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Direct Flight between China and Swiss to Resume

News from General Administration of Civil Aviation of China said that the direct flight between China and Swiss, which has been suspended for three years, will reopen soon. China Hainan Airline got the permission to operate this route.

China opened Beijing to Zurich Route in 1978 but suspended it in 1999. Swiss Air Transport Company (abbr. SWISSAIR) started Zurich to Beijing and Shanghai Route in 1975 and suspended it in 2003 due to the bankruptcy of the company. Persons involved introduced that Hainan Airline will resume the route in 2007 and SWISSAIR in 2008.

- 11:34 P.M. EST, Jan 25, 2007

2007 Beijing Int'l Tourism Expo to Opened in June

It is reported that the 2007 Beijing International Tourism Expo (BITE) will be held in June 21~23, 2007. The first two days are held for dealers and the last day will be opened to visitors.

BITE has already won great success in past three years and is an important place for the communication of tourism. It is estimated that the latest tourism product from over 80 countries and areas as well as 25 provinces and cities of China will be displayed on this year's expo. The introduction on Beijing Olympics and the tour of Olympic Venues will be specially showed on BITE. In addition, the related internet expo will also be synchronously presented for a better efficiency.

- 7:27 P.M. EST, Jan 24, 2007

Beijing Publishes English Olympic E-Map

According to Xinhua News Agency, the official website of Beijing Olympics published the English version Olympic Map on January 16, 2007.

The website launched Chinese version e-map last January, which is the first dynamic electronic map in Olympics' history. After one year's preparation, English version one was published on January 16, 2007. Olympic venues, subway stations, Beijing Hutongs, hospitals, schools and academes, recreational places, shopping centers, hotels, tourist destinations, etc. can be found in this map. It is said that more Olympic-related info will be appended into this map in near future for a better service during the Beijing Olympics.

- 7:25 P.M. EST, Jan 24, 2007

Snow Attacking Tibet as of Jan. 15th

According to Tibet Autonomous Region Observatory, eastern Tibet may suffer snow after January, 15th. The temperature of most parts of Tibet will be decreased 3 to 6 oC (37.4 to 42.8 oF) after the snow.

From 15th to 17th, light snow will be present at Nyingchi Region, eastern Nakchu and Chamdo Region. Overcast weather will appear at Nakchu, Chamdo and Nyingchi from 19th to 20th with showery snow in some places of Tibet.

- 7:23 P.M. EST, Jan 24, 2007

Beijing: The Schedule of Four Abuilding Subways Published

It is reported that the schedule of four subways was announced in Beijing on January 16, 2007. Except Line 4, three of them will be open to traffic in 2008, ahead of Beijing Olympics.

Subway Line 5, which is 27.6 km (17.1 miles) long and connects Taiping Zhuang Bei of Changping District and Songjia Zhuang of Fengtai District, will be unveiled in September, 2007. The Airport Line and the first-stage construction of Subway Line 10, which connects CBD of Beijing, Olympic Green and Zhongguan Cun, will start-up operation on June 30, 2008. Subway Line 4, which will cross through the whole Beijing City, is estimated to be 26.1 km (16.2 miles) and to be open to traffic in 2009.

- 7:21 P.M. EST, Jan 24, 2007

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