Updated: 2012-08-05 08:04
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The annual Medieval Week on Visby, the largest city on Sweden's Gotland Island, continues through Aug 12 in a setting of medieval houses, churches and the ancient city wall. The knight clashes, lectures, and concerts will create a remote world and take the visitors to have a nice journey through time and space. More information on www.medeltidsveckan.se/eng/
The King lives on
Though Elvis Presley has been gone for 35 years, his fans and lovers of rock 'n' roll will never forget his legend. From Aug 11 to 18, they will gather at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, for the annual celebration of Elvis Week. This year's schedule includes a candlelight vigil, the Elvis 5k Run for Cerebral Palsy, along with southern breakfasts and live entertainment. Details on www.elvis.com/elvisweek/.
Stretch your wings
The human being is an ambitious species: We are bipeds, but we are always wanting to fly. Some will try to realize this dream in England's southern coastal town of Worthing at the two-day annual International Birdman Competition beginning on Aug 18. They will dress like super heroes, use various human-powered flying machines and pay homage to Leonardo da Vinci, who designed many such aircraft with his spectacular imagination. Schedules on www.worthingbirdman.co.uk.
A three-day party beginning Aug 29 will bring great joy to the Catalonian town of Vilafranca del Penedes. The annual Festa Major will present crazed acrobats, including the famous human pyramid and parade, and reach its culmination when Saint Felix's statue enters the basilica and the sky is ablaze with fireworks.
See more on www.festamajorvilafranca.cat (in Catalan)
Worldhotel in China
Worldhotel's branded hotel concept has launched in China with the opening of Worldhotel Grand Juna Wuxi.
The new 370-room property with a state-of-the-art convention and exhibition centre in Taihu Lake New City is committed to be an environmental ambassador for green issues from recycling and organic farming to forestry preservation and wetland conservation.
Catch a big flat fish
The US city of Homer, Alaska, welcomes anglers with big dreams every summer, and the competition is already keen. Within hours of each other, three monster halibut were reeled in by anglers in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, the biggest weighing 300 pounds.The biggest flat fish caught between the derby's start and finish - May 15 - Sept. 15 - earns a $10,000 prize. More at www.homerhalibutderby.com.
(China Daily 08/05/2012 page16)