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.

Railay, Krabi, Thailand

Railay or Rai Leh is a small peninsula located between the Thai cities of Krabi and Ao Nang in Krabi province. It is accessible only by boat (longtrail) by virtue of the high limestone cliffs that isolate it from the mainland. Small wooden motorboats commute regularly between Krabi and Railay, capable of carrying a dozen of people, the journey takes 40 minutes; in the Andaman Sea. The arrival on-site is very beautiful with the green rocky peaks which surround the bay. Thanks to its cliffs, the place is known worldwide for being an ideal site for climbing. You can also climb by yourself from the rocks to the South West for accessing a lagoon but it is rather dangerous. Also famous for its beaches Phra Nang (often regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world) and Railay Bay West. You can also see monkeys on the spot. You will find a cave on Phra Nang beach with statue and little special offerings because it’s carved male gender in wood in all the colors for the God of fertility.

Tips

If you decide to stay in Railay, you will find everything what the tourist needs: restaurants, bars, shops, spots type snack bar on the beach, everything is there. To the East of the peninsula, the beach is not passable and serves only to boats, but it is there that we find all cheap hotels, restaurants and bars.
Be sure that tourists here are mostly young people then you must expect noisy nights.
You can also rent kayaks and make excursions to the nearby islands.
The water is green and transparent, and you can swim quietly; there are no rocks or algae or jellyfish.

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.