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Preparing your trip to Amman: advices & hints - things to do and to obey

1. The locals are very hospitable and are always eager to help visitors. When communicating with the locals, travellers should definitely follow all the rules of the local etiquette. Shaking hands is a traditional form of greeting of men. You must use your right hand only for handshaking. Before you start a serious conversation, make sure you ask about the health of family members and children. Do not ask about wives – the local men do not talk about them as this is not accepted.
2. Amman taxis are one of the cheapest in the country, so you can easily use them to move around the city. If you want to make a trip to the city’s suburbs, it is better to use the services of the special buses – their rates are much more advantageous than in the usual taxi.
3. Amman suburbs are the location of a huge number of attractions located. It will take you no more than two to three hours to get to them from the city center. Every day tourists can participate in specially organized bus tours to the best attractions in the city’s suburbs.
4. The majority of public institutions, shops and museums are closed on Fridays. This day is considered a weekend day in the country. The local people, who belong to Christianity, can rest on Sundays.
5. Items made of olive tree wood, Madaba handmade carpets, goods decorated with pearls and animal figures carved from semiprecious stones remain the most popular souvenirs. Jewelry is better to buy in specialized souvenir shops and large shopping complexes. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
6. You should not forget to leave tips in the local restaurants and cafes. As a rule, they range from 10 to 15% of the total bill. Hotel staff should also receive a reward. As a rule, one-two dinars will be enough. Taxi drivers should get a tip of one and a half dinars. The reason for this is in the fact that tips make up the largest share of income of the local staff, so the absence of tips can greatly offend the locals.
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What to visit being in Amman - unique sights

Amphitheater Amman

From the series “Ancient Amphitheaters and Arenas, That Are Still Operational”
Amman's Amphitheater is also associated with the tragic events of 1948, when several thousand Palestinian refugees were hiding in its walls. The ancient amphitheater is incredibly beautiful. It will be interesting to visit it not only within the framework of cultural events, but also as part of an ordinary excursion. Visitors of the arena will have an opportunity to walk along the restored stone staircases, consider the remaining fragments of sculptures and architectural ornaments, and also literally touch history. … Read further

Jericho

From the series “The Oldest Inhabited Cities on the Planet”
In 1930, archeologist John Garstang came to Jericho, and in the mid-20th century, the territory of the city was explored by Kathleen Mary Kenyon. Scientists have done a great job and followed the most important stages of development of the city. They managed to establish that in the Bronze Age Jericho was one of the largest and most prosperous cities in the world. The modern city is in many ways inferior to large metropolises, both in its population and scale; however, its main asset is the rich cultural and historical heritage. Jericho is a huge open-air museum; each element of its infrastructure and its way of life are unique. … Read further

Monastery of George Khozevita

From the series “The Most Inaccessible Buildings in the World”
Later, in the year 480, Saint John Hozevitul came from Egypt to the monastery, which expanded the building considerably and added with the new buildings. Among the valuable religious artefacts that can be seen today are the relics of Saint John Hozevitul, as well as the relics of John's Romanian. The skulls of the martyrs who lived in the monastery at the beginning of the 17th century and were killed by the Persian conquerors are also regarded as an important relic. The monastery also preserves many interesting historical artefacts, so it is worth seeing for all tourists. … Read further

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Jordan: travelling advices

4. Don’t forget that it is prohibited to ask questions to wives of Jordanian men!
5. Women of all ages are recommended to wear modest and closed clothes during their vacation in Jordan. It is not allowed to stay in public places in short skirts and t-shirts.
6. Jordanian women wear hijabs, special scarves that cover head and neck. Their clothes don’t reveal wrists and ankles. When visiting sacred places, female tourists should also cover their heads.
7. If you have a romantic holiday, honeymoon, or simply feel in love with your partner, this doesn’t mean that all Jordanian people need to know about that. Kissing and hugging in public places is prohibited. … Open
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Travelling to Amman - advices and tips. What should be provisioned in advance, the rules you might want to follow, and the things you better avoid doing in Amman. We help you to make your trip smooth and easy, with no unexpected surprises.
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