Sunday, August 21, 2011

Modern wonders of the world

Various lists have been made of the "modern" Wonders of the World. But this “wonders of modern ages” list celebrates monumental engineering and construction feats of the 20th century. 

Millau Viaduct, France

At present The Millau Viaduct is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world and Tallest Bridge in the world. Slung across the valley of the river Tarn, the Viaduct de Millau (Viaduc de Millau) has solved the problem for taking the A75 motorway from Clermont-Ferraud south to Beziers. It has taken three years to build at the cost of 394 million Euros. Millau Viaduct also holds other world titles of tallest pylons. Beating Germany, the previous record-holder, Millau Viaduct owns the tallest pylons in the modern world.

Palm Islands, UAE 

With Dubai rapidly establishing itself as one of the world's favourite up market tourism destinations, it has taken on many ventures to boost tourism and interest in the country to the extent of rewriting the map. A palm tree shaped archipelago made of artificial islets in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with many luxuries hotels, private residence and entertainment services emerging from the emerald waters of Dubai Bay. Each settlement will be in the shape of a palm tree topped with a crescent and will have residential communities and resorts built upon them. It is possible to make these islands due to the wide continental shelf off the Dubai coast and the relatively shallow depth of the Persian Gulf

"Bird's Nest" Stadium, Beijing, China

This modern wonder located in Beijing, especially designed for the 2008 Olympic Games, is dubbed the "bird's nest" because of its innovative grid formation. This large steel frame of the project weighs 42,000 tons, with the roof and the hanging parts around it accounting for 11,200 tons. Implemented steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof; giving the stadium the appearance of a "Bird's nest". After the Olympics ended in October, 2008, this National Stadium has been opened as a tourist attraction. Now, it's the center of international or domestic sports competition and recreation activities. 

The Karakoram Highway 

The highest paved road in the world is 800 miles of mountain road connecting Pakistan with China across some of the tallest mountains in the world. The Karakoram highway is often considered as ” Eighth Wonder of the World” due to the marvel of civil engineering as it has taken 15 years to complete by the Pakistan Army Engineers in collaboration with China. The highway is named after the Karakoram, the Western reach of the Himalayas, which span the confluence of India, Pakistan and China. It is one of the very few routes that cross the Himalayas and the most westerly of them. Following the KKH is considered to be one of the classic journeys of the travel world; it is also the highest international road in the World. It follows a branch of that ancient network of trade routes known as the Silk Road, and one of its tricks is time travel. The KKH takes you to where Buddhism spread to China and Tibet, to the colourful bazaar of Kashgar that remains more than just a memory of a Silk Roadoasis, and to the intrigues of the 19th-century Great Game.

Euro Tunnel, England,France

The project to build the undersea leg between England and France began in earnest in 1986 is the finest example of modern age wonder. Eurotunnel Channel Tunnel vehicle service offers the fastest route to France, crossing the channel in just 35 minutes. Using Eurotunnel is so easy - just drive on and stay with your vehicle in brightly-lit, air-conditioned carriages. You can walk around inside the shuttle and toilets are available. Customs are cleared before boarding so you drive straight off and away when you arrive in France. In 1996 the American Society of Civil Engineers identified the tunnel as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

30 St Mary Axe or "The Gerkin", London, England

This 30 St Mary Axe, Skyscraper in London is also known as the Gherkin for its design and structured like a gherkin. This 180m high building planned by Sir Norman Foster is the great attraction in London. This modern skyscraper has 40 floor located in London's financial district. Rapidly it became one of the city's most iconic tourist attractions and one of the modern wonder. Even though much of this building is used as office spaces the Gherkin also houses the private-membership 40|30 restaurant, which offers remarkable views of the city while dining. The general public can visit The Plaza, which includes a restaurant and wine bar. However, lots of tourists in London are pleased to just get a photo of this awesome new age wonder.

The Burj Khalifa, Dubai, U.A.E

The next modern wonder Burj Khalifa skyscraper is a world-class popular modern building and the superb attraction of Downtown Dubai, This world's tallest skyscraper is surrounded by hotels, must-visit shopping destinations and a world of amusement options. The tower is designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, which also designed the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago and the new One World Trade Canter in New York City among numerous other famous high-rises. Dubai has been a showplace for innovative buildings, and the Burj Khalifa shatters world records for building height. The skyscraper is much taller than Taiwan's Taipei 101, which rises 508 metres (1,667 feet). During a time of economic slowdown, the Burj Khalifa has become an icon for wealth and progress in Dubai.

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