Top 10 Places That Make Time Travel Possible

Top 10 Places That Make Time Travel Possible

Do you dream of traveling in time? Go to these cities. From monumental to funky architectural achievements, and the south pole station to ghost towns in China – these places look otherworldly. That is the main reason to visit them. Where would you like to go first?

10. Kangbashi, Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China

Kangbashi neighborhood was designed to accommodate thousands of people. However, sometimes it happens that places become deserted before anyone starts living in them. Nicknamed a “ghost town”, Kangbashi features hundreds of thousands of residences, but only a few live there. The reason is the expanding Ordos Desert, which restricts the water supplies.

Why to go there?

Wander in a town, which represents big goals and futuristic projects, that, however, doesn’t quite match with the reality.

A-town is located south of Kangbashi / Ordos in Inner mongolia ( China ). In this modern and new city, developper our building a giant housing complex composed of more than 120 appartment building. Here a few workers are going back to their camp after work

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The Kangbashi district began as a public-works project in Ordos, a wealthy coal-mining town in Inner Mongolia. The area is filled with office towers, administrative centers, government buildings, museums, theaters, middle-class duplexes and bungalows. Meant as home for one million people, the Kangbashi district remains nearly empty five years after the construction began. All built by local developers in the hope that Ordos' recently riches will buy the places to be near the new center of power. Workers get bused daily to the new city hall, but the housing is still largely unoccupied.  The problem is, nobody's moved in from the old Ordos City, located just 30 kilometres away. Dongsheng, the previous administrative center of Ordos, the one the government decided wasnÕt good enough, is where the people live. The residents are meant to move to the brand new modern Ordos but they canÕt really move to a city where there is no economy. Despite all this, the Ordos government is still planning to expand Kangbashi. Kangbashi,  an empty residential compound.

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The new opera house incorporates Mongolian design elements in Kangbashi, the new district of Ordos in Inner Mongolia.

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Two workers walk along a megablock development in Kangbashi, the new district of Ordos in Inner Mongolia.

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9. Treehotel, Harads, Sweden

This might be one of the most exciting hotels in the world! The cubes in the forest look like alien spaceships, bird’s nests and futuristic cabins. The retreat in a nature provides with comfort and activities like kayaking, fishing, riding horses, mountain biking or watching the northern lights. The Tree Sauna offers Nordic relaxation. Eco-friendly hotel offers an authentic stay in the nature with all the amenities you can imagine. Like a five star camping!

Why to go there?

A great place to stay while traveling around Sweden. Northern lights are seen from the Harads forest in winter.

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8. McMurdo Sound Station, Antarctica

The area of ice-clogged waters and a McMurdo Sound ice shelf are a source of important researches for the scientists. According to them, in places like these the primitive types of life might have started. The amazing ice formations on the surface and stunning underwater world in McMurdo Sound are hidden from the curious eyes of human beings. Only the scientists and a very few tourists happen to have a glimpse to this enigmatic world.

Why to go there?

The severe conditions in the pole make it challenging to survive. So the idea of people buildings stations, living and working there, is something of a big admiration. Travelers can sign up to go on an expedition, which might be the challenge of a lifetime. But also an unforgettable and rewarding one.

Antarctica: McMurdo Station

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7. The Seaside Restaurant, Polignano a Mare, Italy

Civilization was started in the cave and we might very well get back there soon. The architects have realized this amazing concept to establish a restaurant in a cave. It is one of the most exciting attractions in the coastal town! The natural surroundings complemented with all the modern facilities make an unforgettable impression.

Why to go there?

This is one of the most successful examples of how to combine contemporary needs and incorporate them in the environment. It is both – a popular attraction as well as innovative architecture.

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6. Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm, Sweden

The complex originally was built for the 2004 Olympics and was supposed to serve as the athletes’ village. However, today it is one of the finest examples of an eco-friendly architecture. Water heating is being supplied by solar energy and each house has its own recycling room! There are canals, parks and trails to have a nice stroll.

Why to go there?

Discover an innovative urban area. The ecological decisions are not the future, it is present. It is only up to us and our political will power to make these low-key sustainability solutions a reality.

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5. Toronto, Canada

The city has been building some very innovative structures for the recent years. Tall, glassy and impressive they shape the hip cityscape. Meanwhile the CN Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the western hemisphere! However, Toronto boasts a wide variety of houses, representing different eras.

Why to go there?

It is a bit like in Terry Gilliam films – it is a mix of everything: monumental futuristic skyscrapers to historic temples. That makes one feel ahead of a time, yet carrying a rich cultural background.

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4. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Impressive city in UAE already boasts an impressive futuristic skyline. However, the plans for the future are even bigger and more jaw-dropping. The enormous Guggenheim museum is in the plans, while a neighborhood of Masdar City will be powered only by renewable energy and feature no cars at all!

Why to go there?

Today you besides the tall skyscrapers and business center you will find great beaches and resorts, that provide luxurious stays and relaxing vacation.

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3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The whole cityscape is of a wonderful geometric precision. Dubai has many skyscrapers and even artificial archipelagos like Palm Jumeirah, that prove a significant architectural achievement. But the most important piece is Burj Khalifa – at 829.8 m (2,722 ft) height it is the world’s tallest skyscraper. It is best to begin exploring the city from water and then go up to the viewpoints to see the panorama.

Why to go there?

The city is packed with architectural wonders. It is also a wealthy town, boasting luxurious stores, hotels and restaurants. A lot to discover and wonder at.

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2. Tokyo, Japan

From culture to technology, Tokyo has always been ahead of the time. The best artists in the world find it an honor to present their art here. The city also has the biggest density of restaurants, boasting Michelin stars! And technological innovations are just mind-boggling: from 200mph trains and vending machines, that guess the drink you desire, to the automatic toilets.

Why to go there?

Japan is the country of contrasts. On the one hand it has preserved the cultural heritage and foster the traditions, but on the other hand the drive to create innovations, makes Japan the leader in the world and be way ahead of the time.

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1. Singapore

This is indeed one of the best metropolis in Asia. From the funky Marina Bay Sands complex, which boasts an infinity pool overlooking the city and extending through three skyscrapers, PARKROYAL hotel boasting gardens on its terraces, to impressive Gardens By The Bay, which features various flowers, trees, domes that imitate tropical climate and impressive Supertrees that get enlightened at night.

Why to go there?

There is so much to discover here – the entertainment, stores, parks and cuisine – the town unravels layer by layer and doesn’t cease to surprise each time you come back here.

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