Thursday, October 30, 2008

Send A China E-card

Choose from a selection of 20 China e-cards to send to loved ones and friends.

Send A China E-card

Great for birthdays, weddings, Christmas, Chinese New Year and other special occasions.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween in Beijing

Find out where to party this Halloween in Beijing.

Halloween in Beijing

Trick or treat, fancy dress and charity Beijing bashes.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Bear Rescue Center Laos

A short time ago we reported about a bear rescue center in Vietnam. This time we look at a similar institution in Vietnam's neighbor, Laos.

Bear Rescue Center Laos

Bear Rescue Center Laos

The bear sanctuary at Tat Kuang Si, 30km outside Laos' ancient capital of Luang Prabang, on the Mekong River, takes in bears that have been freed from bear traffickers and poachers.

Bear Rescue Center Laos

The rescue center is sponsored by the Australian-based charity Free The Bears Fund, which operates in Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, India, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Read more about the Bear Sanctuary in Laos

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Beijing Traffic Restrictions Reinstated

Beijing has reintroduced traffic restrictions last imposed during the Olympics to help in the fight against city smog.

Each car registered in Beijing is to spend one day a week off the road, based on car registration numbers.

Beijing To Cut Cars By 50% During Olympics

The new regulations will take 800,000 cars off the road each day and the scheme is set to run until April 2009.

An estimated 1,000 new cars are registered each day in China's capital, highlighting the uphill struggle city authorities face.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Beijing 2008 Autumn Wine Fair

We have the pleasure to inform you that the "Beijing 2008 Autumn Wine Fair" Opening Ceremony will be on Thursday October 23rd from 18H00 to 24H00.

Beijing 2008 Autumn Wine Fair

We will have a special promotion of 20% discount on wines only during that evening, excluding coupons activities.
There will also be wine tasting, lucky draw, music band and buffet.

To join the ceremony please ask us an invitation by email. Inform your friends that they are also welcome to join.

Looking forward to welcome you,

"A bientot"

The store is located 31 Guangqu Road, Chaoyang District, "East-South East" of Beijing,
between 3rd and 4th rings, 10 minutes from Sanlitun driving south by the 3rd ring.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Olympic Park open to all

Olympic Park to Olympic Forest
Yesterday Olympic Green within the Olympic Park area was opened free to all visitors. Throughout the week some facilities, such as the many entrance and security tents have been dismantled and barriers removed to allow easy access to all.

Visiting the very popular National Stadium and the Water Cube still involves entry fees and security checks.

The area makes an ideal place for people to relax or exercise in large open spaces or green areas. This writer enjoyed a traffic fee run right through the centre of the park meeting only a few of Beijing’s retirees out to walk their dogs and take morning constitutionals. However by 8am hoards of tourists were beginning to swarm over the park and snap photos as bus after bus disgorged these excited tourists on a perfect Beijing autumn morning with blue skies and ideal photo opportunities.

Other venues now open to the public include:
Laoshan Mountain Bike Course
Found in the west of Beijing this bike course is free of charge. The course is 4.7km long and riders are advised to bring their own helmets and first aid supplies.

Beijing Shooting Range Hall
North of the Xishan forest park The Beijing Shooting Range Hall is at the foot of Xishan Mountain. It will open to the public at the end of this month. Clay pigeon shooting and sports rifle shooting will be available to visitors. No price details are available at this time.

Beijing Capital Stadium
The skating rink at 5 Baishi Qiao, Haidian, opens skating to the public from 6pm to 8pm every night.
Entry: 50 RMB/hour
Telephone: 6832 5603

Horse riding
Horse lovers have a wonderful opportunity to meet, mingle and ride Olympic horses at the national equestrian club. All horses understand English and receive regular training. Some horses were even used in Olympic competition. Riding lessons are also available from some of the foreign staff on site.
Location: Beijing Sports University, Zhongguancun North Street, Haidian
Cost: 300 to 500RMB per hour
Telephone: 62989496

National Sports Training Centre
Basketball facilities are available at 600RMB per hour Monday to Friday.
Location: 2 Tiyuguan Lu, Chongwen
Telephone: 87183375


Badminton
Beijing Olympic Sports Centre
1 Anding Lu, Chaoyang District. (Right by Anhui Qiao on the north 4th Ring Road
Open: 9am - 9pm
Cost: 50RMB/hour
Telephone: 64911243

Outdoor Tennis
Beijing Olympic Sports Centre
1 Anding Lu,
Chaoyang District.
Open: 6am – 8pm
Cost: 120RMB/hour
Telephone: 64912143

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Bear Rescue Center Vietnam

This bear rescue center is about an hour outside Hanoi. The center has moon bears and sun bears - both species kept on bile farms in Vietnam and China. A couple of bears at the center were missing arms and/or were blind due to the conditions they were kept in before their arrival.

Bear Rescue Center Vietnam

Bear Rescue Center Vietnam

Moon bears are the most common bear used in traditional medicine. According to AnimalsAsia moon bears (Asiatic black bears) extend from Iran to Japan and across South East Asia, where they live at high altitudes. It is estimated that there are as few as 25,000 left in the wild worldwide.

Bear Rescue Center Vietnam

In a battery bear farm, a latex catheter is implanted into the bear's abdomen and gall bladder, and 10-20 ml of bile is extracted from the bear twice daily. Bear bile is believed to be effective for patients with liver and gall bladder illnesses, but ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), the active therapeutic substance in bear bile is commercially available from slaughter houses.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Olympic venues prove popular with tourists

Olympic Park red gate
With the dust settling on the Olympics and Paralympic events it can hardly be said to be settling on the venues themselves, despite the impressive quantities of pollution since the big events!

The China Daily quotes figures like 493 000 visitors to Olympic Park on Thursday this week. This seems highly credible with the traffic jams and restrictions in place around Olympic Park during the National Day holidays this week in Beijing. The popularity of subway Line 10, a pivotal Olympic line, would also seem to endorse the number of visitors being published for Beijing this week. The overall number of visitors to Beijing’s famous tourist spots for the National Day holiday have increased 170% on last year’s figures with renovated sites like Qianmen hosting some 900 000 visitors in the first 4 days of the week according to figures from the China Daily.

Traditional tourist highlights like the Forbidden City attracted some “110 000 visitors on Friday, double the number of a year ago” reports the China Daily.

It would seem that talk of recession around the world has not hampered domestic travel in China. With the ever increasing number of new hotels to cater for all classes of travelers it would seem Beijing is well set up to experience many years of success as a host city to tourists from near and far.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

One World One Dream Exhibition

National StadiumAn exhibit of some 2450 photographs and 1300 objects from the Olympic Games is on display in the Beijing World Art Museum, China Millennium Monument, A9 Fuxinglu, Haidian District.
Open 9am – 5pm, until 10th October
Telephone: 5980 2222

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Congratulations China!

National Day Flower DisplayChina celebrates its 59th National Day and the whole country enjoys a well deserved holiday. 60% of the population have planned to travel during this holiday so it is hardly surprising to see millions of visitors flocking to Beijing and other famous tourist destinations throughout the country.


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