Wikivoyage:Discover

Here we collaborate on future discover facts that are featured on the Main Page (and on the Discover page).

Criteria

  • At a minimum, [[link]] the article that contains the fact in question. The fact must be taken from a Wikivoyage article.
  • '''Boldface''' the fact of interest.
  • Linked articles don't need to be perfect, but preference should be given to those with a status of "usable" or higher.
  • Relevant images are required for one in every three facts. They should be placed above the fact in question, with the following formatting:
[[Image:imagename|right|200px|description]]
The interesting fact linked to this image goes here.
  • When looking for fun facts to add, Special:Random (also accessible in the left sidebar) which displays a random Wikivoyage article can be a useful tool. As many articles unfortunately are short on content, you may want to hit the link multiple times while opening up new articles in new tabs.

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  • Most tanks at the tank museum in Saumur are in working order and can be explored and clambered over.
  • Cidade do Natal in Campo Grande is a cute make-believe village has daily free Christmas-inspired attractions on the last three weeks of December.
  • There are two dangers in cold weather: frostbite (frostbitten hands pictured) and hypothermia.


  • The content in Template:Discover is automatically updated on a daily basis and each Discover entry is displayed for three days.
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  • When an entry isn't shown on the Main Page any longer, it should be added to the Discover archive, not just deleted from the template.

Nominations

Add your entries to the end of this list. Do not leave any space or other commentary between entries. However, feel free to rearrange the list, because geographic variety in what's displayed is good (e.g. if the next three items are all from Europe, it's good to intersperse something from somewhere else).

 
  • The B.F. Hastings Building (pictured) in Old Sacramento was once the western end of the Pony Express.
  • The harbour of Rio de Janeiro is comprised of a unique entry from the ocean that makes it appear as the mouth of a river.
  • Japadog, a hotdog with Japanese toppings, is a Vancouver street food icon, and is sold from carts around town and a shop in the City Centre.
 
  • Hijagang, the Kangla boatyard, houses four traditional Meitei watercrafts (Hiyang Hirens pictured).
  • The Flame of Peace monument in Timbuktu commemorates the ceremonial burning of 3000 weapons in March 1996, in honor of the end of the Tuareg rebellion.
  • Cork products that range from wallets to umbrellas are iconic souvenirs from Sintra.
 
  • The old lighthouse (pictured) in Travemünde is the oldest in Germany.
  • Two races take place in the winter in Nome; the Iron Dog Snowmobile Race and the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
  • Hann Park and Zoo in Dakar features a wide variety of Senegalese plant life and the zoo contains over 130 animals.
 
  • The name of Torres del Paine National Park (landscape pictured) is composed of both Spanish and native languages.
  • At the Museum of the 1930s in Boulogne-Billancourt you can watch artworks from that decade.
  • Qingdao is regarded by some Chinese as one of the most beautiful and cleanest cities in China.
 
  • Fiji's main attraction is its paradise-like nature, with perfect palm-lined beaches (pictured), blue waters and green inland hills.
  • Cassadaga, Florida is sometimes referred to as being the "Psychic Center of the World".
  • Alappuzha is one of the few places in Kerala where non-Hindus are allowed enter temple premises.
 
  • Swords Castle (pictured) was built as a residence for the Archbishop of Dublin in the 13th century.
  • At times Overseas Chinese cuisine is hardly recognisable as Chinese food to people from China.
  • Surrounded by lakes, streams, creeks and rivers, Roblin is known as the "Flyfishing Capital of Manitoba".
 
  • In Parque das Aves in Foz do Iguaçu you can come in close contact with different types of exotic birds (toucans pictured).
  • Szeged is known as the "City of Sunshine", because it has the most sunny days throughout the year in Hungary.
  • At the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, you'll find Texas style nightlife and a weekly rodeo.
 
 
  • The Museum of Islamic Arts, Doha's flagship museum (pictured) hosts artefacts from Muslim dynasties all over Asia, Africa and Europe.
  • Colosseum takes its name from the giant statue of the emperor Nero that once stood near this location.
  • The Rahmi M. Koc Museum in Ankara is housed in an old Ottoman caravanserai but it presents the technological progress since the 1850s.
 
  • A speciality of Luang Prabang is khai phaen (ໄຄແຜ່ນ) (pictured) – dried green algae from the Mekong with sesame seeds, chillies, oil, etc.
  • Växjö has a museum about the 19th century great emigration from Sweden.
  • More people than ever are working abroad, so if you like the concept, consider what options are available to you.
 
  • The Freedom Monument (pictured) in Riga is one of Latvia's national symbols.
  • As with the rest of the Oregon Coast, the Tillamook area has a focus on fresh seafood at many establishments.
  • Formerly an important port for banana export, today the pier and train station in Tela have become a museum.
 
  • The large Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple (pictured) has a wide assortment of classical Japanese pagodas and halls and a pleasant quasi-European park.
  • Moab lies along the Colorado River and offers excellent opportunities to get out on the river.
  • African flora and fauna is a highlight of trips to Africa, especially on visits to the continent's national parks.
 
  • Teampall Bheanáin (Benen's Church) in Inis Mór (pictured) is said to be the world's smallest church.
  • Pogradec is known for having crisp nights and thus deep sleeps.
  • Western Australia is the world's second largest subnational entity, after the Sakha Republic in Russia (so it's indeed larger than Greenland, Nunavut, or even countries like Mexico).
 
  • Thomas Foster Memorial (pictured) in Uxbridge, Ontario is a mausoleum built by a wealthy citizen and former mayor of Toronto, designed to replicate the famous Taj Mahal in India.
  • Plymouth, the de jure capital of Montserrat, has been covered by 40 feet (over 10 metres) of ash since a volcanic eruption in 1997, earning its nickname "the new Pompeii".
  • Highway 4 stretches 1,295 km (805 mi) from Helsinki to Utsjoki, covering almost the full length of Finland from south to north.
 
  • The summits of Illiniza (pictured) are also known by the names "man summit" (Illiniza) and "woman summit" (Tioniza).
  • Worcester, like many Massachusetts towns and cities, has an historic town common at its center.



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Yes. As you said, use as many relevant links as there are. Ikan Kekek (talk) 04:26, 18 December 2017 (UTC)
It seems I have misinterpreted what the consensus was (or rather wasn't; the discussion doesn't seem to have come to any conclusion). This being the case, I apologise for interfering with your edits and citing a consensus that doesn't exist.
However, I do agree with Ypsi's original concerns that the entry should generally only link to the page where the fact is mentioned; in nearly all cases that is the destination / travel topic that is the entry's subject. Novelty architecture (as an article covering an entire field of study) is only tenuously related to this one specific ice hotel in Sweden. It's a bit like linking to Historical travel (very broad and general topic) in an entry about Herculaneum (a specific Roman archaeological site).
But we should really try to conclude that discussion one way or the other. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 10:55, 18 December 2017 (UTC)
What if the fact is mentioned in more than one place? For instance, Chicken AK being named for ptarmigan is mentioned in both the town's article and places with unusual names. Likewise, it would make sense for the "ice hotel" concept to be mentioned both in their host cities and in the novelty architecture article. K7L (talk) 11:17, 18 December 2017 (UTC)
Well, ice hotels in general, and the specific hotel in question are both mentioned on novelty architecture, like you say. There are lots of cases like this where the same or similar information appears on more than one page. But the discover fact is about this hotel in particular (it being the very first of its kind), so that's the article we should link to, in my opinion. There could be a future discover entry specifically for the novelty architecture article, though, no problem. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 11:48, 18 December 2017 (UTC)
The novelty architecture is the whole point of the item; the bit about "being first" was merely an arbitrary line drawn to avoid having to list all of the other hotels of the same genre - which are too numerous to fit in a twenty-word blurb. K7L (talk) 12:44, 18 December 2017 (UTC)
I still think we should link to just one article, the article where the fact appears. If we are to link to several articles, like the factoids in Wikipedia's Did you know (upon which our Discover section is based), I'd say we should also write the name of the article where the fact appears in bold letters, just like they do. --ϒpsilon (talk) 14:25, 18 December 2017 (UTC)
The facts do appear in places with unusual names (for Chicken) and novelty architecture (for the ice hotel). K7L (talk) 02:47, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
In these cases I still see the destination is the "main article" which should be highlighted somehow. It's Jukkasjärvi that has become famous because of the ice hotel representing Novelty architecture, not the other way around (ie. novelty architecture would still be around if they had built it in Gällivare instead, or not at all). In the same way, Chicken is famous because it has a funny name. --ϒpsilon (talk) 10:50, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
If the rest of you think it's best to have only one link per entry, I'll accede to that. Ikan Kekek (talk) 10:57, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
That's for the best. We can still have a fact relating to novelty architecture in the future, whereas linking two or more articles in one fact is basically using those articles up for the foreseeable future, in that we don't like repeat coverage of the same articles within a period of time. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 11:26, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
I believe the concerns about duplication are that we don't want the same fact twice, not that we are trying to prevent two facts about the same destination from appearing at different times. This was raised at Wikivoyage talk:Discover#Repeating Discoveries and Same-type Discoveries before the WT split, and I think there was one we'd removed the better part of a year ago here as the same fact was mistakenly submitted twice, one month apart. K7L (talk) 13:34, 20 December 2017 (UTC)
We can certainly feature a single destination as many times as we like but I think there should be a couple of months between them at least. Intentionally featuring the same fact again is something we should avoid, though if this occasionally happens by accident (maybe because there have been so long time since it was featured that nobody remembers) I don't think it's a huge problem. For instance, the fact we had a few weeks back of Michigan's map resembling two hands was featured in October 2015 with a different wording. ϒpsilon (talk) 08:34, 21 December 2017 (UTC)
I'd prefer not to feature the same fact twice, or have three facts from the same country appear in the same three-day interval (like The [[Aleutian Islands]] of Alaska are the easternmost U.S. point", "[[Texas]] is the second-largest state, behind Alaska", "[[Wyoming]] is the second least-populous, behind Alaska")... unless this were April 1 or some occasion where the pattern is the joke. Conversely, I can't see a fact on big things in Australia being precluded because a fact on ice hotels had already run previously; both are technically novelty architecture. K7L (talk)

The following calendar-related items are "ready-to-go" criteria-wise and should be moved to the main queue at a date appropriate to the trivia featured: