The Great Wall of China
Photograph of the Great Wall of China
First built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, the great walls main construction was during the Ming Dynasty. Stretching across China for over 8,851.8 km ( or 5,500.3 miles) the Great Wall was used as defensive tool.
A popular myth is that the great wall is visible from the moon, it is not. From low orbit it is, barely visible, as are many other man made objects.
The Alhambra in Granada, Spain at night
Travel Photography from Spain:
The Alhambra in Spain is of breathtaking beauty. Built as a palace and fortress during the mid 14th century by Moorish rulers who occupied this region of Spain at the time.
Left in a state of disrepair until the 19th century the Alhambra is now fully restored and a beautiful example of architecture and relief work.
It’s now a UNESCO heritage site as well. Meaning it is flooded with tourists on a year round basis. Giant car parks included. Spending a few days in Granada, Spain and getting to the Alhambra early in the day in probably the best way to see it.
Kerak Telor's Vendor at Kota Tua Jakarta
Travel Photography from Indonesia
Kerak Telor is a traditional Indonesian snack originated from Jakarta (Betawi). It looks like scrambled egg but has different flavor. The main ingredients are sticky rice, duck/chicken eggs, top with dried shrimp and shredded coconut.
In the Colonial Era, Kerak Telor is considered as privilege food for the rich; today, you can find it on local street vendors. However, with the economic expansion and Betawi community being pushed out of the city, it cannot be easily found nowadays.
You have to go to Betawi Conservation Village in South Jakarta or Kota Tua (Jakarta Old Town) in West Jakarta to get it.
During the celebration of Jakarta Anniversary from mid June to mid July each year, Kerak Telor can be found easily in Kemayoran area where the festival is being held annually.
A lone car on the Khyber Pass, Pakistan
Travel Photography from Pakistan:
The Khyber pass is synonymous with the word legend and travel. From Alexander The Great to Gengis Khan, they have all traveled this pass that links Europe / Central Asia with East Asia.
It is, and still is one of the worlds greatest trading routes. Though, today it’s no longer spices and gold that are transported through it. It’s guns, drugs and people.
Bronze statue in the Forbidden city
Bronze statue in the Forbidden city China
Bronze Imperial guardian lions guard entrance ways into the Forbidden city in Beijing China. Based on myth these creatures are said to have powers of protection.
People washing along the Ganges in Varanasi, India
There is perhaps nowhere else on earth that can replicate what happens every morning along the Ganges river in Varanasi India. The Ganges is India’s national river, it is also the largest river in the Indian sub continent.
More importantly it is the most sacred river in the world for all Hindus.
It is here in Varanasi that many Hindus come to die. Their bodies cremated along the shore, and their ashes placed into the river.
It is also said that the water from the Ganges can heal the sick or dying.Washing in the Ganges is said to rid a person of their sins.
Everyday life along the Ganges in Varanasi is one of the most colorful, fascinating places on earth.
Sunset over wooden pier in The Philippines
Travel Photography from The Philippines
Not every sunset photograph needs to have the sun there. Here a local restaurant along an underdeveloped sea-line makes a stunning foreground to a wonderful sunset.
Still water and a tripod helps!
Sunken cemetery in The Philippines
Travel Photography from The Philippines
Today is Blog Action Day 2010, the subject is water. In aid of supporting a cause that makes up most of our bodies and the planet we live on here is post about protecting out water based tourism locations. You can check out their website here blogactionday.change.org
I really don’t know what the sunken cemetery in Camiguin Island in The Philippines is not more popular? In fact, it’s actually endangered as the local government wishes to build a new ferry terminal nearby.
The sunken cemetery is located on the small island of Camiguin off the north coast of Mindanao. You can hire a small boat man to paddle you over (4 mins). Or, you can swim over. Though again, here confusion rocks tourism as some people say you are not allowed to swim here.
All around the giant white cross are tombs that are under water. An earthquake stemming form a volcanic eruption sunk the cemetery. While most are now covered in coral. You can still make out the odd cross or two.
If anything, this place, in my view, should be protected, and not endangered by a new ferry terminal. Get there, before it’s too late!
Ancient Columns at Persepolis Iran
Travel Photography from Iran:
If you visit the legendary site of Persepolis in Iran you better take some sun screen. Dry desert heat will beat down on you for the day. But, the end result is seeing ancient wonders like these columns that are thousands of years old.
Humayun’s Tomb in India
Travel Photography from India:
Nasir ud-din Muhammad Humayun was a Mughal Emperor who ruled present day Afghanistan, Pakistan, and parts of northern India from 1530–1540 only to loose it and regain it again from 1555–1556.
Humayun died in 1556 when during the call to prayer he knelt down, tripped on his robes and hit his head. Injuries sustained left him near death, and three days later he died.
Looking more like a palace than tomb, Humayun’s wife built this tomb for him. Built in the style of the Taj Mahal in style it is one of the finest Mughal monuments in India today.