1.Nazca lines, Peru
At nazca airport in Peru, a plane bumps up and down the runway, takes off, flies over the gray city of nazca surrounded by green suburbs, over the bare hills, and over a vast expanse of desert. But now you see the desert is not vast, gravel ground as if etched out straight lines, meet each other, until the distance.
Later, you’ll see animal patterns on the ground: a monkey with an exquisitely curved tail; A hummingbird with a long beak; A spider as big as the Empire State Building; There was also a bird, a tree and a lizard. The proportions of all the animals in these pictures are so perfect that every line seems to have been drawn with a ruler. These are the mysterious nazca lines.
In the 1930s, commercial flight was just emerging in Peru, which made the Nazca Lines get more extensive attention for the first time. Scattered across the arid nazca desert, the lines range from straight lines several kilometers long to regular geometric patterns and giant animal forms that have baffled archaeologists and conspiracy theorists. The designs are widely believed to have been created by the gunasca people who were active here between 200 BC and 600 AD. All the lines caved into the ground, 30cm deep, and the top layers of earth and ochre stones were removed to reveal the pale sandy soil below. Because of the lack of rain and wind and the lack of erosion in this area, the lines are still basically intact after two thousand years.
How could the ancients create such regular lines and precise proportions of animals here? And for what? These questions remain unanswered, but the list of hypotheses is long, and some are downright bizarre: that the lines are runways from the days of an alien spacecraft, for example, or that the animal patterns belong to a giant celestial object. In recent years, most hypotheses have suggested that these animal patterns represent some kind of celestial or nazca tribal totem. As for the straight lines and geometric patterns, they may have been part of a ritual of praying to the gods for rain in one of Peru’s driest regions.
2.Lake hiller, Australia
Take a look at any map, the rivers, lakes and seas must be painted blue. But a map of Lake Hillier in Australia’s Recherche Archipelago requires a pink pen, preferably bubble gum pink. Lake hiller is one of the islands’ most mysterious landmarks, and scientists aren’t sure why it’s so pink. Anyway, the lake was there, just a few meters from the deep blue of the southern Indian Ocean. There are many lakes in the world that are colored by lake bed reflection or seasonal bacterial contamination, but not lake hiller, whose waters still take on that distinctive pink color even when bottled.
3.Argentine giant tower
Overhead pylons are often seen as a nuisance, but Doma, a Buenos Aires group of artists, has turned ugliness into magic, turning one pylons into a giant robot. The work, called the Coloso, stands 45 metres high and was part of the group’s 2012 exhibition Tecnopolis, a popular Argentine art and technology fair. At night, the “giant” would glow with neon lights, his face would move, his heart would beat as if he were alive. Thanks to the clever lighting system, the giant can display a variety of emotions: sometimes a playful wink that makes the heart bigger, and sometimes a sinister grin. The 2012 “science city” exhibition is long over, but the giant tower is still willfully left on the exhibition site, towering over the crowds of racing art festivals, music festivals and food festivals.
4.The island of Japan
Taking a boat from Nagasaki harbor to the deserted island of Hashima, the boat gradually moves away from the harbor and is seen in the distance in a strange silhouette — the island is shaped like a ship, so it is also called “warship island”. Farther and farther away from the coast, past the boats and the uninhabited islets, one sees what looks like a warship adrift in the sea. The lonely island has made several appearances in pop culture, most notably in the 2012 James Bond film skyfall, where the terrorist leader’s lair was filmed.
Once owned by a coal mining company, hashima was once one of Japan’s most densely populated places. Today it is an empty ghost town. The undersea mine was closed in 1974, and just four months later the island was abandoned, leaving its staff dormitories, facilities, schools, clinics and temples empty like a post-apocalyptic nightmare. Today, abandoned dolls, televisions and kitchen utensils can be seen from outside the dilapidated facade of the island’s buildings. The alleys are covered with vines and scattered with pieces of architecture, a work of art intended to show decay. The whole island is very desolate, not only without any people, but without any life, even the seagulls circling in the sky are hard to see.
When you think of the bustling island of duan, and then when you look at the desolate island of duan, you can’t help but think of the incas, the mayans, the anasazis and the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. I wonder if Tokyo, New York and Paris will be the same someday. Future visitors may also follow specially created roads there, filled with the same doubts: who lived here? Why did you leave? Where did he go after he left?