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Great Wall Repairs Spark Outrage

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/26/2016, 4:00 AM

(Photo: CNN/Twitter) An effort to restore a 700-year-old portion of the Great Wall of China has sparked outrage on social media after photos of the project were posted online. In the country's northeastern Liaoning province, workers have covered the 8-kilometer (5-mile) Xiaohekou stretch of the wall in concrete, replacing crumbling steps and plant overgrowth with a smooth walkway ...

On Saturday: National Public Lands Day and Smithsonian's African American Museum Opening

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/23/2016, 4:00 AM

Tomorrow is the last Saturday of September, which means it's National Public Lands Day in the United States. Admission to all federally controlled parks, forests, and monuments—and at many state parks, too—will be free, allowing you to enjoy the national treasures being held in your name. To show your appreciation, you can volunteer for a variety of service projects being held at sites acr...

On Saturday: National Public Lands Day and Smithsonian's African American Museum Opening

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/23/2016, 4:00 AM

Tomorrow is the last Saturday of September, which means it's National Public Lands Day in the United States. Admission to all federally controlled parks, forests, and monuments—and at many state parks, too—will be free, allowing you to enjoy the national treasures being held in your name. To show your appreciation, you can volunteer for a variety of service projects being held at sites acr...

Tourist in Kenya Killed by Elephant He Was Trying to Photograph

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/23/2016, 4:00 AM

An Italian tourist in the coastal region of Kenya was killed by an elephant this week after the man got too close while trying to take a photograph. The 66-year-old tourist and his wife were having breakfast in their tent at the Swara Camp in Kulalu Ranch when the man spotted the elephant at a watering hole. He went to get a better look and a memorable snapshot, but his proximity provoked ...

The World's Most Visited City

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/23/2016, 4:00 AM

Bangkok is the world's most popular travel destination this year, according to an annual ranking of 132 cities by financial-services company MasterCard. Estimated to receive a grand total of 21.47 million international visitors by the end of 2016, the Thai capital squeezed past London (19.88 million visitors), the second-place holder and last year's winner.   Tourism to Thailand appear...

If You Want to See the Northern Lights, This Is the Winter to Do It

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/22/2016, 4:00 AM

(Photo: FreeImages/Dave Dyet) If seeing the Northern Lights is on your bucket list (and why wouldn't it be?), this winter could be the best chance you'll get until the middle of the 2020s, according to experts.  The best time to see the natural spectacle in any year is from September to March in the Arctic Circle. But how bright the lights are depends on where the sun is in its ap...

Part of Prague's Dancing House Now a Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/22/2016, 4:00 AM

(Photo: Pedro Szekely/Wikimedia Commons) Prague's iconic Dancing House—which features two towers of glass and concrete that appear to be cutting a rug on the banks of the Vltava river—has been off limits for many visitors to the Czech capital because the building has been been used primarily for office space.  But now part of the unique edifice has been turned into a hotel.  A...

Only 12% of Visitors in Colorado Use Marijuana, Says State Tourism Office

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/22/2016, 4:00 AM

As our own Arthur Frommer pointed out recently, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado has increased the number of visits to the state—but not by as much as you might think, according to the Colorado Tourism Office. At a conference this week, state officials announced the results of a survey conducted by a market research company that found just 12% of visitors reported s...

Video: Passenger on Emirates Gets Free Upgrade to $21,000 Seat in First Class

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/21/2016, 4:00 AM

When YouTube vlogger Casey Neistat was recently upgraded for free to first class on an Emirates Airlines flight from Dubai to New York City, he did what YouTube vloggers do and documented the entire 14-hour experience. And wow, is it ever luxe. Ensconced in an enormous private cabin costing more than $21,000, Neistat shows viewers the embarrassment of perks he's treated to, including w...

Pieces of Concorde Jet Going Up for Auction

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/21/2016, 4:00 AM

Seats from the Concorde (photo: Marc Labarbe/Twitter) You might not have gotten to fly aboard the supersonic Concorde jet before it was grounded in 2003, but you'll soon have a chance to own a piece of it. In November, 1,000 artifacts from the famous plane, ranging from screws and cockpit instruments to menus, seats, and oxygen masks, will be sold at an auction in Toulouse, France...

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