Chinese Travel Highlights

Conrad Freethy 
by our China expert Conrad Freethy
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In the center of Beijing, the Forbidden City, called Gu Gong, in Chinese, was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is the world's largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares and comprises 9,999 buildings.
Hong Kong
For me, Times Square is the heartbeat of Hong Kong, my favourite short break destination. It is the best place to 'people watch' because every day thousands go to Times Square to shop, dine, work, catch the train or to sit and talk with friends. Flashing, colourful lights on massive billboards, a huge television, posters, skyscrapers and the vibrancy of the shops and shoppers makes this fantastic, gigantic shopping area in Causeway Bay, a 'must see' when in Hong Kong. Inside the Causeway Bay Mall you will be astounded at the many storeys of office suites, a vast array of shops, around 200, a variety of cultural restaurants and I think there is a cinema in there too. Since 1994 people have been on the move here, everywhere. I could not get my head around so many levels of shopping and constant movement - it was all so big but I guess with property at a premium in the retail sector they had to build up into the airspace. What a massive, successful creation this mall is in popular Times Square. We got lost on a night tour when we got on the wrong bus. We thought we were heading towards Times Square and ended up at the end of the line, somewhere out of central Hong Kong - great way to see the absolutely amazing Hong Kong by night - recommend it!! We used Times Square as a starting point and then branched out to day trips of which my favourite was a mini-van which took us to a jewellery factory, Stanley Market and a midday trip out on the sanpans! So early on in your Hong Kong holiday, take a train, tram or the bus to a tourist attraction where you can get the best of your oriental experience, at Causeway Bay Mall, on Times Square.
Lois Ronberg
Founded in 1822, the Jade Buddah Temple is one of Shanghai's top attractions for both locals and travellers. Come here to see monks carrying out traditional ceremonies and the incredible 1.9 metre Jade carved Buddha.

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