The Ice Hotel is built each year near Quebec City in Canada. It takes about a month and a half to build it. 60 workers, 15,000 tons of snow, 500,000 tons of ice and $350,000 help to make it real.
Hotel de Glace has about 80 beds, all made of ice. Only the bathrooms are heated. They are located in a separate insulated structure. Tourists pay about $200 per night to stay here.
Located in the Philippine Sea, and 222.7 miles (358 km) south of central Tokyo, Aogashima also has a village that is home to around 200 people. This volcanic island has erupted and even killed some of the islanders, but still people spend their lives there. Fishing and farming are some of the more common activities.
From time to time the municipality of Rome cleans the famous Trevi Fountain and gathers coins thrown by tourists “for luck.” This procedure is performed under the supervision of Carabinieri who count all coins. According to the special order, each coin becomes community property once it has touched the bottom of the fountain. Tourist donations bring Rome hundreds of thousands of euros annually. These funds used to go to the charity. But during the time of crisis, Rome has decided to spend them on the needs of the city.
Goldfield used to be the biggest city in the state of Nevada with 30,000 citizens in 1904. It was a mining boomtown, but the gold mines started to run out by 1920s. And the fire of 1923 destroyed most of Goldfield’s wooden buildings. Nowadays this semi-ghost town is still populated with about 400 people. Most of the buildings are empty, including the abandoned High School of Goldfield.
The idea to build the first commercial spaceport in the world appeared in 1990s. The perfect location was found in southern New Mexico. The construction of the runway began in 2008. Today this runway is 10,000 feet (3,000 m) long. While the construction of hangars and terminals continues, we can peer inside the future purpose-built commercial spaceport thanks to photos and artist renderings.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is a beautiful place in southern Poland. It used to produce table salt for over 800 years till 2007 being one of the oldest companies in the world. This mine is referred to as ‘the undeground salt cathedral of Poland’ that attracts 1.2 million tourists from all over the world annually who come to see historic statues and mythical figures carved out of the rock salt.