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This Uzbek city has become a ship graveyard in the middle of the desert

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 27 February 2015

Mo’ynaq used to be a bustling fishing community in Uzbekistan, with tens of thousands of residents. But with the Aral Sea having dried up, the city has become a ghost town of sorts, with its major tourist attraction now being the rusting fishing boats that once brought prosperity to the region.

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In Sweden, designers have made a playground and a maze completely out of ice and snow

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 25 February 2015

In celebration of the winter festival in Kiruna, Sweden, PinPin studio collaborated with ICEHOTEL to create a playground and a maze completely out of snow and ice. Called ‘Kiruna Winter Playground’, it features a giant maze, two slides, a snow lantern, and ice benches.

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Japan’s underground automated bike parking is something every country should have

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 20 February 2015

While the rest of us struggle with bike chains and bike theft, the Japanese have already solved these problems with underground bike parking-lots managed by robots!

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Valentine’s day came and went, now see where those bouquets actually came from

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 19 February 2015

If you thought your Valentine’s roses came from a small, family-owned farm where joyful workers frolicked in the fields and handpicked roses for the love of handpicking roses, you’d be wrong. Chances are, if you live in New York or Miami and didn’t buy your roses from a farmstand, you probably bought them from a store that imported them all the way from a rose farm in Puente Piedra, Colombia.

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In South Korea, a café where you can sip coffee alongside two lovable sheep

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Tuesday 17 February 2015

It’s not hard to see why people keep on coming baaa-ck to this café in Seoul, South Korea. The Thanks Nature Café doubles as a mini petting zoo, allowing customers to sip a cup of coffee while playing with the two resident sheep, Anna and Elsa.

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Have you been pronouncing your favourite cities wrong? This guide will help you not look foolish

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 16 February 2015

There’s something irritating about people not pronouncing your home city correctly, even after you’ve told them repeatedly the ‘e’ is silent or there’s no stress on the last syllable. To save us all a headache and hours of debate, thrillophilia put together a list of commonly mispronounced cities to educate us on the correct way to say them.

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How to perfectly relax in Bentota, Sri Lanka

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Sunday 15 February 2015

The right words to describe the beachside town of Bentota, south of Colombo in Sri Lanka, are a mixture of relaxing, peaceful and idyllic. And frankly, they don’t go far enough: this is luxury that won’t cost you a fortune, and will surprise you.

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Exotic postcards from places that don’t even exist

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 11 February 2015

You might’ve gone on a few exotic trips in your time but have you ever been to Atlantis? Oz? What about Dystopia? Well, you can’t, but you can get the postcards!

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An inside tour of public and private art at 798 Art District, Beijing

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By David Langley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 11 February 2015

Starting in the 1950’s, 798 was originally part of the 718 Factory district of Beijing. During the “Great Leap Forward” the recently formed People’s Republic of China constructed a massive district for the people to live and work on a variety of military and civilian equipment. 798, in particular, was where the ammunitions factories were located.

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These visitors to a hot spring resort would rather wrestle in tofu and milk

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 February 2015

While others visit hot spring resorts to chill out, visitors to one particular hot spring resort in Qingyuan, Guangdong Province of China, seem hellbent on raising temperatures even more. Holidaymakers here make a beeline for a tub filled with steaming tofu and milk – not to soak in it, but to wrestle!

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This crazy hotel in Taiwan has a slide down to the main lobby!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 February 2015

Sure, you’ve stayed in honeycomb sleeping cells, a seaport and you’re even planning to spend a night or two in an amethyst-shaped hotel. But you haven’t experienced anything quite like a stay at the RedDot Hotel in Taiwan, where you can take a slide straight down to the lobby.

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Japan used bulldozers to make this massive Star Wars snow sculpture

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 9 February 2015

Every winter in Japan, more than 2 million visitors attend the Sapporo Snow Festival to see over 200 sculptures made of snow and ice. This year, attendees were treated to an epic exhibit which appeared to have come from a galaxy far, far away.

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We want to move to this village in Japan where you can get close to hundreds of free-roaming foxes

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 9 February 2015

If rabbit island or cat island hasn’t sold you yet on visiting Japan, here’s another reason to go there: fox village. Opened back in 1990 and located in the mountains near Shiroishi, ‘Zao Fox Village’ is a sanctuary where hundreds of free-roaming foxes eat, live, work, and play.

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Bucket list #66: Stay at world’s oldest hotel, established in 705 A.D

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Wednesday 4 February 2015

The oldest hotel in the world that, as awarded by the Guinness World Record, is the Keiunkan Inn in Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan. Established in 705 A.D., it’s hotel guest list has included many dignitaries and even a handful of the emperors of Japan. A huge selling point of this venerable hotel is the […]

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This otter house in japan has a roundabout to prevent otter traffic jams

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 2 February 2015

Japan has finally found a solution to their long-standing otter traffic jams: an underwater roundabout! At the Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park in Miura City, otters travel from their living area to their workplace – a water tank where they entertain visitors – via a pipe. Installed within the pipe is a roundabout that eases congestion and otter traffic accidents. It sure beats underwater traffic lights any day.

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