Top Ten Asia Wonders: hillmanwonders.com
TOP 10 Travel Asia Wonders
1 Great Wall of China
2 Taj Mahal
4 Angkor Wat
5 Forbidden City
6 Bagan Temples/Pagodas
7 Banaue Rice Terraces
8 Potala Palace
9 Qin Terra Cotta Warriors
Great Wall of China
Why it’s special: This defensive wall once ran across China. Its glory days were during the Ming Dynasty in the 16th and 17th centuries. Today, the Great Wall has become the travel icon of China.
Location: Northern China.
Why it’s special: The marbled Taj Mahal with its elegant dome and faultless symmetry is the most beautifully designed building in the world. The emperor built it as a tomb for his beloved wife.
Location: Northern India.
Why it’s special: Bali’s picturesque rice terraces are legendary, as is its exciting culture, which includes internationally celebrated arts & crafts, music, dance and food.
Why it’s special: Angkor Wat is the majestic ruins of a complex of structures built in the 12th century. For reasons not fully understood, the Khmers abandoned it. It then lay hidden under jungle growth for centuries.
Why it’s special: Two dozen Chinese emperors ruled their nation for almost 500 years from inside the Forbidden City. This imposing palace-fortress is well-preserved.
Location: Beijing, China.
Why it’s special: Over 10,000 religious structures were built in Bagan in the 11th to 13th centuries. Many important ones have been preserved or reconstructed.
Location: Myanmar (Burma).
Banaue Rice Terraces
Why it’s special: These steep rice terraces are unequaled in height and vastness. They were sculpted with handtools over a two millennia period.
Why it’s special: The sizable Potala Palace was the winter political seat and still the religious center of Tibet. The building commandingly hugs the side of a steep hill overlooking Lhasa, the Tibetan capital.
Location: Tibet, China.
Qin Terra Cotta Warriors
Why it’s special: The life sized pottery army called the Qin Terra Cotta Warriors was buried in underground vaults over 2000 years ago. They were not discovered until several decades ago. Thousands of baked clay figures were found.
Why it’s special: This tall and wide religious stupa was constructed in the 8th century, then neglected and blanketed with wild greenery. Borobudur was uncovered in the 19th century.