China Travel News

  • As of early 2014, the following major Chinese cities offer a bicycle-renting program as part of  their public transportation systems. Under such a system, one can rent a bicycle at one servie spot, ride to another part of the city, and return the bike at a service spot nearby.

  • Some leading Chinese web sites that offer video streaming have pulled from lists the American sitcom series Big Bang Theory.

  • May First, the International Labor Day, is one of the major holidays in China. This year, the Chinese will have a three-days holiday, from May 1st through May 3rd, that is, from Tuesday through Friday. With the Saturday that follows, this is a four-day celebration.

  • As of April 2014, seven Chinese cities allow foreign travelers to stay in the cities for up to 72 hours without visa if the travelers are transiting through to a third country. The cities are:

  • Beijing has a city-wide public bicycle -rental program. The network covers eight districts of the city, including Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chaoyang, Fengtai, Fengtai, Shijingshan, Daxing, Tongzhou, and Yizhuang.

  • Like many other peoples, the Chinese favor some numbers over some others for the sake of good luck. This is no sophisticated numerology but the practice is widely found among people in China.

  • Before long foreign travelers transiting through Chengdu will be able to stay in the city for up to 72 hours without visa. Chinese media reported that the new visa-free transit policy has been approved by the central government of China, with implementation date still to be determined.

  • On May 30, Hefei, the capital city of Anhui Province in East China, sees the opening of its new airport, Hefei Xinqiao International Airport. Services to the city’s old airport, Luogang Airport, are now routed to  the new terminal.

  • On May 29, 1953, New Zealand mountaineer Edmund Hillary and his Nepalese guide Tenzing Norgay climbed to the top of Mt. Everest. They thus became the first known human beings who conquered the world’s tallest peak.

  • Known as the Dragon Boat Festival in the West, the Chinese holiday Duanwu is the fifth day of the fifth month of the traditional lunar calendar. In 2013, the holiday falls on June 12 (Wednesday) according to the Western Gregorian calculation.

  • Old Town Fenghuang, a well-known tourist destination located in western Hunan Province, has set up an one-ticket entry system. Now a visitor who enters the core area of the scenic region needs to buy a ticket up front, which gives the visitor full access to attractions in the marked-out region.

  • Qingming is the holiday for the Chinese remember their ancestors and deceased loved ones. Literally meaning "clear and bright," referring to the weather in spring time, the term has been translated to "Tomb Sweeping Holiday" in the West.