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25
Jun
2009
Cool down...in an air raid shelter! E-mail
News - Xi'an News
Written by He Meng
Due to the continuing hot weather, this special summer resort, a tunnel which is originally  an air raid shelter,  was just opened to the public today and much earlier than planned. Previously it was intented to be opened on 10th of July. The tunnel has two openings, the south opening is located at north-west corner of the "T" cross of Andong Street and Youyi Road.

The north opening is located at T cross of Andong Street and Jiandong Street. It is open from 13:30 to 22:00 and closes during raining days. The tunnel is 3m high and 3m wide, has 300 sets of desk and chair. It provides cable TV, news paper, magazine, chess gams and free hot water. There are also facilities available to receive wireless signals, so don’t worry about your mobile phone communication.

Things to note

The temperature inside the tunnel might be below 20 degree Celsius, so take some clothes with you in case you want to discover it. Pets are not allowed to enter. Smoking, alcohol, gambling, dinner parties, commercial activities and such are forbidden.

More about the tunnel

This type of tunnel is called  防空洞 or 地道. Decades ago, that was very common across China. At that time, almost every home was connected to a tunnel network. There is also a movie called 地道战- translated as "tunnel warfare".

 
25
Jun
2009
Upcoming bonded logistics park E-mail
News - Xi'an News
Written by He Meng
On June 23rd 2009, a ceremony was held at the Xi’an International Port Zone to mark the start of 20 key projects with a total investment of 7.13 billion RMB. One of the key projects is Xi’an Bonded Logistic Park. Bonded Logistics Center (B-type) has major functions as follows:

bonded storage of import/export goods, logistics and distribution, logistics processing, international allocation, global procurement, re-export trade, international transit, logistics information processing, logistics consulting services and other international logistics businesses approved by the Customs. Xi’an International Port Zone is an inland port, the only one in China’s north-west region. When complete, it will cooperate with other coastal ports.

 
25
Jun
2009
Joy Air gets 2 new MA60 planes E-mail
News - Xi'an News
Written by He Meng
On June 21, Avic Xi’an aircraft industry (group) company Ltd delivered two Modern Ark 60 planes to Joy Air Co., Ltd. On November 4th last year, they signed the contract of an order of 13 Modern Ark series planes.

So far, Joy Air, headquartered in Xi’an, is the only aviation company that takes Xi’an as its main operation base. So far, 29 MA60 planes made by Xi’an Aircraft have been delivered to foreign and domestic clients and have received orders of total 161 MA60. The Xian MA60 (新舟60, Xīnzhōu 60, "Modern Ark 60") is a turboprop-powered airliner made by China's Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation under the China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I). The MA60 is a stretched version of the Xian Y7-200A, and a close copy of the Antonov An-26 cargo plane.

The airplane received its type certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China in June 2000. The first aircraft was delivered to Sichuan Airlines in August 2000.

 
21
Jun
2009
Wanted: Husband for Mom, Father for herself E-mail
News - Xi'an News
Written by He Meng
Today is Father’s Day. A 22-year old girl has contacted the "Xi’an Wanbao" Newspaper in Xi'an  (Xi’an evening paper) to post a personal ad for her mom. The girl named Liu Yang said, when she was three years old, her father went abroad, and never came back. Though she lacks love from the father, her mom gives her double attention. And there is no generation gap at all.

There were times when people have proposed to her, but considering that remarriage may affect her studies, she stayed single. With her mom’s nourishing, she went to one of the most prestigious universities, now she is working as a civil servant in Shenzhen.

Being far away from home in Xi’an, she can’t help to worry about her mom’s lonely life. So she wants to find a reliable man for her mom, and also a good father for herself. Liu Yang describes her mom as kind hearted, humorous and virtuous, always cares about others. Her mom is 48 years old, now retired,1.65m in height, casually and simply dressed.

Liu Yang sees that Father’s day is a good chance to do something for her mom. So she hopes to find a man which is generous, tolerant, kind and responsible to be a partner for her mom and she will certainly call him "dad".  If you think that you are the one, contact the newspaper’s hotline 029-88229999…:-)

 
17
Jun
2009
Xi'an Kiwis reached record sales E-mail
News - Xi'an News
Written by He Meng
This June alone 2500 tons of kiwi were transported from a kiwi fruit producer in Zhou Zhi - a county of Xi'an CIty -  to Beijing so far. Last year, the total kiwi harvest in Xi'an/Shaanxi area reached 210000 tons and was all sold out china wide with a revenue of 700 million RMB.

A fruit seller in Beijing said, Xi’an Kiwis are highly regarded in Beijing, because they taste better, and are easier to preserve and to store. Kiwis from Xi'an has won a lot of loyal consumers all over China. The Beijing fruit distributor also  has sold out 4000 ton in 2008 alone. In the previous years, Xi’an has made great efforts on increasing the quality and cultivation of Kiwi fruits. So far, the production of kiwi takes one third of total fruit production in Xi’an.

 
17
Jun
2009
New Blood donation facilities E-mail
News - Xi'an News
Written by He Meng
Xi’an plans to build at first two facilities in order to provide a comfortable space for blood donors. The facilities are designed to be 65 meters large and air conditioned and will be located on the public square area in front of the China Post Office which is near the Bell Tower and Hao You Duo Square at  Xiao Zhai. There will be areas for reception waiting, testing and blood collecting etc, with a capacity of 30 donors at a time. People can also watch TV, listen to music, read magazines and drink free milk after donation. 
More info at the Xi'an Blood Donor Centre: Tel: 8524231, 85222545, Add: 407, Zhu Que Avenue
 
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