Tagged With "China"

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Re: Aviation Museums: Another good reason to fly

arion ·
The Aviation Museum in Bourget, outside of Paris, can be very easily reached, by the way, on Bus No. 350 from Gare de l'Est. This same bus also goes to CDG at a cost of 3 metro/bus tickets. Norma
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Re: Chinese Airlines Looking for Bigger Share of Int'l Service

PortMoresby ·
I have, indeed, noticed that Chinese airlines (China Eastern, China Southern) that I've used domestically or from other Asian countries to China, appearing on fare searches lately, usually with very competitive fares. I intend to pay closer attention. Thanks P.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 8, 2014: Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses: Xi'an, China

Travel Rob ·
Your photos really capture the magnitude of the display! It's just incredible that that it's just a small part of the army.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 13, 2015: Red Carp, Thousand Island Lake

Dr.Y ·
  The Thousand Islands Lake is a artificial lake located in the southwest of the city of Hangzhou.  There are 1,078 islands dotting a lake that covers 567.4 square kilometers.  In 1959, Xin’anjiang Dam, which is used to generate...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 23, 2014: Xian's Dumpling House

Dr.Y ·
  While visiting Xi'an, the city where the famous   Emperor Qin's Terracotta Museum is located, we came cross a massive "Xi'an Dumpling House"  -- a tourist popular all-dumpling restaurant which serves up to 25 different types of...
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American adds DFW-Beijing and Asia mileage bonuses

PHeymont ·
Looking to build up its Asia business and partnerships, American Airlines is offering a double-miles promotion on its flights from the U.S. to Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong, as well as on many intra-Asia routes served with its partner, JAL.  MORE...
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One 'Ghost Airport' in China Plans to Expand Again

Travel Rob ·
The $6 million refurbished airport in Dachangshan island, off China's north-east coast, planned to welcome 78,000 passengers in 2015.  Those plans have not been realized and the airport largely sits vacant and it's hard to get a flight out of it....
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The Forbidden City - Beijing China

Jonathan L ·
Here is the thing about The Forbidden City. It is unlike the European castles that I have visited, which can pack more opulence in a square foot than the eye can take in. What is truly overwhelming is the way that open space and size has been used...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 21, 2015: The Summer Palace, Beijing China

Jonathan L ·
The Summer Palace was the Emperor's retreat for over two hundred years. It also became the prison of one emperor. The Empress Dowager Cixi imprisoned her son here when he tried to institue reforms in 1898. Above is a detail from The Long Corridor. The...
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Tiananmen Square - Beijing China

Jonathan L ·
Those who know me know that I really don’t like being on a tour. Usually I would rather stay home than be rushed from place to place with no time to really explore a city. But traveling to Beijing with a group of 21 high school students, 3 other...
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Temple of Heaven - Beijing China

Jonathan L ·
  One of the places that I felt most comfortable during my trip to Beijing was at the Temple Of Heaven and its surrounding park. The Park sits just north of the 2nd Ring Road and the city canal and is about 4.5 km south of Tiananmen Square....
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Silk Road becomes the Silk Railway

PHeymont ·
There's a new long-distance champ for rail routes: an 8,077-mile run from Yiwu, China to Madrid, Spain. The first trip took 3 weeks, but that may improve as time goes on. The route will be run twice a month for now, connecting the biggest...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 28, 2014: The changing landscape of Shanghai

Dr.Y ·
    Shanghai, once the financial and shipping center of Asia, has weathered its ups and downs over the centuries.  With the population of 24 million, it is currently the largest Chinese city by population.  In recent years,...
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China plans rail tunnel through Mt. Everest

PHeymont ·
A few weeks ago, we reported on China's rail connections to Western Europe , and not long after that on Russia's interest in a new trans-Siberian road and railroad  that could link Europe to North America. Now, China is giving serious...
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Stolen bike recovered, cyclist heads on to 30,000km+ goal

PHeymont ·
Here's one for the records in more ways than one. CNN reports that a young Chinese cyclist who had covered nearly 30,000 km in 460 days of cycling all of China's major provinces, only to have his bike stolen days from the end, has gotten it back and...
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February 26, 2017: The Rice Terraces of Yuanyang, China

Grand Escapades ·
The amazing terraced landscape of Yuanyang, China is featured by Grand Escapades in today's Pic of the Day.
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China ramps up anti-smoking fight with new bans

PHeymont ·
China is the world's largest tobacco consumer, and has sometimes seemed the country most resistant to curbing its use—but last week its capital city, Beijing, banned smoking in restaurants, offices and on public transport, as well as near...
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United, Air China sign up new codeshares

PHeymont ·
Air China 747     Photo: Julian Herzog   United Airlines and Air China, both Star Alliance members, have expanded their codeshare agreement, opening up 22 new routes to codesharing.   Codesharing allows an airline to place its...
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Japan: Hi-tech toilets; China: playing catch-up

PHeymont ·
This is a tale of two "sitties." Japan is pushing to install thousands more of the high-tech toilets that have become the national standard in advance of the 2020 Olympics, while China is pledging to upgrade its public toilets, mostly squatters, to...
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China amusement park gets full-size Titanic

PHeymont ·
You've read about European and American neighborhoods and villages recreated in China, but this one takes the cake: a full-size replica of the Titanic, berthed in an amusement park in Sichuan.     And it's no cheap mock-up—it's...
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China's ivory ban: hope for African elephants

PHeymont ·
Elephants in Tanzania's Ruaha national wildlife park.      Photo: Anna Rydin / Wikimedia   China has pledged to phase out manufacture and sale of products made of ivory, which is good news for the endangered African elephants,...
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China, Russia team up for 'red tourism'

PHeymont ·
Visitors at Mao Zedong's birthplace                        Photo: Brucke-Osteuropa / Wikimedia Chinese and Russian tourism authorities have agreed to work together on activities that center...
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Las Vegas doubles int'l gates, aims at Asia flights

PHeymont ·
Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport is putting a new emphasis on international; it will double its international gates to 14, and make one of them capable of handling the huge A380.    The airport is the nation's 9th busiest, with over...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 8, 2015: Jiaxing ( 嘉兴), a small Chinese town

Guest ·
         A few recent pictures from another Southern China lakeside town, "Jiaxing ( 嘉兴).            
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Spanish hotel chain to use only renewable energy

PHeymont ·
Spain's Melia hotel chain has been working with Endesa, Spain's largest electric utility, on a plan for the hotel chain to use only renewable energy, such as wind and hydro, and expects to be all-renewable for all of its locations by next year.  ...
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Boeing Looks to China for its Future Success

Travel Rob ·
Photo of Boeing's Dreamliner by GarryRF Boeing's counting on China's fast-growing airplane market and will host the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, next week at their main production facility in Washington State. Boeing's CEO, Jim McNerney. said,...
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Boeing Announces the Biggest Aircraft Order Ever by China

Travel Rob ·
Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg  announced China's commitment to buy 300 aircraft before he introduced the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Everett on Wednesday. That's the largest jet order in history.   What was not...
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China Opens Glass Bottom Bridge at the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

Travel Rob ·
            Dr Y's Photo of Zhangjiajie National Park   China has opened up a 600-feet-high, 1000 foot long glass bottomed suspension bridge at the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in Shiniuzhai National...
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China's 'wealthy' tourists love road trips

PHeymont ·
Retired couple from Shandong Province on roof of their RV on tour.   Photo: China Daily   China's growing numbers of people with money to spend on travel aren't all headed for Europe and the Americas—growing numbers are taking to...
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World's largest Hello Kitty theme park...in China!

PHeymont ·
  Hello Kitty has friends all over the world, and she's extremely popular in China. Which explains why Kitty-creator Sanrio of Japan went in on a theme park in China, partnered with a California entertainment design firm.   The park actually...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 11, 2015: Zhou Zhuang (周庄), a scenic little water town of southern China

Dr.Y ·
  Zhou Zhuang is a well preserved little water town, typical of Southern China, along the Yangtze river. Ancient stone bridges and water lanes connect houses along the web-like waterways and canals.  It reminds people of past times. ...
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Good news, bad news on UNESCO's world heritage

PHeymont ·
The good news: The Great Barrier Reef is no longer one of the most endangered World Heritage sites. The bad news: a number of World Heritage sites in the Middle East have been damaged or destroyed either by ISIS or general war damage. And the worst...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 14, 2015: YanGuan -- a scenic little town to watch Qiantang’s Tidal Bore (钱塘江潮)in China

Dr.Y ·
    During my recent trip to China, a friend took me to a scenic little town called YanGuan.  The town owes its fame to being the best spot to watch Qiantang’s Tidal Bore (钱塘江潮)  .  The cause of the tidal bore is water...
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Most of China's Wall in danger: Can it be saved?

PHeymont ·
The Great Wall, built in the Ming Dynasty and one of China's greatest tourist attractions, is a mere remnant of itself, according to a Beijing Times report.   The newspaper says that nearly a third of the wall has completely disappeared, through...
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China to host new International Airshow in 2017

PHeymont ·
China has announced a new bi-annual air show, with the first event to be held in Deyang, in Sichuan Province, in 2017. China is the fastest-growing market for airliners, and is also an important manufacturing center for aviation equipment and parts....
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China Beats Out Japan for Indonesian Rail Project

Travel Rob ·
A joint venture between China Railway International and a consortium of Indonesian state companies won the $5.5 billion contract to build Southeast Asia's first high speed railway. It will go from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta...
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China's big balloon competition

PHeymont ·
Hot air balloons are always an attraction, especially when they're made up in bright colors. And when you get a large fleet of them together in one place...even more exciting.    That's the story from Xingyi, in China's Guizhou Province,...
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Carnival takes BIG plunge into China cruise market

PHeymont ·
Carnival Cruises is taking a giant step into the Chinese cruise market, creating a new (as yet unnamed) brand and signing contracts to build a number of new ships for it at Chinese shipyards. To get the line started while ships are built, Carnival...
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Big boom in glass-bottom bridges

PHeymont ·
Glass-bottomed bridges with spectacular views seem to be a real trend these days. Germany has just opened a new one across the Geierlay canyon, and the Chinese bridge Gumbo reported on last week is so busy officials have had to cap access to it....
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Agritourism a growing trend in China

PHeymont ·
Peak travel season is on, and as many as a third of the vacationers are headed for rural areas.       Rural tourism is a hot trend in China now, accounting for a third of all holidays, with 1.2 billion countryside holidays in 2014...
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Hailongtun Castle to be upgraded as top China tourist site

DrFumblefinger ·
  The government of Huichuan district plans to invest 2 billion RMB to upgrade Guizhou's first World Heritage site, Hailongtun Castle.  It is to be a 5A tourist destination, the highest rating given by the China National Tourism...
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American Agrees to Honor 'Mistake Fares' to China

Travel Rob ·
 A deal between the Transportation Department and American Airlines resulted in 1,634 travelers getting  either nearly free flights or reduced business-class tickets to China. Travel must be completed during the next year....
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World Architecture Festival: New reason to travel

PHeymont ·
If you're a fan of architecture and your bucket list of travel destinations is running low, here's a new list for you to consider: the buildings and sites that have just won prizes at the World Architecture Festival, held earlier this month in...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec 23, 2013: Lotus flowers and nursing birds, Xi Hu (West Lake), Hangzhou, China

Dr.Y ·
   West Lake is a 6.5 square kilometer freshwater lake situated in my hometown city of Hangzhou, in eastern China.  Unlike the towering high rises and skyscrapers of its neighbouring city, Shanghai, Hangzhou is famous for...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 18, 2014: A Guangxi Tea Garden

PortMoresby ·
   On a grouping of hilltops, in the countryside outside Yangshuo in Guangxi Province in the south of China, I spent a day wandering in a misty tea garden with no one in sight except the young woman who accompanied me and my companion. ...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug 5th 2014: Incense Coils, Hong Kong

IslandMan ·
  On a stopover for a couple of nights in Hong Kong , we wanted to explore a bit more of the local culture and took a walk around the back streets of Kowloon . We came across a tiny Buddhist temple in the midst of a sea of apartment...
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Chinese police to join "flics" on patrol

PHeymont ·
Responding to reports of Chinese tourists being targeted by thieves in Paris, a group of Chinese police officers will patrol with their French counterparts this summer. Thieves apparently believe that Chinese tourists are more likely than most to be...
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Brooklyn Museum: Three shows to visit, one closing soon

PHeymont ·
Following the "more than Manhattan" theme of the piece below, here are three current exhibits worth visiting at The Brooklyn Museum (America's most over-shadowed major museum) this season—but for one, you'll have to hurry, because it ends July...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 8, 2014: Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses: Xi'an, China

Dr.Y ·
    The famed Terra Cotta Warriors are  Xian's premier tourist attraction.  The life-size clay army was unearthed from the mausoleum of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang.  They represent one...
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787 Dreamliner Changing the China-US Market

PHeymont ·
Hainan Airlines has just begin Boston to Beijing non-stop service, a nearly 6500-mile route made possible by the extended range and fuel economy of the 787. As the Dreamliner comes into service on more airlines, more of these very-long-distance...
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