Archive for October, 2012

360° panorama by Thorsten von Eicken.
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Point sublime is one of the famous viewpoints on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. It can only be reached through dirt roads which are sometimes impassable due to fallen trees or muddy conditions, but it's well worth the trip. We took the "long road", which starts near the Kaibab lodge just outside the park boundary, because the shorter road had construction. The road would have been OK for a sedan with reasonable clearance and a careful driver, but conditions easily change.If you look straight south beyong the tip of the ridge the photo was taken from you will see two inner canyons meet, that's where the colorado flows. There's a very faint glimmer from the water reflecting some light. Beyond that is the south rim. Above the south rim you can see some mountains in the very distances, those are the Francisco mountains near Flagstaff, Arizona.Turn a little left, looking southwest, you will see well-list canyon walls in the medium-distance. These are other parts of the north rim. You cannot see where the Bright Angel lodge and the north rim visitor center are located. If you lok at the south rim in the far distance, you can just make out where desert view is: it's where the elevation of the south rim drops a little as you look right-to-left.Turn west and you're looking down stream into the haze of the setting sun.This photo was taken very late afternoon in early october and unfortunately the view to the west was rather hazy. In the grand canyon the best time for a spherical pano seems to be 1-2 hours before sunset or even earlier such that the canyon walls still have sunlight on them. Beyond that and the mood may be better but the colors are gone and the haze is up.
360° panorama by David Rowley.
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Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga) marks the seperation of the Tasman Sea (to the West) from the Pacific Ocean. For Maori, these turbulent waters are where the male sea Te Moana Tapokopoko a Tawhaki meets the female sea Te Tai o Whitireia.
360° panorama by Andrea Biffi.
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Da qualche anno nel mese di ottobre viene organizzata in una frazione del comune di Valsolda la Sagra del Castello. A tale manifestazione partecipano gruppi folcloristici provenienti anche dalla Svizzera. Il tema è appunto il Medioevo, con balli in costume, gare di tiro con l'arco, canti tradizionali di montagna, esibizioni di sbandieratori, e molto altro. La sagra si tiene appunto nella località Castello, una frazione del Comune di Valsolda, sul ramo settentrionale del Ceresio a metà strada tra Lugano e Porlezza. 
360° panorama by yunzen liu.
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One of China's greatest attractions and a UNESCO protected human masterpieceStanding as one of the 10 top attractions of China, the Terracotta Army and Horses is definitely a "must-see" scenic spot of the age-old city of Xi'an, the "Eastern Peace". This large-scale underground military museum is recognized today as one of the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century, a unique historical site never seen anywhere else in the world. The Terracotta Army is the buried army replica of Emperor Qin Shihuang, the First Emperor of China, guarding the tomb of the Emperor in his after life and accompanying him in his immortality. Representing the Qin Dynasty (211-206 BC) military power, these thousands of life-size figures arranged in a large-scale battle formation are impressive by there size, number and detailed looking. Today, over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses can be seen in the site. As one of the most famous attractions of China together with the Great Wall or the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Army and Horses scenic spot is attracting thousands of visitors coming from every parts of the world. Now part of any tour packages or visits to Xi'an and China, the Terracotta Army site is the place where meeting with China ancient Imperial Power and great culture that flourished since the beginning of the Qin Dynasty. Discovered in 1974, the site has been ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its marvel and need for preservation to future generations. Today, visitors can still notice archeologists' ongoing work on the site and in the three different pits, a sight giving an even deeper meaning to such a visit in China.The panorama taken was at the Museum of the First Qin Emperor Terracotta Army and Horses.http://www.visitourchina.com/guide/the_terracotta_army_and_horses.htm360-degree panorama photography by yunzeng liu 
360° panorama by yunzen liu.
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Xi'an, anciently called Chang'an, is the provincial capital of Shaanxi Province of China. It was authorized by the UNESCO as a world-famous historic city in 1981.With a history of more than 3100 years, Xi'an is one of the four Great Ancient Capital Cities together with Athens, Rome and Cairo.The ancient city of Xi'an is a miniature of Chinese history. It is said that "Xi'an is the place for one to learn the five thousand years history of China."Erected during the Ming Dynasty (1638-1644), The City Wall of Xi'an is the world's largest and best-preserved ancient fortress. The rectangular city wall is 13.7 kilometers in circumference and has 5,984 crenels and 98 places for the garriosn troops to stay in. There is a gate in each of the four sides, and each gate consists of a main tower, an embrasured watchtower, a lock tower, and a compound. The city wall is surrounded by a moat and a ring road lined with trees and dotted with pavilions and kiosks to form the huge Around-the-City Park. The Xi’an Circumvallation site is located at the center of xi’an city with the form of a rectangular. The circumvallation, with its wall height of 12 meters, bottom width of 18 meters and top width of 15 meters, consists of 4 city gates: changle gate to the east, anding gate to the west, yongling gate to the south and anyuan gate to the north. Its east wall has the length of 2590 meters, west wall of 2631.2 meters, south wall of 3441.6 meters and north wall of 3241 meters. It was constructed on the basis of the tang imperial city and under the strategic consideration of defense. The thickness of the wall is larger than its height and is very solid that cars can run on it. The existing circumvallation was built during 1373-1378 with the history of more than 600 years. It is one of the most famous wall construction in China’s history after the middle ages as well as the most preserved ancient one in China.The panorama taken was at the walls of the south gate near.http://en.gmw.cn/2012-07/02/content_4458095.htmhttp://en.gmw.cn/2012-07/02/content_4458095.htm360-degree panorama photography by yunzeng liu
360° panorama by Marcio Cabral.
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360° panorama by Christian Obel.
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360° panorama by Christian Obel.
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360° panorama by Kengo Shimizu.
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This is a panorama taken at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum in Kyoto, Japan.In the fan-shaped garage are many steam locomotives.The steam locomotive with the nameplate of C581 was the Imperial train.
360° panorama by Masao Nagata.
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横浜赤煉瓦倉庫で21日まで開催中。