Monthly Archives: October 2014
Looking at the magnificent Zhangye Danxia landform for the first time, you might think your starring at an artificial painting by some art crazed person but sorry to burst your bubble, this layer cake of amazing colours is a real landscape located at Zhangye Danxia landform geological park in Gansu province a remote region in northern central china (Danxia is the name of a type of rock form, Zhangye being this particular location).
Otherwise known as the Eye Candy of Zhangye, these unique landforms have many artists envy its elegance as it appears to look like a perfect painting on canvas. Maybe the artists will feel better when they learn that the formation of these landforms was not for Mother Nature. It took about 24 million years of movement in the earth crust, arranging mineral deposits to form these rocks. Over centuries these weighty layers were compressed into rock and then buckled up by plates.
Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park
Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park is 40 kilometers from Zhangye County and 20 kilometers from Linze County. It is most developed and the most frequented one among the three.
Transportation inside the park
There are sightseeing cars available within the park where other tourist buses are not allowed to go inside. The distance between the four viewing platforms is around eight kilometers and it takes about one hour to finish the whole trip when taking the sightseeing cars.
The sightseeing cars go around these four viewing platforms, during which tourists can decide how long they want to stay at each viewing platform.
Given the time, you can select whether to take the internal sightseeing cars or have a hiking tour, but remember that the latest time for the sightseeing cars to be back from the fourth viewing platform is 20:30. It changes according to the season and the weather and the tour guide will ask the driver beforehand.
Location: Nantaizi Village, Nijiaying County, Zhangye City
Entrance fee: The entrance fee for Zhangye Danxia is 60 RMB, which includes the entrance ticket of 40 RMB and the sightseeing car cost of 20 RMB. People over 70 years old can enjoy free admission after showing their credentials. Children less than 1.2 meters in height can also enter it freely.
Price for powered hang glider: 200 RMB for 3-4minutes’ levitation, 300 RMB for 5-7 minutes, and 500 RMB for 10-12 minutes.
Opening times: 05:30-20:30 in summer, 08:00-18:00 in winter.
Mount Roraima (Monte Roraima) is the world’s highest flat-topped mountain with its height of 2810 meters. It is located in Gran Sabana, at the border between Venezuela, Brazil and Guiana. Its unusual shape and its glorious height have become an attraction for many of hiking-tourists which are coming here to experience unique feel of hiking the Mount Roraima. These kinds of mountains are called Tepuis and they are different from other because they are totally flat on their tops. If you look Mount Roraima from a distance, for a moment you might think that you are watching a huge building made by humans, because of its almost perfectly flattened top.
Treks to Mount Roraima usually last for about two days to reach the top of the mountain and two days to get back. Usually, hikers spend at least two days on the top of the mountain to explore and enjoy its unique environment. This area is also rich with plenty of exotic flora and fauna. You may find some endemic kinds of plants and also you could get a chance to see the jewel-like hummingbirds and the black frog. The highest point of Mount Roraima is the Mawerick Rock.
There is also a number of other tepuis-mountains which can be find in Gran Sabana but Mount Roraima is the highest and the most popular location. There is a whole chain of such mountains called Pakaraima chain. Indigenous people who can be find in the nearby of the Mont Roraima, like the Pemon Indians of Gran Sabana, see this mountain as very significant place and there are various legends related to it.
When to go
You can climb Mount Roraima any time of the year, but most people prefer the dry season between December and April. However, the weather is changeable at any time, and rain and mist are a constant. With rain, the rivers swell and crossing may be difficult.
What to Take
Be prepared for hot, steamy days and cold nights on the top of the tepui. You’ll want reliable rain gear, tent, and sleeping bag, if not provided by your tour company. A foam mat adds comfort. Additionally, you’ll need good walking shoes or boots, sneakers, a bathing suit, sun protection/sun blocker, hat, knife, water bottle, and a flashlight. A camera and plenty of film is a must, as is a cooking stove and food. If you’re on your own, take more food than you’ll need in case you want to spend an extra day on the tepui. Take plastic bags to carry your garbage out. Take a big supply of good insect repellant. The sabana is home to a biting gnat, jején commonly referred to as la plaga, the plague.
Romance in the romantic city:
Cliché or not, Paris really is a romantic city. Everywhere you turn, an enchanting magical moment captures your attention. Imagine strolling along the Seine, sharing a crêpe, walking hand-in-hand with your lover through a museum or kissing under the Eiffel Tower.
Make your own Adventure:
Romance is really a matter of personal taste. The best thing about traveling to Paris with your spouse is that you’re not limited to the same romantic adventure as everyone else. Sure, this magical city has world-class art galleries, antique markets, theatres, fashion houses, live music, dance, wine tasting and cooking classes. You can also attend a pirate-themed costume party held in medieval cellars. Visit a thoroughbred racehorse training grounds in a scenic forest just 35 minutes from the city center.
Catch an exciting performance of the latest up-and-coming burlesque performers in an East Parisian nightclub. For the sport lovers, maintain your sporty physiques on a sunrise tour of Paris with your very own running guide. Catch a Saturday night screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show or a 1920s silent film with live musicals in one of the city’s art house cinemas. Take a behind-the-scenes journey of the Paris metro. Visit the Gothic tomb of the legendary 12th-century French lovers Héloïse and Abélard at Père Lachaise Cemetery.
Here is another advice; But don’t let the surroundings distract you from the person standing next to you because Paris can surely do that
Here are 10 good reasons to put Portugal on a to-see list. Add to the reasons below friendly, helpful people, an excellent transportation system and a country safe for travel.
- Fabulous beaches
- Evora. An ancient town with its 16th century fountain in the main square, Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Fresh Fish and Shellfish. Seafood is abundant in Portugal, a land of fishermen and world sailors.
- Tavira. A picturesque seaside town in the Algarve, Tavira is famous for its many churches and offers several eras of history beginning with the Moorish occupation
- Monchique and Silves. One of the highest points in the Algarve, Monchique can be reached by hairpin, narrow roads. From this hill town, the view south is spectacular
- Good Wine and Pretty Pottery. Portugal produces a good selection of both red and white wines, starting at about $3
- Sintra. Close to Lisbon, Sintra is a UNESCO World heritage site named for its cultural aspects.
- Fado Music. Many hotels and pubs throughout Portugal host fado music concerts, a type of urban folk music with nostalgic, often mournful lyrics, accompanied by guitar
- Pousadas. While Portugal is noted for its affordable accommodation, particularly for long-stay winter vacations, a night in one of the country’s historic pousadas is an experience worth the extra money.
- Great Climate. Portugal enjoys good weather and especially in the Algarve, it’s year-round
It is not called a 7 star hotel for no reason. The birth of Burj Al Arab clearly redefined luxury and relaxation. Check out this video by Luciano Sestak and believe.
- Travel Visa was not required to travel to the United Kingdom till 1984.
- In 1976, 75 kobo exchanged for one British Pound and 60 kobo for one US dollar.
- Nigeria, the biggest economy in Africa is 160th out of 177 countries in HDI (Human Development Index).
- Nigeria has the highest paid legislators in the entire world.
- Kano: In 1851, this city, one of the largest in Africa, made 10 million sandal pairs and 5 million hides for export every year.
- Yobe: The oldest discovered boat in Africa, and 3rd oldest on the world, the 8500 yr old Dufuna canoe was discovered by a Fulani herdsman in 1987 in Dufuna village, Fune LGA.
- Akwa Ibom: King Jaja of Opobo (1821–1891) founded Opobo city-state in 1867 and shipped palm oil to Britain independently of British middle men.
- 1st republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi hid former South African President, Nelson Mandela, for six months in Nigeria to evade his arrest by the apartheid regime.
- Activist Mrs. Fumilayo Ransome-Kuti travelled widely, including to the Eastern bloc (Hungary, USSR and China where she met Mao Zedong). These interactions angered Nigeria, Britain and America. America called her a communist and refused her a U.S. Visa.
- There are several Nigerian officials in the government of English speaking The Gambia.
- Lagos’ population in 1872 was 60,000. By 2015 it will be the third largest city in the entire world
- A brand new car sold for N2000 in 1975. A ticket to London was less than N100 in 1975