Sydney is like the “hottest girl in college” that everyone wants to ask out, but only a few have the courage to do so.  Settling in Sydney is like marrying this beautiful girl. Sydney exhibits the true meaning of diversity with many foreign communities represented in the city. This factor makes it an ideal habitat for people from other parts of the word. The active lifestyle, the worldly charm and the natural beauty of Sydney will make you fall in love with it and perhaps make a long-term commitment of settling down in the city. Sydney has perfect surroundings for new families. Everything you need to raise your children is within your reach. Bringing your imaginations to reality starts with building a home. With a perfect home, you shall enjoy the splendor of Sydney to bits. Only a qualified contractor can turn the vision of your dream house into reality. There are many construction companies Sydney has today, but not all of them can execute the job well. What value will a qualified construction company add to your project?

Quality end results

Your main interest is getting quality results at the end of the project. Getting substandard work can be seriously depressing considering the time, effort and money you have poured into the project. With a reputable and qualified construction company, you can rest assured of efficient and quality services. They have the right expertise, skills as well as equipment needed to do an excellent job.

Management of the budget

Building a lifelong, superb home isn’t a cheap affair. Though you have set a budget for the entire project, from start to finish, mismanagement of the resources can easily burst your budget. Construction costs can shoot to the skies if you fail to pay attention to the set budget. An experienced and reputable contractor knows how to manage a budget without deviating from the initial plan. They will have a strategy of providing quality products and services even while working on a tight budget and ensure minimal wastage of building materials. See details at Mulberry

Knowledge of legal issues and insurance

Construction of any buildings in Sydney is regulated by building codes. Hiring one of the qualified construction companies Sydney has is a good way of ensuring that your construction is complying with the set of codes and regulations. The company deals with construction issues on a daily basis, and so they understand the ins and outs of building regulations.

Insurance is a fundamental element when it comes to construction work. A professional construction carries both liability and worker’s compensation insurance. Insurance protects you from legal ramifications should an accident occur to you, your family members or the builders as the construction work is underway in your home. See details at http://www.mulberrygroup.com.au/

Quick solutions to problems

There are many setbacks when constructing a building. An experienced contractor can help you find quick solutions to these problems without causing any interruptions to the project. They have possibly run into similar issues in the past and hence the solutions are just at their fingertips. If you want your project to run smoothly, hire one of the highly reputable construction companies Sydney has today.

Mongolian lamb, Sichuan-style chilli-spiked crayfish and flaky flatbreads with sweet wafts of fried spring onions cooked before you. Beijing showcases the best of China’s (and neighbouring) flavours, with a few surprising additions of its own. You’ll find Beijing’s food is as headstrong as its residents, not shying away from frying, garlic, chilli, fermented soybean and anything else that brings out bold flavours.

Rice is big in the south, where it grows easily in temperate climes, but China’s capital presides from the often-frigid north, where wheat is grown and filling tummy warmers such as dumplings and hand-pulled noodles are key staples to keeping happy in sub-zero temperatures. Don’t leave the Chinese capital without trying these iconic Beijing dishes.

Peking roast duck (北京烤鸭, Běijīng kǎoyā)

Beijing’s most famous dish, Peking roast duck is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, and served sliced. You’ll be given light pancakes, into which you pile a slice of duck and accompanying sides like fermented bean paste, cucumbers and spring onions. Peking duck was first mentioned in royal cookbooks during the Yuan dynasty (13th century), but didn’t come to the fore until the early 1900s, when former imperial cooks began opening roast duck restaurants outside the palace walls. To prepare the duck, chefs first inflate the bird by blowing air between the skin and body. They then prick the skin and pour boiling water over the duck. Some chefs add malt sugar to the skin so that it glows golden brown once roasted.

Dumplings (饺子, jiǎozi)

Dumplings have a delicate wheat-flour skin around warm, moist prawn or pork contents. More surprising ingredients include sweet corn and yam, while the perfect dumpling has a contrasting crunch of chestnut or garlic chives. The crescent-moon dumplings are served steamed, fried or in a soup, sold by the number of dumplings or weight – a jiǎng (about six dumplings) or bàn jīn (about 30, enough for two people or a solo dumpling fiend). Use your chopsticks to share from the one platter–the Chinese way. On your table you’ll find black rice-vinegar and smoky chilli-oil to drizzle into your little dipping sauce dish. Be ready for the juicy dumpling contents to burst with flavour in your mouth. You’ll be poured a hot bowl of jiǎozi tāng, which is the broth in which dumplings are boiled and a mere palate cleanser for the next tasty morsel of love.

Zhájiàng noodles (炸酱面, Zhájiàngmiàn)

Firm, drained, hand-pulled wheat noodles are topped with minced-pork in a smoky yellow-soybean paste reduction in this classic Beijing noodle dish. To balance out the addictive saltiness of the chunky sauce, fresh vegetables are laid to the side – julienned cucumber, crunchy radish and, in modern Beijing, juicy bean sprouts or edamame (fresh soybeans). You lovingly turn the toppings through the noodles to reach the flavour-to-noodle ratio of your liking and quietly slurp away. Vegetarian versions swap the pork for tofu. Zhájiàng noodles is a much loved and copied dish – Koreans know it is as the ubiquitous jajangmyeon.

The Yangtze River, the longest river in China, boasts widespread natural scenery and rich cultural relics. It has plentiful traveling resources mostly clustering around the mainstream area from Chongqing to Shanghai. Along the route, visitors can find many well-known scenic sights such as Chongqing Jinyun Mountain, Fengdu Ghost City, Yunyang Zhangfei Temple, Jingzhou Ancient City, Red Cliff, Wuhan Yellow Crane Tower and Yueyang Tower. Besides, the big cities like Chongqing, Wuhan, Nanjing and Shanghai are all hot tourist cities.

Among the countless scenic sights, the Three Gorges is the most amazing landscape. It is one of the top ten scenic sights in China. Starting from Fengjie County in Chongqing City in the west and ending at Yichang City in Hubei Province in the east, it is composed of Qutang, Wuand Xiling Gorges from west to east, thus the name “Three Gorges”. The Three Gorges presents visitors with different views. Qutang Gorge is grand and magnificent. Wu Gorge is noted for beautiful scenery, and Xiling Gorge is struck by its abruptness and boldness. The branch rivers such as Daning River, Fragrant Stream and Shennong Stream are equally to visitors’ liking. Rowing on the river, one will feel like traveling in an enchanting Chinese landscape painting. A large number of celebrities in history have left poems in praising its charm. Recently as the completion of the Three Gorges Dam Project in 2009, a quantity of scenic sites have been submerged or removed. But at the same time, the rising water makes some originally narrow gorges reachable. Many new sights emerge.

Tourism resources along the Yangtze River are plentiful and characteristic. Besides the mainstream scenic area where the Three Gorges located, Yangtze tourist area can be further enlarged and divided into seven tourist zones, including Yangtze River Delta, Chongqing-Sichuan tourist zone, Northwestern Hubei and Southern Shaanxi, Western and Northern Parts of Hunan, Southern Anhui famous mountain scenic area, Northern Yunnan and Northern Guizhou, and Northern and Western Parts of Jiangxi.

Several colleagues and I had spent 12 days in Beijing for a hard working conference, working 19 hours a day, when we all needed to relax before going home to the four corners of the world. As usual, we decided to look for tours and the Internet’s the first place to look.

When booking a tour on the Internet from a company you don’t know, there is always an apprehension that perhaps the tour will be a disappointment. But seeing the great feedback gathered by Catherine Lu Tours, I did not hesitate for a moment. This was really an excellent idea. My colleagues and I only had one day to discover Beijing and the Great Wall of China, and although I first thought that visiting both Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China in one Saturday was going to be impossible, we did it.

And it was great!

Our guide, Glory, was incredible: she knew all of the short-cuts and the ways to escape from the crowds in order to have the most efficient and yet relaxing tour possible. She knew all the ways to avoid queueing and when there was a short queue, she’d queue for us while we were enjoying a break.

In the Forbidden City, Glory went as far as having us walk off the centreline where all of the crowds congregate and walk on one side, so as to have the sun behind us, thus making for exceptional pictures. We had time to sit down at various parts of the visit whilst Glory explained to us the long history of the Forbidden City. Every time there was a need to obtain tickets, she was swift in giving us a few minutes break whilst she went to get the tickets. This tour was a real pleasure. Glory was very experienced in the tour. She knew all of the answers to questions we asked her, and she also had an in-depth knowledge to make us not waste any time in queues. For a busy visit like the Forbidden City, it is really important to have someone with you who will show you which way to go without wasting time and she was fantastic for this.

The we were off, in the minibus, to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. The driver was very competent and safe and throughout the journey, Glory explained the history of the Great Wall and of China. At some point, seeing that we were rather tired from the work we had done earlier in the week, she even let us take a nap in the minibus.
We got to the restaurant not too far from the wall and here again it was top marks: it was not too crowded; it was clean; it was fast. There was so much food that we could not finish it. We really enjoyed the food which was typical Chinese and tasted very good. It was great to be able to arrive, relax for an hour while having our food, and then leave immediately afterwards for the Great Wall.

Glory told us all the history of the Great Wall at Mutianyu, which by the way is an excellent part of the wall to visit because it was not crowded at all, although it was a really sunny day. Whilst other members of our group did not manage to walk to the top, I did, next to the Chinese characters on the mountain – what an incredible view! I was awed.

We got back down just in time to catch the last cable cars and the driver took all of us back to the hotel so smoothly that I think most of us fell asleep on the way – but Glory was still well awake! She had great energy!

This was a very special day. I took more than a hundred pictures and I will remember this tour for a long time. It was tiring, but it was definitely worth it! I travel a lot around the world and this was definitely a tour I will recommend to colleagues who visit Beijing in the future.