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Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations. Mystical, Magical & Magnificent Monasteries in Meteora (20 Pics) The caves in Meteora, Greece, had inhabitants for fifty millennia, but due to raids, “hermit monks” moved to the safety of sandstone rock pinnacles in the 9th century and began building monasteries.

Mystical, Magical & Magnificent Monasteries in Meteora (20 Pics)

More monks and nuns came, building more monasteries perched high upon the cliffs. Wikipedia reports, “Access to the monasteries was originally (and deliberately) difficult, requiring either long ladders lashed together or large nets used to haul up both goods and people. Eight Lesser-Known Places to Visit in China. You can climb the Great Wall, wander through the chambers of Beijing’s Forbidden City, and marvel at the stately colonial buildings along Shanghai’s Bund.

Eight Lesser-Known Places to Visit in China

But, well, everyone does that, and you’ll likely be sharing those attractions with a few thousand other visitors. You’ll get a lot more out of a visit to China if you get off the tourist track. Here’s how: Cuandixia A couple of hours—and a couple of centuries—removed from the center of Beijing, this village is comprised of a collection of restored Ming- and Qing-dynasty courtyard homes.

How to get there: Your hotel or hostel can help arrange a car, which will cost about 800 RMB (about $123) for the day. While you’re there: Stop in any of the small courtyard restaurants for farm-fresh food typical of this area, such as deep-fried leaves and stewed chicken. Zhouzhuang. The 50 Most Important Landmarks of the World.

Most Colourful Places on the Globe. Man-made or created by nature, some of the world's destinations are truly blessed with colors.

Most Colourful Places on the Globe

Be it northern lights glittering in the sky, exotic birds, or gaudy neon signs, our globe is a vivid melange of shades and tints that have the power to revive your senses and wake up your imagination. Here are some of the most colourful countries on earth: South Africa The colorfulness of South Africa goes beyond imagination. Each season brings an amazing spectacle of colors from hundreds of variations of greens during spring to maroon, fire brick and carmine reds in the fall. Morocco It's all about blue in Morocco. Colombia Colombia is a country of magic scenery where lush green coffee hills, azure waters of the Caribbean coast, pastel buildings of colonial towns and wild vivid nature create a unique bright palette of thousands of colors. The Netherlands It goes without saying that a country that considers bright orange its national color must be somehow devoted to colorful lifestyle.

Peru Norway. Fenhuan – One of the Ten Most Beautiful Towns in China. By Saif on March 12, 2011 Fenhuan considered one of the 10 most beautiful cities in China.

Fenhuan – One of the Ten Most Beautiful Towns in China

The city was founded during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Originally the town was inhabited by soldiers sent to subdue the local Miao people. Check out the pictures given below. 29 Photos. Places to see before you die, Italy. Top selection of places in Italy to see at least once in life Top 10 places to see in Italy before you die!

Places to see before you die, Italy

I have a long, endless list of places to see before I die. In pictures: the world's most romantic travel destinations. The 41 Places to Go in 2011. Five Of The Best Non-Tourist Places To Eat In New York City. When taking into consideration that there are literally thousands upon thousands of places to eat in the Manhattan area of New York alone, from cafes and delis to Michelin starred restaurants ran by world famous chefs, there really is a gastronomic delight for everyone.

Five Of The Best Non-Tourist Places To Eat In New York City

With millions of people visiting New York on a regular basis, everyone is looking for something different in term of places to eat. Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities for 2011. Who doesn't love a city?

Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities for 2011

Lonely Planet has scoured the globe for next year's hottest cities. Our top picks show that a city doesn't need to be a heaving metropolis to get on the list. Five Towns of Cinque Terre. Located on the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre is a rugged coastline, made up of “The Five Lands” or the five villages: Vernazza, Corniglia, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, and Manarola.

The Cinque Terre is so appealing because it does not display any modern developments in its architecture. Many of the residents over the centuries have built terraces on the cliffs that overlook the sea from the coast. The villages are only connected by paths (specifically the Blue Path of Cinque Terre that connects all five villages and is a famous hiking trail), boats, or trains—nope, no cars. You definitely will not need to spend more money renting a car if you choose to visit the Cinque Terre; you can just focus on these almost mythical lands themselves. Vernazza One of the truest fishing villages of Italy’s Riviera, Vernazza is a gem with no car traffic on its streets. Corniglia Corniglia is a village that dates back to Roman times, and sits on a steep cliff, surrounded by vineyards.

Urban Exploration - This Is the New York No One Ever Sees. Crazy Drives: Stelvio Pass, Italy - Bing Travel. America's Best Swimming Holes. America’s prettiest towns - Travel - Destination Travel - US and Canada. As the sun casts its autumnal glow on thousands of picturesque U.S. cities and towns, it's the perfect time to recognize the proverbial winners of the country's civic-beauty contest.

America’s prettiest towns - Travel - Destination Travel - US and Canada

Some you may recall from last year, others are brand sparkling new. Like all such pageants, this is a subjective one—but we've received help from several experts with keen eyes for architecture, aesthetics, and small-town charm. This year's pretty-town pickers include Salt Lake City-based architectural photographer Alan Blakely; residential designer Erin Anderson; and painter John Vander Stelt. 14 Sights From an Airplane: Golden Gate Bridge - Bing Travel.