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People's Daily, Feb. 25, 2007      

A record 56.53 million people were expected to travel around the country on Saturday, the last day of the week-long holiday of the Chinese Spring Festival.

The Ministry of Communications estimated the figure will be 7.5 million persons more than that on Friday.

Main passenger flows would appear in Henan, Jiangxi and Hubei provinces where masses of migrant workers leave their homes to return to work in cities, the ministry forecast.

More than 4.8 million passengers would flock to trains on Saturday, while the comparative figure of last year was 4.34 million, according to the Ministry of Railways.
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People's Daily , Feb. 8, 2007

Chinese researchers recently announced they had solved a mystery after in-depth analysis of pollen found on Qin Terracotta Warriors and horse figurines found in the mausoleum of the first Qin emperor. It appears the Qin Terracotta Warriors and the horse figurines were actually produced in different locations.

The mausoleum of the first Qin emperor was a mystery from the moment it was unearthed. Now, Chinese scientists claim that they have solved at least one of its mysteries. Dr. Hu Yaqin, a scientist from the Institute of Botany under the Chinese Academy of Sciences said, "Some plants were in flower when the emperor ruled China, around 2000 years ago. Some pollen from these flowers fell on the body of the figurines. Of course, it is difficult to distinguish this with the naked eye." A research paper on the subject will soon be published in the "Archaeological Journal".
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Xinhua News Agency February 8, 2007
 
Over 120 loan objects from China's Museum of Terra-cotta Army will be shown this autumn in a major British Museum exhibition which features China's first emperor. 

Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, made the announcement on Wednesday at a press launch of the museum's major exhibition in 2007. 

This loan exhibition "First Emperor: China's Terra-cotta Army", scheduled to run seven months from Sept. 13 this year to April 6 of next year, will feature the largest group of material from the tomb of the First Emperor to be loaned abroad, he said.
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Shanghai Daily Feb. 2, 2007

Shanghai issued a batch of special "tourist passports" on Wednesday to provide discounts, ranging from 10 percent to 50 percent, on tickets to the city's tourist attractions.Shanghai tourism authority plans to issue more than 1.2 million of the "passports" to benefit tourists from foreign countries, neighboring provinces as well as local residents. People can get these "passports" for free at district tourism information centers. The authority will also hand them out during promotional activities.

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Xinhua News, Jan. 26, 2007 - Foreign tourists in Beijing spent a record US$1,033 each last year, involving a total of US$4 billion, local authorities said on Thursday. The Chinese capital received 3.9 million foreign tourists last year, 7.5 percent more than last year, who spent a total of four billion dollars, according to Fang Zehua, a spokesman of the municipal tourism administration. "The boom can be attributed to our promotion of Beijing in major source countries," he said. Tourists from Japan, the United States and the Republic of Korea accounted for about 40 percent of the total number. Overseas arrivals from Russia, Sweden and Australia also saw a rapid increase, Fang said.Some 132 million Chinese visitors from other parts of the country came to the capital and spent 148.3 billion yuan (US$19.1 billion), 14 percent higher than in 2005, he added.

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