Fife to play its part in Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology; Leeza Clark; The Courier

UK of Great Britain & Northern Ireland – The Forth Bridge

As Fife’s tourist industry gears up for a busy Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, VisitScotland looks back at an “innovative” 2016.

Regional director for Fife, Manuela Calchini, said: “They say you have to look to the past to understand the present.

“Next year we celebrate Scotland’s fascinating history and Fife will play its part, including a wonderful opportunity to commemorate the Forth Bridge, one of Scotland’s six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as we look forward to the opening of the new Queensferry Crossing.

“The spiritual home of whisky will once again thrive in Fife, with Lindores Abbey Distillery, whose grounds contained the earliest written evidence of whisky distillation in Scotland, due to open in 2017.

“But looking to the past – 12 months, that is – it has been another fantastic year in Fife.”

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Palace Museum in Hong Kong: Beijing’s iconic cultural institution to open a new branch in West Kowloon; AFP

China – Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang

Beijing’s Palace Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has vast holdings of paintings, ceramics, calligraphy and antiquities from the Chinese imperial collections, and displays just a small fraction of them at any given time.

The Hong Kong branch will rely on long-term loans from the original Palace Museum to display art covering 5,000 years of Chinese history.

The HKPM will serve as a focal point of the West Kowloon Cultural District, where it will complement M+, a museum of visual culture that is to be one of the largest in the world focusing on 20th- and 21st-century art, design, architecture and moving images. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, M+ is expected to open in 2019.

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Why you should visit Hadrian’s Wall in 2017; Telegraph

UK of Great Britain & Northern Ireland – Frontiers of the Roman Empire

Hadrian’s Wall, one of Britain’s most spectacular ancient monuments, is always worth a visit. It marks what was the farthest reaches of perhaps the greatest empire the world has ever seen and cuts a path through some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes, making it a perfect destination for walkers.

But 2017 offers further incentives for a trip. Next year it celebrates its 30th anniversary as a Unesco World Heritage Site with Hadrian’s Cavalry, a six-month exhibition involving 10 sites running the length of the wall and into Hadrian’s Wall Country, 10 miles on either side.

In the video above, Telegraph Travel’s Nick Trend and Chris Leadbeater explain why the wall should be on your 2017 wishlist, and offer tips on what to see and do.

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2016: A Year in Photography; Gary; Everything Everywhere

Serbia – Medieval Monuments in Kosovo

2016 was a year of changes for me. It was the first year I haven’t been living on the road since I started traveling full-time in 2007. I got an apartment in December 2015 which meant I had a place to go in between trips this year. It has radically changed how I travel and how I get work done. Oddly enough, I traveled more in 2016 than in did in 2015 even though I wasn’t on the road full-time.

This year I also made the big switch from Nikon to Sony. I had some minor issues with the change, but overall I was quite pleased with the quality of the results this year. All of the images I took in 2016 were taken with my Sony a7rii or a6000.

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Discover Japan’s Ogasawara Islands: Things to Do and Much More; Japan Info

Japan – Ogasawara Islands

The Ogasawara Islands are a group of 30 islands located about a thousand kilometers away from Tokyo to the south of Izu Islands. These are also known as Bonin Islands which translates to “uninhabited islands” in Japanese. The archipelago is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is mostly referred to as “the Galapagos of the East” due to its disconnection from the continent.

Although initially uninhabited, the islands were later discovered by the European and Japanese in the late 16th and 17th centuries, respectively. It is claimed that the Spanish explorer, Bernardo de la Torre, has discovered Ogasawara around 1543 A.D. The islands was under US occupation for a while and the inhabitants had a unique creole language.

Chichi-jima and Haha-jima are the two main inhabited islands in the archipelago.

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Chaco Canyon: Ancient civilisation imported maize; Lea Surugue; IB Times

USA – Chaco Culture

The trade and cultural hub that was Chaco Canyon might not have been a good place to grow crops.

The ancient civilisation inhabiting Chaco Canyon in New Mexico may have imported maize to feed its very large population, a study has revealed. There might not have been enough rain to grow maize or beans for the population to be self-sufficient.

Between 800 and 1250, the advanced Pueblo culture occupied a vast region in the south of the US. Chaco Canyon was the most important trading and cultural hub for these people, and the home of many of them. Around 1100 AD, it is thought that several thousand people lived in Chaco Canyon.

Many sophisticated buildings from this era – including a ceremonial centre unlike anything constructed before or since – still stand.

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India’s First Garden-Tomb: Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi; Akshatha Vinayak; Nativeplanet

India – Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

Humayun’s Tomb is one of the oldest Mughal structures in Delhi.

Most architectures brought by the Mutual Empire have been exotic and interesting. Some of them are even listed under the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The period of Mughals is a great time in terms of art, architecture and even administration. The Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi is one of the structural marvels of this era. Humayun’s Tomb was also a one-of-its-kind design built during those times.

History of Humayun’s Tomb

The Humayun’s Tomb was commissioned by Beda Begun during the time of Emperor Akbar. Bega Begun was one of chief consorts of Humayun. Emperor Akbar visited this beautiful mausoleum during the later stages of construction. Humayun’s mortal remains were shifted to this mausoleum from his original resting place at Old Fort.

Attractions at Humayun’s Tomb

Interestingly, Humayun’s Tomb was one-of-its-kind architecture in those time.

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Where to go on holiday – 17 must-visit destinations for 2017; Lucy Sheref; LiveShareTravel

Spain – Historic City of Toledo

With another year almost drawing to a close we’re starting to plan our travels for next year. With the promise of a year with new pastures for us to explore it’s important to consider where to go on holiday in the coming year.

In a year of great change socially and politically around the world we’ve visited amazing destinations and racked up plenty of air miles – 2017 truly has big travel shoes to fill.

So with so many incredible countries to visit around the world, we have collated some of the hottest places to visit for 2017 so you can relax and focus on booking your flights.

Where to go on holiday in 2017

Whether you’re looking for sun, sea and sand, culture or a fun food-focued trip, we’ve a destination to match.

Top destinations for adventure

1. Canada

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Touring Stockholm is a ‘capital idea’ in Sweden; Bob Taylor; Communities Digital News

Sweden – Skogskyrkogården

Stockholmers love to describe their city is “the best of the old, and the best of the new.” That’s probably the best way to describe Scandinavia’s largest city.

STOCKHOLM, December 30, 2016 – Stockholmers love to describe their city is “the best of the old, and the best of the new,” and that’s probably the best way to describe Scandinavia’s largest city.

Built on 14 islands, Stockholm is a thriving Baltic archipelago situated at the mouth of the country’s third largest lake, Lake Malaren, and the Baltic Sea.

The Swedes have had plenty of time to get it right, with settlements dating to the Stone Age in the 6th millennium BC. It was officially founded as a city in 1252 by Birger Jarl, a Swedish statesman who established the Old Town (Gamla Stan) on the central island.

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Environmentalists sound alarm over proposed rezoning of Leuser wildlife corridor; Annette Gartland; CHANGING TIMES

Indonesia – Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

Environmental groups in Indonesia have called on the country’s forestry and environment ministry to reject plans to construct a geothermal plant in one of the world’s most precious areas of rainforest.

A Turkish company, Hitay Holdings, wants to build the plant in the Gunung Leuser National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site.

The governor of Aceh, Zaini Abdullah, has written to the Minister of Environment and Forestry to request the rezoning of nearly 8,000 hectares of forest that should be protected; a rezoning that environmentalists say will result in the destruction of a vital habitat corridor.

The “Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra” site covers 2.5 million hectares and comprises three national parks: Gunung Leuser, Kerinci Seblat, and Bukit Barisan Selatan.

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History comes alive in Saint-Emilion’s cobbled streets, vineyards; Moira McCarthy; Boston Herald

France – Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion

It was a rainy weekday morning and I was walking up one of the famed Tertres of Saint-Emilion in France, an ancient, beautiful, movie-set of a city where I felt — umbrella held over my head as I walked along the steep cobbled street — oddly like Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.”

Paris and even smaller Bordeaux have their own magical charm. But there’s something extra cool about Saint-Emilion, one of the very old but very cared- for cities that sit along the Dordogne River in the eponymous region of France.

Away from modern urban sprawl, Saint-Emilion maintains the look and feel of the bustling city it has long been. Compact and easy to walk, it has history, incredible art, seemingly endless food choices and more than enough stories of old to enchant you.

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Five ideal places to celebrate New Year in northern region; VoV

Viet Nam – Trang An Landscape Complex

VOV.VN -New Year is coming and you will want to find a perfect place to share this special time with your loved ones. Here are top 5 ideal destinations in Vietnamese northern region to spend Tet holidays:

Trang An

Trang An tourism complex is called an ‘outdoor geological museum’ with numerous caves, mountains, valley water, trees and historic relics.  The site was also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List of Natural and Cultural Sites in June 2014.

Trang An is home to about 577 plant species including 10 species listed in the Red Book of Vietnam.

It is known not only as a scenic destination but also as a Buddhist sacred place. Bai Dinh is a complex of pagodas in Vietnam-the largest and one of the most important centers of Buddhism in the country and also Southeast Asia.

Tam Dao

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Work Begins on Pasargadae’s Archeological Map; Financial Tribune

Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Pasargadae

project to draw up an archeological map of Pasargadae, an ancient city and world heritage site in Fars Province, has begun.

“This project is a follow-up on studies carried out in the past decade,” ISNA quoted Hamid Fadaei, the heritage site’s manager, as saying.

“Morghab and Pasargadae plains are currently being studied. The acquired data will be entered in a geographic information system to create comprehensive database.”

A geographic information system is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface. Data in different forms, including the location of rivers, roads and vegetation, can be entered into the system.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Malta; WorldAtlas.com

Malta – Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

The Mediterranean island nation’s rich cultural heritage spans thousands of years of recorded human history.

Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta, is an island nation composed of an archipelago in the central portion of the Mediterranean Sea. There are only three large islands in the archipelago which are inhabited, in addition to several smaller, uninhabited islands. It covers an area of 122 square miles with a population of 450,000, and its closest neighbors are Italy, Tunisia, and Libya. It is one of the smallest countries in the world with its two official languages being Maltese and English. The country’s climate is mainly Mediterranean with four season with mild winters, warm to hot summers, rainy autumn, and spring.

17 Fantastic Things You Need To See And Do In Sri Lanka; Yaya & Lloyd; Hand Luggage Only

Sri Lanka – Golden Temple of Dambulla

Sri Lanka seems to be one of those countries that everyone’s been thinking about this year! It’s one of those special countries that has an immersive culture, some pretty epic teaches and enough spiced hoppers to enjoy, day after day!

Over the course of this year, we’ve been fortunate to be able to visit Sri Lanka twice and recently came back from the most incredible trip with Thomson Holidays. It’s one of those countries where words will never do it justice alone…the sites, smells, atmosphere and even copious amounts of sand the creeps into your pants make this one of my favourite places to visit.

Take a look at 17 of the very best reasons why you should be thinking of Sri Lanka for your next getaway.

1.) Visit the top of Sigiriya (Lion Rock Fortress)

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2016 – A Year in Travel Photos; Laura Longwell; Travel Addicts

Germany – Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is already coming to an end. We’re grateful for our wonderful year of travel that’s taken us all across the US and the globe. We’ve seen places we had never imagined we would visit and had amazing experiences around the world. No matter where we go, travel breaks us out of our comfort zones, challenges our preconceived ideas, and makes us learn new things at every turn.

In 2016, we flew 45,097 miles and visited 13 countries and 10 states, and we delved deeper into our own area in Pennsylvania. Along the way, we hit 36 cities, visited 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and had one harrowing road trip in a blizzard. All those travels mean we took thousands of photos to remember the journey. Here are just a few of the highlights from 2016.

Nashville

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Brescia, the Lion Queen of Italy; Claudia Flisi; Europe Up Close

Italy – Longobards in Italy. Places of the power (568-774 A.D.)

At first glance, the Italian city of Brescia seems to be an industrial pole, not a lion’s pride. Lombardy’s second-largest city (Milan is first) is respected for its metallurgy and machine-tooling prowess and for Beretta, its firearms manufacturer. But the city center has a sprawling UNESCO World Heritage site and a 3,200-year-old history you can experience on winding streets and splendid piazzas. Brescia offers tourists everything they might want in the quest for dolce vita – food, wine, shopping, sites, culture, and antiquity.

In Italy, Brescia is known as the Leonessa d’Italia (Italian Lioness). The name was bestowed by Italian poet Giosuè Carducci in 1849, after the city rebelled against its Austrian conquerors and fought them for 10 bloody days before being forced to yield. (It’s like “Remember the Alamo” for Americans).

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Seoul’s royal palaces welcome record number of visitors; Rumy Doo; Korea Herald

Republic of Korea – Changdeokgung Palace Complex

Seoul’s royal palaces enjoyed an unprecedented rise in popularity this year, the Cultural Heritage Administration said.

A record number of 10.1 million visitors tread past the gates of Seoul’s four major palaces -– Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung and Deoksugung -– as of November, according to CHA, a government agency charged with preserving and promoting Korean cultural heritage.

Nighttime strolls in Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung were popular, the statistics showed. A total of 532,565 visitors sought the two palaces’ moonlight walk programs.

CHA plans to further extend the number of days that the palaces are open at night next year.

CHA attributed the soaring numbers to the greater access to the palaces: they were open a total of 120 evenings, up from last year’s 48. Free entry was allowed to those wearing hanbok, the traditional Korean costume, during both the daytime and nighttime.

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5 great reasons to visit Split, Croatia; Michelle Brunt; A Luxury Travel Blog

Croatia – Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian

Vibrant Split, stunningly located between mountains and island speckled sea, is one of Croatia’s most diverse and alluring cities. Roman ruins, museums and cathedral’s rub alongside flashy terraces and a thriving Riviera, creating an enticing fusion of modern and medieval. At its centre are the remains of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Diocletian’s Palace and atmospheric old town, filled with small bars, restaurants, boutique shops and natural wonders at every available twist and turn along the cobbled streets and courtyards of the fourth century. There’s little wonder why travellers stay longer than their ‘stop-over’ intentions, enchanted by the magical sights and beautiful ambience. Here are five very good reasons to visit Split.

World Heritage Sites

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What are the most beautiful churches, temples, mosques, and other houses of worship that you have personally seen?; Petter Brenna Rian; Quora

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