Tianmen Mountain, China

Tourists tread gingerly over this Indiana-Jones style walkway in China, lodged precariously almost a kilometre and a half up a sheer rock face on the Tianmen Mountain. 

This see-through 'sky walk' gives sightseers terrifying thrills as they tread nervously across the 200ft long bridge and is so high up that it allows visitors to looking down at the peaks of smaller mountains below.  

Just don't look down.

The giddy 'sky walk' was built to let valiant visitors scale the dizzy heights on foot, looking down at the green carpet of the surrounding national park.

It offers day-trippers the sensation of walking on the air at the increasingly popular tourist attraction in the Hunan Province, China.

Sightseers are requested to wear overshoes when they cross the 2.5 metre thick skywalk, presumably to help cleaners, who would have to dangle dangerously underneath to wash the glass.

The skywalk is just one of the lures to the beauty spot. Tianmen Mountain takes its name from a huge natural cave half way up, which looks like a giant stone mouth gaping at the sky.

Literally translated, Tianmen means Heavenly Gate Mountain. There's one of the longest cable cars to help tourists to get around the national park.

Seventh wonder of the world, Taji Mahal, India

The Taj Mahal is one of the most wonderful tourism destinations in India and is aptly considered one of the greatest wonders of the world. People all over the world desire to see the grandeur of the Taj Mahal and only a lucky few get to see this wonder in marble. The Taj Mahal signifies and glorifies human love, has withstood the test of time, and still stands in all its glory.

On a foggy morning, the visitors experience the Taj as if suspended when viewed from across the Jamuna river.

Reflections of Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Located just outside the city of Chiang Rai, Wat Rong Khun has become famous in Thailand as the White Temple. A unique design mixing contemporary and classic style makes this one of Thailand’s most unusual and most visually striking man-made attractions. Even for those who might consider themselves ‘templed-out’ on their trip to Thailand, this unique wat is highly recommended if you are visiting the Chiang Rai area.

Diving in Raja Ampat, Western New Guinea

The island of New Guinea remains one of the world's most remote eco-tourist destinations, offering adventure in nearly pristine settings for any who are hardy enough to go there. Among divers, destinations like Raja Ampat in Indonesia's Western New Guinea have a reputation for dense, diverse marine ecosystems, creating the potential for fish encounters rivaled by only a few other places around the world.

Dive Trips

Divers can explore the dive sites of Raja Ampat in one of two ways. The first is to operate from a Sorong area diving center, such as Papua Diving (iriandiving.com). Land-based operators typically run two boat dives per day, plus the occasional night dive. The other option is to book a place on a live-aboard diving cruise, like those of the Dancer Fleet (dancerfleet.com) or Sea Safari Diving (divingseasafari.com). Live-aboard cruises typically run three dives per day, plus the odd night dive.

Dive Sites

The dive sites of Raja Ampat run the gamut of types, from big fish encounter areas to historic shipwrecks. The Cross Wreck, named for the large cross found on land opposite the wreck, is a World War Two-era Japanese patrol boat, with many of the ship's lanterns and its rack of depth charges still intact. However, Raja Ampat is best known for its rich and diverse selection of marine life, as exemplified by dive sites like Manta Ridge. A diver there might see as many as two dozen of those enigmatic giants on a single dive.

Sea Conditions

Raja Ampat is only a couple of degrees removed from the equator, so the surface water temperature changes very little through the year. It varies between the upper 70s and the lower 80s Fahrenheit, depending on the specific location. The best diving weather is between November and March. Water visibility ranges between 35 feet and 100 feet, depending on the location. As a rule, inshore sites are murkier than dive sites located farther out to sea.

Marine Life

Reef-dwellers such as colorful angelfish, cuttlefish, cruising barracuda, fat grouper, spiny lionfish, octopi, Napoleon wrasse, snapper and sea turtles are fairly common sights on Raja Ampat's dive sites, and divers who enjoy looking for tiny sea creatures will find seahorses and shrimps on the region's reefs. In addition to the aforementioned manta rays, other big open ocean species like great hammerheads also visit Raja Ampat's waters.