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Monte Kaolino, a Man-Made Sand Hill Perfect for Sand Skiing

This artificial hill was created for 180 years and approximately 35 million tons of sand.

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Do you love skiing, but hate the coldness of snow and winter? Monte Kaolino is the perfect spot for you. Here you can ski directly on the sand or slide down the hill with your sand board. Unlike other ski hills, it only opens in summer. You can even ski in your swimwear if you want to!

You can find Monte Kaolino, a 120 meter high man-made hill made from roughly 35 million tons of kaolin-quartz sand, in the outskirts of the city of Hirschau, southeast Germany. It attracts many German and American thrill-seekers during summer and is home to the Sandboarding World Championships.

This unique ski hill only opens during the summer.

Monte Kaolino rises up to 120 meters.

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This tourist attraction did not appear overnight. In fact, it took 183 years to form. The seemingly useless unused deposits from mining became a profitable and world-famous destination.

It is made up of piled sand quartz left over from Kaolin mining.

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Perfect view on top!

In 1833, mining of kaolin began in Monte Kaolino. Kaolin or china clay is one of the most common minerals, a clay-like layered silicate used in ceramics, medicine, food additives, and toothpaste.

While mining kaolin, a huge by-product of quartz accumulated over the years. Miners tossed aside the leftover sand quartz which grew into a hill by 1950s.

This 1,000-meter coaster zooms down the sandy slope.

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A group of people who started skiing on the sandy slopes formed a ski club in 1956. Upon discovering this, local entrepreneur Dobmeyer-Hans turned the hill into an amusement park.

In 1950’s, a local skier discovered this place as a perfect skiing spot.

Today, it has a well maintained facilities for swimming, including a 50-m water slide. It also has a 200-meter long cable car with boat-shaped wagon called ‘Monte Kaolino Railway’ and a 1,000-meter Alpine-Coaster that zooms rider down the sandy slope.

“Dune Pool”-the water attraction at Monte Kaolino

Tourists can be track-lifted to the top of the mountain or choose to climb it themselves. The summit offers an astounding view of the region and nearby mining operations.

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10 of the Most Depressing Places On Earth, According To Their Names

These places are so depressing – because of their names.

Some places on earth are depressing because of the circumstances they are in. For instance, countries that are torn by war or are suffering under extreme poverty are among the most heartbreaking places one can ever live in.

There are, however, some locations that are considered sad just because of their respective names – yes, their names!

Australian artist Damien Rudd created an Instagram account which he called Sad Topographies.

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Woman Turns Old Van Into A Home, Travels the World With Her Dog

Love for travel can inspire you to do just about anything.

What are you willing to do just to be fulfill your dreams to travel? Others are willing to give up a full-time work just to pursue their passion, while there are some who would save up big bucks and visit countries they only get to read about.

Meet Marina Piro - a woman who loves to travel.

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In fact, she love it so much that she decided to turn an old van into a home so she can travel the world with her rescue dog, Odie. Marina was born in Italy but now lives in the UK. She restored a 5-door Renault Kangoo which she named Pam after two months of researching on DIY van restorations.

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The Newest Architectural Capital of the US is Not Where You Think It Is

Immerse yourself in a little bit of architecture. It makes you look good.

Miami is the last city of America that any person would think to have some of the awe-inspiring buildings for architecture. It’s more known for its beaches and nightlife, but buildings and architecture? Highly unlikely.

Now, Miami’s cityscape is rapidly growing as new developments are built month upon month. While’s there’s no specific building that defines the city, it is still booming and rising as the next architectural capital of the country.

1. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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