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Top 10 Tallest (Under-Construction) Buildings in the World

It’s a cliché, but one that the history of architecture continuously seems to bear out: size matters. Whether you are an architect in Ancient Egypt, a developer in a city state of renaissance Italy, or a planner adding to the brash, ever-upwards motion of the New York skyline of the 20th Century. Continue reading “Top 10 Tallest (Under-Construction) Buildings in the World” »

12 interesting Zoos around the World

Set out for an interesting zoo, and the chances are that you will discover an interesting city or regional town.  Zoos within famous cities are perfect for when everybody needs to wind down just a little, and of course, most children love zoos.  Here are some zoos, not necessarily the biggest in the world, but definitely located in places that you might wish to visit. Continue reading “12 interesting Zoos around the World” »

The Simplest Way to Tour the Forbidden City in Beijing

Officially termed the Palace Museum (Gugong), the Forbidden City served for 500 years (until the end of the imperial era in 1911) as the source of all power in China, the throne of the Son of Heaven and the private residence of all the Ming and Qing dynasty emperors. Covering 74 hectares and containing some 800 individual buildings, the scale of the Forbidden City is hard to grasp, but visiting this monumental complex is an extraordinary experience. Continue reading “The Simplest Way to Tour the Forbidden City in Beijing” »

Beijing Travel Guide: Top Tourist Attractions in Beijing

With a population of almost 11 million, Beijing is one of three special metropolitan areas in China (the others are Shanghai and Tianjin), separate from provincial control. As the national capital, Beijing is really in a special category of its own. While Shanghai and Guangzhou, among other cities, are far more vibrant economically, Beijing is the city of grace and style, lavishly endowed with the best of everything by the Communist Party top brass, if only because they have to live here too. Continue reading “Beijing Travel Guide: Top Tourist Attractions in Beijing” »