Travel Picks: Top 10 enchanting forests around the world

Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:15am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - We live in a beautiful world. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, online travel adviser ( has picked its top 10 favorite forests from across the planet.

From lush rainforests, watery wonders, ancient woodlands and more in-between; reconnect with nature at one of these stunning spots. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Crooked Forest, Poland

Looking like it fell out of a surreal Salvador Dali painting, the Crooked Forest (Krzywy Las) outside Nowe Czarnowo, Poland, has intrigued the public for more than 80 years.

The grove of about 400 pines was planted around 1930 in the former German province of Pomerania. The accepted cause of the forest's distinctive curve is some form of man-made tool or technique, but the method and motive remain unknown.

2. Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan

On the outskirts of Kyoto, Arashiyama has been a tourist hot-spot since the 8th century. The park is particularly popular when the spring cherry blossoms bloom and in the autumn when the forest takes on a hue of fiery oranges and reds.

Within this nationally designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty lies the impressive bamboo forest of Sagano. A path cuts through the towering bamboo grove and when the sun is shining and a gentle breeze is blowing, the setting is truly picturesque.

3. Black Forest, Germany   Continued...

A view of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China's southern Hunan province May 10, 2004. REUTERS/China Daily