Wisteria Tunnel

7 Incredible Natural Places to See before you Die

The Wisteria Tunnel, Japan

A walk through the wisteria tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu is a truly magical experience. Wisteria is a kind of pea which creates these beautiful bunches of purple flowers in the spring.

Lake Hillier

Lake Hillier, is a pretty pink lake on Middle Island, the largest of the islands that make up the Recherche Archipelago of Western Australia. The salt lake gets its signature color from a dye created by the organisms Dunaliella salina and Halobacteria and red halophilic bacteria in the salt crusts.

Canola Fields of Luoping County

Luoping County in China has endless terraces of canola fields. When these fields bloom in early spring, the countryside is transformed into a golden riot of color that attracts many tourists.

Tulips in the Netherlands

Every spring, thousands of tourists flock to admire the tulip fields of the Noordoostpolder in the Netherlands. The annual tulip festival offers tourists a wealth of activities and breathtaking views of the tulip fields.

The Bamboo forests of Kyoto

The Arashiyama bamboo forest outside Kyoto is a serene area where bamboo sways and creaks. Bamboo is actually a type of grass, but its strength and durability has made it an essential material in Japanese culture for everything from spoons to spears. The fastest growing plant on earth, bamboo can grow up to four feet in a 24 hour period.

Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park

Situated in Gansu province, China, the unusual color of the Zhangye Danxia rocks are a result of deposits of red sandstone and minerals.

Roraima

This incredible mountain rises up from the Amazon Jungle and its sheer cliff faces made it impenetrable until Sir Everard im Thurn walked up a forested ramp in December 1884. It’s the same route climbers use today. The mountain holds cultural significance for local Pemon and Kapon natives of the Gran Sabana whose myths and legends tell stories of pterodactyls which lived on the mountain’s plateau. 2006, Roraima was the focus of the award-winning Gryphon Productions two-hour television documentary The Real Lost World  and in 2009 it was the focus of the animated movie ‘Up’.

Many of the plant and animal species that occur on the top of  Mount Roraima are unique to this single location including pitcher plants (Heliamphora), Campanula (a bellflower), and the rare Rapatea heather as well as the Oreophrynella quelchii, commonly called the Roraima Bush Toad.

Greenmoxie team traveled to Roraima a few years ago. Here are some of our pictures.

Strange rock formation on the top of the mount

Waking up after a night camping el fresco

 

 

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5 thoughts on “7 Incredible Natural Places to See before you Die

  1. Ryan Hendra

    Always wanted to do Roraima, never knew you’d done the mount! This list has definitely added to my bucket list 🙂

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    1. Nikki Fotheringham Post author

      It was an incredible experience. The climb up is grueling, but the top of the mount is so incredible, that its well worth it! Look out for the giant tarantulas though…

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      1. Beth

        Okay, well, that’s one I can take off the list. I’ll just enjoy your photos of it … sans giant tarantulas PLEASE! 🙂

        Can I buy these pictures online somewhere or are they public domain? I’d love to have them printed and framed, they are so stunning.

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  2. Lisa

    these are definitely some amazing places to see, what great post. one of my fav places ever visited in china is jiuzhaigo. the site has many small lakes which are so breathtaking, another is lake tekapo in NZ. when in season, you can be surrounded by thousands of lupins.

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