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Archive for April, 2010

Chinese Visa Requirements for Shopping in Shanghai

April 29th, 2010
In terms of population, China is not only the biggest city in China-with a population of over 20 million people, it's the largest city in the entire world. As you might expect from its size, Shanghai is an excellent shopping destination. In fact, it is often referred to as the "Shopping Paradise" and "Oriental Paris". In Shanghai, you can buy just about anything-the finest tea in China, beautiful pearls and delicate jewelry, brand names and knockoffs, and even fighting crickets!  If you are concerned about navigating the streets of Shanghai on your own, you can go as part of a shopping tour. However, traveling by yourself has its own advantages-you have more freedom to roam around, and you can spend the money you would have given the tour operator on stuff for yourself. If you are p


Cameroon Visa Requirements For Tourists

April 25th, 2010
Since the 1970's, Cameroon's government has been encouraging the development of the country's tourism industry, which has been growing slowly but steadily. There's a lot to love about Cameroon-fascinating people, flawless beaches, and an amazing variety of wildlife. What keeps people away? According to Lonely Planet's guide to the country, "Cameroon’s tourist industry is a victim of geography. It sits in a tough neighbourhood, bordered by some problematic countries." According to the US Department of State, Cameroon also has a high crime rate, so do be careful, especially if you decide to venture out of the well-known tourist industries. However, these cautions aside, Cameroon does have a lot to offer the careful traveler.  Cameroon encompasses a diverse variety of habitats and


Bangladesh Visa Requirements For Tourists

April 25th, 2010
Bangladesh is a small country (about the size of Wisconsin), surrounded by India to the north, east and west and the Bay of Bengal to the South.  Although tiny, relatively poor and prone to natural disasters, Bangladesh is nonetheless an intriguing place to visit, with an abundance of natural parks, ancient ruins and unspoiled beaches. However, US visitors to Bangladesh do need to obtain a Bangladesh visa. In theory, you should be able to get a visa on arrival. However, as the US Department of State notes, "Bangladesh has not widely publicized their policies for visas on arrival.  Travelers may encounter delays in airport visa issuance or refused entry if they do not have visas prior to arrival." Also, visas issued on arrival are valid for a maximum of 14 days, while visas issued a


Brazilian Visa Requirements For Eco-Tourism

April 24th, 2010
In Brazil, eco-tourism is fast becoming big business.  According to, about 1 million eco-tourists visited the country each year as of 2000. During 2000, ecotourism  also grew faster than tourism as a whole-up 15% compared to 3%. Ecotourism in Brazil helps more than the environment. It also helps local communities, providing employment and providing an incentive to protect rainforests and other natural resources from development. Although Brazil welcomes tourists, a visa is required for American citizens to enter the country.  To visit an ecolodge in Brazil, you must apply for a Brazilian visa with the following documents: A valid passport. To apply for a Brazilian visa, your passport must have at least 6 months left before it expires. Also, you will need at least 2


Uzbekistan Visa Requirements To Visit Samarkand

April 21st, 2010
This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in the 7th century BC.  Many people today have never heard of the ancient city of Samarkand, but it was once one of the most important cities in Asia. Samarkand is located in modern-day Uzbekistan, and was once an important stop on the Silk Road, the great trade route that connected China with Europe. It was also the location of the first paper mill in the Islamic world, and for a long time it was an important center of Islamic study. In the 14th century, the Mongol warlord Tamerlane made Samarkand his capital, bringing in artists and artisans from all over his empire. The traces of this long, distinguished history linger in Samarkand today, making it a beautiful and interesting place to visit. It was added to the UNESCO