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China's forgotten village swallowed by nature

China's forgotten village swallowed by nature

(CNN) — Like something straight out of a fairytale, the abandoned village of Houtouwan on Shengshan Island, part of the Shengsi Archipelago off the eastern coast of China, has recently become an Internet sensation and an unusual travel hotspot. Houtouwan was once a prosperous fishing village, with a 1980s population of more than 3,000 residents. […]

Asia's latest state-of-the-art water show

Asia's latest state-of-the-art water show

(CNN) — A state-of-the-art water stage, 3D visual effects, hundreds of performers, authentic costumes, live music, martial arts, pyrotechnics, dancing …. But the show has a loftier aim: to celebrate the history and heritage of Tonkin, an agricultural region in northern Vietnam. Staged entirely on water, the open-air performance provides a broad overview of village […]

Life span of an airplane

Life span of an airplane

(CNN) — We’re all familiar with the sight of an airplane soaring through the sky, but what do these flying machines look like when they’re being assembled? And what about when they’re nearing the end of their life, about to be demolished and dismantled for scrap? Intrigued? Mike Kelley was too. The aerial photographer rented […]

Australasia's coolest little city?

Australasia's coolest little city?

(CNN) — Dunedin, on New Zealand‘s idyllic South Island, isn’t getting as many tourists as nearby Queenstown. But that’s good news for travelers who want to experience the country’s famous hospitality but aren’t as keen on Hobbits. Despite its low profile, Dunedin — whose name is the Scottish Gaelic word for Edinburgh, possibly making it […]

25 of the best places to visit in the UK

25 of the best places to visit in the UK

(CNN) — From vibrant, culture-laden cities to peaceful areas of outstanding natural beauty, the UK is an incredibly diverse destination for travelers. Here’s our pick of 25 of the best places to visit in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland: Isles of Scilly The Isles of Scilly have arguably the UK’s best sunsets. Shutterstock Situated […]

Incredible personal aircraft designs revealed

Incredible personal aircraft designs revealed

(CNN) — A giant egg equipped with rotors and “Transformers”-style robots are among some of the creative designs submitted in a $2 million dollar contest to dream up new ways of flying. The GoFly Prize, a personal flying device competition sponsored by aircraft maker Boeing, aims to make travel fantasies of effortlessly soaring through the […]

Chihuly sculpture lights up Biltmore estate

Chihuly sculpture lights up Biltmore estate

Asheville, North Carolina (CNN) — Standing on tall ladders, two workers place pieces of brightly colored glass onto a tree-like structure in the middle of a manicured garden at Biltmore. As visitors to the Asheville, North Carolina, estate gather to watch their progress, renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly’s team takes the better part of a […]

James Bond museum opens atop Austrian mountain

James Bond museum opens atop Austrian mountain

(CNN) — James Bond movies are known for their incredible backdrops — from Canada‘s natural beauty in the spectacular opening sequence of 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me” to a colorful Mexico City in 2015’s “Spectre.” Now a new museum in the Austrian Alps will showcase one of Bond’s recent, memorable destinations. 007 Elements is […]

City of Cliffs is France's best-kept secret

City of Cliffs is France's best-kept secret

(CNN) — An undiscovered beach town in Mediterranean Europe? Well, almost. Perched high up a white limestone cliff on the southern coast of Corsica lies the medieval town of Bonifacio. Known as the “Mediterranean’s Sentinel,” or simply, the “Citadel of Cliffs,” it’s arguably the best-kept secret in France. It’s untroubled by summer crowds despite being […]

This tiny town is the site of Disney's 'lost' park

This tiny town is the site of Disney's 'lost' park

Marceline, Missouri (CNN) — You may have paid to see gussied-up variations of the quaint town of Marceline, Missouri. The community of about 2,500, two hours northeast of metro Kansas City, was the hometown and emotional lodestone of Walt Disney. His boyhood remembrances of Marceline influenced such films as the 1949 live-action/cartoon “So Dear to […]

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