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Exhibition of Chang'e-1 Lunar Probe Held in Beijing Planetarium

At present, an exhibition featuring Chang'e-1 Lunar Satellite is being held in the new exhibition hall of Beijing Planetarium (北京天文馆).

Beijing Planetarium, the first planetarium in China, is located in No.138, Xizhimenwai Dajie (西直门外大街), Xicheng District. The latest photo of the lunar sent by the Chang'e-1 Lunar Satellite is displayed in the new exhibition hall, and it has attracted many people. In the planetarium, people can gain further insight into the nature of the lunar and the achievements that China has made on the lunar probe.
 
Entrance Charge:
CNY 10
Opening Hours of the New Exhibition Hall:
10:00-16:00 (from November 1 to 30, 2007, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Bus Route:
Bus No.27, 45, 105, 107, 111, 206, 209, 319, 347, 360, 362, 601, 632, 634, 697, 714, 732, 808, 814, Te 4 (特4) to Beijing Zoo, and then walk to the planetarium.


- 2:28 A.M. EST, Nov 30, 2007


Beijing Subway: Line 10, Olympic Branch Line & Airport Extension Completed

It is reported that the construction of Beijing Subway Line 10 have been completed, and it will be in service before July, 2008 along with the Olympic Branch Line and Airport Extension.

The Subway Line 10 was completed 5 days in advance, at present the fit-out work of the three subway lines goes well. The new trains have arrived in Beijing and the trial run will be fully conducted in the middle of December, 2007.

- 2:24 A.M. EST, Nov 30, 2007


Beijing Public Bus No.666 Replaces 728 Zhi

According to Beijing Public Transport Holdings, Ltd., the former Bus No.728 Zhi (728支) has been replaced by the Bus No.666 since November 29th. The bus route, midway stops and the operation hours remain unchanged.

- 2:21 A.M. EST, Nov 30, 2007


Beijing Ski Resorts to Welcome Tourists

From this weekend, the ski resorts in the suburb of Beijing will officially welcome their tourists in succession. The fees will remain unchanged, varying from CNY 100 for two hours to CNY 300 for a whole day.

So far, the snow-making has been completed in Beijing ski resorts. Huaibei International Ski Resort will accept the tourists on November 30th, and Shijinglong Ski Resort and Badaling Ski Resort will be opened respectively on December 1st and 2nd. For those beginners who want to have a try, Yunfoshan Ski Resort is a good choice.

Some ski resorts offer favorable treatment during the first several days. In the Yunfoshan Ski Resort, skiers will only need to buy the entrance charge before December 5th. On December 2nd, visitors to the Badaling Ski Resort can ski for free.

Tips for the ski resorts:

Huaibei International Ski Resort (怀北国际滑雪场)

Entrance Charge:
CNY 20
Opening Hours:
08:00-17:30
Bus Route:
No.936 Zhi (936支) (Dongzhimenwai-Jiugukou) (东直门外-九谷口), and get off at the terminal, then you can walk to the resort.
Operation Hours of the Bus:
07:10-19:10 (from Dongzhimenwai)
05:00-17:00 (from Jiugukou)
Tel:
010-89696677

Badaling Ski Resort (
八达岭滑雪场)

Entrance Charge:
CNY 20, CNY 30 (on Chinese legal holidays)
Opening Hours:
08:30-17:00
Bus Route:
No.919 Kuai (919快) (Deshengmen-Yanqing Bus Station) (德胜门-延庆汽车站), and get off at Xibozi (西拨子), then you can take a taxi for about 5 minutes to reach the resort.
Operation Hours of the Bus:
06:00-19:30 (from Deshengmen)
04:50-18:30 (from Yanqing Bus Station)
Tel:
010-69129966, 010-69129922

Yunfoshan Ski Resort (
云佛山滑雪场)

Entrance Charge:
CNY 20
Opening Hours:
08:30-21:00
Bus Route:
No.987 (Dongzhimenwai-Miyun Reservoir) (东直门外-密云水库), and get off at the terminal, then walk to the resort.
Operation Hours of the Bus:
07:00-18:30 (from Dongzhimenwai)
05:40-16:50 (from Miyun Reservoir)
Tel:
010-69606039, 010-69606089
 

- 4:42 A.M. EST, Nov 28, 2007


Beijing Parks: New Electronic Yearly Tickets to Sold

From 2008, ten parks in Beijing will adopt electronic tickets, and the former paper yearly tickets will be replaced by electronic ones scheduled to be sold from December 15, 2007.

It is expected that in 2008, ten parks in Beijing will abandon paper tickets completely, and people without yearly tickets can also paid the entrance charge by 'Yikatong' IC (Integrated Circuit) cards. They are: Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Beihai Park, Fragrant Hills Park, Beijing Zoo, Beijing Botanical Garden, Yuyuantan Park, Beijing Zhongshan Park (北京中山公园), Jingshan Park (景山公园) and Taoran Park (陶然亭).

Except for the above-mentioned ten parks, the new electronic yearly tickets are also valid in other six parks, namely, Grand View Garden, Lianhuachi Park, Youth Lake Park (青年湖公园), Beijing International Sculpture Park (北京国际雕塑园), Haidian Park (海淀公园) and Shuangxiu Park (双秀公园).

The new yearly tickets will be sold from December 15, 2007 to January 15, 2008. People can buy them in the sixteen parks from 08:30 to 16:30 daily during this period. These tickets are valid from January 1, 2008 to January 31, 2009, and have three kinds, CNY 50, CNY 100 and CNY 200.

The electronic yearly tickets only need to be activated once a year, and people can add the yearly tickets service on the 'Yikatong' IC cards. After January 15, 2008, people who want to buy the yearly tickets can go to the service counter of Beijing Zhongshan Park, or dial 010-66055431 for more information.

- 4:38 A.M. EST, Nov 28, 2007


First Int'l Chinese Antique Fair to Held in Beijing Hotel This Friday

From November 30th to December 4th, the first Beijing International Chinese Antique Fair (BICAF) will be held in the Golden Hall of Beijing Hotel. The antiques cover bronzes, Chinese porcelains, lacquer wares, iron wares, champleve enamel ware, jade articles, silk and other kinds.

During the fair, collectors from different countries and regions will present their precious Chinese antiques. Famous foreign collectors include Christopher Bruckner (British), Laurence Paul (British), Cedrien Curien (French) and Mehmet Hassan (Thais) will bring along their treasures. People can have the chance to appreciate many dispersed Chinese heritage. This Chinese antique fair is the grandest in the world in recent years.

To ensure the order of the fair and the security of the antiques, people should make reservations by telephone, and buy the tickets at your appointed time in Zhihua Temple (智化寺). From 10:00 to 16:00 (Dec. 1st-4th), 300 tickets are available at a price of CNY 200 for each day. Telephone: 010-65258628, 010-65258638.

Tips for the fair:

Opening Hours:
10:00-18:30 (Nov. 30th-Dec. 4th)
Venue:
Building C, Golden Hall, Beijing Hotel
Zhihua Temple:
Location:
No.5, Lumicang Hutong (禄米仓胡同), Dongcheng District
Bus No.208, 44 Da (44大), 44 Xiao (44小), 750, 800 Nei (800内), 800 Wai (800外), 810 or Te 2 (特2) to Yabao Lu (雅宝路), and then walk to the temple.
Beijing Hotel:
Location:
No.33, Dong Chang'an Jie (东长安街), Dongcheng District
Bus No.103, 104, 104 Kuai (104快), 201, 211, 420, 803 to Wangfujing Lukou Bei (王府井路口北), and then walk to Beijing Hotel .
Bus No.10, 20, 37, 41, 59, 120, 126, 203, 205, 802 to Wangfujing (王府井), and then walk to Beijing Hotel.


- 3:01 A.M. EST, Nov 26, 2007


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