Trips to the Great Wall conjure images of tour bus hordes jostling for space to take photographs, candy floss stalls and postcard sellers. But one Hong Kong travel agent has come up with a tour that promises soft adventure treks along remote stretches of the wall. The six-night schedule includes hikes along the wall at Huangyaguan, Taipingzhai, Simatai, Jinshanling, Tianxianyu, Mutianyu and Jurongguan. The tour ends with a visit to the main attractions of Beijing. Flights are with Dragonair, and hotels, meals and guides are included in the price of $6,990, which is on a twin-share basis. The walking, I am told, takes in some fairly difficult stretches of the wall, which are not for the faint-hearted. Contact Travel Advisers for more details; phone 2312 7138, or fax 2312 7231. Free holiday in NZ Win a trip for two to New Zealand in on-line sweepstakes organised on the America's Cup web-site, www.americas cup2000.org. The competition runs until April 17, and the winners will be picked at random at Air New Zealand's HQ in Auckland on April 20. Special for Holland and Italy One of the better air ticket deals on offer right now is from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Alitalia. Their partnership deal allows travel from Hong Kong to Amsterdam, then Rome and Milan and back to Hong Kong for only $3,880. You will have to be quick, as the tickets must be bought by March 5. To qualify, two passengers must travel together on the same itinerary, and latest departure is March 31. Bookings can be made on-line or through the KLM-Alitalia reservations office at 2808 2111. Mariah Carey concert Thomas Cook believe some fans are prepared to fly more than 2,500 kilometres to watch singer Mariah Carey in action. They are offering a special deal, round-trip air ticket to the Lion City, two nights accommodation, airport transfers and a ticket to see the star's Rainbow Concert, from $3,090. Departure is on March 12. Contact Thomas Cook at 2853 9992 or 2312 0668, for reservations. Raising the Titanic - again That wet, windy and bomb-scarred city, Belfast, is jumping on the Titanic bandwagon, using the ill-fated liner as the most flimsy of reasons to try to attract tourists. The Titanic may have died in the icy waters of the North Atlantic on its maiden journey from Southampton, but the ship was built in Belfast. Enough reason, believes the Bangor Tourist Board, to launch a three-day 'Titanic Town Break' in the province. The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum has a 'Titanic' collection. Tongue-twister Guess what is the longest 'URL' on the Net. It just has to be - wait for it - www.llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwy rndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.wales.com. Phew! That is the name of a small town on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales. Anglesey is famous for its Celtic heritage, castles, mountains, lakes and stone-built villages. The name means 'St Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio of the red cave'. If you want to check it out, I will let you into a secret: You can also access the Web site at www.nwi.co.uk/llanfair . Copy for Signposts should be faxed to 2980 3140.