These are 10 incredible natural landscapes to explore in 2020. We’re heading into the mountains, under the sea, near to volcanoes, and to the edge of waterfalls in this fun travel guide. Buckle up as we take you to some exciting travel destinations.
World Heritage Site and top historic destinations for you!
The late Maya Angelou once remarked, “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” It is precisely this fascination with what came before that inspired us to look at the world’s most amazing historic destinations. Temples and monuments to grand empires feature prominently in our list, poignant reminders that no matter how much we think the world around us fixed and constant, time erases all in the end.
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When traveling in Tokyo, instead of just going to the classic landmarks inside this metropolitan city, you can also consider nearby attractions, including cities, historic sites, scenic spots, and hot springs. The traffic is much lighter in the Kanto region, and it only takes you 1-2 hours by JR to get to many nearby cities. If you go to Hakone, Kamakura, Yokohama and other nearby cities, there is a traffic ticket package that comes with a discount.
Porto abounds with renowned historical structures, such as palaces, churches, monuments, and sculptures. Standing in the downtown area are notable attractions such as the Torre dos Clérigos, the Porto Cathedral, the Cais da Ribeira, and the Dom Luís I Bridge. If you are a soccer fan, you shouldn’t miss out on the magnificent Dragon Stadium! Porto’s main tourist attractions are densely packed, and most can be toured on foot.
Moscow is centered around the Red Square and development radiates out from all around it. As the city center, Red Square is similar to Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the place where the country holds large celebrations and military parades. It’s one of Moscow’s most important landmarks, and has been a witness to Moscow’s history.
Every year in the springtime, it’s cherry blossom season in Japan. Starting out from Okinawa in January, the blooming of cherry blossoms gradually moves northward, and following the cherry blossom blooming trail has become a big tourist event in Japan. Below are Japan’s 10 most famous cherry blossom spots, found in the Kanto, Kansai, and Hokkaido regions.
Barcelona's "other" buildings are every bit as rich in artistic character as the works of Gaudí. The fantastic stained glass roof of Palau de la Música Catalana, the luxurious and exquisite wall reliefs of Casa Amatller, and the lace sculptures of Casa Lleó Morera are all works of art that are well worth seeing.
Hiroshima, once a war-torn City, has many scenic spots to visit besides the remains caused by the explosion of an atomic bomb. Of course, Miyajima, not far from Hiroshima, should definitely be visited. There are world heritage sites, the Itsukushima Shrine, cute sika deer, and the natural and pristine Mt. Misen. After climbing to the top of the mountain, you can also overlook the beautiful scenery of the inland sea of Seto.
Russia is a country with the largest land area in the world. It is rich in natural and human resources.Stylish Moscow, magnificent Saint Petersburg, the serene, blue and deep Lake Baikal, and the splendid night sky of Murmansk...... These Russian sceneries are all unique in their own way, and they are all waiting for you to discover them.
With over 400 years of cultural exchange, Macao is the best-preserved historical blended Chinese and western architectural complex in the world and was listed as a world cultural heritage site as a result thereof. Strolling through the Historic Center of Macao, the ancient churches, history museums, and western-style buildings will highlight just how unique this city is from anywhere else on earth.
Saga is the smallest county of Kyushu. If you ignore the beauty of Saga for its small size, it is a pity indeed. Saga is famous for Ureshino Onsen and Takeo Onsen. The morning market of Yobuko is with the freshest seafood. Aritayaki and Imari porcelain are the most famous porcelains in Japan. Of course, Saga beef, Sanrai chicken and bustling hot air balloon festivals are the wonderful things that you cannot miss in Saga.
Lisbon is bordered by the Sintra Mountains in the north and the Tagus River in the south. It is the capital that's located at the westernmost point of Europe. This ancient city with its long history is built on 7 level. The terrain is high and low, and the buildings are stacked upon each other. Old churches and monuments are located in it, giving it a strong medieval style. The new urban area is full of modern architecture. Although the expo park is far away, it is a good place for leisure and walking. In addition, in the Santa Maria de Belém with its maritime style, the sunset is absolutely unforgettable. You must walk and appreciate the exquisite buildings against the setting sun!
Antoni Gaudí is undoubtedly one of Spain's most celebrated architects. Abounding with imaginative verve, many of his works, including the Sagrada Família, are listed as World Heritage Sites. These gems are absolutely the first stop on any good tour of Barcelona.
Segovia is just 45 minutes from Madrid by high-speed train. The ancient city, a world heritage site, is home to a famous ancient Roman aqueduct, a fairytale castle, and Spain's most delicious roast suckling pigs and is your best choice for a 1-day tour outside of Madrid.
Maple Raiders - Kyoto Kiyomizu Temple is one of the most ancient and famous temples in Japan. It is listed as one of the three big scenic spots in Kyoto along with Kinkakuji Temple and Nijo Castle. In the autumn, as far as the eye can see, thousands of maple trees fill with flowers. The flowery autumn scene is the best place to enjoy the maples! There is a hanging Qingshui stage in front of the main hall of the Kiyomizu Temple. It is a national treasure-ranked a cultural relic of Japan. Every year during the season of red leaves, Kiyomizu Temple will provide a "Special Nighttime Worship" event for visitors to amuse themselves while watching the maples at night.
Hoi An is located in the central part of Vietnam. It is like an ancient Chinese town that has been well preserved with its ancient buildings from the 16th-18th centuries. The most beautiful time for Hoi An is when the city's lanterns are lit at night. It was once famous for tailoring. It's a great place to come make a set of Ao Dai.
Tuscany is known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and for its beautiful idyllic landscape. Till 2019, the following eight attractions have been listed as world heritage sites: Historic Center of Florence (1982), Piazza dei Miracoli (1987), Historic Center of San Ginignano (1990), Historic Center of Siena (1995), Historic Center of the City of Pienza (1996), Val d’Orcia (2004), Medici Villa and Gardens in Tuscany (2019), and Primeval Beech Forests in the Carpathian Mountains (2019). Next, let's take a look at these world heritage sites!
The castle of Ryukyu Kingdom and Associated Heritage Groups
Cultural heritage: Shuri Castle is one of the must-see attractions to Okinawa, which was once the capital and palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Ontake-san inside the castle and neighboring Tamaudun Mausoleum have been listed as the world cultural heritage sites by UNESCO. Date for listing as world cultural heritage site: December, 2000
World Heritage Tour
Compared with the neighboring Spain, Portugal has a relatively fewer world heritage sites, but it still has 15. The number is just right for travelers to have the opportunity to visit everywhere. If you want something more than food, travel to Portugal to enjoy world heritage sites. Its a really good choice!
You might have already toured Milan, Florence, Rome, and other famous big cities, and seen many fashionable shop windows and packed shopping streets. But Italy is not limited to just these, there are still many charming little villages. Rest your feet, find a quiet village to rest two days, and quietly experience a leisurely life that you only thought possible in fairy tales.