Alishan!

Alishan National Scenic Area is Taiwan’s most visited national park ( travelkaohsiung, 2016).

Alishan is not a single a mountain, but actually a range of mountains, averaging 2,500 metres in height with Datashan ( 2,663 metres) the highest peak ( wikitravels, 2016).

The whole area was inflicted by a massive blow when Typhoon Morakot wiped out roads, villages, railway tracks in 2009. Tourism took a massive setback then but things have returned steadily ( roughguides, 2016).

Alishan National Scenic Area is filled with wonderful tea plantations, idyllic homestays and friendly Tsou aboriginal villages ( roughguides, 2016). The place has various gorgeous views that just a privilege to witness!

The main flora are the giant Taiwanese red cypresses and endemic Taiwan Pleione are quite famous native trees found in the area ( travelking, 2016)

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The breathtaking view at Alishan National Scenic Area: credit:

 

Broadcast your love…at N Seoul Tower!

I’m guess you all are curious what does the ‘N’ stand for… It stands for ‘new’, ‘Namsan’ and ‘nature’ ( wikipedia, 2016).And yes, this building has quite some love in it. N Seoul Tower is the symbol of Seoul, standing 237 metres on top of Namsan Mountain, rising 480 metres above sea level ( great-towers, 2016). Serving as a good observatory tower, you can view the whole city and surroundings from here.

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N Seoul Tower : credit:

It was built in 1969 and  later opened to the public in 1980 ( visitseoul, 2016).  . 15 billion Won was spent for remodelling the tower in 2005 (english.visitkorea.or.kr, 2016) .

There are many fascinating tourist attractions at N Seoul Tower. There are many great attractions like the N Grill, Digital Observatory, Hancook ( Korean) Restaurant, and the Sky Restroom ( visitseoul, 2016) .

Love is everywhere at the base of the towers as railing and fences are covered with ‘padlocks of love’. Couples from all over the world of different nationalities come here to seal their love for each other ( visitseoul, 2016) ! N Seoul Tower is only one of the many locations in the world where love birds can lock their ‘padlocks of love’. How Romantic!! Too bad I can’t do it…yet

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Many flock to the N Seoul Tower to lock ‘padlocks of love’ : credit:

Bye now, I wish you all a lovely time~

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twin Heavens ! Petronas

The Petronas Twin Towers are Malaysia’s symbol of modernization and cultural heritage combined together to show all about Malaysia. They are Malaysia’s momentous monument!

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Centre : The 88-storeys tall Petronas Twin Towers : credit:

They are built to house the headquarters of Petronas, the national petroleum company of Malaysia and was designed by highly acclaimed American architect Cesar Pelli ( britannica, 2016). The towers were finally completed in 1998 and offically opened in 1999 ( tripadvisor, 2016).

The Petronas Twin Towers are identical towers of eight-lobed circular structures with 88 storeys and a pyramid-shaped pinnacle surmounted by a steel spire on each of them. They rise to a lofty height of 1,483 feet ( 451.9 metres ). It was 242 feet  ( 73.6 metres ) for the pinnacle and spire ( britannica, 2016).

In the period between 1998 & 2004, they held the record for the tallest buildings in the world, before they were overtaken by Taiwan’s Taipei 101. The Petronas Twin Towers are currently still the tallest twin skyscrapers in the world ( wikipedia, 2016).

Probably the most obvious feature is a skybridge linking the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floor ( britannica, 2016).

Suria KLCC  is located on the lowest floor which is a shopping haven for tourists to shop till you drop. Outside of the towers is KLCC park where people can chill around and relax ( wikipedia, 2016).

A very quick look at the architecture here:

Till next time! Bye!

 

Great Wall of China

Hello, today I’ll be looking at one of the most significant Seven Wonders of the World, which is the Great Wall of China ( world.new7wonders, 2016).


 

The Great Wall of China is the world’s longest wall ( chinahighlights, 2016). It is a very famous site as people from all over the world come here to experience its power. Many world figures such as Barack Obama and David Cameron have also came to China’s most historical landmark before ( chinahighlights, 2016). It is an outstanding military architecture and one of the most precious arts of China ( whc.unesco.org, 2016)

The wall was built over 2,000 years ago by the first emperor of the Qin dynasty (221 BC – 206 BC), Emperor Qin Shi Huang.The Qin dynasty were victorious in uniting China from the 7 Warring States, as the emperor connected all the walls that were built before. The Great Wall of China stretches across 9 provinces in northern China.Its length is over 20,000 km in length ( history, 2016).

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A section of the Great Wall of China: credit:

Emperor Qin Shi Huang constructed the Great Wall so as to defend against the threatening northern nations such as the Huns. The defensive structures of the wall includes many fortresses, beacon towers, watchtowers for observatory and command posts used for logistics.The wall was important for military communications when messages were relayed by smoke signals, lanterns and beacon fires ( history, 2016).

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A portrait of Emperor Qin Shi Huang : credit:

 

Hundred thousands of workers have died in the construction of the wall where they were then buried in the wall itself ( history, 2016). There is a well known legend of Meng Jiangnu whose husband died while building the wall. Her weeping and moaning was so devastating that a section of the wall even crumbled down ( chinahighlights, 2016).

Towards modern times, the most prominent section is the Badaling Section which is the most well preserved and attracts many visitors from around the globe ( travelchinaguide, 2016) .

It is estimated that 1/3 quarters of the Great Wall has been destroyed due to human damage ( szdaily, 2016).

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site ( thetravelworld, 2016)
  • Seven Wonders of the World

Here is a video for more info:

http://player.history.com/pservice/embed-player/?siteId=hist&tPid=21159479

Thanks for coming guys!

 

 

Victoria Peak (扯旗山)

Hi everybody! Today we visit Hong Kong’s most famous landmark which is the Victoria Peak. It is the highest point in Hong Kong where tourists will have a bird’s eye view of Hong Kong’s marvelous cityscape ( aviewoncities, 2016). If you have nothing to do, Victoria Peak is your place to be!

Looking down from the city’s most famous vantage point, have a good admiration of Hong Kong’s bustling city life with lofty building and the Victoria Harbour ( travelchinaguide, 2016). It is a great view indeed!

The Peak Tram

The most convenient and quickest route to reach Victoria Peak is via the Peak Tram. It has been in operation for over 100 years without any accidents occuring. Enjoy yourselves as you relax for a 8 minute journey to the top of the summit while embracing the breathtaking view outside ( travelchinaguide, 2016).

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The beautiful view from Victoria Peak & the Peak Tram: credits:

More information on Victoria Peak can be found here.

Deepavali ! – Taj Mahal

Happy Deepavali , my fellow Indians! Today, I bring you all to the majestic and wonderful Taj Mahal in celebration of this festive period.Taj Mahal depicts the rich love of emperor Shah Jahan for his wife


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Above:The ancient Taj Mahal: credits:

Taj Mahal is an enormous white marble mausoleum which was built by Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in the 17th century. It was dedicated for his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal who died of child birth. The beautiful architecture is a Mughal architecture which consists of a rich vein of Indian, Persian and Islamic features. Contruction of the building started in 1632 for up to 22 years before it was finally completed. The building required over 20,000 workers and costs approximately 32 million Rupees for its construction. ( history, 2016)

      Taj Mahal is part of a vast complex which consists of the gateway, garden, mosque. guesthouse. Taj Mahal is located on the furthest end, with River Yamuna just behind it. Its exterior design is decorated with many kinds of precious and mesmerizing stones. What makes Taj Mahal so alluring is its appearance which changes colour throughout the day ( history, 2016).You can admire the beauty of Taj Mahal with different perspectives as you tour the historical building. It is definitely one of the most enchanting sites in the world.

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Taj Mahal at sunset: credits
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Taj Mahal at night: credits:

      There are many myths which surround Taj Mahal. One of the myths is the Black Taj Mahal myth. Legend says that Shah Jahan wanted to erect another exact mausoleum on the opposite side of River Yamuna which will act as a bridge between both the buildings and serve as his burial place. He wanted to name the new building Black Taj as its construction is made out of black marbles. ( liveindia, 2016). Another well-known myth states that Shah Jahan ordered his underlings to chop off the hands of the architects who built Taj Mahal so that no one will ever be able to construct something as magnificent and beautiful as the Taj Mahal ever again. ( history, 2016)

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site ( whc-unesco, 2016)
  • Seven Wonders of the World ( tajmahal, 2016)

Well, that is all for today. I hope you all loved today’s post.

More visitors info and story info here: http://www.tajmahal.gov.in/home.html