with a low-cost airline company. These low-cost airline companies often offer the same flight routes to many major destinations in the world. The best thing is that these low-cost airline companies still offer relatively good service and comfort on airplanes like ordinary international airlines. Always check back regularly with these cheap airline companies because they will often have a limited time offer where tickets can be as low as a dollar! But you have to act fast, because they are often struck quickly.

Tip 3: It’s cheaper to use multi-transit flights

Some transit flights are usually more economical than taking direct flights. One advantage of taking a multi-transit flight is that you get the chance to stop in various countries before ending up at your final destination. This is great if you want to stop in the city for a while to visit for a few days before boarding the plane again to your destination, because most airlines offer this option for free. However, if you don’t like … Read the rest

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