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Highlight: Luang Prabang, Loas- Luang Prabang is the former capital of Laos and is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage city. This charming city is a mix of traditional and European arcitecture. It is sat beneth a temple topped hill (Wat Tham Phou Si), has a back drop of mountains and is almost surrounded by two rivers, the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. The city is well known for its numerous Buddist temples and monasteries.
Highlight: China- Silk Road, Forbidden City & Terracotta Warriors- The Silk Road is a historical trade route between China and Europe. It wasn't one road but a series of routes that stretched from China to India, the Middle East and as far as Rome. The route was also an important cultural bridge bringing influence from the different cultures of China, Persia, Rome, Greece, and India. The scenery along the route is spectacular taking in rugged deserts as well as lush green hills and forests.
The Forbidden City is in the heart of Beijing and its name came about because it was off limits for 500 years. Now you can enter and explore China's best perserved ancient buildings.
The Terracotta Warriers stand guard over the tomb of the anchient Chinese leader Qin Shi Huang in Xī'ān. Until 1974 this underground army of thousands had stood unknown and silently ready for battle for thousands of years. An extraordinary and amazing sight to see.
Highlight: Usuki, Japan- Visit Usuki a charming castle town in Japan's Oita Prefecture on Kyūshū Island. Famous for its stone Buddas caved into the cliff walls. The town is also characterised by traditional Japanese buildings and you can still look round former Samurai residences in the Samurai district.
Highlight: Jerusalem, Isreal & The Palestinian Territories- Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is also considered to by the one of the holiest cities in the world as it is a spiritual centre for Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. You could spend days or even weeks exploring all that Jerusalem has to offer. Fascinating sites include Via Dolorosa, this is the path that Jesus walked to his crucifixion in the old city of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock a shrine on Temple Mount, and the Western Wall, an ancient and sacred wall to the western side of Temple Mount.
Highlight: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia- Kuala Lumpur, also known as KL is the capital of Malaysia and a truly 21st century Asian city. History and culture sit side by side with futuristic developments. KL is also home to the tallest twin buildings in the world, The Petronas Towers. Visitors who go up this iconic tower can experience great views from the skybridge that joins the two towers at the 41st floor.
Highlight: Beirut, Lebanon- Beirut is the capital and largest city in Lebanon. Its history is extremely volitile but since the end of the civil war in 1989 the people of Lebanon have been rebuilding Beirut into a cosmopolitan city. There are still scars from the past visable but there are also areas of great rejuvenation such as Downtown where you can visit Beiruts Colonial buildings and beautiful mosques. There are also great places for eating, drinking and dancing, making Beirut an exciting and vibrant place to visit.
Highlight: Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, Mongolia- Gobi Gurvansaikhan "Three Beauties of Gobi" is a national park in southern Mongolia. The park is on the edge of the Gobi dessert and is named after the Gurvan Saikhan Mountain ranges (Three Beauties). The spectacular natural beauty of the mountain ranges and grand sand dunes make it one Mongolia's most popular national parks.
Highlight: Donsol, Philippines- Donsol is one of the Phillippines most popular tourist destinations for one reason, and that is because of the Whale Sharks that migrate there. They can be there for up to 7 months from November to June, but the peak time is from February to May. Swimming with these friendly creatures is an experience that will last a lifetime. Only snorkelling with them is allowed, but seeing them is almost guarenteed and on a good day you may be swimming with up to 15.
Highlight: Tel Aviv, Isreal & The Palestinian Territories- Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Isreal after Jerusalem. And while people visit Jerusalem for its Holy sites Tel Aviv is completely different. Life is very relaxed and the city has the vibe of a permanent holiday. Great clubs, cafes, beaches, and the Mediterranean sun make Tel Aviv a great destination.
Highlight: Esfahan, Iran- Esfahan is the third largest city in Iran after Tehran the Capital, and Mashhad. Esfahan's history is full of grandeur, in the 16th Century it was the capital of Persia and one of the largest cities in the world. It is still considered one of the finest cities in the Islamic world and an great example of Persian culture. Naqsh-e Jahan Square also known as Imam Square is worth a visit. This large square at the centre of Esfahan is a UNESCO world heritage site, here you can wonder at the Persian mosques and historical monuments. There are also busy bazaars and charming gardens to explore, tea houses to stop for a drink at and Islamic architecture to admire, especially the beautiful blue mosaic tiled buildings.
Highlight: Tongean Islands, Indonesia- The Tongean Islands are an archipelego of isles in the Gulf of Tomini. These islands offer undisturbed jungles, pristine beaches, and beautiful coral. Live the simple life in a wooden hut by the beach.
Highlight: Himalayas, Nepal- Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia, bordered in the north by China and in the south by India. The terrain there is a mix of mountainous in the north and sub-tropical lowland plains in the south. Nepal boasts 8 of the 10 highest peaks in the world including the number 1, Mount Everest. These mountains are part of the Great Himalayas Range and are a nirvana for adventurous travelers.