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World’s Longest And Highest Glass-Bottom Bridge Promises Planet’s Highest Bungee Jump!

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Earlier this month, the officials of China’s Hunan Province revealed what they believe will be a new “Wonder of the World” – the planet’s longest and highest glass-bottom bridge. When complete, the 430m (1,214 ft) long and 6m wide structure will connect the two summits across the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. While the length is certainly impressive, it is the 400 m (1,312 ft) height that will have most visitors gripped by fear as they try to traverse across.

For those seeking an extra adrenaline rush there will also be a bungee jump – and not just any ordinary one, but the world’s highest! Situated in the middle of the bridge it promises a leap that is a whopping 60m (197 ft) higher than the current record holder, the AJ Hackett bungee jump from China’s Macau Tower.

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The Israeli architectural firm of Haim Dotan that designed the impressive structure asserts that the bridge which will open to the public in October, will be able to accommodate up to 800 people at a time! In addition to being a popular tourist destination, Dotan also envisions it being used as a catwalk for fashion shows.

This is not the first heart-stopping glass structure constructed in China. Earlier this year, the Longgang National Geological Park in Chongqing,unveiled the world’s longest glass-bottomed cantilever skywalk. The $5.6 million USD structure that dangles precariously on the edge of a cliff stretches out an astounding 1,010 m (3,314 ft), offeringstunning views to those that dare to walk on thin air!

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Even more terrifying is the Tianmenshan crystal glass skywalk in Zhangjiajie. The 3ft wide 2.5-inch thick walkway that has runs alongside the edge of the mountain sits 4,700 ft above sea level and is defintely not for the faint hearted!

Besides the glass structures, Zhangjiajie, a 56 square-kilometer designated tourist park inside the bigger Wulingyuan Scenic Area has one more claim to fame. It was the inspiration for the breathtaking planet of Pandora in James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster film, Avatar!

Source : dogonews.com

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10 Beautiful Places To Enjoy With Your Kids In India

There are some places in our beautiful country which should not be missed, since they are all ideal kid-friendly vacation spots!Traveling definitely brings a family closer, in terms of rest, rejuvenation, bonding and wisdom. Children must be pampered and educated with sufficient travelling to enhance themselves with the pleasures of travelling, adventures and exploring the serenity alike. So no wonder you are now looking at best places to travel with kids in India, to visit as a family!

1. Kashmir:Kashmir, as boasted a zillion times, is exactly akin to the dreamy lofty heavens clad in silver snow. Stay in a houseboat in the Dal lake, to go back in India and feel like royalty. The cable car ride of Gulmarg is exceptionally overwhelming an experience from the Apparawath and Kondoori Peaks, for kids. Pahalgam is another great experience of river rafting and angling for kids to have an immemorial family vacation experience.

2. Himachal Pradesh:The major attraction of Himachal Pradesh is not just one hill station, temple or peak but the route, weather and the air itself. The Delhi-Manali route is scenic – that the drive itself could be an exceptionally rejuvenating experience. Renting skis, and consuming the pristine snowy clad celestial roads of Rohtang Pass can be exhausting but more than worthy. Shimla, on the other hand, is urban and beautiful during the summers with his major attractions like Jakhu Temple, Kali Bari Temple and the shopping attractions.

3. Orissa:The Golden Beach of Puri is a bewitching sight of golden-coated beach at twilight, and also provides with adventurous sports like surfing, fishing and other beach activities. Chilka Lake is a boon for avid bird-watchers, as the lake ensures flocks of a zillion migratory birds in and around the largest lagoon of salt water in Asia. Lord Jagannath Temple can never be missed by a tourist, as it dominates the skyline with Herculean pride.

4. Darjeeling: Darjeeling is one of the best places to visit with kids especially in summer. The Queen of Hills in India has one of the most beautiful sunrises if you trek to the Tiger Hill Peak early in the morning. The toy train ride is actually is a 70 km train ride between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling, which your kids will love! Darjeeling also boasts of other prominent attractions like the Botanical Garden, Red Panda Breeding Farm, Dhirdham Temple, Shrubbery Park, Himalayan Zoo and Japanese Peace Pagoda.

5. Mussoorie:Station at an elevation of 2000m, Mussorie guarantees the fun and frolic to the fullest. The gorgeous fairyland equivalent experience is enhanced by its greener green carpets and brighter flora and fauna. The Kempty falls provides an extra-ordinary god-like experience of bathing under the gorgeous waterfalls. Cloud End is another spectacular place to visit, while Lal Tibba also should not be missed.

6. Nainital:Nainital is another best place for kids. The glitz and glamour of the graciously lit evening sun and the gorgeous twilight along the ridges of the lake defines the beauty of Nainital. Boating, shopping at the Tibetan Market, Snow view, China and Tiffin Peak, Sattal, Bheemtal, Khurpatal and Naina Devi Temple are also the best places for kids that cannot be missed.

7. Ranikhet:Stretched out quite closer to Nainital is Ranikhet, at a 63 km distance. It is a peaceful and scenic attraction that enwraps Chaubatia Garden. It is weaved over 275 acres and is one of the most extensive and beautiful orchards. Mankeshwar Temple, Bhalu Dam, Tari Khet and Sayali Khet are also some must-visit places.

8. Ooty: Rightly titled the ‘Queen of Hills’ in South India. Ooty guarantees a complete family experience in the Deer Park, Lake Park, Botanical Garden, Pykara Lake, Kalhatty Falls and Pykara Waterfalls. Knitted in the ambiance and beauty of Western Ghats, Ooty also guarantees fishing, boating and horse riding experience.

9. Wayanad: Wayanad weaves its beautiful hills, ambient weather and umpteen lakes and waterfalls with an exceptional fervor of God’s Own Country. Be it the hour-long amazing trekking experience into the Edakkal caves or the rejuvenating bath under the Soochippara Waterfalls, Wayanad fills you with an exemplifying delight with the Pookot Lake, Thirunelly Temple, and Pazhassi Raja Tomb.

10. Cochin:Another perfect summer spot for your child is the Veegaland situated near Cochin, that claims to be Asia’s best amusement park with a zillion water rides and ground rides. You can stay nearby, or you can stay in Cochin, the quaint town-city in Kerala has picturesque guesthouses and houseboats for all budgets. Your kids will have fun cruising the backwaters!

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Top 10 Most Remote Places in the World

Thanks to modern technology and air travel, the world is forever becoming a smaller place. Where journeys from one continent to another once took months, they now take hours, and sometimes it seems like there is nowhere left for a would-be adventurer to really get away from it all. Still, if you have the time, money, and know-how, there are still some places off the map—or just barely on it—that remain shrouded in mystery simply by virtue of being really difficult to reach. Whether mining camps at the top of the world, or tiny islands thousands of miles from civilization, the following are the top 10 most remote places left on planet Earth.

10. Easter Island

9. La Rinconada, Peru

8. McMurdo Station, Antarctica

7. Cape York Peninsula, Australia

6. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

5. Kerguelen Islands

4. Pitcairn Island

3. Alert, Nunavut, Canada

2. Motuo County, China

1.Tristan da Cunha

 

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Modi enlists yoga for ‘brand India’

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Today wasn’t World Yoga Day but World Modi Day, sniped some critics this morning.They said the Indian prime minister stole the show when he rolled out his yoga mat and eased uncomfortably into the lotus position to help break the world record for what is claimed to be the largest yoga session in history. Narendra Modi boasts that he does yoga for an hour every morning but he looked a little stiff as he joined 37,000 other people to perform a series of asanas – yoga positions – on the lawns outside the Indian parliament in celebration of the first UN World Yoga Day.Mr Modi had consistently said he wouldn’t be taking part in the record attempt but in the event he stretched and puffed his way through the 35-minute routine with the rest of them.Some say he simply couldn’t resist the opportunity for an image that will undoubtedly appear in newspapers around the world tomorrow morning.And that’s in keeping with the real spirit of this event, because this is all about public relations.

Asian Lion Panthera leo persica

Mammal Diet: Carnivore Average life span in the wild: 16 to 18 years Weight:300 to 500 lbs (120 to 226 kg) Group name: Pride Protection status:Endangered Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m)   Nearly all wild lions live in sub-Saharan Africa, but one small population of Asian lions exists in India’s Gir Forest. Asian lions and African lions are subspecies of the same species.Asian lions once prowled from the Middle East to India. Now, only 200 to 260 of these magnificent animals survive in the wild. The Gir Forest’s dry teak woods were once a royal hunting ground. Today they are a reserve where the endangered Asian lions are heavily protected. An additional 200 Asian lions live in zoos. Lions are the only cats that live in groups, called prides. Prides are family units that may include up to three males, a dozen or so females, and their young. All of a pride’s lionesses are related and female cubs typically stay with the group as they age. Young males eventually leave and may establish their own prides by taking over a group headed by another male.Only male lions boast manes, the impressive fringe of long hair that encircles their heads. Males defend the pride’s territory. They mark the area with urine, roar menacingly to warn intruders, and chase off animals that encroach on their turf. Female lions are the pride’s primary hunters. They often work together to prey upon large mammals.After the hunt, the group effort often degenerates to squabbling over the sharing of the kill, with cubs at the bottom of the pecking order. Young lions do not help the pride hunt until they are about a year old. Lions will hunt alone if the opportunity presents itself, and they also steal kills from hyenas or wild dogs. Source-nationalgeographic.com

MERS outbreak: 2,300-plus quarantined; 1,800 schools closed in South Korea

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Seoul, South Korea (CNN)Fears of MERS in South Korea are growing by the day, with more than 2,300 people quarantined as the country grapples with the outbreak.More than 1,800 schools will be closed for several days amid concerns of the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome. They include at least 1,255 schools in Gyeonggi province, the area outside Seoul where the outbreak started and where a South Korean air force member stationed at a U.S. air base has been isolated with the illness.Other closed schools are in the Gangnam region, near the Samsung Seoul hospital — the most affected hospital in the city.In total, 87 people have contracted the virus, and six people have died, according to official numbers.

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MERS is in the same family of viruses as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome — coronavirus) as well as the common cold. The virus acts like a cold and attacks the respiratory system, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said. But symptoms, which include fever and a cough, are severe and can lead to pneumonia and kidney failure. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea have also been seen, according to the WHO.

1980 CNN launches

On this day in 1980, CNN (Cable News Network), the world’s first 24-hour television news network, makes its debut. The network signed on at 6 p.m. EST from its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, with a lead story about the attempted assassination of civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. CNN went on to change the notion that news could only be reported at fixed times throughout the day. At the time of CNN’s launch, TV news was dominated by three major networks–ABC, CBS and NBC–and their nightly 30-minute broadcasts. Initially available in less than two million U.S. homes, today CNN is seen in more than 89 million American households and over 160 million homes internationally

Source:- history