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Bali, Indonesia

The Wallace Line is a bio-geographic boundary separating Asian species in the west from Australasian species in the east.

Despite being only 35 kilometres apart, Bali and Lombok do not share the same species, as they are separated by the Wallace Line.

Mount Agung is Bali’s highest mountain; standing 3,031 metres high, the volcano is twice the height of Mount Batur, the island’s second highest peak.

Mount Agung, also known as ‘Mother Temple’, and is the holiest site in Bali; according to myth, the mountain was created by the gods to stabilise the wobbling island.

The festival of Nyepi marks the start of the lunar year, and is a day of complete silence and inactivity; all businesses close and no one leaves their homes.

For the Balinese, religion is considered to be art and almost every person on the island spends time creating art work as a means of expressing their faith.

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