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China’s travel industry ‘paralysed’ by coronavirus sees tour guides turn to live streaming

7 days ago

[unable to retrieve full-text content]As a train whizzed through a residential building at Liziba Metro Station in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing last week, local tour guide Xiong was there to live-stream the awe-inspiring engineering feat as part of a virtual tour on Douyin, China’s Tiktok.The station has become popular with tourists who before the coronavirus pandemic would line up to gawk at the train passing through a gap between the sixth and eighth floor of the 19-story block of flats.After explaining the history…

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Alibaba’s hometown named China’s city with most economic potential, but who else tops the list?

20 days ago

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Advanced technological know-how, extensive government support and well-developed port infrastructures have helped identify three lesser-known Chinese cities as having potential for fast economic growth, according to a new report.

Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province and home to e-commerce giant Alibaba, tops the emerging city rankings produced by The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU) ahead of Tencent’s hometown of Shenzhen, manufacturing hub Guangzhou and financial centre…

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China’s biggest cargo airport still suffering delays as jobseekers say coronavirus ‘risk is too high’ for cargo handlers

21 days ago

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Disruptions at China’s largest cargo airport are still prevalent more than two weeks after coronavirus infections closed one of the airport’s two terminals.Shanghai airport authorities say the Pudong Air Cargo Terminal (PACTL) is now open, but strict quarantine rules have been imposed on ground staff, and this has delayed custom clearances while forcing airlines to cancel a number of flights.The other Pudong cargo terminal, Eastern Airlines Logistics Terminal (EAL), was said to be running …

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China air cargo disruptions advance ‘super peak’ as prices soar after Shanghai freight terminal closure

29 days ago

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Air freight prices have risen by up to 30 per cent since a terminal at China’s largest cargo airport was closed due to an outbreak of coronavirus cases, jacking up further skyrocketing costs of sending goods by air.Reports cargo aircraft operations at Shanghai Pudong International Airport had been suspended first emerged on August 20 after detection of the first case, with a further six related cases emerging over the next six days, taking the total to seven.Due to the closure and resulting…

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How has China’s travel industry been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, and when will tourism recover?

August 18, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The travel and tourism industry has become a key driver of China’s domestic economy since the 1980s, after the government embarked on its era of reform and opening up.

Both the nation’s growing domestic middle class and accommodating government policies have helped it grow exponentially over the past four decades.

Tourism has transformed the country into one of the most vibrant travel markets in the world. However, the industry has been among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic due to…

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China GDP: economy growing steadily but recovery ‘unstable and unbalanced’, top economic planner says

August 6, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s economy is growing steadily, but the domestic recovery still remains unstable and unbalanced, a top official from the country’s economic planner said on Friday.The world’s second-largest economy has, for the most part, recovered from disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. However, manufacturers are still grappling with various challenges, including higher raw material prices, surging logistics costs and global supply-chain bottlenecks, meaning the pace of gross domestic product…

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