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  1. News - China

    Beijing to offer three-day visa-free stay in 2013 to boost tourism

    Posted Dec 06th 2012, 12:18pm by Staff Reporter

    ... director with Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development. The current number of foreign visitors to Beijing is 5 million per year. The number is expected to double in three years after ... as a transfer hub for more passengers, Xu said. Beijing will develop tourism products targeting visitors who will stay two or three days in the city, and build new tax-free shops in the airport ...

  2. Driven crazy

    Posted Aug 06th 2008, 12:00am by David Eimer

    ... David Eimer Road rage is on the rise on the mainland. According to a new survey, more than 10 per cent of drivers believe they are 'more easily agitated and irritable' than they were before they owned a car. It seems that private car ownership i ...

  3. Imperial secrets

    Posted Jun 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Kevin Kwong For centuries it was one of China's best-kept secrets. Tucked away in the northeast corner of the Forbidden City in Beijing is a leafy landscape garden that the Qianlong emperor built for his retirement after a 60-year reign between 1736 ...

  4. Beijing to double tourists in five years

    Posted Apr 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... destinations. The city is working to make tourism a pillar of its economy, contributing more than 10 per cent to its economic growth, according to the chief of the Beijing Municipal Tourism Development Committee, which has replaced the tourism administration. Lu Yong said the world's most visited cities- including Paris, London and New York- attracted more than 5 million foreign visitors ...

  5. 'Family hotels' ready for arrivals

    Posted Jul 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Choi Chi-yuk Nearly 600 'Olympics Family Hotels' have opened for business in Beijing, providing 726 guest rooms for more than 1,000 visitors to the Games, mainland media reported yesterday. 'Out of 1,118 candidates, 598 households have been chosen to host visitors during the Olympic period,' the Beijing Times quoted Zhou Shuqi, a tourism official, as saying. ...

  6. Beijing considers simplified visa for certain foreigners

    Posted May 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the policy showed that the authorities were becoming increasingly involved in the international tourism market. The public security bureau declined to release further information about the plan, including details as to how it would be implemented and who would be qualified to enjoy it. However, Professor Zhang Hui, dean of tourism at Beijing Jiaotong University, said he had spoken ...

  7. Beijing hotels stripped of their stars

    Posted Dec 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... by the capital's tourism authority, the Beijing Tourism Development Committee. The record number of downgrades- of a five-star hotel, 12 four-star hotels and 55 three-star hotels- followed a 10-month ... by the National Tourism Administration last year. The committee said it would shorten the routine reassessment cycle from five years to three. Sun Weijia, deputy director of the tourism authority, ...

  8. Beijing- ideal for lovers' great leap forward

    Posted Oct 20th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for romantic interludes. In a new tourism campaign, municipal authorities are encouraging people to consider Beijing as a place to wed and enjoy their honeymoons. 'When couples search for an ideal destination for weddings or honeymoons, they often think of exotic island locations. We want them to start thinking more about Beijing,' said Li Jicheng, an official from the city's tourism ...

  9. Mainland crackdown starting to take its toll

    Posted Oct 31st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Neil Gough takes an eye-in-the-sky view of the growing casino trade Macau lives and dies by the mainland's gambling dollars, and for decades that has been the city's greatest blessing and harshest curse. Historically when the mainland has entere ...

  10. 'No-pressure' Shenzhen tour arrives

    Posted Jan 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng The first 'Honest and Quality Hong Kong Tour' from Shenzhen arrived yesterday with the promise of 'pressure-free shopping'. The tours are being offered by 22 travel agencies in Shenzhen and were recently launched in Beijing and Shanghai. The Hong Kong Tourism Board and Beijing Tourism Administration jointly launched the campaign on November 14. ...




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