Iceland, quite literary land of ice and fire, is located next to the arctic circle and is famous for its unreal landscapes. Massive glaciers are preserved in national parks and there are several very lively volcanoes with lava fields. Geysers and hot springs are so common that capital, Reykjavik, is run on geothermal power and is a world known for massive use of renewable energy.National parks such as Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull, whose names is difficult to spell, let alone pronounce, are homes to many natural wonders and breathtaking scenery. Glacier lakes and cascading waterfalls are very common and spectacular, together with northern lights, that is amazing natural phenomena from this part of the world.
Christchurch, the third largest city in New Zealand, is located on the east coast of country’s South Island. City has predominantly English heritage with elements of indigenous, Maori culture. Main city areas include Cathedral Square, where many city’s landmarks are located, together with ‘Cardboard Cathedral’, Hagley Park, with expansive green area and Avon River and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and Orana Wildlife Park.
Wellington, or Te Whanganui-a-Tara in Maori, is the capital of New Zealand and it sits on the south side of country’s North Island. It is New Zealand’s second largest city after Auckland, which was originally the capital city. Wellington was assigned as the capital in 1865, in order to have place more centrally located in the country.
Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, is nicknamed The Big Pineapple, which hints to New York’s Big Apple, but the origin of the name is related to Dole Pineapple company. The more you know. The name Honolulu is far more poetic and translates into ‘sheltered harbor’, which, once you see Honolulu makes much more sense.
Abu Dhabi, a city and an Emirate and the capital of the United Arab Emirates is situated on the island, just off the coast, in Arabian Gulf. It started as a small village of fishermen and pearl divers and now it is one of the most developed and modern cities in the world. Together with Dubai, Abu Dhabi is a hub of trade, commerce and banking in this part of the world and main crossroad to airline traffic connecting east and west.
Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates globally famous for high end hotels and resorts, luxury shopping and futuristic architecture. What was once small fishing village with pearl trade is now one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world. In the past thirty years, Dubai was transformed into a trendy destination for both tourists and businesses alike. It has become global trade and transportation hub with many international routes crossing through its airport and a sea port.
The United Arab Emirates is the union of seven Emirates (Sheikhdoms) located in the southeast of Arabian Peninsula and on the shores of Persian Gulf. Its capital, Abu Dhabi, is a modern and ever developing and growing city with history going back thousands of years and was globally known as the main pearl trade center in 19th century. Nowadays, Abu Dhabi and the rest of Emirates are known for its oil and gas exploitation and trade industry, which helped develop the country beyond modern era.
Washington, DC, the U.S. capital and seat of three branches of government, is a city on the banks of Potomac River, between states of Maryland and Virginia. It is famous for vast collection of admission free, public museums and many nations’ monuments and memorials. The central tourist area is the National Mall, large green promenade with many of those monuments and memorials are placed.
Auckland is a largest city in New Zealand and almost third of country’s population live there. It is located between two large harbours in North Island, and its grounds are on top of more than 50 extinct volcanoes.
Xi’an is a large city in central China and capital of Shaanxi Province. It is over 2000 year old and it was a capital of many Chinese Empires and the seat of even more Emperors. China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, was buried in outskirts of Xi’an, together with the army of thousands of terracotta warriors, world famous life size sculptures. Geographically, it is at the historical Silk Road’s eastern end and it was an important trade and cultural center in ancient China.
With a population of over 26 million, Shanghai is the largest city in the world. What started as a main port of China in ancient times is now global financial and trade center and an ultra-modern metropolis. City skyline is filled with impressive construction marvels: Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower and Shimao International Plaza are just top five of tallest buildings and structures here.
Beijing, founded in 1045 BC, is one of the oldest capitals in the world, with history spawning over three millennia. With historical sites and monuments well preserved, Beijing has grown into a modern metropolis and it is among top ten destinations in the world. Tourists visit Beijing primarily to explore its many landmarks, such as Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, National Museum of China, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Olympic Park and many more, but this marvellous city is one of the main starting point in exploring China in general.