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Travel Website Review: ChinaTours.com

We were given the opportunity to review the China Tours website. Check out our thoughts here.

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China Tours

We really want to go to China in the next year or so and hopefully teach some English over that way. So when we were given the opportunity to review the http://www.chinatours.com website we thought it would be a good opportunity to do a little bit of background research into where we might want to go.

There are just a few things that you want from a good travel booking website:

  • Great looking and fast loading
  • Easy navigation
  • Specific and detailed information
  • Low costs
  • Simple booking process

First Impressions

China Tours

Landing on the home page you get the immediate feeling that this site has been translated from Chinese into English rather than created in English to begin with. The first words you see are “we serve you like families” but at least we are greeted warmly.

And to be fair we have heard the English language butchered all around the world from “native” English speaking countries!

The site is quite minimal with loads of white space and not a lot of text. We like this style as it means you won’t get too confused by what is on offer. However we felt that there could have been a few more high quality pictures near the top perhaps on a slider window to really grab the viewers attention.

Navigation

Jumping right in we navigated our way initially to the “Join-in Tours” which we took to mean that they were group tours. Every tour seems to depart from Beijing which is probably a good thing considering it is the easiest place to fly in to China from pretty much everywhere.

There are a few things on our Bucket List that we want to tick off in China including the Great Wall and Tibet. The perfect tour for us then would definitely be “Images of China and Tibet”. Leaving from Beijing on a 12 day tour you take in both the Great Wall and Tibet, not to mention the Terracotta Warriors in Xian before finishing in Shanghai.

Getting around the site is definitely easy and while there are a few translation “oddities” there is nothing that you cannot understand.

Information

Tibet Tours

Once you have selected a tour there is some really detailed information outlining exactly when and where you will go on your tour. Even going as far as letting you know where you will be eating your dinner each evening.

We cannot wait to try some delicious Peking Duck in China!

The embedded maps even though you might know what the place is called where you are headed. You might not actually know geographically where in China you are.

Costs and Booking Process

Considering that the trips are quite expensive (for our usual backpacker standards) we would expect the best service during the trip. Fortunately it looks like the tours do deliver with 4 and 5 star accommodations. Not to mention all of your meals arranged at various delicious looking restaurants.

As with most tours there are only set days for departures. The interesting thing is though that you cannot actually book any tours directly on the site.

Once you click the “Book” button you are in fact taken to a general Enquiry form. If we were actually considering the trip then this kind of annoys me as we were ready to hand over our money. That is the point of booking isn’t it? Shouldn’t it be in the best interest of the tour company to want to take your money?

They do state that they will get back to you within 24 hours and once they reply you do have a range of options to pay up including PayPal, Bank Transfers and the usual Credit Cards.

Overall

The site is well designed but could definitely use just a tiny bit of work to fix up some of the Chinese to English translations. And by adding a few “wow” factor photos as well then I think it would help draw you in to click on each tour.

Would we use them to book with? Considering we want to head to China in a few years time, definitely. But we would be doing a lot more research prior to then anyway.

If you want to visit Xian, then I also highly recommend you check out this this tour company, www.chinaxiantour.com, who will show you the authentic side of China.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

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Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.

So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.

5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

# 1 – Prescription Glasses

In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.

# 2 – Eat Carrots

Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.

# 3-  Bilberry Supplements

Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.

# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away

This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.

So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.

# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups

To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.

By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.

Strength Your Eyes

Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.

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Video Slot Games Are All The Rage

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Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.

For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.

So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.

However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.

That’s right!

Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.

But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.

Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.

As low as 95%!!!!

So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.

For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.

Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.

The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.

With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.

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Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water

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Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant.  Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby.  However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.

Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan.  If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant.  Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.

  1. Lead

Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy.  Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing.  As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead.  If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.

While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.

  1. Bacteria

Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women.  E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water.  This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk.  Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.

  1. Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals

Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning.  Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals.  While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.

Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe

If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it.  Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus.  You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit.  Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes.   If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.

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