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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

Visit North Central Washington and Check Out These Three Great Places to Go

Visit North Central Washington and Check Out These Three Great Places to Go

There are many different sides to North Central Washington. In the summer it can be very warm and sunny, with temperatures reaching up into the 100’s. Winters are also impressive with some bringing with them a very good amount of snow, especially in the more mountainous areas. North Central Washington is also home to lakes both large and small, rivers, creeks, streams, mountains, hills, canyons, meadows, scrubland, and more. There is a great deal to find while exploring all that is North Central Washington, but here are three things that are well worth the effort it takes to visit them.

Rocky Reach Dam

Rocky Reach Dam is an above average sized hydroelectric dam that spans the Columbia River just north or the city of Wenatchee. It offers some fun things for visitors to do and see when they go there. There is a wide open playground complete with picnic areas and climbing toys, a fish viewing window, a cafe, and a visitors center. A walk out across the western portion of the dam takes visitors to the Museum of the Columbia, a fantastic historical look at the Columbia River and the surrounding area, as well as the viewing area overlooking the dam’s spillway gates.

Leavenworth

The community of Leavenworth, Washington is a Bavarian themed community that is popular from tourists from all over the Pacific Northwest and the entire country. The buildings, signs, and even many of the merchants and local workers have a distinctive Bavarian look to them. Leavenworth is a shopper’s paradise and gets a good many repeat visitors each and every year. Leavenworth is also popular with lovers of the outdoors as it is situated very near a number of scenic areas and attractions.

Lake Lenore Caves

One of the more interesting places to visit in North Central Washington is Lake Lenore Caves. These small caves are located south of Banks Lake, Dry Falls, and Sun Lakes State Park and just north of Soap Lake. They sit high above the valley floor below and were used by early Native Americans for shelter. The caves are accessible to visitor via a short walk from the parking lot and are very interesting to people of all ages.… Read the rest

Natural Attractions on the Island of Cyprus

Natural Attractions on the Island of Cyprus

The beautiful island of Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, to the south east of Greece and south of Turkey. The island enjoys a mild climate and has a rich natural heritage.

The following are just a few of the many natural attractions for visitors to explore on their holidays to Cyprus.

The Beaches

Cyprus offers a variety of different beaches to suit everyone. These include golden, white and dark sandy beaches, pebble and rock beaches, isolated in green or desert environments, lagoon style to rough sea-like waters; this list goes on and on. All of the beaches are very clean with more than 50 having been awarded the Blue Flag. More than 30 of the islands beaches have facilities for handicapped visitors.

The Ayia Napa Nissi Beach, Protaras Bay Beach and Konnos Beach in the east have soft golden sands and calm clear waters while the beaches in Larnaca have much darker sands. Limassol beaches have many hotels right on the shoreline while the Pissouri there are high cliffs on two sides of the bay. Paphos beaches are similar to those found in Limassol but if you are looking for more isolated beaches you should go to Latchi or Polis. For complete isolation the Lara coast, west of the Akamas peninsula, will give you the complete solitude you are looking for! Some of the beaches to the east of Limassol are quite amazing with a combination of white rock and dark sand. Be aware that on the west coast, north of Paphos, the seas tend to be much rougher than in other parts of the island.

To the west of Paphos in Ayia Napa and Cape Greko there are some very interesting sea caves with great surroundings for you to explore. It should be noted that if you do enter the caves you must make sure you do not disturb the bats and other animals that use the caves as a refuge.

Walks and Hikes

Walkers and hikers are spoilt for choice in Cyprus. The Troodos Mountains and Paphos Forest offer many walks in lush green surroundings including Platy Valley, Cedar Valley and The Caledonia Waterfalls. The Akamas Peninsula offers the perfect environment where you can walk right along the coast in the north west of the island. Between Ayia Napa and Protaras is the Cape Greko Park which although quite small is … Read the rest

Those Amazing Natural Attractions in United States

Those Amazing Natural Attractions in United States

According the report of Live Science, if the earth is a giant natural art gallery, then United States is the most wonderful geography branch. On the land of United States, there exists many kinds of magnificent geographical and natural wonders. This owns to the enchanting natural beauty. Then I will introduce some of them to you.

Crater Lake in Oregon

Wizard island is located in the center of the crater lake in Oregon. It is the deepest lake in United states. It is as deep as 1943 feet. Although it is called crater lake, it is not a lake formed by crater. Actually, it is a ancient volcanic vent. About 7700 years ago, the volcanic vent collapsed and formed a big basin land, which is the crater lake nowadays. The average snowfall in the region around crater lake is about 533 feet.

Niagara Falls

Niagara falls is located on the Niagara river on the border of Unites states and Canada. It was formed in the time when the last glaciers melted. Niagara fall is famous for its magnificent manner and abundant water. The flow of water reaches 400 cubic feet per minute. The fall is as high as 52 meters. A lager amount of water runs from the high place and broke out a deafening noise.

Semi-dome in California

Semi-dome is located in Sierra Nevada in eastern California. It is a symbolic scenic spot of Yosemite national park. It is a semi-dome shaped granite, which is the remains of ancient rocks. About 10,000,000 years ago, this strange landscape id formed because of rising mountains.

Glacier bay in Alaska

John Hopkins Glacier runs into the sea in glacier bay which is located in Alaska, United States. It is now a giant bay where a lot of glaciers joint together. In 1794, colonel Gorge Vancouver, a British people, once compared the glacier bay to a 5-feet-wide sawtooth left by a giant glacier stretched out of the horizon. This glacier is 4000 feet thick and 20 miles wide in some places. It stretches over 100 miles to St. Elias mountains.… Read the rest

San Diego Attractions For Kids

San Diego Attractions For Kids

San Diego Attractions For Kids

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Raising a family can be expensive, and many save up all year for a family vacation. Yet parents often have a difficult time locating destinations that are affordable and thus, often look for locations that have free children’s activities. While many desirable cities have children’s attractions, few have many free activities that children of various ages will find enjoyable. That’s not the case in San Diego. Besides the ideal weather, numerous public beaches, and perfect location which is convenient to other recreational areas, San Diego has a number of free, child focused activities that will delight the whole family. In addition, many San Diego hotels have packages allowing children to stay and eat free and free meals for children can also be found in various venues around the city.

Free Things to Do in San Diego: Children’s Activities

Often it’s hard to keep children entertained when on vacation especially when traveling on a shoe string budget. San Diego is just the place to visit if looking for enough children’s activities and attractions to keep the entire family entertained. Some of the top San Diego Family Attractions are listed below.

New Children’s Museum – Free the second Sunday of every month to all visitors, the museum was designed for children with extended hours and on these days offers special performances and activities in addition to the child friendly exhibits, interactive displays and large play space.

U.S Olympic Training Center – This 150 acre complex is dedicated to training future Olympians and has successfully sent a number of athletes to the Olympics since it was built in 1995. Free tours of the facility which include the opportunity for children (and adults) to talk to some of the trainers/coaches and athletes are offered Tuesday – Saturday (call for times) and self guided tours are allowed 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 7 days a week.

Old Town State Park – Free educational tours are provided of this large park which is the location of the original foundations of the city. Several buildings of interest remain within this area, but by far the favorite of children of all ages is the Whaley House, alleged to be the most haunted house in America.

San Diego Public Libraries – San Diego city and county libraries offer a variety of activities for children and is a perfect option for days when you may feel a bit … Read the rest

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