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A Forbidden Pillar – The Forbidden City – Beijing, China

 

Photo of the Day – A Forbidden Pillar – The Forbidden City – Beijing, China

OK, this pillar is not really “forbidden”, but it is located in The Forbidden City! The detail you see on this pillar hints at the incredible detail you will find throughout the Forbidden City. In the background you can see the classic pagoda style orange roofs that adorn the 9,999 rooms of the city. Finally, in the very back you can see Jingshan pagoda which sits atop a small hill next to the Forbidden City.

A Forbidden Pillar - The Forbidden City - Beijing, China
 

Diving Board Flip – Shanghai Acrobat Troupe – Shanghai, China

 

Photo of the Day – Diving Board Flip – Shanghai Acrobat Troupe – Shanghai, China

The production budget of an acrobat show in China is peanuts compared to a Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas (which you can clearly confirm with your own eyes by looking at the cheap background in this shot). The performance is more pure natural brilliance and less smoke and mirrors.

It is unfathomable to think of how they execute this backflip perfectly night after night. Consider yet, that after the flip in this picture, a fourth guy did an identical rotation one row higher up!

Seeing a performance of the Shanghai Acrobat Troupe is an absolute must when visiting Shanghai. Don’t miss it!

Diving Board Flip - Shanghai Acrobat Troupe - Shanghai, China
 

Roll With The Hills – Great Wall of China – Near Beijing, China

 

Photo of the Day – Roll With The Hills – Great Wall of China – Near Beijing, China

Could you imagine if modern roads were constructed similar to how the Chinese built the Great Wall? Today when a road is built, we dynamite through hills to create a relatively flat road. This makes sense for everyday driving, but wouldn’t it be really cool to have a few roads that rolled naturally with the hills. I’d have a blast flying in a Porsche down this section of the wall!

Roll With The Hills - Great Wall of China - Near Beijing, China
 

Human Balance Beam – Shanghai Acrobats – Shanghai, China

 

Photo of the Day – Human Balance Beam – Shanghai Acrobats – Shanghai, China

I am honestly not even really sure what to say about this, but … WOW! When I look at this photo I keep looking at each individual man and what they must be focusing on to make sure this works – intense, right?

I must say I’m also a huge fan of this photo thanks to the AbsoluteVisit orange :)

Human Balance Beam - Shanghai Acrobats - Shanghai, China
 

Bamboo Boat on the Li River – Yangshuo, China

 

Photo of the Day – Bamboo Boat on the Li River – Yangshuo, China

The Li River has several ways of enjoying it, but one of the must do’s is to experience the Li River on a bamboo boat. And yes, I know that it is not really bamboo, but hey, its still pretty damn cool!

The karst landscape which makes the Li River an AbsoluteVisit never gets old as it is forever changing. And, wondering if your “bamboo” boat rigged with a lawn mower boat engine is going to make it up the river makes it all the more exciting!

Bamboo Boat on the Li River - Yangshuo, China
 

Hong Kong Ferry – Hong Kong, China

 

Photo of the Day – Hong Kong Ferry – Hong Kong, China

The Ferry between Hong Kong island and Kowloon is a fantastically efficient service and has some incredible views of both sides that make Hong Kong the incredible metropolis that it is.

When you go to Hong Kong, do not miss out on the Ferry and be sure to not only take it several times, but to also use it morning, noon and night. At each time of the day you’ll have a different take on your surroundings as the sun highlights different areas for your eye to wander into.

Hong Kong Ferry - Hong Kong, China
 

Inside The Forbidden City – Beijing, China

 

Photo of the Day – Inside The Forbidden City – Beijing, China

You really don’t get a sense for just how massive The Forbidden City is until you get inside and start walking around. The palace is made up of close to a thousand buildings spread out over 700,000 square meters right in the heart Beijing. While it is very difficult to ascertain the largest palace in the world, by many measures there is not a more grand complex anywhere in the world!

Inside The Forbidden City - Beijing, China
 

Mystical Karst Mountains – Li River – Yangshuo, China

 

Photo of the Day – Mystical Karst Mountains – Li River – Yangshuo, China

Biking along the Li River is one of the best ways to explore the mystical karst mountains located in southeastern China. The bright green fields offer an interesting contrast to the haze covered mountains.

Mystical Karst Mountains - Li River - Yangshuo, China
 

Tai Chi with Swords at the Temple of Heaven – Beijing, China

 

Photo of the Day – Tai Chi with Swords at the Temple of Heaven – Beijing, China

The Temple of Heaven is the most interesting people watching park in the world. It is full of couples dancing, individuals playing different games, and groups doing Tai Chi. With all of this in mind, I was a bit thrown off to see a group of middle-aged people wielding swords as they performed graceful Tai Chi routines.

This group would have been fantastic to have on your side in the middle ages.

Tai Chi with Swords at the Temple of Heaven - Beijing, China
 

City on the Hills – Hong Kong, China

 

Photo of the Day – City on the Hills – Hong Kong, China

The Hong Kong skyline is unparalleled in the number of buildings that shoot up from the edge of Kowloon Bay to the steepest parts of the nearly mountains that make up Hong Kong island. I remember taking the tram up to the top and being blow away by the sheer number of buildings. And I’m not talking about small 30 or 40 story buildings (ha!), I’m talking about 60+ story buildings!

City on the Hills - Hong Kong, China
 
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2 Pyramids of Egypt
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13 Bora Bora
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17 Potala Palace
18 Karnak
19 Mt Everest
20 Cappadocia
21 St Peters Basilica
22 Fjords of Norway
23 Jerusalem Old City
24 Burj Khalifa
25 Borobudur
26 Forbidden City
27 Kashmir Valley
28 Li River Cruise
29 Ladakh
30 Alhambra
31 Louvre Museum
32 Perito Moreno Glac.
33 Banaue Terraces
34 Colosseum of Rome
35 Easter Island
36 Venice Canals/Alleys
37 Kathmandu Valley
38 Wat Phra Kaew
39 Yellowstone NP
40 Pompeii
41 Rio Panoramic View
42 Palace of Versailles
43 Dubrovnik
44 Golden Temple
45 St. Basils Cathedral
46 Vatican Museum
47 Florence Cityscape
48 Acropolis
49 Amalfi Coast Drive
50 Kremlin
51 Hong Kong View
52 TerraCotta Warriors
53 Mezquita Cordoba
54 Chichen Itza
55 Damascus Old City
56 Shwedagon Stupa
57 Sahara Desert
58 Mont St Michel
59 St. Marks Square
60 Egyptian Museum
61 Hagia Sophia
62 Angel Falls
63 Delphi
64 Teotihuacan
65 Baalbek
66 Banff NP
67 Santorini
68 Matterhorn
69 New York Skyline
70 Neuschwanstein
71 Chartres Cathedral
72 British Museum
73 Prague Old Town
74 Burj al Arab
75 Yangtze River Cruise
76 Yosemite NP
77 Hermitage Museum
78 Torres del Paine
79 Chambord Chateau
80 Lijiang
81 Portofino
82 Great Ocean Road
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84 Las Vegas Strip
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87 Sydney Opera House
88 Eiffel Tower
89 Luxor Temple
90 Kerala Backwaters
91 Golden Gate Bridge
92 Cinque Terre
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