Soweto is an incredible township and I have to say – head there and see it!! Not only is it one of the most famous townships in South Africa but it has a lot of history and more importantly things to see and do. Top 5s are difficult but I’m going to try! I’ve had to narrow it down but here goes…
1. Stay with a local Sowetan family:
A highlight from my travels round Soweto was staying with a local family in Orlando East. I stayed with Rachel and her son and daughter. They made me welcome and it was a small but cosy house. At night they just sit at home and cook and watch TV – almost back to basics existence but a great experience and if you get the chance to do it – go for it!!
2. Go Inside Nelson Mandela’s House:
I have to say that a visit to Nelson Mandela’s former house in Vilakazi Street is a must. Don’t miss it! Nowadays his former home has been turned into an excellent mini museum,open to the public. It is just incredible to step inside the house where Mandela once lived. There are quotes on the walls on bricks in the courtyard, photos inside and the house is small. It’s amazing that this man changed the world. Get this on your list!
3. Visit a Shebeen:
You cannot visit Soweto without heading into a Shebeen! These local bars where people mingle to drink and chat are an essential part of the culture. You will get to meet and chat to the locals, enjoy a few beers with them and get to understand a bit more about life in Soweto. The beer you will get is pinky in colour and not strong at all – you will share it communally. Get in there and chat to the locals. I loved it and you will too!
4. Bicycle Tours in Soweto:
Another top thing to do in Soweto is a bicycle tour – it means you can get to places not easily covered on foot or in a car. You can visit different parts of the township on the same day and meet locals. Soweto Backpackers have a recommended bicycle tour which is also listed in a lot of travel books and sites. You’ll also have a tour guide who explains everything to you at points on your cycle through this historic township.
5. Hector Pieterson Museum:
The Hector Pieterson Museum is highly recommended to get into the history of Soweto and in particular the Soweto Uprising of 1976. A museum and well maintained streets and tributes now sits where Hector Pieterson was once shot dead. It’s a real eye opener. Definitely in my top 5 things to do in Soweto!
So head to Soweto and understand the history of this cultured township. These are my top 5 for you!
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So to China again – the world’s most populated country!! Now, when you think of World Heritage Sites in China you must mean The Great Wall, The Forbidden Palace, The Terracotta Warriors, etc…?? No, sorry, not today and not for this travelling Northern Irishman. China was the first Asian country I ever visited and my flirting love affair with it’s land of endless possibilities continues…so here I bring you 3 very unknown and unusual UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China which I have visited recently.
1. Fujian Tulou Buildings in Fujian Province, China – situated is deep countryside with valleys and mountains all around, this is a splendid set of old style buildings known as Tulou. There are hundreds of them and they were built to house full families and Chinese clans back in the day. You can go inside most of them and they are not too busy or touristic, especially for those non-Chinese. This makes your visit seem so special and amazing. A great heritage site! [
Quick Guide – Get to the city of Yongding in Fujian Province. Once you’re there you will realise that there are many bus tours out to these buildings and numerous drivers offering them. If you’re a foreign tourist, they will probably come to you. However be aware of rip offs and drivers cutting special buildings off your trip.
2. Danxiashan Mountains, Guangdong Province, CHINA: Hidden shyly in the north of Guangdong Province, this range of mountains, hills and odd rock formations lets your mind wander into a real unknown part of China, at least for the non-Chinese amongst us. It’s not a guided tour or anything like the buildings in Fujian, this is very much a Do It Yourself style hiking and climbing opportunity. The views at sunset are amazing, as is the tough ascent for sunrise the following morning.
Easy Guide- Head to Shaoguan in China and then get a bus from the main bus station out to the Danxia mountains – you will probably arrive at a resort called Jin Jiang or Yao Tang village. You can stay the night there and use it as your base to do the hiking. Don’t miss penis rock on the hikes!
3. Kaiping Dialou, Guangdong Province, CHINA: It’s amazing that in a country so vast as China, that a scattered array of almost 2,000 impressive tower style buildings almost goes un-noticed! Well it’s easy to get lost in China, luckily these buildings have outlasted their builders and as recently as 2007 they were declared a World Heritage Site, and deservedly so! This was actually my MOST recent venture into China, just a couple of weeks ago, so you’ll hear a lot more about it. [
Quick Guide – Get to the city of Kaiping and stay in the Milan Hotel. It’s a great central hotel within a 2 minute walk from the bus station (YES a real 2 minute walk – I really travel remember!). From there ask at reception about doing the tour out to the amazing Diaolou. There are leaflets in reception.
So there you have it – 3 fascinating World Heritage Sites to see in China! Love the travel lifestyle!
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Backpacking is a typical backyard hobby of carrying gear sets on your backside while walking longer than a single day. It is normally although not usually an intensive trip. Nevertheless, you could choose to incorporate backyard comping or otherwise. If you are searching for a spot to check out in the Northern Ireland, consider a number of fascinating spots, for instance Belfast, Londonderry, Giant Causeways as well as the lough Neagh.
Belfast that is the prime city of the area situated in the United Kingdom is encompassed by ancient glacial valleys, Norman forts, Celtic and Religious historic monuments and the famous seaside golf courses. It is the habitat for the political murals of historical Troubles discrepancy and the titanic quarter exhibiting the redeveloped dock-yards in which the prominent vessel was first engineered.
You can get some sightseeing spots in Belfast. One among the many places you would wish to visit, do not miss out the Titanic Belfast. This is a state-of-the-art interactive exhibition where you would be in a position to unearth the true story of the famous Titanic. You will learn about her conception all through her construction and launch to her intriguing maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.
While you look at other regions, for example the Londonderry, Ulster gallery actually needs your concentration. This is a reminisce room of record and the modern day and a paradise for a plentiful artworks, all natural sciences and heritage. It is totally free for practically all tourists. You could be capable to fully understand the history of the citizens perfectly from the olden times to the modern-day.
The Londonderry also referred to as the County Derry is one among the six counties in this region. It adjoins to the North-west shore the famous Lough Neagh. It is renowned for its iconic coastline positioned within the Causeway coast and the Gleans area. Also the Sperrin Mountains which occupy the largest area of Londonderry, can be explored through the Sperrins Scenic driving ways.
The lough Neagh that is sometimes known as Loch Neagh is the biggest fresh water body within this area. It supplies around forty-five percent of drinking water needed in this region. The water body fascinates numerous tourists merit to its calm surroundings, remote bays and also un-spoilt eye catching locations. It is actually a paradise for a plethora of plants and animals.
With the numerous motives you have not to check out this area, after a mindful contemplation on the presented facts, you certainly will switch your thoughts. Select a number of areas you would want to check out. Nevertheless, you should not leave out the Titanic Belfast.