Top Things to do in Brighton

By Gigi Wang

(English version first. Chinese version below)

Taking a train from central London, you can reach Brighton within one hour roughly. This fashionable seaside resort in East Sussex, England always be considered as a perfect day-trip or weekend-trip destination. No matter being with friends or being alone, no matter being keen on man made landscapes or natural scenery, you can always find what you want here.

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Me in Brighton

Brighton has also been called the UK’s “hippest city”, and “the happiest place to live in the UK”. And indeed, the weekend I spent there created maybe one of the happiest times of all my travel experiences.

There are some great tours that you can take in this surprising place:

Man made landscapes:
Royal Pavilion – architectural buildingshistoric Sites

The historic former seaside residence of King George IV, who went nuts with “Chinese culture”. With extremely exquisite and dramatic adornments and decorations, this place is absolutely worth a look. But on the other hand, as a Chinese person, I can say that some things here were too quirky to show real Chinese culture or beauty.

Brighton Pier – boardwalks & theme parks

There is plenty for all visitors to do, from the huge amusement arcades and the carousel at the end of the pier to traditional fish and chips, also, a great place for photographs.

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Brighton Pier

North Lane – shopping & cafes

An eclectic mix of fabulous shops and restaurants. The choices are wonderful and so it the ambiance and architecture. Independent shops here offer items that you will never find in London or other busy cities.

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Just one part of North Lane

Natural scenery:
Brighton Beach – clean waves & rocks, nice walk

This beach has a unique appearance with round rocks all over the beach and nice little cafes and shops along the shore. Loved sitting in a seaside bar with a beer and just listening to the waves and sound of seagulls.

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Pebbles of Brighton Beach

Seven Sisters Country Park – spectacular white cliff, ups and downs, sheep & swans

Miles and miles of breathtaking coastline cliff walks were worth taking for the more breathtaking view of this park. Living in London we usually only watch such places on the web but definitely such scenic beauty should be on must-see list for everyone. By the way, one of the main scenes of the movie “Atonement” was filmed here,  as well as Jay Chou’s music video “What’s Going On.”

 

布莱顿周末行的必去之地

Gigi Wang

如果从伦敦市中心出发的话,乘一个小时的火车就能到布莱顿了。这个坐落在东苏塞克斯郡的海边小城被公认为进行一日行或周末行的极佳之地。无论是自行还是和结伴出行,无论是偏爱人文景观还是自然风光,你总会在这里找到你想要的。

布莱顿也被称作“全英最幸福的城市”“全英最宜居的地方”。实际上也的确如此,就我个人众多的旅游体验而言,我在布莱顿度过的那个周末算是极为上佳的经历了。

接下来我将介绍一些在这个充满惊喜的城市,我建议的必去的地方:

人文景观:

Royal Pavilion – 建筑,历史古迹

这个宫殿曾是King George IV的海边行宫,而这位国王一向迷恋中国文化,这也促就了此行宫中极其精致和夸张的装潢,就此而言,是绝对值得一看的。但是在另一方面,精巧、荒诞、哗众取宠绝对不是中国文化的代表,所以这个宫殿对于中国人来说,有着另一层思考意义。

Brighton Pier – 夹板&主题公园, 水乐园&电玩城

从巨大的电玩城和码头末端的旋转木马,到传统的炸鱼薯条,这个地方为游客们提供着十分丰富的选择。同时,这也是一个拍照地的不二之选。

North Laine – 购物&小憩

这里是购物店和饭店的集中一条街。众多的选择还有理想的环境、建筑让这里也成为布莱顿一大亮点。一些特别的货品你只能在这里的独立店里找到,却很难在伦敦和其他大城市找到。

自然风光:

Brighton Beach – 干净的海浪和岩石滩,徒步观光

因为布满整片海滩的岩石的景观和周边理想的咖啡厅、小商店的存在,这个沙滩变得尤为特别。何尝不坐在吧台来杯啤酒,听听海风和海鸥的声音呢?这里游客数量不多,也因此你的休息和拍照将不会被打扰。

Seven Sisters Country Park – 壮观的白色悬崖,攀登,绵羊&天鹅

沿着就在海岸线之上的坡地,你或许不得不气喘吁吁地走上个几公里,但是当你看到更令人窒息的崖上美景时,这一切都是无比值得的。生活在伦敦,我们的确也可以在网上找到这样的美景,但是如此一般的自然风光绝对属于有生之年系列了,所以有机会一定要亲身体验。补充一点,这里也是电影《赎罪(Atonement)》和周杰伦音乐录影带《怎么了》的重要取景地。

 

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