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China Travel News and Events (April. 19th, 2001)

First Flight from Kunming to Lhasa Successful

A China Southwest Airlines Boeing 757-200 aircraft landed at the Gonggar Airport in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region Sunday, marking the successful first flight between Lhasa and Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province.

The Kunming-Diqing-Lhasa air route is the first to link Tibet with Yunnan and the 10th air route leading to the "roof of the world".

It is scheduled that the SA4429/30 flight will fly once every week and the air service is expected to help boost the development of Tibet's tourism industry and the region's opening to the outside world.

Magnetic Levitation Train on the Ride to the Great Wall

It is reported that Beijing will soon start constructing the magnetic levitation train line reaching the Great Wall and expect to put it in service around the beginning of 2003.

The main body of the project's trial line now built in Changsha, Hunan province, has been finished. And once it passes the tests, the Beijing magnetic levitation train line will start construction.

An investment of 2.4 million dollars will be injected into the 1.3-mile long double-track project. The whole journey will take no more than 3 minutes. With each coach able to carry 100 passengers, the two trains are expected to transport at least 20,000 passengers each day.

Yangzhou to Stage Tourism Festival

The Yangzhou Tourism Festival will be held from April 15 to May 15 in Yangzhou, a 500-year old city water traffic hub in China's history, of east China's Jiangsu Province.

It is expected that the month-long festival will highlight the history and culture of Yangzhou and its tourist attractions. Tourists will be treated to evening parties, art performances, and various exhibitions during the festival.

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