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Tourists in Tibet
    2007-03-06 14:27:15     CRIENGLISH.com

Tourists in Tibet
SALES of entrance tickets to Potala Palace were brisk in railway-linked Tibet last year, but political advisors and legislators worry that more tourists will be disappointed by scant ticket supplies.

Tourism to Tibet is soaring with the operation of the new railway line which opened last July, running from Xining in northwest China's Qinghai Province to Lhasa in southwest China's Tibet.

As the train races across the Lhasa Bridge, Potala Palace is easily viewed in the background. But it has become harder to get into the sacred complex as only a limited number of entrance tickets are available each day.That means, each year, hundreds of thousands of tourists are unable to visit the famous palace officials say.

The 1,956-kilometer Qinghai-Tibet railway ended the region's history without a rail link and connected it more closely with the rest of the world. About 2.45 million tourists visited Tibet last year, up 40 percent from 2005 Local tourism officials expect to host three to four million this year, daunting numbers given Tibet's current population of 2. 7 million.
World Expo Tickets Announced
SHANGHAI will start selling tickets for the 2010 World Expo in September next year, one month after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Tickets will cost US$20 each with provisions for groups and certain individuals and weekly and monthly passes will also be available the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination announced yesterday.

Expo planners say they will set up a 10-hectare display area and invite 20 to 30 international cities to show their successful designs for city life in the future. The Shanghai Expo, scheduled to run from May 1, 2010 to October 31, 2010, will have cities as its theme, paying special attention to booming economies in cities around the world and the interaction between urban and rural areas.

Shanghai has already received formal confirmations from 103 countries and regions taking part, as well as 14 international organizations.The Expo aims to attract at least 200 exhibitors and 70 million-plus visitors, making it the biggest in history.
Couple Leaves Kid Behind
Recently, a couple was in such a rush to meet relatives they left their three-year-old son on a plane. An attendant on the China Southern Airlines flight from Guangzhou to Dalian city found the child after landing.

She told Bandao Morning News that she spotted an unclaimed red coat on a window seat after the passengers had disembarked.

"I lifted the coat, and found a child around three-years-old sleeping underneath," she said.

The airport immediately announced the discovery over its PA system and sent guards to ask people at checkpoints.
The couple eventually contacted the guards themselves when they overheard them ask other passengers if they had lost a child."We were in such a rush to meet our relatives that we didn't realise we were going without him," says the father.
Cool Wan_Computer Safety
Most malware and viruses are targeted at Windows users.

This week on Cool 棨wanwe'll teach you how to protect your computer.

Here's our Jennifer Pak with Steve the gadget guy.


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