October 11, 2018 04:53 PM Southeast Asia's longest river winds 4,300 kilometers (2,672 miles) before spilling into the Pacific Ocean, flowing from high up on the Tibetan Plateau to the coastal lowlands of Cambodia and Vietnam. In China it is known as Lancang; in the countries downriver, it's called the "Mother of Water," or Mekong, the source of life for the entire region. It is used to water rice fields and mango groves and it provides millions of people with drinking water, food and energy. In the West, the word Mekong evokes both exotic images and painful historic memories. European colonists. American soldiers. The temple at Angkor Wat. The streets of Saigon. The jungle warfare of the 1960s. Helicopters and patrol boats. In Asia, though, the future of an entire economic region is dependent on the Mekong. The river connects five very different countries: the economically robust Vietnam, its wary neighbor Cambodia, self-confident Thailand, politically isolated Myanmar and … [Read more...] about Operation Mekong: China Solidifies Its Influence in Southeast Asia
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Shining the spotlight on Nottingham's burgeoning food and drink scene has revealed nearly 50 new restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs have opened so far this year across the city centre and out of town. The revolving door of new openings mean you might have lost track of just how many different spots there are to try. Indian street food, mouthwatering cakes, spectacular cocktails and craft beer - the list goes on and on. Make sure they're on your radar next time you're stuck for ideas. And don't mess around as there's more to come between now and December... Cafe Coco Tang It was two years in the making and a major development when the late-night bar expanded to create a day-time cafe with Vietnamese food and drink. But it was worth the wait for hoisin BBQ ribs, green papaya salad, soft-shell crab, the pretty hand-decorated Japanese deco roll cake and hot chocolate. A former hair salon, in Byard Lane, was transformed into a 1950s Saigon-style cafe with graffiti art and decor shipped … [Read more...] about Nearly 50 new bars, restaurants, pubs and cafes have opened so far this year
THE British Museum has been crowned the best-rated museum in the UK, second in Europe and fourth in the world according to TripAdvisor. The London landmark was beaten to the top spot by the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, followed by 9/11 Memorial Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The British Museum offers a huge collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures, spanning over two million years of human life, including the earliest known depiction of a couple having sex, which recently went on a tour of the country. It beat last year’s UK winner, the V&A Museum, and is the only Brit among this year’s top 10 winners worldwide. Around the UK, London came out top again, housing half the winners awarded across the UK. The National Gallery, home to collections of Western European paintings dating back to the 13th century, took second place in the UK, while last year’s winner the V&A Museum, rounded out the top three. Top … [Read more...] about British Museum is the fourth best in the world says TripAdvisor – so who beat us?
Gunfire is quickly exchanged, leading to a high-intensity chase through the snow-covered forest which culminates with the light aircraft smashing through a chalet and into the side of the vehicles. Sitting on a concrete bench in the new James Bond museum - 007 Elements - I am watching the film which inspired its creation. The cinematic installation is located more than 10,000 feet above sea level at the summit of the Gaislachkogl mountain, which looms over the ski resort of Solden in the Austrian Alps. Scenes from Bond's latest adventure - Spectre - were shot here in early 2015, and one local businessman was determined his hometown would not disappear from the spotlight. "I knew for us it was very good if they filmed here in Solden, but what then?" says Jakob Falkner, who runs the mountain's cable car company, Bergbahnen Solden, which owns the new museum building. "For me, it was quite clear that we had to do something." The result is a E10million-plus brutalist-style bunker carved … [Read more...] about New James Bond Museum opens in the Alps
From far beneath a glacier some 3,000m up in the Himalayan crests of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, near the border with Tibet, a stream called the Bhagirathi flows out and down a mountain. It widens as it goes, the frigid brown torrent eventually joining another stream, the Alaknanda, several kilometres away – from which merger India’s holiest river, the Ganges, is born. It traverses some 2,500km of hill, plain and wetland across several states, most of that distance at a languid molasses pace that belies its cascading mountain source. It passes by or through some of the subcontinent’s most culturally significant sites – Allahabad, Rishikesh, Varanasi, Haridwar – before emptying into the Bay of Bengal below Kolkata. One in 20 people on the planet lives within its drainage basin. During the monsoon, the Ganges can extend up to 12km in width, overflowing its banks and wreaking massive destruction. But for the world’s Hindus, it is a … [Read more...] about The boats taking river cruising to a new level