The Forbidden City, Beijing, China

The Forbidden City, or Palace Museum (the former Palace for Chinese), is the imperial palace in the center of the Beijing Imperial City whose construction was ordered by Yongle, third emperor of the Ming Dynasty; conducted between 1406 and 1420. The palace covers 72 hectares including 50 hectares of gardens and is one of the best preserved in China. Abroad, its name Forbidden City is the most common because as it was the residence of Chinese emperors and their families and servants, the public could not enter. It was like a real city and they only came out of the enclosure in very rare occasions. The palace has a wall 10 meters high and 6 meters wide, surrounded by a moat, which is accessed by four doors; being Wumen the most important because it is a central building with two floors and nine intercolumniations front. 24 emperors lived there. The palace has a courtyard and an outdoor with a lazy river. The city was opened to the public in 1924 and today is one of the most visited places in China and it houses the Old Palace; the largest museum of China and is a World Heritage Site since 1987, it has had many renovations and work continues.

Tips

You can get there by subway.
The Forbidden City was protected from mass trade so you will find just arranged spaces for the sale of souvenirs and light snacks. You can also plan to do a picnic.
There are many free exhibitions and other paid ones so depending on what you want to see, you must calculate to visit it for a half day or a full day. It’s better to inform you before not to be disappointed because it is very large and there are always too many people.

Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mar del Plata is a city of the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, located on the Atlantic coast, 404 km southeast of the city of Buenos Aires, the federal capital. The city is a major tourist center of the country; major resort and hosts during the summer between two and three million visitors, multiplying up to twice its resident population. The city has a highly developed tourist infrastructure. It is also known as the Pearl of the Atlantic and there is a great similarity with Biarritz (the French city). The preferred beaches by the tourists are located in the city center or in the south of the city. It is well known culturally, it has many theaters and cinemas that are full of all kinds of shows in the summer. It’s also visited throughout the year because it is a city that offers many opportunities for tourists there are many events that take place throughout the year and it is also a place for lovers-fishing. The climate of Mar del Plata is temperate oceanic, with abundant rainfall throughout the year and much cooler temperatures than in Buenos Aires. To see: Provincial Hotel and Central Casino (one of the largest casinos in the world, which also hosts a theater-auditorium); the Millennium Square with its dancing waters fountain (opposite the Casino); the monument to the sea lion (located on the Rambla), the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Cecilia (1905); the Monk Tour; the Fishermen Port; the Lighthouse Punta Mogotes, Camet Park, the Aquarium, among others.

Tips

There is a wide variety of restaurants in the city. A nice place to eat is the port where you will find delicious dishes with fresh fish of the day. You can also buy fresh fish every day.
The Atlantic coast has many beaches and cities each bonded to others, you can rent a car to know them, it is worth it because they are very different from each other.
At 20 km from the city we find the Mount and the Lagoon of Fathers, a popular site for tourism.
You will find many woolen and cotton thread clothing stores because there are several textile factories in the city and around; the same as factories of ‘alfajores’, a kind of stuffed biscuit with ‘dulce de leche’ product typically Argentinian.
If you like a night out, there are many bars, restaurants, discos, pubs, etc. The best known places are in the city center, on Avenue Constitución or at ‘Playa Grande’ on the Maritime Boulevard.

Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown is the capital and the largest city in Barbados, founded in 1628 by British settlers; located on the southwest coast. With a population from different nationalities, 80% are of African origin. Bridgetown is a very important tourist destination of the Caribbean, it is very often a destination for the congress. Its warm but not arid climate where the monthly average temperature does not fall below 18 ° C. Its port is located on the southwest coast of the island and welcomes numerous cruise ships. The main products exported from the island and through the port are sugar, molasses and rum. To visit: the Anglican cathedral (18th century), the houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square with the statue of Admiral Nelson (based on the one in London), the Royal Park, the colonial garrison and the stadium Garrison Savannah which hosts international cricket matches. The Garrison Sainte Anne de Bridgetown, known simply as the garrison, is a historical area which contains buildings such as the barracks and fthe ort St. Ann. The historic moment for the last lowered flag of the United Kingdom and the first survey of the flag of Barbados, marking its independence, took place in this area.

Tips

If you visit the city by making a cruise stopover, you will find many people who will try to sell you a tour or they will offer you a taxi, it is your decision if you wish to accept their offer, but if you only want to visit the beach, the public beach is 20-30 minute walk and it’s worth a little walk to relax under the sun later.
If you like museums, the historical Museum has interesting collections in geology, history, decorative arts, as well as important material on the flora and fauna marine.
If you like orchids, you can visit Orchid World, it is at the centre of the island of Barbados with more than 30,000 orchids as well as other flowers of tropical climate. You can go by bus, it takes 1 hour to get there.