From China to Africa, The amazing natures of the earth. The spot where Lake Catatumbo meets Lake Maracaibo sees the maximum number of lightning strikes in the world. Storms here can last more than 10 hours! Though scientists have come up with many explanations — wind, heat, humidity, air mass — the continuous lightning bolts remain one of the most awe-inspiring phenomena on earth. If you want to see Mother Earth at her beautiful best, witness the rainy season of Catatumbo in the month of October. Catatumbo’s lightning storms see about 1.2 million lightning bolts a year! A reed-covered wetland, Panjin’s red beach is in one of the world’s largest reed marsh areas — the Liaohe River Delta. Its name comes from the stunning hues of its coastline which is covered with seepweed, a plant common to coastal places. The sprouts of the seepweed are green in the spring and become a rich jade in early summer. They are a riot of crimson from late summer till fall. The unbelievable shades that appear in Panjin are because of the place’s alkaline-saline soil and innate biodiversity. The mud volcanoes of Azerbaijan make the place look completely otherworldly. More than 300 of the world’s 1000 mud volcanoes are found in this country with a name that’s derived from the Persian word for fire (Azhar). With more than 200 eruptions in the past 200 years, Azerbaijan is known for not only land volcanoes but also underground and submarine mud volcanoes. The existence of mud volcanoes signal energy reserves hidden beneath the land and sea in the Caspian region.