Beijing Capital to renovate oldest runway
Beijing Capital International Airport will renovate its oldest runway this month, which will affect about 200 flights daily, the airport operator announced.
The 3,000-meter central runway will undergo a complete renovation from May 23 to 28. The last overhaul was in 1996.
During the project, the airport will use just two runways, the company said, adding that it will ask air traffic control authorities to give priority to flights that must use the airport during the project.
Beijing Capital served more than 86 million passengers on about 582,000 flights last year, the second-busiest airport in the world by passenger numbers for five consecutive years, behind Atlanta International Airport in the United States, according to Airports Council International.
After a seven-year restoration, the statue of Qianshou Guanyin (Thousand-hand Bodhisattva), on Mount Baoding in the Dazu district of Chongqing municipality, will reopen to the public on June 13, Chinese Cultural Heritage Day. The 7.7-meter high and 12.5-meter wide statue could date back to the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 to 1279). According to experts, the work is the most complete and scientific restoration in more than 800 years.