Books like 1,000 Places To See Before You Die
are awfully good sources for swotting up before the June World Quizzing Championships, and if the reviews are anything to go back far more useful than actual travel guides to the mentioned destinations, unless you happen to be rich, rich as astronauts! Trust me. So here is the sequel to the BH quiz I did on Patricia Schultz's tantalising tome many moons ago ...
1 The highlight of the parkland Nara Koen is a colossal bronze image of a sitting Buddha housed in what building, whose name means 'Great Eastern Temple" and which is believed to be the world's largest wooden structure?
2 On which island will you find the Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay?
3 Celebrating its 2500th anniversary in 1997, which city is home to the 12th century Kalan Mosque and Minaret, and the 1000-year-old Ismael Samani Mausoleum?
4 One of the world's premiere sources of rugs, the Tolkuchka Bazaar is the Sunday market in which Central Asian capital, the 'City of Love'?
5 'A freak of nature and a geological fairyland', which 'Cotton Castle' in Turkey is known for its white travertine tiers and curative waters?
6 Which Istanbul museum occupies what was originally the 5th century Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora ('the country'), its magnificent interior Byzantine decorations completed in 1321 by Theodore Metochites?
7 The Jaljale Himal High Ridge Trek is found in the east of which country?
8 Captured by Alexander the Great and subsequently burned to the ground, which city was chosen by Darius the Great in 512BC for the site of a massive and magnificent palace complex sitting on a plateau that rises 30 feet from the plain below?
9 Known as the "Golden City", which former caravan centre in Rajasthan on the route to the Khyber Pass rises from a sea of sand, its 30-foot crenelated walls and medieval sandstone fort sheltering carved spires and palaces, remains India's only still-functioning fortress city?
are colourful traditional festivals of which country, the springtime celebration in Paro being its best-known annual dance festival?
11 In Japan, what are 'hanami'?
12 Located not far from Nara and Kyoto, which Japanese mountain is covered with tens of thousands of centuries-old white mountain cherry trees divided into groves called Hitome-Sembon
or One Thousand Trees at a Glance, that according to their altitude bloom at different times, usually starting in early April?
13 What does the Japanese term 'goraiko' mean?
14 Revered in the Hindu, Buddhist and Bon faiths, which 22,028 foot Tibetan peak is the most sacred in Asia and, believed to be the home of the gods and centre of the cosmos has seen pilgrims visit it for more than 1000 years to perform a kora
, a 32-mile clockwise circumambulation around the mountain to pay homage to the deities?
15 What is the famous collective name of Qutang, Wu and Xiling?
16 Perhaps the largest such market in Arabia, the Gold Souk is part of which United Arab Emirate?
17 Many of Oman's forts are reminders of the years - 1507-1650 - when which country controlled it?
18 While coastal Oman was involved in lucrative sea trade with India, China and Zanzibar in medieval times, which inland city and centre of learning famed for its ancient poets - it being the supposed birthplace of Sinbad the Sailor- manufacture of curved kanjar
daggers and 17th century fort, was the seat of the imams who ruled much of the interior for centuries?
19 Founded by the soldiers of Alexander the Great during the 4th century BC, which place and archaeological masterpiece framed by the hills of Gilead in Jordan and home to the Temple of Artemis is widely held to be the best-preserved Roman provincial city in the Middle East, having its golden age during the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD?
20 Named after the hills it contains, which Zimbabwean national park is home to a number of huge and unique granite masses and the hillside grave of Cecil J. Rhodes that he named 'View of the World'?
21 Site of the Nyamandhlovu and Camp Pan, a fossilised riverbed popular with tourists, what is Zimbabwe's largest national park?
22 The Pemba Channel Fishing Club is a famed institution in which country?
23 Discovered by wealthy French and other European ex-pats at the turn of the 19th century and again in 1942 by Andre Gide, which 'painting-perfect blue-and-white' Tunisian coastal village is named after the Muslim-Sufi figure who died there in 1231 and was buried in the local mosque and was a favourite haunt of the anti-Christian Corsair pirates?
24 La Gazelle d'Or is an exclusive and opulent retreat close to which ancient market town, once called 'Little Marrakech'?
25 Which chef remarked: "There are only three cuisines in the world: French, Chinese and Moroccan"?
26 Deep in the heart of Marrakech's medina, which 200-year-old restaurant has a name meaning 'sapphire' in Arabic?
27 Which writer advised: "Before you go to Marrakech, make sure you say goodbye to all your friends and draw your savings from the bank"?
28 An emblematic ritual of the Berbers, which betrothal ceremony takes place at a site in the middle of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco every September?
29 Host to a Festival of World Sacred Music, which city of the Maghreb is Morocco's oldest imperial capital?
30 Set up as a caravansary in 1382, which Cairo bazaar is Africa's largest souk and home to the El Fishawy
coffee and tea house, open around the clock since 1752?
31 What are "sheehas"?
32 Meaning "queen's island" as it was built in 1622 for Queen Eleanora, what is the official year-round home of Sweden's King Carl XVI and Queen Silvia?
33 Often called the world's largest igloo, the 'Ice Hotel" has been built every November since 1990 where in Sweden, disappearing every spring when it melts into the River Torne on whose banks it is constructed?
34 Visby is found on which island, at 78 miles long, the largest of Sweden's island?
35 Master chef Hans Stucki was one of which country's culinary giants until his premature death in 1998?
36 In which Spanish region will you find "The Way of St James" and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela?
37 Which King captured Toledo from the Moors in 1085?
38 What is the Spanish delicacy 'cochinillo asado'?
39 Known for its Baroque Plazo Mayor, which Spanish city in Castile and Leon was once home to Europe's most important university, founded in 1218 by Alfonso IX?
40 Designated the capital of Christian Spain in 914, in which city will you find the Parador San Marcos
- Spain's largest parador - and a Gothic cathedral, begun in 1205 and including 125 stained-glass windows, three giant rose windows and 57 oculi?
41 What is a government-owned inn called in Portugal?
42 The annual European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) is held in which Dutch city?
43 Which Umbrian town, nicknamed 'City of Silence', is set into the rugged, steep slope of the forest-clad Mount Ingino and was a moderately prosperous Roman settlement called Iguvium?
44 Which counts of Urbino ruled Gubbio from 1387 to 1508?
45 Pope Pius II dreamed of creating 'the perfect urban gem' and in 1458 commissioned the architect Bernardo Rossellini to raze his hometown Corsignano and recreate it as which Tuscan "Pearl of the Renaissance"?
46 The Uffizi was designed by Vasari in 1560 for which duke?
47 Originally designed in 1296 by Arnolfo di Cambio, by what name is Florence's Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori better known?
48 Taormina is a fashionable resort on which island?
49 What is Lake Como's 'Pearl of the Lake'?
50 What is Lake Garda's 'Jewel of the Lake'?
51 In which city is the Deutsches Museum, the largest, oldest and most complete technology museum in the world?
52 Set on seven hills, which Bavarian town was capital of the Holy Roman Empire under Heinrich II, the town's most famous son, and is the site of the Kaiserdom, the cathedral that hosted his 1012 coronation?
53 Named after the twice-deposed king of Poland who with his son-in-law Louis XV commissioned its construction in 1751-60, Place Stanislas is a feature of which French city?
54 Site of Les Calanches, which island was called Kalliste - "the most beautiful" - by the Greeks?
55 The southernmost seat of the Hapsburgs as early as 1379, which city boasts the empire's and Europe's largest armory and features the ubiquitous motto "Austria rules the world" (A.E.I.O.U.) left behind by Friedrich III, King of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor, who resided there?
56 Portillo, considered to be South America's best ski resort, is located in which country?
57 Seen playing Salvador's famous festivals, what name is given to Brazil's "Carnaval" percussion groups?
58 Genipabu is considered to be the finest beach of which Brazilian city in Rio Grande de Norte, famed for its white sands?
59 Which South American capital is known for its daily Mercado de Hechiceria
, or Witch Market, that is integral to the native Kallawaya traditions of magic and healing?
60 In which South American capital will you find the Alvear Palace and Recoleta Cemetery?
HAnswers to BH151
1 Todai-ji 2 Bali 3 Bukhara 4 Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan 5 Pamukkale 6 Kariye Museum 7 Nepal 8 Persepolis 9 Jaisalmer 10 Bhutan 11 Sake-drinking parties 12 Yoshino Mountain 13 Sunrise 14 Mount Kailas 15 The Three Gorges 16 Dubai 17 Portugal 18 Nizwa 19 Jerash (ancient Gerasa) 20 Matobo National Park 21 Hwange National Park 22 Kenya 23 Sidi Bou Said (named after Abu Said) 24 Taroudant 25 Paul Bocuse 26 Yacout 27 Truman Capote 28 Imilchil Betrothal Fair 29 Fez 30 Khan El-Khalili 31 Hookah water pipes 32 Drottningholm Palace 33 Jukkasjarvi, Norrland 34 Gotland 35 Switzerland 36 Galicia 37 Alfonso VI 38 Roast suckling pig 39 Salamanca 40 Leon 41 Pousada 42 Maastricht 43 Gubbio 44 Montefeltro counts 45 Pienza 46 Cosimo de' Medici 47 Il Duomo 48 Sicily 49 Bellagio 50 Sirmione 51 Munich 52 Bamberg 53 Nancy 54 Corsica 55 Graz 56 Chile 57 Bateria 58 Natal 59 La Paz 60 Buenos Aires