Today OUTLOOK readers we came up with a selection of the most impressive ones, created thank to vivid fancy of both nature and humans, and owing to “multi-zero” investments.
It is possible to literally dip into above-ground world under water when on a trip, or more precisely on a swim, to a park of Austrian city of Tragoess – “Green Lake”. In winter it is an inconspicuous recreational area with alleys, comfortable benches, lawns and relatively small emerald-clear water basin. But let both the sun and temperature rise slightly, and melting snow will level up water from 2 to 10 meters for Green to turn the whole territory of the park into own bottom. And this is where tourist season gets into full swing… People with diver’s equipment, who have gathered ashore, are looking for a more convenient dipping place in order to get to the world a la Disney’s “Little Mermaid” and to flap fins, moving above “drowned” paths and benches.
Ability to swim isn’t required for a visit to Thai “Hell Horror Park” whereas stable psyche is very much needed. It represents a kind of “rehearsal of hell” on Earth. Sculptures, depicting people, mercilessly torn apart by three-headed dogs, bleeding eyes, speared hearts and white-hot cauldrons… All these are completed with psychedelic melodies that come from speakers, and ways of paying for your sins, read by an announcer. Thailand citizens like bringing their children here, probably, for educative purposes…
“Bloody” performance, only with live people, is expecting visitors of “The Holy Land Experience” park. Topic-related area is the world’s best visual material to study biblical history. It cost orchestrators a round and tidy sum of 15 million Dollars to create a city in The New Testament style. Invited actors, dressed and made-up according to the era, help travelers have a trip to past and take a walk around significant events of the terrestrial life of Christ including its ending – crucifixion. Alongside visual experience, tourists can feel bygone times through taste by “taking part” in the Last Supper and trying dishes of the time.
Prior to a visit to one of Britain’s recreational areas, arranged by the plot of a book, it is worth reading at least a condensation of “A Christmas Carol” or “The Adventures of Oliver Twist”. A park dedicated to a famous writer “Dickens World” opens gates to daily life of 19th century England. Here one can plunge into a “charm” of past because pickpockets, run-away prisoners and case-hardened gamblers will friendly meet you here… And, of course, there is no entertainment without attractions! Major of them is a ride along smelly, dirty and ratty channel that resembles the Thames of those times.
The Chinese dared recreating a fairy land of the Lilliput in reality. Being considered one of the shortest nations in the world they gathered the smallest dwellers who aren’t afraid of becoming some sort of park’s specimens. Tenure of the “Kingdom of Little People” is more like a village than a park and occupies a land plot in Kunming community. Several times a day local citizens who possess fair acting abilities, act out theatrical performances for “big” tourists. There are no “Gullivers” to be seen among permanent residents and they wouldn’t have fitted into real – not showcase – schools, hospitals and shops anyway…
However, many find such “entertainment area” an example of cruel violation of ethics and social morality principles. Inhabitants of the village think different. One of them, Fou Tiang, answers to statements of the kind: “Being little people, we got accustomed to big people mistreating and exploiting us. There are no big people here. And everything we do, we do for ourselves…”
When touring this small-sized but very exciting country through the length and breadth, our OUTLOOK team selected unusual facts about it. We bet you did not know that familiar to us "at" sign @ in the Hebrew is called "strudel"? It is. Keep on reading and we'll tell you more interesting things most of which you have never suspected!
Stereotypes are terrible. They form a definite picture of the world in our heads, and it is not so easy to change. Take, for instance, the concept of skyscraper: imagination of 90% people immediately provoke skyline of American cities, familiar from movies and TV. It is quite logical, but nowadays panorama of the best luxury skyscrapers is in other direction – keep moving to the East. For Arab structures may outdo Western ones in all respects.
In the nooks of Earth we want to talk about people live according to very specific rules of nature. Here rains don’t start out of the blue and frosts don’t come unexpectedly. It’s much more serious. Should a good wind once bring you there, you’ll be prepared and may have a grateful memory of OUTLOOK.
Second part of the saying “Repair your cart in December, in July your sledge remember” is hardly topical for inhabitants of one of Portugal regions. Why wait for snow if they slide perfectly on asphalt. It is this as well as other kinds of transport – from low-cost public to exclusive and luxury– that we are going to tell you about today.
The best way to escape reality and relieve stress is a cinema trip. For traditional reasons one of must-do conditions of such pastime is popcorn chewing. Title sequence and opening credits appear on the dark screen; some people have cozily settled in soft chairs and stay in entranced anticipation of a new film.
For better or worse, travelling to distant planets and stars exists only on the pages of science fiction and in Hollywood film industry. Although the possibility of space tourism crept close, yet, Jupiter and Saturn are still way not close. Nevertheless, from long ago there are special objects that seem to shrink the universe making it accessible. We are talking about planetariums and observatories.
Except for Russian-speaking countries, nowhere else a round metal attraction is called a devil’s wheel. Named after its creator, Ferris wheel first opened panorama of Chicago city from 80-meter height in 1893. Since then rotating upright wheels with multiple passenger cabins began to spring up almost in every big city. OUTLOOK offers you to learn about the most impressive observation wheels.
Grinding away at their books to master basics of algebra and geometry, or memorizing years of monarchs’ reign skimming history textbooks is commonplace for schoolchildren all over the world while getting ready for a test in cybersecurity or boasting to have “A”s in beekeeping is strange at the vey least. Hereafter we are going to touch upon these and other unusual classes taught in foreign schools.
Airports, railway and bus stations are almost always erected at a human whim, while ports and harbours are joint creation of homo sapiens and nature. In this article OUTLOOK presents you the most beautiful port destinations with their own unique character worth exploring.
All too often when bulbs in our apartments get burned out, we throw them away without a second thought: what’s the use of it now? But add a dab of imagination – and “properly made” hands can work miracles. If you have a child, then a burned out illumination tool may turn into a wonderful handmade toy...
When skeptics say that the greatest things have already been built by humanity, pointing at various and really outstanding works of engineering thought, they are most often poorly informed and hardly look beyond developed Western countries. In the meanwhile, for example, in China, the state raises simply unheard of infrastructure projects.
A mini toast, a slice of cheese and a sip of strong coffee. "That is not a buffet!" a waiter will pronounce indignantly, looking at the disgruntled tourist’s face. The generous Ukrainian soul cannot understand how locals manage to eat their full with that. Therefore, before going to a new country, you need to know exactly whether in the evening you should prepare a couple of sandwiches to indulge them in the morning,...
A few centuries ago sea transport was not just the most popular, but the only way to get from point A to point B. However, as you know, force majeure occur on any roads, even on water routs, and through a long history of mankind many ships did not manage to reach their destination ports and ended underwater. Nevertheless, the relative "reservation" allows wreck vessels to live a second life as a museum.
As practice proves, even the most utilitarian items can be made a work of art. Using some imagination and without “killing” creativity, everything becomes extraordinary: bridges, for instance. Logically, principal purpose of such constructions is to connect two banks therefore main thing about them is security. Yet sometimes people follow other criteria.
OUTLOOK cannot imagine life without travelling. However, tickets, schedules, tardiness – all those things can spoil any trip. Therefore it is great to have either at home or in you garage a kind of transport that can allow you to see and to experience something new and forget all the problems.
Hotels that offer “all inclusive” for dogs. Hotels where adults are being lulled asleep by a fairytale or a unique place where work isn’t held in honor while laziness is encouraged. This is not a dream or a parallel reality – these are stalky hotel services…
All of us, one way or another, strive for freedom, personal or national, material or spiritual, which is illusory and unachievable, and at the same time very real in terms of our ideas about it. An alternative village of Christiania in the centre of the Danish capital is another attempt to achieve complete freedom from the laws of the material world.
The first thing every tourist shall learn in a country is a transport system. Very often it seems to be complicated and confusing, and it takes weeks or even months to make head or tail of it. OUTLOOK reader Natalia Usenko visited Japan and is sharing her impressions about the most comfortable and safest transport in the world.
Do you happen to get hungry? That is great as we go on with our story about the most popular street food from around the world. It’s freshly cooked - fall to, you guys! Let's start with the South Asian countries, namely Singapore - seafood-rich in vitamins and minerals occupy a key place in the diet of residents ...