Soaring skyscrapers in high-tech cities, ancient walls in surreal natural settings, and delectable cuisine made by hospitable locals are all part of the bucket-list appeal of China. But from the 15-hour plane ride to air pollution and intermittent Internet access, it can feel like another world—one that you need to be prepared for. Some items that you probably don’t usually consider bringing on vacation are must-have essentials when it comes to packing for China. What to Pack for China Here’s what I discovered about packing for China on a recent trip to Shanghai and Suzhou. Once you’re prepared for the semi-unique conditions you’ll encounter in China, you can relax and enjoy the journey. Related: The Ultimate Packing List The Suitcase Opting for a carry-on bag frees you from the worry of losing your luggage on any layovers—you don’t want to land in China without your must-have items. A suitcase with a portable charger that you can remove and … [Read more...] about What to Pack for China: 27 Essential Items
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NEW YORK — In the middle of West 69th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, behind some scaffolding and a green wooden wall, stand a few precarious inches of facade. It is a Potemkin-like sop to local landmark laws, all that remains of two brownstones from an earlier Gilded Age that were leveled unceremoniously last summer. A few years from now, this remnant will be grafted onto a mansion that may well cost $100 million by the time it’s finally finished. But for now, all they’re doing is digging. Every morning at 8 o’clock sharp, the jackhammering begins. All day long, the drilling and banging and beeping go on. Only on weekends and the holidays of the politically potent — Christmas and Rosh Hashana, for example, but not Martin Luther King Jr. Day — does it cease. It was supposed to end last December, then in February, then this month. Now, they say, it could last all summer. Manhattan has countless monuments to outrageous wealth, … [Read more...] about That noise? The rich neighbors digging a basement pool in their $100 million Manhattan brownstone
Tossing £5,000 worth of electrical equipment over the side of a Zodiac inflatable boat might seem foolish, but the sophisticated piece of gadgetry I’m lowering into the icy Southern Ocean could reward me with far greater intelligence on the state of Antarctica than any expedition cruise ship lecture or illustrated field guide. Deployed off Cuverville Island, where moulting gentoo penguin chicks are getting ready for their maiden dip, the CastAway device reveals that water salinity is lower than average – a worrying trend seen in glacial regions at both poles, according to the naturalist Bob Gilmore. Locked for millions of years in ice sheets smothering the White Continent, fresh water is flooding and diluting our oceans – and I’m seeing it in real time with my own eyes. Trundling at an idle speed, we trawl a net behind us, collecting samples of phytoplankton, a microscopic marine plant heavily affected by changes in salt … [Read more...] about Blue Planet is back – here’s how to visit the incredible locations
Good health news has come in droves over the last few months for those living in Spain. In October, a study by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicted that Spain would surpass Japan to boast the world’s longest life expectancy by 2040. Then, the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index for 2019, published last week, gave Spain the top prize, mentioning the highly reputed ‘mediterranean diet’ and good public healthcare. But will a move to Spain actually lead to a healthier lifestyle? And if so, why? We posed the question to The Local readers, and there response was overwhelming: absolutely, thanks to quality food, good weather, a healthy and relaxed lifestyle, and solid health care. Here are some of the highlights of their responses: Read also: A Healthy Diet Numerous readers raved about how much healthier the food available to them in Spain was compared to where they came from. Stelan Lindell, a transplant from … [Read more...] about What is it that makes living in Spain so healthy?
Verena Dobnik, Associated Press Updated 12:09 am CST, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, photo, a police vehicle responds in New York. That long, droning police and ambulance siren that has become part of the soundtrack of New York City for generations could be changing. A pair of city lawmakers has proposed switching to the high-low, European-style wail heard on the streets of London and Paris. less In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, photo, a police vehicle responds in New York. That long, droning police and ambulance siren that has become part of the soundtrack of New York City for generations could be ... more Photo: Frank Franklin II, AP Photo: Frank Franklin II, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, photo, a … [Read more...] about Noise-weary New York ponders a gentler, European-style siren