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chinadaily.com.cn 2020-12-31 14:10

Passengers enter the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station on June 25, the first day of the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday. [Photo/Xinhua]

>2021 festival travel rush
China is expected to see 407 million railway passenger trips during the upcoming 40-day Spring Festival travel rush, according to the national railway operator. An average of 10.18 million railway trips will be made every day during the travel rush from Jan 28 to March 8 in 2021, China State Railway Group said Tuesday.
Passengers can buy tickets as early as 30 days prior to their planned trip. On Wednesday, travelers can buy tickets for Jan 28, the first day of the travel rush.
Railway authorities will adopt epidemic prevention measures and arrange the journeys in an orderly manner. Such measures include preventing overcrowding and providing separate seating areas for passengers with fever symptoms, the company said.
Experts suggested that people cut down on unnecessary journeys or follow the government's advice and avoid peak travel times.
The country will increase its railway transport capacity during the period, with about 5,000 pairs of passenger trains to be put into operation on a daily basis, up 4.5 percent from a year ago.
Spring Festival falls on Feb 12, 2021.

Boeing 737 Max aircraft are parked in a parking lot at Boeing Field in this aerial photo over Seattle, Washington, US, June 11, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>737 MAX resumes flying
American Airlines on Tuesday flew a Boeing 737 Max from Miami to New York with paying passengers on board, making the first commercial flight almost 2 years after the worldwide grounding of the troubled aircraft.
American flight 718 carried about 100 passengers and landed Tuesday afternoon at LaGuardia Airport, according to an airline spokeswoman.
Boeing's 737 MAX jets have been grounded across the globe since early March last year following more evidence emerging indicated that its key flight control software played a part in two deadly air crashes in less than one year.
The US Federal Aviation Administration in November this year rescinded the order that halted commercial operations of Boeing 737 MAX, a move that allowed airlines under the FAA's jurisdiction, including those in the US, to take the steps necessary to resume service and Boeing to begin making deliveries.

French fashion designer Pierre Cardin poses in front of his 1954-1956-1957 fashion creations in his museum called "Past-Present-Future" in Paris November 12, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]

>Pierre Cardin dies aged 98
Legendary French fashion designer Pierre Cardin has died at the age of 98, France's Fine Arts Academy announced on Tuesday in a statement on Twitter.
Cardin's creations adorned many stars of the day, among them Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Jeanne Moreau, Jackie Kennedy, Charlotte Rampling, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Cardin was among the first designers to capitalize on the business side of fashion, becoming a household name thanks to powerful branding.
He also broke with tradition through his futuristic designs - and by producing landmark unisex and ready-to-wear collections at a time when both were effectively unheard of.
Displaying an early business nous, Cardin was among the first foreign designers to open shops in Japan, China and Russia.
He pioneered modern branding by lending his name to a variety of products - including perfumes, watches, cigarettes and even frying pans.


>Britons flee Swiss resort
British tourists fled the Swiss ski resort of Verbier "clandestinely" under cover of darkness rather than submit to a new quarantine imposed on UK visitors, a local official said on Monday.
The exact number of tourists who left the resort has not been confirmed.
Switzerland is one of dozens of countries to have banned travel from the UK over a new, potentially more transmissible coronavirus variant that was reported in the UK.
On Dec 21, the Swiss Federal Council imposed an entry ban and a retroactive 10-day quarantine period on all travelers from the UK and South Africa, meaning anyone who entered Switzerland from the two countries since Dec 14 is required to quarantine.
Asked about the run-away tourists, Health Minister Alain Berset said he didn't know the current whereabouts of the tourists, but suspected that they had gone home.

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