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LONDON, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Think of tourism in Britain and top destinations will include the Tower of London with its priceless crown jewels, Big Ben guarding over the Houses of Parliament and Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain.

Off the beaten track is a new list of destinations which have won accolades from the official tourism agency, VisitEngland.

The new list is made up of hidden gems Cheap Air Max 2018 Mens , attractions that have won the stamp of approval from VisitEngland, but are not automatically on the itineraries of visitors and tourists.

Included is a gruesome "rogues" gallery that transports visitors to police and crime in Victorian England, a museum devoted to rum, and an exploration beneath the famous River Mersey.

The British Minister for Tourism Helen Grant said: "England has a huge number of world-class attractions to be enjoyed as part of a day trip, short weekend break or longer family holiday. This is a great way to show case attractions going the extra mile to deliver a high-quality and unique visitor experience."

James Berresford, CEO of VisitEngland, said: "These accolades recognize the wonderful and innovative ways attractions in England are going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure people enjoy their visit Cheap Air Max 2017 Mens , from a friendly and warm welcome, to high-quality food and drink on offer, or capturing the imagination with creative experiences."

The accolades have been granted following visits by a network of highly trained assessors from VisitEngland.

Among the new attractions listed as England's hidden gems are: The Rum Story in Northern England's Cumbria. Set in an original 1785 shop with courtyards, cellars and bonded warehouses, the Rum Story has been authentically designed.

Greater Manchester Police Museum, showing how crime was tackled in the days of Sherlock Holmes, The Mersey Tunnel tour Cheap Air Max Mens , taking visitors behind the scenes and beneath the river bed, enjoying the engineering marvel that is the 1930s tunnel linking Liverpool with neighboring Wirral.

Another gem is the Cambridgeshire home of Oliver Cromwell, born in 1599 who masterminded Britain's Civil War and was signatory to the death warrant for King Charles I who was beheaded in 1649.

Another is the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, birthplace in the Lancashire cotton town, of the modern co-operative movement in England in 1844.

For lovers of big vehicles, there is the British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Lancashire, housing a collection of old buses and fire engines (fire fighting appliances) and vehicles dating back to horse-drawn and steam-powered commercial wagons.

The stunning Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford Cheap Nike Air Max Vapormax Online , built in the 1660s is also celebrated in the new list. It is home of official ceremonies of Oxford University, designed by Sir Christopher Wren whose other works include the St Paul's Cathedral in London.

By Sportswriter Su Bin

PARIS, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Running, swimming and cycling, athletes could wind through many of the world's most famous scenic sites in the center of Paris if the French capital wins the 2024 Olympic Games bid.

Whether or not that could happen will be upon decisions by the International Olympic Committee less than three months later in Lima, Peru, but on the Olympic Day Cheap Nike Air Max 2018 Online , at least conception has come into life.

The Olympic Day was initiated in 1948 in commemoration of the foundation of the International Olympic Committee on June 23, 1894.

At a crucial stage of its bid, Paris has decided to integrate that into its Olympic Day celebration.

Starting from the Alexandre III Bridge, fields were on offer for visitors along the 500-meter road stretching to the Invalides, featuring a total of 33 Olympic and Paralympic sports.

According to the Paris bid committee, 250,000 square meters in the center of Paris were dedicated for the celebration activities.

Two hundred kayaks Cheap Nike Air Max 2017 Online , led by three-time Olympic champion and the Paris bid co-president Tony Estanguet, kicked off the activity around 6:15 a.m. on Friday near Stade de France.

A floating running track was set up on the Seine River. After the kayaks, spearheaded by Estanguet and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, arrived at the Alexandre III Bridge, a 100-meter race, featuring eight top-level French athletes of all sports, just went underway.

On the opposite side of the Bridge Cheap Nike Air Max Online , some divers plunged into the water from two diving boards, 17 and 12 meters high respectively, drawing warm applause from the visitors.

Renaud Lavillenie, pole vault world record holder, did give the sports fans many reasons to feel fortunate with his performance, just as some other star athletes in their own familiar sports.

Great attention was paid to the young generations by the city of Paris and the bid committee, as there were sports specific for the teenagers.

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Felix, a Dutchman living in Paris for six years, was watching a hockey match as his kids were involved in rugby nearby.

"This is a nice way for common people to know more about the Olympic and Paralympic sports," he said.

That was echoed by Peter, a Californian who is on a tour in the French capi.