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Mount Hua, China. For thousands of years Taoist monks have been walking up and down these vertiginous steps to get to and from their temples and shrines. - via Terra Nova Magazine's photo on Google+

Mount Hua, China. For thousands of years Taoist monks have been walking up and down these vertiginous steps to get to and from their temples and shrines. - via Terra Nova Magazine's photo on Google+

Socotra Island, off the coast of Yemen. It’s been called the most Alien-looking place on Earth. Socotra is one of the most isolated land-masses on Earth that was once part of a continent. (In other words, it wasn’t formed by a volcano.) It has been disconnected from the main land for 6 million years, which has given evolution plenty of time to chart its own course without any influence from most common species found on continental land masses.

Socotra Island, off the coast of Yemen. It’s been called the most Alien-looking place on Earth. Socotra is one of the most isolated land-masses on Earth that was once part of a continent. (In other words, it wasn’t formed by a volcano.) It has been disconnected from the main land for 6 million years, which has given evolution plenty of time to chart its own course without any influence from most common species found on continental land masses.

"The road goes ever on and on, Down from the door where it began, Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say."

Cliffside Steps, Hunan, China  photo via llacigart    just by looking at this image, my legs went jelly!

Cliffside Steps, Hunan, China photo via llacigart just by looking at this image, my legs went jelly!

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