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Where should I travel to this Summer???

I am thinking about heading to China this summer since trips are cheap! Has anyone been? is there somewhere else more awesome? I'm pretty much down to travel anywhere. Hit me up with ideas please!
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@danidee that's what I was thinking too! I think I will! :D
I always thought going to Beijing or Shanghai would be pretty cool. You should do it!
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KIM HYUN JOONG EN EL FESTIVAL DE VIÑA DEL MAR CHILE será posible??
COMUNICADO PRENSA 20/08/12 @monstruofest: #ElMonstruoVota para #Viña2013 Monstruo Festival (La voz oficial de la galería) es un medio iniciado en febrero del 2011 que reúne un público de diversos gustos musicales o lugares geográficos a través de las redes sociales. Este sitio busca informar día a día de los diferentes conciertos, espacios culturales y apoyar a los artistas chilenos. A la vez nuestra misión es conocer la opinión del público y registrar la participación de ellos en los diferentes eventos durante el año. RUMBO A VIÑA 2012: El año 2011 se realizó una votación que incluía un listado de diferentes artistas como sugerencia o propuesta para la comisión organizadora (Municipalidad de Viña del Mar & Chilevisión) para el Festival Internacional de la canción de Viña del Mar que se realizó en febrero pasado. La votación se hizo en Facebook (www.facebook.com/monstruofestival) esta contó con la participación de 60 artistas de un total de 32.000 Fans al terminar la convocatoria. El total de votos emitidos alcanzó la suma de 175.000 y la forma de votar que se utilizó fue presionando el clic “ME GUSTA” en la fotografía del artista. (El total incluye a personas que no necesariamente se hicieron fan de nuestro sitio). El 20 de noviembre del 2011 se entregó una carta con los resultados a la municipalidad de Viña del Mar (Departamento de prensa) quién derivó los resultados a la comisión organizadora y el directorio de la municipalidad de Viña del Mar. Este documento no tuvo respuesta oficial de ninguna de las partes y solo en la prensa escrita se hizo mención y en una de estas publicaciones el concejal Andrés Celis valoró esta iniciativa y dijo: “Me parece una buena idea del grupo mientras más personas se sumen a esta iniciativa, más argumentos existen para contar con un artista específico para el próximo festival” La Estrella Valparaíso octubre 2012 (Ver artículo) “. Monstruo Festival actualmente tiene 81.000 fan o seguidores en redes sociales RUMBO A VIÑA 2012: En esta realidad hemos realizado una nueva votación que se inició el 26 de abril del 2012 con la inclusión de 101 artistas. (Y hemos utilizado el mismo modo operandi) Este año 2012 más de 20 club de fan se han comunicado con nosotros para apoyar la entrega del documento con el listado de artistas y votos finales. Es por esto que el día 20 de agosto de 2012 a las 11.00 am los diferentes club de fan y público en general se manifestará para que sea la voz del público escuchada en el frontis de Chilevisión y la Ilustre Municipalidad de Viña del Mar. Aún no está confirmado por quién o quienes harán recepción de este documento. (Ya se gestiona con el Concejal Andrés Celis y lograr hacer entrega en las manos de la alcaldesa Virginia Reginato). Detalles de la votación actual: Se han incluido 101 Artistas entre Chilenos y Extranjeros: (Ver lista) Hasta el 11 de Agosto el total de votos fue de 555.515 votos (Equivalentes a más 6 estadios olímpicos de Londres 2012 repletos). La votación finaliza este 30 de septiembre y se ha adelantado la entrega por que se tiene la información que Chilevisión hará entrega un listado tentativo en la misma semana del 20 de agosto. Monstruo Festival sugiere según el interés del público: Que se incluya diariamente un grupo chileno con trayectoria, (importante para la difusión de nuestra propia cultura musical). Una parrilla familiar y horario acorde al público Infantil o adolescentes, Adultos mayores, para finalizar los shows con los jóvenes o adultos. 4- Queremos agradecer a grupos y cantantes como: DAVID BISBAL, LA OREJA DE VAN GOGH, DE SALOON, LUCYBELL, FRANCISCA VALENZUELA, TRONIC, PAPA NEGRO, DENISE ROSENTHAL, MATT HUNTER, GONDWANA, NOCHE DE BRUJAS, ARCÁNGEL, J ÁLVAREZ, AMAIA MONTERO, ANDRÉS DE LEÓN… ENTRE OTROS…QUIÉNES HAN ESCUCHADO A SUS FAN, AGRADECEN NUESTRA GESTIÓN Y MANIFIESTAN SU INTERÉS EN PARTICIPAR EN EL FESTIVAL. (SOLICITAR MATERIAL) 5- Por último queremos agradecer a todo el público que se ha unido y fielmente se siente representados por este medio de comunicación que busca fomentar la cultura y la música latinoamericana teniendo en cuenta lo que quiere ver su gente. Monstruo Festival representa a todo el público de diversas ciudades o países y diferentes festivales de Chile o Latinoamérica. EL MONSTRUO DA VIDA A TODOS LOS ESPECTÁCULOS… SIN MONSTRUO NO HAY FESTIVAL. Saluda atentamente Patricio Zuleta Parra Director Monstruo Festival www.monstruofestival.com www.facebook.com/monstruofestival VOTEN EN "ME GUSTA" PARA QUE SE HAGA REALIDAD! :D
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10 Fascinating Train Routes Across The World
The history of rail transport dates back nearly 500 years. Many railroads that passes through wonderful landscapes have until recently been a popular form of passenger transport. But with the invention of planes, these beautiful and sometimes treacherous routes are usually transformed into a tourist attractions. 1. Konkan Railway, India The Konkan Railway is a railway line which runs along the Konkan coast of India. It runs from Thokur, near Mangalore in Karnataka to Roha railway station in Maharashtra through Goa, along the west coast of India and Western Ghats. The Konkan railway experience is enriching for both domestic and foreign tourists. The travelers can experience breathtaking views - Arabian Sea beaches, gushing waterfalls, distant mountains, are a few examples of the landscapes that a Konkan Railway traveler will experience while on way to Goa from Mumbai. Foreigners have a great experience if they take Konkan railways either from Goa to Mumbai or vice versa. 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It takes about one and three quarters of an hour to climb one way. The tropical gardens Kuranda rail station are a well-known attraction in the area. Downhill the line cuts through the Barron Gorge National Park. The tourist train stops at a lookout, with a sweeping view of Barron Falls. A number of smaller waterfalls are passed, including Stoney Creek Falls, just metres from the train. As the train travels up and down, a detailed commentary of the railway's construction is provided. 7. Outeniqua Choo Tjoe, South Africa The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe was the last remaining continually-operated passenger steam train in Africa, ending operation in June 2009. The railway was completed in 1928, and links the towns of George and Knysna in the Western Cape, South Africa. The 3 hour journey also stops in the towns of Wilderness, Goukamma, and Sedgefield. The scenic 67-kilometre (42 mi) route hugs the rugged coastline of the Garden Route before ending by crossing a bridge over the lagoon in Knysna. 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