Lonely Planet Writer

Around the world in five great travel videos

This week’s  best videos from around the world feature winds strong enough to reverse a waterfall, traffic chaos in China, the famous Punxsutawney Phil, staff at a Toyko zoo dressing up as animals to fake an escape and the new sport of ‘drone-boarding’.

Waterfalls appear to reverse directions in strong winds.
Waterfalls appear to reverse directions in strong winds. Image by Isle of Mull Cottages

A waterfall in Scotland appeared to flow backwards as gusts of winds from Storm Henry hit the UK. The 90mph winds were strong enough to blow water back up a waterfall and was captured in a video by Isle of Mull Cottages and posted on Facebook.

Watch the video here.

A mock giraffe at the Japanese zoo tries to escape
A mock giraffe at the Japanese zoo tries to escape Image by PA

Zookeepers in Tokyo amused the world with their annual drill to prep for an emergency animal escape. One staff member dressed up in a zebra costume and pretended to escape during an earthquake. The other staff grabbed a net and headed out after the animal.

Watch the video here.

Rush hour at Guangzhou Railway Station.
Rush hour at Guangzhou Railway Station. Image by Photocapy / CC BY-SA 2.0

Bad weather in China left about 100,000 people stranded at Guangzhou Railway Station in southern China this week. Millions of people in China are currently travelling ahead of Chinese New Year and the Spring Festival season. But the weather left thousands of people stuck at the over-capacity station and scrambling for extra train services.

Watch the video here.

Groundhog Club co-handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil during the annual celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.
Groundhog Club co-handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil during the annual celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Image by (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

America will see an early spring this year – if you believe the forecast of Pennsylvania’s famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil. On Groundhog Day (2 February), the animal did not see its shadow, according to his handlers. Legend has it that if the rodent sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter, but this year it seems like the country is on track for a mild season.

Watch the video here.

Drone boarding could be the new craze in adventure sports. Image by Screengrab via YouTube
Drone boarding could be the new craze in adventure sports. Image by Screengrab via YouTube

Most of the times, drones are used to film sports, not take part in them. But a snowboarder from Latvia released a video of a ride using his drone to pull him along as if he was water-skiing.

Watch the video here.