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Tips for planning your trip to Uzbekistan

Many people refer to Central Asia, as the Stan countries and know that this is a region, which was under Soviet Union, but not much more. Of course, same goes for Uzbekistan. Many only have heard of Samarkand, as an oriental city on the Silk Road, but I guess that’s

Most beautiful London Bookstores

If you love looking through new and second-hand books, sitting in a bookstore to sift through the new editions, or just simply to feel the atmosphere of a lovely bookstore, London has an amazing selection to offer. I lived in this amazing city for 4 years and still haven’t scratched

World in Books

A couple of years ago, I realized that I have read substantial amount of European/American literature but nothing from many countries. So, I have decided to read at least one book from each country in the world. Here is the list I started compiling. This list will in the end

The Summer Palace – My favourate place in Beijing

For full Beijing itinerary suggestions, see this post. For tips on how to plan your trip to China, see this post The Summer Palace was, unexpectedly, one of the highlights of our visit to China. Compared to other world-renowned sites in and around Beijing, this one is less talked about,

Matchmaking in Shanghai: the Marriage market

Have you ever heard of something called marriage market? When I read about it in the guides for Shanghai, I was simply amazed. I thought it would be just at a small corner of the People’s square, several old people quietly talking to each other, so I didn’t pay much

Visiting the Great Wall: Which section to choose

Did you know that the Great Wall is spread our across 21 thousand km and you would need about 353 days to complete it without taking into account stops or any complications (obviously some parts are not walkable at all). A short historical overview: Building of the parts of the

Visiting the Great Wall: Mutyaniu Section

Mutyaniu is the second most visited section of the Wall. It isn’t very easy to reach by public transport, but there is an option of Mubus (details later) taking about 1.5 hours to get there. When to go If you have a while in Beijing, it’s preferable to go during

Visit Beijing – A 4-day guide

Beijing, a city of 22 million people, the most touristic city in China is often the entry point for tourists. As tons of people, we also arrived to the Beijing international airport to start our visit to China. From the first moment, we felt the sheer size of the place.

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