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Man jumping in the water
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Man jumping from a boat during sunrise. Kish Island, Iran.

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Sunrise
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Sunrise at the beach is witnessed by numerous people and some are going out swimming. Kish Island, Iran.

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Horse Sculpture
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

A horse sculpture by the beach. There are many works of art around the island. Kish Island, Iran.

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Boat trip
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Rich people are coming to Kish Island to enjoy the weather and the beaches. Kish Island, Iran.

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Woman walking on the beach
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Iranian women can relax a bit more on Kish Island.

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Apartments
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Apartments are built across the island for rich Iranian spending the winter at the island. Kish Island, Iran.

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Fun at the beach
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

With the beach available there are numerous activities available for tourists.

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Square on Kish Island
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Amir Kabir square decorated with horses at Kish Island, Iran.

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sunrise
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Women enjoying the sunrise on Kish island, Iran.

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family swimming in the sea
kish is
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Afghan family is swimming and playing in the sea at Kish Island, Iran

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women enjoining life at the beach
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Women enjoying life in Kish island, Iran. Life on Kish Island is more relaxed than on mainland Iran.

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Kish Island, Iran
Iran
By Transterra Editor
03 Oct 2013

Kish Island, Iran

Kish is a 91.5 square kilometer island in Iran. Since it has a free trade zone status, it is touted as a consumer's paradise: with numerous malls, shopping centers, tourist attractions, and resort hotels. It has an estimated population of 20,000 residents and about 1 million people visit the island annually. Kish Island was ranked among the world’s 10 most beautiful islands by The New York Times in 2010, and is the fourth most visited vacation destination in Southwest Asia after Dubai, U.A.E, and Sharm el-Sheikh.

In the 1970s the last Shah of Iran turned the island into a luxury resort for the international elite complete with a Grand Casino and an airport designed to handle the Concorde. After the Islamic Revolution, Kish Island became a duty-free shopping center.

Due to its natural attractions, pleasant weather more than seven months a year, and several recreational and sports centers; today the island has turned into a favorite tourism destination in Iran and the region.

Leila Moltaji, an Iranian woman from Tehran, is visiting the island with 5 friends. She said "The island is a place for us to relax. The island is so beautiful and we can relax a bit more here than in Tehran. Here the police is not that strict.”

Kish has a variety of tourist attractions that can be of much interest to a wide category of tourists. Its untapped nature, beautiful beaches and green areas, alongside the clear azure waters of the Persian Gulf have created a unique combination.

Sarah Ahmadi, 24 year old Iranian woman from Shiraz, is at Kish Island with her sister and mother. "Compared to Shiraz, the roads are new, clean and the cares drive safely" she commented on Kish Island. On why Kish Island is so different from the rest of Iran, she didn't really know, but noted that the way of life on Kish is closer to what Iranians really want.

Senior Iranian government workers including governors are frequently coming to Kish Island. An extensive plan for Kish Island until 2025 has been finalized.

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Sunrise
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
02 Oct 2013

Beautiful sunrise at Kish Island, Iran.

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plane
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
02 Oct 2013

Several flights arrives at Kish Island every day, both domestic and international flights. Kish Island, Iran.

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construction
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
02 Oct 2013

Across the island construction is ongoing. Like a small Dubai. Kish island, Iran.

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Family on the beach
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
02 Oct 2013

An Iranian family playing on the beach on Kish island, Iran

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Los Habaneros 2
Havana, Cuba
By Alison McCauley
12 Sep 2013

A dancer cuddles her puppy in her one-room apartment. The cracked and sagging marble floor is typical sight in buildings throughout Havana. Despite the acute shortage of living space in Havana, most people have at least one pet. Dogs are particularly popular. Pets are considered part of the family and are treated with love and respect.

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Inside an Atlantic Island Rainforest
Madeira Island, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

trekking in a 20 million of years old rainforest in Madeira Island, Unesco World Heritage Site

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Trekking in a 20 million year old rai...
Madeira, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

After some flora, many birds are also endemic species that can be found only in this island

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Trekking in a 20 million year old rai...
Madeira, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

Water channels that after more than 350 years continue to deliver water from inside the island to the villages and farms. The trek paths follow this water routes until its final destination

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Trekking in a 20 million year old rai...
Madeira, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

Madeira Island is visited mainly because its nature and natural beauty. Its common see tourists from all ages trekking paths that ranges from easy to very difficult, from half an hour to one or two days walking.

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Trekking in a 20 million year old rai...
Madeira, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

Laurissilva is the name of this rainforest that only exist in Madeira and Azores Islands (Portuguese), Canarias Islands in Spain, Cape Vert Islands and parts of Mauritania coast. Is the same forest that existed between 15 to 50 million of years ago.

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Trekking in a 20 million year old rai...
Madeira, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

Since the middle of the XVI century man started cutting and detouring water in the island to use in agriculture and human use. Now there are more than 200 km of water channels (in a 30 km x 80 km island) that continues to be used for the same pourposes and also to guide trekking enthusiasts go deep inside the island

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Trekking in a 20 million year old rai...
Madeira, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

levadas is the term in Portuguese for the water channels that take the water from inside the island to the villages and farms along the tiny island

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Trekking in a 20 million year old rai...
Madeira, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

The water necessities "ordered" two century's ago islanders to open tunnels deep inside the volcanic island.

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Trekking in a 20 million year old rai...
Madeira, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

From European royal dynasties in the end of XIX century to middle class German and British tourists, trekking in the island levadas is a must have during a holiday season in Madeira

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Trekking in a 20 million year old rai...
Madeira, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

With volcanic origins, the island now presents deep valleys, where nature is abundant and UNESCO classified of World Heritage Nature Site

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Trekking in a 20 million year old rai...
Madeira, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

Tourists can find themselves, when inside the island at the real human scale and insignificance when compared with Nature

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Trekking in a 20 million year old rai...
Madeira, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

Deep V valleys are the main landscape of the island interior, surrounded by waterfalls and views to the Atlantic ocean in every corner

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Trekking in a 20 million year old rai...
Madeira, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

Resting after a 6,5 kilometer trekking path during 2,5 hours in a stunning environment

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Trekking in a 20 million year old rai...
Madeira, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

Deep V valleys rapid change from subtropical sun to intense fog and humity

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Trekking in a 20 million year old rai...
Madeira, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

Madeira Island is home of hundreds of endemic flora species like more than 30 different wild orchids only found in this island

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Trekking in a 20 million year old rai...
Madeira, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

Many times the paths turns into varandas with more than 800 meters below

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Hoang Sa Flotilla, a journey to Ly So...
Ly Son Island, Vietnam
By robtof
29 Apr 2013

Historical aspects of Ly Son Island (Paracel Archipelago). It’s from the shores of Ly Son island, situated thirty kilometres from the port of Sa Ky, on the coast of the central province of Quang Ngai, that the Vietnamese fishermen depart for their journey to the Parcel (Hoang Sa) archipelago. A group of islands situated in the South China Sea and disputed among China, Taiwan and Vietnam.

The volcanic island was already used in the seventh century by the Champa kingdom as ship basement for their maritime trade routes. Ten centuries later Nguyen Lords came. The rulers of Dai Viet–the great Viet–settled on the island, transforming it into the operational area of the company Hoang Sa, exclusively for the development of the Paracel Islands. Every year the Nguyen Lords used to recruit seventy sailors from the villages of An and An Vinh Hai. Passed into the annals as the Hoang Sa Flotilla, the brave seamen sailed before the South wind between late February and early March of the lunar calendar.

Facts and missions that for Vietnam and its present authorities represent the historical proof of their sovereignty over the two archipelagos claimed also by Brunei, China, Malaysia, Philippines and Taiwan.