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Xinhua News Agency August 13, 2007

On Sunday, tens of thousands of Tibetans and other visitors flocked to the Zhebung Monastery in the western suburbs of Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, to celebrate the opening of the annual Shoton (Yogurt Banquet) Festival.
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Shanghai Daily, August 7, 2007

Prices for Shanghai-Beijing flights are increasing after five airlines cooperated on a new service. 

No discount will be offered on flights from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Beijing Capital Airport this week, China Business News said. The ticket is 1,130 yuan (US$150).

Prices increased 10 to 30 percent for flights from Beijing to Shanghai, the report said.

A manager of the fast-service project said the airlines decided to offer discounts of no more than 20-percent for Shanghai-Beijing flights.
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At around 8am, August 2, a large flock of unidentified creatures were witnessed swimming in the Kanas Lake of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Prefecture by some tourists. The  "water monsters" aroused sprays like an enormous  fleet, presenting extremely spectacular sight. Similar cases were reported in June 2006.

These pictures were taken by a tourist on the spot.
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At least 3,000 ship borne tourists to the Three Gorges have to switch to buses as flood from Yangtze's upper reaches closed down the Three Gorges ship lock on Monday, the local navigation bureau has said.

The Yangtze River Three Gorges Navigational Bureau halted two-way traffic at the Three Gorges ship lock at 8:00 AM as water influx into the dam measured an alarming 51,000 cubic meters per second, a result of continuous rainfall in the upper reaches, said Shi Huili, a traffic control officer with the bureau. 
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China's online travel services are taking off, with even greater growth forecast for the next few years.

Last year, at least 2.75 million Chinese booked hotel rooms, air tickets and other travel services on the Internet, up 72 percent from the previous year, according to a report recently released by Shanghai-based iResearch Consulting Group.

China's online travel market was worth some 1.54 billion yuan ($204 million) last year, a growth of 82 percent from 2005, the report said.
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