China Travel News

China Lifts Jet Fuel Surcharges on Domestic Flights

Due to the rise of the aviation kerosene price, the State Development and Reform Commission and the Civil Aviation Administration of China announced that fuel surcharges on domestic flights would be increased as of November 5th, 2007.

After the adjustment, those air routes less than 800 kilometers (497 miles) charge each passenger fuel surcharges CNY 60 which is CNY 10 higher than that of the previous, and the fuel surcharges of those 800 and over 800-kilometer-long air routes are adjusted up by CNY 20, from the original CNY 80 to present CNY 100 per passenger.

Those special groups still enjoy their preferential terms: those infants whose ticket price is 10% of the ordinary ticket price are still excused from this charge; those children (including those unaccompanied) whose ticket price is 50% of the ordinary ticket price, those disabled revolutionary servicemen and people's policemen still only have to pay for half of the updated charge.

- 0:06 A.M. EST, Nov 6, 2007

2nd Phase of Beijing Olympic Ticket Sales to Restart as of Dec. 10th

It's said that 2nd Phase of Beijing Olympic Tickets Sales will adopt the form of lot after the break on October 30th. The submission of the orders will start as of December 10th and end on December 30th.

The limitation of the tickets for the 2nd phase and the time of the lot will be publicized later. The qualifications of the applicants will be determined through a lot, and then, the lucky applicants can buy the tickets according to the modified limitation of the tickets. Besides, those applicants who have registered their identifying information at China Bank ticket outlets and ticket booking call center still have their priority to buy the tickets.

- 0:09 A.M. EST, Nov 5, 2007

Dunhuang Mogao Caves: Five More Caves Opened Free of Charge

News from Xinhua News, five representative caves from the Northern Zhou (557 - 581) to the Later Tang (923 - 936) dynasties have been opened to the public for free. They are Cave No. 9, No. 290, No. 296, No. 407 and No. 196, among which the first three were opened as special caves and charged extra fees during the peak season.

In addition, the admission fee of Mogao Caves in Dunhuang has been reduced by 50%. Meanwhile, the opening hours of Mogao Caves have been shortened to 09:00-16:30, and the opening hours of the cultural heritages and exhibition halls have been changed to 9:00-16:00 as of November 1st. This will last until April 30th, 2008. The way of booking a visit to Mogao Caves through internet is still kept.

- 0:08 A.M. EST, Nov 5, 2007

Amman-Hong Kong Air Route to Opened as of Jan. 22nd, 2008

Royal Jordanian Airlines will open Amman-Hong Kong direct air route as of January 22nd, 2008, passing via Bangkok, capital of Thai. It will be the first direct air route between Jordan and China.

There will be three flights every week for this route. The schedule based on local time is as follows:

Departure Time
Arrival Time
Amman-Hong Kong
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Hong Kong-Amman

- 1:18 A.M. EST, Nov 2, 2007

Shenzhen Garden Expo Park Opened to the Public Free of Charge

Shenzhen Garden Expo Park began to be opened to the public from 06:00 to 21:00 free of charge as of November 1st, 2007.

The eastern, western, northern and southern entries are all opened for free. However, the places set up with business items will still charge. Those fine scenic spots and architectures will be given special protection, and the architectures are open to the public till 18:00.

Meanwhile, in the early period of the free opening, the park will provide free guide explanations for visitors on Wednesday and Sunday, respectively at Yunmen Futian Park during 10:00-10:15 and Huifang Park during 10:30-10:45.

Bus Route: No. 2, N4, N5, N6, 21, 26, 49, 54, 59, 105, 109, 121, 204, 210, 230, 234, 311, 319, 338, 350 and 367

- 1:17 A.M. EST, Nov 2, 2007

The 20th Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo to Start

The 20th Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo will start at Sun Island on December 20th, 2007.

On the theme of 'French Flavor Meets Harbin', this activity mainly presents visitors French-style architectures, statues as well as ice and snow sculptures. Altogether seven scenic areas will be set up to show rich French flavors with special contents. The park will present a series of cultural activities and snow sculpture competitions like grand concerts, ice ballet performance, Tai Chi shows.

To offer top-end service, the park has set up a service center, offering visitors free warm clothes and non-slip overshoes, guide service, warm public toilets, business service outlets as well as sightseeing cars with heat-preservation cushions. In addition, visitors can take photos free of charge and will be presented mascots, guide maps and souvenirs of the snow fair.

Admission Fee:
CNY 30
CNY 100 when the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo is held
Bus Route:
Take Bus No.101, 102, 103, 13, 79 and get off at the bank of the Songhua River;
then transfer to a yacht or take the ropeway (CNY 20 for a round trip)
Opening Hours:

- 2:04 A.M. EST, Nov 1, 2007

Many Airlines Add Additional Charge for Paper Tickets

Along with the popularity of the e-tickets in the global airline industry, more and more airlines have declared that they will add additional charge for the paper air tickets.

More and more airlines have practiced electronic air tickets since IATA (International Air Transport Association) started the 'e-tickets' program three years ago. Last month, IATA again announced that the global airline industry won't use paper tickets any more as of June 1st, 2008.

Kenya Airways, American Airlines, American Continental Airlines, Canadian Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways have already carried out the policy of 'adding additional charge for the paper air tickets'. Kenya Airways prescribed that each paper ticket will be added CNY 200 for additional charge as of November 10th, 2007. In order to promote e-ticket, many airlines have charged additional fees for paper tickets varying from hundreds to thousands Yuan, if passengers choose paper tickets under the condition that the e-tickets are available.

Additionally, Philippine Airlines and Finnair are also planning to implement this policy.

- 1:15 A.M. EST, Oct 31, 2007

2nd Phase of Beijing Olympic Ticket Sales Breaks off

The booking system of the 2nd Phase of Beijing Olympic Ticket Sales was jammed because of an instantaneous visits numbers in the morning of October 30th, 2007. The principal of the ticket booking center apologized to the public and announced that the 2nd phase ticket sales would break off.

In addition, the principal also declared that the new ticket sales information will be publicized through media on November 5th, 2007. Meanwhile, the principal acknowledged that the reserved tickets through all channels before the breakdown are all valid, and those applicants who have registered their identifying information at China Bank ticket outlets and ticket booking call center will enjoy the priority of booking the tickets when the ticket sales is restarted.

- 1:13 A.M. EST, Oct 31, 2007

China's Scenic Spots Carries out Off-season Ticket Prices

Almost all the scenic spots in China will carry out off-season ticket prices as of mid-November.

Heavenly Lake (Tianchi) in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region began to practice off-season ticket price, CNY 90 as of October 1st, and this price will last till April of 2008. Meanwhile, several scenic spots of Qinghai Province have reduced the admission ticket prices since October, too. In addition, the scenic areas in Sichuan will also carry out off-season tickets as of mid-November. Refer to the following form for specific information.

Scenic Areas
Admission Fee
CNY 80
From Nov. 16th to Mar. 31st
CNY 80
From Nov. 16th to Mar. 31st
Mountain Emei
CNY 100
From Dec. 1st to Jan. 31st

- 1:12 A.M. EST, Oct 31, 2007

Sichuan Province: Laoe Mountain Scenic Area Attracts Thousands of Visitors

Laoe Mountain Scenic Area has ever received over 26,000 tourists in a day since it was opened on June 15th. It has been attracting more and more visitors to Sichuan Province.

Sister Mountain of Mountain Emei, Laoe Mountain, 1,200 meters (3,600 feet) above sea level, is located in Zhangyang Town, 10 kilometers (6 miles) west of Danling County. It is only less than 70 kilometers (43 miles) away from Mountain Emei. It was so named because legend goes that it is older than Mountain Emei. There are many places of interest on the mountain such as Wannian Temple and Jiulao Cave.

Besides, it is a famous Buddhist mountain. It is said that there were 48 temples and 36 nunneries on the mountain, with nearly a thousand monks and nuns at the peak. Nowadays, the traditional temple fair on the sixth day of the sixth lunar month is still unprecedented in grandeur.

Admission Fee:
CNY 10
Bus Route:
No. 1, 2, 3, 7
Best Time to Visit:
In June

- 1:16 A.M. EST, Oct 30, 2007

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