Latest in Travel: Tallest Christ, longest glass bridge and more

Record-breaking landmarks in Brazil and Vietnam and pandemic relaxations across the world may begin to usher in a brave new world of travel.

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Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer is now the second-tallest Christ statue in the world. Photo by: Marchello74/Shutterstock

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Brazil’s Christ statue towers over Rio’s

In a bid to drive up its tourist appeal, Encantado, a small town in southern Brazil, has just executed an ambitious landmark—the world’s tallest Christ statue. The statue, named Christ the Protector, has come up near a hill called the Morro das Antenas, and stands 43 metres high as against Rio de Janeiro’s 38-metre-high Christ the Redeemer. The iconic Rio statue, constructed over nine years from 1922 to 1931, has become synonymous with the coastal metropolis that’s on most international bucket lists. It boasts an incomparable panoramic view over Guanabara Bay, and whether the Encantado statue—slated to be thrown open to visitors next year—will put up any competition is yet to be determined.

 

Vietnam has the world’s longest glass-bottom bridge now

Laid out at a height of 490 feet, over a dense forest cradled in a valley between two peaks, is Vietnam’s newly launched Bach Long bridge—Vietnam’s third glass bridge. The see-through structure, whose name translates to ‘white dragon’, measures 632 metres between two cliff faces in the Son La province situated in the northwest of the country. The bridge has broken the record for the previous longest such structure (the 526-metre glass bridge near Guangdong in China). Made with a special type of glass that enables it to bear the weight of 450 people at a time, the bridge offers the thrilling but dizzying experience of being suspended really high up over the forest canopy, and is expected to be a major draw for tourists headed to this part of the country.

 

Italy does away with two cumbersome travel mandates

A few days after revoking all previously imposed travel restrictions, Italy and Greece have done away with a few more curbs on inbound travel. Starting Sunday, visitors no longer need to fill out the EU passenger locator form or carry the health pass, which was needed to access public places such as cinema halls, restaurants, gyms and the like. The country has also relaxed mask mandates for offices, supermarkets and stores, reported Hindustan Times, adding that masking is still required while accessing health care facilities, public transport and cinema halls.

 

Oktoberfest is back in 2022

The dry spell for beer-chuggers seems to be finally over: Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest beer festival that is now in its 187th year, is set to be brought back in the third year of the pandemic. Dieter Reiter, mayor of Munich, said that the event will be held without COVID-19 restrictions, reported Reuters. Reiter, however, did add that any unfavourable circumstances as regards the pandemic could still lead to a cancellation. Unless that happens, the festival will be held from September 17 to October 3.

 

India COVID-19 caseload dips, Delhi leads numbers

With concerns over another wave approaching in several Indian cities after a sustained period of calm, daily COVID-19 cases have continued to fluctuate. In the latest instance, the daily caseload was reported to have gone down by 18.7%, as the country recorded 2,568 fresh cases. In terms of statewise numbers, Delhi accounted for over 40% of the cases (1,076), followed by Haryana, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.

 

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  • Prannay Pathak dreams about living out of a suitcase and retiring to the island of Hamneskär to watch films in solitary confinement. He is Assistant Editor (Digital) at National Geographic Traveller India.

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