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Pyongyang's giant pyramid hotel revealed

Pyongyang's giant pyramid hotel revealed

Beijing-based Koryo Tours has released the first public photos from inside the tallest and most notorious building in North Korea: the 105-storey, pyramidshaped Ryugyong Hotel, which remains unfinished more than 20 years after construction began.

Passion for cruise ships translates into Berlitz guide

If there is a godfather of the cruise-writing business, that title must belong to Englishman Douglas Ward.

Time-capsule city largely undiscovered

Long ago, I gave up looking for an untouristy, half-timbered medieval German town, but recently, I stumbled upon it in the sleepy town of Erfurt. The capital of the German region of Thuringia, Erfurt has history swinging from its eaves.

Mauna Kea's sacred status leads to controvery

To the outside world, Mauna Kea may be a famous centre for astronomy. To native Hawaiians, it is a sacred place ancestors visited for centuries in a quest to understand spiritual connections between earth and the heavens.

New York has app for parks

New York's state parks department has launched a smartphone application to help people get information about recreation sites and events.

India getting first Starbucks

Starbucks will open its first outlet in India by the end of October and has appointed a chief executive to head its India joint venture, the company said Friday.

China's luxury globe-trotting shoppers ignore 'downturn'

Rich Chinese tourists paying $40,000 to hunt elk in Utah or booking the entire first-class cabin for a family flight to France show China's economic slowdown has yet to thin the wallets or dull the appetites of its deep-pocketed elite.

Way cool up top

Hawaii's Mauna Kea leaves visitors giddy - and it's not just the thin mountain air

Frost sharpens fall colours in northeast U.S

New Hampshire officials say frost in the Great North Woods region has sharpened the colours and brought that area up to 60 per cent of peak fall foliage.

Home life focus of Roman show

The British Museum will take visitors into the streets, salons and bedrooms of the ancient Roman world with a major exhibition about the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.