One of the dictionary definitions for the entry “curiosity” is as follows: “an intense desire to see, hear, know, experience something new or unknown”. Anyone who is a traveler understands this feeling very well. It is that desire to see the world, visit new places and expand knowledge about places on this planet. If you identify with that, fight with all your strength to never lose this characteristic, because, as the saying goes, we are the result of the books we read, the people we love, and the trips we take. After all, on each trip and tourist attractions, we return not only with souvenirs but also with a lot of knowledge. Check below some fun facts about countries that will impress you!
1. The Official Name Of Bangkok
As the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand, Bangkok has almost 9 million inhabitants. It impresses its visitors with its size, frantic pace, beautiful temples, religious rituals, cultural events, gastronomy, and cheerful and welcoming people. Furthermore, a characteristic of the city also makes it one of the tourist attractions: its gigantic official name. With 169 characters, according to the Guinness Book, it is the name of the most extensive city in the world.
2. The Highest Concentration Of Sheep
Among different countries in Oceania, New Zealand enchants for its natural tourist attractions and its legends. Not by chance, the country is regularly chosen for being the setting for many famous movies, like “The Lord of the Rings”. Among many interesting curiosities about the “Middle Earth” is its number of sheep per capita, which reaches almost 7 per inhabitant. That’s right: there are about 30 million sheep and 4.9 million inhabitants. This is equivalent to more than 6 sheep for each human being inhabiting this interesting country. And to think that this number has already reached 22 sheep for each person. Imagine that!
3. A Color Palette Called The Eiffel Tower
Although today it is the greatest symbol of France and one of the most famous and admired tourist attractions in the world, the Eiffel Tower, when it was built in 1889, was hated by the residents of Paris. The reason? Originally it was red. Can you imagine? In its more than 130 years of history, the famous Paris’ Iron Lady has been painted 19 times. According to The Local, approximately 60 tons of paint are spent on each painting process. Imagine the hassle it must have given!
4. Kisses With Electric Shock
One of the main tourist attractions of New York City took just over a year to be complete. With a height of 443 meters, the Empire State Building is so tall that under the right atmospheric conditions, couples kissing on its top may experience a small electric shock due to static electricity. This is a very common custom of visiting couples. Every Valentine’s Day, there are weddings on its 80th floor. Even a club was created for those who go through this experience: the Empire State Building Wedding Club. As a prize, they receive free lifetime tickets to the building’s observatory valid every year on February 14 (their wedding anniversary).
5. Twin Bridges From Different Parents
The 25 de Abril bridge is one of the postcards and tourist attractions of the city of Lisbon. It is also known as the Tagus Bridge, as it is a link between the banks of the river that bears the same name. Its inauguration took place in August 1966 and was a major event in Europe. It is common for those looking at April 25 to compare it with another bridge that is also very famous and similar in color: the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA. This is because of the reddish color! However, the truth is that it was inspired by the Bay Bridge style, which connects San Francisco to Oakland.
6. When Solidarity Becomes A Crime
Imagine the scene: an old man sitting in a square throwing bread crumbs at the pigeons surrounding him. Something common in different countries around the world, isn’t it? For this man in San Francisco, California, could be considered an outlaw. Truth! It is prohibited by state law to feed pigeons or seagulls there, and the fine ranges from $ 25 to $ 1000. This ban happened because the birds’ feeding increased their reproductive cycle from 2 times a year to 8 times a year. This caused an unrestrained population increase causing problems for public health.
7. Hotel Or City?
The largest hotel on the planet must be located in one of the most visited destinations for tourists, such as Cancún or Las Vegas. Right? Amazingly, no. The largest hotel in the world, the gigantic Genting Highlands Resort, is in Pahang Darul, Malaysia. Not by chance, it is also one of the Malaysian tourist attractions. The resort, which sits on top of a mountain, has almost 7,500 rooms (that’s right: 7,500) plus a shopping mall and water park. You can already imagine how crazy it must be to find your room in a place like this, right? Imagine losing your key and having to go back to the reception!
8. The Great Wall of Rice
One of China’s greatest icons, the Great Wall, has its historical, architectural, and tourist importance. There is over 20,000 km of extension with an average height of 7 meters and a width of 5 meters. It’s among popular tourist attractions in the country; the Wall receives about 50 million visitors annually. When studying the composition of the dough used in the construction, researchers at Zhejiang University in China noticed something unusual mixed with lime and water: sticky rice. This would be the first composite mortar, which included organic and inorganic material and was used to fix the bricks in the construction.
9. The Highest Concentration Of Biodiversity
When thinking about Australian fauna, the kangaroo appears as an “animal symbol”. Many people don’t know that this country is home to around 10% of all the world’s biodiversity, according to government data, in a total of 1 million different species. Australia is home to a large number of marsupials, such as the koala, the most poisonous snakes in the world, saltwater crocodiles, and even a mammal that has a duck’s beak and lays an egg, the platypus. The peculiarity of the animals in the region is certainly a differential among the world’s tourist attractions.
10. Water with the power to prolong the time
It is known about the potential of a hydroelectric plant in the generation of electric energy. But it is not known that depending on its size, it is even able to extend the length of the day. This is the case of the Chinese Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric: it can increase the length of the day by 0.66 microseconds for containing a large volume of water. The Three Gorges project can prevent flooding, generate energy, and facilitate river transportation, which is why it plays an important role in China’s socio-economic development and is seen as one of the most impressive Chinese tourist attractions. The tourist attractions recommended by the agencies and guides are known from start to finish. They usually range from iconic historical monuments to beautiful natural landscapes.
But the best tourist attractions in different countries are not restricted to the cliché itinerary. After all, the best of these different countries isn’t always visible. The truth is that knowledge of the history behind certain places can completely change your perception of them and generate thousands of people’s interest. Surely these 10 fascinating facts about different countries that you have learned have transformed your point of view. Is that true?