The Amazon is a vast region that spans across eight rapidly developing countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. It is also known as Amazonia or the Amazon Jungle. Wet tropical forests are the most species-rich biome, and tropical forests in the Americas are consistently more species-rich than the wet forests in Africa and Asia. As the largest tract of tropical rainforest in the Americas, the Amazonian rainforests have unparalleled biodiversity. One in ten known species in the world lives in the Amazon rainforest. This constitutes the largest collection of living plants and animal species in the world. Orellana derived the name Amazonas from the Amazons of Greek mythology, described by Herodotus and Diodorus.
Arashiyama Bambook Grove in Japan
It’s one of the most recognizable scenic views in Japan. This otherworldly grove located on the outskirts of Kyoto has green bamboo stalks that tower overhead, creating an endless green vision that is nothing short of magical. Most of bamboos in this forest is 5 to 10 metres high though some of them reach up to 20 metres. The grove has approx. 200 metres long walking path cut through the forest where visitors can enjoy a pleasant walk. The path is located between Tenryuji Temple and Okouchi Sanso Garden, which are also both popular tourist attractions.
Hunan in China
Hunan is a province located in the south of central China, covering an area of 82 sq. miles. Worth mentioning is that 80 percent of the area is covered with mountains and hills. The name means south of the Lake and the stretch of water referred here is Lake Dongting, the second largest lake in China. There is plenty to see in Wulingyuan, from national parks to sandstone pillars, gorges, streams, waterfalls, ravines and caves. The mixture of mountains and water in Hunan makes it perhaps the most beautiful province in China. The region has been a major centre of agriculture for thousands of years, growing tea, rice and oranges.
Slovenia has everything from waterfalls and mountains to clean cities and a stunning Venetian-esque coastline. The country’s capital, Ljubljana, won European Green Capital in 2016, and with good reason! Its citizens are so proud of their city that they all make a conscious effort to protect it. In fact, Slovenia’s tap water is some of the cleanest in Europe. Slovenians are so proud of it that they want everyone to have access to it – for free! You’ll find public drinking fountains throughout the city, operating from April to October free of charge. The city has made great efforts to make its transport as eco-friendly as possible. Most people get about by foot or bike but you can also make use of the urban electric train or buses run on natural gas.
Can such a densely populated city-state really be green? Surprisingly, yes! This city hasn’t got a lot of room on the ground for green space. So they came up with an incredible solution – sky gardens! Marina Bay has a 100% greenery replacement policy, meaning that developers must replace greenery displaced by buildings, and visiting there is like stepping into the future. There really is no other place in the world like it.