China Travel News

  • A total of 37 World Heritage Properties in China are officially recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, including 26 Cultural Heritage Properties, 7 natural Heritage properties, and 4 Cultural-Natural Heritage Properties.

  • From September 6 to 17, Beijing will host the 2008 Summer Paralympics, which is the Olympic Games for the people with disabilities. Over 4,200 athletes from 148 nations will compete in 20 sports, making the meet the largest ever in its history.

  • Written Chinese is a character-based language. In the language there is no alphabet to spell words out. Instead, each word is a character of an arbitrary shape, like a little picture. There are thousands of Chinese characters and they all written differently.

  • Below are the average daily rates charged by hotels in Beijing on August 8, the day Beijing opened the 29th Olympic Games. Data by the Beijing Bureau of Tourism Administration. Price in Chinese yuan.

  • Chinese being a non-alphabetic language, individual Chinese characters with similar sounds are chosen to present Western names and terms.

  • They have to do it - pick apart a generally recognized outstanding performance that is the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games. In a blog piece, Chris Chase cites the London Telegraph to say that “some Opening Ceremony fireworks were faked.”

  • Airport Express, a light-rail service that connects Beijing and Beijing Capital International Airport, is now in full service.

  • During the 2008 Olympic Games, foreign visitors in Beijing will have one more way to overcome language barrier while traveling by taxi.

  • Written Chinese is a character-based language. In other words, there is no alphabet in Chinese; words are individual and unique characters. Currently, there are over 80,000 Chinese characters. Commonly used characters, however, are number only 3,000 or so.

  • An express train service between Beijing and Tianjin will come into full operation in early August. The service will significantly reduce the time needed to travel between the two cities, from the current one hour and twenty minutes to just twenty seven minutes.

  • You need to purchase a ticket before you board a train in China. You can buy your ticket at the train station, at one of the ticketing offices scattered across the town, or through a travel agency or the hotel where you’re staying.

  • Officials at China’s Ministry of Public Security advised foreign citizens who plan to travel to China for this summer’s Olympic Games to apply for their visa before they set out on their trip.