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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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