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Yunnan: Yuanyang County to Hold Hani Terrace Cultural Tourism Festival

Yunnan Yuanyang 2007 Hani Terrace Cultural Tourism Festival will be held from November 19th to 20th, 2007. Then, there will be lots of distinctive ethnic activities, including Hani long-street banquet, folk-custom sacrifices as well as farm dancing and singing performances.
Located in the southern bank of the Red River, Yuanyang County is 301 kilometers (187 miles) away from Kunming. The terraces of Yuanyang have enjoyed a history of over 1,300 years. There are more than 3,000 steps from the feet of the mountain to its top.
Visitors can take the direct long-distance buses from any bus station of Kunming to get there.

- 0:02 A.M. EST, Nov 13, 2007

The 34th Harbin Ice Lantern Festival to Start as of Dec. 20th

The 34th Harbin Ice Lantern Festival is to be held in Zhaolin Park as of Dec. 20th, 2008.

Harbin Ice Lantern Festival is the cradle of Chinese ice lantern art, and is also the earliest and largest outside ice art exhibition in the world. There will be altogether eight scenic areas set up with different themes, collecting over 2,000 pieces of fine ice sculpture works. Besides, based on the former ones, this party will blend admiration with entertainment, adding many interactive activities for visitors to take part in and enjoy themselves.

Scenic Areas
Olympics Comes to My Home
South Gate of Zhaolin Park
Deep Affections Between Neighbors
South Korean Park
Pursuing the Origin
The northern part of the West Hill and the riverside areas around it
Happy Grand Stage
Music Square
In the middle bosket and the northeastern riverside areas
Ice and Snow Families
The original outdoor theater
Colorful Exotic World
Dispersed in the park
International Ice Sculpture Competition
On the small south Island and the riverside areas in its north

- 0:08 A.M. EST, Nov 12, 2007

New Siberian Airlines Opens New Siberia-Sanya Direct Air Route

At 09:10, November 7th, 2007, Flight S7845 landed Sanya Phoenix International Airport, carrying 227 passengers. The returning flight took off from Sanya at 10:40 of the same day. It is the first direct international flight from New Siberia to Sanya. There will be two flights for this route per month after the opening, and Air Bus A310 adopted for this route will serve passengers from November of 2007 to April of 2008.

- 0:09 A.M. EST, Nov 9, 2007

Train Tickets Booking Service Starts in Golmud

Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company has started new train tickets booking service. Passengers in Golmud can now buy tickets for trains departing from railway stations in other cities 10 days ahead of their travel.

Now, passengers can buy the tickets for trains starting from Xining Railway Station and tickets for trains departing from many other cities such as Xining-Lhasa, Lhasa-Xining, Xining-Golmud, Golmud-Xining. In addition, Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company has also adjusted the schedule of trains between Golmud and Xining, N911 and N912. Train N912 now leaves from Golmud at 19:30, and arrives in Xining at 07:12 of the following day.

- 0:08 A.M. EST, Nov 9, 2007

Lhasa: Admission Fees of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple adjusted

Tourism Bureau of Tibet Autonomous Region decides to practice new ticket prices for Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple as of January 1st, 2008.

The specific information is as follows:

Potala Palace:
Peak Season
CNY 200 (May 1st-Oct. 31st)
Low Season
CNY 100 (Nov. 1st-Apr. 30th of the following year)
Jokhang Temple:
CNY 75

- 0:07 A.M. EST, Nov 8, 2007

Anhui: Tianzhushan National Geological Park Opened as of Nov. 7th

Tianzhushan National Geological Park was formally opened as of November 7th, 2007.

Located on the northern bank of the Yangtze River and crossing Qianshan and Yuexi counties of Anhui Province, Tianzhushan (celestial pillar mountain) with its highest peak being 1,751 meters (5,745 feet), towers high just like a post between the heaven and the earth, hence its name. It was also named 'Wansuishan' (Emperor Mountain), because Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty (156 BC - 87 BC) had ever made sacrifices on the mountain.

It is famous for unique and varied granite landforms, which can be traced back to 1.8 million years ago. There are 42 peaks on the mountain covered with green pines, green bamboos, picturesque rocks, grotesque caves, deep pools and waterfalls.

Transportation: visitors can take a 190-kilometer (118 miles) long-distance bus from Hefei City to Qianshan County, and Tianzhushan is just 9 kilometers (6 miles) west of Qianxian County. Visitors can also go to Tianzhushan directly from Anqing City which is just 80 kilometers (50 miles) away from Tianzhushan.

Admission Fee:
Peak Season
CNY 120 (Mar. 16th-Nov. 15th)
Low Season
CNY 90 (Nov. 16th- Mar. 15th of the following year)
Preferential Ticket
(without peak or low season differentiation)
CNY 60 (for students, the old, the disabled and servicemen)

- 0:05 A.M. EST, Nov 8, 2007

Hubei Provincial Museum Opened to the Public Free of Charge

Established in 1953, Hubei Provincial Museum has been opened to the public for free as of Nov. 6th, 2007.

From today on, many cultural treasures will be displayed for free in the museum, including the chime bells and word made in the Warring States Periods (476 BC – 221 BC) and the skull of the Yun County people of Hubei Province. However, this museum will still charge for those service items like temporary exhibitions bringing in cultural relics from other units and chime bell performances.

The free opening time is during 9:00-17:00 from Tuesday to Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays except national legal holidays. Besides, to protect those cultural relics, the museum also limits the number of the visitors every day. In the morning, only 3,500 visitors are allowed to enter, and in the afternoon the number is 1,500. Group visitors have to book their visit through telephone one day ahead.

- 0:20 A.M. EST, Nov 7, 2007

Air China to Open Beijing-Pyongyang Air Route as of Jan. 2nd, 2008

Air China plans to open Beijing-Pyongyang air route as of January 2nd, 2008, when Air China's international air routes will reach up to 72.

There are three flights for this route per week, and the schedule based on local time is as follows:

Flight No.
Departure Time
Arrival Time
Wednesday, Friday & Sunday

- 0:19 A.M. EST, Nov 7, 2007

Shenyang: Baiqingzhai Ski Field to Held Ice and Snow Activities

A series of ice and snow activities will be held on Baiqingzhai Ski Field, Sujiatun District of Shenyang City in the near future.

The schedule is as follows:

Dec. 24th, 2007
Fireworks Evening Party on Christmas Eve
Jan. 1st-Feb.15th, 2008
Baiqingzhai Skiing Winter Camp
17:00-21:00 of Jan. 14th, 2008
Candlelight Dinner, Love Song Contest, Model Show on the snowfield, Lovers Handholding Competition and so on.
Mar. 2nd, 2008
Heavenly Body Revel Race on the snowfield

- 0:17 A.M. EST, Nov 7, 2007

CSA Adds Beijing-Zhijiang Air Route as of Nov. 3rd

Beijing Branch Office of CSA (China Southern Airlines) opened Beijing-Zhijiang direct air route, passing via Changsha, as of November 3rd, 2007.

There is one flight for this route everyday, whose schedule is as follows:

Flight No.
Departure Time
Arrival Time

- 0:08 A.M. EST, Nov 6, 2007

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