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The Great Barrier Reef of Australia

The Great Barrier Reef of Australia is a site of remarkable variety and beauty. It contains the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusc. It also holds great scientific interest as the habitat of species such as the dugong and the large green turtle, which are threatened with extinction.

The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps.

Within the GBR there are some 2,500 individual reefs of varying sizes and shapes, and over 900 islands, ranging from small sandy cays and larger vegetated cays, to large rugged continental islands rising, in one instance, over 1,100 metres above sea level. Collectively these landscapes and seascapes provide some of the most spectacular maritime scenery in the world.

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Angkor Wat: World Wonder

Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world. It was built in the first half of the 12th century (113-5BC). Estimated construction time of the temple is 30 years by King Suryavarman II, dedicated to Vishnu (Hindu), replica of Angkor Thom style of art.

The monument is an architectural masterpiece. Its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief’s and sculpture make it one of the finest monuments in the world.

It is generally accepted that Angkor Wat was a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and oriented to the west to conform to the symbolism between the setting sun and death. The bas-reliefs, designed for viewing from left to right in the order of Hindu funereal ritual, support this function.

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Trashy Madrid Hotel

A hotel made entirely out of rubbish was opened in Madrid in 2011.

Over 12 tonnes of rubbish recovered from Europe’s beaches was transformed into a five-bedroom hotel in the Plaze de Callao.

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The building has been designed and created by German artist HA. Schult to highlight the environmental damage being caused to beaches all over the continent. Schult said it was a warning of how things could look if we don’t look after our coastlines. Read more »

Crystal Cave of Giants

The Crystal Cave of Giants is one of the most extreme places on the planet. The Crystal Cave of Giants was accidentally found in 2000 by miners working in the silver and lead mine at Naica, Mexico. It lies almost 300 meters below the surface of the Earth. The largest crystals are over 11 meters long and weigh 55 tons.

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Ice Hotel de Glace – Canada

Ice Hotel de Glace opened on New Year’s Day in 2001. For its first year it was located in Montmorency Falls Park, which is on the outskirts of Quebec City. For its next year, it has been built  nearby Duchesnay resort ever since. 

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Being the first ice hotel in North America, it is 5 km north of Quebec City, on the first slopes of the Laurentian mountains, in the Charlesbourg borough. The hotel is built each December for an opening date in early January. Read more »

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall is one of the greatest wonders of the world. The Great Wall of China winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 8,851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) from east to west of China. The Great Wall has a history of more than 2000 years, some of the sections are now in ruins or have disappeared.

However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance.

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Brazil Holidays

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From the bustling streets and vibrant carnivals of Rio to the endless green expanses of the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil is the very essence of South America. The largest country in the continent, Brazil’s staggering variety of landscapes, wildlife and culture make it an ideal destination for adventure, wildlife, family holidays or honeymoons. Read more »

Gaining access to Arizona’s world famous Wave

“The Wave” is an ancient sandstone rock formation near the Arizona-Utah border that is so famous that legend says you must photograph it before you can call yourself a bona fide landscape photographer. The high season for photographing the natural creation begins next month, but if you’re thinking about visiting The Wave-even if all you want to do is look at it-don’t move so fast. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management issues only 20 permits per day.

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Massive animal sticks his neck out to join family for breakfast at manor house

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In many ways, the setting is just a typical family breakfast.

Young children and their mother enjoy croissants and orange juice while sitting around a table together.

But things become a little different when you notice a giraffe poking its head through the window to join them for a drink and a bite to eat. Read more »

Marble Caves of Patagonia

The Marble Caves of Patagonia in Chile are beautiful vibrant blue caverns, partially submerged in the equally stunning turquoise waters of Carrera Lake.

Carrera Lake itself is on the border of Argentina and Chile, with the caves located on the Chilean side. The caves are comprised of three main caverns: the Chapel (La Capilla), the Cathedral (El Catedral), and the Cave (La Cueva).

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Petra, Jordan

Petra  is a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma’an, that is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. It is a symbol of Jordan, as well as its most-visited tourist attraction. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah, the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba.

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The Longsheng Rice Terraces

The Longsheng Riice Terraces are located in Longsheng County. The most popular of them are Ping An Rice Terrace and Jinkeng Rice Terrace. The terraced fields are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountain top, the highest part being 880 m in elevation while the lowest part is 380 m.

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Santorini island, Greece

Santori is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast from Greece’s mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera.

Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera.

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Blue Lagoon- the geothermal spa

Blue Lagoon, geothermal spa, is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland.

The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. The steamy waters are part of a lava formation.

The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulphur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37-39 °C. Read more »

Riomaggiore, Italy

Riomaggiore, a village and comune in the province of La Spezia, is situated in a small valley in the Liguria region of Italy.

It is known for its historic character and itswine, produced by the town’s vineyards. Riomaggiore is in the Riviera di Levante region and has shoreline on the Mediterranean’s Gulf of Genoa, with a small beach and a wharf framed by tower houses. Riomaggiore’s main street is Via Colombo, where numerous restaurants, bars and shops can be found.

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