You must have read about the Seven Wonders of the World. This is something different; this is all about the rare wonders of the world which will never fail to amaze you. With so many beautiful places on earth, a top ten list of the rarest wonders of the world is unlikely to create a consensus. This is our version of the rarest gems of the world which we think represent the best of what this planet has to offer.
10. The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China was built in 7th century BC. It is a series of fortification built to protect the empire of China by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. The main Great Wall line stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. Through Western contact with China from the 17th through 20th centuries, the legend of the Great Wall of China grew along with tourism to the wall. Restoration and rebuilding took place in the 20th century and in 1987 the Great Wall of China was made a World Heritage Site. Today, a portion of the Great Wall of China about 50 miles (80 km) from Beijing receives thousands of tourists each day.
Petra, the lost city of Lahore, the archeological ancient wonder dates back to 312 BC. This is a whole historical city in Jordan which is famous for its rock architecture and water systems. Petra is a famous tourist destination in Jordan and a main attraction. The old city was discovered in 1812 by a Swiss explorer. Since 1985, Petra has been a part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. According to Smithsonian Magazine, Petra is a place worth seeing before you die.
8. Baobab Trees
These amazing trees come from the genus, Adansonia. There are currently eight different species, six of which are located in Madagascar. The remaining two are native to Africa and Australia respectively. One species of these trees is also found in Arabian Peninsula. Boabab is the common name of these trees among many others. The biggest and the most notorious of these eight species is Grandidier’s Baobab. This is found in the island of Madagascar but is now an endangered species owing to the land conditions there.
7. Valley of Love
This ancient valley is one of the lost wonders of the earth. Valley of love is a mile wide and high. Many controversies revolves revolve around it. It is believed that the valley remained hidden from the eyes of world for many centuries and was built by a mysterious race that now lives in a remote area of Ireland. This valley is more than 3000 years older than the pyramids of Egypt. The only intact structure in this valley referred as ‘Memorial of joy’ is awe inspiring. This fantastic stone structure has an equally flabbergasting interior which is fully functional to this day.
6. Milford Sounds, New Zealand
Milford Sound is situated on New Zealand’s South Island. Although referred to as a sound, it is more accurately identified as a fjord. Milford Sound, the most famous tourist site of New Zealand, has also been referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World by the famous Rudyard Kipling. It runs 15 km inland from the Tasman Sea and is cornered by sheer rock faces that rise 1200 metres or more on either side. Among the peaks are The Elephant at 1517 m (4977 ft), said to look like an elephant’s head, and Lion Mountain, 1302 m (4271 ft), in the shape of a crouching lion. The drive to Milford Sound itself passes through unspoiled mountain landscapes before entering the 1.2 km Homer Tunnel which emerges into rain-forest carpeted canyons that descend to the sound. If your ever in the Oceania Region, i highly recommend you visit Milford Sounds.
5. Iguana Falls
Iguana Falls is taller than Niagara Falls, twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazu River. The falls is a result of a volcanic eruption which left yet another large crack in the earth. During the rainy season of November – March, the rate of flow of water going over the falls may reach 450,000 cubic feet per second. Getting there is an no worry. All you have to do is to check flights from your area to locations in either Brazil or Argentina for connections to the falls. You can also browse for cheap hotels and car rentals – available in the area. A trip you will not forget!
Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights is a natural, colorful light display in night sky. The color array ranges from green and red to yellow and green. They occur most often in early spring and early autumn. The ultimate energy source of the aurora is the solar wind flowing past the Earth. The magnetosphere and solar wind consist of plasma (ionized gas), which conducts electricity. Where to find an Aurora? Go to the extreme north, close to the North Pole, this is where the aurora is magnetically drawn. The ideal locations for spotting are Northern Finland, Scandinavia, Siberia, Alaska, and Greenland.
Go to the extreme north of the globe, towards the North Pole, for ideal viewing. This is where the aurora borealis is magnetically drawn. The ideal locations for spotting the aurora are north Finland, Scandinavia, Siberia, Alaska and Greenland.
3. Blue Holes
You may have seen these images before and even if you haven’t this is something out of this world. Known simply as Blue holes, these underwater sinkholes or caves are actually vertical caves in multiple coastal regions. Among the famous Blue Holes are the one found in the Great Barrier Reef and the other being in the Red Sea. The deepest Blue Hole in the world is 663 ft. A rare – wonderful dive. However this is truly a technical category decompression dive, not recommended for new adventurers or resort dive qualified divers.
2. Fly Geyser
The Fly Geyser of Black Rock Desert is really something spectacular. Black Rock Desert is an arid desert in the Great Basin. The Fly Geyser is also known among people as Fly Ranch Geyser. It is a small geothermal geyser that resembles a small mountain. It is owned by Todd Jaksick who has placed a fence around this wonder.
The formation is not a natural formation. The geyser was created accidentally in 1964, after a geothermal power company drilled a test well at the site. While the groundwater in the region turned out not to be sufficiently hot to be tapped for geothermal power, it did have a temperature of more than 200 degrees. According to later newspaper reports, the well was either left uncapped or was improperly plugged.
Two additional geysers in the area were created in a similar way and continue to grow. The first geyser is approximately 3 feet (0.91 m) and is shaped like a miniature volcano; the second is cone-shaped and is about 5 feet (1.5 m).
1. Sailing Stones
Sailing stones is basically a geological phenomenon rather any magical one. These are also known as sliding rocks and moving rocks. In many places around Death Valley, rocks are seen moving in long tracks without any animal’s or human’s intervention. These are still under scientists’ considerations who are trying to find out the force behind their movements. The amazing thing is that they don’t just move in long straight tracks but change their directions often. It is surely a sight to watch.
Honorable Mention: Serengeti Ecosystem
The Serengeti ecosystem can be found northwestern Tanzania and the southwestern portion of Kenya. The region hosts the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet and one of the most breathtaking events in the animal kingdom. African safari tours follow the one million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra that make a 500 kilometer (310 miles) round trip from the Southern Serengeti in Tanzania to the northern edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The Great Migration is perhaps Africa’s best safari events and the most exceptional natural wonder of the world.