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Tokyo’s subway lines dodge, dip and rise above each other underground. The Fukutoshin Line, which began operation in 2008, travels under the MarunouchI Line (opened 1954) and over the Toei Shinjuku Line (opened 1978) routes at Shinjuku-Sanchome Station. Just 11 cm separates the Fukutoshin Line and the Shinjuku line that runs beneath.

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TOKYO is one of the world’s mega cities, home to 13 million people. It is so crammed with buildings that for a century the city has been making use of underground space. Visitors to Tokyo may be surprised to find the city has extensively developed underground spaces in addition to a large number of underground train lines with whole shopping malls complete with restaurants and everything.

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The northwestern Pacific produces some of the world’s most intense and most devastating tropical cyclones, called typhoons in the Pacific and hurricanes in the Atlantic. In 2013, typhoon Haiyan, the strongest land falling typhoon on record, hit the Philippines, killing at least 6,300 people and affecting 11 million.

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The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northern Australia, has long been one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders, and it is the world’s largest living structure even visible from outer space. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It is home to countless species of colorful fish, mollusks and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks.

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Many of the flowers used in temples and festivals are released into the river, because the Ganges, the Mother River, is believed to wash away people’s sins and bad karma together with the flowers.

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China has been plagued with severe floods from time immemorial. In 1950, shortly after an episode of severe flooding in Henan Province, the government built two major dams, the Banqiao Dam and Shimantan Dam. There are numerous smaller dams built as well.

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