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16 Around The World (in 22 pages) Happy 375th Montréal Jacques-Cartier Bridge Lights Up starting May 17 Three Trekkers to Traverse Nepal’s Entire Great Himalaya Trail 152-day trek across world’s highest and longest alpine walking track began in February Montreal's exact birthday falls on May 17 and marks the day that the city's Jacques-Cartier Bridge will be lit in celebration of the special occasion. Thousands of LED lights will illuminate the bridge in this multi-million-dollar project that will provide quite the show - each month, the bridge will display a different colour, and the design of lights can be instantly changed to reflect things such as the weather, special holidays, and big sports wins. The Jacques Cartier Bridge is an emblem of the Greater Montreal area because of its history and unique architecture. One of the great engineering feats of the 20th century, the bridge is used every day by thousands of people to cross the Saint Lawrence River. www.375mtl.com/en China Tourism Introduces New Brand Logo China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) has made “Beautiful China” the tag line of its tourism and introduced a new global brand logo. With an overall look as a stamp, the new logo integrates modern messaging with the ancient Chinese art form of calligraphy. The hieroglyph in the background means “travel” in ancient Chinese language, which shows a flag guiding a couple around. The blue color represents the sky, delivering China tourism’s concepts - vitality, harmony and green travel. The red color gives tribute to the Chinese civilization that has been going on for thousands of years. Illustrating an international vision, the “Beautiful China” logo represents China’s promising and welcoming tourism industry. Adventure travel specialist World Expeditions announces the start of its exclusive trek along the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) in Nepal on February 26, 2017. Three trekkers are set to embark on the aweinspiring journey along the world’s tallest mountain range where they will walk until July 27, 2017. “Trekking the entire GHT is the ultimate bucket-list trip,“ said Nathalie Gauthier, North American Manager of World Expeditions. “Aside from being an incredible adventure, it triggers the most inspiring stories of determination, achievement and personal growth.” The Nepal traverse spans 1700km in total, nearly the equivalent of walking from Banff, Alberta to Boulder, Colorado. Beginning in the far east, where the world's third highest peak stretches skyward, it crosses the country to the high plateaus on the Tibetan borderlands in the far west, encountering some of the wildest and most remote mountain environments on the planet along the way. From the trail, trekkers can see all eight of Nepal's 8000 metre peaks and witness villages where the traditional culture has remained intact for centuries. “A thousand words cannot describe how absolutely amazing the GHT was and always will be,” said Ray Mustey of Brisbane, Australia who trekked the full traverse in 2014. “I am often asked if I would do the GHT again. The answer is always YES, YES, YES!!” Available exclusively through World Expeditions since 2011, the company has crafted seven fantastic treks that can be completed individually, or trekked together to make up the full traverse. At each stage, travellers can count on superb Himalayan vistas, remote villages, high mountain passes that lead to rarely visited valleys, not to mention the camaraderie and immense reward that comes from completing an adventure of this kind. www.worldexpeditions.com AmericanWorld Traveler Spring2017