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Top 10 Wonders of the World (page 5)

Smart Traveling Tips (page 19)

of the World (page 5) • Smart Traveling Tips (page 19) CULTOURS Speciality : • Hot

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It's quite save to tell you that this year, CULTOURS picked 10 top wondrous places of the world. The places is based on high or low it's tourism rate is, how percentage of people are curious on that particular place, and how you readers voted on our online survey last month. This year's list is filled of mystic and beauty. For those Indonesians, I'm sorry, but today's not your year. Borobudur did not make it in our Top 10. Maybe next year ?

Number

10

Chichen Itza

Number 10 Chichen Itza C hichen Itza is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site built by the
Number 10 Chichen Itza C hichen Itza is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site built by the

Chichen Itza is a large pre-Columbian

archaeological site built by the Maya civilization located in the northern center of the Yucatán Peninsula, in the Yucatán state, present-day Mexico.

Chichen Itza was a major focal point in the northern Maya lowlands from the Late Classic through the Terminal Classic and into the early portion of the Early Postclassic period. The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, from what is called “Mexicanized” and reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico to the Puuc style found among the Puuc Maya of the northern lowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most contemporary interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion.

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Statue of zeus of olympia

I n ancient times the Greeks held one of their most important festivals, The Olympic Games, in honor of the King of their gods, Zeus. Like our modern Olympics, athletes traveled from distant lands, including Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt and Sicily, to compete in the games. The Olympics were first started in 776 B.C. and held at a shrine to Zeus located on the western coast of Greece in a region called Peloponnesus. The games, held every four years, helped to unify the Greek city-states. Sacred truce was declared during the games and wars were stopped. Safe passage was given to all traveling to the site, called Olympia, for the season of the games.

The site consisted of a stadium (for the games) and a sacred grove, or Altis, where temples were located. The shrine to Zeus was simple in the early years, but as time went by and the games increased in importance, it became obvious that a new, larger temple, one worthy of the King of the gods, was needed. Between 470 and 460 B.C., construction on a new temple was started. The designer was Libon of Elis and his masterpiece, The Temple of Zeus, was completed in 456 B.C.

According to accounts, the statue was located at the western end of the temple. It was 22 feet wide and some 40 feet tall. The figure of Zeus was seated on an elaborate throne. His head nearly grazed the roof. The historian Strabo wrote,

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criticized for not having appreciated the correct proportions. He has depicted Zeus seated, but with the head almost touching the ceiling, so that we have the impression that if "

Zeus moved to stand up he would unroof the temple

the temple itself is very large, the sculptor is

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Number

8 Collosus of Rhodes

Number 8 Collosus of Rhodes T his awe-inspiring statue was a gift from France to America

T his awe-inspiring statue was a gift from France to America and is easily recognized by people around the world. What many visitors to this shrine to freedom don't know is that the statue, the "Modern Colossus," is the echo of another statue, the original colossus that stood over two thousand years ago at the entrance to another busy harbor on the Island of Rhodes. Like the Statue of Liberty, this colossus was also built as a celebration of freedom. This amazing statue, standing the same height from toe to head as the modern colossus, was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The island of Rhodes was an important economic center in the ancient world. It is located off the southwestern tip of Asia Minor where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean. The capitol city, also named Rhodes, was built in 408 B.C. and was designed to take advantage of the island's best natural harbor on the northern coast.

Travelers to New York City harbor see a marvelous sight. Standing on a small island in the harbor is an immense statue of a robed woman, holding a book and lifting a torch to the sky. The statue measures almost one-hundred and twenty feet from foot to crown. It is sometimes referred to as the "Modern Colossus," but more often called the Statue of Liberty.

In the seventh century A.D. the Arabs conquered Rhodes and broke the remains of the Colossus up into smaller pieces and sold it as scrap metal. Legend says it took 900 camels to carry away the statue. A sad end for what must have been a majestic work of art.

Number

7

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Number 7 Leaning Tower of Pisa The Leaning Tower of Pisa(Italian: Torre pendente di Pisa) or

The Leaning Tower of Pisa(Italian: Torre pendente di Pisa) or simply the Tower of Pisa (La Torre di Pisa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of thecathedral of the Italian city of Pisa. It is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa's Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) after the Cathedral and the Baptistry.

The height of the tower is 55.86 m (183.27 ft) from the ground on the low side and 56.70 m (186.02 ft) on the high side. The width of the walls at the base is 4.09 m (13.42 ft) and at the top 2.48 m (8.14 ft). Its weight is estimated at 14,500 metric tons (16,000 short tons). The tower has 296 or 294 steps; the seventh floor has two fewer steps on the north-facing staircase. Prior to restoration work performed between 1990 and 2001, the tower leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees, but the tower now leans at about 3.99 degrees.[4] This means that the top of the tower is displaced horizontally 3.9 metres (12 ft 10 in) from where it would be if the structure were perfectly vertical.

Number

6

The Grand Canyon

Number 6 The Grand Canyon The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado

The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in the United States in the state of Arizona. It is largely contained within the Grand Canyon National Park, one of the first national parks in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, and visited it on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery.

The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (1.83 km) (6000 feet).[1] Nearly two billion years of the Earth's geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted.[2] While the specific geologic processes and timing that formed the Grand Canyon are the subject of debate by geologists,[3] recent evidence suggests the Colorado River established its course through the canyon at least 17 million years ago.[4][5] Since that time, the Colorado River continued to erode and form the canyon to the point we see it at today.[6]

Before European immigration, the area was inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon ("Ongtupqa" in Hopi language) a holy site and made pilgrimages to it.[7] The first European known to have viewed the Grand Canyon was García López de Cárdenas from Spain, who arrived in 1540.[8]

Number

5

Taj Mahal

Number 5 Taj Mahal The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India. It is

The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India. It is one of the most recognizable structures in the world. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is widely considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and stands as a symbol of eternal love.

Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Islamic and Indian architectural styles.

In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures. The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen.[5] The construction of the Taj Mahal was entrusted to a board of architects under imperial supervision, including Abd ul-Karim Ma'mur Khan, Makramat Khan, and Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.[6][7] Lahauri[8] is generally considered to be the principal designer.[9]

Number

4 The great Barier Leaf

Number 4 The great Barier Leaf The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest reef system[1][2]

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest reef system[1][2] composed of over 2,900 individual reefs[3] and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi).[4][5] The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms.[6] This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps.[7] This reef supports a wide diversity of life, and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981.[1][2] CNN labeled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world.[8] The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland.[9] A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use, such as fishing and tourism. Other environmental pressures on the reef and its ecosystem include runoff, climate change accompanied by mass coral bleaching, and cyclic population outbreaks of the crown-of-thorns starfish. The Great Barrier Reef has long been known to and used by the Aboriginal Australian and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and is an important part of local groups' cultures and spirituality. The reef is a very popular destination for tourists, especially in the Whitsunday Islands and Cairns regions. Tourism is an important economic activity for the region, generating AU$ 1 billion per year.[10]

Number

3

Pyramid

Number 3 Pyramid A pyramid is a structure where the outer surfaces are triangular and converge
Number 3 Pyramid A pyramid is a structure where the outer surfaces are triangular and converge

A pyramid is a structure where the outer surfaces are triangular and converge at a point. The base of a pyramid can be trilateral, quadrilateral, or any polygon shape, meaning that a pyramid has at least three triangular surfaces (at least four faces including the base). The square pyramid, with square base and four triangular outer surfaces, is a common version.

A pyramid's design, with the majority of the weight closer to the ground,[2] and with the pyramidion on top means that less material higher up on the pyramid will be pushing down from above: this distribution of weight allowed early civilizations to create stable monumental structures.

For thousands of years, the largest structures on earth were pyramids: first the Red Pyramid in the Dashur Necropolis and then the Great Pyramid of Khufu, both of Egypt, the latter the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still remaining. Khufu’s Pyramid is built entirely of limestone, and is considered an architectural masterpiece. It contains around 1,300,000 blocks ranging in weight from 2.5 tons to 15 tons and is built on a square base with sides measuring about 230m (755ft), covering 13 acres! Its four sides face the four cardinal points precisely and it has an angle of 52 degrees. The original height of the Pyramid was 146.5m (488ft), but today it is only 137m (455ft) high, the 9m (33ft) that is missing is due to the theft of the fine quality limestone covering, or casing stones, by the Ottoman Turks in the 15 Century A.D, to build houses and Mosques in Cairo. It is still the tallest pyramid. The largest pyramid in the world ever built, by volume, is the Great Pyramid of Cholula, in the Mexican state of Puebla. This pyramid is still being excavated.

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Number

2

AURORA

Number 2 AURORA Auroras, also known as northern and southern (polar) lights or aurorae (singular: aurora),
Number 2 AURORA Auroras, also known as northern and southern (polar) lights or aurorae (singular: aurora),

Auroras, also known as northern and southern (polar) lights or aurorae (singular: aurora), are natural light displays in the sky, particularly in the polar regions, and usually observed at night. They typically occur in the ionosphere. They are also referred to as polar auroras. This is a misnomer however, because they are commonly visible between 65 to 72 degrees north and south latitudes, which place them in a ring just within the Arctic and Antarctic circles. Aurorae do occur deeper inside the polar regions, but these are infrequent and often invisible to the naked eye.

In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis, named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, byPierre Gassendi in 1621.[1] The aurora borealis is also called the northern polar lights, as it is only visible in the sky from the Northern Hemisphere, with the chance of visibility increasing with proximity to the North Magnetic Pole. (The North Magnetic Pole is currently in the arctic islands of northern Canada.) Auroras seen near the magnetic pole may be high overhead, but from farther away, they illuminate the northern horizon as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red, as if the Sun were rising from an unusual direction. The aurora borealis most often occurs near the equinoxes. The northern lights have had a number of names throughout history. The Cree call this phenomenon the "Dance of the Spirits." In Europe, in the Middle Ages, the auroras were commonly believed a sign from God (see Wilfried Schröder, Das Phänomen des Polarlichts, Darmstadt 1984).

Its southern counterpart, the aurora australis or the southern polar lights, has similar properties, but is only visible from high southern latitudes in Antarctica, South America, or Australasia. Australis is the Latin word for "of the South."

Number

1

Christ the Redeemer

Number 1 Christ the Redeemer Christ the Redeemer (Portuguese: Cristo Redentor, formerly Portuguese: Christo Redemptor) is
Number 1 Christ the Redeemer Christ the Redeemer (Portuguese: Cristo Redentor, formerly Portuguese: Christo Redemptor) is
Number 1 Christ the Redeemer Christ the Redeemer (Portuguese: Cristo Redentor, formerly Portuguese: Christo Redemptor) is

Christ the Redeemer (Portuguese: Cristo Redentor, formerly Portuguese: Christo Redemptor) is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world.[1] The statue is 39.6 metres (130 ft) tall, including its 9.5 meter (31 feet) pedestal, and 30 metres (98 ft) wide. It weighs 635 tonnes (700 short tons), and is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. It is one of the tallest of its kind in the world (The statue of Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is slightly taller). A symbol of Christianity, the statue has become an icon of Rio and Brazil.[2] It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922 and 1931.

HOT PICKS FOR VACATION

On the Edge of the Earth

HOT PICKS FOR VACATION On the Edge of the Earth Hainin Island - It is interesting

Hainin Island - It is interesting to note that while the island of Hainan in southwest China is the country's number two holiday ravel destination (in between Jiuzhaigou National Park in Sichuan and Yunnan's Lijiang), most foreign tourists and expats living in the People's Republic have never even heard of Hainan Dao, let alone been there I used to be one of the guilty parties. Despite residing in China for an extended period of time, it was not until I began my epic travels across the country that I was introduced to what is in fact its smallest yet most exotic province.

Hainan's most popular season is, of course, Spring Festival, when legions of mainlanders shuddering from sub-zero winter temperatures spend Chinese New Year on the invitingly temperate beaches of the tropica island.

Conversely, sweltering summers turn Hainan into a veritable Hades (reclusive sun worshipers take note:

you will literally have the beach to yourselves). It is not surprising, then, that Hang Dynasty exiles were once banished to 'The Edge of the Earth' as fatal punishmentHainan island has made significant progress over the centuries, from remote settlement to popular tourist attraction by way of repeatedly falling in and out of control of neighboring provinces until at last being granted provincial status in 1988 (disputably along with some 200 surrounding South China Sea islands) and declared a Special Economic Zone to spur investment.

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Smart Traveling Tips
Smart Traveling Tips
Smart Traveling Tips Traveling makes our world a little better: making new memories, meeting new people,

Traveling makes our world a little better:

making new memories, meeting new people, and seeing beautiful places. It will be a treasured moment if we know our smart travel tips. Perhaps your next vacation will be one-to-remember and not one that you wish you could forget ?

BEFORE LEAVING * Allow plenty of time to get the relevant visa. * Read up
BEFORE LEAVING
* Allow plenty of time to get the relevant visa.
* Read up about your destinations before leaving so you can enjoy yourself
straight away on arrival. Check out travel deals that are available on the
Internet.
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Don't buy loads of new clothes - be ruthless when packing - most people can
manage with half what they take.
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Take an extra duffel bag - it can be used as a day bag and to bring back a few
souvenirs.
Don't pack your passport in your rucksack - keep it in your hand luggage with
your tickets.
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* Try and memorise your passport number incase you lose it!
* Write down addresses of friends and family, you may want to send postcards
to, in a small address book.
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Arrange for diabetic/vegetarian/vegan meals for your flight with your travel
agent.
* Remove old destination tags to avoid confusion
* On the day of your flight call the airport to check that your flight is on time.
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Find out how many 'carry on bags' your airlina allows - luggage 20"x15"x10"
is average
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Purchase some water purification tablets if you are planning a stop over in a
country with suspect water sources
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Pack essentials such as a toothbrush, clean underwear and money in hand
luggage, incase your check in bags get lost.

DURING JOURNEY

Reduce the pain of popping ears; suck a sweet, swallow hard or gently blow your nose.

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Reduce the pain of popping ears; suck a sweet, swallow hard or gently blow your nose.

Try to drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated- the cabins highly pressurised air is very dry.

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Ask cabin crew if you can move to a row of unoccupied seats so you can travel in style.

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* Minimise jet lag by adjusting your watch to 'local' time along your journey.

* Walk around a little on the plane to help circulation and make the most of any

refuel stops for a good stretch.

Try to sleep during the Australian night (the airlines normally turn the lights off to help).

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ON ARRIVAL

 

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Try to be as alert as you can; weary travellers make easy prey for pickpockets

* Try to be as alert as you can; weary travellers make easy prey for pickpockets

etc.

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Avoid making long distance calls from your hotel room; it's likely to attract a huge

premium.

* Make sure any taxi you get into is legitimate to avoid any shady goings on

 

* If hiring a car, collision damage insurance/waiver is a good investment

 

If hiring a car carefully checks it for dents, scratches etc and insist the rental company makes a written note to confirm.

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Carry a 2nd 'dummy' wallet with a small amount of cash in case you are mugged - not likely in Australia.

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Be aware of the fierce Australian sun - use sunscreen, wear shades and lip protection. *

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EQUIPMENT

Camping/sports towels are extremely small and lightweight, they don't smell and can be packed damp.

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Camping/sports towels are extremely small and lightweight, they don't smell and can be packed damp. *

* Shaving oil rather than shaving cream saves valuable storage space and weight.

* A small first aid kit could be very useful for minor injuries.

* Swiss army style knives are a good idea for peeling fruit, cutting toe nails etc.

A wide brimmed hat or cap can be very useful for preventing sun stroke on very hot days.

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High factor sun cream will help to minimise the risks of sun burn and skin cancer.

Good quality sun glasses will make you look cool and stop you from cooking your eyes

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* Ear plugs can be a real 'God send' when there is a loud snorer in your dorm!

* Headache tablets for hangovers etc.

* A lightweight showerproof jacket can be useful as it does rain in Oz, sometimes

very hard.

* Clothes that don't run (so you only have to do one washing load for everything).

* Comfortable shoes that don't take up much room, and are suitable for various

 

occassions.

occassions.
 

LUGGAGES

* A 65 litre rucksack should definitely be large enough.

 

* A rucksack which opens up like a suitcase is excellent for keeping clothes crease

* A rucksack which opens up like a suitcase is excellent for keeping clothes crease

free and easily accessible.

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A rucksack with a detachable smaller bag is desirable. They are ideal for day trips

etc.

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Wire Ruck Sack security bags are available to safeguard your valuables.

A rucksack with an additional removable water proof cover can be a good investment.

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OTHER GOOD TIPS

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Book internal airline tickets at least three weeks in advance for discount.

* Book internal airline tickets at least three weeks in advance for discount.

Open a bank account in Australia if it is your intention to stay for more than a month.

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Get vaccinations for other foreign destinations before leaving.

Never let a stranger look after your bag - they may steal or put something in there.

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* Use reduced rate phone cards to phone home.

* Travel in a group, it is safer, cheaper and more fun.

* Plan a rough itenirary of where you would like to go.

* Book internal flights or transport before you go, as sometimes discounts are

available.

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Travel in the southern states during the Summer and the northern states during

the Winter.

Buy a map if you are planning on driving, or a relevant map if you are planning on doing some serious bushwalking.

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Find the suitable Insurance policy that covers money, medical and activities.

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