5 places to take your bag before you die
We've all got our favourite holiday places but they will most likely pale in comparison to this list of crazy, extreme and unique destinations scattered all across the globe. Whether you want to plan a trip around the world to take in the seven wonders, or go all out and take part in some extreme activities, this list will sure get you looking up some lesser known destinations. As with all travels you simply cannot be without your bag, so we have aptly named the list, 5 places to take your bag before you die.Mt. Huashan, ChinaMt. Huashan in China, manages to bring together exhilaration, adrenaline and the fear of death. This death-defying cliff-side mountain climb brings daring visitors to a tea house 2,160 m (7,087 ft) up on the mountain’s southern peak.
Mt. Huashan has been a place of religious importance since the 2nd century BCE, when a Daoist temple was established at its base. Since, pilgrims, monks and nuns have inhabited the mountain and the surrounding area. A network of dangerous and precipitous trails allows them to access the mountain’s five summits. Each trail has a religious structure like the tea house on the southern summit. Together, these five summits form the points of a flower shape.
The paths have been reinforced due to a recent influx of tourists, but they are nonetheless dangerous, and carry a reputation for fatal falls. Although no official statistics are kept, some say that the number may be as much as about 100 fatal falls a year. Some of the more dangerous parts of the trails have names like Thousand-Foot Precipice, Hundred-Foot Crevice and Black Dragon Ridge.
The surrounding area is fascinating as well. Mt. Huashan is located in the city of Huayin, which is considered the 3000-year-old cradle of Chinese culture and the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors.
Red Sea Star, IsraelThis is the world’s only night-time underwater observatory. The colours and wave lengths of the lights emitted from the bar unveil the coral reef habitat without disturbing its aquatic residents. Located in Eliat, Israel’s southernmost city, the Red Sea Star was built in 1998, in an area that had become very dirty and polluted, due to illegal human activities. Today we see a very different picture. Submerged six meters under the Red Sea, this underwater restaurant, bar and observatory features a marine-themed interior design and a large number of windows that allow visitors to check out the underwater paradise that surrounds them.Great Barrier Reef, AustraliaAustralia’s Great Barrier Reef is some 2,600 kilometers (1,680 miles) in length. It is easily the largest living structure on earth. It’s also the only living thing visible from outer space. Though it’s best appreciated in person, off the Queensland coast on one of the many dive trips or snorkel safaris. This massive underwater wonderland is composed of more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands that house a whopping 1,500 fish species, 30 species of whales and dolphins, six species of sea turtles and more than 215 species of birds. If you’re looking for the New York of the ocean, this is surely it.Surfing Safari, MozambiqueMention “Africa” to most people and their eyes light up. Then comes the declaration. It’s either “I’ve been and it’s fantastic” or “I’ve always wanted to go." With over five hundred years of Portuguese influence, it's is not only the spectacular scenery on offer here. You'll need to try delicious local food such as Pao (Portuguese bread rolls), Peri Peri chicken, Prego steak rolls. The local Mozambican beer is worth trying along with the local Tipo Tinto Rum...if you dare!This really is the place to get into the ebb and flow of the local tide and weather conditions. Gorging yourself on daily surfs in the warm Indian Ocean water, relaxing in the tranquility of the casual lifestyle. You can adventure to exquisite Pomene Marine Reserve. The scenic 4WD drive over sand dunes and coastal forest roads will deliver you to the most amazing point and natural salt-water estuary. This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places on earth. And the wave on its day is not too shabby, either.So will you choose an exciting new adventure for 2017? Add to our list with your comments on the many others...we'd love to hear.