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Sangzhutse Fortress: Lesser Potala Palace of Shigatse City Renovated

The main building of Sangzhutse Fortress in Shigatse City finished renovation recently. As one of the earliest buildings in Tibet, Sangzhutse Fortress is titled Lesser Potala Palace.

The fortress was originally built in 1363. Due to the thousands of years corrodes by winds and rains, the fortress was badly damaged. In 2004, the departments and organizations involved decided to rebuild it.

- 11:35 P.M. EST, Apr 1, 2007

Ten International Air Routes to Open at Lanzhou

Ten international air routes are said to open at Lanzhou on April 1, 2007. The ten air routes are: from Lanzhou to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Los Angeles, Maldives and Canada, via Shanghai.

- 11:34 P.M. EST, Apr 1, 2007

Direct Washington-Beijing Flight Arrives at Beijing

The first direct flight between the capital cities of China and USA arrived at Beijing Capital Airport at 14:20, Mar. 29, 2007 after about 14 hours' flying.

The United Air Lines adopted B747-400 on this air route. UA898 flies off at 18:30 (Beijing Time) from Beijing and arrive at Washington D.C. at 19:46 (local time), the next day. UA897 takes off at 12:23 (local time) from Washington D.C. and lands Beijing at 13:55 (Beijing Time), the next day.

- 1:59 A.M. EST, Mar 30, 2007

Direct Guangzhou-Dubai Air Route Starts Operation

The first direct Guangzhou-Dubai (UAE) was open to traffic on Mar. 26, 2007. China Southern Airlines operates this route by Boeing 777B.

The flight CZ383 from Guangzhou to Dubai takes off at 20:10 (Beijing Time) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The arriving time is 1:10, local time. The returning flight CZ384 flies off at 2:50 (local time), every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and arrives at Guangzhou at 14:50, Beijing Time.

It is said that China Southern Airlines will also open several other international routes this year.

- 1:58 A.M. EST, Mar 30, 2007

First Shanghai-Africa Air Route to Open

According to the Xinhua News Agency, the first Shanghai-Africa air route will be opened on April 27, 2007, by China East Air (CE Air). The airline will adopt Airbus 340-300 and fly from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Johannesburg of South Africa via Maldives every Tuesday and Friday. CE Air will also increase more scheduled flights on other international airlines.

Shanghai Airlines will start Shanghai-Bangkok, Shanghai-Bali, Shanghai-Sabah and Shanghai-Clarke flights this summer. The round air route of Shanghai-Hong Kong and Shanghai-Macau will be three and two flights per day. The air route of Shanghai-Ho Chi Minh City will also be increased to one flight daily.

Domestic flights operated by Shanghai Airlines are also increased. The newly opened Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Kunming route adopts Boeing 767. The routes from Shanghai to Kunming via Wuhan, Shanghai to Xining via Xian and Shanghai to Lanzhou via Xian are also launched. The routes of Nanjing-Guilin, Shanghai-Mianyang, Shanghai-Guiyang and Shanghai-Beihai will be increased to one flight a day and the flights of Shanghai-Tianjin and Shanghai-Chongqing will be increased to three flights per day.

- 1:34 A.M. EST, Mar 26, 2007

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