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Xiamen, Wuhan, Qingdao, Chengdu and Kunming will implement the 144-hour free-visa transit policy since January 1, 2019 and people who come from the 53 countries can transit in any of these cities for at most 144 hours without a visa. Both airports and sea ports, if the city has one, will be available for the transit.

Recently, one of the Yungang Grottoes has been copied successfully through the 3D printing technology. It is not the first time that the technology is applied to the relics’ restoration and it has been widely used in the world before. However, it also causes a worry that this may become a tool to make counterfeits.

Around 1,000 China’s scenic spots cut the ticket price and some are even open to the public for free from this October on. Theses scenic areas include some famous sites such as Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park and Mt. Huashan in Xi’an. The extensive price cut will bring tangible benefits to tourists and help to attract more travelers than before.

The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high speed train will open since September 23, 2018 and the tickets have been on sale from September 10 on, 2018. It will connect Hong Kong with more than 40 mainland stations and shorten the travel time between mainland and Hong Kong.

After the peak travel season coming, the hot scenic spot Chaka Salt Lake in Qinghai Province faces a big challenge about garbage. In the peak period, about 12 tons of rubbishes are left in the scenic area in a single day and the beautiful lake is becoming a garbage dump. Many other scenic spots in China such as the Great Wall, Mogao Caves and Crescent Lake are also disappearing as a result of human activities. People should take the time to protect them and enjoy the scenery before they completely disappear.

With the coming of midsummer, China gradually enters the rainy season. Due to the intensive rainfall, some attractions, especially those in mountainous regions, have or had been closed temporarily for safety concern, including the Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park, Laohuzui Scenic Area in Yuanyang Rice Terraces, and Mount Laoshan in Qingdao. To prevent your China trip from being ruined by the intensive rainfall during the rainy season, here we listed some packing and travelling tips.

China Railway Corporation has adjusted the ticket price of some intercity high speed train routes since April 28, 2018 and will further optimize the train ticket price of six high speed railway routes according to factors such as number of trains, seat occupancy rate, travel season, period, and seat class as from July 5. At the same time, China Railway Corporation stressed that, in the future, they would adjust high speed train ticket prices on a daily basis. It means high speed train ticket prices will fluctuate by day, just like flight tickets.

Hongya Cave, a landmark building in Chongqing has recently become a web-star on Douyin, a popular short video-sharing App in China. As a result, throngs of tourists now travel to Chongqing to admire the Hongya Cave. With the increase in tourists, the scenic area management is considering charging an entrance fee on national public holidays, which will not exceed CNY 20 per visitor.

China Railway Corporation will adopt a new train timetable from April 10, 2018. Compared with earlier, the most eye-catching modification is the expanded use of Fuxinghao, currently the fastest train in world. This will occur particularly on the Beijing - Shanghai High Speed Railway and the Beijing - Tianjin Intercity High Speed Railway. Due to the satisfying performance of Fuxinghao since its debut on June 26, 2017, it has gained the favor of passengers and is expected to be widely used in the future.

Just over half a year, Jiuzhai Valley in China’s southwest Sichuan Province finally gets ready to receive the first batch of visitors on March 8, 2018 following the devastating earthquake of August 8, 2017. What a piece of happy news! In the first year after it is opened, for safety reasons, only tourist groups can enter the area and no entry for individual travelers is permitted. Also, visitors are obliged to take the sightseeing bus to visit inside.

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