Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Valley: crossroads of Asia’s ancient civilizations

The amazing Kathmandu Valley lies at the crossroads of Asia’s ancient civilizations and offers over 130 important monuments, including several places of pilgrimage for the Hindus and the Buddhists, some of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  The Valley is located in Nepal and known as the capital of their empire.

Kathmandu Valley - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Li River Cruise

Li River Cruise: one of China’s most famous scenic areas

The Li River or Lijiang River offers is considered one of China’s most famous scenic areas, featured in many scroll paintings and with the top classification by the China National Tourism Administration.  It offers some 100-kilometer stretch of water, surrounded by mountain peaks rise into the sky such as the Mountain of Splendid Hues, as well as limestone caves such as the Reed-Flute Rock with its cave corals.

Li River Cruise - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Lijiang

Lijiang: one of the most remarkable destinations in China

The Old Town of Lijiang is one of the most remarkable destinations in China, with a unique architecture, history and culture influenced by the traditional residents known as the Nakhi people.  Located in Lijiang City with the Yunnan region, it has over 800 years history, one being at the heart the old tea horse road.  It is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lijiang - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Acropolis

Acropolis: one of the most recognizable icons of the ancient World

The Acropolis is perhaps one of the most recognizable icons of the ancient World.  It is located in the heart of Athens at the top of a hill which rises 150 m (490 ft) above sea level.  The citadel was originally built for defence purposes, but has become the nuclei of the city.

Acropolis - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art: New York City most important art gallery

The Metropolitan Museum of Art commonly known as The Met is New York City most important art gallery.  Its permanent collection offers more than two million works, divided among nineteen curatorial departments from Ancient Egypt and classical antiquity to well known paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, passing by an extensive collection of American and modern art.  The Museum occupies more than 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2), measures almost 1/4-mile (400 m) long and is located on the eastern edge of Central Park within Manhattan’s Museum Mile.

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Shwedagon Stupa

Shwedagon Stupa: one of Burma’s most spectacular Pagodas

The Shwedagon Pagoda officially known as the Shwedagon Zedi Daw is a spectacular 99 metres (325 ft) gilded pagoda and stupa located in Yangon, Burma. It is located to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, on top of the Singuttara Hill and offering amazing views of the city skyline.  It is considered the  most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese with relics of the past four Buddha’s enshrined within, namely the staff of Kakusandha, a piece of the robe of Kassapa and eight strands of hair of Gautama, the historical Buddha. A same-sized replica of Shwedagon Pagoda, known as the Uppatasanti Pagoda is located within the new capital of Burma, Naypyidaw.

Shwedagon Stupa - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein: one of Europe’s most impressive Castles

The Neuschwanstein is one of Europe’s most impressive Castles, located within the village of Hohenschwangau in the southwest German region of Bavaria.  This19th-century Romanesque Revival palace proudly sits on top of a rugged hill offering breathtaking view of the surroundings.  The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner.  The palace has since become a popular tourist attraction attracting more than a million visitors each year.  It also appeared in a variety of movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle

Neuschwanstein - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Potala Palace

Potala Palace: once chief residence of the Dalai Lama in Tibet

The Potala Palace, which sits on top of the Marpo Ri or Red Hill, some than 300 m (1,000 ft) above the valley floor, is one of the most important places within Tibet Autonomous Region of China.  It is best known as the once chief residence of the Dalai Lama and is today a museum. The building measures 400 metres east-west and 350 metres north-south, with sloping stone walls averaging 3 m. thick, and 5 m. (more than 16 ft) thick at the base, and with copper poured into the foundations to help proof it against earthquakes.  It has thirteen stories of buildings with over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues.

Potala Palace - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Mt Everest

Mt Everest: world’s highest mountain

Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas, in between the border of China and Nepal.  The mountain attracts many well-experienced mountaineers as well as capable climbers willing to hire professional guides. While not posing substantial technical climbing challenges on the standard route, Everest presents dangers such as altitude sickness, weather and wind.

Mt Everest - Top 100 World's Wonders

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