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Goats lined up for sale.
Kashi Diqu, China

Kashgar Livestock Market

Be careful not to get trampled at this lively two thousand-year-old market.
39.4649, 75.9344
Jiayuguan Fortress
Jiayuguan, China

Jiayuguan Fortress

The western-most fortress on the Great Wall of China has gone from a strategic stronghold to a kitschy tourist carnival.
39.8014, 98.2158
One of the ancient city's main avenues
Tulufan Diqu, China

Jiaohe Ruins

The ancient remains of this natural fortress can still be found along the Silk Road looking surprisingly preserved.
42.9506, 89.0639
Jiuquan, China

Crescent Lake

A lush desert oasis in the shape of a narrow crescent.
40.1421, 94.6620
With a little color manipulation.
Zhangye Shi, China

Danxia Landforms

These layered sandstone mountains in China look like they are made of pressed crayons.
38.9161, 100.1322
The Forbidden City
Beijing, China

The Forbidden City

The most famous location in China was home to whole dynasties worth of imperial rulers.
39.9225, 116.3968
Ananuri.
Georgia

Ananuri

This architecturally eclectic fortress witnessed centuries of bloody turmoil, including the massacre of its ruling clan.
42.1636, 44.7039
The Pink Mosque.
Shiraz, Iran

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque

A spectacular rainbow of stained glass makes the "Pink Mosque" one of the most beautiful in Iran.
29.6086, 52.5481
Vienna Grand Ferris Wheel
Vienna, Austria

Vienna Grand Ferris Wheel

Vienna's giant wonder wheel had a starring role in one of the greatest noir movies of all time.
48.2177, 16.3993
The Water-Powered Mechanical Theater with nearly 200 moving wood carvings
Salzburg, Austria

Schloss Hellbrunn

Trick water gardens from 1619 featuring a 200 piece mechanical theater powered by water.
47.7625, 13.0604
Tomb of Hafez
Shiraz, Iran

Tomb of Hafez

A dreamy mausoleum honors Persia's most famous poet.
29.6258, 52.5585
Tombs of Darius I the Great, Xerxes I, Artaxerxes, and, Darius II.
Iran

Naqsh-e Rustam

The ancient necropolis houses the immense rock-cut tombs of four Persian kings.
29.9887, 52.8746
The Tower of Silence in Yazd
Yazd, Iran

Zoroastrian Towers of Silence

Putrefaction plateaus in Iran, where the dead were sent for decontamination before going to their final resting place.
31.8220, 54.3569
Yakhchāl in Yazd, Iran
Meybod, Iran

Yakhchāls

Ancient structures used to make and preserve ice in the deserts of Persia.
32.2273, 54.0086
185 Chairs Memorial
Christchurch, New Zealand

185 Chairs

An unusual and powerful memorial in which earthquake victims are remembered by empty white chairs.
-43.5331, 172.6425
Lanarch Castle, Dunedin.
Larnachs Castle, New Zealand

Larnach Castle

One of New Zealand’s few castles boasts beautiful gardens, grand architecture, and a history filled with family drama.
-45.8616, 170.6272
Heydar Aliyev Center.
Baku, Azerbaijan

Heydar Aliyev Center

The building's fluid, wavelike walls are a true feat of architectural ingenuity.
40.3959, 49.8678
Ateshgah of Baku
Baku, Azerbaijan

Fire Temple of Baku

A shrine of fire worship built on top of a natural flame.
40.4273, 50.0402
(Flickr/almasudi)
Goght, Armenia

Geghard Monastery

Armenian monastery carved out of cliffs and named after the spear that stabbed Jesus.
40.1403, 44.8051
The relief that saved the monastery from Mongols
Yeghegnadzor, Armenia

Noravank Monastery

Nestled in a peaceful valley, this Armenian monastery may have been saved from Mongols thanks to the eyes of God.
39.6841, 45.2329
Vardzia Cave Monastery
Georgia

Vardzia Cave Monastery

Underground monastery and fortress.
41.3812, 43.2842
Gergeti Trinity Church against the Caucasus backdrop
Georgia

Gergeti Trinity Church

Take respite inside this jaw-dropping church while climbing the volcano where Georgia's Prometheus was once chained.
42.6625, 44.6203
The Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori- in the foreground, the house where Stalin was born
Gori, Georgia

Stalin Museum

A museum glorifying the life of Stalin, located in the city of his birth.
41.9869, 44.1135
Udabno, Georgia

Davit Gareja Cave Monastery

Rock-hewn monastery complex with hundreds of cave structures tucked away into the mountainside.
41.4474, 45.3764