El Yunque Rain Forest in Puerto Rico

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The El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the national forest system. At nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the smallest in size, yet one of the most biologically diverse of the national forests hosting hundreds of animal and plant species, some of which are found only here. More than 100 billion gallons of rainwater fall on the Forest per year. The climate is frost-free and ranges in moisture from semi-desert to rain forest conditions within very short distances. It is located in the rugged Sierra de Luquillo, 40 km southeast of San Juan.

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The World Championship of Sled Dog in Black Forest, Germany

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This Year the World Championship of sled dog took place in the town of Bernau in black forest in South Germany. Bernau has been a location for winter European dog sled races for more than 30 years. More than 6000 spectators from all over the world were cheering on 90 of the world’s top mushers from 5 different nations and 800 dogs of various breeds, mostly huskies.

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Proxy Falls – Oregon Cascades

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This multi-tiered, cascading waterfall is hidden in the dense Williamette National Forest along the McKenzie Pass Scenic Byway. It is one of the most frequently photographed waterfalls in Oregon. Lower Proxy Falls was created 6,000 years ago when a giant glacier carved a deep trough through the area, leaving steep canyon walls after the ice receded. The waterfall is a 100′ drop over stairsteps of broken columnar basalt giving the delicate misty look of the falls.

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Zhangjiajie – National Forest Park That Inspired Avatar

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Most beautiful nature reserves of China, Zhangjiajie has wonderful hiking trails in a serene environment of staggering natural beauty. In 1982 it was recognized as China’s first national forest park. It has an area of 72,000 acres. 97% of the park is covered with plants which have 98 families, 517 species, over twice the total in Europe. The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in the Chinese province of Hunan features gigantic rocky pillar as the result of many years of erosion.

Park Facts:
Location: in Wulingyuan District, Zhangjiajie City, Hunan Province
Highest peak: Doupeng Mountain (1890 meters)
Ticket: CNY248 ( A ticket is valid for two days )
Opening time: 07:30-18:00

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