Egypt

Attraction

Temple of Isis

The Nile River gave birth to ancient Egypt civilisation. This longest river in the world watered crops and nurtured ancient Egyptians, thus creating their beautiful culture. South to the prominent trading centre Aswan in the River Nile, there is an island called Philae. The Temple of Isis used to be there, witnessing the ups and downs of ancient Egypt.


When the construction of the Aswan Dam kicked off, most of Philae was flooded like the then Baidicheng in the Three Gorges in China. The temple was dismantled and moved to nearby Agilkia Island to avoid the destiny of disappearance from this water conservancy construction. After getting off the boat of the Nile ride on Agilkia Island, you may proceed to the temple dedicated to Isis, the ancient Egyptian goddess of love. The Temple of Isis may not be as magnificent as Luxor Temple, but it exudes a quiet and subtle character. The murals on the pillars and walls are as delicate as love.

Citadel of Qaitbay

On the port of Alexandria, a prominent harbour of Egypt, there used to stand a towering lighthouse - the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Merchant ships worldwide were attracted to dock and trade here in Alexandria, the city which was on par with the then New York and Shanghai. The lighthouse was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


Unfortunately, the lighthouse was severely damaged by three earthquakes. In order to resist foreign invasions, remnant stones of the lighthouse were used to build the Citadel of Qaitbay on the site, which added to the fortress historical values. The fortress guarding the vital port of Alexandria is one of the most important defensive strongholds not only in Egypt, but along the Mediterranean Sea coast. After admiring the crystal blue water at the harbour, you may walk into this magnificent Citadel of Qaitbay and wander in the hallway. When you touch on the stones, it seems that you can hear the lighthouse telling about the hustle and bustle of Alexandria in its heyday.

Luxor Temple

Have you ever imagined that you can be like one of those explorers in the films to fly over the desert in a hot balloon, and hunt for treasures in temples? When you are in Luxor, all of the above can become reality.


Luxor Temple is located in the city today known as Luxor (ancient Thebes). The city is parted by the Nile River. Luxor Temple is on the east bank of the river. It was approximately built in 1,400 B.C and underwent constant expansions ordered by the pharaohs. During the rule of ancient Greece, the reconstruction and expansion of the temple continued. Later in the Roman era, the temple and its surroundings were a legionary fortress and the Roman government. The Romans also initiated the construction of a church in it. When Egypt was under the rule of the Arab, the church was converted into a mosque. On this one temple, you can see traces of different empires and civilisations that made up the history of Egypt. Walking into the temple for exploration after landing in Luxor from a hot balloon ride, you will surely be carried away by this unprecedented adventure!

White Desert

After seeing the extensive yellow sand in the Sahara Desert, Has it ever occurred to you that a desert can be white? Upon arriving at White Desert National Park, you will realise that white desert doesn’t only live in your mind.


You have to take a ride for a few hours from Bahariya Oasis to get to this magical white desert. Why is it white? The land used to be a sea. The protein in marine life remains turned into chalk stones. Long enough, they become white sand from weathering. A white desert was then formed eventually. Besides white sand, the white desert is home to a series of strange rocks with the colours ranging from snow-white to cream white. Some of them look like the “Queen’s Head” in Yehliu Geopark in Taiwan, whilst some resemble sphinges. You can go sand sledding on the white dunes, and record this splendid work of nature with your camera.

Hurghada

According to the bible, Moses led the Israelites to escape from the Egyptian army and God parted the Red Sea so that the Israelites could walk through the dry land, and started the pursuit of the Promised Land. This legendary and enchanting sea is not only a critical waterway, but also a tourist attraction. Along the Red Sea coast, one of the most popular vacation spots has to be Hurghada.


This little seaside town, which takes a ride of four to five hours to get to and from Luxor, was developed into a vacation destination during an earlier stage of Egypt. Many beaches and resorts can be found there. You can enjoy your quiet personal time by lying on a beach chair, or fishing at the coast. If you are a water sports lover, don’t miss the chance to jump onto your surfboard and ride on the wave in the Red Sea. You can also snorkel to appreciate the colourful corals and biodiversity undersea. No matter what your choices are, they will definitely be able to present to you the beauty of the Red Sea.