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Gorgeous: Underground resort in China

Sky-high hotels and resorts are invariably impressive – shooting up as if to kiss the clouds. But what if a resort was created inside a deep gorge – would it look equally spectacular? Here are some artist impressions of the Songjiang Shimao Hotel project by engineering and design consultancy, Atkins.

Songjiang Shimao Hotel is a resort that includes extreme sports facilities, visitor centre and a five-star luxury hotel with some levels of the hotel situated under water.

Songjiang Shimao Hotel is a resort that includes extreme sports facilities, visitor centre and a five-star luxury hotel with some levels of the hotel situated under water.

A naturally-lit internal atrium incorporates the existing rock face, with its waterfalls and green vegetation.

The design solution for the resort includes the use of green roofing and exploiting the site’s geothermal heat to generate electricity and heating.

Atkins is providing the architecture, structural and civil engineering services for this leisure resort in China.


The resort includes extreme sports facilities, visitor centre and a five-star luxury hotel with some levels of the hotel situated under water.

(Credit for all Images: Atkins)

Source: Yahoo! Finance


Sea of Stars – The bioluminescence at Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives

Pinpricks of light on the shore seem to mirror stars above in an undated picture taken on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives.

The biological light, or bioluminescence, in the waves is the product of marine microbes called phytoplankton—and now scientists think they know how some of these life-forms create their brilliant blue glow.

Various species of phytoplankton are known to bioluminesce, and their lights can be seen in oceans all around the world, said marine biologist and bioluminescence expert Woodland Hastings of Harvard University.

“I’ve been across the Atlantic and Pacific, and I’ve never seen a spot that wasn’t bioluminescent or a night that [bioluminescence] couldn’t be seen,” Hastings said.

The most common type of marine bioluminescence is generated by phytoplankton known as dinoflagellates. A recent study co-authored by Hastings has for the first time identified a special channel in the dinoflagellate cell membrane that responds to electrical signals—offering a potential mechanism for how the algae create their unique illumination.

—Ker Than
Published March 19, 2012 on National Geographic
Photograph by Doug Perrine, Alamy


Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

Thursday March 15th, 2012 in India, Places to Visit, Travel News | 1 Comment »

 
 

Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India (Picture : Kamala Kar )


 
 
* The word Chadar means blanket and is used to refer to the trek along the frozen Zanskar River.

* The most amazing thing about the frozen river is how unfrozen it is.

* Spring water prevents the blanket from completely smothering the river which in places retains it rapids.

* All the more fear some in temperature of -30ºC the trek goes by shuffling along the icy path.

* It allows one to penetrate this isolation and also to examine some of the villages along the Zanskar River in the midst of winter and thus catch a glimpse of the life cycle during this unique time of the year.

* A spectacular and at times challenging trek across the Zanskar with opportunities to savour ancient Buddhist monasteries and remotes villages nestled in the depths of deep gorges valley of Trans Zanskar ranges.

* Chilling and Lingshed are the only sizable villages on this trek until Hanamur and Pidmo before Pishu and Zangla in Zanskar, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.

 
 
 
 
Reference Link : Know Your Destination


Mechuka, West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh, India

 
 

Mechuka, West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Mechuka, West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh, India (Picture : amitnj)


 
 
* Its a small town nestled 6,000 feet (1,829 m) above sea level in the Mechuka Valley in West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh, India.

* Mechuka Valley is home to the people of the Memba tribe.

* These are mostly the believers of the Buddhism and speak Memba, Adi, Hindi and English.

* This place of Arunachal Pradesh is known for both its religious and historical significance.

* The major tourist attraction here is a 400-year-old Buddhist Monastery, which is located at a hilltop in the western most part of Mechuka.

* Numerous ancient statues can also be found here. Accommodations are available at Circuit House and Inspection Bungalow.

* Mechuka is 215 KM northwest of Along and is only 29 KM away from Indo-China border.

* Mechuka is gradually becoming a popular tourist destination in Arunachal Pradesh due to its Scenic beauty and exotic tribes.

* High hills, snow-capped mountains and River Siyom are the major attractions.

 
 
 
 
Reference Link : Know Your Destination