In a three part series, CruiseCompete is providing information on worldwide pilgrimage locations that consistently draw travelers in with their history and mystique- all accessible via cruise ship. This second segment touches on locations in Asia, the Far East and the Middle East. To read more about worldwide locations, please visit http://www.cruisecompete.com/sacred_places/.
For the first installment in this series,—please click here.
Asia/Far East Cruises Visit:
1.—— — A gravity-defying monastery built into the side of a sheer cliffÔÇª—Beijing, China: Hanging Monastery
2.—— —Geothermal region with reputed medicinal powersÔÇª—Beppu, Japan: Beppu Onsen
3.—— —World peace monument, dedicated to a young girl who died of radiation poisoning—from the bombing of HiroshimaÔÇª—Hiroshima, Japan: Peace Memorial Park
4.—— —Three oceans unite here,—and the Ghandi Memorial was constructed where his ashes were on display before being cast out to seaÔÇª—(Kochi) Kanyakumari, India: Ghandi Memorial
5.—— —Ornate temples cut from hillside rock—by followers of three faiths?Buddhism, Hinduism and JainismÔÇª—Mumbai, India: Ajanta and Ellora caves
6.—— —Follow in Confucius’ footsteps by climbing 6,000+ stone steps—to the mountain home of Yu Ti, Taoist king of heavenÔÇª—Qingdao, Tai Shan, China: Tai Shan Dai Mai Complex
7.—— —A three-day festival where South Korea capital Seoul hosts a birthday party—for Buddha every yearÔÇª—Shanghai, South Korea: Lotus Lantern Festival
8.—— —This Mountain is sacred in Shintoism and Buddhism—and every year more than 200,000 hike to the topÔÇª—Shimizu, Japan: Mt Fuji
9.—— —This temple is sacred to Taoists and Confucianists—and sits over the waters of Sun Moon LakeÔÇª—Taipei, China/Taiwan: Wenwu Temple
10.—— —In the midst of the jungle, 2,000 temples and pagodas—from the Burmese empire, built over 1,000 years agoÔÇª—Yangon, Myanman: Bagan
Middle East Cruises Visit:
11.—— —A 2000-year-old city carved out of sandstoneÔÇª—Aqaba, Jordan: Petra
These sites are but a sampling of cruise-accessible locations. To read more information on worldwide locations, please visit—http://www.cruisecompete.com/sacred_places/, and watch for part three of CruiseCompete’s sacred locations: North America, South America and the Caribbean.