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The New 7 Wonders of the World

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TR Robertson – In 2000 the Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber Company, based in Zurich, Switzerland, began a campaign, using a worldwide survey, to establish a list of the New 7 Wonders of the World, the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World and the New 7 City Wonders of the World. Not to discredit the existing 7 Ancient Wonders of the World, the list still existing, but the feeling was of these 7 Wonders, only the Pyramids of Giza still exist, and the public should have a chance to vote on 7 Wonders that are still in existence and can be visited. The survey began in 2000 and ended in 2007. It is estimated over 100 million people took part. This created 77 top choices, which were narrowed down to 21 candidates, culminating in the top 7 New Wonders being chosen. If one of your new year’s resolutions is to travel more, now you have some places to consider. The following represent the three new 7 Wonders lists.

New 7 Wonders of the World

The Great Wall of China – 5,500 miles long, started being built in the 5th century up until the 16th century. Built as a deterrent to invading tribes. Is the longest manmade structure in the world and can be seen from outer space. Thousands of workers used to build the wall.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy – Built in 1 AD during the rule of Emperor Vespasian. Held 50,000 people who attended a variety of gladiator events, including water battles. It is estimated over 500,000 people may have perished in the “games” held in the Colosseum.

Taj Mahal in Agra India – The largest Mughal architectural structure in the world. It was built during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan in the mid 1600’s. Built as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal (Chosen One of the Palace). Took 22 years to build using 20,000 workers.

Chichen Itza in Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico – Series of structures, religious sites and tombs built in the 9th and 10th AD. Area is a Mayan complex. Largest structure is El Castillo, standing 79 feet tall.

Petra in Jordan – A series of dwellings, temples, city buildings and tombs carved into the Sandstone cliff walls winding through canyons. Building in the area began around 300 BC constructed by the Nabataeans. Area was a major center for trade for many years.

Machu Picchu in Peru – An Inca secret city hidden in the Andes mountains during the Spanish invasion of Peru. Complex is a series of temples, terraces, and dwellings. Actual use of the city still in debate. Built in the 16th century, rediscovered in the early 1900’s.

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Construction began in 1922, took 5 years to build. Sits on top of Mt. Corcovado. Stands 98 feet tall. Largest Art Deco sculpture in the world.

New 7 Natural Wonders of the World

Komodo Island, Indonesia – A volcanic island and 1 of 17,508 islands that form the Republic of Indonesia. Famous for the Komodo Dragon Lizard living on the island. Over 5,700 lizards exist on the island. They are the largest lizards on the Earth, many growing larger that 10 feet long. Two thousand inhabitants live on the island, most are descendants of convicts that were originally sent to the island in the 1800’s. The island is part of the Lesser Sunda chain and is also one of seven islands in the world with pink sand.

Amazon Rain Forest of Brazil – 60% of the Amazon Rain Forest is in Brazil. It covers 2.5 million sq. miles. Thirty million people live in the Amazon basin. There are 3,349 Indigenous territories in the area. The name Amazon comes from Greek mythology and a war Francisco de Orellana fought with Indigenous tribes where women took part in the battle, resembling a mythology tale about a women’s tribe in Greece. There are 2.5 million species of insects in the Amazon Rain Forest, 40,000 plant species, 2,200 fish species, 1,294 bird species, 378 reptile species, 427 mammal species and 429 amphibian species.

Jeja Island of South Korea – This volcanic island is famous for the massive lava tubes running through the island. The largest is the Manjanggul Lava Tube which is over 5 miles in length. The Hallasan Volcano is a popular tourist attraction. There are 660,000 people living on the island, but the island receives 15 million visitors a year.

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Ha Long Bay in Vietnam – The name means “descending dragon.” There are thousands of karsts on the various islands, underground sink holes. The ha Long Bay covers 600 sq. miles, has 2,000 islets, 1,600 limestone islands with many lakes on the islands. 1,600 people live on the Bay in 4 fishing villages.

Iguazu Falls in Argentina – These waterfalls are part of the Iguazu River. They are located along the Argentina and Brazil border. The falls form the largest waterfall system in the world. There are 275 distinct waterfalls averaging 210 to 269 feet in height.

Table Mountain in South Africa – The is a large flat topped mountain overlooking Cape Town, South Africa. The highest point is 3,558 feet. The Table Mountain Cable Car system takes visitors to the top visitor center. Along the sides of the mountain and on top there are 8,200 species of plants. There are hiking trails that can be taken from the bottom to the top.

Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines – The river system is famous for the various limestone karst landscapes and cave system. The underground river emerges into the sea and is the world’s longest navigable underground river.

New 7 City Wonders of the World

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Known for the Petronas Twin Towers, the Petaling Street Flea Market, and the Batu Caves

Durban, South Africa – Known for the beaches of the Golden Mile, world class surfing spots, the sea front promenade, and the Durban Botanical Garden

Havana, Cuba – Known for the Spanish colonial architecture, the traditional music and food and an amazing cultural experience.

Beirut, Lebanon – Known for the Roman ruins, historic castles, churches and mosques, beaches

Doha, Qatar – Known for the Museum of Islamic Art, the Souq Waqif Market Villaggio, Doha Corniche pearls, the Qatari Book House, and the National Library.

Vigan, Philippines – Known for the Spanish colonial architecture, the food, Syquia Mansion and Crisologo Museum and the Vigan Cathedral.

La Paz, Bolivia – Known for markets, dramatic landscape, the Basilica of San Francisco, the Valle de la Luna, Pre-Inca ruins and the Mi Teleferico.

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