Behold the Christmas story - in a limestone cave

Actors perform the real-life Nativity biblical scenes in Postojna cave, in Postojna, Slovenia December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Borut ZivulovicOne of the world’s largest limestone caves, the Postojna Cave in western Slovenia, is a long way from a stable in Bethlehem, but its traditional living nativity is getting more than shepherds and wise men visiting.The annual performance -- staged along a 5

Solana lights up Beijing with annual festival

Light installation1.8by Janet Echelman. Photo: Courtesy of SolanaA giant colorful net sculpture more than 30 meters long and 14 meters in wide is currently hanging above one of Beijing's busiest bazaars, the Solana shopping mall. Catching the eye of passersby, the net is just one of the many attractive light installations that make up Solana's annual light festival, a collaboration

Suzhou: Heaven above; Suzhou and Hangzhou below

Heaven above; Suzhou and Hangzhou below.Suzhou is located in Southeast Jiangsu Province and is celebrated for its beautiful gardens.Traditional dwellings along Shantang river. (Photos: Chi jingyi/ People's Daily app)Tea house by the Shantang riverside.Tour boat on the Shantang river.Boat sightseeing on the Shantang river, with traditional dwellings by the riverside.Small river that encircles Tiger Hill.Tiger Hill (虎丘, hu qiu) is

Tourist arrivals to Morocco up 9 pct in first 10 months

A view of Djamaa Lafna square and its restaurants in Marrakesh's old city December 18, 2014. Photo: REUTERS/Youssef BoudlalA total of 9.7 million tourists visited Morocco between January and October 2017, up 9 percent compared to a year earlier, according to the statistics released by Tourism Ministry on Thursday.International tourist arrivals jumped 14 percent, while Moroccans living abroad visiting their

Notre Dame plans to build new $66 million campus art museum

The University of Notre Dame is planning construction of a new $66 million campus art museum.Notre Dame says the new Raclin Murphy Museum of Art will be named in honor of longtime benefactors Ernestine Raclin and her daughter and son-in-law Carmen and Chris Murphy. The school says they’ve made an unspecified lead contribution toward the project.The museum is planned for

Enjoy hot springs, decorated towers and ancient southern Chinese towns in Kaiping, Guangdong Province

Diaolou watchtowers in the Zili village site in Kaiping, South China's Guangdong Province Photo :CFPAs someone who was born and raised in the warm and rainy southern province of Guangdong, whenever the temperature in Beijing begins to fall below freezing, I start to feel a bit homesick for everything my hometown offers.Bubbling hot springs, steaming duck porridge and ancient towns

Direct flight links Harbin, Singapore

Photo:CAACNewsA direct air route linking the city of Harbin with Singapore was launched Friday, according to Harbin Airport.The first direct flight from Singapore landed at 8:50 a.m. Friday at Harbin Airport, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.The new flight shortened the previous 10-hour-plus travel time to just seven hours. Previously, passengers had to transit in either Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou. The flight

Bare-bottomed Americans arrested over Thai temple photo

Officials pull to the royal chariot which will be used to carry the royal urn of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the Royal Funeral in Bangkok, Thailand. Oct. 26. (Photo: AP)Two Americans who maintained a social media account called "Traveling Butts" have been arrested in Thailand after posting a photo of themselves at a famous Buddhist temple with

Bali's erupting volcano raises air travel warnings

Mount Agung volcano erupts as seen from Besakih Temple in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia on November 26, 2017. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo Indonesian and regional authorities heightened flight warnings around Bali’s Mount Agung on Sunday as the volcano’s eruptions sent a plume of volcanic ash and steam more than 6,000 metres into the skies above the popular holiday island.Ash covered roads,

Bali volcano hurls ash for second time in a week

A view of the Mount Agung volcano erupting, in Karangasem, Bali island, Indonesia, early Sunday, Nov. 26. (Photo: AP)A volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali erupted for the second time in a week, disrupting international flights even as authorities said the island remains safe.The ash column from Mount Agung rose 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) following an eruption that

Explaining the fight over US 'net neutrality' regulations

A pro-net neutrality Internet activist attends a rally in the neighborhood where U.S. President Barack Obama attended a fundraiser in Los Angeles, California July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan AlcornThe U.S. Federal Communications Commission is poised to vote on Dec. 14 to rescind the so-called net neutrality rules championed by former President Barack Obama.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal would repeal rules that

Smooth sailing so far on $7.5M makeover of Pilgrim ship

A year after craftsmen embarked on an ambitious effort to restore the rotting replica of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to the New World in 1620, the work “is going really great,” project manager Whit Perry says.Britain built the vessel and sailed it to the U.S. as a gift of friendship in 1957. Usually it’s moored in Plymouth Harbor,

Get a glimpse of lost history at the ancient town of Pingyao

An ancient courtyard. Photo: Global TimesA traditional courtyard.Photo: Global TimesAs a person who loves history, ancient cities are always at the top of my list of favorite travel destinations. However, although I don't live far from Pingyao - a county in North China's Shanxi Province about 500 kilometers southwest of Beijing - I had long neglected this gem despite having

Air New Zealand, Swiss travel platform Winding Tree in blockchain tie-up

An Air New Zealand Boeing Dreamliner 787 takes off from Auckland Airport in New Zealand, September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Nigel Marple Air New Zealand said on Wednesday it has teamed up with Swiss travel start-up Winding Tree to explore applications based on blockchain technology that could help the national flag carrier of New Zealand improve the efficiency and security of

Endangered orcas compete with seals, sea lions for salmon

Photo: APHarbor seals, sea lions and some fish-eating killer whales have been rebounding along the Northeast Pacific Ocean in recent decades. But that boom has come with a trade-off: They’re devouring more of the salmon prized by a unique but fragile population of endangered orcas.Competition with other marine mammals for the same food may be a bigger problem than fishing,

Exploring Zhejiang Province’s Gouqi Island

A view of the deserted houses in the abandoned village on the Gouqi Island. Photo: VCGAutumn has an unmistakable sense of charm in the air. The season brings in its fold a slight dip in temperature and a change in color when it comes to the foliage all around.Autumn is one of the best times to travel in China since

Legionnaires sickens 12 in California, including 9 at Disneyland

Photo: XinhuaDisneyland has shut down and decontaminated two cooling towers following an outbreak of Legionnaires disease that sickened 12 people, nine of them guests or employees at the theme park in Anaheim, county health officials said on Saturday.One of the three cases of the respiratory illness not linked to Disneyland was fatal in an individual who had additional health issues,

Dazzling Northern Lights display illuminates Finnish skies

The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is seen over the sky near the village of Pallas (Muonio region) of Lapland, Finland September 8, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/Alexander Kuznetsov/All About LaplandA spectacular multicolored display of the Northern Lights danced across the sky over Finland this week.The aurora borealis was visible across an unusually large swathe of the country, and further south than usual.It

Californians may gain access to a mile of rural coast

Photo: ReutersA stretch of remote California coastline would become available to the public after more than a century of private ownership under a proposal expected to receive approval by the state’s powerful Coastal Commission.The ranch land is a rarity on the 21st century coast of Southern California — free of urban sprawl, crowds, cookie-cutter developments and freeways.The panel of coastal

Labor of love French chateau on market for $30 million

A view shows the front garden and the facade of the Chateau de Menars, near the Loire river, France, November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesA vast 18th-century chateau on the banks of France’s River Loire is likely to be sold for just a fraction of the amount a Middle Eastern businessman, inspired by his passion for a long-dead royal mistress, has

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