China Travel News

  • The two major theme parks in Hong Kong, Ocean Park Hong Kong and Hong Kong Disneyland, were welcomed increased numbers of visitors last year. The Disney theme park, which was opened five years ago, received 5.23 million tourists last year, which marks a 13% increase over the year before.

  • Wuhan, the largest city in central China, has implemented a policy that provides residents and visitors free bicycles as to help them get around. After a year and half in trials, the measure seems to be a success.

  • The Chinese government declared a new policy that provides open access to public art galleries and libraries across country.

  • Tuesday, February 8, is the last day of China's week-long holiday for the 2011 Spring Festival. Most travelers should have returned from their trips, for either family union or sightseeing vacations, to go back to work on Wednesday.

  • The Year of Tiger will soon leave us and the Year of Rabbit is just around the corner. Wednesday, February 2, is the lunar New Year's Eve, and the Chinese will officially start their Spring Festival Holiday then.

  • More foreign citizens are traveling to China - in 2010, a total of 26 million of them visited China, which marks a 24% increase over the 21 million in 2009.

  • Starting January 20, travelers in Kunshan, Jiangsu, can utilize a local terminal to fly out of Shanghai Pudong Airport.

  • Airports in South, East, and Central China are back on normal schedule after several days of disrupted operations due to severe snow storms. Today, most major airports in the regions carried on smoothly, seeing few delays or cancellations.

  • Heavy snowfall in East, South, and Central China created widespread transportation problems, slowing, and in some case shutting down air, rail, and bus services.

  • Every year, in January and February, Harbin (Haerbin), China's northernmost major city, holds a festival that, fittingly enough, features ice-and-snow. This year the festival started on January 5 and will continue through February.

  • A statue of Confucius was unveiled at Tiananmen Square on January 11. The sculptural likeness of China's most influential philosopher stands in the southeastern corner of the square, on Changan Avenue that runs along the northern side of Tiananmen Square.

  • China Eastern Airlines, in cooperation with Huangshan Airport, will provide special flights between Huangshan and Hong Kong during the Spring. There will be return flights on both February 3, which is the Chinese New Year Day, and February 7.