TWO SCENIC SITES IN CHINA STRIPPED OF TOP RATING
Two top-rated tourist attractions in China had their accreditation removed after more than 30 undercover investigations at 20 scenic spots.
The China National Tourism Administration said
last week that it has stripped the 5-A rating of
Orange Isle in Changsha, Hunan province, and
Shenlong Gorge in Chongqing.
Reasons cited are security concerns, overpricing,
poor environmental management, poor facility
maintenance and bad service.
Serious warnings were issued to three 5-A scenic spots in Anhui and Fujian provinces.
China uses a five-tier tourist rating system.
CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
FIRST NORTH KOREA EATERY IN THE WEST OPENS IN SPAIN
North Korea now has a modest ally on the Spanish coast - the Pyongyang Cafe, a small bar founded to support
Kim Jong Un's strongman rule.
Located in the city of Tarragona, the establishment sports a huge North Korean flag behind the bar,
where tea and Asian beers are served.
Socialist propaganda posters brought from Pyongyang adorn the walls of the modern bar, and there is a shelf full of works by leaders of the Kim dynasty, translated into Spanish.
North Korean restaurants, with traditional food and dancing, have popped up across Asia.
But Alejandro Cao de Benos, founder of the bar,
says this is the only such Western establishment.
RESTORATION OF MONASTERY UNDER WAY IN NEPAL
At a mediaeval monastery in Nepal's remote Upper Mustang region, artists are toiling to restore sacred murals
and preserve traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture.
Upper Mustang opened to outsiders only in 1992
and its murals, scriptures and cave paintings provide
a rare window into early Buddhism.
The region's Lo Gekar monastery predates the
oldest temple complex built in Tibet.
But wind and rain eroded the mud walls of monuments and rotted wooden ceiling beams, while smoke from ceremonial butter lamps has turned luminous frescos black.