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WikiTravel doesn't have an article on the Gates of Hell, but WikiVoyage does. There's at least four tour companies listed. Two international and two local. You apparently can drive there but it requires a 4x4 and you'll be driving across the sand rather than on a road. They suggest that you won't be able to get there in a rental car but don't give any ...


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There are a great many locations on the Great Wall that can be visited. The most common start point if from Beijing, however, I would disagree with the answer by Mark Mayo in that they are not all over crowded with tourists. Most tours head to the section along Badaling, near Beijing, and that is the bit to avoid. Though again, if timed right and going off ...


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Checkpoint Charlie is probably worth seeing anyway but it's very touristy and not quite a piece of the Berlin Wall: The checkpoint has been rebuilt and stands alone in the middle of the street. Incidentally, it became a symbol for several reasons but it was mostly notable as the only checkpoint for members of the allied forces. Other border crossings existed ...


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It is an apartment complex built on the waterfront of Aarhus in Denmark. Isbjerget was created in a collaboration between four architectural firms: JDS, CEBRA, SeARCH, and Louis Paillard. It took 5 years for the project to be completed, and is one of the first projects to be completed within De Bynære Havnearealer, the new docklands quarter of ...


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Well there were actually several stages of the wall, and it's now in various states of disrepair / ruin depending on where you go. Presumably you want to go where there's actually wall, as opposed to rubble. One of the most common routes is ex-Beijing, but since you want less crowded, we'll skip that. For something quite cool and different, try Shanhaiguan ...


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Yes it's possible. The question is - should you? From Wikitravel: To climb or not to climb Uluru is sacred to the Anangu people of the area. They say that the climb follows the track that the ancestoral Mala men took to get to the top for ceremony. They say that when you climb, you are on their tracks. In addition, there are some safety ...


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Tuesday is national museum closing day in France. Many state-owned museums are closed on Tuesdays, as are many local museums outside Paris. In Paris, most city-owned museums are closed on Mondays. Some museums are open later on one night a week, usually Thursdays. Most museums close on some public holidays but not all. There are many exceptions, so always ...


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The one he is probably referring to was actually presented by Venezuela - The Equestrian Monument of Simon Bolivar, liberator of Bolivia, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela from Spanish rule. This statue is at the entrance to Central Park at the north end of Sixth Avenue - The Avenue Of The Americas - so it fits the context of the story well. ...


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GMaps for the geographical center of Russian Federation. As you can see, this is a mountain located lake with no cities among many miles from it. Also this lake is on Arctic Circle, and not very well explored by people. We even doesn't know the maximum depth of it. Also you have to know that this region is a seismically active - you can see the trees at ...


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Beside another picture on Panoramio, I only found this paragraph in german on the Bamberg site, which refers to a Steinobelisk near the castle: Neben dem unweit der Burg befindliche Grab von A. F. Marcus lässt sich auch ein Steinobelisk aus dem Jahr 1903 finden, der eine besondere Botschaft vermittelt. In östlicher Richtung gelegen, befindet er sich ...


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From diamond geezer's blogspot: At the Goresbrook interchange, the most iconic of Artscape's installations. The two exit roundabouts each rise to a sharp elevated point, curved and conical, created from a skin of black tarmac. Officially they're named Scylla and Charybdis, but their shape has earned the nickname Madonna's Bra, or (sssh) Madonna's Tits. ...


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The city is Fujiyoshida on the NNE side of Mt Fuji. See jpatokal's answer for the exact camera location. From left to right, the marked buildings are: Fujisan station. The glass facade that's visible from street level is quite poorly defined in this photo, but covers the bottom third of the blue frame. The lighter part that's visible in the photo sticks ...


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Google on "half-buried armenian monastery" gives WikiTravel page on Northern Armenia. There I found Haghpat Monastery. Google images confirms.


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As with everything else in China - if you go to a place that is opened for tourists, be prepared to see a lot of them. You can usually avoid the hordes by going on a weekday (as opposed to weekend), avoiding national holidays, going early in the morning and picking a place that is less-known (pick #3, #4, ... place as opposed to #1, #2 place). That being ...


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The question is pretty broad, so here is a broad answer: Choose from Unesco's World Heritage List Look through the list and if you find a country that has enough sites you are interested in and meet your other criteria, go there. All the sites on the list I've been to (and there are many) are well worth visiting.


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White House - Tours are available, but you'll need to do some work in advance, especially if you're not a US citizen. All tours need to be booked at least 21 days in advance, but especially during busy periods you'll need to book months in advance to get a spot. They are booked via your Member of Congress for US Citizens, or via your Embassy if you're not. ...


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Like others have said, Checkpoint Charlie is the main tourist point to go. What I'd suggest is looking at the museum (near the US side of the 'border'). There's a piece of the wall standing there, although I suspect it's been moved from its original location, as you'll see when you continue. From Checkpoint Charlie, walk towards the 'border crossing', ...


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Name: Inwangsan Suseong-dong Valley Address: 서울특별시 종로구 옥인동 185-3 185-3 Ogin-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea Location: Google Maps Sources: TheSeoulStop.com, TheSoulOfSeoul.com The map is not too clear to determine the exact location of the bridge, this is as close as it gets.


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Got the below information from an article on a travel site called "The Circumference". I've put the gist from that site here for easy reading. Best time to visit the Eye is around December. May be reached through several access countries like Mali, Niger and Mauritania. Tours can be booked in Atar, Mauritania which include four wheel drive to Richat and ...


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I went last year. My friend and I caught the bus from Arequipa through to Nazca overnight, arriving early morning (around 7). The town itself is fairly non-descript, just full of hagglers telling you they've run out of Avgas and the like to try and charge you to stay a day. From the ground you can't really get to the glyphs, as they're in the desert. ...


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The site explains: If all the times are taken, the following message will be displayed: "no tickets available for the date requested". Choose another day (or purchase your ticket for immediate entry at the monument ticket counters). That says to me that if you can't buy online, you can still go up, but you'll have to wait in a (possibly long) line. ...


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How to possibly avoid waiting at the Eiffel Tower The Eiffel Tower consists of several stages. The lower part can be done either by stairs or by elevator. The higher part can be done either way. There's usually a big queue for the elevator at the ground floor, but not much of a queue for the stairs. When I climbed the Eiffel Tower, I didn't know that, ...


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These are old Yugoslavian War Memorials (or at least most of them). Somebody created a great google map overlay of these: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zxPqN7FUTnEs.kTu_C4z_ZK5c for some reason I am struggling to get the exact coordinates from that map, but you can zoom in all the way on each of them to see the actual monument at a decent ...


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Transportation and getting around wise, your best bet would be to stay somewhere near the Termini train station. That is where the long haul trains arrive, and you are pretty much 10-20 minutes away from pretty much every major attraction. Being close to the Termini station can be helpful if you plan to go/come from Florence, or Civitavecchia, where the ...


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The Esplanade itself conducts guided tours. If you have at least 20 people, then you can get a group tour (they say you've to book it two weeks in advance, but there should be some leeway in that): The tour is for a minimum pax of 20. Each Tour is about 45 minutes. Tour would begin from the Concert Hall Information Counter and end at the Esplanade ...


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There is actually a monument called 'Mitad del Mundo' (Middle of the World) in Ecuador. However they claim this is based on being on the equator (it turned out later they were off by 240 meters when choosing the spot). Why the place is more special (middle, centered) than any other place on the equator I don't know. It is a bit of a cheesy place but makes ...


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There is the Checkpoint Charlie Mauer Museum. If you are going to visit, you must visit East Side Gallery - the rather long fragment of Berlin Wall, that is painted with artistic graffiti. This is an endangered place - this year there were plans to destroy it, followed by large protests.


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Yes you should be fine to go but know your limits. A quick Google Image search for "Great Wall Jiankou" will give you a good idea where you will find images like this and others of people climbing fallen sections of the wall there. The Lonely Planet is rather brief: "40-minute walk uphill from the drop off ... to a fork in the path among the trees that ...


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A 45 min bus ride from Quito (any local can tell you which bus) will get you to the Equator monument. However as Peter mentioned, it's a bit of a cheesy place. On arrival, there's a huge monument which costs to see, and costs more to go up. However, you can take photos and jump back and forth between "Spring" and "Autumn" or "Winter" and "Summer" as you ...


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Haghpat monastery located in the north of Armenia.



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