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Direct Flight from Shenyang to Nagoya to Launch

Report from Xinhua News Agency said that said that China Southern will open a direct flight from Shenyang to Nagoya of Japan as of March 7, 2007. Thus, there will be five direct flights between Shenyang and Japanese cities (Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Nagoya).

It is said that the airplane will take off at 08:30 every Wednesday and arrive at Nagoya at 12:05, local time. The returning time will be 13:10 and the plane will land at Shenyang at 14:50, local time. Airbus A319 will be chosen for the flight. The one-way ticket is at least CNY 1,050 while the round-trip ticket price starts from CNY 1,900.

- 11:14 P.M. EST, Feb 25, 2007

Spring Festival: Booking Rate of Accommodation to Rise

Reports from National Leading Group for Holiday Tourism Office said that most of travel destinations still have accommodation during the Spring Festival Holiday while the booking of hotspots has been increased quickly.

The situation of main cities and destinations:
Beijing: The booking of accommodation just begins and people can find efficient rooms. The average booking rate is about 30%.
Shanghai: The booking rate of hotel rooms is lower than that of last year, only reaches 40%. But the booking rate of hostel is quite high, with a rate of 45% in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth days of Spring Festival.
Nanjing: The average booking rate of hotel rooms is about 40%.
Guangzhou: The average booking rate of hotel rooms varies from 24% to 41% from the first to the seventh day of Spring Festival. Meanwhile, the booking rate of hostels is about 10% to 32%.
Guilin: The booking rate of Spring Festival Eve, the seventh and eighth days of Spring Festival is less than 20%. 40% booking rate can be reached in other days.
Sanya: Most of the hotels were booked over 60% during the holiday and over 30% hostels were booked.
Chongqing: The average booking rate from the second day to the fifth day of Spring Festival is over 40%.
Chengdu: The average booking rate of hotel rooms is only 17% and the rate of hostel rooms is 15%.

- 11:52 P.M. EST, Feb 12, 2007

Dunhuang: Mogao Caves to Rise Admission Fee since April

Report from related department of Dunhuang City said that the admission fee of Mogao Caves will be appreciated to CNY 160 since April 1, 2007.

It is said that over 550 thousand tourists came to visit Mogao Caves in 2006. For a better protection of the world famous cultural heritage, State Administration of Cultural Heritage, Dunhuang Price Bureau and Dunhuang Academy decided to increase the price since April 1, 2007. The new admission fee will be CNY 160 per person from May 1 to Oct. 31 and CNY 80 from Nov. 1 to Apr.30.

- 10:52 P.M. EST, Feb 11, 2007

Direct Guangzhou - Katmandu Air Route to Open to Traffic

It is reported that China Southern Airlines will open a direct Guangzhou-Katmandu flight on February 5, 2007, which is the first direct route between two cities. China Southern also plans to open Guangzhou-Dubai (UAE) on March 26th and Guangzhou-Delhi (India) on September 9th.

Persons involved said that the Guangzhou-Katmandu route will adopt Boeing 757. The plane will take off from Guangzhou at 20:00 every Monday and Friday and arrive at Katmandu at 22:45, local time. The return flight will fly off at 23:45 every Monday and Friday, and land Guangzhou at 6:30, the next day.


- 1:41 A.M. EST, Feb 2, 2007

New Flights from Beijing to San Francisco to Added

News from Air China said that two new flights from Beijing to San Francisco will be open to traffic since April 1, 2007, making the original five-flights-a-week change into one-flight-daily.

Since April 1st, CA985 will take off at 15:30 from Beijing and arrive at San Francisco at 12:10 the next day. CA986 will launch at 14:20 from San Francisco and land at Beijing at 17:05 the following day. Senior vice CEO of Air China said that the daily flight will offer more convenience to passengers and improve the service of Air China. Air China will become the only airways to provide daily flight in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

- 11:32 P.M. EST, Jan 28, 2007

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