Toward the west end of the Amazon, as the river makes its way into Peru, there was an ancient civilization who made the cloud forests their home. The people were known as the Chachapoyan (or Andean), also known as the Warriors of the Clouds. Their Peruvian temple stands on top of El Panal (the Bee-Hive) and has yet to be plundered by modern archeologists. Indiana Jones is said to have a map to the hidden temple, but beware, the plateau and temple is loaded with traps waiting to kill fool-hearty adventurers. This Large Indy Diorama (picture from www.pockyland.net, edited by yours truly) depicts the action and adventure of the Peruvian jungle.
Would you believe that there are no bridges that actually cross the Amazon? Many believe it’s because the width of the river is too wide. The actual reason is that there are so few roads along the Amazon, much of the river basin is still unexplored. But tell that to the Lego designer that created 6490 Amazon Crossing, strangely part of the Outback Theme. The set still makes an outstanding jungle adventure set.
It seems I’ve stumbled upon Amazon explorer Noddy’s Crocodile Cliff, home of the fabled Crocodile Hunter. I’ve heard camp fire stories about this legendary hunter who paddles along the Amazon in a Small Steam Boat. The top of the cliff is inhabited by a small clan of natives who for the most part, are fairly peaceful people. What a terrific place! I love the abundance of green foliage and trees.
Wow! The Amazon is amazing. Would you believe that the Amazon is the largest river by volume of water in the world, and second only to the Nile in total length? That’s a lot of water! There must be a thousand things to see withing the Jungle Adventure along this vast river. This is the kinda place where adventure movies are filmed. Look over there, I think I see Indiana Jones.
Well, it disn’t take me long to hop into Aredhel’s 6672 Safari Off-Road Vehicle for a trek toward the Amazon. Sure, a Jungle Cutter would work really well about now, but this little 4-wheel drive has Classic Town written all over it. It seems a little brown monkey wants to follow us through the jungle. Perhaps he knows the route because I seem to have missed my turn at the last junction.
As White Fang has mentioned, January 26 is Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival and is celebrated throughout China as a time to spend with family and friends. In honor of this year’s Chinese New Year, I have selected the Tragon by Lego builder Megan Rothrock, a creation built in 2005. Happy Chinese New Year!
This day also marks the end or our Orient Adventures, but never fear, I will be going on to my next World Adventure location soon. My only hint about the location is that it is very green and wet. I hope you’ve enjoyed the Orient and special thanks to my good friend White Fang for his outstanding knowledge and research of Asian history (and for getting Short Round to help us escape Shanghai).
Happy Chinese New Year to all Classic Town readers. TheBrickster and I are right here in Beijing, China where the live excitement can be felt upon welcoming the Year of the Ox. Lots of fireworks and firecrackers can be seen in the buzzing streets. Classic-Town.net staff wishes our readers a safe and bountiful new year.
I have a sudden thought. Do you know that the 2008 Summer Olympic games are held in August last year? It was a significant grand event, which marks one global sporting event that brings the world together to view the sporting events. One of the most significant grand masterpieces is the Beijing National Stadium, nicknamed the Bird Nest. It was constructed by a consortium group of companies reside in Hong Kong, known as HKLUG. The stadium features a lattice-like steel outer skeleton around the concrete stadium bowl and has a seating capacity of over 90,000 people.
The Beijing National Stadium was the site of the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the athletics events and soccer finals. TheBrickster, shall we join in the fun. There is a big party bash over there.
Well, I didn’t know the guys we threw out of the rickshaw had connections with Chinese gangsters. Seems we’ve been Shanghaied WhiteFang! Do you think Indy might lend us a hand?
I don’t know about you WhiteFang, but that rickshaw ride to Shanghai made me rather hungry. What do you say we stop at Tibicsoki’s Black Dragon Chinese Restaurant for some Dim Sum?