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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Cape Town Water Sports

Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is popular throughout the year in Cape Town, so whether you are a beginner or a pro, you will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy the activity. False Bay is one of the main places to visit, with fantastic visibility in winter up to 25 metres. You’ll find reefs and shipwrecks to explore, as well as a large variety of marine life including seals, octopuses, lobster and dolphins if you’re lucky. You also have both the Atlantic and the Indian oceans to choose from so there are plenty of options.

Shark Diving
One of the biggest thrills you can experience in Cape Town is shark diving. South Africa boasts some of the biggest great white sharks in the world, and you can go face to face with one from the safety of a steel cage. You’ll have to travel about 90 minutes to reach Gansbaai, near which you will find Shark Alley. This is the perfect way not just to experience a real thrill but to learn more about these feared and misunderstood creatures.

Surfing
If you are a pro surfer looking for some great waves, Cape Town is one of the best places you can go. But you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy the waves: even if you’ve never used a surfboard in your life you can take lessons in Cape Town and improve your skills. There are lots of surf schools on offer, and lessons with guides are available. During the summer you can get some really big waves as well, but this is only for the experts.

Kite Surfing
Don’t fancy surfing? How about kite surfing? This fairly new sport has taken off in a big way in Cape Town. It involves a cross between surfing and the use of a kite to get more power and go faster. With consistent winds, big waves and excellent schools with trained instructors, Cape Town is an excellent kite surfing location.

Windsurfing
Windsurfing is also very popular in Cape Town. Again there are a number of schools to train you up, or you can simply hit the waves if you already know what you’re doing. Strong winds are present throughout the year and equipment is available to rent from a number of places. You will have a fantastic time out on the waves!

Enjoy the Waves
Cape Town is a water-sport lover’s paradise. With a choice of two oceans, great weather year-round and beautiful waters, you can head here any time of the year and have a great time enjoying the above activities. Why not try one out next time you are in Cape Town?

Great Wall of China Facts

# The Great Wall of China was built to protect the Chinese agricultural lands from invasion and to keep the nation’s people from vacating the empire.

# That the Great Wall is a single, continuous wall built all at once is a myth. In reality, the wall is a discontinuous network of wall segments built by various dynasties to protect China’s northern boundary.

# The wall was renovated in the Qin dynasty (221-206 BC) to link the old sections that were built in previous dynasties, which were unified to build a whole entity.

# Over 1700 years, the Great Wall of China was enhanced and enlarged which gradually became a world renowned manmade wonder.

# Contrary to common belief, the Great Wall of China cannot be seen from the moon without aid.
# It used to be called the Ten Thousand Li Wall which referred to the wall’s length. (1 li equals half a kilometer or one third of a mile).

# The sections of the Wall in the eastern part of China were built out of bricks and stones while in the western sections of the Wall were made out of less durable material – earth and grass.

# The mortar that has been used to bind the stones that make the Wall has been made up of rice flour.

# The most visited section of the Great Wall is in Badaling, close to Beijing, which was built during the Ming Dynasty. It was the first section of the wall to open to tourists in 1957.

# President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972 increased tourism to the Great Wall. Increased tourism to view the Wall instigated restoration of disparate sections of the Wall.

# The highest point of the Great Wal is in Beijing at Heita Mountain (5,033 feet/1,534 meters). The lowest point is at Laolongtou (sea level).

# While the Great Wall is currently a symbol of national pride, China has to invest in resources to manage and preserve the Wall. The organizations, China Great Wall Society and the International Friends of the Great Wall, are dedicated to preserving it.

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