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The Fifth Festival of Nanhai Guanyin Culture, Putuoshan, Held

Approved by State Administration of Religious Affairs, the Fifth Festival of Nanhai Guanyin Culture is being held on Putuoshan, Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province from October 9th to 14th.

Located on a small island of only twelve square kilometers, Putuoshan is located in the southeastern sea areas of Zhoushan Islands in Zhejiang province. As the Buddhist Kingdom on the sea, it is one of the four famous Buddhist Mountains in China, well-known as a Buddhist Guanyin Temple both at home and abroad.

With 'Free life, merciful thoughts' as the theme, various activities will be held during the festival, including Guanyin Fast, Preaching and Lighting Lights, Consecration of the Duobao Pagoda, Putuoshan Culture Forum and so on. Besides, some other supporting activities will also be held such as essay writing, photography contests, graphic arts and Buddhist craftworks exhibition. In the end, this festival will be ended with a stage play of Guanyin.

- 1:04 A.M. EST, Oct 12, 2007

Beijing: Red Maples Festival of Fragrant Hills to Held on Oct. 12th

Red Maples Festival of Fragrant Hills, Beijing, will begin on October 12th, and it will last until November 4th. Then, visitors with yearly, season and monthly tickets will be allowed to enter the fragrant mountain park during the stated period of time.

On the fragrant hills, there are altogether 140,000 maple trees covering an area of 1,400 mu (231 acres). The trees belong to eight categories, including 14 species.

During the festival, the admission fee is CNY 10. Visitors with yearly, season and monthly tickets can enter the park during 06:00~09:00 or 16:00~18:30, if they choose to admire the red maples at weekends, on October 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, and November 3rd and 4th. Meanwhile, there will be guides serving the visitors free of charge during the weekends.

- 0:08 A.M. EST, Oct 11, 2007

Shanghai: Maglev Trains to Operated for a Longer Time as of Next Week

News from Xinhua News, the operating time of the Maglev Trains in Shanghai will be changed from 07:00~21:00 to 06:45~21:30 as of the coming Monday, with 109 runs every day. After the change, the Maglev Trains will just meet the last run of the Subway Line 2, which will provide much convenience with travelers to get to and to leave the Pudong International Airport.

- 0:06 A.M. EST, Oct 11, 2007

Xian: Evening Fountain Show on the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square Starts Earlier

With the approaching of the winter in Xian, the Evening Fountain Show on the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square will start at 20:30 as of October 10th, half an hour earlier than that of the summer.

After the adjustment, the new performing schedule is as follows:
From Monday to Friday, there will be two performances every day, respectively at 12:00 and 20:30. While, Tuesday is the routine examining and repairing time, so there will be only one performance at 20:30 in the evening.

On Saturday, Sunday and other national holidays, there will be five performances at 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00 and 20:30.

- 0:58 A.M. EST, Oct 10, 2007

The 4th East Asia International Travel Fair to Held in Dalian

The 4th East Asia International Travel Fair is to be held in Star-sea Convention & Exhibition Center, Dalian City, from October 19th to 21st.

This exhibition will continue to promote the market share of China tourism in Japan, Korea and Russian. Following the last exhibition, this one will increase especial sections for business hotels, resort hotels, tourist vehicles and cruise ships. Meanwhile, some supporting activities will also be held then, including Negotiation Conference for professional buyers, Trade Meeting for Travel Agencies, Promotion Conference on Tourist Products, Tourist Media Alliance Foundation Ceremony and so on.

- 0:56 A.M. EST, Oct 10, 2007

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