Archive January 2017

Hong Kong’s ghost island

The cramped city of Hong Kong isn’t the first place you’d expect to find an abandoned island. But in a quiet corner of Sai Kung district, about 25km northeast of Central, a tiny island offers a rare peek into the past. Affectionately nicknamed “Ghost Island”, Yim Tin Tsai is lush and green – and peppered with decomposing homes. The island was once home to a thriving Hakka community, a clan that migrated from northern China centuries ago. They settled on the empty island and built salt pans to earn a living. In fact, Yim Tin Tsai means “Little Salt...

Taste The Best White Wine In City Of San Gimignano

Significant because of historical and cultural attractions and interesting because of the unique landscapes, fantastic food and wine, Tuscany is the ideal destination for art lovers who like to enjoy at slow rhythm of countryside and wine tourism. Northwest of Siena and southwest of Florence is charming small town of San Gimignano. It is more than obvious that it was one of the most beautiful places in Europe that has attracted romantics from all over the world. It is, a small Italian town in Tuscany famous for its 14 stone towers for which it received the strange nickname medieval...

How Vacation Mementos can be More than that

Picture the scene. You have just returned from one of the best vacations that you have ever had, and whilst unpacking, you come across the items that you picked up that you thought were cute or sweet or pretty, but that would, most of all, remind you of where you had been happy. All too often, these types of souvenirs simply end up taking up valuable space in closets, but there are ways that you can make use of your vacation mementos to become more than just clutter. Photos and paper paraphernalia Perhaps the most common type of vacation memento is the photograph. Digital cameras have made...

India’s ancient engineering marvel

Hidden in plain sight, just minutes away from the bustle of New Delhi’s commercial hub, Connaught Place, is an ancient landmark unknown even to most locals. Agrasen ki baoli is a 14th-century stepwell (known as baoli or baori), a unique architectural idea that was medieval India’s ingenious answer to perennial water shortage. By creating enormous wells deep below ground, accessed by steps going down as far as 30m, these sophisticated water reservoirs tapped into difficult-to-reach underground water tables, providing a year-round water supply to locals. As I stood at the top of...

Ulaanbaatar – The “Eye” Of Mongolia

Mongolia is a country located in Central Asia and borders with Russia and China. Mongolia is a sparsely populated country. The capital city is Ulaanbaatar with 1.5 million inhabitants. Ulaanbaatar is located at 1350 meters above sea level, in the center of Mongolia on the River Tull. Ulaanbaatar was a mobile town that moved several times to different location. The city as a permanent location becomes in the 18th century and was originally a nomadic Buddhist center. Over the next century, over half the population of the Ulaanbaatar city consisted of Buddhist monks, who among other...

Try Some New Things As Hookah Smoking At City Of Amman

Jordan is a country in the Middle East known for two seas, the Dead and the Red Sea. Jordan is one of two Arab countries that is in peace with Israel. This country with a turbulent political past and vast natural and cultural heritage has a most significant landmark – Amman. The city of Amman is officially the safest capital. It is the ancient capital of the Ammonites, formerly known as Rabbath-Ammon. In the Roman period Amman was a regional center known under the name Philadelphia. It is known for being spread over seven hills like the city of Rome. Amman, the capital of Jordan,...

Wadi Rum Desert And Its Red Color

The most common opinion is that deserts are huge, dry sandy areas, which is good to avoid because of the burning sun and because of the harsh conditions. It is true that the day and night temperature differences are enormous. But, when you enter deeper into the desert, it opens a whole new world and you will forget all previous warnings. Indeed so, Wadi Rum Desert left no one indifferent. Wadi Rum Desert also is known as the “Red Planet” because of the extremely red sand. That 720 km2 desert is considered as one of the most beautiful deserts on the planet. The name Wadi Rum...

The places that ‘don’t exist’

Kolja Spori packs light. For a short trip, it’s nothing more than a travel jacket, the pockets stuffed with underwear and a toothbrush. For longer trips, he carries an attaché case. The 46-year-old German likes to wear stylish blazers – always with an ascot or a silk handkerchief – because he says looking like he walked off the set of a 1920’s film set helps him meet interesting people on the road. He frequents conflict zones, lonely ice roads in Siberia and unrecognized breakaway republics, places that he says, “don’t exist”. His passion is...

A White House built by blacks

Michelle Obama’s June 2016 words about diversity during her last commencement address as First Lady – and again at the July 2016 Democratic National Convention – sent a chill down my spine: “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.” Obama was speaking broadly and philosophically about the US’ large 18th- and 19th-century labour force of enslaved persons, and, by extension, about the resources used in the construction of early American government buildings. As a writer based in the state of Virginia, I knew where the sandstone for the...

Lucerne – The Switzerland City That Offer Natural Beauty

Lucerne is according to many, the most beautiful Switzerland city, which has boating lake, snow-covered hills, bridges, churches and castles. It is the image of Switzerland we have already seen somewhere, perhaps on the cover of chocolate. The city lies on the shores of Lake “Four Cantons”, in central Switzerland, which is actually the cradle of the Swiss Confederation. A number of the tourists can visit Lucerne at any time of the year and with every turn to the camera you will record the beauty of the city. Lucerne is known as one of the most famous tourist...

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