Shanghai

View of Shanghai buildingsShanghai definitely deserves the visit at least because it is the biggest (!) city in the world. Twenty-four millions of official residents of course are a serious quantity, but Shanghai authorities somehow managed to breed all these life streams. So even the independent travelers feels themselves quite comfortable in the city — in any case, not less comfortable than in “small” seven million Shenzhen. Read more

Meeting Shanghai

Night skyscraper, Shanghai, ChinaThe scenery in the window of the train on the way to Shanghai was familiar bleak: grey skies, drizzling rain and puddles on the pavement. At that moment I ruefully thought that we will have another day to slapping in them with cold wet feet as it was yesterday at the Great Wall of China. But when we left the train we were met by pleasant surprise: more than 1,000 kilometers to the South is the serious distance, so the cloudy day at +15o was much more enjoyable than at +7o. Hiding the warm clothes into our backpacks with relief, we went through the station building and came to a large square, equipped with the usual international standards — McDonalds, Holiday Inn, street food and all that jazz. Read more

Chinese railway

Informational board, railway station, Beijing, ChinaRailway in China is not the Indonesian narrow gauge railway, which passes couple of creaking trains per day with God’s help (and an ungodly late). Chinese railway carries millions of passengers daily, and it simply has no choice except of comply all established schedules and procedures strictly. I do not pretend to make a comprehensive guide on this issue, but after acquaintance with the railways of about twenty countries I find the Chinese experience interesting enough to share it with other independent travelers. Read more

Great Wall

View from Great Wall, ChinaOf course, today the Great Wall of China is a weak shadow of the majestic building which it was in its best years: by the most enthusiastic data it was up to 20 thousand kilometers in length and over 10 meters of tall. For a long time the Wall was a real national idea, the meaning of life of the great rulers and generations. Now there are not many areas where it rises at least above the knee, but independent traveler still has a chance to touch ancient Chinese history, peering into the misty expanse from the observation deck. Read more

Forbidden City

Detail of the roof, Forbidden city, Beijing, ChinaForbidden City definitely deserves its mysterious name: long time even ordinary Chineses couldn’t come inside, not to mention the foreigners who firstly entered on the territory of this giant Palace just over a hundred years ago. However, today, as many residences of monarchs in other countries, it has lost its status of the place of momentous events and turned into the magnificent Museum that is also known as the Gugong Palace — the «Former Palace». Read more

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