I don’t know about you, but 2016 has been a particularly rough year. It got off to a rocky start, sort of chilled out a little, and then was like ‘nah, man, let’s shake things up a little’, and BOOM! things got real. It hasn’t all been bad, of course. There have been myriad beautiful, sunbeam-filled days when all feels right in the world. What the hard days have made me realize, though, is how desperately I (and every human out there) needs some time out every now and then.
In light of this, I’ve taken the liberty of researching four of the most beautiful destinations in the world. They’re the kind of beautiful that will make your heart feel magical and tingly, the kind of beauty that will entrance you so that you’ll fall into an instant meditation as soon as you’re surrounded by the majesty of each landscape.
Take a look:
Breathtaking. Any other word or explanation cannot do this place any justice. It’s a place of extraordinary natural wonders. The region is renowned for its fairy chimneys, a thin spire of rock that protrude from the earth, creating a sort of rocky pyramid in the shape of a totem pole. Whole cities have been carved into rock, which further enhances the region’s astounding natural beauty.
Mù Cang Chải District: Vietnam
the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism named the rice terrace fields in La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and Ze Xu Phinh as national landscapes. A gorgeous rustic life is led here, with the mountainous landscapes creating a majestic and tranquil setting.
This magical city contains and immensely unique heritage. The city is made beautiful not only through its history, but also through its magnificent scenery. It’s a city that has been built entirely on water, with a foundation of mud, sand and slime, which certainly classifies it as an engineering miracle. With marble palaces, it’s a city that inspires awe and resonated mystery.
Ashikaga Flower Park: Ashikaga, Japan
This park is 23 acres of the astounding beauty of nature, with the native Fuji (wisteria) flower, among other gorgeous flowers. The over 350 wisterias are at their best in spring, the perfect time to visit the park. Spring is also when the cherry blossom trees start to flower.
Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the sheer number of breathtaking natural and man-made wonders that this world holds. My heart aches at the thought of never being able to see them all.
All images courtesy of cntraveler.com.