You Won’t Believe Where These 10 Landscape Photos Were Taken!

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While Earth is infinitely diverse in its nature, certain regions are known for their distinct landscapes.

People go to Kenya expecting grasslands, Egypt for the famous deserts, and the Western US for the huge Rocky Mountains.

But Mother Earth is not so simple. The following 10 photos show gorgeous landscapes in places you just would never expect. Read the titles and see if you can guess the location before reading each description—and keep score, you’ll need it out at the end!

  1. Australia, or the Netherlands?

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    Photo by Eniko Csilla

    The Netherlands is famous for many things, including their cheese, windmills, green fields with cows, bikers, canals and tulips fields… But endless beaches are not what come to mind.

    The Hague is connected to the Scheveningen, where this photo was taken. It is one of the most famous beaches in the Netherlands for its uniqueness. It is usually windy, but countless colorful cafeterias are waiting for you with umbrellas and windshields to enjoy the sea and sun! No offense to Australia though—you still have some stunning landscapes!

  2. China, or New Zealand?

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    Photo by Daisy Li

    In the media, China is usually associated with pollution and fast-paced city lifestyle. Lesser known about China is that there are so many regions with moderate temperature, crystal clear lakes and beautiful blue skies. I did a double take looking at this, as it could definitely have been taken in Oceania, or even in the Western U.S.A! But, all credits to China for this stunning scene.

  3. Pakistan, or the UAE?

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    Photo by  Robert Haandrikman

    The United Arab Emirates its renowned for the stunning metropolis of Dubai, as well as the vast, dry deserts that make up the rest of the country. Or so you thought.

    Hatta Dam lies in the Hajar Mountains a mere hour from Dubai, and was constructed in the 1990’s to provide electricity and power to the area. Now it’s a popular tourist destination and a quick getaway from Dubai City—you can even kayak on the reservoir!

  4. Lithuania, or Zanzibar?

    Did you think Lithuania was all concrete and Soviet-style high rises? Think again! Located on the shores of the Baltic Sea, Lithuania has some of the purest and most beautiful sandy beaches you will ever see. And the best part is they are virtually untouched by tourism.

    Now, if only the water weren’t so cold…

  5. Egypt, or New Mexico?

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    Photo by Sally Elbassir

     The White Desert of Egypt is located in El Farafra, just a few hours outside of Cairo. While the majority of Egypt is covered in flat desert sand, the White Desert has alien-like rock formations made of limestone, stretching for miles and miles.

    Over the years, many have eroded into fun shapes such as the “mushroom” and the “chicken and the tree.” It’s a popular place to camp overnight with Bedouin guides, where you can experience the silence and beauty of the desert.

  6. Namibia, or California?


    When I think of Namibia and southern West Africa, I think of jungles, grasslands, and crowded communities. This view of Luderiz, Namibia show just how peaceful Namibia can be. With those bluer-than-blue waters and jagged rocks, you can practically smell the ocean breeze.

    I could really believe this was off the coast of San Diego!

  7. Canada, or China?

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    Photo by Josh

    China has many landscapes, from the cityscapes, to the mountains, to the… deserts?! Yes! White Sand Lake is a stunning example of the another daring landscape of China. This is White Sand Lake as seen alongside Karakoram highway on the Pamir Plateau. Shot in Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County, Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. A lotta word, but, basically, heaven!

  8. Scotland, or Hawaii?

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    Photo by Aga Zastepa

    Turquoise water, white powdery sand. These paradise looking beaches are not tropical islands, but instead can be found on the west and northern parts of Scotland! Some of the best ones are located in the outer Hebrides–like the photo above in Seilebost, in the Isle of Lewis and Harris.

  9. Morocco, or Colorado?

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    Photo by sayakaphoto

    Landscapes native to Colorado include the Rocky Mountains which have snow-covered peaks, lush green valleys, streams and rivers and lakes. So, the Great Sand Dunes is an extraordinary patch dry of magic in an otherwise lush state.

    The dunes were formed by tributaries of the Rio Grande, glacial melting, and strong western winds!

  10. Bolivia, or Brazil? 

    Looking at this beautiful water and sand, you may never have guessed that this is in Brazil! The Lençóis Maranhenses Desert is made of stark, white, sweeping dunes with rain water that collects in its valleys and low points, making an almost river-like image. Fish can even swim up river from the Rio Negro and populate these inlets.

Were your guesses right-on, or were you as shocked as the majority of people? Have any other landscapes in surprising places?

Share them, and your score x/10, in the comments!

Can you guess where these 10 stunning landscape photos are located? China? Brazil? Namibia? Colorado?

You know you want to… 😉

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25 Discussion to this post

  1. What a fun project! I was definitely surprised by some of these.

  2. Savannah says:

    Wow this was so fun! I think I guessed about half of them right! But really cool, I need to get to Scotland and China has some incredible landscapes!

  3. Interesting post. I got some of them right, but the one that took me completely by surprise was the sand dunes of Colorado. So unexpected. Thanks for sharing these.

  4. Suz says:

    Great way to get people thinking about the different countries!

  5. Jean says:

    Oh so many amazing places. A few had me stumped!

  6. Nicola says:

    Very cool post. Always expect the unexpected 😉 Thanks for sharing.

  7. 10/10! Can you tell I spend way too much of my time researching/looking up pictures of random places?

  8. Jennifer says:

    That Scotland one REALLY surprised me! I love the unexpected landscapes one can find in different regions of the world! Fantastic article.

  9. What an awesome post! These pics really were surprising, makes you think again about knowing a destination. The Scotland one was the biggest surprise, I always think of Scotland with dark gray rain clouds and dark colored seas, certainly not this color!

  10. Brianna says:

    Wow, I did not do a great job on this! It just goes to show how the world holds so many amazing things!

  11. Maggie says:

    I love this! I often post photos from destinations and people are shocked to hear where they actually are! This is the best part of travel, finding the unexpected!

  12. Christine says:

    Gosh, you really fooled me on a bunch of these! Lol. I think I need to visit all of them so next time I don’t have the same issue!

  13. Suzy says:

    This is an AWESOME post! Really amazed at the variety of landscapes offered by some countries. Who’d have thought China has so many hidden gems? Definitely adding all of these beautiful spots to my travel list!

  14. Nerissa says:

    Amazing! I would never have thought China would have such beautiful lakes! Absolutely stunning. Makes me want to go!

  15. Kris says:

    This is so cool! I guessed about half of them right, mostly by thinking about which seemed least likely. It’s amazing how diverse the landscapes are around the world.

  16. Frances says:

    Oh think I managed to figure most of them out! What a diverse planet we have. Some of these scenes are definitely in unusual places!

  17. Lindsey says:

    Girl you knocked it out of the park with this one! Definitely adding more places to my list because of this. Well done

  18. Ruth says:

    Your post illustrates so well why travel is important or relevant. We have so many preconceptions of how a place looks. By actually visiting a place, you find out those preconceptions are not necessarily true. I love to discover places like the ones you show in here (places that you would not expect in a country).

  19. Nicky says:

    This was fun! I love places that look so completely different to what you might’ve been expecting. The Scottish beach is stunning!

  20. These are really great photos! Some of them were very surprising, like the one from China!

  21. This is so cool! The Scotland one is unbelievable.

  22. RJ says:

    Wow, now that’s some creative and fun article. Loved it! a few of these surprised me as well 😀

  23. Suz says:

    What a fantastic project. I travel to Scotland a lot and it is hard to believe it isn’t somewhere tropical some days!

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