Far from China's mega-cities of Bejing and Shanghai, a massive forest of sandstone spires rises from the valley of Zhangjiajie National Park. Water and time have combined to form the surreal formations that look like they could be from another planet. And this otherworldly landscape has inspired a truly alien planet — Pandora, the lush homeworld of the Na'vi in James Cameron's Avatar.
From its base in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii's inactive volcano Mauna Kea rises over 33,000 feet, with 14,000 of that above sea level. Atop the mountain is the Mauna Kea Observatories that form some of the most important astronomical observation sites in the world. The dry atmosphere and subsequent lack of clouds make it a perfect place to watch the stars. The light pollution project Sky Glow Project spent a day on the mountain, capturing this incredible time lapse of the crystal-clear skies above Hawaii.
This is as close and you'll come to actually flying over the surface of the Red Planet. Painstakingly stitched together by Jan Fröjdman, these images from the HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter come together to give the illusion that you're soaring over of Mars, something none of us will ever see in our lifetime.
The Alps stretch for over 750 miles across eight European countries, creating some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. From the 15,000-foot peak of Mount Blanc and the legendary Matterhorn to the green foothills of Switzerland, the Alps have watched over the continent for millions of years. Joshua Cowan captured these images of the Alps in all their winter glory on a recent road trip through Europe. See more of Joshua's work on his Instagram page.
By day, Iceland is well-known for its rugged terrain and clear, stunning vistas. By night, that same harsh countryside softens into something almost alien — nearly unrecognizable from its daylit counterpart. The OZZO Photography crew captured Iceland under a full moon, and with a little help from the Northern Lights, presents a rarely seen side of the island nation.
It's not the first time, and it won't be the last. When the sun rose on New Year's Day, the iconic Hollywood sign had had its spelling slightly changed. The first time it happened was in 1976, in a celebration of California relaxing its laws on marijuana. VICE caught up with the merry prankster responsible for the latest incident, Zach Fernandez, aka Jesus Hands, to see what the motivation was for defacement.
There are a few brands out there that never go out of style, Timex is part of that group, and has been for generations. The minimalist dial design of the Timex Fairfield Chrono Watch is an excellent example, featuring a chronograph function with four-hour capacity, Indiglo night-light, and is water resistant up to 30 meters. Strap choices include stainless steel, striped nylon, and genuine leather that can be worn exclusively or swapped out to match mood or destination. It goes with just about everything and promises to be your favorite accessory for years to come.
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Just like your mattress, your pillow has a big effect on the quality of your sleep. And just like their comfortable mattress, the Casper Pillow is designed to make sure you rest well. It provides both comfort and support regardless of your sleeping position, with a firm inner core and a softer outer shell. Essentially it's a pillow within a pillow. It also won't pancake or lose shape thanks to the silky fibers it was constructed with, and is finished with breathable percale cotton to keep things cool. Take advantage of the 100 night trial and if you don't love it, Casper will give you a free refund.
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Off the coast of Greece, the Fourni archipelago is a haven for ancient shipwrecks. In an area of sea just over 17 miles, 45 shipwrecks have been found, with a wealth of artifacts that give an insight into the seafaring lives of the ancient Greeks. Philippe Cousteau digs into the waters around the Fourni archipelago and how it's discoveries are shaping our view of ancient Greek life.
In China's Shanxi Province, the Ningwu ice caves are beauty wrapped in an enigma. Despite relatively mild conditions on the surface, underground, the temperature never rises above 32°F. Formed millions of years ago, the Ningwu caves keep their frozen glory all year round.
Iceland is an island nation of rugged beauty, cold, and volcanic activity. Populated by fair giants and at least one living Mountain. Yannick Calonge captures the central Icelandic landscape from the air in this stunning high-definition footage.
Catching Los Angeles in its entirety is an impressive feat, but Joe Capra managed to do just that. There is no faking or cropping here. Using two synced DSLR cameras side-by-side, he captured the City of Angels in true panoramic form, resulting in an impressive 4K time-lapse of the massive cityscape.
Champion marathoner and kayaker Ben Brown takes to Arctic in his latest installment of Visual Vibes. Joined by astronaut Chris Hadfield, Ben explores the rugged beauty of of one of the most inhospitable climes on the planet, along with a few long-term residents — whales and a polar bears.
Shanghai, China, is one of the biggest cities in the world, with a population of over 24 million people. The city boasts over 4,000 skyscrapers, the world's largest container port, and massive infrastructure projects. But in the streets below, out of the shadows of the buildings, millions of people live a day-to-day life that belies the fast-paced life cities are known for. JT Singh captures life in the city in the latest of his series of short films about Shanghai.
Just east of Miami is a sunken city in the Atlantic Ocean. Built as a final resting place for ocean lovers, the Neptune Memorial Reef is an hale-acre man-made reef residing 40-feet below the water. Among the lion statues and cast pillars, the cremated remains are mixed with cement to create the underwater landscape.
Arcosanti, in central Arizona, looks to give a shape to the city of the future — structures and spaces that work with the surrounding environment and resources, and not against or over top of them. The town has seen over 7,000 visitors since the 1970s: people who have spent weeks, months, or even years living and working there. The Atlantic takes a tour of Arcosanti, looking at the philosophy behind it and the people who make it work.
GoPro Karma is a highly-capable yet beginner-friendly drone. But it's just as useful on the ground as it is in the air. Thanks to its detachable stabilizer and Grip accessory, it also lets you capture smooth, rock-stable footage whether you're holding it in your hand or have it hooked to one of the company's signature mounts. Shot 100% on Karma and the HERO5 camera, this video gives you a taste of the system's possibilities.
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Bridging the gap between the stuff on store shelves and a trip to a custom tailor, INDOCHINO offers high-quality made to measure suits with amazing fit and feel. They take 14 measurements to create suits and shirts that are made for you and you alone. And the fit isn't the only thing that will make you stand out, as INDOCHINO offers a great selection of fabrics and customization options — from lapels to linings and more — to personalize your look. The result is an investment-quality wardrobe that's far more attainable than traditional custom-tailored options.
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If you've got the cash, there's no first class seat like the Emirates first class seat. Featuring a massive, private cabin with retractable doors, personal wet bar, order-anytime menu, and a shower, it's like your own hotel room in the sky. Casey Neistat got a free upgrade on his way from Dubai to New York aboard an Emirates A380, and gives you an all-access tour of the best first class seating in the business.
The Burning Man Festival. Every year in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, strange creatures come together to make things that approximately represent the flora or fauna around us and shoot flames. You could legitimately mistake Burning Man for a festival of people who love to build things that shoot flames. Mark Day captured 2016's Burning Man in this hyperlapse that shows you all the flame-shooting things.
"The Forgotten Borough", New York City's Staten Island, is home to something truly forgotten — a graveyard for derelict and rotting boats. George Ivanoff captures the final resting place for vessels from the sky in this urban exploration drone footage.
At the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally had a unique attraction this year — a run of Macbeth by the Bird Cage Theatrics Company from Wyoming. After a rough opening night, the biker-themed production of Shakespeare's masterpiece found an audience among the hard-partying crowd in South Dakota.
Day or night, New York City is a sight to behold. From the cabs on the ground to the planes in the sky, everything works together to create a beautiful glow that can only be found in the City That Never Sleeps. In this 8k hyper-lapse, photographer Jansoli captures the unique hue created from all of the bright lights of the big city.
We're pretty sure the view outside your window doesn't look anything like this, so rest your weary eyes on the beauty of Western Norway. Photographer Jonas Forsberg highlights the narrow inlets and steep cliffs of Geirangerfjord, Hjörundfjord, and Storfjord to create a stunning 4K Fjordlapse.
Photographer Rebecca Lilith captured a series haunting images of the abandoned town around the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. In this collaboration with Chris Lavelle, Chris uses mapping techniques to bring the images to life, giving them a pulse that belies the scenes of apocalyptic desolation.
If you plan on traveling to the Continent, or rather, that Island West of the Continent, you would do well to bone up on the customs of the British people. Thankfully, here is a concise guide to everything you need to know in order to fit in just like the natives.
In 1961, the Nara Dreamland theme park opened as a Japanese take on Disneyland. After 45 years in operation, the park closed in 2006 and has been abandoned ever since. Bryan and Michael of The Proper People explore the modern-day ruins of the strange Disney hybrid.
After two years of professionally shooting timelapse footage in Europe, photographer Paul Richardson decided to put his favorite work together in one massive piece. Thousands of hours of work are condensed into just over two minutes of the Continent at its finest.
Ulla Lohmann and husband Sebastian Hofmann travel to one of the most geologically active places on Earth — the island nation of Vanuatu. Be a part of their expedition as they descend into an active volcano, facing 2,000° temperatures and toxic gasses in this 360° video.
People on top of people on top of people. With one of the highest population densities in the world, Hong Kong has a pace and energy unlike any other city on Earth. This video tour of the island captures the crush, beauty, and vibrance of the city like few others.
Measuring at 223 feet tall, Cedar Point's new Valravn is the world's tallest dive coaster. Clocking in at 75 miles per hour, it's also the world's fastest. Skip the lines and take a ride on this record-breaking thriller with this POV dive and you might actually get to keep your lunch.
Massive, futuristic, and energetic are only a few of the words that can't begin to describe Tokyo. For those of us that haven't made the trip, the massive capital of Japan is seen through the lens of first-time visitor Christoph Gelep.