19 MORE PLACES TO VISIT BEFORE YOU DIE

19 More Places To Visit Before You Die
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19 MORE PLACES TO VISIT BEFORE YOU DIE



Written by Patrick Grimmer
12 Monday 12th August 2013

Germany - Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe

If you’re a fan of 350m-long water cascades then I cannot fathom a better place on Earth for you to pay a visit. The site’s Grand Cascade is one of many water channels powered by a series of hydro-pneumatic devices that were initiated as early as 1689 by the Landgrave Carl. A monumental statue of Hercules sits atop the hill where the Grand Cascade flows to make the whole thing seem that bit more epic. Political connotations aside, it seems as if the European ruling classes of the early modern era certainly knew how to design a park.

Niger – Agadez

It’s sometimes the seemingly simplest and self-effacing of landscapes that command the greatest attention. Sitting on the south-western edge of the Sahara, Niger’s historic mud brick town of Agadez (known as the ‘gateway’ to the desert) is rooted in commercial and cultural traditions that are sustained in the present day. There’s even a 27m high minaret that is made entirely from mud brick – the highest of its kind. It’s impressive to see such sophisticated use of earthen architecture stand the test of roughly six centuries of time.

China - Xinjiang Tianshan

I like glaciers. I like snow-topped mountains. I like canyons. I like snaking rivers and endless forests. It’s seldom the case that you can go somewhere that offers you them all. So I was impressed when I discovered that there’s a place in the world that bears host to all of these environments – and almost can be viewed in a singular glance. Xinjiang’s 606,833 hectares sharply contrast with the lifeless desert landscapes that it punctures and provide rare and even endemic species of flora and fauna with a lavish habitat for survival, and the tourist with a series of peerless photographic opportunities.

If you’re a fan of Planet Earth and all its splendour then do check out the full list of new additions on the UNESCO website.

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