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New Level of Rome’s Colosseum Open to Public for First Time in History

A never before seen area of Rome’s mighty Colosseum, its subterranean levels, are now open to the public. It has often been described as the heart of the building. This area was called the hypogea and was were gladiators and animals waited to go into combat.

This isn’t just the first time in 2,000 years this area has been open to the public, this is the first time its ever been open to the public.

Now tourists can walk through the passageways on wooden platforms to see the corridors and archways that connected the hypogea between the rooms where gladiators and animals waited before they entered elevators which would bring them into the arena above.

In ancient Rome the hypogea was lighted by candlelight. However now with the arena’s original ground level long gone, you can see the hypogea from the upper levels and the sun shines down into its depths.

The restoration a joint project between the Italy’s Ministry of Culture and Italian fashion brand Tod’s.

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New Mega Airport Opens in Chengdu, China.

China’s long anticipated Chengdu Tianfu International Airport has begun operating and is offering travelers a doorway to the home of their rich cultural heritage.

The very first flight, flown by Sichuan Airlines, took off last Sunday just before noon and bound for Beijing.

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province. It is third city in the country to have two international airports. The others are Shanghai and Beijing.

The final constructed cost of the airport was about 10.8 billion USD or 70 billion Chinese yuan. The first phase of the international aviation hub can handle an impressive 60 million passengers per year which will further open the country’s southwest region to the world.

There three runways and two terminals that cover a total area of 710,000 square meters are currently in operation. Local state media reported that eventually the airport will house terminals cover 1.4 million square meters and be able to handle 120 million passengers annually.

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Trespassing Tourists Banned from Great Wall of China

Two tourists were banned from the Great Wall of China when they trespassed on an section of the structure not developed for tourism. This according to the operator of the Mutianyu section of the Wall.

Other visitors reported the two men from Senegal for ignoring the “no crossing” sign. They climbed onto the undeveloped part of the wall around Watchtower 20. The area is currently being redeveloped to be open to the public.

Officials stated on the Great Wall WeChat account that much of this are is unstable and needs repaired. They said safety-wise this “wild” section of the Great Wall is dangerous as it is steep with loose bricks. They said it would be easy to get lost or injured and isn’t suitable for either climbing or walking.

The operator has asked all visitors to respect and protect the structure. Unauthorized tourism in forbidden sections is not only dangerous to tourists but can severely damage the UNESCO World Heritage site.

When the operator learned of the trespassing by the two men they employed the ticketing and monitoring system to find their information and put them on a black list preventing them from purchasing tickets in the future.

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Tokyo Summer Games Still in Question?

The Tokyo Olympic Summer Games were postponed in 2020 in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, they are facing increasing issues with putting on the Summer Games in 2021.

On of the most troubling of these issues is that the US State Department has advised against US citizens traveling to Japan because of the increase in Covid-19 cases. They’ve instituted a level 4 “do not travel” warning. This is the departments highest caution level.

No Americans have been allowed in Japan as tourists in over a year. Japan has been closed to casual travelers throughout the pandemic. Only under very limited reasons are Americans allowed to enter the country.

However, the Summer Games are still scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8 in Japan this year.

Katsunobu Kato, chief cabinet secretary, stated Tokyo believes the United States still supports holding the Summer Games despite the travel advisory by the Sate Department.

 

 

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Summer Travel Recommendations from the CDC Part 2

It is only fair that after such an unusual year spent cooped up in our homes that people will want to travel. Here are some additional recommendations from the CDC for taking your summer vacation.

Camping is also relatively safe, according to the CDC, as long as one is staying in a camper or tent only with members of their household and/or vaccinated people. They recommend trying to avoid shared toilet facilities if possible.

For food since they recommend staying in a cabin or vacation home, an RV or camping bringing your own food and cooking or getting take-out and/or delivery is the safest option. Going out to a restaurant, according to the CDC, is less safe but acceptable if the space is well ventilated, social distancing can be maintained and that the staff and other patrons are adhering to mask policies.

Long distance travel, travel by air, train or bus, traveling over seas are all considered far less safe by the CDC. Additionally, staying in hotels, motels or bed and breakfasts is considered less safe than the options listed above. Attending crowded events are visiting crowded attractions is not recommended.

The CDC suggest an RV as a possible all around good solution to travel and vacation this summer as long as the travel party in the RV is only from your household and/or vaccinated people.