Want to know about some unheard of, crazy, and unusual things to do in China? Amisha lists 5 China attractions that are unique and amusing enough to be added to your China tour itinerary.
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5 Unusual Things To Do In China That You MUST Experience

Visiting China but don’t want to do what everyone does? We give you 5 unusual things to do in China and places to visit that will blow your mind! Our list includes some incredible China destinations and some quirky experiences, which many haven’t even heard of.

#1 Go On The The World’s Most Dangerous Hike – Huashan’s Plank Walk. Would You Dare?

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The vertigo-inducing Plank Walk,    Image credit – Imgur.com

Shaanxi province is home to the Terracotta Army Museum, however, not many have heard of Huashan or Mount Hua. Huashan has several high peaks, which you can climb using the many steep stairs. But if you think you can handle a bigger challenge, opt for the Plank Walk, which is a giddying hike, through a trail that’s often snow-covered.

So what is the Plank Walk? It involves you walking on a thin ledge around a peak, made of rickety scrap-wood planks, while held by a harness. And then there are places without these planks, where you step only on pegs, holding onto a guide chain to move across. You have to be completely insane to go for this one, which is why it is number 1 on our list.

Travel Tip:

Not suited for children at all. Best suited for Solo travellers, couples and others who wants a memorable spine-chilling adventure.
Not to miss: The Jade Spring temple and  Daoist & Buddhist temple at Huashan
Where are these temples: 2 hours from Xi’an, the capital city of Shaanxi (by bus)
Getting to Huashan: Take a 40-min train trip from Xi’an North station to Huashan North station and then a free, green mini bus from there to the tourist centre at Shengtai Guangchang.

Also Read  – 5 Best Cities To Visit In China And Why!

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#2 How About Sliding Down The Great Wall Of China?

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Most fun and the fastest way to climb down the Great Wall,   image credit- atlasobscura.com

Everyone wants to stand atop the Great Wall of China. But, about 65 kms from Beijing city, at the Mutianyu section, you can experience this wonder of the world in a whole new way – by sliding down an entire stretch on a Toboggan slide.

Want to know how can you do it? Walk it up or take a chairlift till the top. Then prepare for the joyride, which zooms you downwards on a thrilling, zig-zag, 5-minute long Toboggan slide adjacent to the Wall. The same breath-taking view of the Wall and the surroundings, with probably, quadruple the excitement.

Remember Michelle Obama sliding down the Great Wall? Yes, this was it. The slide is definitely one of the best things to do in Beijing.

Travel Tip:

Cost: A trip on the slide costs about CNY 100

Time: Weekdays (5 days): 08:00-16:50, Weekends: 08:00-17:00

Also Read – Cruise Through China, From Great Wall To The Three Gorges

#3 Around The World In Just One Day, At The Window Of The World Theme Park In Shenzen

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa replica at the Window of the World

At the Window of the World theme park you can visit 130 replicas of world’s popular landmarks from different continents, such as the Taj Mahal, Mount Rushmore and the Great Pyramids, among others.

Want to know the best part? You can actually even experience these places like you would at the actual destinations. You can enjoy the replicated canals of Venice in a gondola or enjoy fireworks display at the L’Arc de Triomphe replica here.

You can also experience the various environs of the regions put on display here. If a particular region observes a festival, you get to be a part of the celebrations, right here at the Window of the World theme park.

Travel Tip:

Getting there: By train from the Hung Hom MTR station in Hong Kong to the Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau stations

Remember: You will need to fulfil border-related formalities before entering Shenzen.

Also Read – What You Must Know About Mogao Grottoes Caves In China

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#4 Experience Futuristic Travel At The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

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The Bund Tunnel resembles Time Travel, doesn’t it?

Shanghai’s Bund area is popular for its interesting architectural sites along the Huangpu River. But beneath the Bund, through an entire stretch of the River, is a specially designed tunnel that makes your trip to the other end as interesting as time travel or a similar concept would seem.

Arrive at Puxi, look for the board – Bund Sightseeing Tunnel and you will find a mini rail car. It takes you through a futuristic version of a tunnel, one that glows and flashes patterns and designs resembling imagined abstract spaces.

A visual treat, the Bund Tunnel ride is one of the things you can do in Shanghai without much-ado. Even though the ride costs more than the city’s metro, it guarantees to leave you as amused as a child.

Travel Tip:

Cost: CNY 45, CNY 55 for a round trip

Runs between: Puxi and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Must Read – Surprising Facts About Hungry Ghost Festival In China

#5 Now Eat The Freaky At The Guo Li Zhuang Restaurant, Beijing

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Donkey genitals dish served at the restaurant. Image credit – Thetimes.co.uk

You think trying insect food in China is being bold, then you haven’t heard of the menu at the Guo Li Zhuang restaurant. Cooked genitals of animals like tiger and reindeer, fried maggots and peacock claws, deer face stew, and a whole lot of nasty dishes.

While the restaurant offers such daring delicacies, it names them in a complete baroque style. Names such as ‘Jasmine Flowers with 1,000 Layers’ and ‘Head crowned with a Jade Bracelet’ give the dishes a luxurious feel.

Do hear out the waiters as they give you information on the health benefits or disadvantages and some magical qualities of the dishes you order. Women, especially, are given warnings of unimaginable side-effects of some dishes; effects like beard growth. The insect foods will take lesser courage now, won’t they?

Travel Tip:

Address: 18 Baochan Hutong, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China.

For reservations: +86 10 6611 2088

With futuristic cities, a lesser known culture, and unimaginable foods, regular things to do in China are often completely new and obscure experiences for tourists. We still hope at least two of the above-mentioned China attractions make it to your itinerary.

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Want to have an exciting holiday in the USA? Amisha lists many interesting things to do in the USA, including some premium experiences that can make your US holidays like no one else’s.

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Most US holiday packages cover the cities with iconic landmarks. However, there are plenty other experiences that you can have on the free days of your US holidays or your extended trip. Here are 12 unusual things to do in your  US holiday tour:

#1 Go On A Helicopter Tour Of The Grand Canyon (Arizona)

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The Grand Canyon Lake Powell as seen from inside the helicopter

The geological wonder is known for its panoramic views and hikes. However, nothing matches the sight of the Canyon from a helicopter. You start from Las Vegas (a destination included in most US holiday packages) and fly over the Canyon and also Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and other attractions around. The helicopter ride is safe and the quickest way to explore this natural wonder.

#2 Take The Napa Valley Wine Train (From San Francisco)

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Go for a hot-air balloon ride at Napa Valley

If your US holiday package includes San Francisco, you could take the vintage train from there to go to the Napa Valley (and return). Aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train, you can enjoy a gourmet meal and enjoy view of some scenic destinations before reaching one of the chosen three vineyards.

#3 Learn Surfing And Snorkelling At Oahu (In Hawaii)

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Azure waters of Waikiki beach, Oahu

You can learn to surf or snorkel at any of Oahu’s beaches. You can also go on a sunset helicopter tour or on a kayaking tour to explore other attractions around. Haleiwa, Sunset beach and the Waimea Valley waterfall are some must-visit spots.

#4 Lose Yourself At The Universal Orlando Park (In Florida)

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Gaming Pavilion at the park

The Park includes theme parks named Universal Studios Florida and the Islands of Adventure and a water park called Volcano Bay. While Volcano Bay is the perfect place to beat the heat, the theme parks are super entertaining with thematic rides and attractions from the Simpsons, Minions, Marvel Comics and others. Want to make your US holiday a fun experience, Universal Orlando Park is a must-go!

#5 Dine At ‘SkyCity At The Needle’ Restaurant (Of Seattle)

SkyCity at the Needle is located in Seattle’s iconic 605-feet tall tower – the Space Needle. The revolving restaurant completes one rotation in an hour, giving you incredible views of the city while you enjoy a fine meal. The restaurant is under renovation and reopens in spring of 2018.

#6 Feel The Niagara Falls Up-Close (USA Side, NY)

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Majestic view of the Falls

You must definitely add a visit to the Niagara Falls in your US holidays itinerary. The iconic ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat cruises the river Niagara on the US side and takes tourists up close to the roaring Falls. Standing on the deck, seeing the Falls from aboard the boat and feeling the forceful spray of the gushing water is a thrilling experience.

#7 Witness Broadway Shows First-Hand In Your US Holidays (At New York City)

Soak in the experience of watching Broadway blockbusters like Chicago, the Phantom of the Opera and the Lion King. Book your tickets in advance and immerse in these world-famous theatricals.

#8 Visit The American Museum Of National History (At New York City)

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Marvel at the American Museum of National History

Got kids along? You must visit the American Museum of National History, which stores amusing fossils of dinosaurs and runs interesting shows on the history of oceans, the universe and more. You can opt for their 75-minute Early Access VIP guided tour to view the display without the brimming crowd.

#9 Be A VIP At The San Diego Zoo (California)

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It is well known for its lush, naturalistic habitats and unique animal encounters

Enjoy your visit to one of USA’s most popular Zoos, the San Diego Zoo with your own VIP Experience ticket. The experience includes a guided and customized, interest-based tour inside the zoo with access to off-exhibit areas and lunch at the zoo restaurant. You can also opt for an exclusive tour at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

#10 Ski At World-Class Ski Resorts (Of Utah)

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Utah is home to big mountains and thousands of acres of skiable terrain

Close to the Salt Lake City are various ski resorts that attract both, novice and professional skiers. You can choose from plenty of upscale and budget ski resorts for accommodation and learn to ski by paying for all-day passes, while here.

#11 Set Sail On Sea Near Maine (New England, USA)

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Be drawn to the spectacular coast of Maine

Spend a day aboard a schooner and experience adventure at sea. With beverages and food galore, you can spend time relaxing, spotting seals around or learning the ropes from the sailor.

#12 Attend And Bet At The Kentucky Derby

Get entry at the Churchill Downs for a Kentucky Derby weekend with an exclusive ticket package or even a private suite booking. You can bet on a horse here and spot celebrities. Do read up on what to wear before visiting.

The Nissi tours and Travels US vacation package includes a visit to many states from the list given above.
Use the ‘on-your-own’ time from your US holiday to do any of the things given above and enjoy the USA differently.

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Planning to visit Paris? Amisha suggests a fresh, new way to go around Paris, along with a list of some of the top things to do in Paris to make your trip memorable.

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Discover Paris, it will truly steal your heart away

You ask someone who has been to Paris, ‘what to do in Paris’ and they will suggest visiting the museums and the Eiffel Tower. But there are so many other and unusual things to do in Paris! We tell you about some top things to do in Paris that are interesting and probably unheard of, and will make your trip worthwhile.

Top 7 Things To Do In Paris

#1 Explore Paris From A ‘Bateau Mouche’ On The Seine

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Enjoy a view of Notre Dame with a boat ride on Seine in Paris, France

Hop onto a Bateau Mouche (an open boat) and enjoy the mesmerising sights of Paris’ beautiful bridges and illuminated landmarks visible from the River Seine. While on the boat, you can even enjoy a gourmet meal with champagne and make the ride romantic and memorable.

Travel Tip: You can go for the boat ride any time between 10 am and 9:30 pm. Although, the ride lasts a few hours, you can choose to get off at any of the terminals.

#2 Find Your Pick At 150-Year Old Flea Market

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The typical souvenir you can find in this flea market

Paris’ Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen is the world’s largest international flea market that hosts 14 markets within. The market is known for old toys, books, and posters, vintage couture, luggage pieces, and silver jewellery, and just about anything antique. Visiting this market is definitely one of the top things to do in Paris for fun. If you are not up for shopping, you can go around the numerous alleys of the market, enjoying the vibe.

Travel Tip: Do check out the restaurant Ma Cocotte – one of the most happening places here.

#3 Visit The Legendary Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore

The Shakespeare & Company Bookstore is a haven for book-lovers especially, because it stocks really old and new books and also beds. Yes, the store allows aspiring writers to sleep and read there in exchange for assisting at the store and writing for the shop’s archives. The store is a popular destination for book readings and has even featured in films such as Jules & Julia and Before Sunset. Its café next door is known for its Sticky Chai, Chai Latte and some interesting British treats.

#4 Marvel At Paris’ Gothic Churches & The Notre Dame Cathedral

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A sumptuous, intimate chapel with remarkable stained glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle

Paris has beautiful churches, some of which remain as the biggest draws because of their impressive Gothic architecture. What not to miss – the Sainte-Chapelle, with its 15 extensive, high stained-glass windows, and the church of Saint Severin, with its signature Gothic twisted columns. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, you cannot not have this on your list of top things to do in Paris. It boasts remarkable Gothic elements, such as a large stained glass rose window, religious sculptures and interesting gargoyles.

#5 Discover Paris’ Catacombs

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These are the Paris Catacombs: a network of old caves, quarries and tunnels

The Paris Catacombs are tunnels from the Middle Ages, which became sites of burials after the city’s cemeteries became full. Even today these tunnels exist with bones and skulls of millions of Parisians, only now with better facilities to view them, across a stretch of about a kilometre and a half.

Travel Tip: Avoid going here if you have any health issues or have kids along as there are no washrooms until you come out of the Catacombs.

#6 Feel On Top Of The World At The Eiffel Tower Summit

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Eiffel Tower on a Spring morning, Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower is magical to say the least, but standing on the topmost floor of the Tower, at a height of 276 meters, with the city beneath your feet and wind in your hair, is an unmatched feeling! It can be vertigo-inducing, no doubt, but without checking this off your list, you can’t really say, you have been to the Eiffel Tower!

Travel Tip: If you can’t go right to the top, you can also hang out on the other floors, which offer an equally beautiful view of the city. This 324-meter high Tower also houses a champagne bar, a macaroon bar, restaurants, and gift shops.

#7 Take The ‘Masterpieces Tour’ At The Louvre

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The Louvre Museum is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France

The world’s greatest art museum showcases about 35,000 art pieces at any given point of time. It is practically impossible to see all in a day, so we recommend taking the ‘Masterpieces Tour’, one of the popular thematic tours of the Louvre. The guided Tour goes on for 1 hour and 30 minutes, covering the Vénus de Milo and the Mona Lisa among others. Without a guide, you may lose your way inside, so download a helpful app on your smartphone before visiting, you can find many in your app store.

A trip to Paris can always give you a fresh perspective of the city, we hope you find yours with our list of top things to do in Paris.

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India is a fascinating country and we all know that. With so many quirks and entertaining traditions that Indians follow, here’s something we bet you didn’t know about!

-By Aishwarya Menon

With more than 33-crore deities, India also has a huge number of shrines and temples dedicated to them. And with so many dedications, there are bound to be a few with the oddest of peculiarities. From temples dedicated to rats, and motorcycles, to those where toddlers are thrown from rooftops and caught for luck, one quirk that stood out for us was offerings and distribution of alcohol as prasad. Interesting? Read on!

Kal Bhairav Temple, Ujjain

Kal Bhairav is believed to have miraculous powers to gulp down the liquor that the devotees offer

Kal Bhairav is believed to have miraculous powers to gulp down the liquor that the devotees offer

Worshiped by many, the Kal Bhairav deity in Ujjain is known to be a guzzler who drinks a quarter bottle of alcohol in a matter of a few minutes. Known to form one of the five rituals of tantra, the five Ms; Madya (liquor), Maans (meat), Meen (fish), Mudra (gesture) and Maithun (copulation), Kal Bhairav is believed to miraculously gulp down the liquor that devotees offer.

Baba Rode Shah Dargah, Amritsar

Baba Rode Shah's dargah is meant to solve problems of childless couples

A visit to Baba Rode Shah’s dargah is known to solve problems of childless couples

Legend has it that Baba Rode Shah was once visited by a farmer who, despite being married for a few years, was childless. With the baba’s blessing, a male child was born to the couple. The couple then offered a sum of Rs 500 to the baba as a token of gratitude, which he refused to accept. Instead, he asked the couple to offer a bottle of liquor as prasad to his devotees. The practice continues to date where devotees who can’t bear children, line up with bottles of alcohol. These offerings are later distributed to the devotees as prasad.

Parassinikkadavu Madappura Temple, Kerala


At first glance it might seem like any other temple, where thousands of devotees jostle with one another to get a glimpse of the presiding deity. But look closely and you will see two sealed bottles of Old Port Rum as an offering to the 700-year-old Parassinikkadavu Madappura.

Legend goes that the upper castes tried to kill a strong Muthappan, a hunter representing the lower caste Thiya caste. Failing, they tried tricking him by offering him a huge quantity of alcohol, assuming he’d be easy to defeat in an inebriated state. Instead, when Muttappan consumed the liquor, it turned into nectar and he emerged more powerful. The temple till today is considered as a symbol of protest by the backward classes against the upper classes.

Kal Bhairav Temple, Ahmedabad

The liquor 'prasad' stall right outside Kal Bhairav Temple, Ahmedabad

The liquor ‘prasad’ stall right outside Kal Bhairav Temple, Ahmedabad

A recently established temple that has gained popularity rather quickly, the Kal Bhairav temple accepts only offerings of foreign liquor in exchange for blessings. Visit this temple and you will see bottles of fine liquor laid out near the statue of Kal Bhairav. In fact, there are people who compete in offering the costliest liquor.

Khabees Baba Temple, Lucknow

A basket of liquor, flowers and incense sticks as offerings to Khabees Baba

A basket of liquor, flowers and incense sticks as offerings to Khabees Baba

Khabees Baba was a local saint in the Sitapur district of Lucknow. A staunch devotee of lord Shiva, Khabees Baba was known to have healing powers and a deep fondness for liquor. Enter the temple and you see neither a priest nor a deity, what you do see are a pair of slippers symbolising the feet of the baba. Devotees pour liquor over the feet as an offering. The remains are then collected and distributed among the devotees as prasad.

Interesting, isn’t it? Have you visited any of these temples, if so let us know in the comments below!

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