Showing posts with label China. Show all posts
Showing posts with label China. Show all posts

Monday, November 10, 2014

Macau: Asia's Las Vegas (3 Countries in 3 Days Part 3)

Macau, also spelled Macao, is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China, the other being Hong Kong. Macau lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong Kong, which is about 64 kilometers to the east, and it is also bordered by Guangdong Province to the north and the South China Sea to the east and south.

A former Portuguese colony, Macau was administered by Portugal from the mid-16th century until late 1999, when it was the last remaining European colony in Asia. Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 1550s. In 1557, Macau was rented to Portugal by the Ming Dynasty as a trading port. The Portuguese administered the city under Chinese authority and sovereignty until 1887, when Macau became a colony of the Portuguese empire. Sovereignty over Macau was transferred back to China on 20 December 1999. The Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration and the Basic Law of Macau stipulate that Macau operate with a high degree of autonomy until at least 2049, fifty years after the transfer.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Shanghai: "Pearl of the Orient" and "Paris of the East" (Part 1)

Oriental Pearl Tower Shanghai

After 26 years of my life, finally I have a chance to travel abroad. My first destination is Shanghai, China. Many of my friends was questioning my choice. The only reason was because I have a friend there, his name is Emil Dela Cruz. We have been becoming friend for 3 years since April 2011. I ever made a promise to visit him in Manila (he is Filipino) and for some reasons I couldn’t make it. Then he asked me again to visit him in Shanghai (he work there) then I prepared everything for my first travel abroad. Thanks to Emil who couraging me to travel so far. 

On May 22nd, at 11.30 am (GMT+7), with AirAsia QZ200 Airbus A320, I flew to Kuala Lumpur in 2 hours. After 5 hours transit in KLIA 2, AirAsia D7330 Airbus A330-300 brought me to Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.

Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population and the largest city proper by population in the world. It is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2013. It is a global financial center, and a transport hub with the world's busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the Chinese coast. The municipality borders the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the north, south and west, and is bounded to the east by the East China Sea.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Shanghai: "Pearl of the Orient" and "Paris of the East" (Part 2)


The Bund

The Bund is Shanghai’s world famous waterfront that stretches for 1 mile along the western bank of the Huangpu River. A stroll along the riverside provides gorgeous views of the historic buildings on the Bund and accros the river to the modern financial district of Pudong.

Interesting Facts
·        The ornate art-deco buildings along the Bund reflect the wide range of foreign connections that establish Shanghai as an international trading port. They take architectural influence from Britain, the United States, Russia, Japan, France, Germany, Belgium, and Holland and act as a reminder of Shanghai’s international heritage.
·        The word “bund” means an embankment or an embanked quay.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Shanghai: "Pearl of the Orient" and "Paris of the East" (Part 3)


Jade Buddha Temple

The Jade Buddha Temple is an active place of worship with 70 resident monks. The two precious jade statues are rare cultural relics. Both the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with jade.

Interesting Facts
The Jade Buddha Temple was founded in 1882 when the two Buddha statues were imported from Burma.

Phone (021) 6266-3668
170 Anyuan Road, Putou, Shanghai, 200060
Changshou Rd Metro Station exit 5 (Line 7)