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China Travel News and Events (Mar. 28th, 2001)

The Famous Honeymooners' Town Triples Its Size

Xiaoshan and Yuhang, two prosperous small cities in Zhejiang Province that neighbor Hangzhou have been officially become a part of the famous honeymooners' town since March 25.

With the fast expansion of its economy over the past 20 years, the city began to expand. Problems emerged owing to the city's limited area.

With the annexation of its two neighbors, Hangzhou's administrative area will expand into 3,068 square kilometers, a dramatic increase of 2,385 square kilometers over its current size of only 683 square kilometers.

This move concerning the ease of the conflict between Hanzhou's economic development and environmental protection, expansion in administrative area is evaluated as one of the most practical and feasible options.

As the city proceeds with structural readjustment plans, a large number of enterprises, most of them heavy polluters, will have to be moved out of city's urban center. And the merger will help improve the overall layout of the city

Shenzhen Begins Constructing Subway

The first phase of this South China city's subway is now under construction, which entails building 19.5 kilometers of subway, including the eastern part of Line One and the southern part of Line Four.

The tube will run from the eastern part of the city, across the city's busiest artery Shennan Road and towards the western and southern areas. It will have 18 stations, including one on ground level and 13 buildings along Line One. The Exhibition Center will be the interchange station for the two lines. The subway will link Luohu port in the city's Luohu District and Huanggang port in the Futian District, two busy checkpoints on the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border, with Lawwu and Lak Machau ports in Hong Kong.

Construction is expected to be finished within four years and the second phase will start after the handling of trial operations in 2004.

The new network will certainly ease the city's increasing traffic congestion and improve the environment.

New Air Route Between Macao and Hangzhou to Bring New Vitality

With approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Xiamen Airlines will open an air route between Macao and Hangzhou as of April 20. A Boeing-737 or Boeing-757 airliner will fly on the route every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Xiamen Airlines has opened routes to Macao from the cities of Fuzhou, Xiamen and Wuyishan in east China's Fujian Province since 1996.

It is expected that the new air route will bring new vitality to the tourism business across the Taiwan Straits. Owing to no direct aviation links between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland, many Taiwan travelers between the two places will choose Macao as their transfer station.

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