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London’s Big Bus Tours now in partnership with China’s Ctrip

With the hope that Chinese customers will have more access to tour options, travel giant Ctrip has signed a deal with Big Bus Tours.

This move means that Ctrip’s over 300 million users will be able to directly book with Big Bus Tours. As the world’s largest operator of open-top sightseeing tours and a fleet of over 400 buses, the image of an iconic open topped bus is a tradition sight in many cities. Continue reading “London’s Big Bus Tours now in partnership with China’s Ctrip” »

China’s ‘Christmas Village’ makes 60% of world’s Christmas decorations

Nearly two-thirds of the world’s Christmas products are manufactured in East China’s Yiwu, an inland city in Zhejiang province located about one-hour’s bullet train ride south of Shanghai, ABC news reported.

At least 30 percent of their orders are from the United States and the rest are from Russia, Latin America and China’s domestic market, workers from Yiwu’s Christmas factories were quoted as saying by ABC News. Continue reading “China’s ‘Christmas Village’ makes 60% of world’s Christmas decorations” »

Asia’s tallest wooden pagoda destroyed

Flames and smoke billow during a fire at a wooden pagoda at Jiulong Temple in Mianzhu, Sichuan province, on Dec 10, 2017. The 16-story structure was said to be the tallest wooden pagoda in Asia. No casualties were reported in the incident. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The wooden pagoda at Jiulong Temple in Mianzhu, Sichuan province.

Chinese authorities to take lead in using new energy vehicles

A revised regulation on official vehicle use has been issued, asking Communist Party of China (CPC) and governmental agencies to take the lead in using new energy vehicles.


The regulation, issued by the general offices of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, was put into operation on Dec. 5, 2017.
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Small Chinese city produces two-thirds of world’s Christmas products

A small inland city in east China’s Zhejiang Province produces two-thirds of the world’s Christmas decorations, ABC News reported.
Located one hour by bullet train from Shanghai, the city of Yiwu, with a population of 1.2 million, manufactured 3 billion US dollars worth of Christmas products from September 2016 to this past August.

Some 600 workshops and factories surrounding the city welcome peak production season every summer and the city has become known as China’s “Christmas Village.”
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AIIB’s first loan to China aims at Beijing natural gas facility

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has approved its first loan to China.
The 250 million US dollar loan will be used to build a natural gas pipeline network in the suburbs of Beijing.

More than 210 thousand households in over 500 villages are expected to be covered through the AIIB.

After being completed in 2021, the project is expected to help wean Beijing off coal-fired power generation.

China relaxes standards for traditional Chinese medicine clinics

China has relaxed standards for setting up traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) clinics, according to documents released by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM) Monday.

According to the new standard which came into effect this week, TCM clinics can choose to offer solely TCM medical treatment and services or a combination of TCM and western medicine. It also requires fewer years of on-the-job training before practitioners can become licensed to work in the clinics. Continue reading “China relaxes standards for traditional Chinese medicine clinics” »

8 killed in south China fire

ight people have been killed in a fire in Haifeng County of south China’s Guangdong Province, local authorities said Sunday.

The fire broke out in a community in Gongping Township at 3:30 a.m. Saturday. It was put out around 5:30 a.m., according to the county publicity department.

One person died at the scene, and one died on the way to the hospital. Another six died after being taken to the hospital.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.