7 mistaken ideas that tourists usually have about these famous destinations
INDIA IS BUDDHIST COUNTRY
India is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world. However, most of the Indians practice Hinduism and not Buddhism as many people think.
Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world, appearing about 3,500 years ago. According to World Atlas, among more than a billion Hindus, about 966 million people live in India. Today, 80% of the population in this country follows Hinduism, while Buddhists make up 0.7%.
THE GREAT WALL IS VISIBLE FROM SPACE
Many people believe that China's Great Wall is the only building on earth that can be seen with the naked eye from space. But some astronauts have denied this, including Chris Hadfield, who spent five months (2012-2013) on an international spacecraft. He said he could not see the Great Wall from the air, because this architecture was too narrow and had the same color as the surrounding area.
EVEREST IS THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD
For centuries, Everest has been known as the highest mountain in the world. However, experts deny this because it is a measure of sea level. If calculated from the foot to the top of a mountain, Mount Mauna Kea, Hawaii (USA) is the highest, with a height of more than 10,000 m.
MONGOLIA ONLY HAS STEPPE
Mongolia is often known for endless green grassland, nomadic life, and large herds. However, the country also has modern and bustling cities such as the capital Ulaanbaatar, home to 45% of the country's population.
Located in the valley at an altitude of 1,310 m, Ulaanbaatar has enough experience for visitors to do from shopping and dining to historical museums, monasteries, and national parks.
LONDON IS ALWAYS COVERED BY FOG
When it comes to London, many tourists will think of the city in the mist and the rain. The nickname “The foggy city” of the British capital dated from the 1800s to 1962, when the fog phenomenon took place in 63 days a year, especially in the winter.
However, the dense fog covered the streets and rivers due to pollution from the development of the gas, energy, chemical, paper and printing industries. This phenomenon is called “Pea soup fog".
After the Clean Air Act of 1956, London controlled pollution levels throughout the city. Today, there is still fog here, but only in the winter months, like other cities in the world.
AUSTRALIA'S CAPITAL IS SYDNEY
When asked about the capital of Australia, many visitors immediately answered Sydney or Melbourne. However, the capital of the kangaroo country is Canberra, a less famous city.
In 1901, when it became a nation of 5 states and 3 territories, Australia began to choose the capital. Sydney and Melbourne were both good candidates. However, after much controversy, politicians decided to choose Canberra, a city which is not near the sea with no large settlements and no overheating in the summer.
SOUTH AFRICA ONLY HAS BLACK PEOPLE
In fact, white people make up about 8% of South Africa's population, according to 2017 statistics. Most of them originate from Germany, England, France, and the Netherlands.
By: Salvador Clayton