Ladies and gentlemen : Place your bets !

On July 3, 2012, in China Attractions, China Travel Gossip, Other Regions, by Jack Li

Macao is a little city in the South of China, in GuangDong province, on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta. This city is composed of 3 parts, the Macao peninsula which is connected to the mainland China, and 2 other islands : Taipa and Coloane. This is a charming-29km2-little city, which has nothing […]

Macao is a little city in the South of China, in GuangDong province, on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta. This city is composed of 3 parts, the Macao peninsula which is connected to the mainland China, and 2 other islands : Taipa and Coloane. This is a charming-29km2-little city, which has nothing to do with the size of Beijing (which is 16 800 km). One of the characteristics of the city is its double identity and culture. Indeed, for over 400 years Macao has been occupied by Portuguese colons, so that’s why nowadays, even if the territory is independent, street names, official documents are still written in Portuguese (although no one is speaking Portuguese but Cantonese).Their occupation is visible thanks to the architecture too, I think that this is one of the rare place where you can still find European architecture in your China travel. Well, I must say that it’s strange to see Chinese people living in a European atmosphere, this is not what you usually expect to see in you China tour.

That city is always busy, it never sleeps. On day time you can enjoy shopping in the numerous duty free stores of the city, buy some antiques at Rua das Estalagens and Rua da Tercena, go buy some tea and coffee from all around the world, enter in one of the countless traditional Chinese pharmacies and discover the benefits of medical plants or just buy some cameras or high-tech products. And, after a long day of shopping you can go to the beach on the west side of Coloane to soak up sea air.

Moreover, other main characteristic, Macao is considered as the “Chinese Las Vegas”. There are 32 casinos and a hippodrome in this tiny city, you can bet on everything, even on dogs since there are some greyhound races. Most of the American big casinos are present in this territory, so you can spend some time to the Wynns, the Venitian, the MGM Grand… You have the choice between the 8.960 machines and the 3.277 tables in Macao. On these casinos you won’t see a lot of foreigners, most of them are Chinese from mainland and Asian tourists living in near China. Indeed, Asian gamers prefers to play Baccarat than Blackjack or Poker, almost all the tables are dedicated to Baccarat. Except for gambling, I think that the casinos are worth to be visited, their design is amazing and there you can shop, eat, watch a movie, attend a concert, or watch a show.

The reputation of Macao is nefarious, Orson Welles, an famous American movie director, said that Macao “was the most perverted city of the world”, but why don’t we just call it “the city of indulgence” like W.H. Auden (an Anglo-American poet) ? Don’t forget to pass by Macao with China Southern Airlines to enjoy and discover the enormous potential of this many-sided city.

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China Vacation Packages: Guangxi Province

On November 22, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Travel Info, by Jack Li

It is getting colder and colder since most part of China steps into winter season, thus there is a better way for choosing Southern China for your China Tours. Book China Flights for Guangxi Province is a proper destination. Its location in southern China, along its border with Vietnam, and mountainous terrain, has made it one […]

It is getting colder and colder since most part of China steps into winter season, thus there is a better way for choosing Southern China for your China Tours. Book China Flights for Guangxi Province is a proper destination.

Its location in southern China, along its border with Vietnam, and mountainous terrain, has made it one of the border frontiers of Chinese civilization. Even into the 20th century it was considered an open, wild territory. The current name “Guang” itself means “expanse”, and has been associated with the region since the creation of Guang Prefecture in 226 AD. It was given provincial level status during the Yuan Dynasty and in 1949 was reformed as one of China’s five minority autonomous regions.

The abbreviation of the province is 桂 (Gui), which comes from the city of Guilin, the former capital, center of much of Guangxi’s culture, politics, and history, and currently a major city in the autonomous region.

Located in the southern part of the country, Guangxi is bordered by Yunnan to the west, Guizhou to the north, Hunan to the northeast, and Guangdong to the southeast. It is also bounded by Vietnam in the southwest and the Gulf of Tonkin in the south. In 2008, the central government has approved China’s first international and regional economic cooperation zone in Guangxi in late February. The construction of the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone began in 2006. With the approval, the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone will be formally incorporated into national development strategies.

The Beibu Gulf Economic Zone covers six coastal cities along the Beibu Gulf. It integrates the cities of Nanning, the region’s capital, Beihai, Qinzhou,Fangchenggang, Chongzuo and Yulin. The state will adopt policies and measures to support mechanism innovation, rational industry layout and infrastructure construction in the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone.

“Guangxi” and neighbouring Guangdong literally mean “Guang West” and “Guang East”. Together, Guangdong and Guangxi are called the “Two Guangs”. Its culture and language are reflected in this. Though now associated with the Zhuang ethnic minority, Guangxi’s culture traditionally has had a close connection with the Cantonese. Cantonese culture and language followed the Xi River valley from Guangdong and is still predominate in the eastern half of Guangxi today. Outside of this area there is a huge variety of ethnicities and language groups represented.

Guangxi is known for its ethno-linguistic diversity. In the capital of Nanning, for example, four dialect-languages are spoken locally: Southwestern Mandarin, Cantonese, Pinghua, and Zhuang.

The major tourist attraction of Guangxi is Guilin, a town famed across China and the world for its spectacular setting by the Lijiang River (Li River) amongst severe karst peaks. It also used to be the capital of Guangxi, andJingjiang Princes City, the old princes residence, is open to the public. South of Guilin down the river is the town of Yangshuo, which has become a favourite destination for foreign tourists, particularly backpackers.

Ethnic minority’s native to Guangxi, such as the Zhuang and Dong, are also interesting for tourists. The northern part of the province, bordering with Guizhou, is home to the Longsheng Rice Terraces, said to be some of the steepest in the world. Nearby is Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County.

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