Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Palau has all kinds of corals

Palau is located in the western Pacific Ocean, more than 700 miles from south of Guam, composed of more than 300 volcanic islands and coral islands. Palau as a tourist attraction, owns the world's unique gold non-toxic jellyfish lake, where the gold jellyfish looks like golden overlooking the sea, but it is orange if taking a closer look. In addition, local magic marine creatures giant clam: huge live giant clam, more than 100 years old, so far it’s the world's largest marine shellfish, up to 2 meters long. Finally, Palau has all kinds of corals, beautiful and amazing.

Palau has 5 major coral areas, various species and countless. Hard coral area: here covers all kinds of large hard corals, shapes and colors are unpredictable, such as the heart-shaped sea anemone coral, the large coral shaped like a brain and gleaming silver, the mushroom head coral, etc., also beautiful tropical fish swim around… Soft coral area: soft corals are more colorful than hard corals, they swing with the water, here seems bottomless; please pay attention to soft corals, some of them are toxic, so don’t stamp on it.

The major fault area in North Island: the inside is a coral garden 3 meters deep, on the cliffs growing all kinds of corals, very lush, such as blue coral and the golden coral shaped like glossy ganoderma. The colorful finger-like coral area and the giant rose coral area: the finger-like corals with different colors and shapes, such as the small red pink corals with many small spines, and some strange shapes of corals without names, as well as groups of large fish. Palau is the world's best place to enjoy corals, attracting many travelers each year.
gold non-toxic jellyfish lake
gold non-toxic jellyfish lake

The pictures are from Link 1, Link 2 and Link 3.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

The rural scenery of Ireland attracts travelers

Ireland with beautiful environment, known as "Emerald Island," said. Although Ireland is a country, but Northern Ireland belongs to the Commonwealth. Northern Ireland's scenery is no better than a dream scene, picturesque.  Everywhere is sheep who kept grazing the grass with their head down, and some sheep, even dyed different colors like yellow and blue, Ireland is also known as the "sheep country" ... so if you want to see the natural scenery, go to Ireland!

Now there are only about 800 thatched cottages left in Ireland, very ancient, but come fully furnished with fireplaces, heating, ovens, washing machines, dryers and bathtub and so on. These traditional thatched cottages popular with tourists, will give you a down-to-earth, warm feeling, although the price is slightly higher, besides you also need to buy firewood for fireplaces… In the yard there’s a variety of colors of flowers, and a variety of berries which you may eat. In Ireland it is dark very late, the sunshine is still glimmering after half past eight, and sometimes a fox can be seen to leisurely walks on a country road.

All kinds of distinctive rural towns are dotted among the vast mountains, are don't-miss scenic spots in Ireland: Adare town, a small village with beautiful thatched cottages; Dingle town located in a valley with dense trees; Cong town surrounded by creeks and lakes; Clifden town famous for native Irish music; Galway town named as western Venice;  Birdhill town owning a variety of wildlife…

The pictures are from Link 1, Link 2 and Link 3.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Ancient paper making & White Skin Paper

White Skin Paper made by means of a kind of ancient paper making, is an ancient art of the Miao nationality, can be dated from AD 742,  and has continued up to the present day in several remote Chinese villages, such as Stone Bridge Village with 250 families, also called Paper Making Village.

The barks of Broussonetia papyrifera spreading all over local mountains, are main raw materials of White Skin Paper, besides, local rivers contains alkali, which is good for bleaching. From March to May, villagers will peel the barks and dry them in the sun, then soak... a total of 16 procedures, of course, all by hand. 

White Skin Paper is high quality, strong toughness, good gloss, and strong water absorption, besides, the clothes wrapped in this kind of paper can keep pests away. this small village has attracted many travelers and scholars from all over the world because of this kind of ancient paper.

The pictures are from here.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

The main spawning area of turtles in the world

In the breeding season, about 95% of turtles will return to the original birthplace under the guidance of a magnetic field, mating and spawning, sometimes they need to swim 2253 km. The below picture shows the traces of the turtles who crawl on a beach for mating and spawning. So far there are no statistics on the numbers of the main spawning areas of turtles in the world, and here is a brief introduction about three famous turtle spawning areas.

Every year from September to January the following year, the Pacific Olive Ridley sea turtles will conduct a collective shore spawning activity. A turtle only lays eggs every month, lasting for 3-5 days. On the Ostional beach in Santa Cruz, Costa Rica, female turtles dig their nests on the beach with their fins to lay about 10 to 190 eggs, then back to the ocean. Because of natural enemies and other factors, most of turtle eggs can’t survive. After one week, small turtles come out of their nests and return to the sea. This natural phenomenon has lasted more than 100 million years.

The Port Turtle Nature Reserve located in Huidong County, Guangdong, China, with an area of 1400 hectares, is the only one turtle nature reserve in Asia, From June to September, many green turtles will migrate to local turtle Bay, which spawning time is usually after 10 pm. After 49-60 days of natural hatching in the wet sand beach, the shells of Turtle eggs will be broken, little young turtles crawl into the sea one after another. The best tourist season is in the summer and autumn.

On the Orissa in the eastern coast of India, or the southern coast of Mexico, you can see the spectacular scene of thousands of turtles laying eggs. Olive Ridley turtles (one of the world's smallest turtles) produces 1 to 3 nests of eggs per season, about 116 turtle eggs per nest. These eggs need take 7 weeks to hatch. Small turtles will rely on the nutrients in eggshells to crawl into the sea after birth. But scientists found that the beach is very close to local 3 fishing villages, so they wonder how the human and turtle groups share an activity space.

The pictures are from Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, and Link 4.