Time Out Beijing: “Construction begins for new fast train to Hong Kong”

Could it be? A high-speed rail that takes you from Beijing to Hong Kong in just eight hours? It seems like our romantic dream to speed down south by train might actually be coming true. At least now that the recent plans to construct a new 2,400km high-speed rail have been approved by officials.

The construction is going to start in December 2015 and, according to News 163, it should be ready to go by May… 2019. Okay, so maybe don’t start buying your tickets just yet – but still, we love having something to look forward to.

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Time Out Beijing: “Forbidden City blacklists misbehaving tourists”

Are you on the Forbidden City’s blacklist? Well, if you’ve drawn a smiley face on a Ming vase, scribbled ‘James was ‘ere’ on the Gate of Divine Prowess or thrown sweet wrappers in the imperial gardens, then you might be – and shame on you!
Beijing officials have grown tired of unruly visitors and have compiled blacklist of 2,500 vandals, litterers, loud-mouths and general forbidden-palace-hoodlums since June this year, China Daily reports.
The thought of museum wardens turning away ‘hoodlum’ tourists, decked out in the mandatory silly cap and khaki shorts is quite a comical thought – but they do have their reasons.