Many people are accustomed to traveling to eliminate fatigue, or just to fill their spare time. Tourist destinations can vary, ranging from beaches, mountains, and artificial attractions.
Some of them often choose to hold tourism abroad. For example, traveling to the land of four seasons when spring, or feel the snow in winter. Some travelers also want to visit unusual but beautiful places. For example, traveling in the desert area by riding a camel, or enjoying the view of the Sphinx in the Land of the Pyramids.
If you are one of the tourists who like adventure in a foreign area, you must carefully choose a destination. Given, many tourist destinations are dangerous zones, protected, or too mysterious to explore.
If you force yourself to travel in such places, it is precisely the danger that you get. In fact, in some places, your life may be threatened.
Launching the Verse List website on Tuesday (05/14/2019), here are five forbidden places that you have to throw away from the list of tourist destinations.
1. The Red Zone, France
In France, there is one deserted area that has been banned by anyone for a century. The area is located in a virgin forest known as the Zone Rouge or Red Zone near Verdun, France.
Nobody lives in that mysterious place. Before World War I, Verdun was agricultural land. The area quickly changed during the war after millions of artillery shells were fired.
The trees were destroyed afterwards due to explosives, as well as settlements. The war ended in 1918 and left the village victims of war. The French government considered the costs of rehabilitating the land but finally decided to move the local villagers.
All bullets and ammunition were abandoned in the area, and later called the Red Zone. The area of 1,190 square kilometers is still strictly prohibited by law for public entry.
2. North Sentinel Island, India
If you plan to go to India, it’s a good idea not to visit North Sentinel Island. Even though it is hard to believe, there are still groups that do not have contact with modern civilization.
Sentinel people from North Sentinel Island are one of them. The Sentinel tribe was allegedly also hostile to foreigners.
It is estimated that around 80–150 people live on the island, and their language is unknown to outsiders. Little can be known about the tribe, which makes them a mystery to many people.
In 2018, a US missionary tried to contact the Sentinels but was quickly killed by a bow and arrow. This group has explained for years that they are not interested in making friends with new people.
In 1896, an inmate from the Great Andaman Island Criminal Colony escaped with an emergency raft and eventually drifted ashore on North Sentinel Island. His body was found a few days later with throat wounds and several arrow wounds. It’s clear that the Sentinels don’t want any contact, and it’s better to leave it that way.
3. Snake Island, Brazil
Snake Island is located 150 kilometers south of the City of Sao Paulo. The island, whose real name is Ilha da Queimada Grande, is 40 kilometers off the coast of Brazil.
It is said that humans were prohibited from entering the area. The term Snake Island itself was taken because of the many snakes hiding in that place.
The researchers believe that there is about one deadly snake for every 0.09 square meters on the island. The island is home to a golden spear, a unique species of viper, known as one of the deadliest snakes in the world.
The golden spear length can reach more than 0.5 meters, and it is estimated that around 2,000 to 4,000 deadly snakes are on the island.
4. Surtsey, Iceland
Surtsey is a volcanic island off the south coast of Iceland. The landscape is one of the newest islands in the world.
In 1963, the island emerged from the Atlantic Ocean after a volcanic eruption. The ash column is sent to the air almost 9,200 meters (30,000 feet).
For almost four years after the eruption, the volcanic core built an island with a height of about 152 meters. The island is now a long-term biological research site to study the process of colonizing new land by plants and animals.
Surtsey was declared a nature reserve in 1965, and in 2008, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. Surtsey is very limited to the general public and is still open to a handful of scientists who study the island.
5. Tomb of Qin Shi Huang
Deep in the hills of central China there is the tomb of the first emperor of the Bamboo Curtain country that is more than 2,000 years old.
The secret tomb of Qin Shi Huang was discovered in 1974 after some farmers accidentally discovered it while digging a well.
Archaeologists have been digging the site for almost four decades and have found around 2,000 historic artifacts from clay. Many believe that the tomb is filled with many other treasures such as precious stones.
The Chinese authorities were the only parties allowed to be near the area.