Deputy general manager of Minsk airport in Belarus Mr. Kerr Neff told that comprehensive Chinese-language services have been enabled in the airport to facilitate the entry or transit through Belarus for Chinese passengers.
At the entrances and exits, halls and thoroughfares of the airport terminal tower, Chinese labels have been added onto all original Russian-English bilingual signs; the information on e-screens hung in each floor is displayed in Chinese, English and Russian in turn; real-time flight information is broadcast in Chinese as well; even some banks’ ATMs in the airport has got Chinese menu, and at the airport building entrance for the arrivals writes in Chinese characters “WELCOME TO BELARUS!”
Mr. Kerr Neff said that President Lukashenko demanded in the conference on Belarusian national diplomatic priorities that Chinese-language services be added in Minsk airport. Since then, a large amount of Chinese translation work has been completed in a short period of time and Chinese labels have been added onto 730 pieces of all kinds of direction boards in the airport. At the same time, 160 TV screens and 8 LED big screens are showing real-time flight information in Chinese. In addition, the airport website has released its Chinese version also, providing all kinds of useful information etc.
It is understood that Chinese-language services are considered to be expanded in Minsk airport, where shops and restaurants will soon launch the services in Chinese.
Shanghai Disneyland is officially open to public at 12 pm on June 16th. Two specific subway cars on Disney theme of Line No.11, designed and brought to reality by Shanghai Metro Group and Shanghai Disney Resort, will depart in opposite direction, respectively from Disney Resort Station and Luoshan Road Station.
Inside the subway carriage, lovely cartoon characters are painted on all the doors and walls–Mickey looking at the passenger seats, Goofy sitting with legs crossed and Donald making pyramids. Over the passengers’ heads is a whole piece of blue sky on the roof. Some Disney classic images, as high as passengers and covering six sections of the subway cars, are welcoming the guests by each door along the subway line.
According to the news of Russia’s Kommersant on June 11th, American management consulting firm A.T. Kearney recently announced the ranking of the world’s most influential cities.
It is reported that a total of 125 major cities in the selection. London dominated the top once again, while New York stepped down to second place owing to the positive business activities and political participation, followed by Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Chinese capital Beijing was ranked No.9 and Korean Seoul No.11. Lagging behind the others in commercial activities, human capital and information communication, Moscow has dropped to No.18, prior to China’s Shanghai and Argentina’s Buenos Aires.
The ranking result is mainly based on 27 criteria of assessment, including commercial activity, residents’ level of education, global information communication, culture atmosphere and citizen’s political participation, etc. The first two account for the most, playing a decisive role in the overall score for each city.
The trial operation of Shanghai Disney Resort ends today. It is reported that the number of tourists the resort had welcomed exceeded 500,000.
During the trial operation, tourists had to wait in line for 2-3 hours for many popular events, such as the hottest one “Over the Horizon”, some lined up even for 6 hours. Although the long queue got relatively highly accepted in the trial, the passenger flow is sure to be huger after the official opening. It is absolutely essential for the resort to deal with this upcoming problem.
The resort has introduced the Fast Pass to visitors during the trial operation so that they could make a more reasonable arrangement for the events, but Fast Passes got “seckilled”(quickly sold out) at the opening and tourists had to line up to get the pass as well. In respond to this, the Disney resort operator explained that the 7 tourists’ centers where Fast Pass got distributed in the resort were not all open to public and given the employees were not skilled enough, the passes were not fully issued during the trial operation. The operator added that the tourists would get at least one fast pass in a day after the official opening.
Disney operation department is actively working out the adjustment and improvement plan according to the suggestions and comments. After the official opening, it is likely to restrict the number of tourists to ensure a comfortable environment. In addition, security and emergency work for food, heat and rainfall and increase of strollers, wheelchairs are on the schedule for visitors’ reservation.
On June 16, Shanghai Disneyland will be officially open to public. At present, it is published that Shanghai Disneyland ticket fare is set at RMB499 (about USD76) per head during the opening period from June 16th to 30th and summer vacation in July and August. From September onwards, peak-day ticket fare remains at RMB499 while standard-day ticket fare at RMB370 (about USD56.38) per head. At the news conference previously held by municipal government, Shanghai Disneyland Resort had announced that the tickets for the first two weeks after the official opening had completely sold out and a small amount of tickets are available for July to September visits.
On November 20th, 45th International Film Festival of India officially opened in Panaji – capital of Goa – the Indian seaside resort. China is the guest of honor this year and Mr. Gang Tong – deputy director of State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China, Mr. Tony Leung and Ms. Ziyi Zhang – Chinese famous movie stars, attended the opening ceremony and the lighting function as distinguished guests.
Chinese movies become a major highlight of this film festival. The Festival especially set up the unit “Focus on China” and nine Chinese films including “Finding Mr. Right”, “Silent Witness” and “Caught in the Web” will be showcased.
In addition, Chinese film “Genuine Love” will compete for the big prize of the Festival – Golden Peacock Award in the International Competition unit. The film “The Grandmaster” directed by Wong Kar-Wai will also be played as the closing film of the Festival.
Mr. Arun Jaitley, India’s Minister of Finance and of Information & Broadcasting, gave a speech at the opening ceremony. He said that films, same as cricket, are beloved by Indian people. In the past decade, Bollywood films are turning commercialized, which is believed to make Indian film industry more professional.
Mr. Jaitley, together with India’s most popular actor Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, awarded the annual Indian Filmmaker Memorial Award to the Indian legendary actor Mr. Rajnikanth. The film festival organizing committee also announced that Hongkong director Wong Kar-Wai would be awarded Lifetime Achievement Award of this Festival at the closing ceremony.
The Festival will end on November 30th and there will be 179 films from all over the world to be showcased.
International Film Festival of India began in 1952, held annually since 1975, is India’s largest and most influential film festival and also one of the international “A” list festivals.