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Beijing: New Trains of Subway Line 1 & Line 2 Appear

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The new trains of Beijing Subway Line 1 and Line 2 turned out in Beijing yesterday, and the trial operation of them will be started today along the routes of Subway Line 13 and Batong Line.

The new trains are expectedly to be put to use before the 2008 Olympics. With a maximum admission of 1,820 passengers, these trains are 19 meters (62 feet) long and 2.8 meters (9.19 feet) wide. Each train has been installed with two LED (Light-Emitting-Diode) Display Screens, offering the related information, such as the current station and the next station. Besides, eight LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) televisions in each train will broadcast the live Olympic Games in 2008.

These new air-conditioned trains signal the end of the over 40-year-old trains of Beijing Subway. In addition, the trains of the Subway Line 1 and Line 2 will all be air-conditioned during the Beijing Olympics.


- 4:33 A.M. EST, Sep 5, 2007


Beijing: Longtanhu Park to Hold Grand Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival

From September 21 to October 7, 2007, the Longtanhu Park will hold the grandest Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival of Beijing this year.

The park will display 45 sets of large lantern, and more than one hundred small lanterns. Among them there are 17 aquatic lanterns and lanterns in a design of Fuwa, the mascots of 2008 Olympics. The lantern featuring the Temple of Heaven is the largest, 18 meters (59 feet) high. So far, the lantern displaying two dragons playing with a pearl has been completed.

Tips for the Longtanhu Park (?????):
Address: No.8, Longtan Road, Chongwen District
Admission Fee: CNY 2 (CNY 10 during the Festival)
Bus Route:
8, 12, 684, 750 to Longtanhu Youyongchi (Longtanhu Swimming Pool, ??????)
6, 60, 116, 352, 938 Zhuan (938?), 958 to Beijing Youleyuan (Beijing Amusement Park, ?????), and then you could walk to the Longtanhu Park.


- 4:52 A.M. EST, Sep 4, 2007


Beijing NAEC to Present Grand Show on National Attractions

From September 1 to 3, 2007, Beijing National Agricultural Exhibition Center (NAEC) will present a grand exhibition on China's famous scenic spots. It will cover the lofty mountains, great rivers, distinctive geological landscape, and the profound cultural heritage.

About 192 scenic areas will join the exhibition, offering a full overview of China's tourism resource. The "South China Karst", which has just been listed as one of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in June, 2007, will display the mysterious karst landscape of Chongqing City, Yunnan and Guizhou provinces.

Tips:
Address: No. 16, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District
Bus Route: 207, 402, 405, 421, 627, 635, 671, 701, 707, 718, 801, 974, 984, Te 3 (?3) to Nongye Zhanlanguan (National Agricultural Exhibition Center, ?????).


- 4:22 A.M. EST, Aug 30, 2007


Beijing: Fuwa Journey to the Olympics Attracting Good Publicity

Fuwa Journey to the Olympics, a 100-episode animation series, has attracted good publicity since its debut on August 8, 2007.

This refined animation presents a vivid story with humorous plot, lively characters and Olympic spirit. In the story, a Chinese child receives a special gift, Fuwa, from his parents on the eve of the 2008 Olympics, and then some interesting stories happen between Fuwa and the child's other toys. It tells the origin and development of the Olympics, including the establishment and amendment of the rules of the Olympics, and the legends in the history of the Olympics.

Characterized by Chinese features and Olympic elements, this cartoon is also the first one which gives prominence to the Olympic mascots in the world.


- 5:16 A.M. EST, Aug 28, 2007


Beijing: The Sweet Osmanthus Blooming in the Summer Palace

The sweet osmanthus are blooming in advance in the Summer Palace, and tourists to the palace could enjoy the intoxicating flower in the East Palace Gate, Hall of Benevolence and Longevity, and the Wenchang Gallery.


- 5:14 A.M. EST, Aug 28, 2007


Beijing: 36 Bus Routes to Rescheduled as of this Sunday

From August to September, 2007, the government of Beijing will adjust and optimize the public bus routes, including starting 29 new bus routes, rescheduling 30 existent routes and canceling 13 original routes. 36 routes involved in the project will be firstly altered this Sunday.

From this Sunday, 100 more buses of Bus No. 300 will be operated to meet the demands. Bus Routes for 64, 402, 423, 518, 519, 526, 605, 625, 635, 654, 660, 682, 711, 727, 736 Qu (736?), 740, and Te 3 (?3) will be rescheduled slightly. Bus Routes for 342, 344, 345, 382, 752, 815, 819, and 827 will be canceled.

Several Yuntong (??) routes, including Yuntong 103 (??103), Yuntong 105 (??105), Yuntong 106 (??106), and Yuntong 116 (??116) will cancel or add some stops.

New Routes:

Routes
Departure & Terminus
Running Time
Ticket
326
Zhaofeng'ancun-Chaoqianlu (????-???)
Zhaofeng'ancun
05:30-22:00
Flat fare
Chaoqianlu
05:50-22:20
501
Nanyuan Airport-Caoqiao
(????-??)
Nanyuan Airport
05:30-21:30
Flat fare
Caoqiao
06:00-22:00
513
Dajiaoting-Lvyingjiayuan
(???-????)
Dajiaoting
05:30-22:00
Flat fare
Lvyingjiayuan
06:00-22:30
515
Shaoyaoju-Zuojiazhuang
(???-???)
Shaoyaoju
05:50-22:00
Flat fare
Zuojiazhuang
05:30-21:40
516
Huanxingtiedao-Liangmaqiao (????-???)
Huanxingtiedao
05:30-21:40
Flat fare
Liangmaqiao
05:50-22:00
 
Tourist would better pay more attention when taking a bus.


- 10:34 P.M. EST, Aug 22, 2007


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