Before it was closed to Westerners in 1949, China's largest city was a bustling trading port, famed for its cosmopolitan night life and lively café society. But the open door of the "Paris of the East" also attracted drug runners, gangsters and pimps. The Shanghai Museum of Public Security, established in 1999 to educate residents about their city's seedy past-and improve the image of its corruption-riddled police force-traces Shanghai's policing history since the first force was established by the International Settlement in 1854. The three-story museum houses more than 3,000 artefacts, including the gold-handled pistol 1930s crime lord Huang Jinrong kept up his sleeve, life-size wax figures of turbaned Sikh policemen, and an extensive display of fire hoses.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the epic trek by 30,000 Mormons to Salt Lake City, Utah, 200 Latter Day Saints walked 1,800 km west from Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1997. The sesquicentennial reenactment of the sea trek 85,000 Mormon converts made from Europe to the U.S. will be less grueling. Starting Aug. 7, an armada of 10 tall ships will trace the emigrants' route from Esbjerg, Denmark, to New York City. Amateur sailors can sign on for the entire 59-day journey ($7,945) or for legs as short as two days (from $351). For those who can't join the voyage, Sea Trek 2001 will host "Rock the Dock" (exhibits, educational forums and "cultural displays") and the musical tribute Saints of the Seas at ports of call, including Gothenberg, Sweden, and Portsmouth, England. See .
Lauded as one of the greatest poems in English, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Kubla Khan was inspired by an opium-induced dream. A walk-through installation by San Francisco's Antenna Theater mixes Coney Island funhouse tricks with modern technology to simulate that hallucinogenic trip-without running foul of the law. Euphor!um participants don headphones and carry digital audio players through darkened chambers illuminated by Coleridge's imagery (the sacred river Alph, Xanadu's "stately pleasure dome"); recordings of the stanzas are triggered by infrared beacons. Through April 21. See .
Looking for a little peace from cell phones, pagers and laptop computers? Take the train. On some of its rail services between New York and Washington, Amtrak has banned technological blips and bleeps-and loud talking-from the first car in each train. There's no extra charge for traveling in the 65-to-80-seater "quiet cars," which are filled on a first come, first served basis. See .