2 March 2020 / 5 minutes to read
How to see Hong Kong and not to lose a fortune
Hong Kong is rightfully considered to be one of the world's most expensive cities. But, in addition, it is also a very interesting city-state, as well as a convenient transfer point on the way to Southeast Asia. In order to see the megalopolis of the future and not leave a couple of monthly salaries there, Travellizy has prepared several life hacks to save money. Save on housing Expensive and not the most comfortable housing - this is Hong Kong's feature that can‘t be avoided, so try to perceive the cramped living conditions as a kind of adventure. For € 30-40, you can rent a room, which has a capacity just for you and your two large suitcases, but hot water and Wi-Fi are everywhere. If you are not going to live in the anthill city and plan to come to the hotel only to spend the night between walks in Hong Kong, then this is a good option. Speaking of Wi-Fi, it is free on the streets and in the cafe, but very often, it's either for 30 minutes with access by code on the check or generally only for local SIM card owners. If you are in the city for 3 days or more, then it makes sense to obtain such a card. You can stay in Hong Kong for free if you use the website Couchsurfing.com, where people from all over the world host travellers. But keep in mind that in this case, the request must be submitted in advance, preferably a couple of months before you plan to visit the city. The most budgetary areas are Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay, they have the most budget cafes, and the main attractions are the easiest to get from here. But your hotel neighbours will most likely be poor workers from Southeast Asia. And make sure to check before booking if there are windows in the room, as this is a common catch of Hong Kong housing. Save on food Food in Hong Kong is simpler than housing, but you need to know the place. Paphos restaurants of European cuisine should be visited only with a very good budget, and to save money, there are always local establishments, Chinese soup restaurants and other unpretentious-looking places. Outside, they may not look particularly attractive, but it is usually very clean inside, with a great variety of dishes and, most importantly, prices are very good. And do not be afraid that the waiter will not understand your order, instead of the menu they offer profiles where you just need to check the boxes next to the dishes. The best friend of a budget traveler in Hong Kong is promotions and special offers, it's when you can take a meal and a drink at a 50% discount, and after 19:00, there are substantial discounts in the departments of cheap products in many supermarkets. Another budget option in Hong Kong is street food. This is a great opportunity to join the local culture, and the way to eat enough for € 2-3. Drinking water supplies can be replenished from special fountains right on the street if you carry a reusable bottle. Do you know that you can eat very cheaply in Hong Kong... in a Michelin-starred restaurant? Tim Ho Wan, which is located in the subway passage, was awarded a Michelin star, while the prices in it are very proletarian, from € 2 per dish. True, first you have to stand in a rather big queue, there are always a lot of people who want to eat cheaply in a well-known institution. Aren't you squeamish about fast food and snacks? Then the stores of Circle K or 7/11 chains will be for your services. They even have ready-made meals heated in the microwave. And if you rent a house with a kitchen, then the most profitable option is to buy food for cooking in the local market, there are many even in the centre. Save on transport The transport system of Hong Kong is very developed, very confusing for an unaccustomed tourist and very expensive. Except for a taxi, the most expensive way to travel is the subway. Stations are divided into zones, and a ride to three stations located in different zones can cost more than five in one zone. Travelling by bus is a little cheaper, and the cheapest way is by double-decker trams, it's less than € 0.5 per trip. While sitting in a tram, it is very convenient to view the surroundings, but there is one catch - they go only along a couple of streets of the island part of Hong Kong. Cash in Hong Kong public transport is not accepted, only transport cards, and there is also a nuance here. There are two types of Octopus cards - with or without a deposit. A regular Octopus costs € 17.6, and a tourist one is € 4.5. You can return the usual one at the end of the trip and get a € 7 deposit in cash on hand, but it's impossible with a tourist one. By the way, Octopus is not just a transport card, it can be used for payments in stores, and it serves as a pass to some attractions. An alternative to the Octopus is the Tourist Day Pass. For € 7.6 you get the opportunity to ride trams and subways 24 hours for free. But there are some nuances too. This card does not allow you to travel on MRT buses, on the metro from the airport and at the stations bordering China. And, of course, the most economical way is walking, but this entertainment is not for everyone. The pedestrian zones of the city are the same anthill, but the most interesting part starts when you need to cross the road. First, you need to find the entrance to the elevated passage, and it can easily be located on the third floor of the bank, minus the second floor of the shopping centre or at the entrance of a residential building. In general, if you see on the map that the distance is only 1-2 kilometres, then keep in mind that you will have to go another 1-2 kilometres. Save on sightseeing Some of the attractions in Hong Kong are free, for example, the botanical garden, most monasteries and temples. By the way, Wong Tai Sin and Chi Lin are the most colourful temples. You can walk for free around the unique museum-prison in the Mid-Levels area, and at the same time take a ride on the world's longest escalator. For those who can't get enough of one museum, the Museum Pass comes in handy for € 5.8, and you have free access to any 7 museums in your pocket. It is most convenient to visit the Big Buddha on the way from the airport or back. It’s most economical to go to Victoria Peak by bus rather than by tram funicular, although the views from the latter are still more picturesque. An option for fans of long walks uphill is to climb the peak on foot, fortunately, there are equipped paths for this. The light show from the Avenue of Stars can be admired for free. Discounted tickets to many attractions can be found on the website called Klook, admission discounts are often available for students. Hong Kong is an expensive city, but it is quite possible to visit it wisely. Think in advance of the route around the city, book your accommodation a few months before the trip, get acquainted with information about transport and museum maps, google popular walking routes. And remember that the main value of any trip is impressions, and you can get them in Hong Kong just by walking between sparkling skyscrapers.
29 December 2020 / 6 minutes to read
The whole city at your feet: the top 10 tallest buildings on the planet
When planning a trip and a route to the most interesting sights of a city, each of you will definitely make your own choice in favor of viewing platforms. Who wouldn't be happy to see the whole city at a glance. A bird's eye view opens up completely different fabulous pictures and landscapes. Such rises up the town hall or castle are very delighted. If you are much luckier and there are skyscrapers in the city you are in, this attraction is gaining even greater momentum in impressions! Travellizy will tell you about the tallest buildings on the planet. Perhaps among these lucky cities, you will see the one you are going to in the nearest future. Of course, it is immediately worth noting that these unique structures are definitely worth a separate must-see list. 10 tallest buildings on the planet For half a century, from 1931 to 1972, the tallest building in the world was the Empire State Building in New York. Today, this skyscraper is not even included in the top 45 of the tallest buildings, as it is in the 50th place on the list. The list of the tallest buildings in the world includes ultra-tall structures with a height of 350 meters and more. At the end of 2019, there were 73 such skyscrapers in the world. The 10 leaders of the world's tallest built and upcoming buildings look like this: 1. Burj Khalifa Location: United Arab Emirates, Dubai Height: 828 m Number of storeys: 163 Building completion: 2010 It's a multifunctional and the tallest building in the world. Inside the complex, there are offices, hotels, apartments, restaurants. The highest observation deck called At the Top is located at an altitude of 472 meters. On the 124th floor, there is an open observation deck, fenced with glass panels. On the 125th floor, there is a closed observation deck. Admission is $ 39. Tickets are usually sold out at least a week in advance. We highly recommend buying tickets to the observation deck as early as possible. You can do this on Burj Khalifa's official website. 2. Tokyo Skytree Location: Japan, Tokyo Height: 634 m Number of storeys: 29 Construction completion: 2012 The tower is mainly used for digital television and radio broadcasting, mobile telephony and navigation systems. In addition, it is a very popular tourist attraction. On the upper floors, there are two viewing platforms: at an altitude of 350 and 450 meters. Entrance ticket to the observation deck costs $ 17. 3. Shanghai Tower Location: China, Shanghai Height: 632 m Number of storeys: 128 Construction completion: 2015 It's the tallest building in East Asia and the tallest building in China. Inside the tower, there are shops, hotels, restaurants. The restaurant spinning on its axis is very popular. Resting here, visitors can not only treat themselves to delicious dishes, but also enjoy constantly different panoramas of the city. The lower floor of the tower is dedicated to the historical museum. The tower has several viewing platforms. The world's fastest elevator takes visitors to the 118th floor. At an altitude of 546 meters, there is a closed observation deck with a gorgeous view of 360 degrees. A ticket to the observation deck will cost $ 29. 4. Abraj Al Bait Location: Saudi Arabia, Mecca Height: 601 m Number of storeys: 120 Construction completion: 2012 It's the tallest hotel in the world, as well as the building with the largest and highest clocks in the world. The diameter of the clock is 43 meters: the clockwise is 17 meters, the minute hand is 22. At night, the clock face is illuminated and visible at a distance of 30 kilometers. Abraj al-Beit Towers accommodate a hotel, shopping arcade and garage for more than 800 cars. Those who want to see Mecca from a height have several options. For a perfect romantic dinner, you can reserve a table by the window in the tower restaurant and enjoy views. In addition, it is possible to rent one of the rooms with panoramic windows. In the towers of Abraj al-Beit, there is an interesting Islamic museum and a center for observing the moon, which are also open to all visitors. 5. Ping An International Finance Centre Location: China, Shenzhen Height: 599.1 m Number of storeys: 115 Construction completion: 2017 It's the tallest office building in the world. Ping An International Finance Centre has one of the highest viewing platforms in the world. It is located at an altitude of 550 meters. An adult entry ticket to the observation deck costs $ 30. 6. Goldin Finance 117 Location: China, Tianjin Height: 596.6 m Number of storeys: 128 Construction completion: 2020 год. Another name for it is China 117 Tower. Construction began in 2009, with completion scheduled for 2020. Inside the building, it is planned to accommodate a large hotel, as well as premises for offices, restaurants and shops. 7. Lotte World Tower Location: Korea, Seoul Height: 554.5m Number of storeys: 123 Construction completion: 2016 It's the tallest building on the Korean peninsula. In the tower, there is a large concert hall, galleries, restaurants, a large shopping center and an elite hotel. On the 120th floor, there is an observation deck. It consists of three huge floors. The 123rd floor is located at an altitude of 485 meters. On one of the floors of the site, you can stroll across the transparent glass floor, which will definitely thrill you. The cost of admission to the observation deck of the Lotte World Tower is $ 24. 8. One World Trade Center Location: USA, New York Height: 541.3 m Number of storeys: 94 Construction completion: 2014 It's the tallest building in the USA and the Western Hemisphere. 14 years after the tragedy of September 11, the new One World Trade Center tower opened its doors to visitors in May 2015. This is a whole complex, which includes the OWTC building (Freedom Tower), a museum and a 9/11 memorial, in the form of 2 huge fountains-waterfalls, located on the site of two twin towers. The perimeters of these fountains are engraved with the names of all the victims who suffered during the attack. The building of One World Trade Center is declared not only as the highest, but also as the safest. At the top of the skyscraper, there is the observation deck called One World Observatory. Entrance fee is $ 32. Getting to the observation deck is a fascinating attraction. The elevator is equipped with three screens, which shows the history of New York during the rise to the 102nd floor. 9. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre Location: China, Guangzhou Height: 530 m Number of storeys: 111 Construction completion: 2016 The complex consists of two towers. The east tower has a height of 530 m, the west tower is its twin building with a height of 437.5 m. The triangular shape of both skyscrapers allows you to minimize wind loads, make the towers more stable and save building materials. The total area of the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is 400 thousand square meters. Here are shops, cinemas, apartments and a huge hotel. The underground parking can accommodate 1705 cars. There is an observation deck on the top floor of the east tower, which offers incredible views of the city and the Pearl River. 10. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre Location: China, Tianjin Height: 530m Number of storeys: 97 Construction completion: 2019 It's an office skyscraper with the fastest double-decker elevators in the world. The facade of the skyscraper consists of 14,000 fragments arranged in a checkerboard pattern. The building houses offices, apartments, hotel rooms, shops and restaurants. At an altitude of 308 meters, there is a viewing platform with a 360 ° view angle to the city. Knocking on heaven's door is not difficult at all - choose a skyscraper, take a high-speed elevator and you are there. The whole city is at your feet!
17 December 2018 / 4 minutes to read
Fairy Harbin: grand festival of ice sculptures
When we were kids, we used to build different figures of snow and ice, walking in the winter outside. The snow did not want to take shape, crumbled, and the ice stuck to the gloves. But those attempts had their romance. We grew up and forgot the childhood attempts to build the Snow Queen's residence. But there are still people who remember the snowy fun, and turn blocks of ice into sculptures and even entire cities. Wouldn't that be something really fantastic? Just believe it, live ice castles look amazing!
5 September 2018 / 4 minutes to read
10 rarest places in the World.
10 rarest places in the World. Earth is filled with immense beauty, waiting to be admired and appreciated. Though once in a while, a man stumbles upon beauties so rare that one cannot help but admire the picturesque view. Here is a list of 10 of the rarest, but beautiful places in the world.
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