Travel Briefs

Daxing International Airport (PKX), serving Beijing, China, opened on Sept. 25. Shaped like a 6-armed starfish, with terminals in five of the arms, it is the largest single-building airport in the world, measuring 700,000 square meters.

Twenty-nine miles south of Tiananmen Square, the airport is expected to welcome more than 170 million passengers a year. At press time, six domestic Chinese airlines were flying to and from the airport, with British Airways, Finnair and Cathay Pacific...

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In October 2016, TripAdvisor (www.tripadvisor.com) and its subsidiary, Viator (www.viator.com), stopped selling tickets to animal experiences in which travelers interact directly with wild animals, such as elephant riding, walking with lions, etc., as part of an animal-welfare initiative (Dec. ’17, pg. 54).

On Oct. 2, 2019, TripAdvisor expanded its animal-welfare initiative by announcing that, worldwide, the company will no longer sell tickets to parks or aquariums that breed or...

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The National Famine Way, a 165-kilometer walking route from County Roscommon to Dublin, was inaugurated in May 2019. Commemorating the two million people who either died or emigrated during the Great Irish Famine in the mid-19th century, the route follows the path taken by 1,490 people who were forcefully evicted from Strokestown Park estates in 1847 and walked toward Dublin to board emigration ships.

A museum marks each end of the route: the National Famine Museum (Strokestown Park...

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Marriott (www.marriott.com) announced on Sept. 28 that it will no longer provide single-use toiletries bottles, such as shampoo, conditioner or soap, in its rooms. They will be replaced by refillable, pump-top bottles by December 2020. Marriott estimated that it had been disposing of 500 million small plastic bottles each year.

The benefits of the French Riviera Pass, which allows free admission to more than 50 museums, parks, event venues, etc., have been expanded to cover the entire city of Nice and its metropolitan area in addition to the rest of the Côte d’Azur, already included. The card also grants holders rides on the public transportation network for €4 per day.

There are three versions of the pass — 24-hour (€26 [near $28.50]), 48-hour (€38) and 72-hour (€56) —...

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When flying into Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a visitor can buy a KL TravelPass that provides not only a rail transfer from the airport into the city but two days of unlimited rides on the LRT, MRT and KL Monorail lines within the city.

At Kuala Lumpur Int’l Airport (KLIA), tickets can be purchased at KL Ekspres ticket counters, found in the KLIA Int’l Arrivals Hall on levels 1 and 3, as well as on level 2 and at the KLIA Ekspres Station in the KLIA2 Int’l Arrivals Hall,...

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Sept. 16, 2020, marks 400 years since Puritan pilgrims boarded the Mayflower and sailed from Plymouth, England, eventually landing in what they would name Plymouth in Massachusetts colony. A number of events will be held in the UK leading up to the date; visit www.mayflower400uk.org/events.

On April 1, 2020, the Mayflower Trail will be unveiled in Plymouth, England. The trail, which will pass relevant sites in Plymouth’s Barbican area at Sutton Harbour, will include works of art...

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At the Southern Hemisphere’s largest private-collection museum, The Museum of Old & New Art, or MONA (655 Main Rd., Berriedale, Hobart, Tasmania 7011, Australia; phone +61 3 6277 9900, mona.net.au), works of antiquity can be viewed side by side with modern art. The esoteric building, itself, is a work of art, with most of the exhibit space underground.

In addition to the rotating display of the more than 1,900 works of art in the collection, the MONA has temporary exhibits....

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