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Xinhua News, Jan. 26, 2007

China's public security authorities on Thursday promised to improve visa application procedures so foreigners involved in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing will find it easier to enter the country.

"Anyone with valid Olympic Identity and Accreditation Cards (OIAC) will enjoy visa-free entry into China one month before and after the Olympics," said Li Changyou, vice director of the Bureau of Exit and Entry Administration with the Ministry of Public Security.

The OIAC is a personalized card granted by the International Olympic Committee, which gives its holder the right to attend the Olympic Games for participation or in a work capacity. Li said that China had already relaxed some requirements, including the granting of one-year work permits to people coming to work on the Games in the run up to, and during, the Games. "We will further improve relevant procedures according to the Olympic conventions and charter so that we can guarantee a successful Games," Li said.

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Shanghai Daily Jan. 22, 2007

Singapore Airlines will add two direct flights between Singapore and Shanghai starting on March 25, 2007 further strengthening its eastern China network, the airline said yesterday. With the new flights, the capacity on the route will increase 11% with 31 flights a week. SIA will thus operate a total of 65 flights from Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Nanjing to Singapore.

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Shanghai Daily Dec. 21, 2006

A luxury tourist train is set to debut next year on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway that opened in July, a high-ranking official of Qinghai Province has said.

The train, the first of its kind on the railway, will be operated by the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company in cooperation with foreign tourist agencies, said the official who declined to be named.

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company is based in Xining, capital of Qinghai in China's remote northwest.

The official said the luxury train will carry the world's most advanced equipment and will rival the star-rated hotels for convenience and comfort. As well, the train will apply advanced management methods.
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Xinhua, Jan. 9, 2007

Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China's leading metropolis, handled 17.15 million passengers from overseas last year, up 9.4 percent year-on-year and besting other Chinese airports.

According to the Pudong Entry and Exit Frontier Inspection Station, the figure included a record 9 million foreign passengers, up 8 percent year-on-year.

Beijing's Capital National Airport handled 12.6 million overseas passengers, and Baiyun Airport in Guangzhou ranked third among mainland airports. Figures for Hong Kong were not available at press time.
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