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You need your your ID or passport to purchase train ticket

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Our forum members have already discussed the issue for train ticket purchase. Foreign rail passengers may spend more time to purchase bullet train tickets (high speed train) in ticket booths once a "real-name" booking system is introduced later in June 2011.

Unlike local Chinese passengers who can use their personal ID cards, expatriates/foreigners need to provide passports or other identification. "The information on these identification will require more time for the ticket booths to verify and input," said a railway official at Shanghai Railway Station yesterday. The additional problem is that most of these ticket staff may not speak a good English or other foreign languages which could cause a misunderstanding.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 July 2011 13:11

Did global warming pause linked to sulfur in China?

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Believe or not, many scientists have come up with a possible explanation for why the rise in Earth's temperature paused for a bit during the 2000s, one of the hottest decades on record. How could it be in this case?

It's all that sulfur pollution in the air from China's massive coal-burning, according to a new study. The answer seems strange and ridiculous, huh?

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 July 2011 14:45

Water melons explode in China

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In May of this year, watermelons have been bursting by the score in eastern China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals, creating what state media called fields of "land mines."

About 20 farmers around Danyang city, one of city in Jiangsu, were affected, losing up to 115 acres of melon, China Central Television said in an investigative report.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 May 2011 23:48

Asia's shortage of women: a major problem caused by sex selection

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Science writer Mara Hvistendahl in her new book "Unnatural Selection" examines how the trend toward choosing boys over girls through sex-selective abortions has spread through the developing world, particularly in Asia including China. Coining the term "Generation XY," Hvistendahl provides the grim results of sex selection: while the natural sex ratio at birth is 105 boys born for every 100 girls, in India the figure has risen to 112 boys and in China, 121.  A Jiangsu city, Lianyungang, has actually recorded 163 boys per 100 girls in 2007!!!

Last Updated on Monday, 04 July 2011 16:14

Oscar winner actor Christian Bale in Nanjing

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Hollywood star and Oscar winner actor Christian Bale has been in Nanjing since Feb 2 for a film shoot "Nanjing Heroes". The actor was invited as one of directors and film crew for the Chinese war epic.

Since his arrive, Bale insisted living on the same hotel rooms, attended extra's birthday party and "playing around with everyone, playing hard, without the pretense of a big star at all." said director Zhang Yimou who is best known in the West for his movie  "Raise the Red Lantern" and "To Live" and for his role behind the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 May 2011 13:48

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