Yuanyang County is in the Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province in China. Thousands of years ago, the Hani people living in this place created a wonder by developing large areas of terraced fields on the mountainsides and in the valleys.
China is planning to build around 20 floating nuclear power stations to provide a stable power source for its offshore oil and gas projects, as well as residents in disputed islands in the South China Sea.
Lithuanians badly want Tesla Motors to build its next giant factory on their soil, so to grab the attention of the California tech company they built a virtual version of a facility inside the “Minecraft” video game.
The “Take In” restaurant in Helsinki, Finland, is currently in the news for its ingenious service. Instead of cooking the meals in its own kitchen – which doesn’t exist – it allows patrons to order various dishes from a selection of 20 other restaurants in the city.
French cyclist Robert Marchand set a record by biking 22.5 kilometres in an hour at the age of 105. Marchand previously held several records for centenarian cycling and had become a vegetarian a month before the record attempt.
Labfresh, a clothing creator, are successfully reassuring customers that the white cotton shirt is wine, stain and odor-repellent, allowing people to wipe away irritable stains from the likes of red wine, ketchup and olive oil.
An 130-kilometre crack in the ice on Antarctica’s northernmost peninsula is growing fast, and it’s now a virtual certainty that a massive iceberg is going to break off sometime in 2017, according to Antarctic researchers.
Otou Katayama, from Nara, southern Japan, continues to live with his three children and wife, Yumi, who perseveres in making conversation with him but has only ever received a nod or a grunt in response for 20 years.
A new study by Icelandic research group M&M Research has revealed that a majority of Icelanders believe in clairvoyance and mediums. A poll asked whether people believe in the ability of some individuals to contact and communicate with spirits, and to see the future. 53.7% of respondents replied yes.
The Ice Lantern Festival, commonly known as Harbin Ice Festival (25/12/2016 – 25/02/2017), was the precursor to the current festival, which started in 1963 but was put on hold during the Cultural Revolution.
5th December marked the 37th anniversary of the unique Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree. The 20.5-metre-tall tree holds 240 of the 275 singers from the Mona Shores High School Choir, joined by 50 members of the Orchestra.
An international team led by University of Leicester geologists has made the first estimate of the sheer size of the physical structure of the planet’s technosphere - suggesting that its mass approximates to an enormous 30 trillion tonnes.
A set of Japanese traditional festivals featuring parades and floats is to be added to UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage. An evaluation body set up by UNESCO made the announcement early last month.
There are few things that men hate more than going on long shopping sprees with their wives or girlfriends, so one Chinese mall has come up with the “husband nursery”, a special place where guys can relax while their better halves shop till they drop.
The odds were not in the favor of an 82 year old German man who loved to garden. He had recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary to his wife when the unthinkable happened, he lost his wedding ring.
Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.
One of Andersonville’s many traditional Swedish events, St. Lucia, begins each year on St. Lucia’s Day, 13th December, with a torch-lit procession highlighting the appearance of the specially chosen “Lucia Girls,” who will lead the crowd, wearing long white robes and beautiful crowns of candles and singing “The Lucia Song.”
It’s not entirely unusual for bosses of successful companies to give out bonuses to employees on major holidays, but how many can claim that they are as generous as India’s boss Savji Dholakia, CEO of Hari Krishna Exports, who recently gifted some 1,200 cars and 400 apartments to over 1,600 of his most loyal and hardworking staffers.
The German city of Ludwigsburg hosts the largest pumpkin festival in the world, held annually from early September to November at the Blühendes Barock castle in Ludwigsburg, built between 1704 and 1733 and is the largest preserved Baroque castle in Germany.
Whether it’s clicking pens, flipping paper clips or just playing with our fingers, most of love to fidget. It’s not the most productive habit, but at least now we’ll be able to do it in style, with an ingenious little toy called the Fidget Cube.
Lekeitio’s traditions and celebrations are famous worldwide for being oneof- a-kind. Saint Antolin’s Day in Lekeitio, Biscay, Spain held every year between reaches its peak on September 5th with the “Antzar Eguna” or the day of the geese. It is a spectacular and original tradition with deep roots in ancient rituals, with documented evidence dating back more than 350 years.
Munich mayor Dieter Reiter opened the city’s 183rd annual Oktoberfest on September 17 with the traditional call of “O’Zapft is” to the delight of thousands who had managed to get a place in the main beer tent.
Although the Indonesian government recently verified Mbah Gotho’s documentation, which states he was born in 1870, external organizations must confirm the findings before he officially becomes the oldest person in the world.