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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 only mostly notable as the only checkpoint for members of the allied forces. Other border crossings ...


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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The best I can find is how to get to Chinguetti. You basically have to get to Atar then catch a taxi to Chinguetti. After that you may be able to get a camel tour to Eye of Sahara. Although neither posts mentions trekking to Eye of Sahara but given the fact that you have to get the tours at Chinguetti or Atar lets me know that it may be possible to get ...


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Haghpat monastery located in the north of Armenia.


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There are a great many locations on the Great Wall that can be visited. Narrowing the choice to those within day trip or single overnight stay from Beijing, we get the following list. I've added my comments as to their merits. Miyun County Simatai ( 司马台; Sīmǎtái) a popular but remote. Quite far from Beijing. Currently (2011) this section is closed to ...


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I visited the wall last year. I didn't hike: we took the train to Newcastle, rented a car, drove across the country, spending a night at a B&B, and took the train back from Carlisle. There is bus service from Newcastle to Carlisle with stops quite close to the wall, so you can construct yourself a loop fairly easily. For example, you could take the bus ...


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Just to see the view? An hour, tops. At the top, there's a revolving restaurant where the food is not bad, although a bit on the expensive side... but the view and the experience are spectacular. It takes about an hour to do a full revolution, and getting a table for the sunset hour is well worth the price of dinner on a fair weather summer evening. On the ...


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Author Peter Hessler visited some of the most remote parts of the Great Wall and seemed to do an excellent job of avoiding other tourists. He took measures to avoid catching the attention of the local government, though. In planning your trip, you might do well to read his account of the journey: Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory


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As Mark's answer says it is currently permitted to climb Uluru when it's not closed for safety reasons etc. But it does come up in the news from time to time that it might be closed completely! If you do some web searching you can find plenty of articles at least in the 2009 to 2011 period concerning this. So yes it's open for now, but there is a real ...



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