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

60 Million Travelers Predicted in Labor Day

A record high of 60 million domestic travelers is estimated during the forthcoming week-long International Labor Day holiday.

The figure will be about 30 percent higher than that of the same period last year and the tourism industry is expecting to earn a total of US $ 2.4 billion during the period.

The seven-day holiday starts on May 1. About 46 million people traveled during the holiday last year, with a total travel expenditure of 18.1 billion yuan.

It is reported that nearly all hotel rooms in scenic locations such as Guilin and Wuyi Mountain have been reserved for holiday travelers. Statistics showed that railway tickets of passenger trains from Beijing to Shanghai and Huangshan Mountain from April 30 to May 2 have all been sold out and over 90 percent of air tickets for Beijing to Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Kunming and Haikou have been booked.

About 200, 000 tourists will go to Southeast Asian countries including Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and Japan during the holiday.

First Cross-Straits Railway Partially Accomplished

The northern part of a north-south railway project that will link up Guangdong Province on the Chinese mainland and Hainan Island have been completed.

The mainland China and Hainan Island are separated by Qiongzhou Straits. People traveling to Hainan Island have to resort to ferries or flights.

The entire railway thoroughfare consists of a 86-mile Zhanjiang-Hai'an Railway in Guangdong Province, railway ferry service on Qiongzhou Straits, Haikou-Chahe Rail Line on Hainan Island.

With a length of 568.3 km, the railway thoroughfare is jointly invested at a financing of about US$ 542 million. It is listed as one of the major railway construction projects for the ninth five-year-plan period (1996- 2000).

Construction of the railway thoroughfare began in August 1998, it is expected the northern part of the railway thoroughfare will be put into trial service in October this year and the entire thoroughfare would be finally accomplished and put into service next year.

Inbound Visitors to Get Visas to Pearl River Delta in Macao

With a move to give an impetus to the tourism development in Macao and the Pearl River Delta , 54 travel agencies in China's Macao Special Administrative Region will be able to handle the visa procedures for the inbound tourists who head for the Pearl River Delta in southern China from Macao.

In line with it, the Macao travel agencies are entitled to handle the visa issue for the foreign visitors to nine cities including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing and Huizhou, and the visas are effective for no more than six days.

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