Photographer visits lost mongolian tribe, captures stunning photos of their life and culture

Human civilization has come a long way since the early days of our species. Rising out of caves and undeveloped lands, humans have built cities and homes that the early generations could never have imagined.

The widespread growth of globalization has made it harder for historic cultures to be preserved. This is what makes the Dukha people of Mongolia so fascinating and amazing. The nomadic tribe has lived in the same region for centuries. During that time, they developed a special relationship with the wild animals. In fact, this relationship is so amazing it will leave you in awe.

Fortunately for us, photographer Hamid Sardar-Afkhami recently visited this lost tribe and documented what he saw through a series of stunning photographs.

Through their unique culture, the Dukha people have developed a unique relationship with neighboring reindeer. They use them as means of transportation over the treacherous terrain they call home.

Children are taught how to train a reindeer at an early age.

The reindeer are docile and gentle companions, even to the smallest of Dukha children.

This young girl prepares to clean and bathe a reindeer baby.

The Dukha are also known as the “Tsaatan,” a term that means “reindeer herder.”

These days, there are only roughly 44 Dukha families left. This totals 200-400 people. The reindeer population is diminishing as well.

The Dukha primarily survive off of the tourist industry. People visit and pay money for performances, crafts, and of course, reindeer rides.

They don’t just train reindeer. They also train wolves!

The Dukha hunt small woodland animals like rabbits. This earns them about two US dollars.

The Dukha also train golden eagles to aid in their hunting.

Eagle hunting is considered a privilege. Those who are able to do it are well respected by the tribe.

The Dukha believe they have a spiritual connection with all animals.

The connection allows them to feel at home in nature and to maintain their culture despite the growing influence of the outside world.

It’s breathtaking to see the Dukha tribe and their relationship with the natural world. The way they’ve preserved their way of life is just incredible.

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Forget bora bora, these awesome overwater bungalows are much closer

If you love the idea of staying in a private overwater villa, but dread a 20-hour flight to Bora Bora, you may be in luck. For U.S. residents, personal paradise will get a whole lot closer when the Viceroy Bocas del Toro Panama opens in 2019.

Enjoy The ‘Laid-Back’ Caribbean Lifestyle
Situated near the border of Costa Rica, Bocas del Toro is an archipelago off the coast of Panama. And, while the resort is brand-new, the archipelago itself has a rich history—past, ahem, “visitors” include Christopher Columbus in 1502 and even 17th-century pirates.

Today, the region is best known for its laid-back Caribbean lifestyle and massive banana plantations.

With the opening of the Viceroy Bocas del Toro, it will now be known as a luxury resort destination as well. Only accessible by boat, seaplane or helicopter, the resort will span 457 acres of coastline and include 186 guest rooms, with 42 private overwater villas.

Much like your Tahitian fantasies, these overwater villas will feature breathtaking vistas of the ocean, each with its own private pool and direct access to the water by deck.

If lounging all day in your own private hut isn’t enough, guests can also enjoy plenty of island adventures. The resort will offer zip-lining, snorkeling, sailing, paddle boarding, cycling, hiking and deep sea fishing.

The archipelago is situated in the San San Pond Sak wetlands making it an ideal spot for bird watching, too.

Walk Along Private Beaches And The Rainforest

The resort will include three full miles of private beach along with an adjacent rainforest, so you can spend your time bouncing back and forth between relaxation and adventure.

Keeping Nature Beautiful With Eco-Friendly Technology
According to their press release, the resort will also be eco-friendly—allowing only electric cars, running off sustainable technologies and landscaping with indigenous plants. The picture below is of the main building completed with an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Nice view, right?

How Much Will It Cost To Experience This Piece of Paradise?
Viceroy hasn’t opened reservations just yet, so no word on cost.

As a comparison, a one-bedroom overwater suite at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora starts around $1,600 a night.


But other overwater bungalows around the world, from Malaysia to Mexico—and even the Bora Bora’s French Polynesian neighbor Tahiti—can be found for less than half that price.


As for the Viceroy, at least we have a few years to save our pennies and start planning our once-in-a-lifetime trip.

If you think this is cool, check out this floating hotel off the coast of Tanzania:

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Cherry blossoms have just bloomed in China, and it’s probably one of the most amazing sights on the planet

People worldwide usually associate Cherry blossoms with spring in Japan, but China’s blooms are so magical, they might just become their national symbol as well. The country has just been flooded by an ocean of colorful blossoms, which should stay vibrant through April.

Residents and tourists from all over the world are flocking to the many different sites to admire these gorgeous floral children of spring. At Kunming Zoo in Yunnan Province, for example, the 19th Cherry Blossom Festival began on March 7th and will last until April 7th. It features over 5,000 flowering cherry and crab-apple trees. The 2018 Shanghai Cherry Blossom Festival will run from March 16th to April 15th in Gucun Park, showing off more than 12,000 cherry blossom trees of 82 varieties.

Scroll down to feast your eyes on the jaw-dropping pics and vote for your favorites!

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The 27 cities with the worst quality of life in the world

Every year Mercer, one of the world’s largest HR consultancy firms, releases its Quality of Living Index, which looks at the cities that provide the best quality of life.
Business Insider has already looked at the 23 cities with the best quality of life.

Now we take a look at what cities are ranked as providing the worst quality of life.

The ranking is one of the most comprehensive of its kind and is carried out annually to help multinational companies and other employers to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments, according to Mercer.

Looking at 450 cities across the world, Mercer takes into account the following metrics to judge which cities made the list for the best quality of life — which therefore shows what it feels are the best and worst:

Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement)
Economic environment (currency-exchange regulations, banking services)
Socio-cultural environment (media availability and censorship, limitations on personal freedom)
Medical and health considerations (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution)
Schools and education (standards and availability of international schools)
Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transportation, traffic congestion)
Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure)
Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars)
Housing (rental housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services)
Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters)
Mercer made a list of 230 countries and Business Insider took a look at the bottom 27 in the world.

27. Tashkent, Uzbekistan — The capital in the central Asia country has changed economically, culturally, and architecturally since 1991, but poor air quality is seen as a big issue for the city.

26. Lome, Togo — The city is the largest in Togo and holds high unemployment rates. Its infrastructure is also deteriorating and the African nation faces problems with living conditions and rubbish collection.

25. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan — Poverty is high in the economic centre of the country.

24. Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire — It is the economic capital of the Ivory Coast but the British embassy has issued warnings against anyone travelling there unless essential. It said «violent crime can occur at any time» and that the city, and the country, has a «high threat of terrorism.»

23. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia —The capital city is going through a building boom but many of its citizens are suffering from extreme poverty.

22. Harare, Zimbabwe — The capital, as well as the rest of the country, suffers from an oppressive government led by Robert Mugabe. The city is also poverty stricken and millions of citizens are starving due to a majority of maize crops failing.

21. Ashgabat, Turkmenistan — The city is largely controlled by the government, mainly through a large percentage of employment coming from state-owned enterprises. Unfortunately, the city suffers from chronic water shortages due to state mismanagement, which is crippling for citizens where temperatures soared as high as 47.2 degrees Celsius (116.96 F) in 2015.

20. Lagos, Nigeria — The country’s largest city battles environmental threats, such as riptides, annually. Citizens are also under continual threats to their personal safety, including the kidnapping of students and murder.

19. Abuja, Nigeria — The city, like Lagos, suffers from high crime rates from inter-communal violence. The British Foreign Office tells travellers: «You could get kidnapped or find yourself caught up in a terrorist or other violent incident.»

18. Dhaka, Bangladesh — Dhaka is one of the world’s most populated cities and its garment exports bolsters its economy. But working conditions and human rights, as well as local poverty for a bulk of its citizens, are criticised and under scrutiny by world governments and charities.

17. Dushanbe, Tajikistan — Poverty and energy shortages are a huge issue for the city and country as a whole. The World Bank also warns that doing business there is difficult due to the inadequate infrastructure.

16. Antananarivo, Madagascar — The city, and the rest of the country, depends on agriculture for its economic growth. However, political instability hinders any chance of continuous development.

15. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso — The city is under continued threat of terrorist attacks and, earlier in 2016, Al-Qaeda bombed a popular hotel, killing 29 people.

14. Tripoli, Libya — The city was carved up by two rival warlords in 2015. Even the main airport was destroyed in the summer of that year and all the main embassies were closed down. Migrants and refugees are also flooding into the country due to its proximity with Europe.

13. Niamey, Niger — Protests, governmental corruption, and local poverty place this city onto the list.

12. Bamako, Mali — The city is experiencing rapid population growth which is causing increased poverty problems.

11. Nouakchott, Mauritania —The city was originally a small village of little importance until 1958 until growing rapidly into one of the biggest cities in the Sahara. However, overcrowding, droughts, and poverty have helped fill the city with slums.

10. Conakry, Guinea Republic — The port city is riddled with personal safety issues. Violent crime, protests, and strikes wreak havoc in Conakry.

9. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo — Ethnic nationalist conflict is rife in the city and NGOs have tried to step in to provide aid and food relief to the city and the rest of the country.

8. Brazzaville, Congo — Government corruption has triggered huge protests in the city which led to a number of people being killed by the police.

7. Damascus, Syria — Mercer says the city has «witnessed continual violence and terrorist attacks that weigh upon the daily life of locals and expatriates.»

6. N’Djamena, Chad —The city in one of the world’s poorest countries has suffered at the hands of militant Islamist group Boko Haram. The group carries out frequent suicide bombings in the city.

5. Khartoum, Sudan —It is the second largest city in Sudan and is a key recruiting ground for ISIS.

4. Port Au Prince, Haiti —The city is rife with violent crime and is dangerous for travellers. Rapes and robberies are common and there is a worrying growth in vigilante violence.

3. Sana’a, Yemen — The largest city in Yemen has been devastated by airstrikes from Saudi Arabia as the country has become a battleground in the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

2. Bangui, Central African Republic — The capital city is incredibly poor and many citizens rely on aid for survival. On top of that, violent sectarian clashes erupt regularly in the area.

1. Baghdad, Iraq — The capital city has suffered severe infrastructural damage from several wars and continual on the ground violence. It continues to face threats from ISIS.

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