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2008-08-17 Fast and Convenient Rail Services to Olympic Co-host Cities
    2008-08-17 10:04:15     CRIENGLISH.com

Hello and welcome to another edition of China Horizons, our weekly feature program brought to you by China Radio International. I'm your host Du Lijun.

In today's program, we'll learn about what measures have been taken by the country's railway department to ensure fast and convenient rail services from Beijing to the six Olympic co-host cities.

Then we'll tell you about how the hotels in Beijing prepared to accommodate 2.5 million visitors coming to Beijing for the Olympic Games.

And finally in our travel segment On the Road, our guide Wu Jia will take us to the Palace Museum in downtown Beijing and have a look at its newly-opened barrier-free channel especially for disabled people.

For all this and more, stay tuned to China Horizons on China Radio International.

Besides the host city of Beijing, the 2008 Olympic Games have 6 other co-host cities that are hosting matches such as soccer, equestrian events, and water sports. The country's railway department has taken measures and provided a faster and more convenient service for tourists traveling to these cities. CRI's   Xiao Yi has the details.


It is estimated that altogether at least 2.5 million visitors will come to Beijing for the Olympic Games. Among those, 450,000 visitors are from overseas. As a main source of accommodation, hotels in Beijing have improved their facilities and services for Olympic tourists. CRI's  Zhao Yang has more.


As the Olympics continue, souvenir shops have been crowded with people from all over the world, trying to get their hands on souvenirs. All kinds of Olympic items are hot property right now. Our reporter He Fei went to the only licensed flagship store and filed this report.


The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, was a Chinese imperial palace complex in Beijing. One of the most famous scenic spots in the country and a "must-see" historical site for tourists from all over the world, it has opened a barrier-free channel especially for disabled people. In today's On the Road, our guide  Wu Jia takes us to the Palace Museum.


And with that we end this edition of China Horizons. Hope you've enjoyed it! To listen to today's show or one of our previous editions, please visit crienglish.com. If you have any comments or suggestions, you can write to: English Service, China Radio International, Beijing, China, postal code 100040, or just drop us an email at horizons@cri.com.cn. I am Du Lijun. Thanks for joining us, and see you at the same time next week!

(Editor: Zhao Lixia)



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