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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 flag; This is especially the case now because most guides have radio systems so that people can be further away from the guide and still hear her/him.


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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/wiki/Military_colours,_standards_and_guidons In military organizations, the practice of carrying colours, standards or guidons, both to act as a rallying ...


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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 you from leaving the airport. Be sure to leave plenty of time to get back to the airport, pass through airport security, and find your gate. There will be no ...


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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 streets with buildings of 4-5 floors, which block the view. I can't entirely rule out that there may be some spots in the grounds from which you can just ...


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This is very common in China. You might have a number of tour groups simultaneously at a busy tourist site and the use of a flag (and stickers on the participants) helps keep them together and is very much necessary. Sometimes the tour leader will dress in minority costume as well (for example in Lijiang), which also helps them stand out from the crowd. It'...


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Some statistics on how many tourists each prefecture receives can be found here. There's a little English language summary of some key findings here. Last year, the top ten prefectures for overnight stays by foreigners were: Tokyo Osaka Hokkaido Kyoto Okinawa Chiba Fukuoka Aichi Kanagawa Yamanashi The ten least popular prefectures were: ...


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I can't find any record of Richard Garriott's (or parents') address in Cambridge, and I don't think it is a very large city, so the fact that he walked to Prof. Hawking's house does not say much. But from this Cambridgeshire County Council page about births, marriages and deaths you can make a search for the birth certificate of Richard Garriott, born 1961 ...


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I visited the Alhambra on two different days in October 2019, and they checked the passports of almost nobody. I witnessed perhaps 50 interactions with customers showing tickets as I waited in various entry lines, and only once did they ask a visitor for their passport. I don't know what triggered the passport check for this particular customer, but he ...


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I am one of the pre-booking type of guys, I plan for any trips months in advance and book everything long before embarking on a trip. But, in Istanbul, You will considerably save much more by booking in person once you are there. All the tours that appear costly from a distance are actually much cheaper when booked on the spot. Don’t even book from your ...


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This is impossible to answer, really, because it depends on what you're interested in. Personally, I wouldn't like the Merlin pass, because I'd have little interest in most of the attractions it gives access to, but your tastes are almost certainly different than mine. I have no idea whether you'd personally enjoy Madame Tussauds or whether you'd have a ...


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As others said, you'll see those everywhere, not only in Thailand. Each tour guide has a stick with some special identifying items, most often flag or stuffed animals, to make them visible in a crowded area. It's also useful for tours that tourists join individually and arrive at the meeting point on their own. European tourist companies more commonly use ...


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If I were you I'd be prepared for an early morning. Other attractions I have visited offering free passes on a first come first served basis usually tend to attract massive queues hours before the opening of the ticket office. This also send to be true for the Washington Monument: NOTE FOR SAME DAY TICKETS TO THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT: If you plan on ...


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If you were to somehow scale and stand on the southeast corner of the roof of the British Museum, then the scaffolding presently enveloping the Elizabeth Tower (popularly known as Big Ben, after a bell that resides within it) would just be visible. See https://www.google.com/maps/place/London/@51.5208233,-0.1268642,46a,35y,174.37h,79.23t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!...


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I've visited all the Cable Landing Stations in Cornwall, they are all linked up by ducts under 3 roads that run from West Penwith all the way to Bude passing Widemouth Bay. On the beach at Widemouth there are two Post Office Manholes that have HD marked on them near the Lifeguard Hut, these are where the sea cables are spliced onto the land cables which then ...


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Clockwise from top left: 1) Halasuru Someshwara Temple 2) Kote Venkataramana Temple 3) Mysore Palace (fairly sure, feel free to correct) 4) Vidhana Soudha 5) Shiva statue 6) Art of Living International Center


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Here is a photo I took of one of the cables on a Cornish beach after a storm nine years ago. There is also this excellent You Tube video you can watch and this media report I also wrote this blog post giving a load of relevant links.


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Pass City seems to offer this, although I haven't tried it myself so can't vouch for it. The website lists 91 places in Moscow and 59 places in St Petersburg that the pass can be used, but some users have complained that the pass wasn't accepted in several places. Also, the reviews are quite mixed, often suggesting that it's better value to just pay for ...


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You are looking for places like that ? Maybe this. I'd first start by looking at the Detroit Atlas Obscura (maybe too tame for what you are looking for) Secondly, I'd look at Detroit photographer groups (for example on flickr) and ask for suggestions. Normally when doing things like there, there are always risks of trespassing and getting caught (part ...


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There's a stop on Avenue Joseph Bouvard just west of Avenue de la Bourdonnais. which is 10 minutes walk from your hotel. The name of the stop is "Rapp-la Bourdonnais". But, IMO, it's not an efficient way to see the sights; plain city buses are not made to make it easy to see the sights (smaller windows, lower, full of regular people). jcaron, in the ...


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Long queues for tickets are not an issue at most attractions - the main delays can be for security, which you will not be able to skip even with a pass. The hop-on tourist buses are fine if you want a tour but are not a viable means of transport on their own - they are infrequent and don't go to enough places.


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Also, Taganka bunker: http://bunker42.com/eng/opisanie-ekskursiy.php?ELEMENT_ID=414 It's a real declassified cold-war bunker in central Moscow, with guided tours and rent options for events. I've been there and it's pretty atmospheric.


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Only difference is knowing you have a ticket for that date, where as walk ups could have to wait if the venue is at capacity


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We managed to gather short list of badges/patches from around the world in this Outdoors SE question: Badges for tourists achievements/quests. Quoting the part about Austria and Germany: This concept is known in German as "Wandernadel" and implemented by a lot of local tourist assiciations, usually in the form of a "book" you can stamp at designated ...


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