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Bonao is the capital of Monseñor Nouel province, Dominican Republic. It is located in the center of the country, to the northwest of the national capital Santo Domingo.The city is known as "Villa De Las Hortensias" - the town of hydrangeas. The Hortensia is the local flower of Bonao.International companiesOne of the biggest international companies operating in Bonao is Falcondo, part of the multinational company Falconbridge Ltd. Falcondo is a strip mining operation that extracts the nickel contained in ferronickel. The other major international company is Hanesbrands Inc, formerly part of Sara Lee Corporation. Hanesbrands operates a textile plant in the Dos Rios Zona Franca, producing cut parts for knit apparel.Local sceneMotorcycles are the most common form of transportation in the city. There are also taxi and car rental services available. DR-1 bypasses the city to the east.A popular annual attraction is the Carnival. Groups that parade in the Carnival start out in "caves" where loud music is played. Costumes are often slightly demonic in nature. During Carnival season, there is often a concert in the town square, on Saturday night.In the centre of the city is Plaza de la Cultura, where you can find the Candido Bido museum, as well as a cultural learning centre for mainly kids and young adults. The plaza is decorated by different Dominican artists.
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