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Pudong airport handles 100,000 int'l travelers in single day as travel boom continues

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Pudong airport handles 100,000 int'l travelers in single day as travel boom continues

2024-06-18 17:34 Last Updated At:18:37

Shanghai Pudong International Airport handled over 100,000 trips by international travelers in a single day on Sunday, according to customs data, highlighting a strong tourism recovery as a growing influx of foreign visitors pass through one of China's main travel hubs.

The daily figure, the highest since the pandemic, comes as China has welcomed a rising number of inbound tourists in 2024 thanks to the resumption of more air routes and the introduction of visa-free policies for several countries.

Pudong airport has itself seen 13 million exit-entry trips so far this year, up 167 percent over last year, according to the latest data. Among them, the number of travelers from the Chinese mainland was recorded at 8.91 million, with 3.15 million foreigners passing through, as well as some 940,000 people from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

The airport has also provided 24-hour direct transit services for more than 640,000 foreigners who are exempt from border inspection procedures under part of the country's new entry facilitation policies. The move helps to continuously consolidate and enhance the airport's standing as a global travel hub.

The number of foreigners passing through the airport represents a staggering 240-percent rise from the same period of last year. Most of those are engaged in tourism, business, or visiting friends or relatives, while the top three sources of inbound travelers are the United States, Japan, and South Korea, data shows.

"With the adjustment of China's visa-free policy, the number of foreigners entering the country visa-free via the Pudong International Airport has increased to 446,000 since the beginning of this year, 10 times that of the same period last year, and will continue to rise. This is also a highlight of this year's inbound and outbound passenger traffic," said Li Jing, a border inspection instructor at the airport.

Starting in March this year, ordinary passport holders from 11 European countries, including France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, have been able to enjoy visa-free travel to China for up to 15 days.

The streamlined immigration process and travel facilitation moves have been given a thumbs up from international travelers at the airport.

"The immigration process in China has improved a lot, so everything is much, much faster than before," said a traveler from Germany surnamed Braknuis.

"I'm leaving within 15 days back to Holland. And then, I don't need a visa. A visa is a lot of work, and a step-by-step approach, so a lot of hurdles to travel to China. Yes, I was very glad that it was not needed," said Ms. Van Heeswijk, a Dutch traveler.

Pudong airport handles 100,000 int'l travelers in single day as travel boom continues

Pudong airport handles 100,000 int'l travelers in single day as travel boom continues

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China makes breakthrough in exhaustive typhoon observation

2024-07-22 21:22 Last Updated At:21:57

China has made a breakthrough in weather monitoring after conducting a multi-dimensional and detailed observation of typhoon Prapiroon in real time, the fourth typhoon this year, according to the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) on Sunday.

Prapiroon is expected to make landfall on south China's island province of Hainan on Sunday night, bringing strong winds and heavy rains to the island province and the Beibu Gulf.

On Sunday morning, the CMA and the Hong Kong Observatory achieved the first joint observation of ocean typhoons using drones and manned aircraft in key areas, accurately capturing the detailed structure of the outer cloud system of Prapiroon.

These observation data can help forecasters analyze information such as typhoon development trends, intensity changes, and structural characteristics. This will help improve the accuracy in mapping the typhoon path, intensity, wind and rain forecasts, according to the meteorological department. The Haiyan-1 drone took off from the national UAV meteorological observation test base at 2:45 on Sunday and flew into typhoon Prapiroon, returning to the base after a two-hour flight.

The drone captured over 4,200 pieces of effective data, transmitting them to various weather bureaus, local meteorological institutes and typhoon research centers.

During the mission, the meteorological monitoring drone accurately dropped eight sondes at the designated time and location, recording data such as temperature, humidity, wind direction, wind speed, and air pressure at different altitudes, allowing for a more detailed observation of the three-dimensional structure of Prapiroon.

At 10:00 on Sunday, the Hong Kong Observatory and the special administrative region's Government Flying Service dispatched manned aircrafts to drop sondes for observation.

Experts said when the typhoon center is far away, meteorological satellites provide typhoon cloud imaging and dynamic remote sensing observations. When the typhoon approaches, the weather radar, wind profiler radar, and coastal nearshore meteorological stations will provide relevant data.

Meanwhile, large high-altitude drones equipped with airborne drop sondes, cloud radars, temperature and humidity profilers and other remote sensing equipment, can obtain three-dimensional vertical structure information of the flight layer and the typhoon, forming a comprehensive typhoon monitoring network, together with meteorological satellites and weather radars, according to experts.

"We use large high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct observations of sensitive areas of tropical depressions in the South China Sea, providing refined observation data support for the evolution and development path forecast, and the intensity impact forecast of tropical depressions, thereby improving the accurate forecasting capabilities of typhoons," said Zhao Peitao, director of the base office of the Meteorological Observation Center under the CMA.

China makes breakthrough in exhaustive typhoon observation

China makes breakthrough in exhaustive typhoon observation

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