Shenzhen – A Classic Chinese City

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Shenzhen is a major city located on the Pearl River estuary. Popular for its modern architectural wonders, the city has an abundance of tourist attractions including beach resorts, gardens, amusement parks, Safari Park, and museums. And for visitors seeking natural scenic attractions, there are hiking spots like Wutong Mountain with its incredible views. Our Shenzhen tour was one of the most memorable holiday experiences ever. And here is a list of sites that truly impressed us.

China Folk Culture Village

The China Folk Culture Village is a beautiful re-creation of China’s ethnic groups that belong to different villages. Here we saw many classic Chinese buildings, parks, rock carvings, old houses, marketplaces, and artists performing a folk dance. The place has a replica of over 15 villages that beautifully depict the ethnic lifestyle and culture of traditional Chinese people. We paid 130 CNY for touring the place.

Window of the World

If you happen to be in Shenzhen, never miss out on this iconic attraction. The Window of the World is a unique theme park where you get to see all the man made wonders of the world. We paid an entrance fee of 220 CNY per person but the tour was worth the money spent. Here they have realistic replicas of all the world-famous attractions such as Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, Pyramids, and Sydney Opera House. The size of the structures is smaller compared to the real ones but still, the quality and texture seem quite real.

Xianhu Botanical Garden

Shenzhen has many gardens and parks so if you are confused about which one to visit first, I would strongly recommend Xianhu Botanical Garden. This is an amazing place where they have thousands of native and foreign plant varieties. There is also a park and lake surrounded by huge trees and various types of theme gardens. We also took pictures of beautiful ponds surrounded by exotic plants and bonsai. The botanical garden also has a plant museum, a temple, and a pagoda.


6 Best Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most populist and biggest cities in Vietnam. It is the place where I came across French architectural marvel, historical buildings, war museums, huge skyscrapers, great food, and also plenty of shopping options.

Major Attractions of Ho Chi Minh City

  1. War Remnants Museum

This is a must see for all people who love war and like to know more about the war history of Vietnam. There are many leftover items on display from the 30-year-old long war between Vietnam and America here. I was thrilled to get to see the old tanks, war machine, and planes used during the war.

  1. Bui Vien Street

This is a great and buzzing street to unwind after a hectic tour of the city. I came across a wide range of street food shops, massage parlors, and plenty of bars to keep me engaged deep into the night.

  1. Jade Emperor Pagoda

This is a Taoist temple built by the Chines who settled in Ho Chi Minh City during the early 1900s. The inside of the temple is a visual treat that holds statues, architecture and carving so the popular Chinese Gods and Goddesses.

  1. Cu Chi Tunnels

This is a tourist attraction that you should never miss. You get to experience how the soldiers would move through a network of underground tunnels so that they cannot be tracked by their enemies. It is spread over 120 kilometers that has kitchens, storage rooms, living areas, arsenal hospitals, etc.  

  1. Reunification Palace

Be a part of Vietnamese history by visiting the Independence Palace or the Reunification Palace. It is the place where the tanks gate crashed in 1975 to signal the fall of Saigon. The inside of the building still is reminiscent of the old palace from where the government operated during the Vietnam War.

  1. Mariamman Temple

This is a colorful and vibrant Hindu worshipping place located in the city. It has done up very neatly with giant statues of Mariamman. The small community of Hindus comes here regularly to offer their prayers.

Townsville – An Exotic Seaside Retreat

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Townsville is a seaside city in the state of Queensland in Australia. The place is known for its marine life and beaches. Besides oceanic wonders, the city has several museums, landmarks, gardens, and parks. Our weeklong holiday in Townsville was mostly spent on outing activities. Besides surfing and other water sports, boat tours and cruises are quite popular in this city. Listed below are some of the best places to visit if you are in Townsville.

The Strand

The Strand is a beautiful beach foreshore that has picturesque shores and clear waters. It is a perfect way to make your family holiday all the more pleasurable. The beach offers a long walkway that can take you to the exquisite Magnetic Island. The views are amazing and the area attracts lots of bikers and walkers. The place has lots of restaurants, bars, and cafes that serve a wide range of international cuisines.  Our daylong beach picnic in this exotic beach of Townsville was truly a heavenly experience.

Castle Hill

Our next destination was Castle Hill. The mountainous site offers a panoramic view of the entire city. The place is so amazing that it attracts around 2000 visitors every day. Besides the scenic views, Castle Hill has lots of historic importance. During World War II, the hilltop vantage was often used by American soldiers. The place still has an observation bunker that used to help the troops in observing the invaders.  We found the place to be quite enchanting and equally relaxing. The area has ample seating arrangements and recreational public amenities.

Billabong Sanctuary

Billabong Sanctuary located along the Bruce Highway is a popular wildlife destination in the city. The place offers interactive wildlife presentations that would bring you close to the native animals of Australia. Wombats, koalas, cassowary, pythons, and crocodiles are some of the wild animals you can find in here. The place remains open from 9 Am to 5 PM in the evening. The entry fee for adults is 37 AUD for adults and 24 AUD for children.

Worcester, Massachusetts: Have Fun at the Influential City

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Worcester has been named after Worcester of Massachusetts. It is the second largest city of Massachusetts. While I traveled through the Heart of the Commonwealth, I was able to explore a lot of things that you can do in here. Even though this city is busy, it is quite friendly. Let’s take a look at the best things that you can do when you are in the city.

Art Museum

This museum houses over 35,000 artworks which date back to antiquity. I found collections from some of the big artists. What I loved the most was Paul Revere’s silver collection. There is also an armor gallery and mosaic display. It also has a gift shop where is collected the souvenirs for my loved ones back at home. There is a café there where they can sit down and relax while sipping on a cup of coffee.

Mechanics Hall

Mechanics Association had built it in the year 1857 for helping out the members to hone their manufacturing skills and gets to know about how to run milling machines. This hall was rebuilt in the year 1977 and was turned into a venue for performing arts and concert. Taking a tour, I felt as if I had stepped back in time. You can check out the amazing portraits which are featured on the building.

Crompton Collective

Do you love to shop or browse? Crompton market is a great boutique market where you will also find antique things along with the fresh produce. The place celebrates the independent makers. I was amazed by the extensive range of things that it had to offer. Check into the Canal District Farmers Market to buy some culinary goodies. There are cases where you can get some refreshment. It is going to be a great day out for your family.

Wheaton: Explore the Natural Beauty

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Towards the west of Chicago is the beautiful city of Wheaton. I explored a plethora of attractions in this city. As a matter of fact, there are so many things to do that you are never going to run out of options. When you visit Wheaton, here are a few things that you need to check out.

Cantigny Park

This is one of the prime attractions of the city. I spend several hours in this park. Just pick a spot and relax. This park will help you to get away from the daily drudgeries of your life. Take a leisurely stroll in the garden. However, if you want to be active, check out the nature trails. There is the First Division Museum where you will be able to learn a lot of things.

Cosley Zoo

I had a fun and entertaining day at Cosley Zoo. It is a great place to visit with your family. There are native and farm animals that you will be able to see at the zoo. I caught a glimpse of red foxes, white-tail deer, coyote, and bobcats to name a few. Watch the animals being fed. This is going to be a unique experience. It is open through the year.

Morton Arboretum

This is also called the outdoor tree museum by the founder. It covers an area of 1,700 acres and has over 222,000 plants. Spending time among nature helped me to unwind. Walk, explore, or have a picnic with your family. It is also known to host events such as origami and painting for kids.

French Market

Wheaton French Market is organized every Saturday from the month of April to the month of November. Here, you can buy some French-inspired jewelry, flowers, produce, crafts, and some foods. I collected some souvenirs to carry back home.

West Palm Beach is a Wonderful Vacation Option

West Palm Beach is a wonderful city having lots of scenic beauty and adventure places. This city is in South Florida and it separate from Palm Beach, which is in a neighbor by the Lake Worth Lagoon. My last vacation was in West Palm Beach and enjoyed this place with my family a lot. You have here everything, beaches, park, museums and adventure sports, etc. My tour guide helped me to plan my vacation systematically, but if you do not want to spend on a guide, my experience will help you in planning your vacation. Lots of world-class events take place in West Palm Beach, so if you are planning for a vacation, check out some event dates and reach here during the same time.

I started my tour of West Palm Beach from Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society, it is a non-profit organization and well maintained. The zoo has over 500 different species of animals. Many of the animals here are endangered species. The zoo also has lush green area spread in 23 acres. I enjoyed the natural beauty of this place, its trails. The charges to get in this zoo is 22$ for adults.

The second spot was Rapids water park, the park is present near Riviera Beach and that’s why it has lots of natural beauty. I can still feel the thrill of rides I took there. The area is big and so you won’t feel uncomfortable. The ticket charge is 50$ for an adult which is a fair deal.

I got to know about Peanut Island from locals of West Palm Beach and so I took a short trip to this place and it was worth taking the pain. You have lots of adventure option here from snorkeling, camping, bunker making, swimming to enjoying some water sports.

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The other places it visited were John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. All were awesome and by visiting all these spots, you cover almost the entire city.

Waltham: Make the Most of Your Weekend Trip

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Are you in Boston? And want to plan a weekend trip? Waltham can be a good option. Visited this city for a few days and it turned out to be a hidden treasure. This small town offers plenty of things to do. Filled with historical attractions, this town also has some fun touch to it. If you are planning for a weekend trip, here are a few things you need to include in your list.

Embassy Cinema

This was a unique movie-going experience. The theater screen foreign, indie, and eclectic films. This will offer you a break from the usual cinematic experience and explore something completely different. Trust me; you are not going to be disappointed. In fact, some films might even become your favorite.

Robert Treat Paine Estate

This is an estate which was later turned into a museum. It used to be the home of Robert Treat Paine and he used to live with this family. Here, you will be able to learn more about Paine and the other aspects of the city.

Rose Art Museum

This museum is known to display the collection of contemporary art and work of New England of Brandeis University. I found this contemporary work to be highly regarded in the United States. This is sure to take you out for a real treat.

Prospect Hill Park

You should not miss out on this if you are in Waltham. I spend some relaxing time in this city. There are trails in the park and offers an excellent view of the entire city. If you are visiting with your family, this is the perfect place to be. Have a picnic, play games, or just sit and relax. Spending time amongst nature will help you to unwind from the daily worries.