Saturday, February 28, 2009
Most of the traditional Tibetan regions of Amdo and Kham have been incorporated by the Chinese into the provinces of Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan. Most of these areas are now open for foreign tourism. By travelling into areas away from the sinicised larger towns, it is possible to see Tibetans still living comparatively traditional lives. Villages tend to retain at least some of the traditional style housing of the region, though religious activities may still be restricted, and local festivals prohibited or curtailed.
Most of this area is easily accessed by independent travellers holding a China visa. Sensitive areas - such as mining and 'development' projects, prisons, military bases, and sites of recent political unrest - are either permanently or temporarily closed to foreigners both within and outside the 'TAR'.
In the open areas, travel is permitted on local buses or by paying for a lift on a truck or hire vehicles.
Enforcement of accommodation restrictions varies from location to location. In some areas there will be only one hotel where foreigners are permitted to stay, whereas in other areas it is possible to stay with local Tibetan families. However, you should be aware that foreigners staying with local Tibetan family will be under official surveillance.
INSIDE the ‘TAR’
Entry and travel within the Chinese designated "Tibet" is definitely restrictive and expensive, and rules and laws often change without warning and are subject to individual application.
There is a zone around Lhasa that does not require additional permits. Outside of these areas is another matter. Other than the direct run down the 'Friendship Highway' to the Nepal border, all areas require an official tour group - with driver, guide and hired jeep, and up to four permits. Not all areas are accessible even with applications for permits.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
If you love shopping (and heck I know you do), the Orchard Road shopping district will be a ‘beautiful place’ in Singapore. All manner of shopping centres (e.g. Takashimaya, The Paragon, The Heeren, Centrepoint) exist along Orchard Road and is a definite haven for shopping addicts. Now don’t overspend here ok? You still need some money for the plane home …
Marina Bay is the most exciting new focal point in Singapore, the place to live, work and play. 360 hectares of dramatic new development, stunning water views, landscaped parklands and spectacular cityscapes. At its heart is Marina Bay Financial Centre, the purpose-built financial district of the new downtown. Standing on a site of more than 380,000 square feet is a breathtaking blend of three office towers offering nearly 3 million square feet of prime Grade A office space, two residential towers of approximately 1 million square feet comprising of 649 luxury apartments and subterranean retail space close to 80,000 square feet – all clustered around a beautiful waterfront park. MBFC is the new masterpiece from Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects.
Dramatic crystalline forms deliver a striking addition to Singapore’s skyline. MBFC is simultaneously prestigious and contemporary, a development that is central to the future of business in Singapore and the region. MBFC has been called Asia’s Canary Wharf. It is quite simply Asia’s best business address.
As well as its unmatched location, Marina Bay Financial Centre enjoys superb infrastructure and excellent connections to the rest of Singapore and the world.
The East Coast Parkway and the newly announced Marina Coastal Expressway will provide swift access to and from Changi Airport (within 18 minutes) and Eastern and Western Singapore.
By Public Transport
A superb public transport service, including the Mass Rapid Transport system, buses, taxis and river taxis, guarantee easy efficient access to and from Marina Bay Financial Centre.
Marina Bay Financial Centre will also benefit from close proximity to both Raffles Place MRT and the upcoming Landmark and Bayfront MRT stations at Marina Bay.
Read more in http://www.sino-land.com/
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The next thing I’d like to mention to you is Boat Quay. Now, I know that sometimes you might want to get a drink or two late at night – well, Boat Quay is right up your alley. Boasting some of the most popular pubs and clubs in the island nation, Boat is definitely one of more beautiful places in Singapore – particularly at night.