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China: Xiamen-Shenzhen High Speed Railway launches Dec. 28

Date: December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

The Xiamen-Shenzhen High Speed Railway launches Dec. 28, giving travelers easier access to lesser-known tourist spots along China’s southern coast, including Shantou and Haifeng. The railway covers just over 300 miles and travels at a speed of nearly 125 miles per hour. The coastal city of Xiamen is expected to see a spike in visitors [read more]

Tibet: Protestors Shot By Police

Date: October 11th, 2013 | No Comments

Police fired into a crowd of protestors in Biru Oct. 1, injuring at least 60 people. The demonstrators were demanding the release of a Biru County villager who was detained for refusing to fly the Chinese flag. Biru is about 350 miles northeast of Lhasa, the Tibetan capital. Most sustained gunshots to their hands and [read more]

China: Fake Monks Arrested for Swindling Mt. Wutai Tourists

Date: February 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Six people were arrested for impersonating monks and fleecing unsuspecting tourists in the Buddhist complex of Mount Wutai, a popular religious site in northeastern Shanxi. Authorities have closed down two temples where fake monks had been operating, conning visitors into “donating” large sums of cash or paying outrageous fees for temple ceremonies. Tourists should be [read more]

China: Anti-Japan Protests Spread to Tourist Areas

Date: September 20th, 2012 | No Comments

Amid a wave of anti-Japan rallies, the U.S. consulate has warned citizens traveling or working in China that these demonstrations may turn violent. Following a maritime dispute between the two nations over a group of uninhabited islands, some demonstrators attacked Japanese businesses and clashed with police in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenyang, as well as in [read more]

Tibet: China Plans $63.5-Million Tourism Development

Date: June 27th, 2012 | No Comments

On the heels of a recent, sudden closure of Tibet to foreigners, Beijing has announced a $63.5-million plan to develop tourism in southeastern Tibet. The plan includes construction of 22 “model villages” in Nyingchi, a region about 200 miles from Lhasa renowned for its pristine natural beauty. According to Chinese officials, the villages will feature [read more]

China: Poor Air Quality Closes Schools, Airports

Date: November 8th, 2013 | No Comments

Thick smog continued to shut down schools and airports as air pollution reached dangerously high levels around the country. Air quality in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are being closely monitored and the city of Harbin shut down services in late October when particle levels exceeded 1,000 micrograms per cubic meter, 40 times the World Health [read more]

China: Thousands of Dead Pigs Dumped in Shanghai’s Water Source

Date: March 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Water pollution is a major concern throughout China, but for many of Shanghai’s 23 million residents, a surge in the dumping of dead pigs has heightened their worries. Over a two-day period in early March, authorities retrieved 2,813 dead pigs from the Huangpu River—a primary source of city drinking water. Official reports stated that the [read more]

China: Three Tourists Die at Great Wall During Blizzard

Date: November 7th, 2012 | No Comments

A blizzard took Beijing by surprise Nov. 4, dumping the heaviest snowfall the city has seen since 1951 and killing three elderly tourists who became trapped at the Great Wall of China. The three Japanese nationals who died were part of a small group touring an unrestored section of the Wall in Huailai province when [read more]

China: Beijing Floods Cause 37 Deaths, $1.5 Billion in Damages

Date: July 25th, 2012 | No Comments

At least 37 people died and more than 60,000 were evacuated July 22 when the heaviest rainfall in 60 years caused severe flooding in parts of Beijing. Thousands more were stranded in transit hubs after hundreds of flights were cancelled and roads became impassable. The hills surrounding the city were hardest hit, and a tour [read more]

China: Foreign Embassies Must Stop Reporting on Air Pollution

Date: June 6th, 2012 | No Comments

Beijing officials warned foreign embassies and consulates to refrain from publishing their own air pollution data, stating that only the Chinese government is authorized to release such information. The U.S. embassies in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou all monitor their local air quality and broadcast statistics via the internet and Twitter to provide health information for [read more]






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