Very Very Amazing……
Bamboo Forest, Japan
Sagano Bamboo Forest is located in Arashiyama, a district on the west outskirts of Kyoto, Japan.
Sagano Bamboo Forest is one of the most amazing natural sites in Japan.
One of the most interesting facts about Sagano Bamboo Forest is the sound which the wind makes while it blows amongst the bamboo. Amazingly enough, this sound has been voted on as one of the ”one hundred must-be-preserved sounds of Japan” by the Japanese government.
As mentioned he Sagano Bamboo Forest is not too far from Kyoto’s main streets – (30 minutes by train).
Another interesting fact – the railing on the sides of the road is composed out of old, dry and fallen parts of bamboo.
Hang Son Doong, Vietnam
After Son Doong cave exploring trip, in the presence of scientists DHKH School of Natural landforms (Prof. Dr. Vu Van Phai, Dr. Nguyen Hieu), the American Cave (Dr. Darryl R.), biologists from Newzeland (TS. Annete B.) and the Institute of Geography, Institute of Science and Technology of Vietnam (Nguyen Huu Tu CVC., MA. Vu Anh Tai), cave explorers (Howard L., Deb L., Paul I ., Robine GS, Jonathan S., Howard C.) filmmakers (Chairman James K., Patrick K. director, Simon R. cameraman, assistant cameraman Dan E., Paul R. audio) and journalists (writers Mark D., Carsten P. photography, photography assistant, Robert S.) of TV channels and magazines, National Geographic (NG). Along with the participation and assistance of 23 local people including Mr. Ho Paul – who discovered the cave paint line, officials of the national park of Phong Nha – Ke Bang (Mr.Hien), Immigration Department Quang Binh (Mr. Ocean) and the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism (Mr.Long). Son Doong cave Map is outlined by Dr.Nguyễn Hiệu:
One of the world’s largest mirrors,BOLIVIA
Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is a place people don’t just visit. Rather, they inhale its vastness and colours with every fibre of their being. Salar de Uyuni is a place of superlatives – the world’s largest salt flat, world’s biggest reserve of lithium, the best place on Earth to callibrate satellites – in short: a visual miracle and mirror to the sky. Be warned, the following pictures will be unlike any you have ever seen!
Many a visitor, blinded by the reflecting sun and lost for words upon being immersed in this natural beauty, is said to have forgotten about their camera, simply gaping in awe…
Read more atSalar de Uyuni is located in Bolivia’s southwestern regions of Oruno and Potosi, near the peak of the Andes at an altitude of 3,650 m. More than 40,000 years ago, the area was part of the giant prehistoric Lake Minchin that has since dried out, leaving behind the two lakes, Poopo and Uru Uru, and the two salt deserts, Salar de Coipasa and Salar de Uyuni. The latter is the larger of the two and at 10,582 sq km (4,085 sq miles) is around 25 times the size of Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats.
Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan
With an area of about 190ha,Hitachi seaside park boasts its a wide variety of seasonal flower gardens such as narcissus and tulip in spring , nemophila and rose in early summer , zinnia in summer and kochia and cosmos in autumn.
An amusement park (cycling road,BMX course,athletic field, BBQ space) is set up as an annex.
Mendenhall Ice Caves, Juneau, Alaska
Mendenhall Glacier is a glacier about 12 miles (19 km) long located in Mendenhall Valley, about 12 miles (19 km) from downtown Juneau in the southeast area of the U.S. state of Alaska. The glacier and surrounding landscape is protected as the 5,815-acre Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area, a federally-designated unit of the Tongass National Forest.
Originally known as Sitaantaagu (“the Glacier Behind the Town”) or Aak’wtaaksit (“the Glacier Behind the Little Lake”) by the Tlingits, the glacier was named Auke (Auk) Glacier by naturalist John Muir for the Tlingit Auk Kwaan (or Aak’w Kwaan) band in 1888. In 1891 it was renamed in honor of Thomas Corwin Mendenhall. It extends from the Juneau Icefield, its source, to Mendenhall Lakeand ultimately the Mendenhall River.
The Juneau Icefield Research Program has monitored the outlet glaciers of the Juneau Icefield since 1942, including Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier has also receded 1.75 miles (2.82 km) since 1958, when Mendenhall Lake was created, and over 2.5 miles (4.0 km) since 1500. The end of the glacier currently has a negative glacier mass balance and will continue to retreat in the foreseeable future.
Given that average yearly temperatures are currently increasing, and the outlook is for this trend to continue, it is actually possible that the glacier might experience a period of stabilization or slight advance during its retreating march. This is because increasing amounts of warm, moist air will be carried up to the head of the icefield, where colder ambient temperatures will cause it to precipitate as snow. The increased amount of snow will feed the icefield, possibly enough to offset the continually increasing melting experienced at the glacier’s terminus. However, this interesting phenomenon will fade away if temperatures continue to climb, since the head of the glacier will no longer have cold enough ambient temperatures to cause snow to precipitate.
Wisteria Flower Tunnel in Japan
Located in the city of Kitakyushu, Japan, Kawachi Fuji Garden is home to an incredible 150 Wisteria flowering plants spanning 20 different species. The garden’s main attraction is the Wisteria tunnel that allows visitors to walk down an enchanting tunnel exploding with colour.
Located about 6 hours (according to Google Maps) from Tokyo, the best time to visit is from late April to mid May, typically peaking at the end of April. The garden is private so there is an entry fee.
Below you will find a gallery of this stunning garden along with information on wisteria and travel tips and visitor details I was able to cull from various sources online.
Tulip Fields in Netherlands
Lake Retba, Australia
Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island in Western Australia. Middle island is the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago, a group of about 105 islands and over 1,200 ‘obstacles to shipping’.
The tiny lake only spans about 600 meters wide but its rose pink colour is unmistakable. However, the reason why it’s pink remains a mystery.