News at 9: Manali to have world’s first AI-backed giant swing, Japan’s Ghibli theme park to open on Nov 1

News at 9: Manali to have world’s first AI-backed giant swing, Japan's Ghibli theme park to open on Nov 1

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Manali to have the world’s first AI-backed giant swing, Studio Ghibli theme park in Japan prepares for visitors, ahead of Nov 1 opening and more in top stories of the day.

Manali has been attracting adventure lovers from across the globe for a long time now. But now, there’s another reason for adventurers to visit the hill station as Institute of Technology (IIT), Mandi is all set to introduce Artificial Intelligence (AI) backed giant swing this January (year 2023).

First-of-its kind, ‘ManaliSwing’ is founded by four adventure enthusiast cum engineer friends who are certified rock climbers and mountaineers. The swing has completed its human trials and now is in process of filing patents for the concept and design. As far as price is concerned, interested people will have to pay INR 3000 per jump and the cost includes transportation, photography, and videography services.

Studio Ghibli theme park in Japan prepares for visitors, ahead of Nov 1 opening

The first Ghibli Park in Japan – and the world for that matter – will open on November 1 2022. It’s located within the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park in Nagakute city near Nagoya, about three hours by train from Tokyo.

Studio Ghibli has announced that its first theme park will be divided into five areas: Hill of Youth, Ghibli’s Large Warehouse, Mononoke’s Village, Valley of Witches and Dondoko Forest. All these attractions are based on the studio’s most famous flicks and will blend in seamlessly with the existing nature in the park. Here’s what we know so far. A former public swimming pool which closed down in September 2018 is transformed into Ghibli’s Large Warehouse, and it’s three times bigger than the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo’s Mitaka neighbourhood. This part of the theme park will be shielded from the elements, so you can still enjoy the attractions inside regardless of the weather.

Etihad Airways launches inaugural flight to Guangzhou

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has launched its first-ever scheduled flights linking Abu Dhabi and Guangzhou. The inaugural flight, EY868, departed Abu Dhabi last night after a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by representatives from the Chinese Embassy to the UAE, Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Miral Asset Management and Etihad Aviation Group.

The flight touched down at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport this morning at 10:25 (local time), making Etihad the first international airline to operate long-haul passenger services to the top three Chinese gateways – Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou – since the start of the pandemic. 

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