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Beijing Subway: Line 8 Under Phase 2 Construction

On December 8, 2007, the Phase 2 construction of Beijing Subway Line 8 started, and the construction of this phase is divided into two sections.

Passing through Changping District, Haidian District, Chaoyang District, Dongcheng District and Xicheng District, the Subway Line 8 runs along the axis of Beijing City.

Involving 12 underground stations, the Phase 2 is the extension of the Olympic Branch Line, an outcome of the Phase 1 of the Subway Line 8. The north section of the Phase 2 runs between Senlin Gongyuan (森林公园) to Huoying Beizhan (霍营北站), and the south section connects Xiongmao Huandao (熊猫环岛) and Meishuguan Houjie (美术馆后街). The construction of this line will greatly relieve the pressure of the ground transportation and provide convenience for the people living in the north of Beijing.

Besides, the Subway Line 4, Phase 1 of Subway Line 6, Subway Line 9, Subway Line 10, Yizhuang Light Rail and Daxing Line are under construction at present.

- 4:09 A.M. EST, Dec 12, 2007


Train Tickets: News Regulation on Tickets Reconfirmation

According to a new regulation enacted on December 9th, people can cancel the train tickets after the reconfirmation.

If the train ticket is reconfirmed before the train departs, the ticket will bounce; after the train departs, the ticket is not refundable. Besides, tickets of the sleeper can be reconfirmed. If you change a sleeper ticket into a hard seat or a soft seat ticket, you will receive the price difference and be charged 20% of ticket value as the service fee; if a ticket of hard seat or soft seat is changed into a sleeper ticket, no service fee will be charged.

- 4:35 A.M. EST, Dec 11, 2007


New Trains to in Service on Moscow-Beijing Railway

On December 28, 2007, new comfortable luxurious trains will be in service on Moscow-Beijing international long-distance railway.

The new trains are fitted with advanced equipments for personal use, including air-conditioners, televisions and DVD players. Passengers can use their computers and charge for the mobile phones and other small electrical appliances. The refrigerators and microwave ovens provide delicious meals in the journey. Rooms at different levels can fully meet your demands.

Presently, there are four trains between the two cities in a week, and it takes about a week to finish the journey, tickets ranging from US $ 300 to 400.
 
Trains
Departure Time
Arrival Time
K3 Beijing-Moscow
07:40 (Wednesdays)
14:19 (Next Mondays)
K4 Moscow-Beijing
22:03 (Tuesdays)
14:31 (Next Mondays)
K19 Beijing-Moscow
22:50 (Saturdays)
17:55 (Next Fridays)
K20 Moscow-Beijing
23:58 (Fridays)
05:20 (Next Fridays)


- 4:31 A.M. EST, Dec 11, 2007


Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway to Start Construction

It is reported that Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway will start construction in January, 2008, and the whole project will last for about five years.

About 21 middle-way stations, including Beijing, Tianjin, Jinan, Nanjing and Shanghai, are scheduled to be set up in the 1,318-kilometer long (818.97 miles) high speed railway. After the construction, the trains hopefully run at a speed of 300-350 kilometers (186.4-217.48 miles) per hour, and it will take only five hours from Beijing to Shanghai.

- 4:30 A.M. EST, Dec 11, 2007


Beijing Museums: Through Tickets of 2008 Released

The through tickets of 2008 for Beijing museums were released on December 6, 2007. The new ticket which only costs CNY 80 contains 98 museums of Beijing, and people can buy them in the post offices or the Paper Tiger Bookstore (纸老虎书店).

Except for the addresses, telephones, opening hours, admission fees, bus routes and the introductions of the museums, the through tickets of 2008 also introduce neighboring attractions, recommended hours for a visit and some other important information. Besides, the new Poly Art Museum (保利艺术博物馆), China Postage Stamp Museum (中国邮政邮票博物馆), Former Residence of Li Dazhao (李大钊故居) and Hutong Zhang Beijing Folk Art Museum (胡同张老北京民间艺术馆) are included in the tickets.

- 2:56 A.M. EST, Dec 7, 2007


Cao Xueqin Memorial Hall Closes

On December 5, 2007, the Cao Xueqin Memorial Hall (曹雪芹纪念馆) which is located in Beijing Botanical Garden was closed for rearrangement and is expected to reopen in the end of March, 2008.

During this period, the memorial will be rearranged completely, aiming to introduce the whole life of Cao Xueqin by words, pictures and other modern instruments.

- 2:55 A.M. EST, Dec 7, 2007


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