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  Manila (Philippines)
          Many people dismiss Manila as nothing more than a 12 million person-strong
entry point to more interesting rural destinations in the Philippines. And while
the less built-up areas of the country do offer much to the adventurous
traveller, those who stop to smell the incense and pollution find that the
capital city has a few hidden treasures of its own. Manila is a modern-looking
place, but the sprawling city boasts its fair share of colonial ruins - enough
to keep those historically inclined amused for a while, anyway.
          If you"re looking for a good time, Manila could be just the ticket: bars
and entertainment venues will keep you well fed, well greased and in the party
mood for months on end(连续的). There is a high-profile tacky downside to the
flashing neon, but there are plenty of options open to you even if you don"t
want nude dancers on your table. If you make it back to your room at night after
all the fun and frolics(嬉戏), you"re likely to perform an exhausted manila-folder
flop.
          Manila, like most of the world"s large cities, suffers from a huge and
problematic urban sprawl(蔓延). Typically, urban sprawl also creates nightmares
for travellers, although the main points of interest to visitors are
centralised, making suburban navigation unnecessary. Manila sprawls east from
Manila Bay along the Pasig River, and immediately south of the river is
Intramuros, the old walled Spanish town where many of the city"s historical
sites are found. Further south again and you"ll find yourself in the "tourist
belt" of the Malate and Ermita districts, where you"ll find restaurants,
accommodation and travel agencies.
          Arriving in Manila"s Ninoy Aquino International Airport is about as far as
you"ll ever get from a streamlined process. Poor signage(标志牌), crowds and an
illogical layout all contribute to the chaos, but if you"re confused, you won"t
be alone. Once you finally make your way to the street, things begin to look up.
The airport, only about 8km south of the centre of Manila, is well served by
buses and taxis.
          With maximum temperatures hovering above 30°C , Manila isn"t the place to
go to cool off. There are two seasons: the dry season lasts from December to
May; the rest of the year is sodden with heavy rain. From June to November you
might find yourself in a typhoon. The best time to visit Manila and surrounds is
February to April.
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