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Hunan

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Population 66 million

Communist Party cadres might wax lyrical about the sacred standing of Hunan in the annals of Chinese history, being as it is the birthplace of Mao Zedong, but it is Hunan’s dramatic scenery that is the real draw.

A magnificent landscape of isolated mountain ranges and jagged, karst peaks covers more than 80% of the province. The most astonishing example is found at the phantasmagorical Zhangjiajie; one of China's most surreal national parks. Here, as in other parts of the province, geological marvels rise up majestically from green vales fed by tributaries in the fertile Yangzi River basin.

People have long made a home amid Hunan's natural wonders, taming the rocky slopes into terraces of lush fields, and their distinctive cultures live on in charming villages and towns, the most alluring being the historic riverside settlement of Fenghuang.

AApr & May After a chilly (though not freezing) winter, spring brings welcome warmth, and mountain flowers.

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10. The Return of the Frog King, or Iron Henry

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“On Wednesday, at 3 PM, there will be a security check of the building. In case you are in the building at that time, we kindly ask you to stay in your apartment rooms for the period of the security check, which will take no longer than twenty minutes.”

—Request from the Academy

BOMB-SNIFFING DOGS ARE PATROLLING THE CARPETED hallways, closets, and alcoves downstairs in preparation for this evening’s conference on nuclear disarmament, hosted by and starring Dr. Henry Kissinger. Security is tight. Dr. Kissinger, I hear, has called off the television journalists. After a moment’s hesitation I decide to attend. It’s not every day you get to meet Dr. Strangelove in the flesh!5 It’s going to be a star-studded extravaganza. Other headliners include former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and former German President Richard von Weizsäcker, former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, former Secretary of State George Schultz, and various other aging German and American political heavies of the Cold War Era. The audience is likewise teeming with international VIPs, ambassadors, ministers, and the like. Chef Reinold tells me he’s prepared rack of venison “von Himmel und Erde” (literally from heaven and earth style), its gamey flesh stuffed with a mix of crushed apples and potatoes, his signature dish, symbolically suited to the occasion. I have a weakness for wild game.

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Los Roques

Susan Brushaber Hunter Publishing ePub

Caracas Venezuela Alive


Susan Brushaber & Arnold Greenberg

Hunter Publishing, Inc.

Alive Travel Books Ltd.


All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, transmitted or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Brief extracts to be included in reviews or articles are permitted.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this book is correct, but the publisher and authors do not assume, and hereby disclaim, liability to any party for any loss or damage caused by errors, omissions, misleading information or potential problems caused by information in this guide, even if such errors or omissions are a result of negligence, accident or any other cause.

We first visited Caracas in 1966 to research the city for inclusion in an upcoming edition of our best selling guidebook South America on $45 A Day ($10 then). Although we spent some time visiting other parts of the country, space considerations did not allow us to include them in that guide. But we were so impressed with the variety of the experiences we had that a few years later we wrote Caracas Alive, followed by Venezuela Alive. Most travelers picked up a copy of Caracas Alive, visited that cosmopolitan city and its nearby beaches, then headed home, failing to appreciate that the interior (as Caraqueos call the rest of the country) can be a fascinating travel experience albeit, at that time, an expensive one, since prices in Venezuela were among the highest in the world.

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Eastern Washington

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Open year-round daily. Visitor center at 3029 Spirit Lake Hwy., Toutle; t 360-274-0962; www.parks.wa.gov/stewardship/mountsthelens; open May–mid-Sept daily 9am–5pm, rest of the year 4pm; closed major holidays. t 360-449-7800. www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens. $5.

One of the world’s most famous volcanoes, Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980 with the intensity of 500 atomic bombs, destroying its northern flank and blasting away more than 1,300ft of elevation. In 1982 the US Congress declared Mount St. Helens a National Volcanic Monument. Today the eviscerated mountain, surrounded by a 172sq-mi preserve, is a leading visitor attraction.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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When to Go

July is the best time to see flower-filled alpine meadows at Mt. Rainier, but any summer day through September offers the best opportunity for clear weather and great views at both Rainier and Mount St. Helens. Summertime frequently brings fog to the Washington coast, so the best times to visit are the shoulder seasons or winter-storm season.

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South Cornwall

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South Cornwall

It might lack the craggy granite cliffs and sea-blown grandeur of the north coast, but Cornwall’s southern side has ample charms of its own: gentle creeks, green meadows, quaint harbours and world-renowned gardens such as Trebah, Trelissick, Heligan and Glendurgan, as well as the futuristic biomes of the Eden Project. It feels more pastoral than the craggy beauty of Penwith or the wild emptiness of Bodmin Moor: this is a place for quiet adventures, whether that’s touring the back lanes and beaches of the Roseland, mooching around Mevagissey Harbour or kayaking on the Fal and Fowey Rivers.

The remote Rame Peninsula is particularly worth exploring. It’s a fairly long drive from anywhere, so most visitors never make the effort, which means its lovely countryside and country houses are relatively quiet. It’s also an easy trip from Plymouth thanks to the Torpoint ferry, which chugs across the beautiful Tamar Estuary.

» May The Fowey Festival brings book readings, poetry events and live music to the streets of town.

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