|Dane Hodges plays Pacific megaliths wonders of world|
|35. Monagaha Island|
Many of the lists agreed on six of the seven items. The final place on some lists was awarded to the Walls of the City of Babylon. On others, the Palace of Cyrus, king of Persia took the seventh position. Finally, toward the 6th century A.D., the final item became the Lighthouse at Alexandria.
|1. Great Wall at Mutianyu, China|
Since the it was Greeks who made the lists it is not unusual that many of the items on them were examples of Greek culture. The writers might have listed the Great Wall of China if then had known about it, or Stonehenge if they'd seen it, but these places were beyond the limits of their world.
|Dane and Josh run Great Wall, China|
|Dane Hodges at 2. Angkor Wat, Cambodia|
2. Angkor Wat complex, Cambodia
4. Bagan, Myanmar
5. Rice terraces, PI
|Dane Hodges peeks at 2. wonder of the world|
6. Forbidden City, CN
Honorable mentions: Emperor's Palace, Japan. Taj Mahal, India. Machu Pichu, Peru. Easter Island, Ancient City, Thailand. Colosseum and St Peter's Basilica, Rome. Marianas Taga Stone quarrys. Chichen Itza Mayan ruins, Mexico. Leaning Tower of Piza. Adjanta Caves, India. Temple of Heaven, Terra Cotta Warriors, Summer Palace, Tianamen Square, Bell and Drum Towers, Lama Palace, China. Sphinx, Egypt. Mt Rushmore, US. Stonehenge, GB. Borobudur, Bali rice terraces and temples, Indonesia, Petra, Jordan.
Dane's 7 Wonders of the Natural World
|Dane walks 150 ft high wonder of world 2. Borneo rainforest|
|Dane Hodges visits wonder 24. Karen tribe, N. Thailand|
|Dane Hodges explores wonder 45. Ancient City|
|Eel Guards Marianas Trench, Saipan|
|Dane's Dad dives wonder 11. Rock Islands, Palau|
|"There is no one here" Dane Hodges Cambodia wonder of world|
2. Borneo Rainforest
3. Grand Canyon, US
4. Mt. Everest, Nepal
5. Serengeti plain
|Dane Hodges comforts scared Mom, 1. Disneyworld|
|Dane Hodges watches Pacific dolphins, Bird Island|
|We aren't leaving, 1. Disney World, Orlando|
|Dane Hodges at 5. KL,Twin Towers|
1. Walt Disney World, Florida
2. Bullet Train, China
3. Channel Tunnel
5. Petrovis Twin Towers, KL
6. Panama Canal
7. Golden Gate Bridges
Honerable mentions: Statue of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore, Space Shuttle, Dreamliner, Oasis of the Seas, Queen Mary II, San Francisco Cable cars, Beijing monorail system
|Dane boards bullet train, Tianjin,China|
|Dane Hodges stalks a Sun Bear, Borneo wonder of world|
7 Wonders of the Orient and Pacific
1. Great Wall of China
2. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
3. Bagan temples and Pagodas, Myanmar or Burma
4. Rice terraces, Luzon, Philippines
5. Forbidden City, Beijing, China
6. Nan Madol, Pohnpe
7. Taj Mahal, Mumbai, IndiaHonorable mentions: Emperor’s Palace, Japan, Taga Stones of the Marianas Islands, Easter Island, Borobudur, Indonesia
|Dane takes a break in wonder of world 5. Bagan, Myanmar or ancient Burma|
50 Greatest Wonders and Sites of Asia and the Pacific
|Dane climbs 1. Great Wall at Mutianyu, China|
Dane Hodges at number 1 wonder of the world the Great Wall of China
Dane loved the cable car taking us on a breathtaking ride to the highest restored section, from which several hiking trails descend. It is difficult for visitors to imagine how such a wall could have been erected in such a mountain ridge location, it is breath taking and awesome.
Dane Hodges at Great Wall at Mutianyu, Beijing, China
2. Marianas Trench National Monument
|Dane swims wonder of world 1. Marianas Trench|
|Dane Hodges feeds wonder 1. Disney World dolphins|
|Dane Hodges visits wonder of the world Marianas Trench|
|Dane takes break in wonder 2. Angkor Wat, Cambodia|
|Dane and Dad play in wonder of world, Cambodia|
largest single religious monument.
|Dane Hodges explores ancient wonder, Cambodia|
|Dane Hodges the tomb raider, Cambodia|
|Dane Hodges climbs ruins, Cambodia|
Together with the inscriptions that have been found on Angkorian stelas, temples and other monuments, and with the bas-reliefs at the Bayon and Angkor Wat, Zhou's journal is the most important source of information about everyday life at Angkor. Filled with vivid anecdotes and sometimes incredulous observations of a civilization that struck Zhou as colorful and exotic, it is an entertaining travel memoir as well.
4. Bagan Temples, Myanmar / Burma
|Dane takes a break in wonder of world|
The Golden Age ended in 1287 when Mongol forces invaded Bagan after refusing to pay tribute to Kublai Khan. Abandoned by the Burmese king and sacked by Khan's forces, the city declined and for centuries the area was all but deserted, thought by the people of Myanmar to be haunted by spirits.
|Dane Hodges visits wonder of the world in Burma or Myanamar|
5. Borneo rainforest
|Dane views Mt. Kinabalu, Borneo|
|Dane Hodges wrestles elephants, 2. Borneo|
An important reserve for elephants and rhinos is Tabin Wildlife Reserve in the northeastern corner of Borneo. Dane loved the forests of Borneo, the unique animal life, and he ran like a spider monkey across the planks high in the rainforest canopy. Don't for get to visit the Water Village in Kotakinabalu as it is very similar to Bora Bora. Always bring your dive gear because Sabah is among the world's most renoun and legendary scuba locations, it is both pristine and diverse. It is on the traveller's top ten underwater locations!!
6. Forbidden City & Beijing, China
|Dane at Mao's tomb, HM., Tianiman Square|
|Dane Hodges and Josh walk Forbidden City, China|
|Dane Hodges at Forbidden City wonder, China|
Dane at Forbidden City,China
|Dane Hodges on rickshaw to Bell tower|
7. Rice terraces, Philippines
|Dane plays on a remote unknown beach|
Dane has a special connection to PI, as it was the birth place of his mother, Jeanne Villar Hodges, so trips to the land of 7k islands are common and they are our nearest neighbor to the west. These terraces were once difficult to access, guarded by a dangerous road that took many hours in peril, but interstate road improvements now make it relatively easy to view. If you have a chance to visit PI, don't miss a true Wonder of the World!!
|Dane Hodges plays near Rice terraces, Philippines|
|The Chocolate Hills, Philippines - Natural Wonder 7|
8. Nan Madol, Pohnpei…remote megalithic city!
|Explorer Dane searches Pacific wonders of world|
|Dane Hodges plays in the ancient megalithic stones|
Construction probably began around 800 A.D. and lasted several hundred years. Nan Madol was the government and religious center, and also the home of royalty – similar to the Lelu ruins on Kosrae.
|Dane Hodges explores new wonder of the world|
9. Temples and rice terraces of Bali, Indonesia
Bali is a land that seems to have a magnet at its very heart. It is a feeling that is difficult to understand unless experienced but once visited you are surely compelled to go back and you may even want to stay forever, such is its pull. Maybe it’s Bali’s beauty, maybe the friendly people, or maybe even the influence from spirits that certainly abide in this place. Bali goes under many names. Some call it the ‘island of the gods’, others Shangri-La. The ‘last paradise’, the ‘dawning of the world’ and the ‘centre of the universe’ are yet more names for this truly beautiful tropical island inhabited by a remarkably artistic people who have created a dynamic society with unique arts and ceremonies. Bali is small, just 140 Km by 80 Km and lies between Java, the most highly populated and influential of all the islands, and Lombok, one of the quieter and moderately slower paced islands. Like many islands, Bali has developed a world of its own. It not only captures what is special about Indonesia but also has a uniqueness of its own.
|Dane explores woners in Indonesian rainforest|
|Mom and Dane share a drink in SE Asia|
10. Hong Kong...Victoria Harbor & Tian Tan Buddha
|Dane Hodges with Kubla Khan at 1. Great Wall|
|Dane shops in 26. Laos market|
11. Rock Islands, Palau…number 1 on scuba lists forever.
|11. Palau Rock Islands|
12. Stone Forest, Kunming, China…enchanting and a must see!
|50. Forbidden Island|
14. Veransi train & river rides, India…Ganges River and Himalayan foothills.
15. Chuuk Lagoon, FAS…the shipwreck lagoon of all time
17. Emperor’s Palace, Japan…the heart of Tokyo(below).
19. Taj Mahal, India…for the dear departed love
|22. Marianas Grottos and caves!!|
21. Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, AU…vast!
22. Blue Grotto & Senhanom Cave, NMI…award winning site for photographers(pic left)!
|Dane's parents at Taga Stone Quarry, Rota, Northern Marianas|
26. Luang Prabang, Loa…the whole town is a World Heritage site!
|Mom said I'm as stinky as the elephants!!|
27. North Thailand rainforests…elephants and Karen’s(pic L).
28. Pattaya, Thailand…golf and night life Mecca.
|Dane at the 1. Great Wall of China|
|Pink Beach, near Komodo, Indo|
29. Mt. Fuji, Japan and Mt Mayan, PI...those perfect
|Dane' parents in Gilli Islands,Indo|
30. Gilli Islands, Lombock, Indonesia…diving and all night parties!!
|Dane at the Golden Triangle border Lao, Burma, Thailand|
34. Komodo & Rinka Islands, Indonesia…those amazing dragons
|Dane pets croc near 7. wonder of world Rice terraces, PI|
38. Guilin to Yangshuo, China…a world class boat ride
|Dane hikes 34. Indonesia|
39. Jeju Volcano Island, Korea…chic spot for the wealthy Koreans
41. Yangtse River, China…the river ride and Three Gorges Dam
|Dane crosses Mekong River heading to 26. Luang Prabang|
|The colored volcanic lakes of Flores|
44. The colored lakes of Flores, Indonesia and the 23 hr bus ride there
45. Ancient Cities of Thailand, both walled city of Chang Mai and Ayyuthia
46.Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China…another beautiful place in Beijing
47. Subic Bay & Hundred Islands, Philippines…my wife’s’ favorite
|Dane Hodges visits wonder of the world 8. Nan Madol, Pohnpei|
49. Air Asia
|Dane's Dad scuba diving Okinawa|
50. tie Bird Island, Forbidden Island, Wedding Cake Mt, and Easter Island
Seven Wonders of the Underwater World
|Dane Hodges and Dad, 2. Angkor Wat, Cambodia|
4. Pohnpei...unexplored and pristine
|Jeanne Hodges, 47. Hundred Islands, Philippines|
5. Indonesia...17k islands
6. Great Barrier Reef...would take 2 lifetimes to explore
7. Yap Islands...manta dives and many walls
Seven 7 Island Wonders of the World
|Mom and Dad view HM. Wedding Cake Mountain across Sosanhian Bay|
Seven 7 Beach Wonders of the World
|Dane Hodges builds a Great Wall on 50. Monagaha Beach, CNMI|
2. Monagaha Island, Marianas
3. Palawan, Philippines
4. Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, Thailand
5. Gilli islands, Indonesia
6. Treasure Island and Orion Beach, St Maarten
7. Miami Beach, Florida
Other peoples 7 Wonders of the World
|Dane visits the Thailand Burma border|
Empire State Building
Golden Gate Bridge
Netherlands North Sea Protection Work
"I haven't visited the two dams, and apparently some people love the CN tower, but for me, I will go to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the Modern World's Top Wonder", Dane Hodges.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Harbor at Rio de Janeiro
|A very young Dane Hodges visits 45. Ancient City|
The New 7 Wonders of the World as of 11-11-11
3. The Great Wall, China
5. Petra, Jordan - Ancient City
6. The Roman Colosseum, Italy
7. The Taj Mahal, Indi
|Dane is spell bound by 1. Disney World dolphin show|
And all we can say about this is someone is voting that hasn't been to any of these places. 100 million voted and Nan Madol doesn't get 500 visitors a year, so 100 million couldn't know what they are talking about. 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 are poor selections. The Amazon is vast and an OK pick but not as cool as Borneo and the falls is a decent pick but the others are out in the twilight zone!
Landmarks of the US Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands
|Dane's Dad in Hobbit House, Rota, Northern Marianas|
Blue Grotto– Saipan. A collapsed cave, filled with sea water through three openings to the sea. Sunlight colours the water in eerie blue color. Cave is filled with marine life – sharks, barracudas and even turtles and rays.
Forbidden Island - Hike a 1 hour trail to island off East Coast of Saipan
Dangkolo - Tinian. The largest cave on island, which can be entered by descending some 10 m through open pits - sinkholes. Floor area - 1,300 m².
|Monagaha Island in Saipan's fabulous lagoon|
Monagaha Island - A 1000 meter around atoll island inside the spectacular Saipan reef entrapped in the lagoon and a tourist Mecca thrice named the world's 2nd best beach in Yahoo polls
NW Eifuku Mussel mounds – submarine NW Eifuku volcano north from Farallon de Pajaro. A unique aggregation of Bathymodiolus mussels. These 18 cm long molluscs cover the rocks densely - no ground is seen behind this unique aggregation of mussels.
Marianas Trench National Marine Monument - WOW...our pick for number 1 wonder of the natural world!
|Old Man By the Sea, Saipan|
Railhunter Rockshelter – Tinian. A rock shelter – site of an ancient settlement. Sediments in this shelter contain bones of animals which lived in Tinian 400 – 200 BC. Found remnants of 21 species of birds, 9 of these birds now are extinct on Tinian.
|Dane Hodges, Mt Kinalalu, Borneo|
|Dane takes a dip, Chang Rai, Thailand|
|Gunner Dane at the Last Japanese Comand Post|
|Dane's Dad with Wahoo!|
Marianas Trench Cave Museum - Rota. A museum of Mariana culture and nature, partly located in a large cave
|Dane Hodges the dancer, explorer, and traveler|