China deploys 70,000 railway police for travel rush

More than 70,000 police were deployed to train stations across China to manage orders and ensure travelers’ safety on Saturday, when the nation begins the biggest annual migration on earth. They will carry out all-day patrols in squares, waiting rooms and ticket lobbies, platforms and trains to leave no room for “dangerous things,” according to […]

Police urged to improve service for Spring Festival travellers

Police urged to improve service for Spring Festival travellers

Police officers at all levels were urged to improve their work style and offer better services for travellers during the upcoming Spring Festival travel rush. Huang Ming, vice minister of public security, made the remarks during a televised conference on traffic management for the Spring Festival travel rush, which starts on Jan. 26. The Spring […]

Tibet sees 21% surge in air passengers

Passenger numbers at Tibet’s airports surged by 21.1 percent year on year to about 2.22 million in 2012, according to regional civil aviation administration figures available on Thursday. The five airports in the autonomous region in southwest China handled about 21,000 flight landings and take-offs last year, an annual growth of 30.6 percent. This was […]

Tourists to hit record high during Spring Festival holiday

The number of tourists traveling during the upcoming Spring Festival holiday is expected to hit a record high of 211 million, tourism authorities said on Thursday. The number of holiday tourists is expected to rise by 20 percent compared with the previous year, surpassing 200 million for the first time, the China National Tourism Administration […]

China sets highway toll-free dates during Spring Festival

Chinese drivers rushing home for family reunions during the upcoming Spring Festival will find it a pleasant journey this year as the country’s highways will operate toll-free during the holiday. The Ministry of Transport announced on Friday that the country’s highways will be toll-free for passenger cars from 0:00 on Feb. 9 to 24:00 on […]

Tibetan monasteries welcome New Year pilgrims

Tibetan monasteries welcome New Year pilgrims

Monasteries in southwest China’s Tibet autonomous region have seen increasing numbers of visitors ahead of the upcoming Tibetan New Year, which falls on Feb. 11. Sonam Norbu, deputy director of the management committee of Sera Monastery in the regional capital of Lhasa said more than 3,000 worshippers have come to pray every day since the […]

Chinese mainland tourists to Taiwan hits record high

Chinese mainland visitors to Taiwan topped 1.97 million in 2012, up 57.6 percent year on year, hitting a record high, the cross-Straits tourism authority said Sunday. The Association for Tourism Exchange Across the Taiwan Straits said more than 1.78 million were group tourists, with the rest being individuals. Group visitors rose nearly 46 percent year […]

China prepares for Spring Festival travelers

Train stations are instituting seasonal measures on Monday to cope with large numbers of travelers during the upcoming Spring Festival holiday. Starting from Monday, passengers will be able to buy train tickets up to 20 days ahead of their preferred departure time, lengthening the amount of time from 12 days. Spring Festival, also known as […]

Beijing, Shanghai start visa-free transit policy

Travelers from 45 countries can now benefit from a 72-hour visa-free stay policy in Beijing and Shanghai, a move that could attract more transit visitors. On Tuesday morning, a Chinese Australian surnamed Zhou became the first visitor to benefit from the policy after he arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport. Zhou knew about the policy […]

Taiwan welcomes 7 millionth visitor for 2012

Taiwan’s 7 millionth visitor of the year arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Dec. 18, setting a record annual high, according to the ROC Ministry of Transportation and Communications. Lim Swee Chin, the lucky Malaysian tourist, will be presented with 70 gifts worth NT$300,000 (US$10,342), Cheng Yi-ping, a section chief with the MOTC’s Tourism Bureau, […]