The Wind and Rain Bridge is a unique minority architecture of Dong people, an ethnic group in south-western China. The most famous of these bridges is Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge. The bridge is a combination of bridge, corridor, veranda and Chinese pavilion. The piers are made of stone, the upper structures are mainly wooden, and the roof is covered with tiles. The bridge has wooden handrails on both sides. No nails or rivets are used. Instead, talented Dong people dove-tailed many pieces of wood. The bridge is located in Chengyang, and serves as the link between two populous villages.
Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase National Park, located at the west end of Kangaroo Island, Australia, is island’s signature landmarks. These rocks are the remains of an igneous intrusion that has since been weathered down into an array of bizarre boulders, sculpted by wind and rain over the course of many thousands of years. Continuous wind erosion in a relatively dry climate can result in such bizarre shapes.
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The Halligen are small islands only a few feet above sea level. There are ten halligen in the North Frisian Wadden Sea, just off the northwest coast of Germany. Only five of them are inhabited. The rest are part of the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer National Park. The name comes from the Celtic word hal, meaning “salt”, a reference to the low-lying land in the region which is often flooded over with saltwater by the tides. The very existence of the Halligen is a result of frequent floods and poor coastal protection. Dwellings and commercial buildings are built upon meter-high, man-made mounds, called Warften, to guard against storm tides.
Huangshan (literal meaning Yellow Mountain) is a mountain range in southern Anhui province in eastern China. The area is well known for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly-shaped granite peaks and pine trees. Huangshan is a frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature.
There are more than 30 touring paths in total in Huangshan mountains, which are 50 km (31mi) in total length and 1-2 meters (3-6ft) wide generally.
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Ko Panyi is a fishing village under the shadow of an immense limestone cliff in Thailand, notable for being built on stilts by Indonesian fishermen. At the end of the 18th century the law limited land ownership solely to people of Thai national origins, and due to this fact the settlement was, for the most part, built on stilts within the protection of the island’s bay, providing easy access for fishers. With the increase of wealth for the community, due to the growing tourism industry within Thailand, purchase of land on the island itself became a possibility, and the first structures of relevance were built, a mosque and a freshwater well.
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The Tunnel of Love is a section of industrial railway located near Klevan, Ukraine, known for being a favorite place for couples to take walks. The whole line is about 6.4 km long and about 4.9 km is covered by forest. As trees were left to grow freely around the rails, the passing train making its daily rounds transporting wood,was the only thing shaping its way through. Eventually, the train shaped a closed tunnel according to it’s size.