View: Mangshan Mountain National Park, China (4K)

Chenzhou, Mount Mangshan National Park, located in Yizhang County, Chenzhou, has the most intact subtropical primeval second growth forest and evergreen broad-leave forest in the world.

It covers 6,000 hectares, and contains both the northern and the southern plants. It has more than 300 varieties of animals. The yellow-breasted pheasant, sika deer, golden cat, and python are first-class state protected species. Mount Mangshan National Park is a complete forest museum with abundant rainfall and rich natural resources.

The Yao live nearby. Their home feature exquisite roofs and poling, finished wood windows, and picture plaques framing the main gates. Taken together these demonstrate unique primitive simplicity and elegance.

The King Pan Festival originated from the Singing Party that falls on October 16 of the lunar calendar (Usually the end of November on the Gregorian calendar), which is a grand Yao singing and dancing festival to worship their ancestors and celebrate the bumper harvest. Nowadays, the King Pan Festival has developed into an entertaining festival to celebrate the harvest, and is also an opportunity for young boys and girls to look for the one they might fall in love with.

Views: Coastal Shores & Reefs Of Seychelles (8K)

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. It’s home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to capital Victoria. It also has the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and beaches, including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka.

Autumn Walks: Kamikochi, Nagano, Central Japan (4K)

Kamikōchi is a remote mountainous highland valley within the Hida Mountains range, in the western region of Nagano Prefecture, Japan. It has been preserved in its natural state within Chūbu-Sangaku National Park. 

Video timeline: 0:00 Taisho Pond 2:44 Mt. Yakedake 7:00 Tashiro Pond 11:14 Azusa River 21:30 Kappa Bridge (Kappabashi)

News & Analysis: Radical Left Hinders Biden, Green Finance, Rewriting China

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week: the calamity facing Joe Biden and the democrats, the uses and abuses of green finance (10:19) And Orwellian and proud (16:07).

Walks: Drottningholm Palace Gardens, Sweden

The Drottningholm Palace Gardens and Park

Drottningholm’s gardens and park are among Sweden’s most prominent contributions to Europe’s garden design and landscaping. As you stroll around, you’ll explore different artistic ideals from various centuries.

The history of the gardens begins when Drottningholm was taken over by the Dowager Queen Hedvig Eleonora in 1661. To help her develop a new pleasure garden, she commissioned Nicodemus Tessin, who was inspired by the French landscape architect André Le Nôtre’s proposal for the Château of Vaux-le Vicomte in France. Tessin was also heavily inspired by the gardens of the Palace Versailles.

The Baroque parterre garden—closest to the palace—has an intricate embroidery design originally inspired by Vaux-le Vicomte. Walking further into the park, you are greeted by a water parterre with ten pools and cascades. Beyond the cascades, there are four hedge groves surrounded by pine hedges, and the finale: a large bush called “the star.” The garden would later receive an outer frame with four linden tree-lined avenues. The oldest lindens are from Hedvig Eleonora’s time.