Let’s face it! “1,000 Places to See before You Die” is overwhelming and seems unrealistic, so I created this post to include the 50 most beautiful places in the world that you need to at least see or experience before you leave this earth.
The places are organized by continent. Included are less well-known hidden gems as well as absolutely gorgeous tourist attractions that you definitely have to see before you die. After each listing, it gives a brief description of each of the places. I’ve also included links to pictures so you can have a glimpse of what it looks like – Simply click on the title of each of the locations, and you’ll be able to see images of the destination.
So let’s go and discover these beauties of life!
Chapter 1 – Asia
As we all know, Asia is the largest continent in the world. It offers a countless number of cultures, histories, and unique traditions to the rest of the world. And of course, these can be reflected in Asia’s amazing wonders. Let’s see which incredible destinations made the list.
01. Great Wall of China
It just seems right to start off this list with one of the 7 wonders of the earth, the Great Wall of China. Who doesn’t know of this centuries- old, 21,196 kilometer wall?
The Great Wall of China, which was regarded as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987, is said to be built around 220-206 BC by Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, primarily to serve as protection against intrusions and military incursions. This wall was exposed to a series of destructive events and was reconstructed by the Ming Dynasty.
This wall did not just offer protection over the Chinese Empire but also provided a means of transportation, especially the Silk Road where the remunerative Chinese silk trade was carried out.
Myths say that this Great Wall can even be discerned from the moon. In fact, it was given the reputation of being the only human work on the globe visible from the moon, according to William Stukeley, an English antiquary. Some stories also state that the Great Wall is actually a giant dragon, while other stories say that one of the collapsed parts of the wall was caused by a wife who cried endlessly for her husband who died while building the wall.
Viewing and wandering around these legendary walls does not just give one a chance to take in the ancient Chinese architecture, mythology, and culture, but also affords the opportunity to take live shots of the scenery around the wall.
02. Panjin Red Beach
When the topic of world famous beaches comes up, the first thing that comes into our minds is a vast place filled with fine white sand. But Panjin, China offers something extraordinary: an amazing beach covered not in sand, but in a field of thousands of red sea weeds, known as Suaeda Salsa.
This magnificent Red Beach is situated in the largest wetland and reed marsh of the world and serves as the home of hundreds of different species of birds and animals, including the endangered Crown Cranes and Black Beaked Gulls.
Though the Red Beach is guarded by state-level natural protection, everyone can still enjoy the experience it offers in a small area dedicated for the tourists. This Red Beach is one of a kind and is truly one of the magical places that we thought only lived in our wildest imaginations!
03. Zhangye Danxia Landforms
From great walls to a red beach, the journey through China now stops at the Zhangye Danxia Landforms – a place that really gives you a chance to view a colorful painting come to life. With its different dramatic colors formed by red sandstones that were mixed with soil eruption throughout time, you can definitely experience a one-of-a-kind enchantment.
These elegant sandstone hills will seem to play tricks with your mind while showcasing something naturally artistic that never underwent any touch-ups by humans. The Zhangye Danxia Landforms are really one of Mother Nature’s greatest arts!
04. Underwater Restaurant
We have learned that the underwater kingdom of the sea has always been a magical place, perhaps from a Little Mermaid song, “Under the Sea.” You may have visited underwater aquariums, but you probably have never been to an underwater restaurant that can be found in Maldives.
Maldives’ Underwater Restaurant is the very first of its kind and has been making the meals even more exciting while being encaged in a glass domed room under the sea, in the middle of all the different species of fish. This location can be good for anything from formal meetings to on-the-spot parties because it offers such a captivating environment. You can never really say you’ve lived enough without being in this underwater dome.
05. Sea of Stars
Maldives does not just offer the chance to eat underwater but also for everyone to enjoy watching stars, not in the sky, but on the sea shore. This sea of stars is located in one of the amazing islands of Maldives: Vadhoo Island.
Witness the enchantment of this island with the glowing phytoplanktons that look like stars or blue lights on the sea, showing great luminescence that makes you think of pretty Christmas lights, an enchanted paradise, or one of those fairy islands we imagined when we were kids.
06. Hang Son Doong Cave
On the border of Laos and Vietnam lies the world’s biggest cave, where even a skyscraper could not fit. The Hang Son Doong Cave is more than 5.5 miles long and is part of more than 150 cave channels in the Annamite Mountains. But this does not just offer your normal cave expedition with rocks and stalagmites to exhibit, this cave also has its own ecosystem!
At the heart of this cave lies a jungle-like cavern with never-before-seen plant species, a river, and a waterfall! On the first expedition inside this humongous cave, explorers even discovered unusually large baseball-sized cave pearls.
The Hang Son Doong Cave has only been opened for tourists and cave explorers since August 2013 and is now currently waiting for you to treat yourself to a 6 – 7-day expedition in this mysterious cave!
07. Puerto Princesa Underground River
One of the new 7 wonders of nature is this striking Underground River located in Puerto Princesa. Palawan, Philippines. This, the longest underground river in the world, exhibits awesome limestone, stalagmites and stalactites, and a number of large chambers while giving everyone an enjoyable river boat ride.
This was also discovered to have a second floor, producing small waterfalls inside the subterranean river. You can definitely have fun and relax on your journey through this river and learn new species and rock formations that you may not have seen before. Around this area, Palawan also offers other natural beauties and parks worth exploring.
08. Dead Sea
The Dead Sea of Jordan is one of the most famous bodies of water in the world. It is known biblically as the place of refuge of Kind David and was used as a common place to buy or gather mummification ingredients in the ancient times. But that isn’t the reason for it to be called a “dead” sea. The Dead Sea, or Sea of Salt, is known for being one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water, with about 340 grams of salt for every liter of water. Its shores are also recognized for being the lowest elevation of land in earth with 423 meters below sea level.
The Dead Sea is called as such because no fish or any aquatic organism can live with its saltiness. But that doesn’t lessen its grandeur. Also, because of its extreme saltiness, the Dead Sea can make anyone float without any effort. You can practically lie down there while reading or relaxing, even if you do not know how to float or swim.
09. Lost City of Petra
The “Lost City” of Petra, Jordan, also known as the Rose City is an intricately carved city on an enormous red rock in between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea. This centuries-old city was lost to the rest of the world until 1812, when it was discovered by a Swiss explorer. It is described by UNESCO as one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage.
This Lost City is reminiscent of an actual time machine that can bring you back to the ancient times with its still-intact archaeological remains, temples, and other buildings. Geographers and archaeologists believe that the Lost City of Petra still holds a lot of secrets that are yet to be discovered.
10. Angkor Wat
Also one of the 7 wonders of the world, Angkor Wat in Cambodia is considered the world’s largest religious monument. The unrivaled architectural design of Angkor Wat was built way back in the 12th century by Khmer King Suryavarman II. Some legends say that it was built in a single night by one divine architect, but construction on this temple actually lasted around 30 years.
Journeying through Angkor Wat can give extensive knowledge on the beliefs of the past, since it was originally planned as a Vishnu temple and the advanced architectural masterpiece of the early centuries. It is said to be a small replica of the whole universe and the model of a cosmic world. But what makes this temple more important is the preservation and beauty of the intricate designs of the building.
11. Taj Mahal
A product of infinite love of an emperor to his love- Taj Mahal has always been one of the world’s greatest architectural masterpieces. Taj Mahal was built by a Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, in memory of Mumtaz Mahal, his beloved third wife, when she died while giving birth to their 14th child. The emperor gave importance to the building himself that served as the tomb of his wife. He described it as an asylum or a mansion that can cleanse away the guilt and the sorrows of whoever enters it.
Taj Mahal has always been one of the top “must-visit” sites of the world. A lot of visitors describe the beauty of this building as a blissful and unforgettable experience.