Welcome to the Swiss Canton of Graubünden, Swizterland, Europe on virtualtripping.com.

By Mark on June 4, 2013

Drive from St.Moritz to chur, Swizterland.
Crestasee, Graubünden Switzerland
Mountain biking in Graubünden, Switzerland
Welcome to the canton of Graubünden in Swizterland. It is also known as the Grisons. Has i have just mentioned it is the largest and easternmost canton of Switzerland. This canton shares the borders with other cantons of Ticino, Uri, Glarus and St. Gallen, as well as the international borders of  Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein.  Graubünden, translated into english means the “Grey Leagues,” referring to the canton’s origin in three local alliances, the League of God’s House, the Grey League, and the League of Ten Jurisdictions. Graubünden has also become home to three of Switzerland’s ethnic groups. And has a variety of languages, like, Swiss German, Italian and Romansh which are all native to the state. Today, it is the only canton where the Romansh language is still spoken.

Lenzerheide, Heidsee

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This is a picture taken from flickr of Grisons.

the river Inn

Photo by robanhk

This is a picture taken from flickr of the river Inn, in the Swiss National Park.
This is a vast area, it is 7,105.2 square kilometres or 2,743.3 sq miles, there is a third of the canton, which has become commonly regarded as productive land . The rest is forest, mountains, highlands of the Rhine and Inn river valleys. There is also the only official Swiss National Park. In the northern part a UNESCO World Heritage Site, under the name Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona. There is a Biosphere Reserve and the Ela Nature Park. There is the Grison Alps, which include Tödi at 3,614 metres or 11,857 ft and the highest peak Piz Bernina at 4,049 metres or 13,284 ft. You will find many mountain ranges which feature extensive glaciers, such as at the Adula, the Albula, the Silvretta, the Bernina, the Bregaglia and the Rätikon ranges. The mountain ranges in the central area are very deep, some of which are considered the deepest valleys in Europe. These valleys were originally settled by the Raetians (Rhaeti). So where about are the borders of Graubünden borders on the cantons are St. Gallen to the northwest, Glarus, Uri to the west, and Ticino to the southwest. With it’s international borders, sharing with Italy (South Tyrol and Lombardy), Austria (Tyrol and Vorarlberg) and Liechtenstein. The capital city of Graubünden is Chur. And there are world-famous resorts like St. Moritz and Davos-Klosters are located in the canton, completed by the larger all year round tourism destinations of Arosa, Flims, Lenzerheide, Scuol-Sammnaun and more. The Inhabitants of Grisons are called Buendner or rarely Grisonians.


Photo by gali367

This is a picture taken from flickr of Passugg.


Photo by stejan

This is a picture taken from flickr of some cows in Säntis.

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Welcome to the lovely town of Wigan in Greater Manchester, north-west of England on Virtualtripping.com.

By Mark on May 14, 2013

Wigan Town Centre
Wigan Market
Wigan Wallstreet Station
A Ride Round Wigan

Firstly i learned about Wigan,when i was a small boy, i found out that this town was a well-known rugby league town, but today, it is more know for being a footballing town, as Wigan Atheltic football club, are in the top division, known as the premier league. But i am not sure for how much longer,as they look like they maybe relegated. Wigan stands on the River Douglas near Preston, Manchester and Liverpool.The town is the largest settlement in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan and is its administrative centre. Historically Wigan was a part of Lancashire, it.s history dates back to the time of the Brigantes and the Celtic’s, when they created a territory. Wigan is believed to have been incorporated as a borough in 1246 following the issue of a Charter by King Henry III of England. By the end of the middle ages Wigan had become a borough, joining three other boroughs in lancashire, they were Lancaster, Liverpool and Preston.

The DW Stadium, 4th August 2009

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This is a picture taken from flickr of “The DW Stadium, 4th August 2009″ Rugby League.

DW Stadium North Stand, Wigan Athletic v Tottenham Hotspur, 21 February 2010

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This is a picture taken from flickr of the “DW Stadium North Stand, Wigan Athletic v Tottenham Hotspur, 21 February 2010″.

Wigan Athletic v Zambia 1978

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This is a picture taken from flickr of “Wigan Athletic v Zambia 1978″.

Wigan experience an unbelieveable transformation during the Industrial revolution, where the economy expanded and the population grew, into a major town within the Industry. Although Wigan became well known for manufacturing products like porcelain and also clock making, Wigan has become more known as a mill town and a major coal mining district. The coal mining industry has been around in Wigan since 1450 and at it’s highest point there were around 1,000 pit shafts. Coal mining ceased during the latter part of the 20th century. Wigan is now a town dealing with the light industries.  The Pier, is a wharf which is on the Liverpool and Leeds Canal it became famous thanks to the writer Mr George Orwell who wrote a book named, The Road to Wigan Pier.  The book was about the life within Wigan and how the people lived and what conditions they lived in during the 1930′s. After the decline of the industries over the years Wigan’s Pier’s collection of warehouses and wharfs has now become a heritage and cultural establishment, being visited daily by tourists.

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Virtualtripping proudly presents a new classical, theatrical singer, Emma Woolley.

By Mark on May 1, 2013

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, it is my honour to present you with a new singer, this singer is a long term friend of mine, and her dream is to sing live in musicals, theatres and public places. Emma is a wonderful, loving person, with a good heart, who really deserves to do well. Below is a youtube video, where you can listen to a demo of two brilliant songs, they are, Expected song and Heaven help my heart, enjoy.

  • Emmas single
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    Welcome to the history of Korea in Asia on Virtualtripping.com.

    By Mark on April 16, 2013

    North Korea: Explained

    North Korea VS. South Korea

    Well with things going on in Korea, I thought I would write a short post about these two troubled sovereign states, North Korea and South Korea. You will find these two countries on the Korean Peninsula, bordered by China to the northwest and Russia to the northeast. They are also separated from Japan towards the east by the Korea Strait and the Sea of Japan (East Sea), and also separated from Taiwan to the south by the East China Sea. So why are there problems over there. Well this is my version, some of you may agree and others won’t. Lets begin, There once was the Three Kingdoms of Korea, these kingdoms were united during the Silla Dynasty (57 BC – 935) under the king known as Munmu of Silla. Then the kingdoms were to end during the year of 935, after falling to the Goryeo Dynasty at the end of the Later Three Kingdoms of Korea era. The Goryeo were a highly cultured state. In the 14th century, they created the Jikji. Sadly, due to an invasion in the 13th century, by the Mongols, the Goryeo Dynasty was dramatically weakened, but the nation was forced to become a tributary state. But once thee was the collapse of the Mongol Empire‘s collapse, there was a lot of political problems and unfortunately the Goryeo people were to be replaced by the Joseon Dynasty in 1388.

    Over the next 200 years, there was relative peace during the Joseon era. They created the Korean alphabet Hangul by King Sejong the Great, during the 14th century and there was a rise in influence of Confucianism in the country. Towards the end of the dynasty, Korea’s isolationist policy earned it the Western nickname the “Hermit kingdom“. Then in the late part of the 19th century, the country was to become an object of the colonial designs of Japan. In 1910, Korea was annexed by Japan and remained a colony until the end of World War II in August 1945. Unfortunately for Korea, in 1945 the colony was to be split into two nations, one occupied by the Soviet Union and the other occupied by the United States, this was after an agreement with the surrender of Japanese forces in Korea. So the Soviet troops were to occupy the north of the 38th parallel, while U.S. troops took surrender south of it. This decision was to go on a create a problem in Korea, Why?  well the allied armies were to end up causing the division of Korea by the two superpowers, this was because the two nations could not agree on the terms of Korean independence. This was to lead to the Cold War, when the rival nations were to establish governments sympathetic to their own ideologies, leading to Korea’s division into two political entities: North Korea and South Korea.

    Today we have North Korea, which has become officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which is a single-party state and has a centrally planned industrial economy. On the other hand we have South Korea, again officially as the Republic of Korea, which is a multi-party state with a capitalist market economy, with membership in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Group of Twenty. So it appears that these two countries, have been under pressure to succeed, under the reign of the Soviet Union, today Russia and the reign of the United states of America. So are these threats by the north, really against the south or is it more to do with the United States of America. The answer is quite likely to be the latter. South Korea are NO threat to North Korea really, it is just that the regime in the north of korea, have had enough of the U.S.A telling them what and what not to do. Yes they are a regime, but if left alone, I believe they would not be much of a threat. Also I believe that the new leader  Kim Jong-un is just trying to prove that because he is young, he is easy to walkover, he is saying I am not easy to walkover and wants to prove this not just to his nation, but to the rest of the world. I do not believe there will be a war, but pressure will always be around this part of the world.

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    Welcome to Dōngguǎn, this is a large industrial city in the central of Guangdong province, People’s Republic of China on virtualtripping.com.

    By Mark on March 16, 2013

    Dongguan Live: 1.Dongguan Tour
    Dongguan Ghost Mall Haunts China\’s Property Boom
    Dongguan Old Street

    Welcome to Dōngguǎn, this is a large industrial city in the central of Guangdong province, in the, People’s Republic of China. This is a important place for the Chinese as it is an industrial city, you can find Dongguan in the Pearl River Delta, it borders the provincial capital of Guangzhou to the north, also Huizhou to the northeast, Shenzhen to the south, and the Pearl River to the west. Dongguan has become known as  ”China’s sex capital”, there is an area which includes prostitutes, brothels, massage parlours, nightclubs, sex hotels, sauna centres and karaoke bars. Due to this they say there is an estimate of contribution of  20 to 30 per cent of the total output of the city’s service industry, employing between 500,000 and 800,000 people. I have learned that the city holds the world’s largest, though mostly empty, shopping mall, known as New South China Mall. The administration of Dongguan, have  considered especially progressive in seeking foreign direct investment. There are three neighbouring municipalities of Guangzhou, Dongguan, and Shenzhen which have now become home to over 25 million residents, and this goes on to show a large proportion of Pearl River Delta Region‘s population. The city of Dongguan was ranked behind only Shenzhen, Shanghai and Suzhou in exports among Chinese cities, with $65.54 billion in shipments.

    If you were to head towards the urban centre of Dongguan, this is 50 km away from that of Guangzhou to its north, 90 km away from Shenzhen to its south, and 47 nautical miles or 87 kilometres away from Hong Kong. It is also 48 nautical miles or 89 kilometres from the small country Macau by waterway. And for people travelling by road or waterway, Dongguan is a must-pass-by locality from Guangzhou to Hong Kong. This is a very crowded city and area in china, and the total area of Dongguan, 27% is water, 25% forest land, and 13% ploughed land, while 35% of its land area has been fully developed. So it appears that they are trying to keep it natural around this area, but when you see that 35% is now developed, it makes me wonder how long it will be before, that percentage increases out of control.

    If you are interested in china’s history, this area of the country, started having people around 5,000 years. But it does appear that Dongguan’s emergence as a true city is a recent phenonomenon. Back in 1839, the First Opium War, was within this area of china, there were large quantities of seized opium burned in the local town of Humen. And several of the major battles of the war were fought here. And when the Second World War, took place, the city was to serve as the base for guerilla resistance against the Japanese occupation. I would say this is a very interesting place to visit and learn about the Chinese culture.

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