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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SHARON FOWLER MICHELLE ROWE

WHENit comes to eco-friendly ho­tels, pre­fab could be the way to go. A 30-storey ho­tel in China’s Hu­nan prov­ince was con­structed this year by 200 builders in 15 days. The fives­tar T30 Ho­tel at Dongt­ing Lake is en­ergy ef­fi­cient and claims to have lit­tle waste. More: in­hab­i­tat.com. THE Emi­rates-owned Wol­gan Val­ley Re­sort west of Sydney is launch­ing a se­ries of week­end events pack­ages aimed at bud­ding artists, mu­sic lovers and fans of high fash­ion. Land­scape pain­ter Ge­or­gia Mansur will front an artist-in-res­i­dence pro­gram from Novem­ber 2 to De­cem­ber 2, guid­ing guests through a se­ries of oneon-one out­door classes ($300 plus ac­com­mo­da­tion costs of about $725 a per­son a night, in­clud­ing meals, se­lected wines and ac­tiv­i­ties). The Sydney Sym­phony Or­ches­tra will be cel­e­brat­ing its 80th birthday at Wol­gan Val­ley in Fe­bru­ary and the re­sort is also plan­ning a fash­ion and food week­end in mid-2013 fea­tur­ing a se­ries of Aus­tralian de­sign­ers. Wol­gan Val­ley Re­sort is a spon­sor of the Mudgee Wine & Food Fes­ti­val, Septem­ber 7-24. More: (02) 9290 9733; wol­gan­val­ley.com.

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