Beijing National Museum Expansion

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The National Museum in Beijing has become one of the capital’s biggest cultural draws following a USD$380 million refurbishment that gained it recognition as the world’s largest museum. Located at the Eastern end of Tiananmen Square, the museum has over 200,000 sq-m of display space and a collection of over one million cultural relics spread …

Pandering to pandas

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China & Asia Travel Service’s new excursion offers guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with giant pandas through a volunteer stint at the Bifengxia Panda Reserve. This activity offers a greater experience than visiting a zoo or a wildlife park as participants play a prominent role in caring for the endangered creatures. …

Shanghai – New era of luxury

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The Mandarin Oriental Pudong – scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2013 – will mark the debut of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Shanghai. Located on the east bank of the Huangpu River, amidst the dramatic skyline of the Lujiazui financial district, the property offers 362-rooms and 210 fully serviced executive apartments. …

China – New Airport Approval

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Chinese government has granted approval to start construction of a second airport outside the capital Beijing. Deliberations over the building of a new airport began two years ago as China’s economic boom outstripped the capacity of the existing Beijing Capital International Airport. The latter has a designated volume set at 76 million passengers a year. …

Slope off in China

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Skiers still have until late March to enjoy this year’s white powder, and a resort in China offers one of the best options in Asia. The Yabuli Ski Resort, located in the northernmost province of Heilongjiang, is praised as China’s Davos. It is built on Yabuli Sun Mountain, part of the Changbai Mountain Range, about …

Starwood skis into Asia-Pacific

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With the winter sports season underway in the northern hemisphere, skiers have an exciting new option with the recent opening of Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ first dual-branded ski resort in China. The Westin Changbaishan and Sheraton Changbaishan resorts are located adjacent to the slopes of northeast China’s Changbai mountain range, near the border with North …

72 hour visa-free stay in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou

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Effective on January 1st, 2013, both Beijing and Shanghai will allow transit passengers from 45 countries to stay in these cities for up to 72 hours without a visa. Shanghai has already been offering visa-free transit stays for some certain passport-holders for a maximum of 48 hours. In Shanghai, transit passengers holding third country visas and plane tickets can enter Shanghai through the …