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Thoughts amid high summer in Cairo

A city caught between its rich heritage and tough, occasionally messy present unveils surprises that challenge one's preconceived notions. By Cai Haoxiang

SET ASIDE HOURS FOR: THIS The world-famous Egyptian Museum has giant statues and stone slabs inscribed with hieroglyphics

ONCE ALIVE: The place that bills itself as an aquarium offers this bizarre sight - jars of preserved fish. Like this "aquarium", some of Cairo's attractions are in disrepair.

Cairo, Egypt

AS the fireworks went off in Marina Bay during Singapore's National Day celebrations, I was in a grotto in Egypt, contemplating the rise and fall of civilisations.

Fighting a queasy stomach from having drunk from a Cairo water dispenser and exhaustion from walking...

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