ALARM AS GREEN PATCHES
APPEAR ON TAJ MAHAL
THE gleaming white marble walls of India's Taj Mahal face a fresh threat - from green insect excrement.
Authorities have ordered an investigation after green-tinged patches began appearing on the back wall of the monument to love, which stands on the banks of the heavily polluted Yamuna river.
Environmentalists believe the pollutants in the river have caused algae to thrive, leading to a surge
in insects which feed on it.
HAVE A SAY IN TOP 100
PLACES TO VISIT IN TOKYO
A CAMPAIGN has been launched in Tokyo, calling for the public to
submit what they deem are the "secret" tourist spots in the city.
The suggestions will be whittled down to 100 and compiled into a list titled Tokyo 100.
The campaign is helmed by the Tokyo metropolitan government's Transportation Bureau. Submissions can be made till March next year at http://tg.tripadvisor.jp/tokyo100/
THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN
BEIJING TO PROMOTE OLD ALLEYS DESPITE OVERCROWDING FEARS
MORE cultural spaces will be encouraged in Beijing's highly commercialised hutong, including the popular Nanluoguxiang.
The Dongcheng district government announced a three-year plan last week to develop the historic resources in the district and bring in more cultural establishments.
The move comes after a ban on large tour groups in Nanluoguxiang last month to reduce the risk that big crowds may place on historic buildings in the 740-year-old alley.
Despite the ban, more than 160,000 visitors flocked to the 787m alley during the May Day weekend.