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China Travel News and Events (April. 4th, 2001)

Beijing Strives to Become Eco-metropolis

Beijing has blueprinted to have its green land coverage increased to 40 percent by 2005 and 45 percent by 2010.

According to the municipal government's plan, Beijing residents will have an average of 10 square meters of green space in five years, and 15 square meters in 10 years.

In the downtown area, the per capita amount of greenery, which includes grass, trees and bushes, will reach four square meters by 2005 and six square meters by 2010.

HK to Boast More Scheduled Flights in Summer

It is estimated that eighty-two more scheduled passenger and cargo services to and from Hong Kong are offered by airlines on a weekly basis in the summer season of 2001.

Most of the new passenger services operate between Hong Kong and cities in Mainland China and in the Asia-Pacific Region.

With the additional number of scheduled services offered by airlines, statistics show that the total number of flight movements at the Hong Kong International Airport has increased to more than 3,800 per week.

Accordingly, The number of flights handled by our air traffic controllers per hour has gone up from 45 to 47 during the busy hours from March 25 onwards to cope with the higher volume of traffic. At present, a total of 63 airlines offer scheduled passenger and cargo services from Hong Kong to about 130 destinations worldwide.

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