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Manila-Chengdu and Manila-Chongqing Direct Air Routes to Open as of Mar. 18 2008

Philippine Airlines is to open Manila-Chengdu and Manila-Chongqing Direct air routes as of March 18th, 2008. There will be two shuttling flights per week respectively for the two routes. The A320 will be in service and it will take four hours for a single trip.

- 2:23 A.M. EST, Jan 25, 2008

AirAsia X to Open Hangzhou-Kuala Lumpur Air Route as of Feb. 4th 2008

AirAsia X (Air Asia and Fly Asian Express) is to open a new international air route between Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, and Hangzhou of China as of February 4th, 2008.

There will be five flights per week for this route after the opening. The flights will leave for Hangzhou at 08:10 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and at 17:25 on Tuesdays and Saturdays from Kuala Lumpur. The returning fights will depart from Hangzhou at 14:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and at 23:15 on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

- 3:15 A.M. EST, Jan 24, 2008

The First Imported Vertical Roller Coaster settles in Guangzhou Chimelong Paradise

Chimelong Paradise, the largest amusement park in Guangzhou, is to offer visitors a vertical roller coaster during the Spring Festival, which is the first vertical roller coaster China has imported.

The highest fall of the vertical roller coaster reaches 80 meters (262 feet) that equals a building with over 30 floors. It is the longest straight roller coaster of the world with an orbit of over one kilometer (1,094 yards). Its highest speed reaches to 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour. Equipped with three carriages, it has a seating capacity of 30 for once.

- 3:13 A.M. EST, Jan 24, 2008

The 3rd Phase of Beijing Olympic Ticket Sales to Start as of April

The third Phase of Beijing Olympic Ticket Sales is to start as of April 2008. There will be one to two million tickets for this phase. Different from the former two phases, the tickets of the third phase will be sold to the public all over the world. Meanwhile, purchasers can get the tickets at once after the payment.

- 3:02 A.M. EST, Jan 17, 2008

Airasia Airlines Opens Kuala Lumpur-Guangzhou Direct Air Route

Airasia Airlines has opened a new direct international air route between Kuala Lumpur, Capital of Malaysia, and Guangzhou of China since January 16th, 2008.

Prior to this, Airasia Airlines has opened three direct airlines to Shenzhen, Xiamen and Macau. The schedule for this newly opened air route is as follows:

Air Route
Flight No.
Departure Time
Arrival Time
Kuala Lumpur-Guangzhou
Guangzhou-Kuala Lumpur

- 3:01 A.M. EST, Jan 17, 2008

The 4th Dalian Cultural Festival to Start as of Jan. 25th

The Fourth Dalian Cultural Festival is to be held from January 25th to February 3rd, 2008 at Dalian Star-Sea Convention and Exhibition Center.

During the festival, there will be many performances such as lion and dragon dances, waist drum, suona (a kind of trumpet) and Yangge (a kind of folk dance). Additionally, four theme exhibitions of Chinese folk cultures and arts such as spring festival couplets and featured New Year goods will also be held in four separate exhibition areas covering a total area of over 2,000 square meters (2,392 square yards).

- 2:10 A.M. EST, Jan 16, 2008

Lhasa-Katmandu Int'l Through Coach Restarted as of Jan. 1st 2008

Lhasa-Katmandu international through coach has restarted its normal operation since January 1st, 2008. The first bus had left for Katmandu from Lhasa on January 15th.

Originally opened on May 1st, 2005, it is the first international landway passenger route between China and Nepal. After the restoration, there is one bus on Tuesdays every week leaving at 09:00 o'clock from Liuwu Bus Station. It will take about three days for a single trip. The ticket price is USD 70 equaling to about CNY 520. Passengers to the two destinations can buy the tickets with their domestic currencies, passports, visas and ID cards.

Besides two drivers, there is one attendant on the bus who can speak Chinese, Tibetan, Nepali and English, so communication is not the problem. In addition, the bus is equipped with water equipment and medicine cabinet with necessary medicines in such as altitude stress, carsickness and cold medicines.

For the convenience of the passengers, the ticketing office especially set up an inquiry phone number 0898-6947216, through which passengers can check the ticket price, departure time and even seat numbers.

- 2:07 A.M. EST, Jan 16, 2008

Beijing: Shichahai Ice Stadium Opened on Jan. 12th

Beijing Shichahai Ice Stadium has been opened since January 12th, 2008, which is over ten days later than the former years.

Located in the Xicheng District of Beijing, the ice stadium takes up a total area of 40,000 square meters (10 acres). Covering an area of 18,000 square meters (4 acres), the skating area has been equipped with lights for night use, non-skating area caution signs and some security guarantee facilities.

- 3:02 A.M. EST, Jan 15, 2008

The 14th Zigong International Dinosaur Lantern Show to Start as of Jan. 16th

The 14th Zigong International Dinosaur Lantern Show is to start as of January 16th, 2008. It will last 138 days until June 17th, 2008.

A total of 112 sets of large and medium-sized lanterns will be exhibited at the main exhibition area of Zigong Lantern Park. Meanwhile, another 150 sets of lanterns and tens of thousands of red decorated lanterns will be displayed in the 17 main streets and the riverside area of Fuxi River in Zigong City. Besides, a national Chinese painting exhibition will also be held during the lantern show.

The ticket price is CNY 50 per person from February 7th to 13th, 2008. During the rest time, the ticket price is CNY 30.

- 3:01 A.M. EST, Jan 15, 2008

Ground-breaking Ceremony of Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway to Held on Jan. 18th

The ground-breaking ceremony of Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway is to be held on January 18th, 2008. It's predicted that it will take about five years to finish the huge project.

This railway is 1,318 kilometers (819 miles) long and will be constructed with 21 stops, including Beijing, Tianjin, Jinan, Bengbu, Nanjing and Shanghai. The designed average speed of the whole route is 300 kilometers (186 miles) per hour, and the highest speed is 350 kilometers (217 miles) per hour. When it is put into use, it will only take five hours from Beijing to Shanghai, which is five hours shorter than the present fastest Beijing-Shanghai multiple-unit trains.

- 2:39 A.M. EST, Jan 14, 2008

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