Ah, the famous seven wonders of the world. They’re undeniably fantastic, but we need an update every now and then, don’t we?
No doubt, several parts of Asia are on your must-do travel list but you only deserve the utterly unique and absolutely phenomenal.
So we’ve put together our version of the seven wonders of the world below (and just to make it easier, you can do them all in one cruise!) Enjoy…
Ocean Park in Hong Kong will give you a brilliant glimpse of giant pandas who were announced as no longer endangered in 2016, although they are still at high risk.
The Giant Panda Adventure at the park is an interactive journey of discovery where you’ll get to know some of Asia’s most precious animals including giant pandas!
Did You Know: pandas have been a symbol of peace in China! For hundreds of years, tribes at war would raise a flag with a picture of panda emblazoned on it to stop a battle or call truce.
One of India’s stunning symbols of its rich history, the Taj Mahal is a must-do. It dates all the way back to 1630 and is the tomb with the body of Mumtaz Mahal (the wife of Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan).
Can you believe it took 22 years and 20,000 workers to complete? Words just will not do it justice- you need to visit its beauty for yourself!
Did You Know: the palace was designed so that everything would fall away from the tomb if it collapsed! The four minarets were not aesthetic choices but a strategic one…
It’s an archaeological wonder; it’s Cambodia’s most iconic temple! The temple complex is believed to be the world’s largest religious monument so it is not one to be missed.
You’ll have to be very prepared for a day of extensive walking and humidity, and don’t forget to be prepared to respectfully cover your shoulders and knees!
Did You Know: Cambodians are so proud of this ancient monument that they put it on the Cambodian flag in 1850! The only other country flag in the world that features a national monument is the current flag of Afghanistan…
Great Wall of China
“He who is not climbed the Great Wall is not a true man.” It goes on for over 13,000 miles in length and is actually a series of separate walls (not just one!)
You’ll be one of 50 million who visit ever year and it’s worth noting that it is predicted that in 2040, several parts of the wall will vanish! Natural weather and human erosion is putting it in jeopardy…
Did You Know: As early as the Qin Dynasty (221-207BC), glutinous rice flour was used in making the binding material to bind the bricks!
“No one who has not seen these terracotta figures can claim to have visited China.” Have you ever heard of an afterlife guard? This was the terracotta warrior’s purpose after the death of China’s first emperor!
You’ll get to visit three vaults and an exhibition hall; in just the first vault you’ll face over 2,000 terracotta figures of soldiers and horses…
Did You Know: the terracotta army was untouched underground for more than 2,200 years and was actually discovered by chance when local farmers were digging a well in 1974!
Also known as Bai Chay, Halong Bay’s scatter of islands is one of the most beautiful spots in North Vietnam- the likes of a movie scene!
Take a boat cruise to discover the various islets, beaches, villages and grottoes- you can even stop for snorkelling, kayaking, fishing and trekking. It’s paradise for adrenaline-filled travellers…
Did You Know: there are about 1,600 limestone islands that make up Halong Bay! Some of these formations are more than 20 million years old…
The heart of Bangkok is where you’ll find the Grand Palace, a royal residence and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. You’ll have to remember to dress appropriately in black or white to show condolence to the late King Rama IX…
Thailand’s crowning jewel is well worth ticking off your list- the throne halls never fail to amaze travellers!
Did You Know: the main attraction here is the Emerald Buddha which is carved from a single block of emerald; it is the most revered of all Buddha in Thailand!
Have you been to all seven wonders of the world? Do you agree they should make the list? What is left on your bucket list? Leave us your comments below…
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