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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Hot Air Ballooning History

It may be surprising to learn that the hot air balloons recognisable today didn’t start out looking like that. In fact they looked a little more like lanterns that are popular in today’s society at celebrations and special occasions such as weddings or birthdays. Like today, they were made of extremely lightweight and thin material making them carry naturally with the wind. To give them flight, small flames were inserted at the base of the balloon and hundreds were set off at one time.

So not quite like the kind of balloons you think about today. But these lanterns showed that an injection of hot air can give material flight. From then on many inventors and pioneers spent time working out how to create a balloon big enough to carry a person. This was no easy task – materials at the time were not as strong as they are now nor was the technology used in any way as advanced.

The first manned hot air balloon was around 1783. The man who was brave enough to undertake such a task was Etienne Montgolfier, who spent years, investigating how to create a contraption that would successfully carry him off the ground and into the air.

Prior to Montgolfier, the only other hot air balloon flight to have been a success carrying living things included a sheep, duck and a rooster. As these animals suffered no harm from climbing high into the sky, Montgolfier seemed satisfied that he would be safe to follow them. Unlike balloon flights today, Montgolfier didn’t use the balloon to travel anywhere. In fact the balloon climbed into the sky, but was tethered to the ground to stop it from climbing too far as they hasn’t properly worked out how to safely land the balloon!

Balloon flights didn’t become popular amongst the general public until rather recently. This was mainly due to the fact that hot air balloon flights weren’t easily accessible for the majority of people.

This was especially true during wartime – countries at a stand still and focusing on only one thing wasn’t really the time for frivolous activities such as balloon flights. But hot air balloons did play a part in wartime. They were used as a means of shielding the ground below by being allowed to drift up high above the rooftops. Doing so would make it extremely hard for the opposition to attack.

So as you can see hot air balloons have come a long way from where they started, as beautiful celebratory lanterns and military equipment. The main purpose balloons have nowadays is to show some of the wonders of the world, whist high up in the sky experiencing a once in a lifetime balloon flight.

Cuopugou National Forest Park, Sichuan Province

The essence of park lies in the collection of snow mountain, glacier, virgin forests, clear lakes, streams, valleys, waterfalls, hotsprings, grasslands, temples and Tibetan atmosphere. Starting from Mangkang County, we finally arrived at the forest after hard self-drive experience. It is not hyperbolic to say that we are shocked by the otherworldly scenery. We feasted our eyes on the beauty of park. The park is characterized by quietness and colorfulness. Grasslnad, valley and banks of lakes are decorated with various kinds of beautiful wild flowers. It was very enjoyable to lie on the grassland and immerse yourself into the imagination.

It is also accessible to take the local off-road vans in Cuola or Chaluo towns. But we did’t ask how much the fare is. In the day we entered there, a few local Tibetans and several young tourists take the vans to Cuopu Temple. If you plan to take local vans to Cuopugou, you cannot enjoy the pleasure of soaking your feet in the hotspring from a small pit you can dig. Turning at Cuola Town and driving upstream along the bank, we got to geothermal valley. The valley is filled with the hotspring, filling the air with the odor of sulfur. The temperature of hotspring can reach 100℃ and we choose to soak our feet in lower temperature of hotspring.

There are many mysterious holy mountains and lakes and every one of them has their own folklores. Cuopu Lake which is considered as “The First Holy Lake in Kangba Area” is no exception. It is said that believers of Tibetan Buddhism circling around the lake equal to more than ten million times of reading sutra so numerous believers come here to pilgrim.

At the end of Cuopugou stands many snow peaks. The one staning at the forefront is named General Peak by tourists. All these snow peaks have a common name Zha Jin Jia Bo whing means king and queen in Tibetan. According to the local legend, king and his queen from the heaven had a tour here and were so captured by the charming view that they forgot to return to the heaven. So the Heaven Emperor made them become eternal peaks. At the foot of snow mountains stands a temple called Cuopu Temple which are famous in Kangba Tibetan area. The buildings of the temple is very old with exquisite sculpures on.

Cuopugou enjoys the reputation of “Oriental Alps” and “Soul of Shangri-la”.

The best time to visit here lies in May and June when periods of heavy rainfall alternate with periods of drought. It is not very hot and the rainfall is low.


Philippines Adventures

The Plunge at Danao, Bohol

Ever wondered how Tarzan feels swaying from vein to tree branch to vein again? The Plunge at Danao, Bohol comes close to it! You will be attached to a long harness and will slowly be lowered to a wide space in the mountain. You really don’t have to do anything but to hold on tight and wait for the click of the cable that will release you and send you swaying to and fro! And it’s nothing like a sway on a swing; it’s hardcore thrill with nothing but nothingness below!

White Water Rafting at CDO

Beginner or expert, you can experience the ultimate river ride in Cagayan de Oro. It is far from Manila, but the travel will all be worth it. The river serves as the perfect ride for you to feel like you know how to paddle through and succeed! If you’re braver, you can try rafting at night! A big bonus is the sights and the beauty of CDO. Mindanao is really gorgeous, and CDO is definitely no exception.

Zipline at CDO

Oh yes, CDO is fast becoming the thrill seekers’ paradise. It currently holds the record for longest zipline in Asia! The line is 840 meters long, and the ride will last a minute. The good thing about it is that it is still relatively affordable! The ride only costs P500, whereas this rate will only take you about a hundred meters or so in other zipline facilities.

Mapawa River Trek at CDO

Let’s not leave CDO anymore! The trek will take you to five different waterfalls, with a big finale! The first four falls will require you to simply slide down, but the last one will have you jumping from a 20-feet cliff! With these three activities, you can be sure that your flight to the Davao International Airport and your road trip to CDO will be more than worth it!

Scuba Diving

You can do this basically anywhere there’s water and a licensed dive shop. The Philippines is the richest place when it comes to marine biodiversity, so you will really not run out of places to dive in. You’re in the Manila area? Batangas is only a three-hour drive! If you’re in the Visayas region, there’s Boracay and Cebu. And if you’re in Mindanao, well Davao is quite accessible too!


Things to See in Las Vegas

So many different shows type of shows that also are proven upon Broadway have become noticed in Las Vegas. Most of the implies that are thinking about planning to Broadway give it a try very first within Vegas to see how well the crowd wants them. Today a couple of the largest vendors tend to be Phantom from the Opera the industry classic favored between cinema fans and Disney’s lion full that has been around for years yet is a great present to take the kids in order to if you traveled to Vegas for a family trip.

Cirque du Soleil has the biggest quantity of shows within Las Vegas. Lots of people, in fact, make the vacation to the actual sin city to determine just the shows made by Cirque du Soleil. They’ve got carried out extremely well with all the people right here and are many different in one another providing a great selection. To have been confirmed for some time and it is any show completed in the water using synchronized swimmers and incredible effects whilst Zumanity is surely a mature version in which deliver sensuality to some entire additional stage. Love can be a show utilizing every one of the Beatles tracks and KA and also Mystere will be the most recent enhancements for only much more enjoyment.

Many stars love the concept of as being a headliner inside Sin city which means they are able to carry out each day while not having to travel such as they’d on an excursion. Some headliners perform for just many months while others go on for a long time. At this time the top headliner shows are usa westkuste rundreise Bette Midler which can be as a result of conclusion fairly quickly and Cher and also Donny as well as Marie. Whichever type of songs you want, you can find this right now there.

The ultimate group will be the assorted one which functions showgirls, masters of magic as well as other functions and sport shows. Showgirls are a choice of Vegas and really should be observed on the go to. You can find nude types along with more affordable shows. Magic is definitely a huge type of entertainment in Las Vegas and right now, Criss Angel may be the most popular solution in the city so guide ahead if you wish to see his / her display. Also, if you’d like your opportunity to find out and maybe become a contestant, navigate to the live taping with the Prices are Proper shows located in Las Vegas also.