10. VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
The view from the side of Victoria Falls doesn’t do it justice. You have to see it from above to get the full impact of just how amazing and beautiful it really is. It isn’t considered the highest or widest waterfall in the world, but according to Reader’s Digest, it is classified as the largest, based on a combination of width and height, as the falls span 5,604 feet long, which is over twice the size of the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls. From above, it looks like the Earth opened up to take in all the water, a humbling, yet beautiful site to see.
9. MACHU PICCHU, PERU
It’s an interesting place to put a citadel, as Machu Picchu is located 7,970 feet above sea level, above the Sacred Valley in Peru. It is familiar with the Inca civilization and most believe it was built for the emperor at the time. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a lot of the architecture has been restored in order for visitors to come and see. It’s an amazing look at 15th-century architecture, but more importantly, it’s amazing to think that this was built on top of a mountain so many hundreds of years ago. It’s why, according to the World Heritage Council, that it was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
8. BAC SON VALLEY, VIETNAM
Every shade of Green is what you will get when you go to the Bac Son Valley in Vietnam. This small village doesn’t have a lot in terms of physical buildings, but when you look at these peaks looking over the lush green farms, it’s as pretty as any big city with massive skyscrapers is, and would be perfect for a quiet relaxing stay. According to Vietnam census numbers, the area has a population of 65,000 people and covers 689 square kilometers. Photos like this should keep us humble, as they remind us that life can sometimes be simple.
7. LAS VEGAS
The famous Las Vegas strip stands out pretty easily in this photo, but perhaps what is more interesting is the rows of houses that are around it, showing many people that Las Vegas is more than just a bunch of casinos and tourist traps. In fact, Vegas is the 28th most populated city in the United States, the most populated in the state of Nevada, and obviously, the entertainment capital of the world. The estimated population is over 2.2 million people. In fact, the famous strip isn’t even in Las Vegas, it’s in Clark County and is 4.2 miles in length. All bright lights, hopes, dreams and big mega-casinos.
6. SUN CITY, ARIZONA
Sun City could be renamed Pinwheel City, as the four main residential hubs of the city have been made to look like pinwheels. The city, located in Arizona, has a population of 37,500 people as of the 2010 census, and is mostly a retirement community for snowbirds, with plenty of mobile homes. From above, it’s a genius way of planning a city around main hubs and having it look impressive from the air when people fly above. And with buffer zones of green space, it’s a quiet area that more cities should look at when planning future developments.
5. LONDON, ENGLAND
London, England looks simply amazing from above, but even more so is the Tower Bridge, which crosses the River Thames. As you can see in this photo, it is the only one that crosses the river, although there are four others, but it looks simply grand with its lights on and being the single crossing available over some distance. According to the Tower Bridge website, the bridge consists of two bridge towers tied together by two horizontal walkways. The bridge can lift to allow boats to pass underneath when needed, and each day over 40,000 people cross the bridge.
4. CAPE TOWN
From the southern tip of Africa comes the coast of Cape Town, which in 2014 was named the best place in the world to visit by both the New York Times and the Daily Telegraph. From this photo, do you really need any reason to not go? The shoreline is vast and beautiful, the mountains offer great views and it’s one of the lowest points in Africa. Many ships wishing to sail to India or East Africa have to pass by, and this port city is known for being a multicultural city.
This photo is above Moscow, the capital of Russia, and may look a lot different than what you think a capital city of the largest country in the world would look like. It’s lacking the massive skyscrapers all over that you may expect in a large city, except for the cluster in the middle, which is known as the Moscow International Business Center. According to the Design Building Network, between 250,000 and 300,000 people will be working or living in that complex when it is completed, and in total, 17 million people call Moscow home.
2. CHEFCHAOUEN, MOROCCO
Chefchaouen, Morocco is famous for their blue houses, but you really don’t get the full scope of how many houses there are that are this color unless you see it from above. This blue pearl city is a stunning gem in Greece, and according to Vogue, the houses are painted blue because when the city was heavily populated by Jewish people, they maintained the color blue and painted it for religious reasons. Today, it just looks amazing, and it’s so different to see a city that is 50 shades of blue, as opposed to your standard rooftops.
1.DRAGON’S BACKBONE RICE FIELD
The Longsheng Rice Terrace in China are actually man-made, built over 650 years ago, according to People’s Daily, and were built on the riverside of the mountaintop, 2,000 to 2,600 feet above sea level. They have the unique nickname of being called the Dragon’s Backbone, due to their design, which from above, you can fully see is a beautiful sight. These fields are so important, though, to China’s rice production, as rice grows during the spring and summer, as in early June, water is pumped over the entire field for the rice plants to grow.