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New Mega Airport Opens in Chengdu, China.

China’s long anticipated Chengdu Tianfu International Airport has begun operating and is offering travelers a doorway to the home of their rich cultural heritage.

The very first flight, flown by Sichuan Airlines, took off last Sunday just before noon and bound for Beijing.

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province. It is third city in the country to have two international airports. The others are Shanghai and Beijing.

The final constructed cost of the airport was about 10.8 billion USD or 70 billion Chinese yuan. The first phase of the international aviation hub can handle an impressive 60 million passengers per year which will further open the country’s southwest region to the world.

There three runways and two terminals that cover a total area of 710,000 square meters are currently in operation. Local state media reported that eventually the airport will house terminals cover 1.4 million square meters and be able to handle 120 million passengers annually.

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Trespassing Tourists Banned from Great Wall of China

Two tourists were banned from the Great Wall of China when they trespassed on an section of the structure not developed for tourism. This according to the operator of the Mutianyu section of the Wall.

Other visitors reported the two men from Senegal for ignoring the “no crossing” sign. They climbed onto the undeveloped part of the wall around Watchtower 20. The area is currently being redeveloped to be open to the public.

Officials stated on the Great Wall WeChat account that much of this are is unstable and needs repaired. They said safety-wise this “wild” section of the Great Wall is dangerous as it is steep with loose bricks. They said it would be easy to get lost or injured and isn’t suitable for either climbing or walking.

The operator has asked all visitors to respect and protect the structure. Unauthorized tourism in forbidden sections is not only dangerous to tourists but can severely damage the UNESCO World Heritage site.

When the operator learned of the trespassing by the two men they employed the ticketing and monitoring system to find their information and put them on a black list preventing them from purchasing tickets in the future.

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Tokyo Summer Games Still in Question?

The Tokyo Olympic Summer Games were postponed in 2020 in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, they are facing increasing issues with putting on the Summer Games in 2021.

On of the most troubling of these issues is that the US State Department has advised against US citizens traveling to Japan because of the increase in Covid-19 cases. They’ve instituted a level 4 “do not travel” warning. This is the departments highest caution level.

No Americans have been allowed in Japan as tourists in over a year. Japan has been closed to casual travelers throughout the pandemic. Only under very limited reasons are Americans allowed to enter the country.

However, the Summer Games are still scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8 in Japan this year.

Katsunobu Kato, chief cabinet secretary, stated Tokyo believes the United States still supports holding the Summer Games despite the travel advisory by the Sate Department.

 

 

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New Roller Coaster from Saudi Arabia Set to Break All Previous Thrill Records

There is now a roller coaster under development for an amusement park in the Middle East that, if it delivers on its promises, will annihilate all records for speed, track length and height.

It is called the Falcon’s Flight and will be the feature attraction for Six Flags Qiddiya which is slated to open in Saudi Arabia in 2023, just outside the capital Riyadh.

The Qiddya Investment Company—partners with the U.S. Six Flags—stated that the coaster will travel on 2.5 miles of track.

Thrill seekers will be able to experience a drop over a vertical cliff that rushes into a 525 feet deep valley. They are able to achieve this using magnetic motor acceleration. The ride will achieve speeds up to an impressive 155MPH.

The coaster boasts it will be the tallest free-standing roller coaster and will include a parabolic airtime hill in which passengers will experience weightlessness.

The coaster will have a 20 passenger limit and the ride will be about 3 minutes long. Riders will enjoy impressive views of Six Flags Qiddya as well as all the thrills.

 

 

 

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JetBlue to Offer Sleepers on U.S. to London Flights on Their New A321neo.

In just a few months one of the largest beds in the sky will debut in the JetBlue A321neos which will fly from Boston and New York to London.

JetBlue is calling the offering a Mint Studio. Each will be at the front of its newest planes. The two mini rooms will include a comfy seat that turns into a bed, fully flat. Each Mint Studio mini room will also include a sofa that folds down—combined with the bed space from the chair makes the largest bed in the sky. All of this sits behind a privacy door. The 22 Mint Suites behind these two luxury offerings are same minus the sofa.

Many believe this will be the next wave of business class air travel.

If JetBlue stays true to its pricing philosophy this air suites will be within reach of many travelers and not just the well to do.

And it isn’t just the comfy furniture, but each suite comes with wireless charging and multiple power points. The spaces are designed to allow fliers to continue to use their digital devices while relaxing, eating or working.