Lebanese arts festival rocks on despite Syria war

Lebanese arts festival rocks on despite Syria war

The Baalbeck arts festival in eastern Lebanon is welcoming revellers for its 60th edition this year, despite the venue’s relative proximity to war-ravaged Syria. The summer festival – which has been headlined by Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Joan Baez and other music giants – has historically been hosted in the ancient Roman ruins in the […]

The Terraced Cemetery of Pok Fu Lam in Hong Kong

The Terraced Cemetery of Pok Fu Lam in Hong Kong

The private cemetery on Pok Fu Lam on the western side of Hong Kong island is an amazing sight. Built into the mountainside in terraced steps and interconnected with staircases, the cemetery resembles a giant outdoor amphitheater. The Pok Fu Lam Cemetery, also known as the Chinese Christian Cemetery, was built in 1882 on the […]

Maeklong Railway Market: Marketplace With a Railway Track Through it

Maeklong Railway Market: Marketplace With a Railway Track Through it

Maeklong Railway Market, located in Samut Songkhram, Thailand, around 37 miles west of Bangkok, looks like any other open-air market in Asia. There are tropical fruits and vegetables such as lychee, durian, and mango in big brightly colored piles, variety of dried spices, pastes and herbs, freshly caught seafood and other local foods. The crowd […]

Great Mosque in Djenne, The Largest Mud-Brick Building in The World

Great Mosque in Djenne, The Largest Mud-Brick Building in The World

Founded in 800 AD, the town of Djenne in central Mali, is one of sub-Saharan Africa’s oldest cities. Situated on an island in the Niger River delta, Djenne became the natural hub for traders who shuttled their goods such as salt, gold and slaves in and out of Timbuktu. Through the years Djenne also became […]

The Beautiful Key Monastery, India

The Beautiful Key Monastery, India

Key Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on picturesque hilltop at an altitude of 4,166 metres above sea level, close to the Spiti River, in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. The monastery has the distinction of being the oldest and the biggest in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh and […]

Roof Gardens at Namba Parks, Osaka, Japan

Roof Gardens at Namba Parks, Osaka, Japan

Namba Parks is an office and shopping complex located in Namba-naka Nichome, Osaka, Japan, at the place where Osaka’s baseball stadium used to stand until 2003. The complex consists of a 30-storey office tower called Parks Tower and a 120-tenant shopping mall. What makes Namba Park stand out is its dynamic rooftop garden that gradually […]

The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2012

The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2012

1. Tourists sunbathing next to the Costa Concordia Vacationers bask in front of the wreckage of capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia. Twenty-eight people were killed when the cruise ship capsized off the coast of Italy. Image by Max Rossi / Reuters   2. The Waldo Canyon fire The Waldo Canyon fire burns an entire neighborhood near the foothills of […]

Circular Pedestrian Bridge in Lujiazui, China

Circular Pedestrian Bridge in Lujiazui, China

Sometime last year, a new pedestrian bridge was unveiled in Lujiazui in the Pudong district of Shanghai. This large scale circular pedestrian overpass enables pedestrians to avoid traffic at the round-about terminus of Lujiazui Rd. The bridge provides access to the Oriental Pearl Tower connecting financiers to leisure areas such as shopping malls and cafes, […]

Dar al-Hajar, the Rock Palace

Dar al-Hajar, the Rock Palace

Perched atop a rock pinnacle at the famous Wadi Dhahr Valley, some 15 km away from the capita city of Sana, Yemen, is Dar al-Hajar, better known as the Imam’s Rock Palace. It is an iconic symbol of Yemen, whose picture you can find on postcards and magazines to bills and water bottles. What makes […]

The Big Things of Australia

The Big Things of Australia

Australia’s ‘Big Things’ are a roadside symbol, an obsession that turned into a tradition and now a popular tourist attraction. These are sculptures of everyday items that have been recreated in gigantic dimensions and littered across the country. It has been estimated that there are over 150 such objects around the country. It started back […]

Magnificent Flower Sculptures at Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Parade

Magnificent Flower Sculptures at Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Parade

Flower parades are held all over the world, but the one that takes place in Zundert, the Netherland, is extraordinarily artistic. It’s also the largest parade in the world. Huge floats are made of wire, cardboard and papier-mâché and entirely covered in dahlias in intricate designs. The dahlias for grown specifically for the parade, and […]

High Line – Abandoned Railway Line Becomes Elevated Park in New York

High Line – Abandoned Railway Line Becomes Elevated Park in New York

The High Line is a mile long, garden park in New York City built on an elevated 1.45-mile section of an abandoned railway line called the West Side Line, which runs along the lower west side of Manhattan. In 1980 the last freight train ran along the elevated railway line reportedly pulling three boxcars of […]

Hamburg, the City of Bridges

Hamburg, the City of Bridges

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and considered to be one of the most beautiful in the country. It is also a popular tourist destinations because of its scenic beauty and unique blend of historical monuments and modern pubs and nightclubs, including the world-renowned red light district, the Reeperbahn. Despite being located astride […]

Tropical Island Resort–World’s Largest Indoor Rainforest

Tropical Island Resort–World’s Largest Indoor Rainforest

Tropical Islands Resort is an artificial tropical resort located about 60 kilometers south of Berlin and is housed within the largest free-standing dome in the world. This massive airplane-hanger-like structure is 360 meters long, 210 meters wide, 107 meters high, and is supported by 14,000 tons of steel. It is large enough to host 8 […]

Khan Shatyr–the World’s Tallest Tent in Kazakhstan

Khan Shatyr–the World’s Tallest Tent in Kazakhstan

Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, is an architectural project that is billed as the world’s largest tent. The “tent” is made of a transparent material and suspended on a network of cables strung from a central spire 150 meters high. The structure has a 200 meter elliptical base enclosing […]

The Beautiful Alpine Town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

The Beautiful Alpine Town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a mountain resort town in Bavaria, southern Germany, in the heart of the Alps. Garmisch and Partenkirchen were originally two different towns that were joined by a decree of Adolf Hitler to bring the 1936 Winter Olympics to Germany. The International Olympic Committee was going to pass over Germany as the host, because […]

Kuwait’s Golden Jubilee Fireworks Enters Guinness World Records

Kuwait’s Golden Jubilee Fireworks Enters Guinness World Records

November 10, 2012 marked the golden jubilee of Kuwait’s constitution and the country celebrated it with a spectacular $15-million fireworks display which earned the wealthy Gulf state a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis and expatriates filled the seaside Arabian Gulf Road to watch the dazzling display of […]

The Curious Case of Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog

The Curious Case of Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog

Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog are two municipalities that divide the town of Baarle on the border between the Netherlands and Belgium. Baarle-Nassau is located in southern Netherlands in the North Brabant province and Baarle-Hertog is located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. Both towns share a common border, but the international border that separates the Belgian […]

Sawdust Carpets During Semana Santa in Antigua

Sawdust Carpets During Semana Santa in Antigua

Antigua, Guatemala puts up one of the largest Easter celebration in North America, with an estimated 200,000 people flocking to this Colonial town every year to watch the colourful Semana Santa celebrations or Holy Week, leading up to Easter. Thousands of national and international visitors crowd the cobblestoned streets to watch the costumed processions, reenactments […]

Verdon Gorge: The Grand Canyon of Europe

Verdon Gorge: The Grand Canyon of Europe

The Verdon Gorge, called Gorges du Verdon in French, in south-eastern France between the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and the Var is a spectacular river canyon that is often considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful. The 25 kilometres long canyon is up to 700 metres deep and varies in width between 6 and 100 meters at […]

Construction of an Amazing Underground Hotel in Songjiang Begins

Construction of an Amazing Underground Hotel in Songjiang Begins

Some years ago, a British engineering firm Atkins proposed an extravagant design for a five-star hotel located deep within a 100-meter, abandoned and half flooded pit near the base of Tianmashan Mountain in the Songjiang District of Shanghai. Construction on the 19-story, 380-room Shimao Intercontinental Hotel finally is already underway. Initially the hotel was expected […]

V8 Car Themed Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany

V8 Car Themed Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany

Located in Stuttgart, Germany – a German international hub for car dealers – the V8 Hotel is a paradise for car enthusiasts. The hotel features 10 different themed rooms dedicated to themes related to the automobile world – from car wash and tuning to drive-in cinema and racing. All rooms are equipped with unique props […]

The Dubai Fountain – World’s Largest Dancing Fountain

The Dubai Fountain – World’s Largest Dancing Fountain

Set on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai development in Dubai, the Dubai fountain can shoot 83,000 liters of water at any moment and water jets as high as 240 feet into the air. Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, the 900 feet long fountain can be […]

Jantar Mantar – Ancient Astronomical Observatories of India

Jantar Mantar – Ancient Astronomical Observatories of India

Between 1727 and 1734 Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur, India, constructed five astronomical observatories in his native territory of west central India. The observatories called “Jantar Mantars” incorporate multiple buildings of unique form, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement. These structures with their striking combinations of geometric forms at large scale, have […]

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