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For those looking to visit China’s capital of Beijing, that dream can now become a reality for less than $400.Shijiazhuang flights

Several flight deals are currently available from a variety of U.S. cities to Beijing for travel periods between January and April of 2018. Spotted by travel blog God Save the Points, the deals offer the chance to explore Beijing's ski slopes, hot springs, and popular festivals like the Disney-themed Bird’s Nest Ice and Snow Festival, at a fraction of the price.

Travelers heading to Beijing from Los Angeles can book a round-trip for as little as $380 round-trip, while flights from San Francisco currently start at $430 round-trip. Flights from Seattle start at $427 round-trip, flights from San Diego start at $453 round-trip, and flights from Chicago start at at $499 round-trip.Meanwhile, East Coast travelers can find flights out of New York starting at $419 round-trip, and from Boston starting at $493 round-trip.

The deals are available on flights offered from United Airlines, American Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, according to searches on Google Flights and Momondo.To make traveling easier, China will also now allow visitors to stay in Beijing and the neighboring Tianjin and Hebei provinces for up to six days without the need to obtain a visa, the South China Morning Post reported Wednesday. This way, travelers can enjoy the city without having to spend time and money completing visa applications.
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For travelers intending to stay in Shanghai for more than a couple of days, getting the Shanghai Jiaotong Card is recommended. It a reloadable card you can use on buses, trains and even taxis. You are saved the hassle of repeatedly buying one-way tickets. You can purchase the Jiaotong Card at any train station and in most convenience stores such as Alldays and KeDi Marts.spring airlines check in

Getting around Shanghai is relatively easy as the city has many public transportation options. You can take the Shanghai Metro which has 12 lines and more line under construction. The city metro is fast, cheap and fairly tourist-friendly as most signs are in both Mandarin and English. The city bus is also an option as it is cheaper and can reach more areas. However, it is slower compared to the metro and most signs are only in Chinese. Taking a taxi is a good choice as it is affordable and metered. However, you should remember to have your destination written in Chinese characters in case communicating in English becomes an issue.

Shanghai is served by two airports – the Pudong International Airport (PVG) and the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA). The Pudong Airport is the city’s main international airport. It is located 40 kilometers from the city center. Meanwhile, the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport is the older airport and serves only domestic flights with the exception of a few locations – Tokyo-Haneda, Seoul-Gimpo, Hong Kong, Macau and Taipei-Songshan.
venynx Oct 26
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The Arab Spring was triggered by the despair of a Tunisian street vendor named Mohamad Bouazizi at the humiliation meted out by officials of a corrupt regime. He doused himself in petrol, set fire to himself, and died on 4 January 2011.Cheap Flights from Shanghai to Sapporo

His death triggered an uprising that spread quickly across the North African nation. Ten days later President Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia, a traditional retirement home for deposed dictators. That momentous day is commemorated in the Place 14 Janvier 2011.

As pressure for human rights rippled across North Africa and the Middle East, Tunisia experienced a peaceful transition to a pretty good approximation of democracy. Yet within days the Foreign Office declared the country off limits. The planes went in, the holidaymakers flew out, and the tourism industry — in which an estimated 200,000 people were directly employed — took the first of several heavy blows.
A year later, with the no-go rating relaxed, I spent a joyful week exploring the country. When I returned, the Tunisian National Tourist Office in London contacted me to get a view on how to win back visitors.


Budget airlines,” was my concise answer. I was thanked politely and told that the idea of allowing in low-cost airlines was on the agenda, but only when the national airline, Tunisair, was in good shape to compete.

Since then, things have got much, much worse for Tunisia. In March 2015, 20 tourists died in an attack on the country’s leading cultural collection, the Bardo Museum in Tunis. In June of that year, Seifeddine Rezgui gunned down 30 British sunbathers and eight other people at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse.
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Today, airlines price tickets "as much as the customer and market will bear," according to consultant and former airline planning executive Robert W. Mann.

Airlines also profile their customers to help them adjust prices.東京から重慶航空券

This often means placing passengers into one of two groups: leisure or business. And the way each group is priced is very different.
Leisure passengers usually book months in advance, so airlines tend to start the prices for these seats relatively high. It then adjusts the prices according to market response.

For typical business routes, airlines will start with low prices to fill a minimum capacity, then increase prices steeply as corporate passengers tend to book last minute.

What ticket prices aren't actually focused on is a ticket's combined cost, including taxes and fuel. According to Mann, it's technology that determines the price you see online instead.

"Technology has allowed some airlines to create a 'basic economy fare' with limited amenities to compete with minimal service, low cost carriers," he said.

That's because the lower fare allows full-service carriers to appear on the first page of search engines such as Google Flights.

But it's not just airlines that are using artificial intelligence (AI) technology to their advantage.
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AirAsia offering international flight tickets at 40 per cent discount line with the monsoon deals being offered by various airlines in the country, AirAsia recently announced a discount of up to 40 per cent on flight tickets, on both domestic and international routes. The airline is offering cheap one-way flight tickets as part of its "Buy More, Save More" scheme.佐賀から上海航空券 The offer on flight tickets can be availed till August 5, for the travel period between July 31 and November 30. Seats under the offer, however, are limited and may not be available on all flights. The airline is also offering one-way premium cabin tickets starting at Rs 10,120. Premium flight tickets for Rs 10,120 are available from Jaipur to Kuala Lumpur. Tickets from Bhubaneswar to Bali via Kuala Lumpur start at Rs 10,935, from Bhubaneswar to Lombok at Rs 10,185, and from Bhubaneswar to Manila at Rs 12,809, among other discounted tickets. This offer too can be availed till August 5, for the travel period till January 31, 2019.
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Each year, Expedia and ARC (Airlines Reporting Corporation) publish a big ol' PDF file of new data on travel statistics, ATPs (average ticket prices), and how to save money on air fares for the next year. They even mention that one of the goals is myth busting. The report gets down into the nitty gritty of specifics depending on where in the world you're flying to or from (including a massive continent and country breakdownz) time of year, and more — all put into aesthetically pleasing graphics to make it easily understandable. We'll get into most of their findings in this story, but if you want to check out the whole thing, you can find it here.香港機票

The 2018 report from Expedia and ARC just came out in December 2017, and backs up the 2016 report that Sunday is the cheapest day to book international and domestic economy tickets and Saturday and Sunday are the cheapest for premium air flights.

(There are some exceptions to the Sunday rule, like flying internationally from and domestically in countries like Australia, Iceland, Thailand, and China, so keep that in mind if those places are in your plans. You can find the specifics of those starting on page 23 of the report.)

The best news? They found that the average air ticket price has been slowly but steadily decreasing over the past few years, both in the United States and around the world. This is due to increased competition between airlines, larger and more efficient planes, and longer flight possibilities, all giving customers more flights to choose from and all-around lower prices.
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If you needed any further evidence that the trade war between the US and China is not just about trade, consider what US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said about the world's second-largest economy during a recent trip to Latin America.To get more china world news, you can visit shine news official website.
"When China comes calling it's not always to the good of your citizens," he said. "When they show up with deals that seem too good to be true, it's often the case that they, in fact, are."
The reference to deals was a thinly veiled attempt at punching holes in Beijing's One Belt One Road programme - a $124bn Chinese project aimed at facilitating trade and investment links between Asia, Africa, Europe and beyond.
It was first unveiled by President Xi Jinping in 2013, and has largely been seen as his baby - but is seen by critics as part of China's plan to increase its global influence.
The programme has come under fire recently for what some have called "debt diplomacy" - implying that when you do a deal with China, you end up in debt.
Analysts say the US pressure on Beijing has empowered other countries to speak up against China when in the past they would have kept quiet. Sri Lanka, Malaysia and even Pakistan have all expressed concerns about the programme.
And China isn't just facing American criticism on the Belt and Road programme.
Read more from Karishma:
Trade war: More pain to come for China
How China is fighting back
A tale of two Chinas
Take the comments from the US Defense Secretary James Mattis at this weekend's Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) defence meeting, for instance. The US typically criticises China's operations in the South China Sea at these summits, but this time he went a step further.
"We will not be intimidated, and we will not stand down, for we cannot accept [China's] militarisation of the South China Sea or any coercion in this region," Mr Mattis said, according to the Hill, whilst reaffirming the US's commitment to the region and to the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.
The comments by Mr Pompeo and Mr Mattis should not be seen in isolation. They are part of what many observers have told me is an increasingly aggressive narrative on China from the Trump administration on pretty much every front.It's a narrative we should not be surprised by. It's been consistently signalled, and perhaps nowhere more blatantly than in the US Vice-President Mike Pence's recent speech at the Hudson Institute on the US administration's policy towards China. He said "Beijing is employing a whole-of-government approach, using political, economic, and military tools, as well as propaganda, to advance its influence and benefit its interests in the United States".
Mr Pence is due to attend the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit in Papua New Guinea next month, where he is likely to come face to face with China's President Xi Jinping who is also expected to attend.
Papua New Guinea is the latest country to join China's One Belt One Road programme and it is yet another arena where you can expect the battle for influence between the US and China to play out.
While the US sees the trade war as an opportunity to right the wrongs it believes it has suffered at the hands of China for decades of unfair trade, Beijing sees the trade war as the Trump administration's attempts at curbing China's rise.
So even if the two sides come to some sort of a resolution on trade - which in itself is highly unlikely at this point - this is not a conflict that is going to disappear. Neither side is going to give in quickly. This is just the beginning.
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Chinese players on the elite U.S. professional women’s golf tour have pulled out of this week’s tournament in Taiwan at the 11th hour, after being told by someone “high up” in China to skip the event, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.To get more china sports news, you can visit shine news official website.
They said world number nine Shanshan Feng and rookie Yu Liu were told during last weekend’s event in Shanghai that they should not play in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship, which starts in Taipei on Thursday.

China, which views self-ruled Taiwan as a wayward province, has ramped up pressure to assert its sovereignty. Ties have deteriorated since 2016, when President Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party came to power.

The United States sent two warships through the Taiwan Strait on Monday in its second such operation this year, as its military steps up the frequency of transits through the busy strategic waterway, despite opposition from China.

Sometimes the ill-feeling between China and Taiwan engulfs sporting events.

In July, for example, China blamed “independence activists” for the cancellation of an Olympic event in Taiwan, shrugging off Taipei’s accusation that Beijing’s “political bullying” was behind the revocation of its right to host a youth game.

It is unclear who told Feng and Liu, the only two Chinese golfers confirmed for the event in Taiwan, not to attend, but, barring injury, it is highly unusual for players to withdraw at such a late stage.

“They said I can’t respond regarding the issue of withdrawing from the competition,” Liu told Reuters via her official account on the Twitter-like social media platform Weibo, referring to her agents.

Asked about why she had pulled out of the tournament, she declined to comment but said it was “not for personal reasons”.

One source at the tournament said officials there had no plans to fine the players for withdrawing so late in the day, “given the circumstances”.

A media officer for the LPGA at the tournament told Reuters he was aware the two players had pulled out, but did not elaborate on the reason.

Until Monday, the picture profiles of both Feng and Liu figured on the tournament’s official website and the LPGA had listed their names in the “final field”, but by Tuesday, both profiles were gone from the website.

Ruby Chen, the Shanghai-based agent for both Feng and Liu, told Reuters on Tuesday the golfers would not attend the Taiwan event, but declined to comment why they were withdrawing, while denying that any pressure had been put on them to do so.

Contacted by Reuters for comment, the General Administration of Sport of China said it had no idea about the incident and referred queries to the golf association.

The China Golf Association did not answer several telephone calls to seek comment.
venynx Oct 23
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Ryanair, Europe’s largest low-cost airline, will focus on growing at airports in the EU and shift its focus away from the UK, following Britain’s vote to leave the EU. 

The company, which openly campaigned for Britain to stay part of the EU, called the Brexit vote both a “surprise” and a “disappointment”, in a trading statement on Monday morning.班機動態實时査詢 

Ryanair said it will shift its strategy away from the UK while some clarity emerges on UK’s long term political and economic relationship with the EU.In the meantime, we will pivot our growth away from UK airports and focus more on growing at our EU airports over the next two years. 

“This winter we will cut capacity and frequency on many London Stansted routes (although no routes will close) where we are already significantly ahead of our multiyear traffic growth targets,” the company said.But Ryanair predicted the Brexit vote will lead to a weaker sterling, slower growth in the UK and EU economies and downward pressure on fares, until at least the end of 2017. 

However, it acknowledged it could create new opportunities, depending on post-Brexit new regulations. 
There may also be some opportunities if our UK registered competitors are no longer permitted to operate intra EU routes, or must divest their majority ownership of EU registered airlines.” 

Transport stock slid in the week following the EU referendum as fears for the UK economy intensified after the UK’s shock decision to leave the EU. 

Easyjet was one of the biggest losers on the FTSE 100 with shares closing down 22.32 per cent to 1,020p on Monday June 27. 

The budget airline joined IAG, the owner of British Airways and Aer Lingus, in warning that a drop in travel demand and a slide in the value of the pound could hurt earnings for the rest of the summer.
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Forget Yellowstone. Right now, you can buy a ticket to travel from New York to Paris in August — on a major American airline — for under $500.危險品運輸 

Low prices on routes across the Atlantic are coming as budget carriers, Norwegian Air and Wow Air of Iceland in particular, increase routes in hopes of capturing summer travelers. Whether these low fares will last, especially if oil prices continue to climb, is uncertain. 

“What used to be four-digit airfares in peak summer are now three digits,” said Robert W. Mann, an airline industry consultant. Mr. Mann describes the situation as “quite unusual,” suggesting travelers take advantage while they can.

Low-cost competition is not a new phenomena, even on long international flights. Norwegian has been flying from the United States to Europe since 2013. But trans-Atlantic capacity, in particular from smaller cities, is growing. Last week, the airline announced a new flight to London from Tampa, adding to the more than 60 routes it flies from the United States. It has added eight routes this year, and has announced plans for three more. 
Wow began service to the U.S. in 2015 and currently flies from 13 cities to Reykjavik, with connections to other destinations from there. 

As Norwegian and Wow go after travelers who are willing to forgo some convenience, the major carriers are responding by dividing up their cabins or offering no-frills options just like they have done on domestic flights. Some airlines now have as many as four classes on international flights, and economy cabins that are further subdivided.
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