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Bullet Train Tickets to Be Issued with Identification February 10, 2014

A real-name system will be implemented for the sales of bullet train tickets (including tickets for C trains,  D trains and G trains) since June 1, 2011, with the aim of fighting against ticket-scalping, a headache for Chinese travelers for a long time.

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Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway to be Open to Traffic at the End of June February 10, 2014

The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway will start trial runs tomorrow, May 11, 2011. The railway will be open to traffic at the end of June. When it opens, it will only take about 5 hours directly from Beijing to Shanghai.

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A Tourist Peak to Come with May Day February 11, 2014

May 1, the May Day, falls on a Sunday this year, so the holiday is transferred to Monday. This year, most people in China will have a three-day public holiday, which includes a Saturday, a Sunday (May 1) and presumably a deferred Saturday (April 30).

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Xi’an International Horticulture Expo to Open on April 28 February 11, 2014

Xi’an International Horticulture Expo is scheduled to open on April 28, 2011. The exposition will last 178 days and close on October 22.

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Qingming Festival Is Coming March 29, 2011

Qingming Festival, also called Tomb Sweeping Day in English is one of the four major traditional Chinese festivals. This year, it falls on April 5, citizens can enjoy a 3-day holiday from April 3 to April 5.

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Radioactive Leakages in Japan Earthquake Won't Affect China February 11, 2014

According to the latest news from Ministry of Environmental Protection, China will not be affected by the radioactive leakages in Northeast Japan at present, due to the long distance and recent weather condition.

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Chinese Airlines Raised Passenger Fuel Surcharges February 11, 2014

Chinese airlines raised passenger fuel surcharges from Tuesday February 22, 2011, due to the rise in the prices of gasoline and diesel fuel. Major Chinese airlines, including Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and Hainan Airlines, have increased the fuel surcharges.

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The Lantern Festival Is Approaching February 11, 2014

The Lantern Festival (元宵节, yuán xiāo jié) is the first full moon night and the first most important festival after Chinese New Year, and it marks the end of the two-week-long Chinese New Year period. Tomorrow (February 17) is the Lantern Festival in 2011.

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The Schedule of Chinese Public Holidays 2011 April 10, 2014

The General Office of the State Council has released the schedule of China public holidays 2011. According to the announcement, there will be two seven-day holidays in 2011, which are the Spring Festival from February 2, 2011 and the National holiday from October 1, 2011. In order to compensate for extended holidays, some Saturdays and Sundays will be changed into workdays, they are: January 30, February 12, April 2 and October 8 and 9.

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UNESCO Inscribed Peking Opera along with Acupuncture and Moxibustion February 11, 2014

On December 16, Peking opera, along with acupuncture and moxibustion of traditional Chinese medicine, were successfully inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Culture Heritage of Humanity, after the deliberation of the 15th meeting of the Inter-government Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Nairobi.

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