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

Hundreds of dead sea turtles found floating off El Salvador

The discovery of deadsea turtles in November 2017 recalled a similar find in 2013, between September and October, when hundreds of sea turtles were found dead off El Salvador's coast Photo: AFPHundreds of dead sea turtles have been found floating off El Salvador's Pacific coast, leaving officials scratching their heads as to what caused the massacre.The environment ministry said on

Tourism boom expected for Russia's Far East Region

Panoramic view of Vladivostok and the Golden Horn Bay. File photo: ICAlexander Galushka, minister for Russian Far East Development, told People’s Daily on November 3 that the region expects to receive one million Chinese tourists annually. In preparation for a new tourism boom, Russia introduced relaxed visa measures that have made visiting the region easier.According to Galushka, to improve

NE China scenic area offers free entry

Automn scene of Wudalianchi (Photos: Dongfang IC)HARBIN, November 1-- The Wudalianchi Scenic Area, in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, became free to visit on Wednesday, local authorities said.The free entry will last until March 31 next year, covering a total period of 151 days, according to the management committee of the scenic area.Covering a total area of 720 square km, the

Illinois tourism office to open expand to China, Mexico

Illinois tourism officials are expanding their efforts in China and Mexico, hoping to attract more foreign visitors to the state.The Illinois Office of Tourism plans to open an office in Mexico City by Nov. 1 and one in Beijing on Dec. 1, the Chicago Tribune reported. Three additional support offices in China are being planned in Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou.Agency

Autumn scene in Changdeokgung Palace South Korea

Autumn scene in Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea.(Photos by Song Luyao)Seoul--Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405, North Korea. It was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage site by the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Committee in December of 1997 during the committee meeting in Naples, Italy.Garden in Changdeokgung Palace.Autumn scene with

Forbidden City closes down ticket windows after 92 years, only to sell tickets online

A visitor scansa QR code at the Forbidden City. (Photo from the Palace Museum official website)Visitors at the Forbidden Citybefore the abolition of window ticket sales. (File photo)One of the most tourism sites in China, the Palace Museum, or Forbidden City will close its ticket windows, and all 80,000 tickets will be sold only online from Tuesday. Visitors can log

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