The Ruins of the City of Shi Cheng.

underwater-ruins-shicheng-ancient-city-china(Images: Chinese National Geography via
In its article Underwater Wonders of the World, WebUrbanist wrote that “China’s submerged Lion City may be the most spectacular underwater ruins of the world, at least until more of Alexandria is explored.”
Known locally as Shi Cheng, the ancient city lies in 85-131 feet of water beneath Qiandao Lake (aka Thousand Island Lake).
But these images don’t represent some chance find by divers. The valley in which Shi Cheng is located was actually flooded in 1959 for the massive Xin’an River Dam construction.
Only in China, you might think!
But on the positive side, the sunken city, which covers an area roughly equivalent to 62 football fields, has become a serious tourist attraction.
Tour operators offer boat trips and weekend diving packages, and various concepts such as suspended floating tunnels have been submitted to allow more casual tourists to explore the ruins of Lion City.
Built in the shadow of Wu Shi (Five Lion) Mountain during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-200 AD), Shi Sheng boasts 265 arches and spectacular relief sculptures preserved within the submerged ruins.
Eerily complete, divers and international archaeologists have termed the ruins a ‘time capsule’ – a term often used in relation to abandoned places and ancient ruins, but in this case well worthy of the title.
via Urban GhostsThe Magnificent Underwater Ruins of Shi Cheng City | Urban Ghosts.

Night of Lightning in Grand Canyon.

An Amazing Photograph by Rolf Maeder.
Night of Lightning at Grand Canyon.
Shot at Moran Point, Grand Canyon. Everything about these pictures was a surprise. It was literally hitting me like lightning, showing me that moments of significance cannot be planned or forseen. They can only be received.
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Monkey Buffet Festival, Bangkok.

18A long-tailed macaque grabs a necklace from a statue during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi, north of Bangkok.
The festival provides food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town.
(Photo by Damir Sagolj/Reuters).
85A long-tailed macaque drinks fruit juice under a religious statue during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi, north of Bangkok.
(Photo by Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
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Bangkok at Night, Thailand.

bangkok-night-guttenfelder_89656_990x742Going Electric. Photograph by David Guttenfelder, National Geographic
Dams are rising all along the Mekong River to bring the people of Southeast Asia clean electricity.
In Thailand the hunger for electricity is driving dam construction on the lower Mekong in Laos and Cambodia.
Bangkok’s Central World complex houses some 500 shops, a hotel, and an ice-skating rink.
via Bangkok at Night Image, Thailand – National Geographic Photo of the Day.