Snow Jade Cave, Fengdu, China

Located about eight miles from the new county of Fengdu, the Snow Jade Cave is rated as China’s most beautiful by Chinese National Geography. Discovered in the mid-1990’s, the cave is over 1,022 miles long. Because of its uniqueness and beauty, it has become a popular scenic spot along the Yangtze River as well as serving as a research site for the study of caves. Most of the stalactites in the cave are white and pure as jade, hence its name. Stalactites grow quickly – thirty-three millimeters in one hundred years in fact. In contract, in other such kinds of caves, the average stalactite only grows one millimeter in a century. It houses many spectacular and unusual karst formations. These include a waterfall; stone hair; shields; coral and animal shapes. Tourists have 725 miles to visit. You will see the so-called ‘Four Wonders’; the coral tower in the cave is the largest of its kind in the world; the glittering and transparent King Stone Flag at 26 feet high is the world’s tallest and thinnest stone flag; the stone shield at 13 feet high is also known as the Snowy Jade Penguin; some groups of stalactites resemble goose necks, some as much as two yards long.

Tips

You can go there by car or boat or you can take a bus at Chaotian Gate bus station to Fengdu.
The best time to visit the region is in winter or spring.
You must take some warm clothes to enter into the cave. Another possibility is to rent warm clothes there.
It’s recommended not to visit the cave alone.
If you make a trip along the Yangtze River, the cave is one of the usual tourists stops.

Golden Gate, San Francisco, California USA

The Golden Gate is a California suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate Strait which is the junction between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, linking the city of San Francisco (northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula) to the city of Sausalito (southern tip of County of Marin). Its construction took four years (1933-1937). Recognized worldwide for its orange color and the architecture of its two towers, is the most famous landmark of San Francisco. It was Joseph Strauss, German-born engineer, the director with a group of specialists. It was inaugurated on May 27th, 1937 with a ‘pedestrian day’ where thousands of people turned out for the occasion. It has 30 meters wide, six lanes open to traffic and two alleys for pedestrians on each side. They are currently working to put the bridge with safety standards in an earthquake because the area is known to be on two quite dangerous faults. The bridge is thus gradually renovated, so much so that the original steel will eventually disappear completely. The real challenge is that no one has to realize this work.

Tips

You can visit the Golden Gate Center open daily from 09:00 to 18:00 except on Christmas and Thanksgiving Action.
It is convenient to reach it by public transportation or by bike because it’s difficult to find parking.
You can cross the bridge on foot or by bicycle, but only during the day, access is completely closed at 18.30.
It is best to get information about how to pay the toll on their website before you go.

Aix-en-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

Aix-en-Provence is a French commune, ex-capital of Provence, headquarter of the Community of agglomeration of Aix, in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur; founded in 122 BC. This is a spa town with a Mediterranean climate that has around 300 days of sunshine a year. The town is 33 km from Marseille. There are three rivers which cross it: the Arc, the Touloubre and the Torso. In its historic center, there are several buildings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the city counts with 140 historical monuments. To visit: St-Sauveur Cathedral with triptychs, altarpieces and remarkable tapestries, the cloister of St-Sauveur (late twelfth century), the Town Hall and the square of the same name with the clock tower, the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Church of St John of Malta, Des Quatre Dauphins Square, the Tourreluque (single vestige of the medieval walls), the fountains, among others. Outside the city there are also other historical monuments like the Bridge of Trois-Sautets or the Bridge of St-Pons,

Tips

You can explore the city and the countryside by bus, there are 26 regular lines.
If you want to go to Marseille or Gap, you can do it by train from the Aix-en-Provence center train station. If you arrive at the airport of Marseille, it is a good option to get to the city center.
There is also the TGV to 18 km from the city center for more remote destinations.