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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.

Recently, a costly line-skipping service offered by Shanghai Disneyland Park has triggered a controversy and annoyed some customers. Many visitors believed that their interests were violated by those VIP visitors who paid as much as CNY 2,700 for services including jumping the long queue.

On January 17 and 18, 2018, Hainan Airlines and China Eastern Airlines successively launched flights with Wifi services available. Passengers taking planes marked with WiFi symbols are allowed to use portable electronic devices (PED), such as mobile phones, pads, laptops, electronic readings, and game machines. Currently, the services can be used for free.

A ticket price rise in Shanghai Disneyland Park will be seen since June 6, 2018. On regular days, an adult ticket will cost CNY 399, while on peak days including July, August, Weekends, and most public holidays, an adult ticket will cost CNY 575. During the Chinese New Year Holiday and National Day Holiday, an adult ticket will sell at CNY 665. Children between 1.0 and 1.4 meters (3.3 and 4.6 feet), seniors over 65 and guests with disabilities can still enjoy a 25% discount.

As of November 11, 2017, the China Snow Town, also known as Shuangfeng Forestry Center of Mudanjiang City, Heilongjiang Province began to receive visitors of this year, with abundant snowfall as thick as 50 centimeters. From November 25, 2017 on, tourist buses from Harbin to the Snow Town will be operated, with stops at Yabuli International Ski Resort and Erlanghe Forestry Center.

Following the implementation of online seat selection for high speed trains running on Hainan Island at the end of 2016, China Railway Corporation has expanded the application scope to all bullet trains with initial letters of C, D, and G since October 12, 2017. This will benefit those travelling in a group a lot.

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