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Lonely Planet March 2020

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editor’s note

At the time of going to press, downpours were being prayed for in Australia. Record-breaking temperatures and months of drought had created a winter fire season of a scale barely seen before, with 17 million hectares of countryside burned, and over 2,000 homes lost in New South Wales alone. While our understanding will continue to develop of the unprecedented conditions fuelling the bushfires and the impact of climate change on them, in this issue you’ll find insights shared about how fire can actually be used to manage the land and limit the ferocity of unplanned bushfires (p90) – a traditional knowledge gathered by the indigenous people of the Northern Territory, who have been there for 65,000 years. Also in this issue you’ll hear from astronaut John Herrington (p30), the first…

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white in

Snow is rare in the deserts of southern New Mexico, where temperatures regularly pass 40°C. Instead, visitors to the newly designated White Sands National Park can venture into pillowy dunes that dazzle all those who forget their sunglasses. Previously a national monument, White Sands has now become the 62nd member of the US national parks family. It protects just under half of a 275-square-mile dunefield, the world’s largest expanse of gypsum sand. This is seldom found elsewhere as it soon dissolves in water. As well as hikes beyond the loop-drive into the dunes, visitors can skid down the slopes on sleds – with no mittens or bobble hats needed. nps.gov/whsa; seven-day entry from £12 for one person or £20 per vehicle…

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japan’s pilgrim trail

While Tokyo is busy making the final preparations for the Olympics this summer, away from the Japanese capital lies a region where people have been testing their stamina for centuries. The pilgrimage routes of the Kumano Kodō wind through the forested mountains of the Kii Peninsula, taking in both Shinto shrines (such as Kamikura-jinja, pictured opposite) and Buddhist temples in an age-old fusion of religions. A new tailor-made tour from TransIndus takes visitors to the cedar-flanked steps of Daimon-zaka (also pictured here) and on a hike to the remote spa village of Yunomine. Before things get strenuous, though, there are a few days to acclimatise, including a meditative temple stay. 15-day tour from £5,500pp incl flights; transindus.co.uk…

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freeze spirited

Every winter for three decades, the makers of the Icehotel have cut their building blocks from the frozen waters of the Torne River in the northern Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi. Strangely, the whole thing started with a local shortage of (regular) rooms: when visitors to an ice art exhibition in the winter of 1989–1990 found that there weren’t enough beds available, a few were allowed to camp out in Arctic-tested sleeping bags amid the sculptures, and an idea was born. There are similar venues in other cold regions of the world, but Sweden’s ice hotel is the original. The prize rooms here are the 15 Art Suites, designed afresh each winter, whose ice and snow sculptures rise to a new level of fantasy. Most visitors come on daytime excursions to…

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emerging market

Of all Manhattan’s neighbourhoods, the Lower East Side is perhaps the one that most reflects the ebb and flow of different communities in New York’s history. A fitting location, then, for a new food market now unrolling, which when complete in 2021 will be the largest in the city. Among the vendors already open at the Market Line are branches of long-standing local favourites, including dim sum specialist Nom Wah, founded a century ago, Ukrainian diner and coffee shop Veselka, and German butcher and beer shop Schaller & Weber. It’s part of an approach that has seen this development win general approval – not a given in the knotty politics of gentrification. The Market Line, which will eventually count more than 100 food, art and music vendors, is the downstairs…

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warhol in london

From the 1950s to the ’80s, Andy Warhol reflected American life like no other artist, as a major exhibition at the Tate Modern shows. With more than 100 of his works displayed, it doesn’t take long to see that those fame-launching Pop Art reworkings of Marilyn, Elvis and other icons were just one facet of his career. The Tate is giving a rare UK viewing to part of his 1970s Ladies and Gentlemen series (pictured here), which focused on New York’s African-American and Hispanic drag queens and trans women. It’s also the first British visit for Warhol’s vast canvas and artistic swansong, Sixty Last Suppers, which helps to illustrate his lesser-known religious beliefs. Tickets £22; 3 March–6 September 2020; tate.org QUOTING ANDY WARHOL‘The best thing about a picture is that it never…