POPE OPENS PRIVATE APARTMENTS TO VISITORS
Pope Francis, who has renounced the delights of Castel Gandolfo outside Rome, has opened his private apartments to tourists,
the Vatican said on Friday.
From the start, the Argentine has declined to move into the sumptuous papal apartment and opted instead to live in a hotel inside the tiny city state.
His rooms at Castel Gandolfo have been turned into a museum which will
be inaugurated on Oct 21.
His predecessors John Paul II and Benedict had often stayed at the site, which
has been owned by the
Holy See since 1596.
BAMBOO 'GRAFFITI' AT RESORT SPARKS CRITICISM
In a controversial move, a scenic area in China has opened a zone for tourists to scribble on bamboo shoots in place of historic relics or protected natural attractions.
The "graffiti zone" is a 1.3ha bamboo forest on Jinzi Mountain in Guangdong.
Tourists have inscribed messages on nearly 200 of about 3,000 shoots of bamboo since the zone opened on
Oct 1, said Zeng Linghua, general manager of
Jinzi Mountain resort.
Many have criticised the resort for promoting a gesture that has destroyed the environment and sabotaged historic relics in the past.
But Mr Zeng said this "may be a more effective way to prevent vandalism".
TOURIST DIES IN FALL
FROM MEXICAN PYRAMID
A 74-year-old German tourist died on Thursday after falling from the massive Pyramid of the Sun near Mexico City.
The National Anthropology and History Institute, which oversees the country's archeological sites, expressed "deep dismay" as it reported the death of Seiler Eckhard, saying a medical report showed he had a cardiac problem before falling.
The Sun and Moon pyramids tower over the enigmatic pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, which is among the country's most popular archaeological attractions.