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The Mourne Mountains

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Mourne Mountains were formed 65 million years ago. They are made of granite which is an igneous rock. Granite is a hard wearing rock which is found at the base or bottom of the earth's crust. It cools, solidifies and then becomes granite.

There are 12 peaks over 2000 feet high, including Northern Ireland's highest mountain, Slieve Donard. The Mournes are unusual in that their summits are grouped together in a compact area only 7 miles in breadth.

The Mourne Mountains - Famous the world over through Percy French's song "Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea".

Badain Jaran Desert Tourism District

Thursday, August 27, 2009
Mandela Mountain Rock
Located in Alxa League with a total area of 47,000 square kilometers and an elevation between 1200 and 1700 meters above the sea level, sand hills with a relative height of 500 meters are worthy to be called the Desert Mount Everest. The district features five superb views: strange form peak, whistling sand, lake, wonderful springs and temples.

Mandela Mountain Rock Picture Tourism District

Mandela Mountain Rock
Located in Alxa League with an area of about 18 square kilometers, the still existing 4600 and more rock paintings can date back more than ten thousand years, contents of which include hunting, herding, the sun, the moon, stars, temples, dancing competition and amusement, vividly recording people’s production, life, cultural formation, natural environment, social style and features of the district in the remote antiquity worthy to be called the ancient art gallery in the North-western region of China.

Masroor Rock-cut Temple

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Known for its monolithic rock-cut temples, Masroor is 38 km from Kangra Town. There are 15 rock-cut temples in Indo-Aryan style and are richly carved. It is a unique monolithic structure in the sub-Himalayan region and is a protected monument.

The main shrine contains three stone images of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita. The temple complex is located on a hill and also has a large rectangular water pond. The view of snow clad Dhauladhar is amazing from the temple premises.

The nearest visitable places includes Pong lake near Nagrota Surian, 10 km from Masroor and hot water springs at Tattwani village, on the bank of Gaj rivulet near Salol village on Lunj- Gaggal road, 15 km from Masroor. It is accessible from Gaggal (30 km) on Nagrota Surian link road and 22 km from Ranital road.

Cox's Bazar beach

Monday, August 24, 2009

Cox's Bazar is a town, a fishing port and district headquarter in Bangladesh. It is known for its wide sandy beach which is claimed to be the world's longest natural sandy sea beach.It is an unbroken 125 km sandy sea beach with a gentle slope. Since the rise and fall of the tide here is not great, it is a good place for sea bathing. It is located 150 km south of Chittagong. Cox’s Bazar is also known by the name "Panowa", the literal translation of which means "yellow flower". Its other old name was "Palongkee". The modern Cox's Bazar derives its name from Captain Cox (died 1799), an officer serving in British India. In the 18th century, an officer of British East India Company, Captain Hiram Cox was appointed as the Superintendent of Palongkee outpost after Warren Hastings became the Governor of Bengal. Captain Cox pie was specially mobilized to deal with a century long conflict between Arakan refugees and local Rakhains. The Captain was a compassionate soul and the plight of the people touched his heart. He embarked upon the mammoth task of rehabilitating refugees in the area, and made significant progress. A premature death took Captain Cox in 1799 before he could finish his work. But the work he had done earned him a place in the hearts of the locals and to commemorate his role in rehabilitation work a market was established and named after him as Cox's Bazaar ("Cox's Market"). Although Cox's Bazar is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bangladesh, it has yet to become a major international tourist destination, due to lack of publicity.


Wanchai, formerly a favorite place for sailors to take R&R, is now a fabulous shopping centre and a popular tourist attraction. Here, the old buildings remind us of the Hong Kong in the past. Some favorite places for people to visit in Wanchai are: the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center, the Museum, and Bauhinia Square.

The most notable place is the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center. In the Center is Xinyi Hall where the ceremony marking Hong Kong's return to China in 1997 was held. In front of the Xinyi Hall is Bauhinia Square. Every day there is a flag raising ceremony in honor of Hong Kong's returning to China.

Causeway Bay in Wanchai is a popular shopping site. Here, both the dearest and the cheapest merchandise are on sale. Hong Kong's largest park, the exquisite Victoria Park, which is also located in Causeway Bay..

The New World Wonder

Friday, August 21, 2009

Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The statue stands 30 metres (98 ft) wide and 38 metres (120 ft) tall with its pedestal. It weighs 635 tons (700 short tons), and is located at the peak of the 700 metres (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, standing at 34.20 metres (112.2 ft) wide and 40.44 metres (132.7 ft) tall with its 6.24 metres (20.5 ft) pedestal. A symbol of Christianity, the statue has become an icon of Rio and Brazil. The statue of Christ the Redeemer is a very important symbol of Brazil's Christianity. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone.

Tempurung Cave (Gua Tempurung)

The cave is probably the largest natural limestone cave in Peninsular Malaysia. Located in the vicinity of Gopeng, 24km south of Ipoh, the cave is approximately 1.5km long.

Made up of five huge domes which ceilings resemble coconut shells, each dome has different formations of stalagmites and stalactites. The domes also differ from one another in terms of temperature, water level, content of limestone and marble.

The National Mall

Thursday, August 6, 2009
The Mall is situated in the area encompassed by Constitution and Pennsylvania avenue, NW on the north, First Street on the east, self-government and Maryland Avenues on the south, and 14th Street on the west. The Mall is significant as the central axis of the District's monumental core as designed by L'Enfant in 1791. The Mall was to be the foremost avenue of the city, the so-called "Grand Avenue."

It was to run west from the Capitol to a tip directly south of the President's House where its terminus would be crowned by an equestrian statue of George Washington. According to L’Enfant plan, the Mall was to be "four hundred feet in breadth, and about a mile in length, bordered by gardens, finish in a slope from the houses on each side."

Throughout the course of the 19th century, L’Enfant formal design for the Mall was largely forgotten. During the Civil War, the Mall grounds were used for military purposes, such as bivouacking and parade troops, slaughtering cattle and producing arms. In 1872, at 6th and B Streets, a 14 acre tract was given to the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad for the construction of a depot. The railroad was also granted permission to lay tracks north to south across part of the Mall.

In 1851, leader Millard Fillmore hired New York architect Andrew J. Downing to design a landscape plan for the Mall and the President's Park. This landscape was to give a wild, natural disposition of trees, shrubbery and open lawns, but it was never fully carried out.

In 1902 the McMillan charge submits their report to Congress. Their plan called for the restoration, development, and supplementation of the "Grand Avenue" ideal proposed by L'Enfant. The core of the Mall was to be a broad grass carpet, typical of those in Europe, 300' in breath and running the entire length of the Mall grounds, bordered on each side by four rows of American elm trees. Public buildings were to border the whole, alienated from the elms by narrow roadways. The push station was removed from the area in 1909.

There be nine museums on the Mall, two entrances for subversive museums, and the Department of Agriculture. The construction of the Museum of the American Indian, which will be located to the west of the nationwide and Air and Space Museum, has begun and this latest museum is listed to open in 2004.

Kodaikanal Lake

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Kodaikanal is single of the mainly famous and loveable mount stations in India. Nevertheless, different their cousin in the North India, Kodaikanal is comparatively unaltered and unexplored. The city is proud of its inheritance and natural beauty and actively participate in retaining these elements. Apart from the unexplored sceneries, Kodaikanal offers a range of tour attractions to the company.

The Kodaikanal pond is the most visited tourist destination in the metropolis of Kodaikanal. It is in fact a star shaped lake that enclose an area of around 60 acres. The surrounding has been wonderfully landscaped and is worth visiting. Among the facilities available for the tourist, boating and promenade skirting are very well-liked.

Green Ooty Hills

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ooty is the most well-liked hill position in the South.ooty Located in the Western ghats at a height of 2240m, Udhagamandalam is the headquarters of the Nilgiris district where the two ghats ranges meet. Nature has been generous with this region, which is by far the most beautiful in the state. Apart from coffee and tea plantations, trees like confiers, eucalptus, pine and wattle dot the hillside in Udhagamandalam and its encirons.

Summer hotness is rarely higher than 25°c with a minimum of 10°c and winter is are distinctly cooler with a high of 21°c and a low 5°c. Curiously enough, this slice of paradise remained unknown to the great southern dynasties and it took the British to discover it in the early 1800s. They were, however, not the first population of this land as a tribe called Todas had been living there long before the British came, claiming that the Nilgiris had been their home since time immemorial.

But the praise for modernizing Udhagamandalam and making it accessible goes to the British who constructed the first railway line in the area and made it the summer capital of the Madras government.Ooty with lesser hill stations of Coonoor - 19 kms and Kothagiri 31 kms from Ooty are the other hill stations of this region. Nilgiri is India's first biosphere. It has been affirmed as one of the 14 'hotspots' of the world because of its unique bio-diversity. Nilgiri presents a truly breath taking kaleidoscope of visual treats and soul stirring experience.

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