Hillsides, nature trails and country parks: The world beyond Hong Kong’s famous skyscrapers

There is more to Hong Kong than its stunning skyscrapers. Wooded hillsides, craggy ridges and wheeling birds of prey may seem like a world away from its trademark skyscrapers but the city’s country parks are a necessary balm for its stressed out residents. With some of the world’s highest property prices, many can only afford tiny apartments, some living in infamous “cage homes” big enough only for a bed. Hong Kong’s fast-paced lifestyle and long working hours also take their toll. Fortunately, within easy reach of the densely packed tower…

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Mysuru decks up to host world famous 10-day Dasara festival, security beefed up

The City of Palaces has been decked up to host its world famous 10-day ‘Mysuru Dasara’ fest starting Thursday with pomp and pageantry and an increase in the number of tourists is expected this year, officials said. “This year’s festival is expecting at least 30 % increase in the footfall. We are making all the necessary arrangements to make this year’s fest much bigger than the last year,” Additional Deputy Commissioner T. Yogesh told IANS. Mysuru, located about 150km from Karnataka capital Bengaluru, attracts visitors from across the world during…

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