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NOVEMBER 27, 2000 VOL. 156 NO. 21

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Finding Peace in a Himalayan Hideaway
It isn't often that the manager of your hotel is the uncle of a queen.

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Off Sri Lanka's palm-fringed south coast one can espy perhaps the island's strangest sight—stilt fishermen.

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In December, the Ritz-Carlton in Osaka will celebrate what sticklers insist is the true start of the next millennium.

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ONE MORE TIME In December, the Ritz-Carlton in Osaka will celebrate what sticklers insist is the true start of the next millennium. The hotel plans to welcome the new era via an old one—with an 18th-century saturnalia that could go down in the all-time annals of excess. Gluttons have already forked out $1,850 a head for the sold-out dinner, which includes 100-year-old wines, servers in Napoleonic costume and a Hungarian string quartet.

Need to e-mail mom about your delayed flight? The Hong Kong International Airport is opening a lounge with free broadband Internet access. Wireless hubs are also being set up so that passengers with LAN cards in their PCs will be able to write home from anywhere in the airport.

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