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Travelers in China React in Shock as The Airport Ceiling Above Them Collapses
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American Airlines avoids Russian airspace, delays China-bound flights
2018-04-19 05:15:09 Travellers flying to China and Hong Kong from the US face delays of up to eight hours this week as American Airlines, the world's biggest airline, diverted some flights to avoid Russian airspace and urged passengers to reconsider travel plans. Describing the move as a "re-routing" for selected flights to Beijing and Hong Kong, American Airlines posted a travel alert on its website on Saturday   Read More ...
Hainan Airlines to launch its first flight connecting London with China
2018-03-13 09:00:40 Hainan Airlines is set to launch its first direct flight route between China and London, with a new non-stop service linking the UK capital and Changsha in Hunan province. The Chinese carrier said, starting on March 23, three of its Boeing 787 passenger jets will depart each week from Changsha Huanghua International Airport and arrive at London's Heathrow Airport before making the return journey   Read More ...
Nearly 3 bln trips recorded during Spring Festival travel rush
2018-03-13 07:30:17 A railway crew member draws the curtain of a train carriage at Jiujiang Railway Station in Jiujiang, east China's Jiangxi Province, March 12, 2018. (Xinhua/Hu Guolin) China's 40-day Spring Festival travel rush, which concluded Monday this year, witnessed 2.97 billion passenger trips, according to official data. The traffic is basically the same as that of last year, according to the Ministry of Transport   Read More ...
Foreigners Are Reportedly Being Barred From Beijing Bars and Restaurants While China's Parliament Meets
2018-03-13 05:02:35 Foreigners in Beijing looking for a late-night meal this week may find themselves in a different pickle. Popular restaurants and bars in Beijing’s busy Wudaokou district have been instructed by police to limit the number of foreign patrons — at least according to the South China Morning Post, which suggests the ban is part of ramped-up security around the capital for the meeting of China’s rubber-stamp National People’s Congress   Read More ...
Black bears may improve panda release methods
2018-03-13 03:30:50 Ben Kilham, of Lyme, New Hampshire, who has released about 165 black bear cubs into the wild, is hoping his techniques will work with pandas. (Photo/China Daily) China's giant pandas may be getting a hand from their North American cousins as well as orangutans, tigers and elephants. The panda population in China is "still very vulnerable", and needs help, according to U   Read More ...
Humankind has to prepare for worst as last male northern white rhino battles illness
2018-03-13 03:01:44 Photo taken on April 28, 2016 shows Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world, at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuki, Kenya. (Xinhua/Pan Siwei) The world's only remaining male northern white rhino has been battling with a life-threatening ailment, throwing the world's conservationists into a spin. The 45-year-old giant land mammal, fondly named as Sudan, has been sheltered at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in the northern Kenyan county of Laikipia, and has lately grappled with an infection on his right hind leg, undermining his capacity to roam around and forage   Read More ...
Hungry to travel
2018-03-12 06:30:22 Over the recent Spring Festival holiday, Chinese visitors went to 730 cities across 68 countries and regions. Chinese travelers are making their presence felt around the globe. They were expected to pay 6.5 million visits abroad over the recent Spring Festival holiday, and their footprints could be found in 730 cities across 68 countries and regions worldwide, the China National Tourism Administration reports   Read More ...
Beijing sees safe, orderly Spring Festival travel rush
2018-03-11 17:30:34 Beijing has witnessed a safe and orderly Spring Festival travel rush that lasts from Feb. 1 to March 12, railway police in Beijing said Sunday. The police have dealt with more than 172,000 cases of passengers carrying prohibited items, busting 2 groups and capturing 412 people suspected of ticket scalping, the police said in a statement. The police examined 273 units and 3,512 locations as part of their fire control operation during the period, it said   Read More ...
Overseas travel agencies work harder to attract Chinese tourists
2018-03-11 15:30:17 Visitors to a travel fair in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou were amazed to see a three-meter tall Trojan Horse in the exhibition hall. "Can I climb into it? I want to know how it feels to be an ancient Greek," a visitor surnamed Guo asked staff with the Turkish culture and tourism office. Guo was among more than 170,000 visitors to the annual Guangzhou International Travel Fair last week, which attracted 1,029 companies from 53 countries and regions   Read More ...
China's Zhouzhuang becomes hot tourist destination as temperature rises(1/9)
2018-03-11 04:00:38 Tourists take sightseeing boats on the river in the ancient town of Zhouzhuang in Suzhou City, east China's Jiangsu Province, March 9, 2018. As temperature rises, the water town of Zhouzhuang becomes hot tourist destination. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)   Read More ...
Injured snow leopard back on four legs
2018-03-09 02:30:17 Veterinarians from Xining Wildlife Park tend to an injured snow leopard in Xining, Qinghai Province, in late November. (PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY) A seriously injured snow leopard from Qinghai Province that suffered leg fractures is recovering well after undergoing a second operation in Beijing. The rare cat, a species high on China's list of protected animals, was found by four herders in Zadoi county, Yushu Tibetan autonomous prefecture, in late November, and transported to Xining Wildlife Park at the provincial capital   Read More ...
Kenya targets 100,000 Chinese tourists yearly
2018-03-08 10:00:47 A senior Kenyan official said Wednesday Kenya is targeting 100,000 Chinese tourists per year in the medium term, as it embarks on a campaign to sell its safari and beach offerings to the Chinese. Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview that the East African Nation is embarking on a major online and media marketing campaign in China and has already appointed a new representative there   Read More ...
Quake-hit Jiuzhaigou National Park reopens to public
2018-03-08 08:01:28 (ECNS)--Jiuzhaigou National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site that was damaged by a strong earthquake in southwest China last year, partially reopened to tourists on March 8 after it was closed for seven months. Visitors can now tour some of its popular sites, including Nuorilang Waterfall, Long Lake, Mirror Lake, Zharu Temple and Five-Color Lake.   Read More ...
Coming soon: UAE Park in China
2018-03-07 13:27:04 Dubai: Dubai Municipality announced on Wednesday that UAE Park will officially open in December in Nanning, the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, in southern China. The civic body, which will represent the UAE in Expo 2018 China, has participated in designing the project that spans 1,700 square metres, it said in a press release. Arwan Al Mohammad, director of General Projects Department at Dubai Municipality, said the park is being built to high professional standards and quality   Read More ...
Hainan boosts medical tourism as new growth driver
2018-03-07 12:32:00 Hainan is boosting medical tourism as a new growth driver by developing a medical tourism pilot zone, a provincial official revealed on Tuesday. Shen Xiaoming, governor of Hainan province, made his remarks at a panel discussion of Hainan delegation during the ongoing first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing. Approved in 2013 by the State Council, China's cabinet, the Boao Lecheng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone is the first of its kind in the country   Read More ...
Direct flight to link Wuhan, Osaka
2018-03-06 07:00:37 China Southern Airlines will launch a direct flight linking Wuhan, capital city of central China's Hubei Province, and the Japanese city of Osaka on March 28. The outbound flight number CZ8307 will leave Wuhan at 7:50 a.m. local time and arrive in Osaka at noon local time every Wednesday. The return flight will depart Osaka at 1:00 p.m. local time and arrive in Wuhan at 3:30 p   Read More ...
Travelers in China React in Shock as The Airport Ceiling Above Them Collapses
2018-03-05 22:05:19 Severe weather conditions led to an alarming moment on Sunday when a roof came collapsing down at China’s Nanchang Changbei International Airport. Those who happened to be at the scene at Nanchang’s main airport on Sunday shared footage of the incident on social media, where travelers can be heard reacting in shock as the roof of the airport's Terminal 2 arrival hall can be seen shaking and heading straight to the ground   Read More ...
China lists $400m Gold Coast theme park as 'key' part of global initiative
2018-03-05 12:19:16 One Belt One Road: China lists $400m Gold Coast theme park as 'key project' of global initiative China's Ministry of Culture has listed a Chinese developer's planned Gold Coast theme park as a "key cultural trade and investment project" that is linked to the country's ambitious Belt and Road investment plan. Key points: Chinese theme park giant Songcheng behind Australian Legends World plan The tourism and real estate project will host Chinese and Australian cultural shows Songcheng spokesman said China would not influence park's operations "The Australian Government may not want to not sign up to the initiative as a program but there's nothing to stop particular projects in Australia signing up on their own account," China expert John Fitzgerald from Swinburne University said   Read More ...
Mid-range hotels grow in China on consumption upgrade of the middle class
2018-03-05 04:30:25 Boosted by the emerging middle class in China, international mid-end hotel brands have expanded quickly through franchising in the country. As at the end of last year, China had 2,342 mid-end hotels, up nearly 34 percent year-on-year. The number of budget hotels reached 21,808, up 10.5 percent from the previous year, according to the China Hospitality Association. Holiday Inn Express, the largest among such hotels, will continue to penetrate third-and fourth-tier cities in the country   Read More ...
Panama's tourism award in China shows growing Chinese interest in Panama
2018-03-03 06:30:51 The government of Panama on Friday said it was taking a tourism prize it won in China, during the Guangzhou International Travel Fair, as a sign of growing Chinese interest to discover the country. The award was received by Panama's tourism minister, Gustavo Him, and its ambassador to China, Francisco Carlo Escobar. Him is leading a Panamanian mission to China which started last Monday to seek to increase the country's profile among Chinese travellers, as well as to continue working on the deals signed between both sides since diplomatic relations were established in June 2017   Read More ...
China's HNA Group plans to sell stake in Park Hotels: filing
2018-03-02 05:40:15 HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co Ltd, faced with liquidity concerns after debt-fuelled acquisitions, plans to sell some or all of its 25 percent stake in Park Hotels & Resorts Inc (), the U.S. hotel chain said in a filing. HNA bought a 25 percent stake in Park Hotels as part of its $6.5 billion deal to buy a 25 percent stake in Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc () from biggest shareholder Blackstone Group LP () in 2016   Read More ...
China to step up protection of endangered big cats
2018-03-01 21:30:22 China called for increased protection of endangered feline species ahead of World Wildlife Day, which falls on March 3. In China, species such as giant pandas, crested ibis, and Tibetan antelopes that were once extremely endangered are facing less risks, but large feline species such as tigers and leopards are still endangered and need better protection. "The numbers of giant pandas, crested ibis, and Tibetan antelopes are rising, which shows remarkable progress in protection work of wildlife," said Li Chunliang, deputy director of State Forestry Administration at a campaign for the World Wildlife Day in Guangzhou Thursday   Read More ...
Chinese restaurant in Little Rock's Heights neighborhood sells
2018-03-01 16:06:42 Fantastic China Chinese Cuisine restaurant, a fixture in Little Rock's Heights neighborhood for more than 22 years, is under new ownership. The previous owner, Kavion Wang, said Wednesday that she will remain for now at the restaurant at 1900 N. Grant St. to help with the transition to the new ownership. Fantastic China becomes part of a consortium of restaurants that also includes Fu Lin Chinese Restaurant at 200 N   Read More ...
Outbound Chinese tourism sees record high
2018-03-01 09:01:16 Outbound visits by Chinese residents hit a record high of over 130 million in 2017, up 7 percent compared to 2016, making China the world's biggest travel guest source country, according to a report released by the China Tourism Academy and the online travel service Ctrip on Thursday. Outbound travelers spent nearly $116 billion last year, a year-on-year increase of 5 percent   Read More ...
Chinese mobile app helps tourists find public toilets
2018-03-01 07:30:18 Locating public toilets can be frustrating for tourists, but a mobile app is helping tourists find nearby facilities with just a tap on a screen. Launched at the start of this year, the tourist toilets navigation system developed by the National Tourism Administration (NTA) and online mapping service provider amap.com has received 15 million visits from mobile users across China. By tapping a button on the Amap smartphone app, users can see all public toilets within 2 km of their location and receive the recommended shortest routes   Read More ...
Morocco sees leap in Chinese tourists after visa-free regime
2018-03-01 04:30:35 The number of Chinese tourists visiting Morocco reached 118,000 in 2017, Khalid Fathi, chief representative of the Moroccan tourist office in China, said on Wednesday. Since King Mohammed VI's decision to grant Chinese citizens visa-free access from June 1, 2016, Morocco has witnessed remarkable increase in the number of Chinese tourists, which used to be no more than 20,000 each year   Read More ...
Lunar New Year goes global, thanks to travel
2018-03-01 02:01:07 Tourists display spring couplets written in English with Santa Claus last month in Rovaniemi, Finland. Many consider Rovaniemi to be the Jolly Old Elf's hometown. [Photo/China Daily] Survey lists 10 places that had the best festival atmosphere. Spring Festival has become a golden week for global tourism, with Chinese travelers this year visiting at least 800 destinations in more than 70 countries and regions in Asia, North America, Europe and Australia during the seven-day break, according to a new report   Read More ...
Chinese products, innovations attract hundreds at Cuba's cigar festival
2018-02-28 10:30:20 Cuba's annual celebration of its cigar-making industry, the Habanos Festival, kicked off Monday, drawing over 2,000 cigar aficionados and buyers from 70 countries. The festival, organized by Habanos S.A., a joint venture between state-owned Cubatabaco and Altadis, a French-German subsidiary of the British multinational Imperial Tobacco, which markets the cigars worldwide, also features gala dinners, tours of cigar factories and tobacco farms, and a renowned auction of custom-made humidors, with funds going to support the country's free healthcare system   Read More ...
Integration notches up experience of tourists in China
2018-02-28 09:30:27 Foreign tourists traveling to China this year are in for brand new experiences - enriched tourism products and routes, better local infrastructure and services, more local events and more, thanks to the "2018, Year of Integrated Tourism" campaign announced by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA). The theme aims to enhance the drive to build a "beautiful China" - more balanced and sustainable tourism development, and to better serve the demands of domestic and international travelers   Read More ...
Cambodia expects 1.7 mln Chinese tourists this year: minister
2018-02-28 04:30:34 Cambodia is projected to receive about 1.7 million Chinese tourists in 2018, an expected increase of 40 percent from 1.21 million in 2017, Tourism Minister Thong Khon said Tuesday. "There has been a rise in the middle class in China. Chinese people are now rich, and they are keen to spend their holidays overseas," he told reporters on the sidelines of a Tourism Ministry's annual conference   Read More ...
Walt Disney plans 2 bln euros investment to expand Paris amusement park
2018-02-28 04:01:33 The new expansion plan includes transforming Walt Disney Studios Park by building three new lands dedicated to popular brands Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars, in addition to several new attractions and shows, the group said in a statement. Works will start by 2021 "offering even more opportunities for the tourism industry in France and Europe," it added. "This investment, the largest investment we made since Disneyland Paris opening, is the direct result of growing confidence we have in the economy of Europe and of France in particular," said Bob Iger, Disney chairman and CEO   Read More ...
Nearly 1 mln Chinese tourists visit Russia visa-free in 2017
2018-02-28 02:31:23 The visa-free tourist flow from China to Russia rose 23 percent year on year to 944,000 people in 2017, the Russian travel association "World without borders" said Tuesday. A total of 1.24 million Chinese tourists visited Russia in the first nine months of 2017, it said in a statement. Group tourists from China and Russia can visit each other's country visa-free   Read More ...
Chinese eat twice more fibre than in the west
2018-02-27 19:08:43 Dubai: When it comes to food, the Chinese say waste not, want not. Everything in Chinese cuisine is planned precisely. Many different styles contribute to Chinese cuisine but the best known and most influential is Cantonese cuisine. Chinese cuisine has a lot of interesting facts. Northerners eat dumplings, wheat noodles, steamed buns and stuffed buns, as they grow more wheat in that part of China   Read More ...
Chinese trawlers travel farthest and fish the most: report
2018-02-27 08:39:12 China has the world’s largest and farthest-ranging fishing operation, outstripping the next 10 biggest combined, according to what researchers say is the most comprehensive and data-intensive study on the subject. Ships from China amassed approximately 17 million hours of fishing in 2016, mostly off the southern coast of their home country, but also as far away as Africa and South America   Read More ...
Frozen waterfall at Darbin Lake National Forest Part attracts tourists(1/6)
2018-02-27 08:04:05 The amazing frozen waterfall of the Bila River at Darbin Lake National Forest Park has attracted many tourists. (Photo provided to China Daily) The national park is located at the southern slope of the Greater Hinggan Mountains in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region. It is rich in tourism resources with forests, grasslands, volcanoes, Tianchi ― or lakes on top of mountains, rivers, lakes, canyons and wetlands   Read More ...
Chinese scientists develop polar bear fur-inspired thermal textile, used in military
2018-02-27 06:09:43 Scientists develop polar bear fur-inspired thermal textile. Chinese scientists have developed a thermally insulating textile inspired by polar bear fur, which could possibly be used in producing military clothing. The advanced material has very low thermal conductivity which can prevent heat loss, Bai Hao, a research fellow at Zhejiang University's College of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the leader of the team which developed the textile, told the Global Times on Monday   Read More ...
Protected bear to share living quarters with giant pandas
2018-02-27 06:04:46 A rescued Asian black bear adjusts to at an animal rehabilitation center in Heilongjiang province earlier this month. (Photo provided to China Daily) After a month of careful nursing, an Asian black bear that was rescued by wild animal protection volunteers and police in Tieli, Heilongjiang province, is recovering well at the Heilongjiang Endangered Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and will be sent to the Yabuli giant panda habitat at Yabuli Ski Resort in the province next week   Read More ...
Sichuan Airlines launches direct flights to Mandalay in Myanmar
2018-02-26 08:30:07 A new air route opened between Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, and Mandalay in Myanmar on Sunday. The round-trip flights by Sichuan Airlines' Airbus A320 aircraft fly every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The flying time lasts about 90 minutes each way. With over 130 Airbus aircraft, Sichuan Airlines is the largest all-Airbus-fleet carrier in China, and operates over 270 domestic and international routes, according to its website   Read More ...
Myanmar man arrested for Chinese graffiti in Japan’s national park
2018-02-26 03:30:29 Chinese tourists are now "acquitted" from earlier accusations of spraying graffiti at a Japanese national park after local police arrested a Myanmar man on Feb. 22. Last month, some Japanese news media reported that Chinese and English graffiti saying "Happy Birthday" was found around the Towada-Hachimantai National Park. Since then, Chinese tourists were blamed as most of the graffiti were in Chinese characters   Read More ...
Tourism gives struggling Hunan community a path out of poverty
2018-02-26 03:01:02 Goulanyao village in Hunan province is being hailed as a prime example of successful poverty reduction achieved by developing rural tourism. A farming celebration festival in the village featured various folk activities that drew visitors nationwide. Situated near the border between Hunan and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, Goulanyao is home to many people of the Yao ethnic group. As a consequence of living in a remote mountain village, residents have traditionally struggled to make a living on barren land for decades   Read More ...