The Real Thing in Atlanta

Pop art? The World of Coca-Cola, a pavilion exploring the 104-year history of the soft drink, opens Aug. 3 in Atlanta. More than 1,000 Coke-related artifacts and memorabilia are on exhibit, including a replica of a 1930s soda fountain, a high-tech "bottling fantasy" and a 4,500-square-foot company store. The three-story pavilion is adjacent to the Underground Atlanta complex at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Central Avenue. Admission is $2.50 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1.50 for kids 6 to 12. For information: (404) 676-5151.

Winging It in Hong Kong

If you tire of shopping in Hong Kong, you can always birdwatch till you drop. The Mai Po Marshes, a protected wetland habitat in Hong Kong's New Territories where more than 250 species of birds have been recorded, are now more accessible to visiting bird-watchers. Four-hour tours of the 740-acre marshlands, with an English-speaking guide, are being given several times a week by the Jetway Express tour company. The cost is $62 per person for groups of two to 10, $23 per person for groups larger than 10. For more information: Hong Kong Tourist Association, (212) 869-5008.

Railpass: Eastern Add-On

GermanRail is offering the first East German railpass, valid for four or eight consecutive days of travel. Priced from $59, the pass is available only as an add-on to a GermanRail pass or a Eurailpass. For information: (212) 308-3102.


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Recent State Department travel advisories:

Middle East. Visitors should exercise "extra caution" in the area because of rising tensions. Terrorist threats against Americans continue.

Romania. Because of the unsettled political situation, those without urgent business there should defer travel until further notice.

Liberia. Travel should be deferred due to continued fighting between rebels and government forces.

Vietnam. Travel is discouraged because the United States has no diplomatic or consular relations with Vietnam, and can't intercede on behalf of Americans in distress. U.S. citizens who visit risk arrest and detention.

Nicaragua. The department has withdrawn its warning to exercise "extreme caution" when traveling there because of the April 18 agreement ending fighting in the countryside. The American Embassy is now allowed to help U.S. citizens in distress. But caution is still required in rural areas, especially in the far north and central mountains. If you visit, contact the U.S. embassy in Managua for up-to-date information, and register there upon arrival.

Sri Lanka. Although tensions have eased somewhat, the political situation remains volatile. Travel to the north and east should be avoided, as should travel at night, particularly outside the city of Colombo.

For details, contact the Citizens Emergency Center, 647-5225.