Top 10 places to see before you die
With a history of well over 2000 years and length of over 8800 kilometers (5500 miles), the strategic and historical significance of the Great Wall of China is matched only by its archeological implication. The wall is one of the leading tourist attractions and a definite must do for travelers owing to its architectural grandeur and historical importance.
The architectural feat and historical significance of the wall has made it an intriguing attraction for tourists visiting China. So if you find yourself in Beijing, although the city has plenty of fantastic attractions like Ming Tombs, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, be sure to take a trip one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world.
#9 Taj Mahal - India
Located in Agra, India, the magnificent Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage site and probably the most recognizable monument in the world. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal as a symbol of eternal love after the death of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Built between 1632 and 1648.
Every year more than 10 million people visit Taj Majal which make him one of the most visited monument as well. If the Taj Mahal is on your list of places to see before you die then the best time of year to visit is during the cooler months of October and November.
#8 Machu Picchu - Peru
Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea level, this five-century-old pre-Columbian site was once the home to the Incas. Until American historian Hiram Bingham publicized his findings of the area in a 1911 book called "Across South America," the mountain-top ruins were widely unknown to anyone living outside of the Urubamba Valley and nearby Cusco.
It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.
#7 Stonehenge - England
The arrangement of the 25-ton sarsens (sandstone blocks) at Stonehenge suggest some sort of celestial prediction? Or is it just a bunch of big rocks? No one really knows. Theories about the nearly 5,000-year-old circular stone structure in southern England vary.
The most enchanting time to visit Stonehenge is at sunset when a yellow-orange glow can be seen through the magnificent towers' arches.
#6 Pyramids of Giza - Egypt
Pyramids and wonderful temples are the great things to enjoy in Egypt. Travel to Egypt offers you the nature and desert treks, fishing, golfing, scuba diving and birding groups.
The Great Pyramid of Giza, the best-known of the group standing outside of Cairo, is the only one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World that also graces our list. Finished around 2,560 BC, the 481-foot creation (now shorter due to erosion) was the tallest man-made structure in the world for 38 centuries until the completion of Lincoln Cathedral in 14th century England.
#5 Victoria Falls - Zambia
There are plenty of beautiful waterfalls in the world, but there is something quite magical about standing on the viewing point near Knife-edge Bridge, watching the thundering water of Victoria Falls. Located on the Zambezi River in southern Africa, between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the falls stand at 355 feet.
The indigenous name for the falls is 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' which means 'Smoke that Thunders'. There is no shortage of exciting activities from bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, going a safari drive in the untamed African wilderness, or taking a hot air balloon ride over the spectacular falls.
The Earth's southernmost point, Antarctica is the driest and coldest of the seven continents. For a place that's 98 per cent covered in one-mile-deep ice, it's hard to imagine why anyone would want to visit at all. But there's an eerie, stark beauty about Antarctica that is incomparable to anywhere else on the planet.
Sprinkle in some penguin sightings and you've got one of the most unique settings in the world. While Antarctica has no permanent residents, there are often up to 5,000 researchers working there at a time. We recommend visiting by cruise ship via Ushuaia, Argentina.
Venice ranked 3rd on ours list of top 10 places to visit before you die. It is a beautiful and charming city of Italy. Venice is the capital of the Veneto Region and has population of over 300000.
Due to its natural beauty, it is given the title of "Queen of the Adriatic", "La Dominante", "City of Water", "The Floating City" and "City of Canals".
It is one the world's most beautiful and most visited cities. Venice is important tourist attraction in Italy. It attracts over 50,000 daily.
#2 The Great Barrier Reef - Australia
One of the best places to enjoy the beauty of the ocean is the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia. The coral reef is one of the world's most famous scuba diving sites and is comprised of 900 islands and over 2,900 individual reefs.
The popular tourist regions of the Great Barrier Reef are the areas surrounding Cairns and the Whitsunday Islands. Here the crystal clear waters give visitors a glimpse of a wide diversity of marine life from the endangered sea turtle and dugong to schools of clown fish that swim through colourful coral.
Blessed with amazing natural beauty and sun-soaked white sandy beaches, the Great Barrier Reef is the perfect place for scuba diving, snorkelling and swimming.
#1 Grand Canyon - USA
North America's greatest natural wonder a red-hued canyon 277 river miles long, eighteen miles wide, and one mile deep.
The Grand Canyon is in a league of its own and is a true sight of beauty. The canyon was shaped and formed over tens of thousands of years because of the Colorado River. Pictures can't allow you to grasp the sheer size of the canyon. It is something that you would need to discover for yourself. There are a relatively large number of lodges and hotels near the Grand Canyon that could provide you with all of the accommodations that you need while visiting. You can even take a guided tour through the canyon on horseback.
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