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The Magic of Indonesia

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Balinese Dancers
Indonesia is a massive country of around 12,500 Islands. Perhaps, another name that comes to mind when thinking about it is the tourist paradise called Bali. And it’s not just Bali - Indonesia has many places to visit, the local cuisine is worth enjoying and so are the people. One cannot help but wonder how a small island country is capable of offering a lot more than one can expect. Unlike other regions of Asia, Indonesia – despite lying in the tropics has only two seasons the dry and the wet –monsoon season. Travelers can happily plan their vacation to this country at any time of the year although it would be much preferred to travel in the dry season from April to October.

Let’s first talk about the Tourist Paradise – Bali – it is known for its golden sand beaches and lush greenery. Rice paddies are in abundance and travelers will be in awe of what this place has to offer to the usual traveler.

Ubudis a place located around 72 km from Bali. It has some great waterfalls, yoga schools and villages that are built from traditional styles. The entire place is rich in natural beauty. Ubud Monkey Forest has many monkey sanctuaries that have inhabited the three Hindu temples lying here. These temple complexes are huge constructed around the mid -14th Century. Looking at this place inhabited by monkeys will surely remind you of Bandar Log from Rudyard Kipling’s Masterpiece– The Jungle Book.

Balinese dancing is well-known around the world and when one comes to Bali for vacation – not watching the artists perform will be your loss. The Kecak Dance as it’s so called has around 150 performers. These dancers perform the local rendition of Ramayana – the Hindu mythology of Lord Ram’s efforts of rescuing his abducted wife Sita from Ravana.

Do you love the seas? What about swimming? What about sea-food? How about both? Weather you eat them or swim with them, it’s your call. These places offer snorkeling in the great coral reefs of Bali. You can explore the massive underwater wildlife and huge treasure of the seas! One you’ve had your mental fill you can finally take your fill with one of the most delicious sea-food around.

If you have visited other countries of the world, you must have explored them in either tourist buses or cars. If you want to explore Bali you won’t need either, just grab a bicycle and leave. Travelers will find ample of such Bicycle tours. The best part of hiring a bicycle tour is that it is slow- so you can take your time in exploring the beauty of this island and allow the feeling to sink in at its own pace.

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Komodo Dragon
Once you’ve had your fill of Bali, you can move to see the largest lizards on the planet – the Komodo Dragons. The Komodo National Park is designated as UNESCO world heritage site and the lizards are native to this island. These creatures are fierce and slow and have a good amount of patience for capturing their prey. They simply bite their prey and infest them with their toxin containing saliva. The toxicity in the saliva kills the prey in sometime and all the Komodo dragon has to do is smell its dead prey and then feast on it.

Are you thinking that this is the worst way to die? Have you ever heard of Anaconda snakes of the Amazon rain forest suffocating their victims by coiling around them before swallowing whole? Well, now the way these Komodo Dragon kills is surely a nasty way to die!

Indonesia has a lot to offer and in fact you may have to re-visit this country in the future as there are many attractions in the island-country that one should not miss.

Imperial China

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Great Wall of China
China is a vast country. It’s a country filled with a rich cultural heritage and has a rich history. The oldest civilization in the world makes anyone’s curiosity visit fills with immense knowledge. A simple visit to China’s ancient history alone will not be enough reason for visiting the country.
Wherever you go you will find people everywhere. Food and the atmosphere of ancient China loiter at every corner. Ever wanted to visit this country? TravelUniversally has some great leisure vacations.

The Great Wall of China has remained synonymous with China. This great wall was built by the Chinese Emperor Qing to keep out invaders and raiders. Today it is the most visited tourist place in China and one can walk on the wall overlooking the great wide expanse in the background.

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Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square is a well-known square named after one of the Forbidden City’s building. It is also one of the entrances to the great Forbidden City. The Forbidden City has housed over several dynasties of Chinese Emperors.

The Terracotta Armies are another fascinating thing. The army was built for the first emperor of China. The purpose of building this terracotta army was to protect the Emperor in his afterlife.

Discovered in 1974 and it is considered one of the most significant discoveries. The unique aspect of this 
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The Terracotta Armies

terracotta army, if you closely see their faces you will notice that each and every face of the soldiers is unique. No two faces are alike. One can appreciate the process which looks painstaking for creating this army. Fascinating as it may be one cannot help but be in awe of its creator.

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Giant Panda Bear
China is known for its unique cuisines. Roast Duck is one of the must-have dishes for travelers landing in Beijing – it is one of the most well known dishes across continents. For strict vegetarians – Beijing does offer some choices in the form of Shredded Potatoes. Travelers can choose quite a few things. A word of caution though, in China there is no such thing as strictly vegetarian and chances are your dish may have little meat in some or the other form. So be careful with it. Meat –lovers will not have any problems with Chinese food for they have loads of variety. China can also be called a food-lover’s paradise apart from the many-to-visit destinations. For first time visitors and frequent visitors – China has a lot of things to offer.

A visit to Beijing’s Zoological Park is well worth its time. The Giant Pandas are synonymous to China and it’s a treat to watch these playful, cute and cuddly bears in their natural surroundings. Besides Pandas and other regular animals, the Zoological Park houses some rare animal species native to China, visitors will get the chance to see animal species not seen nor found anywhere else on the globe. The efforts of the Chinese government in protecting the endangered species has paid off with many of them becoming lesser and lesser endangered.

China is a massive country waiting to be explored and the government is taking every opportunity to make the country as the foremost tourist destination. From the local food to the ancient structures to the bristling and iconic modern skyscrapers – China is one destination which will need several trips to explore all the key tourist destinations making it a truly wonderful experience.