Everyone’s go-to guide book makers Lonely Planet are celebrating 40 years of existence with images from the most beautiful places around the world. The images have their own book titled “Beautiful World” which includes 200 photos with the aim of inspiring readers to travel.
Here are some favourites.
Title image: Rice terraces â€“ Longsheng, China Terraced paddy fields wind up from the riverside to the mountaintop in a feat of farm engineering that allows the communities of Longsheng to harvest rice in a mountainous area. Photograph: KingWu/Getty Images
Bryce Canyon national park â€“ Utah, US The Wall Street Trail of Bryce Canyon has its own skyscrapers: ponderosa pines. Chasms in the rock are formed when water freezes and expands, creating alleys up to 60 metres deep. Photograph: Sarun Laowong/Getty Images
The Dolomites â€“ South Tyrol, Italy Millions of years ago the pale peaks and pinnacles of the Dolomites lay on the seabed; now they are among the worldâ€™s most distinctive mountainscapes. Photograph: Michele Galli/Getty Images
Monument Valley Tribal Park â€“ Arizona, Utah, US The sandstone spires of Monument Valley, part of the Colorado Plateau, are the result of millions of years of erosion. Iron oxide gives the rock its reddish tone. Photograph: Ron and Patty Thomas Photography/Getty Images
Dusk panoramic view of The London Parliament, the Big Ben and the Westminster Bridge viewed from across river Thames. Photograph: Enzo Figueres/Getty Images
Lantern festival â€“ Chiang Mai, Thailand Yi Peng, Chiang Maiâ€™s version of the Thai festival Loi Krathong, takes place during a full moon in November and sees many hundreds of lanterns launched into the night sky. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images
Rufous hummingbird â€“ California, US Rufous hummingbirds â€“ here seen feeding on nectar at Huntington Beach, California â€“ are just 8cm long but the hyperactive birds migrate across North America, following the blooming of wild flowers. Photograph: Susan Gary/Getty Images
Buildings in New York City at night, as seen from the Empire State Building. Credit: Nikada/Getty Images
The sardine run â€“ Eastern Cape, South Africa During the annual migration of sardines, millions of the fish head north along the coast of South Africa, creating a feeding frenzy along the way. The migration occurs from May to July. Photograph: Dmitry Miroshnikov/Getty Images
Lyth Valley in the Lake District â€“ Cumbria, England The unspoilt Lyth Valley is tucked in a hidden corner of Cumbria, where trees are laden with fruit and rolling hills are the most magnificent green. Photograph: 221A/Getty Images
The aurora borealis â€“ Kiruna, Sweden When charged particles, which flow from the sun at 1.4m kph, hit the Earthâ€™s magnetic field at the planetâ€™s poles, they create curtains of light. Solar storms heighten the effect. Photograph: Antony Spencer/Getty Images