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Journeys : June July 2009
with RACT Travelworld Been there, done that years with Pudong (new Shanghai) sprouting out of what once was farming land on the other side of the Huangpu River. Where Beijing is the historical, cultural and political capital of China, Shanghai is the cosmopolitan and commercial hub, with modern and traditional architecture, fantastic shopping and trendy upmarket bars and eateries. Tara and Nina discover Shanghai S Although there are many super modern skyscrapers in the new area of Pudong, you can still get lost in the traditional alleyways (hutongs) in the area of old Shanghai. The Bund is a great place to visit to view the modern skyscrapers of Pudong on one side of the river and the French colonial buildings and more traditional architecture of old Shanghai on the other. While in Shanghai we took a day tour to Suzhou, a picturesque city renowned for its canals, beautiful stone bridges, pagodas, gardens and silk factories. We visited the Garden of the Net Master which is well worth a visit to see the intricate detail of the attractive indoor/outdoor garden design. The gardens are best appreciated with a tour guide to explain the separate areas and the thought that went into the design process. Suzhou is also home to Tiger Hill, known for its natural beauty and historical sites. According to legend, three days after the King Helu was buried on the hill, a white tiger appeared as a guardian. The hill is also where the Yunyan Pagoda stands. Seven storeys high and on a lean, the pagoda actually predates and is taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We also enjoyed a day tour of Shanghai, visiting the delightful Yu Garden, which is famous for its wonderful combination of stone and water. The garden was built in Kingston Shop 49A Channel Court Phone 6232 6511 Glenorchy Corner Terry Street and Main Road Phone 6232 6587 the Ming Dynasty as the private garden of an administration commissioner of Sichuan Province. Now Yu Garden is a place of peace and comfort for both tourists and locals alike. Close to the garden are the Yu Yuan Markets. These markets have a fantastic atmosphere and are a great place to pick up a few souvenirs! We then went on to visit the Jade Buddha Temple, which has a stunning 1.9 metrehigh white jade Buddha that was brought here by a monk from Burma in 1882. In the temple you can also view the smaller, but equally beautiful reclining Buddha, and in the grand hall there is an amazing array of golden statues. This beautiful temple with its upturned eaves and bright yellow walls was a highlight of our visit to Shanghai. There are some great hotels in Shanghai – we were lucky to inspect some of the best properties on offer, including the Radisson New World Hotel, The Howard Johnson Plaza, the Sofitel Hyland, The Crown Plaza Shanghai and the Holiday Inn Downtown. All our arrangements were booked through Qantas Holidays and we couldn’t have been happier with the service provided. We’ll definitely be looking towards a return visit to this wonderful city! Launceston Corner York and George Streets Phone 6335 5655 Devonport 119 Rooke Street Mall Phone 6498 7577 hanghai, now a shiny modern city, has changed vastly in the last 20 or so Night lights of Shanghai Nina Nina Marchioli has worked in travel for seven years at RACT Travelworld. She says it’s hard to pick one favourite destination but she has enjoyed travelling through Europe, particularly Italy and the Greek Islands. Other memorable trips have been her visits to Hawaii and Thailand. Nina is based at RACT Travelworld’s Kingston branch – you can contact her on 6242 3203. Tara Tara Graham has worked in the travel industry for four years. She was recently named Best Travel Consultant for Rail in Travel Weekly’s Australian Travel Awards. Tara loves travelling, and her favourite destination so far is Egypt, although she has enjoyed every destination she has been to. Contact Tara at RACT Travelworld in Collins Street Hobart on 6222 9222. Ulverstone RACT Travelworld 38 Reibey Street Phone 6490 8350 Burnie 24 North Terrace Phone 6434 2955 June / July 09 57
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