Saturday, December 31, 2011

Australia: Remote Wonderland (part2)

In gold diggers' town Sovereign Hill everything looks like at that time.

Australia: Remote Wonderland (part1)

Shake my hand, mate.

Majestic American Canyons (part3)

One's skin covers with goose bumps when seeing the deckhouses of the desert submarines appearing on the ground.

Majestic American Canyons (part2)

The size of the rock in comparison with a car.

One can leave a car right on the road - it will not bother anybody as the traffic density is 2-3 cars a day here.

Majestic American Canyons (part1)

Bryce Canyon National Park is located in Utah and has an area of 600 square kilometers. The area was unnamed for the residents of the New World until Ebenezer Bryce and his family came here. So later it was named after him.
This unusual geological phenomena are called "hoodoos" and they slightly resemble frozen human figures from the distance.

Yemen Ready To Amaze (part4)

Socotra is a small archipelago of four islands in the Indian ocean. The largest island, also called Socotra is about 95% of the landmass of the archipelago.

From the peninsula one can get to the Socotra island by plane. The first place is Dihamri camping.

Yemen Ready To Amaze (part3)

People still use ancient technology of extracting sesame oil. This camel goes round the mechanism where the very oil is extracted.

Yemen Ready To Amaze (part2)

Imam's palace Dar Al-Hajar. The date of its construction is unknown, but it is considered to be built in pre-Islamic times.

Such five keeps surround the palace.

Yemen Ready To Amaze (part1)

Yemen is an ancient Arab country situated in the lower part of the Arabian peninsula. The bigger part of the country is covered with mountains, but there are also large desert parts.

Brimstone Extraction In Indonesia

To the South of the island of Java among green mountains overgrown with forests one can find Ijen volcano. It does not spatter with lava anymore, but is still hot - grey exhalations are still shooting up from from the volcano.

The Amazonian Wonders

In the heart of South American jungle where black waters of the Rio-Negro unite with coffee and milk colored stream of the Solimones, the largest river of the planet is born - the Amazon.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Biggest Artificial Island of Dubai Islands

The Palm Islands are artificial islands in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on which major commercial and residential infrastructure will be constructed. They are being constructed by Nakheel Properties, a property developer in the United Arab Emirates, who hired Belgian and Dutch dredging and marine contractor Jan De Nul and Van Oord, some of the world's specialists in land reclamation. The islands are the Palm Jumeirah, the Palm Jebel Ali and the Palm Deira.

World's Highest Railway: Qinghai – Tibet railway

The first trains were flagged onto the Qinghai-Tibet Railway line, the world's highest railway line connecting the Tibetan capital Lhasa with Golmud in Qinghai, China. At its highest point in the Tanggula Pass, the railway line reaches an altitude of 5072 metres.

The line is designed for travel at speeds of 100 km/h on frozen ground to 120 km/h on non-frozen ground. The cabins are supplied with oxygen because of the thin air at the high altitudes. The windows have ultra-violet filters to keep out the sun's glare. Cooling pipes have been used to ensure the ground remains frozen.

Air trips to Tibet are expensive and road trips slow and dangerous. Three trains, each carrying 900 passengers are scheduled to run daily along the line. The basic tickets cost 389 yuan to go from Beijing to Lhasa. The trip should take just under 48 hours. According to state television the tickets for the inaugural trip sold out within 10 minutes.

World's Largest Aquarium - Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium, located in Atlanta, Georgia at Pemberton Place, is billed as the "world's largest aquarium" with more than 8.1 million US gallons (31,000 m³) of marine and fresh water housing more than 100,000 animals of 500 different species. The aquarium's notable specimens include four young whale sharks, three beluga whales and two manta rays.

Funded mostly by a $250 million donation from Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, the aquarium was built on a 20 acre (81,000 m²) site north of Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. Marcus credited his 60th birthday dinner at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in 1990 as among the inspirations behind his desire to build an aquarium in Atlanta.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Largest Underwater Sculpture Museum in the World

These sculptures are the first from the 400 that are put on the seabed in the Caribbean, Mexico and they form the beginning of the largest underwater sculpture museum in the world to celebrate the region's Mayan history.

The view is quite impressive!

Creator of the world’s first underwater sculpture park, Jason de Caires Taylor has gained international recognition for his unique work. His sculptures highlight ecological processes whilst exploring the intricate relationships between modern art and the environment. By using sculptures to create artificial reefs, the artist’s interventions promote hope and recovery, and underline our need to understand and protect the natural world.

The sculptures are sited in clear shallow waters to afford easy access by divers, snorkellers and those in glass-bottomed boats. Viewers are invited to discover the beauty of our underwater planet and to appreciate the processes of reef evolution.

The Dubai Mall - The Largest Mall in the World by Area

The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall based on total area and sixth largest by gross leasable area. Located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it is part of the Burj Khalifa complex, the 20-billion-dollar project has 1,200 shops. Access to the mall is provided via Doha Street, rebuilt as a double-decker road in April 2009.
Twice delayed, Dubai Mall opened on November 4, 2008, with about 600 retailers, marking the world's largest-ever mall opening in retail history. However it is not the largest in gross leasable space, and is surpassed in that category by several malls including the South China Mall, which is the world's largest, Golden Resources Mall, SM City North Edsa, and SM Mall of Asia.

The Dubai Mall has recorded a visitor turn-out of more than 60,000 tickets sold for the Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre in the first five days, following its opening. The Dubai Mall has hosted over 3 million visitors over the month of April 2009, while the mall attracts more than 750,000 visitors every week.


Spring Temple Buddha - The Tallest Statue in the World

The Spring Temple Buddha is a statue depicting Vairocana Buddha located in the Zhaocun township of Lushan County, Henan, China. It is placed within the Fodushan Scenic Area, close to National Freeway no. 311.The statue was completed in 2002.

At 128 m (420 ft), which includes a 20 m (66 ft) lotus throne, it is the tallest statue in the world. When the 25 m (82 ft) pedestal/building it is placed upon is taken into account, the monument has a total height of 153 m (502 ft). As of October 2008, the hill on which the statue stands is being reshaped to form two further pedestals, the upper one being 15 m tall. The total height of the monument is now said to be 208 m.

Plans for its construction were announced soon after construction had begun on the Maitreya Project by Indian and British planners in Bihar, Northern India, which set out to be the world's largest statue itself.

World's Longest Inverted Roller Coaster

Located in China’s Guangdong Province, this is the world’s longest inverted roller coaster. It is set to start running on Feb 7 this year. This one kilometer long roller coaster designed by Switzerland-based Bolliger and Mabillard, has a vertical drop of 80 meters and is as high as a 30-storey building at its highest point. More than $27 million were spent in its making.

World's Largest Indoor Ski Resort - Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Opened in November 2005, the indoor resort features an 85-meter high indoor mountain with 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty, including a 400-meter-long run, the world's first indoor black run, and a 90-meter-long quarter pipe for snowboarders. A quad lift and a tow lift carry skiers and snowboarders up the mountain. Adjoining the slopes is a 3,000-square-meter Snow Park play area comprising sled and toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, a snowball shooting gallery, an ice cave, and a 3D theater. Other attractions include a mirror maze and a snowman-making area. Winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment are included in the price of admission.

An extremely efficient insulation system is the key to maintain the temperature of −1 °C during the day and −6 °C during the night when the snow is produced. That being said, the facility consumes 3000 gals of oil per day producing huge amounts of GHGs.

Enjoying Life In Istanbul

Warm wind of Istanbul evening carrying the smell of fishmarket will grab some scent of grilled chestnuts, mix it all with aroma of hookah and deliver all this right to your nose. And then you'll feel Istanbul.

Yemen - The Country You Dream To Go Back To (part 5)

Those ones which are getting ripe are put into the baskets made of the leaves of the same date palm. They prevent dates from falling on the ground and serve as a protection from birds.

Yemen - The Country You Dream To Go Back To (part 4)

Simple Yemeni guys can't obviously imagine their life without rifles. Special posters and signs serve to warn them where they can and can't go with a gun. For example, to get into the shop or library they must leave their guns before the entrance (like they leave their clothes in a cloakroom when going to the theater).

Yemen - The Country You Dream To Go Back To (part 3)

And this is new Al-Saleh Mosque. Built in Sana'a just 2 years ago it has already become the major sightseeing of the country. It is named after president Ali Abdullah Saleh who paid for all the building expenses. This is, by the way, about 60 million dollars.
It is equipped with all the modern devices: sprinkler and security systems, air conditioners, audio and video devices. What is interesting, it's not only the faithful who are allowed to visit the mosque but also everyone who wants to do this (as an act of getting closer to the Islamic culture).
Pictured: a library wing being carefully cleaned after the prayer.

Yemen - The Country You Dream To Go Back To (part 2)

The Haraz mountains.

Yemen - The Country You Dream To Go Back To (part 1)

Yemen is a country in the South of the Arabian Peninsula. Old cities, ancient mosques, beautiful nature - all this makes Yemen a unique and worth seeing place.

Alien Looking Ethiopia

Ethiopia is Africa's oldest independent country. It is a wonderful place rich in volcanos, lakes, rivers and other, unusual wonders of nature. In the most far-away of Ethiopia is the lowest part of Africa. This place is called The Danakil Desert. The Danakil Desert lies in the north-eastern Ethiopia. The homeland of the Afar people, it is known for its heat and for the Afar Depression, lying up to 100 m below sea level. Here a tectonic fault is located, it is usually called the Great Rift Fault of Africa.

Top 5 Most Extreme Places on Earth

5. Lut Desert (Iran): hottest place on Earth at 159 °F (71 °C)

There is a big discussion about the hottest spot on Earth. Many believe it is in Al Azizyah, Libya, with a recorded temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8 Celsius), and the second hottest place being in Death Valley, California, USA, where it got up to 134 Fahrenheit in 1913. But according to other sites, a NASA satellite recorded surface temperatures as high as 71 °C (159 °F) in the Lut desert of Iran, supposedly the hottest temperature ever recorded on the surface of Earth. This region, which covers an area of about 480 kilometers, is called Gandom Beriyan (the toasted wheat).

Seagaia Ocean Dome - World’s Largest Indoor Waterpark

The Seagaia Ocean Dome is the world's largest indoor waterpark, located in Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan. The Ocean Dome, which is a part of the Sheraton Seagaia Resort, measures 300 metres in length and 100 metres in width, and is listed on the Guinness World Records. It opened in 1993, and visitor numbers peaked in 1995 at 1.25 million a year. Entrance cost was ¥2600 per adult and ¥1600 for children, depending on the season. The Ocean Dome was officially closed on October 1, 2007 as part of a renovation and partial re-branding of the resort. The renovations were completed on November 13th, 2009, and the dome has been reopened. Since the reopening of the waterpark, the amount of customers has nearly doubled, and the price has increased to ¥3000 per adult and ¥2000 per child.

The Ocean Dome sports a fake flame-spitting volcano, artificial sand and one of the world's largest retractable roof, which provides a permanently blue sky even on a rainy day. The air temperature was always held at around 30 degrees celsius and the water at around 28.

Monday, December 26, 2011

10 Most Romantic Destinations for New Years Eve

New years eve simply has it all. Fire works lightening up dark skies , sparkling shops with neon signs of “SALES” and not to forget the warmth of your loved ones in cold. Its an awesome night, everyone in good moods waiting to welcome the new year. Its a special night in the seasonal calender which offers the chance to meet up with loved ones and really let your hair down.
So here i have compiled a list of some of the most romantic destinations to spend your new year eve at. Take your loved one to one such place to enjoy the charm of new year eve and cherish the pleasure of these priceless moments.
Times Square, New York
Times square

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Bhutan: The Himalayan Kingdom part9

Performance of a band of folk Bhutanese dances to the accompaniment of the small unknown instrument. 

Bhutan: The Himalayan Kingdom part8

This time their dinner consists of a plate of rice, vegetable broth and a cup of hot water.

Bhutan: The Himalayan Kingdom part7

This monastery is famous for its crafts. All the circles of this composition are made of butter of various colors.

Bhutan: The Himalayan Kingdom part6

There is no place for cows to pasture. So they have to wander about the slopes near the roads.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Bhutan: The Himalayan Kingdom part5

There are only 5 colors each having its own meaning. Yellow - sand, red - fire, blue - sky, green - nature, white - air. Every man has his own color depending on the year he was born in. A prayer is written on the flags and the wind brings its words to the good spirits.

4 km above the sea level. The air is rarefied here. To breathe and to move is very difficult.

Bhutan: The Himalayan Kingdom part4

Near the entrance.

Bhutan: The Himalayan Kingdom part3

And straws are put into the stacks.

Bhutan: The Himalayan Kingdom part2

Bhutanese monks are staring at the DVD cover with Van Damme.

Now let's see how the rice is produced in Bhutan.
To begin with, rice is grown virtually everywhere here. All the slopes of mountains are dotted with stairs on which it grows. In autumn it is collected and grinded by hand. Then it is fried on a pan and stirred with a besom made of hard twigs.

Bhutan: The Himalayan Kingdom part1

Bhutan is a small beautiful country in South Asia located at the eastern end of the Himalayas. Let's make a tour over it, have a look at its famous sightseeings and learn how the Bhutanese live.

What Does Prince of Wales Do In NZ?

New Zealand is the country of powerful geysers, colorful lakes and breathtaking landscapes. No wonder it was chosen for the "Lord of the Rings" setting.

Back To Divine Peru

Maybe, you have seen many times perfect landscapes of South America, but not everyone has ever had a chance to visit this wonderful country. When dreaming about visiting South America, a lot of destinations can strike you, however, Peru is one of the most remarkable and picturesque places that South America offers.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Top 5 Breathtaking Viewing Platforms around the World

5. Aurland Lookout (Norway)

Architects Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen were commissioned to design a scenic rest-stop 2’000ft above Aurland fjord in Norway and came up with this beauty wining the first prize in Norwegian tourist routes competition. The outermost end of the horizontal platform – which curves to form the structure’s support – is closed off by a sheet of glass, offering an incredible view towards the ground for all those with the guts to make the trip to the end.

Top 5 of the World’s Greatest Living Rocks

5. Great Sphinx of Giza (Egypt)

A reclining lion with a human head that stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile, near modern-day Cairo, is the largest monolith statue in the world. Standing 73.5 m (241 ft) long, 6 m (20 ft) wide, and 20 m (65 ft) high, the Great Sphinx of Giza is also the oldest known monumental sculpture, and is commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians in the third millennium BCE. The Great Sphinx faces due east and houses a small temple between its paws.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

30 Unforgettable Places

Did you ever imagine the most beautiful place on Earth? Well you don’t have to imagine it anymore because here we have collection with some of the most beautiful landscapes on our planet that will left you speechless! You can feel the peace just by watching them… Enjoy.


Beutiful Village Landscapes

Village Landscapes can bring new life to your existing landscape from simple projects to a complete landscape overhaul.
A village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet, Though often located in rural areas, the term urban village is also applied to certain urban neighbourhoods.
Landscape design elements can enhance your everyday life by adding points of interest to your yard, be it water features, pavers or stone to create a beautiful driveway or a retaining wall to define a patio.

Bali Ideal Place

Thinking about where to go in between the period of June-July? Well, the places to go are multiple. Let’s say it depends on what kind of activity you want to plan for this specific timing. If the first thing that comes to mind is going to the beach… then Bali is just for you. Surely, it’s for those types who want to take a rest in the beach during the morning and enjoy the rest of the day wandering around the island and discovering lots of interesting things.

Holiday Destination

When holidays are approaching, everyone plans to spend and enjoy this time in their own way. Some wants to go for the world tour while other prefer to visit different places or cities of their own country. Here is information about some amazing and beautiful places of world having worth seeing beauty and nature.
You can visit these places and enjoy the time that you get from your busy life.

1. Turkey— Beautiful Limestone Rocks

Pamukkale is one of the most beautiful places of world, having beautiful white rocks and pools, Turkish people call it eighth wonder of earth and the people who visit this place never argue on this saying. This is one of the wondering place and some times look like a basin. Here water is falling down from the rocks giving a amiable exotic white cotton color and giving a beautiful look which attract visitors.

10 Unusual Mountains Home

You have embarked on a climb in the toughest, most challenging spot of land; mountains. You want to live the nature, experience the raw feeling but it is inevitable that a time will come when you wish for a hot cup of cocoa, a crackling fire, the comfort of a roof four walls, and no wind. And like a dream come true, with the blink of an eye, you witness a hut, the very place that could supply the wants of humanity. Yet, it is after considerable effort that you will be allowed to feel humane….

1. Solvay Hut

10 Most Popular Places Around The World

The word PALACE is derived from the Latin name Palātium, for Palatine Hill, one of the seven hills in Rome. A palace is a grand residence, especially a royal residence or the home of a head of state or some other high-ranking dignitary, such as a bishop or archbishop. In many parts of Europe, the term is also applied to relatively large urban buildings built as the private mansions of the aristocracy. Here is a collection of top 10 palaces around the world.

1. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire,