Destinations

The Dong Tradition in China

 

According to a tradition of Dong ethnic group in China, the birth of a child is celebrated for the arrival of a new member to the family. Thus, they plant a fir tree. When this child becomes an adult, he proceeds to cut the tree to build the timber into a new home for his young. The relationship between the Dong community and the use of wood has reached levels that could even classify as an art, including a bridge that is almost one hundred years. It is supported on piles of rock without using any nails or rivets.

Renowned for their ability to build with wood, dong bridges are examples of admirable architectural style. Almost as in a lost world or stories, some of the dong masterpieces are protected as by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

One of the best spots to see the traditional dong people is in the area of Chengyang in Guangxi, which is four hours from Guilin. In the area, remain several villages (the most visited are Ma’an Pingzhai, Yanzhai, Chengyang Dazhai, Pingpu, Pingtan, Jichang and Guangdong) which seem to have not been too aware of the changing modern world.

The majority settled in the province of Guangxi. The Dong people are not very numerous. There are only about 30 homes on average, always built in wood and with no more than two floors. Dong traditions have deployed over thousands of years a completely sustainable way of life, hand in hand with agriculture.

 

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The Lost World of the Faroe IslandsThe Lost World of the Faroe Islands

 

Cities and towns in the Faroe Islands seem like what we’ve heard on tales. The houses have pitched roofs covered with grass to keep out the weather, wind and moisture. Thus, the roofs vary in hue depending on time of year, from brown in autumn, white in winter, and bright green in spring and summer. In addition, the landscape of rugged coastlines and cliffs eroded along with a temperate climate, making it comparable to a lost world :

The Faroe Islands are located in the North Atlantic between Scotland and Iceland, and constitute an autonomous region within the Kingdom of Denmark . The archipelago, with numerous islands, is a rocky land with steep slopes, which is usually wrapped in thick fog.

Sadly, the Faroe Islands at times tend to be more on the news on the tradition of slaughtering whales and pilot whales, than the unquestionable attraction of the landscapes and places.

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The Bandi Amir in Afghanistan

 

The Band-e Amir, or Bandi Amir lakes are a chained series of lakes formed by natural dams of marble and mineral deposits that hold an incredible turquoise water walled by cliffs and mountains that seem sculpted forms.

The landscape has become the first National Park in Afghanistan. Access to the area is not easy because of the lack of roads and mines planted by militants and the Taliban.

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The Caves of Tam Coc

 

Near the town of Ninh Binh, an hour and a half from Hanoi, Vietnam, are the caves of Tam Coc, meaning, “three caves”), in the karst landscape environment of the Ngo Dong River. The area is known as the “Ha Long Bay”. In a boat trip, tourists will embark on a journey of a lost world, including canals and rice fields where the Vietnamese rural life goes unchanged for hundreds of years, and where the views are nothing short of amazing.

With the growth of tourism, the harmony of the place may be overshadowed by the insistent sellers. But nothing compares to navigating the canals and river. Finally, it is important to consider a rigorous sun protection on a tour of Tam Coc.

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A Hill with 863 Temples in India

 

The Satrunjaya Hill in Palitana, India is the most sacred pilgrimage sites of the religion of Jainism, present in Eastern, Central and South West India. Palitana is a sacred place where the hill is literally covered with temples in many shapes and sizes

The Jain religion’s teaching promotes among other guidelines that all beings are worthy of respect. Therefore, the greatest sin is to cause harm to a living being, as well as land or the souls of the water or air.

There are hundreds of temples in Palitana that is visited every year by millions of visitors. Scattered on a hill of 67 meters high average, there is a total of 1,250 temples in it. The complex concentrates more than 27,000 stone idols decorating the derasar, or temples of Jainism.

Derasar temples are characterized by its many marble pillars carved to perfection. As a visitor, the rules of access to a derasar is often strict.

The temples on the hill of Shatrunjaya are carved in marble, and were built by generations of Jains over 900 years. The number of temples is amazing, and being an abode of the gods, no one is allowed to spend a full night in the place.

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The World’s Original Beach

 

How is that nature manages to combine colors and shapes in a way that even we find it hard to imagine? This question may arise when we look at pictures of the coast of the island of La Digue, the fourth largest island in the archipelago of Seychelles.

In Seychelles, there are beautiful and idyllic tropical beaches. But on the La Digue island, the beaches are unique. The rocks eroded in a manner that is so masterly, that it turns the landscape into a kind of masterpiece and a carved marvel. What makes this more beautiful is that it is combined with tones ranging from the turquoise sea, white sands and the lush green tropical vegetation.

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The Venice of the North

 

We know that Holland is a country where the channels are no rarity. In fact, Amsterdam is known as the city of canals.

However there is a small Dutch town (maybe not so well known among the great attractions of the country) which is known as the Venice of the North, or the “Venice of Holland”. This is called Giethoorn, in the province of Overijssel.

In fact, until not so long ago, it was completely free of cars and there was no other way to get around except by boat.

 

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The Charm of Brittany Village

 

In Brittany, there are places with a special charm. For example, there is Josselin, with fairways, quiet streets, flowers in every window, and of course, a castle that crowns all views and angles.

The village of Brittany is located in Josselin, France. If you are in search of a place that is beautiful and serene, then this would be the perfect location.

You can listen to the flowing water, the sound of birds, sip coffee on the side streets and smell the fresh air in French style.

 

 

Miscellaneous

The City that Inspired Disney

 

A low profile and ancient medieval imperial city turned into a world famous tourist attraction.

Rothenburg is located in the state of Bavaria, whose appearance is inspiring and romantic. This place has been an inspiration from the Disney film, “Pinnocchio”.

 

Miscellaneous

The Twin City by a Bridge

 

The Stari Most bridge seems the perfect link across the river in the old town in the city of Mostar. In addition, the bridge is the symbol of reconciliation, that was being rebuilt after the war in Bosnia. The bridge represents the union between the two cultures that divided the city. In the pictures, and from all angles, the Stari Most bridge is very beautiful.

 

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The Beautiful Terraces in Ubud

 

Near the town of Ubud on the island of Bali, Indonesia, are some of the rice paddies and terraced fields that are very beautiful. These landscapes are the most beautiful in Bali, if not the most beautiful in the world.

According to Howard Hillman, he said that there are many photogenic landscapes of terraced mountains, but none is like the Ubud area and its environment.

The land is of emerald green in color, and the views are unmatched in any of the viewpoints from terraced mountains and valleys dotted with palm trees.