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The Rough Guide - DIY (2) - 08/07/2014

In part two of our Rough Guide episodes you've seen some pretty special travel destinations. Do you want to know where and how you can experience this yourself? Here's a list for you.


China


What to do:  Do as the Chinese do and make a visit to amusement park the Dwarf Empire. A ticket costs €10,-;

Where: Kunming, East-China;

When:  All year round. China is best visited in the months april, may, september and october;

How to get there: From Shanghai it's a three hour flight to Kunming.


What to do: Tired of the single life? Shop a Chinese bride or groom at the Marriage market;

Where:  Renmin Park, at the heart of Shanghai. Also known as People’s Square;

When:  Every sunday from 10:00 until 16:00;

How to get there:  The park is very easy to reach. Line 1, 2 and 8 of the Shanghai Metro stop here. Get off at station People’s Square.


What to do: French kiss for 10 seconds (with a bartender) for a dish of free beef tongue at Shao Rou Ren restaurant;

Where:  Jiugulou street, Chaoyang, Beijing. But pay attention, this restaurant has moved three times this last five years. It's smart to ask a local about the current location when you go;

When: All year round. China is best visited in the months April, May, September and October;

How to get there: Line 2 and 8 of the Beijing Metro both make a stop near the street where the restaurant is. Get off at Shichahai or Guloudajie station.



USA


What to do:  Eat a Triple Bypass Burger at the Heart Attack Grill. For €20,- you get a burger with 20.000 Kcal. And if you are -by any chance- more than 175kg/350 lbs, your meal is free;

Where: 450 Fremont St., Las Vegas;

When:  Open every day from 11:00 until 23:00;

How to get there:  Multiple busses stop in the neighbourhood. The closest stop is on the crossroad of North Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont St.


What to do:  Take a gold prospecting course or book an excursion to get - thanks to the 1848 Gold Rush - famous Woods Creek;

Where:  Jamestown, California;

When:  The best time to travel to America is different for every area. In California it’s best to stay between April-June and September-November;

How to get there:  Jamestown sits next to the Golden Chain Highway. It’s about 2 hours and 15 minutes driving from San Fransisco.


What to do: Get into the only legal way of gambling in the Bible Belt: BINGO! At Pops 291 you can get a bingo card for only  €2,-;   

Where:   28 Liberty Ln, Greenville, South Carolina;

When:  The best time to travel to America is different for every area. In South-Carolina it’s best to stay in the winter months;  

How to get there:   Greenville has an airport not far from Liberty Lane, called Greenville Downtown Airport. The real bingo fanatics can take a domestic flight.



India


What to do:  Let enlightenment in by taking a bath in the Holy Pond at the Sihks. Entree is free, but donations are welcome;

Where: Golden Temple in Amritsar, Northern India;  

When:  Northern India is very familiar with a lot of rain and a lot of heath. The best time to be there and avoid these natural hazards are November, December and January.

How to get there:  A couple of times a day a train departs from New Delhi to Amritsar. The trainride takes about 6,5 hours en costs about €10,-.   


What to do:  Take a sip of a lovely, refreshing glass of cow pee at the Cow Shed bar. In this part of India there’s a group of people swear by it’s healing power;

Where: Arga, close to New Delhi. And if you’re there anyway, you can also visit the Taj Mahal (it is said to be pretty nice);

When: Northern India is very familiar with a lot of rain and a lot of heath. The best time to be there and avoid these natural hazards are November, December and January.

How to get there:  From New Delhi it’s about two or three hours by train to Arga. There are a multiple services, that depart on different times of the day.  


Burkina Faso


What to do:  Become unreachable and enjoy the signal silence of your phone in Burkina Faso. And if you do want to make a phone call home, look for a calling-tree or hill;

Where: Throughout the land. You get the best unreachability outside the cities. Check the difference between signal in your hometown and Burkina Faso here;  

When: To avoid extreme heat the best time to visit Burkina Faso is between November and February;

How to get there: Ask a local to bring you to the best place of town.


What to do:  Don’t care about a fingertip more or less? Pet a crocodille under the guidance of a local. For €1,50 you’ll get a tour. You can also stay the night in de village if you like;

Where: Bazulee;

When:  To avoid extreme heat the best time to visit Burkina Faso is between November and February;

How to get there:  The village Bazulee is about an hour drive from the capital Ouagadougou.


 


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