Category Archives: China

China to open high-speed train service

The much anticipated opening of high-speed passenger service from Beijing to Guangzhou, a distance of 2298 kilometres is scheduled to begin on Wednesday this week, officials said. Travelling at an average speed of 300 kilometres per hour, the new line will slash the time it takes to travel by rail from the capital to the southern commercial hub from the current 22 hours to just eight.

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The line will have 35 stops. Besides Zhengzhou, they will include other major cities such as Wuhan and Changsha. Sections linking Zhengzhou and Wuhan and Wuhan and Guangzhou are already in service.

Authorities say that they have taken steps ahead of the new line’s opening to improve maintenance and inspection of infrastructure, including track, rolling stock and emergency response measures.

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Voted best winter attraction by National Geographic

The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Northern China was established in 1985 and is held annually from January 5 and lasts for over one month. Harbin is the capital city of Heilongjiang Province and this is China’s original and greatest ice artwork festival, attracting hundreds of thousands of local people and visitors from all over the world.

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The city’s location accounts for its arctic climate which provides abundant natural ice and snow. Subsequently, the ‘Ice City’ of Harbin is recognized as the cradle of ice and snow art in China and is famous for its exquisite and artistic ice and snow sculptures. The fabulous Ice Lantern Festival was the forerunner of the current festival and is still the best loved part of the overall event in the opinion of all who come to Harbin each year.

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Foreign visitors banned from Tibet

Foreign tourists are understood to have been banned from the Tibet Autonomous Region following a series of self-immolations by Tibetans protesting against Chinese rule.

Several tour operators in China received notice to cancel group tours to Tibet with foreign visitors.

The CEO of Tibet Travel Expert said the government stopped approving applications of foreign tourists on May 28.

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