Shanghai, China

Shanghai is one of the most populous cities in China and one of the largest megacities in the world with over 23.5 million inhabitants. It is located on the Huangpu River near the mouth of the Yangtze River, east of China and consists of 2 parts, Puxi and Pudong (which mean respectively west and east of Pu). The town developed at first exclusively in Puxi, but since 1990, Pudong has become a high-tech construction area where companies and other skyscrapers multiply thanks to the impetus of the government. Nanjing Avenue (five kilometers) is considered the true center of Shanghai. The urban landscape is changing quickly in recent years. Entire neighborhoods, like Dun Hui Fang, are shaved to be rebuilt. It is also known as the Pearl of the Orient and is becoming the financial center of China, thanks to the Lujiazui district. The city has long been a major textile production center of China. Other important manufacturing sectors include the manufacture of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, vehicles, machinery, steel, paper, printing products, electrical and electronic systems and equipment such as computers, radios and cameras. Real estate development is in constant growth, there are 5,000 towers, 120 skyscrapers more each year, and 20,000 permanent construction sites. To see: the Shanghai Museum, the Opera, the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund (from where you can see the business district of Pudong with the highest skyscrapers, Oriental Pearl, Jin Mao Tower, World Financial Center, the Shanghai Tower), the Jade Buddha Temple, Jing’an Temple, St. Ignatius Cathedral, the Lupu Bridge, among others .

Tips

The city counts with 12 subway lines, several train stations but the most used transport is the taxi.
There is a line Transrapid (train with a magnetic levitation) that connects the city to the new international airport of Pudong.
If you like museums, visit the Urban Planning Museum on People’s Square where you will find a giant model of the city that allows you to enjoy its real estate development.
You can take a boat trip on the Huangpu to have a beautiful view of the city.
If you like shopping visit the pedestrian shopping street Nanjing East.
You can also visit the antiques market with its famous Bird Market.

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Ko Lipe, Adang-Rawi, Thailand

Koh Lipe or Ko Lipe is a small island in the Adang-Rawi archipelago of the Andaman Sea, southern Thailand. The Thai name means ‘Paper Island’. The island is located at the border of the Tarutao National Park, to the immediate south of the larger islands Koh Adang and Koh Rawi, 50 km from Koh Tarutao. The original population of the island are the Chao Leh, also called Sea Gypsies who still live on the island. They have dark skin and are very typical. They often live in a rudimentary way in the center of the island. We find three main beaches: Sunset Beach, Sunrise Beach and Pattaya Beach. With its clear and calm water, 25% of species of tropical fish of the world are in the region, there are wide varieties of fish in the coral just meters deep near the beaches. For a long time, only a few adventurous tourists came to the island. Today, tourism is becoming a mass that threatens the area and assumes tourist constructions and projects.

Tips

The island is accessible only by ferry from Langkawi Pulau or Pak Bara. There is no pier so the ferry drops anchor near the beaches and you must reach the coast on foot or by long-tail boat.
On the island there are no cars and the only modes of transport are walking and motorcycle taxi. As the island is small, it is possible to walk around on foot in just over an hour.
If you like scuba diving, there are several sites and dive shops and people that organize boat trips.

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Phuket, Thailand

Phuket  is the largest Thai island in the Andaman Sea. It is a true paradise of 50 km long and 20 km wide. It is very mountainous, especially in the west, with a chain of mountains aligned from north to south. These mountains constitute the southern end of a chain that stretches for 440 kilometers in the Kra isthmus and culminates at 1,138 m at Khao Phra Mi. The highest altitude on the island itself, is however only 529 m above sea level, at Mai Tha Sip Song. Nearly 70% of the island is covered by forest. The western coast has several sandy beaches. The southernmost point of the island is Laem Promthep, very popular point of view for its sunsets. The main tourist area of the island is Patong Beach, which also has most of its nightlife and is the center of cheap shopping on the island. Other popular beaches include Karon, Kata, Nai Harn and Bang Tao.

Tips

Phuket, the nearby Phang Nga Bay and the Phi Phi Islands show some of the most dazzling landscapes of Southeast Asia. Go on a discovery tour by taking the opportunity to go snorkeling, canoeing or fishing. Take a speedboat out to the islands, engage in a round of golf or participate in scuba diving training. For children, there is mini golf, bowling, elephant trekking or the Tiger Kindgom amusement park. You can also join an ecotourism circuit, with hiking or kayaking, in national parks. For those who like to live at night, there are cabarets, discos, bars and many restaurants.