Bei­jing Cap­i­tal to ren­o­vate old­est run­way

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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.

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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.

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