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Why do some groups of tourists include someone carrying a banner?

It's like that everywhere for guided tours (not just Chinese people) It makes it easier to follow the guide. The guide tour leader will carry a flag so that if/when people get lost they can spot the ...
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Is a 13-hour layover in the middle of the night enough time to go see Buckingham Palace?

As you've got to make the journey between airports anyway, I say make the most of it. Sleep on the plane if you can and see the city at night. I'd pack in one backpack (hand luggage strapped on top) ...
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Is a 13-hour layover in the middle of the night enough time to go see Buckingham Palace?

Yes, it's doable. Although going through central London isn't the fastest route from Heathrow to Gatwick, you have lots of time so it's not an unreasonable route to take. You could obviously do it ...
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Am I allowed to leave airport in the USA during a 23-hour layover?

Having an American passport usually means you are an American citizen. As such, you can enjoy unrestricted travel in the US. The other travelers will have to be admitted to US before the start of the ...
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Can you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for free?

It's definitely not the same thing. There are two 'routes'. One is along the pedestrian walkway on the bridge. Same height as the traffic and trains. (source: Wikipedia) The other is over the '...
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Can travellers see Buddhist temples in Saudi Arabia?

There are no such temples in Saudi Arabia - source: 26+ years of living there. There are way more Christians in Saudi Arabia than Buddhists - but there are no churches in Saudi Arabia either. It is ...
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Is a 13-hour layover in the middle of the night enough time to go see Buckingham Palace?

Very easily doable. But if you're going all that way in on the tube and aren't too tired, walk around - central London is quite small and easily walkable. You could see Tower Bridge, Tower of London, ...
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How can one visit the Door To Hell?

WikiTravel doesn't have an article on the Gates of Hell, but WikiVoyage does. There's at least four tour companies listed. Two international and two local. You apparently can drive there but it ...
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Why do some groups of tourists include someone carrying a banner?

For the same reason that Western and Near Eastern militaries have been carrying "colours, standards (and) guidons" for 7,000 years: so the troops know where the commander is. https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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Is the new Tokyo Fish Market in Toyosu open to visitors?

Not yet open to the general public (which includes tourists I believe), but it will be starting 13 Oct 2018 (Sat) from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. From 15 Oct 2018 (Mon) onwards, it will be open from 5:00 am ...
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Is 6 hours transit time enough to see something of Seoul?

You don't indicate what time of day you will arrive and depart, but Incheon Airport offers a series of free Transit Tours of varying lengths and departing at various times of the day. The shorter ...
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Do we have to expect a queue for the shuttle from Watford Junction to Harry Potter Studio?

This depends on the time of year, day of the week, holidays etc. But, generally, yes there will probably be a small queue. When I have been before it was during a week day, we arrived about 10 ...
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Delhi, Beijing or Japan for sightseeing in May with a teenage daughter?

Painting with broad brush strokes about some very large and varied countries here, but I'd go for Japan. India I'd rule out due to the climate alone: March to May is the hot season, and it will be ...
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Transit in Amsterdam for 10 hours, do I have time to visit the city for sightseeing?

Yes, it is possible for you to leave the airport in Amsterdam. You will clear Schengen immigration controls there, whereby your passport will be stamped. After that, there will be nothing preventing ...
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Do we have to expect a queue for the shuttle from Watford Junction to Harry Potter Studio?

Summary: One should be prepared to wait for the second bus if they are visiting during school holidays, Easter being one of them. There are other options to get to the Warner Bros Studio from Watford ...
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Are Ginkgo trees in Japan rare and if so, where can I find them?

While what constitutes a "best" spot is subjective, here are some popular options: Icho Namiki This road is located in Tokyo, between the Gaienmae and Aoyama-Itchome stations. The best time to visit ...
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Am I allowed to leave airport in the USA during a 23-hour layover?

If you are transferring to another city in the US via Atlanta, then yes. You are going to go through immigration in Atlanta, after which you will be landside, i.e. you have essentially left the ...
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Are women required to wear skirts to get into some tourist sites?

Skirts specifically are not required, but modest dress certainly is, mostly in religious sites: churches like St. Peter's in the Vatican, major temples in Thailand and India, mosques pretty much ...
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Delhi, Beijing or Japan for sightseeing in May with a teenage daughter?

Disclaimer / qualifier: I live in Tokyo Go to Japan. Any trip from Brazil to Asia is going to cost a lot, you may as well make the most of it. Japan has no more or less in the tourist / culture / ...
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Is Big Ben visible from the British museum?

The British Museum is located a short-ish (20-30 minutes) walk from Big Ben, so the distance isn't a problem in seeing it. But the British Museum is surrounded relatively closely in that direction by ...
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Can you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for free?

I was in Sydney last year for a visit and thought about doing the Harbour Bridge walk. It's undoubtedly a great experience, but it's expensive and you're not allowed to take your own camera with you. ...
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Where can I visit Anthony Howe's amazing wind-powered kinetic sculptures?

Locations of Public Sculptures: USA Spine Tower, San Francisco, California Azlon I, Baltimore, Maryland Oblongata, Procter & Gamble Hdqts, Mason, Ohio Chief II, Tulsa, Oklahoma Octo - Greenville, ...
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Enter Van Gogh Museum restaurant

I had a quick look at the van Gogh Museum website, found a link to the restaurant and it says The café is open daily during museum opening hours and can only be accessed via the museum From that I ...
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Are there other tram bistros like the cancelled U76 in Düsseldorf?

I know of at least two: Colonial Tramcar Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia, three seatings per day every day. SpåraKoff in Helsinki, Finland, operates hourly in the afternoons during the summer ...
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Places to Visit in Seattle as a Nirvana Fan?

Fortunately one fan wrote up such a tour idea for the NY Times. To summarise, he started by staying at the Marco Polo, a motel where Cobain used to get his heroin nearby, and shoot up in room 226. ...
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Is the London pass valid(/free) for multiple entries to same tourist attraction?

Regarding the attractions - it is not possible. But regarding the Boat cruise, you actually can enter it multiple times. You will receive 1-day ticket (see http://www.londonpass.com/london-...
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How to track my travels nicely?

As far as I've ever found there's not something exactly like what you want, but there are a few workarounds. Previously I used WorldMate, it's more of an upcoming trip tracker rather than a where I'...
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Where can I visit Anthony Howe's amazing wind-powered kinetic sculptures?

The artist states that he installs and tests most of his works prior to putting them up for sale. If you're that big of a fan, I would suggest emailing him to see if he would be open to you visiting ...
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Where can I find a global heat map of travel spots?

Here's what I'm aware of: Sightsmap (which I think comes closest to what you are looking for) Heatmaps of Flickr photos and Twitter tweets Flickr heat maps Flickr heat maps distinguishing between ...
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What happened to the Prime Meridian sculpture in Greenwich?

A Facebook conversation with Royal Museums Greenwich reports the following: [T]he sculpture was returned to its owner 'News Print International' (sic) after its loan was complete. It went to their ...
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