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Chongqing Tourism Festival Starts on Sep. 27th

The 11th Chongqing Tourism Festival begins on September 27th, 2007 in Chongqing.

The opening ceremony will be held on the Nanbin Road, Chongqing. On September 28th, four big sized floats will parade in the city from Nanbin Road, through the Yangtze River Bridge, finally to Yuzhong District.

In addition, most of the scenic spots will hold varied activities to celebrate the festival. For example, Ci Qi Kou (Porcelain Village) will have 'Old Town Porcelain Art and Culture Festival'; lantern Festival will be held on the Nanbin Road; The Red Shoe of Grimm's Fairy Tale will be performed in the Foreigners' Street; there will be campfire party, Dai dances, and famous Chengdu and Chongqing snacks at night in the Tianci Hot Spring.

- 9:10 P.M. EST, Sep 26, 2007

Shanghai Jixiang Airlines to Open Pudong-Haikou Air Route

Shanghai Jixiang Airlines plans to open Pudong-Haikou air route on September 28th, 2007. Air Bus 320 for this route will take off at 08:55, Beijing Standard Time (GMT+8), from Shanghai Pudong International Airport, and the Flight No. is HO1123. Then, Flight HO1124 will leave Haikou for Shanghai at 12:40, Beijing Standard Time.

- 9:02 P.M. EST, Sep 26, 2007

Hong Kong Disneyland 2007 Hallowmas Celebration Starts

News from Xinhua News, Hong Kong Disneyland started to celebrate 2007 Hallowmas on September 25th, and the celebration will last to October 31st.

For the celebration, the Disneyland designed a 'black world', in which there are adventurous space hills and mysterious hotels in the street. Besides, the Mickey Mouse and the Donald Duck, the classic and representative cartoons, will stage and interact with visitors then. Meanwhile, the special delicacies, drinks and souvenirs for the Hallowmas will also add more pleasure to the activity.

- 0:47 A.M. EST, Sep 26, 2007

Xian-Hanzhong Expressway to Open on Sep. 30th

It's reported that Xian-Hanzhong Expressway will be put into use on September 30th, 2007.
Hanzhong is in the south of Shaanxi Province and to the south of the Qinling Mountain which divides China into two regions in farming - north and south. It borders Sichuan Province in the south and Gansu Province in the west. Hanzhong is the hometown of Zhang Qian, the pioneer of the Silk Road, and the important military base of Emperor Liu Bang of the Han Dynasty and the Shu State of the Three Kingdoms Period (220 - 280). Great poets Li Bai, Du Fu, Su Shi, and Lu You all had ever traveled Hanzhong, leaving behind many magnificent poems.
After the opening, the original eight hours' trip will be shortened to about three hours. For a single trip, the toll for a car is worked out to be CNY 145, and the ticket of the direct passenger bus is predicted to be CNY 80.

- 0:44 A.M. EST, Sep 26, 2007

The Seventh China International Folk Arts Festival Begins in Suzhou

News from Xinhua News, the seventh China International Folk Arts Festival began on September 25th in Suzhou.

This festival is divided into to two sections. First, tour and performance will be given (Sep. 25th- Oct. 1st), and then the ten excellent foreign art teams selected will go to Beijing to perform (Oct. 2nd-6th).

Then, nearly a thousand artists from 22 different countries will gather in Suzhou. The performances are mostly national and folk dances, national musical instruments performances and vocal music. Art ensembles of all the countries will adopt the performing form of combining square performance, stage performing and impromptu performing. 32 performances will be presented to the public at seven different squares and six different ancient historical and cultural towns.

- 0:42 A.M. EST, Sep 26, 2007

Shenzhen Tourism Festival to Held - Featuring the Sea Culture

News from Xinhua News, the sixth Shenzhen Gold Coast Tourism Festival will be held from October 26th to November 25th in Shenzhen.

The three highlights of this festival are Sand Beach Music Festival (October 26th-27th), International Kites Festival (October 27th-28th), and the First International Yacht and Equipment Exhibition (November 22nd- 25th).

Then, singing on the sand beach, surfing on the sea, and many other activities relevant to the sea are all to be possibly realized. Stars of the entertainment industry, Shui Mu Nian Hua, Zhang Chu, Ye Bei, Zhou Bichang, and Olympic champions, Zhang Guozheng, Li Na will all come to Shenzhen to meet visitors. Besides, 25 kite teams from 13 different countries will perform a live show of flying a 30-meter-long (33 yards) soft-bodied kite. Meanwhile, various yachts, luxurious cruise ships, and all kinds of water sports will make a splendid feast.

Additionally, activities such as Photography Contest and Gourmet Week will also be held during the festival.

- 0:29 A.M. EST, Sep 25, 2007

CSA to Open Direct Flight from Guangzhou to Vientiane on Nov. 6th

China Southern Airlines (CSA) plans to open a direct air route from Guangzhou to Vientiane on Nov. 6th.

As the only air route from Guangzhou to Laos, it is also the fastest direct air line between China mainland and Laos. It will take two and a half hours for a single trip by Airbus 319. Two flights for the route will be operated for a week, on Tuesday and Friday. Flight CZ3507 leaves Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport at 08:50, Beijing Standard Time (GMT+8), and gets to Vientiane at 10:20, local time. The returning Flight CZ3058 takes off at 11:20, local time, and gets back to Guangzhou at 14:40, Beijing Standard Time.

- 5:43 P.M. EST, Sep 20, 2007

The 7th Famen Temple Int'l Cultural Tourism Festival to Held

The 7th Famen Temple International Cultural Tourism Festival will be held in the Famen Temple, Baoji of Shaanxi Province during September 26th-28th.

The theme of the activity is memorizing the recurrence of Sakyamuni's finger bones and the 20th anniversary of the excavated treasures in the Famen Temple. It will fully show the Buddhist culture and the Tang Dynasty culture to the public.

- 2:16 A.M. EST, Sep 20, 2007

Entry and Exit Procedures to Simplified as of Oct. 1st

It's reported that foreign or Chinese passengers who transit at a China mainland airport will not need to fill in entry and exit forms from October 1st. The criterion is that the passengers just stay at the intermediate airport for less than 24 hours, and they won't walk out of the restricted areas.

- 1:26 A.M. EST, Sep 19, 2007

Yiwu-Hong Kong Air Line to Opened in Oct

An air route between Yiwu City of Zhejiang Province and Hong Kong will be opened on October 2nd, 2007.

Located in the center part of Zhejiang Province, Yiwu City enjoys the fame as 'the biggest small commodities wholesale market in the world'. The number and capital of Hong Kong-invested enterprises rank first among the foreign-invested enterprises in Yiwu City, so it is really necessary to open an air line between the two cities.

- 1:25 A.M. EST, Sep 19, 2007

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