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This is Yuandang Lake, recreational hub of the bustling port city of Xiamen in southern China. The lake was once a stinking communal dump for industrial and solid wastes and untreated sewage, with swarms of mosquitoes and flies. But an ambitious project to rehabilitate the lake has turned it into a model of integrated coastal management which is being replicated worldwide.
Spain is split over plans to re-route the River Ebro. Those living in parched lands welcome the project but others fear it will wreck an ecologically important wetlands, EMMA ROSS-THOMAS reports.
It has been 50 years since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest. ALLAN KOAY speaks to Edmund's son Peter, who scaled the mountain last year with Tenzing's son Jamling to make a National Geographic film that commemorates the day the world's highest peak was conquered - May 29, 1953.
The Bario Highlands of Sarawak is a world unto its own. The cool montane forests, longhouses, delicious rice and, most of all, the immense hospitality of the Kelabit people will charm all visit this isolated land.
Mention the country Netherlands, and images of tulips, windmills and wooden clogs come to mind. Well, it is high time to add the I>skutsje/Iinto the list-to-remember too. A I>skutsje/Iis a traditional Dutch yacht which, like the wooden clogs, is still used by a small number of the Dutch. Therefore, when a friend, Ping, offered me a one-week I>skutsje/Isailing trip during last year's summer, I took it up immediately.