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Journeys : RACT MNJ June July 2010
Kirsty Johnstone I have worked in the travel industry for seven years and absolutely love what Ido!Ifindit rewarding when clients return from their holiday and tell me about their travel experiences. My favourite destination is America, especially the cities of New York and San Francisco. Call me in our Burnie branch on 6434 2919. Helen Coleman I've been involved in the travel industry for many years. Assisting clients, both loyal and new, to realise their dreams, whether they're travelling in Australia or abroad, is the most rewarding part of my role. I enjoy every jour ney -- there's so much to see and experience. Two special spots for me are France and the Iguazu National Park, Argentina. Please contact me at R ACT Travelworld in Hobart on 6232 6407. 57 June /July 2010 On our jour ney to China, we travelled to Shanghai, Xian and Beijing on the Wendy Wu 8-day China Impressions Tour. On arrival in Shanghai, Pudong Inter national Airport we were greeted by our guide, who travelled with us for the entire trip. A local guide joined us in each city. They enlightened us with historical and cultural infor mation as well as giving us snippets of Mandarin, enough to assist us with shopping and everyday courtesies. Two full days in Shanghai were filled in part by a walking tour of the old tow n (Yuan Bazaar), a contrast to the moder n city. We meandered through the cobbled streets where a myriad of traditional shops sell their wares. Adjacent to the old tow n was the tranquil Yu Garden, a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the old town; pavilions joined by walkways, beautiful trees and ponds. The contrast of old and new was evident in the moder n financial district of Pudong, full of skyscrapers of interesting designs. A great way to experience the variety of illuminated architecture was to take an evening river cr uise. Our flight to Xian was preceded by the amazing ride on the Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) Train to the airport. The 30 kilometre ride was completed in seven minutes 50 seconds! Within two minutes it reached 350 km/h and hit a ma ximum speed of 431 km /h. Xian, on the banks of the Yellow River, is surrounded by an intact ancient city wall, 14 kilometres long and the best preser ved in China. A walk along the market streets gave an insight the daily life of the inhabitants -- seeing the contrast is one of the reasons for travelling to different cultures. A highlight of the trip was a tour of the site of the Ter racotta Warriors. The area is well set-out, enabling you to walk closely to the figures. It is an extraordinary excavation and restoration project that has been developed since it was unearthed in 1974. The tour then took us north east of Xian to Beijing. Like Shanghai, the size of the city is hard to comprehend. Two full days gave us the opportunity to visit more highlights. Walking on the Great Wall at the Ju Yang Pass, site of the 2008 Olympic road cycling events, was a memorable experience. We started walking before other tour buses arrived and for a while, the wall was not congested. Photo opportunities were available at the Birds Nest Sports Stadium and Water Cube Swimming Centre precinct, then we experienced Sunday life, socialising in the park leading to the Temple of Heaven. People were dancing in the garden, soloists and choirs singing a variety of songs, musicians playing, card, chess and racquet games being played -- just fantastic to see and hear! Finally we walked along Tiananmen Square, taking in the enormity of the area. We continued into the Forbidden City and tried to imagine the lives of the emperors and their entourages. Helen and Kirsty were guests of Cathay Pacific and Wendy Wu Tours. Been there, done that Helen and Kirsty explore China
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