The provisional winners of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World were announced on Friday. The final winners won’t be announced until early next year, but for now, here they are.
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
Some 1600 islands and islets dot Halong Bay in a spectacle of surreal shapes and forms. No one lives on any of these weird and wonderful lumps of limestone in Vietnam’s Gulf of Tonkin because they are too dangerous. Basically, they are falling apart. The limestone is constantly being eroded, which makes for an outrageous land-and-seascape of arches, towers and caves. Find cheap flights to Vietnam
The Amazon Rainforest, South America
The mother of all rainforests, the Amazon Rainforest covers an amazing 1.7 billion acres across nine countries. It accounts for half of the remaining rainforests on the planet. Another impressive fact – the mighty River Amazon is the largest river in the wold by volume. Although size isn’t all-important in this competition, the Amazon certainly wins hands-down in this category. Find cheap flights to Manaus
Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil
If you’re heading for a fall, do it in style and head for 275. Iguazu Falls, on the Iguazu River, are one of the biggest waterfalls in the world, so big that they straddle the border between Brazil and Argentina. Out of the 275 waterfalls that make up Iguazu, the highest drops for a frightening 80 metres, which is pretty impressive in itself. Find cheap flights to Sao Paulo
Jeju Island, South Korea
We assume that the ‘Island of the Gods’ was selected for its natural spectacles rather than the bizarre tourist attraction, Loveland, with its proliferation of more-than-mildly suggestive statues. Dripping off the bottom of South Korea, Jeju features natural exhibits such as 6400 feet high dormant volcano Mount Halla, and the world’s largest lava column. Find cheap flights to South Korea
Table Mountain, South Africa
The famous, iconic peak late looms above Cape Town at the very foot of Africa. Its distinctive flat top recalls the island of Eigg off the west coast of Scotland, but unlike Eigg, Table Mountain has had a constellation of stars named after it – the only place on Earth to enjoy such an honour. Find cheap flights to Cape Town
If you thought that dragons were the realm of fantasy, think again. Komodo National Park in Indonesia is home to real, living, breathing dragons – Komodo dragons. You aren’t allowed to fight them with swords, and it probably wouldn’t be wise in any case. Growing up to three metres long, these beasts are the largest lizards on earth. Find cheap flights to Indonesia
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, Philippines
The Philippines boasts a number of natural wonders, but this is the weirdest. Perhaps the world’s longest subterranean river, it flows underground through dramatic caves for 8.2km, coming out in a heavenly clear lagoon. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is home to many rare and endangered species such as the cute but unfortunately-named Palawan stink badger. Find cheap flights to Puerto Princesa