Great overview of Christchurch

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Lonely Planet has released their top 10 must-see cities to visit in 2013. Christchurch, in the South Island of New Zealand is #6 on the list. Christchurch is a city dear to my heart as I have visited there many times. Christchurch is also known as the Garden City because of its many parks and large Botanic Gardens in the city centre. It was a very beautiful city, featuring many old heritage buildings of Gothic Revival architecture, giving Christchurch an old English feel.

All this changed after a series of earthquakes. The first earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 struck at 4.35am on 4th September 2010. It caused severe building damage, but miraculously no loss of life – mainly because at the time of the earthquake, most people were asleep at home. However, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 12.51pm on 22nd February 2011 caused significant destruction, injuries and…

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