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China Travel News and Events (Mar. 26th, 2001)

Hangzhou to Reap Famous Longjing Tea

Tea farmers in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, begun last week to pick Longjing tea (Dragon Well Tea), the most renowned among the variety of green tea produced in China.

The West Lake Longjing tea boasts a history of over 1,000 years and is often called the "Empress of Green tea," and those picked earlier are reputed as "gold buds" and can cost up to 6,000 yuan a kilogram.

Tea picked before early April is much dearer and better in taste compared with those picked later.

It is predicted that the total output of Longjing tea this year will reach 950 tons with a total value of 65 million yuan (about US$7.9 million).

Guangxi to Open 12 Overseas Air Routes For Peak Tourism Season

From March 25 to October 27, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, which has the most popular tourist attraction in China, including the picturesque city of Guilin, is to operate 12 overseas air routes for its incoming peak tourism season.

It is reported that the move is designed to meet the demand of a drastic rise in the number of tourists in this southern Chinese autonomous region in summer and autumn.

Seven of the overseas air routes will be operated from the airport in Guilin to Seoul of the Republic of Korea, Fukuoka of Japan, Hong Kong and Macao. Another four will be offered from Nanning to Hanoi of Viet Nam, Bangkok of Thailand and Hong Kong, and the last one will operate from the city of Beihai on the Beibu Gulf to Hong Kong.

There will be 41 flights offered from cities in Guangxi to overseas destinations each week during summer and autumn, the regular peak tourism season of Guilin.

Xinjiang Operates Direct Air Route to Hong Kong

To cater to comprehensively develop west China, Xinjiang Airlines will start an air route from Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, to Hong Kong as of coming Saturday.

Supported by Boeing 757-200 planes, it is the first direct-chartered flight linking the remote inland area of China to Hong Kong and the return flights will be available every Saturday from June 24 to October 6.

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