Tickets for students
Following the practice of previous Olympic hosts, China has set aside about 1 million Olympic tickets, priced at 5 yuan (73 cents) and 10 yuan, for primary and secondary school students nationwide. The tickets are stamped as "Olympic education program tickets".
Most of the tickets will be distributed among 556 schools nationwide, said Gao Hong, vice-director of the Education Ministry's basic education department.
First charter flight lands
The first Olympic charter flight, which carried Cuban athletes, landed safely at Beijing Capital International Airport yesterday morning.
It also signaled the opening of the T3D section of the airport's third terminal, which has an annual capacity of 4.12 million passengers.
Passengers arriving on Olympic charter flights have been arranged to quickly undergo necessary procedures and validate their Olympic certificates in T3D.
Multilingual help hotline
The multilingual service hotline 16882008 was launched yesterday in Olympic co-host city Qingdao to provide visiting foreigners services in their mother tongues.
It will provide information on travel routes, weather and sailing events.
The 24-hour service is provided in seven languages - English, Korean, Japanese, German, French, Russian and Spanish.
There are an additional 14,000 tickets for the Olympic equestrian events in Hong Kong next month, a local company in charge of organizing the events announced yesterday.
The Hong Kong-based Equestrian Company said the tickets will be available starting from July 29 at local branches of the China Travel Service, with prices ranging from HK$58 ($7.44) to HK$544 each. A total of 200,000 tickets for 13 equestrians sessions are being offered to the public, of which half have been allocated to Hong Kong, organizers said.
(China Daily 07/28/2008 page3)