Chairman Mao Memorial Hall

On November 10, 2010, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

The Mausoleum of Mao Zedong or Chairman Mao Memorial Hall as its better known is the final resting place of the notorious and very famous Chairman. It’s common knowledge that Chairman Mao Zedong wanted his body cremated however, historians at the time decided that he should be embalmed, he now will stay as a relic forever […]

The Mausoleum of Mao Zedong or Chairman Mao Memorial Hall as its better known is the final resting place of the notorious and very famous Chairman. It’s common knowledge that Chairman Mao Zedong wanted his body cremated however, historians at the time decided that he should be embalmed, he now will stay as a relic forever in a crystal coffin in the centre of Tiananmen square.

Moments affter his death on September the 9th 1976 the construction of the masusoleum began, although it wasn’t ready for Mao body for 1 whole year after, so Mao was stored in a different location whilst renovations were underway .This took slightly longer than first anticipated as Mao’s body was 5 ft 11 which was far too big for the originally intended crystal coffin.

The Mausoleum

The museum is only open 4 hrs each day between the hours of 8.am and 12, however be prepared to wait for around 1-2hrs to see him. Once inside there is a parade of Mao statues and memorabilia and photo’s.  A lot of the Chinese tourists will stop and say a prayer, or even leave flowers at the base of the status.

The next room is named the ‘solemn hall of last respects’ as you enter there lies Mao in his crystal coffin. He is lit up really well from a bright light above, its very haunting to see his expressionless face and his eyes blankly starting out it was very bizarre! Sadly this part was very brief as within about 1 minute I was ushered out by security guards, but at least I got to have a look however short.

Mao's Body

Like you would imagine before you enter there are many security checks you have to go through a metal detector and then remove any bags, food, or drinks before entering what can only be described as a shrine.

Long Lines to enter.

If this account has inspired you to want to travel Beijing but don’t know where to start for some great low cost travel idea’s go to China Tours. Or if you need advice on hotels go to China Hotels.

Xi River in China

On November 9, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Other Regions, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Take advantage of China through China Tours and booking your flight through China Flights The Xi River in located in the South west region of China. The river is known for its deposits of tungsten, lead, zinc, and gold and has five tributaries within it that are the Yu, Qian, Gui, and Lijiang Rivers. It […]

Map of the Xi River

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The Xi River in located in the South west region of China. The river is known for its deposits of tungsten, lead, zinc, and gold and has five tributaries within it that are the Yu, Qian, Gui, and Lijiang Rivers. It is the longest river in China and stretches for a distance of 2,000km across the mainland.

Xi River in Guangxi

The Xi begins towards the Guandong province and flows through to the Pearl River before entering the south China sea near to Hong Kong. The river expands very widely and reflects the mountains with the rays of sunlight perfectly. For the best times to see the Xi River, by booking a China Tour will help in a long distance journey to certain parts of the river with the best views and at the best picture taking times.

Xijiang Zhaoqing

This river is smaller than the two great rivers – the Yellow River in the north and the Yangtze in the south of China. This is a great time to visit China’s natural rivers and reservoirs, be sure to use China Travel to organise your trip and make it an experience of a lifetime.

Tourism Guide in Beijing

On November 8, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Beijing, Cool Places, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

This article will explain the sights and attractions in the city of Beijing, the capital of China! Travelling in China can be the most rewarding experiences of your life and will surely take you to places you never thought you’d go. By booking a China Tour you can take the hassle of your hands and let […]

This article will explain the sights and attractions in the city of Beijing, the capital of China! Travelling in China can be the most rewarding experiences of your life and will surely take you to places you never thought you’d go. By booking a China Tour you can take the hassle of your hands and let the confusion Beijing can bring, away from your hands.

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square

It is probably the most famous place in China, an iconic place with a lot of history. It is a sight seeing must to see it and is located near the Forbidden City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

Known as the Imperial Palace where the ancient Emperor of China’s lived. It was closed off from the world for centuries and only recently has been open to the world to see. It is popular with those interested in Chinese history and is a great sight to see at the heart of China’s capital.

Summer Palace

Summer Palace

Simply a beautiful place to visit in Beijing. It has a huge lake and temples in which the Emperor used to come on his days away from the Forbidden City. It is located in the north west region of Beijing near to Peking University.

Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven

A great temple and landmark in Beijing, there is wide open spaces and interesting architectural buildings to see.

Olympic Park

Beijing Olympic Stadium

This world Olympic Stadium made its mark on the world during the Beijing 2008 Olympics. The ‘Birds Nest’ was home to some of the best world athletes in history including Usain Bolt’s world record victory.

Beijing Zoo

Beijing Zoo Panda's

The Beijing zoo has many animals to go and visit. It is famous for its Panda reserve so its a definite must!

There is plenty more to see in Beijing and in China, be sure to check out the Silk Market for bargains also! It’s a great place to get gifts for home on a tight budget so get on a China Flight and get to Beijing!

Summer Palace

On November 8, 2010, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Summer Palace, by Jack Li

Summer Palace is known as ‘The Gardens of Nurtured Harmony’. It contains a huge lake and surrounding hills that attracts thousands of tourists every day. Its beautiful scenery and elegant architectural structures show a lot of history and will give you a great day of sight seeing and cultural knowledge. You should book through China Flights to […]

Summer Palace is known as ‘The Gardens of Nurtured Harmony’. It contains a huge lake and surrounding hills that attracts thousands of tourists every day. Its beautiful scenery and elegant architectural structures show a lot of history and will give you a great day of sight seeing and cultural knowledge. You should book through China Flights to get over to Beijing and then let your trip be organised by China Tours to save yourself organising it yourself, they can do everything for you!

The Summer Palace, Beijing

After arriving to Summer Palace after a long and confusing walk from the train station, we finally found where the entrance was. For some reason, you will find yourself outside a train station a lot without much information of directions to the main attractions there. Sometimes you will need to be prepared enough to find your way to an exact location so take this in mind when using the train. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, it was almost good as a summers day. Once inside, you can’t help but notice the statues and cultural sculptures which will keep you dazed and intrigued about the reasoning behind it all, so getting a guided tour is very useful. You’ll soon find yourself down a path that leads to the great Kunming Lake. Wow! What a sight for sore eyes, you can see the imperial gardens and pavilions in the far distance, a bridge that leads to a smaller island on the other side, and kites in the sky.

Bridge at Summer Palace

Walking around we made our way up to the ‘Temple of Buddhist Incense’ and ‘Sea of Wisdom Temple’, these were both great to look at. It doesn’t seem as high as it looks from the ground but when you climb the tall steps up to the top of the temple, you realise that it was a lot further up than you first thought. We then walked over the bridge on the other side of the lake to the small island where some people were flying kites in the air, this was pretty kool as it was hardly windy at all so I was impressed by there ability to control such a thing so high up.

Summer Palace is a sight seeing must and you won’t be disappointed by the volume of calmness and peace in this place. A brilliant day out indeed. I would recommend you choose China Travel to get there!

Eat West in Beijing

On November 5, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Restaurants & Food, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

When it comes to eating food in Beijing, you will be faced with two options – going left or right down the street. Most of the time you have to explore Beijing’s streets to find something that might look tasty. It’s a risk but most of the time, it’s a risk worth taking. I would […]

When it comes to eating food in Beijing, you will be faced with two options – going left or right down the street. Most of the time you have to explore Beijing’s streets to find something that might look tasty. It’s a risk but most of the time, it’s a risk worth taking. I would recommend organising your trips into Beijing through China Tours and it is also worth booking through China Hotels. Otherwise, for those days when you feel like something easy and something  similar to eat, then this article is for you. I will talk in particular about two restaurants I have been to so far.

Gung Ho Pizza

Tasty Pizza in Sanlitun

Gung Ho is a pizzeria take away and dine in restaurant in the heart of the Chaoyong district in Sanlitun, Beijing. This place is perfect for pizza lovers and westerner’s who want a slice of something familiar. The pizza menu is different from typical pizza combinations and has different styles. The main attraction of the pizza is the whole wheat flour base and top with their signature toppings. Some combinations are wild such as the Camembert and blackcurrant  or the spinach pesto pizzas. The menu is stylish and the place has a special atmosphere to it due to the service of the staff. The business pride themselves on their service, when a delivery takes place, they shout “Gung Ho!” and have a rapid pace of work to add to the feel. The term ‘Gung Ho’ in Mandarin actually means ‘to be dedicated’ or ‘enthusiastic’ so that would explain the reason of the fast and charismatic style.

Prices vary but if you are looking for something that eats well and will leave you satisfied for a quick meal, then Gung Ho is a must.

Blue Frog

The Blue Frog

For a more up beat and even more western style of food, choose the Blue Frog located in The Village, Sanlitun district. This place serves all kinds of foods from pasta to its main feature- burgers. The burgers are huge so be careful when ordering as you may find that your eyes are bigger than your stomach. The place itself has a great vibe to it and will almost take you out of China for a while as there is TV, pool, familiar foods and not surprisingly, a lot of western faces. Be sure to check out this place during Happy Hour where you can take advantage of the half price burger promotion.

The Village also offers a lot of western style foods such as Mexican, Gourmet and Italian so you will never be out of choices when coming here. However, as with everything western in Beijing, it will be expensive so be weary of this. I got the spicy chicken burger meal here and it cost me around 120Yuan which is a decent price for a top end restaurant in the heart of Beijing.

In my next blog I will continue to talk about other areas across Beijing that are good to eat for Western styles. I will also look into Raffles City food court and what they offer there. Be sure to check out China Travel for more information on getting around the city and booking your trip here.

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Train Travel with China Maps

On November 4, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Today, I am going to describe China’s train travel across China. Trains are hugely popular and are spread across the whole of China and connects the different provinces with one another. I would recommend using China Tours to organise your trips in China and China Hotels for your accommodation. There are four types of train class […]

Today, I am going to describe China’s train travel across China. Trains are hugely popular and are spread across the whole of China and connects the different provinces with one another. I would recommend using China Tours to organise your trips in China and China Hotels for your accommodation. There are four types of train class and style for the comfort of passengers and price. These include soft sleeper, hard sleeper, soft or hard seat, 1st and 2nd class, 2-berth soft sleep, and deluxe soft sleeper. Most westerners use the soft sleeper trains as it more similar to their customs and comfortability but as with everything, varies in price which I will talk about later in this article.

Train Map of China

The trains are mainly distributed in the eastern areas of China, having more train lines connecting more provinces together there. The reason for this is because of the amount of people being distributed around China more recently and also due to economic prosperity within these areas.

Outside Train

Most trains are equipped with toilets, sometimes restaurant foods, and smoking facilities. A lot of long haul trains are equipped with beds to sleep on for overnight journeys which are very convenient and cheap to travel with.

Train restaurant

In Beijing, the trains are very busy at peak times and so busy that you will not be able to move due to the excessive amount of people trying to get on board. Get to train stations  in good time and be early to avoid being unable to find your train and the masses of people trying to get in front of you. There is plenty of space on the trains to put your luggage and items for your travels but it is advised you choose a soft sleeper ticket for room space. If in doubt then purchase your tickets through China Travel who will sort everything out for you. Enjoy your journeys across China.

Hot Culture in China Southern Area—for Traveling Food Information

On November 3, 2010, in Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

As we all know, there are 3 provinces where locals love hot food very much in China. They are Hunan, Sichuan and Guizhou. All of them are located in China southern area. Probably you have only Travel to Shanghai or Guangzhou; I suggest you visit these 3 provinces for other kinds of culinary journey in […]

As we all know, there are 3 provinces where locals love hot food very much in China. They are Hunan, Sichuan and Guizhou. All of them are located in China southern area. Probably you have only Travel to Shanghai or Guangzhou; I suggest you visit these 3 provinces for other kinds of culinary journey in China Tours. If you have great interests in Chinese food, you may have tasted special food coming from these provinces and got a little understanding about them. But I wonder whether you have distinguished them very well. So this time I’d like to give some accurate words to describe them and introduce you the most representative delicacies of them.

Sichuan—spicy and hot

I think many of you know what this kind of hot taste exactly like. Because there are so many restaurants providing Sichuan-flavored snacks in Beijing. Some professional suggests that spicy and hot food has the strongest flavor. I agree with that. Sichuan people like to put various ingredients into food especially hot pepper, wild pepper and black pepper, making it spicy and oily. That kind of taste can stimulate our appetite and let us feel cool and satisfied.

Wonderful food:

  • Double Cooked Pork Slices
  • Chicken Feet with Pickled Peppers
  • Sichuan Preserved Vegetable
  • Spicy Boiled Fish
  • Pork Lungs in Chili Sauce

Guizhou—sour and hot

Guizhou locals love sour food very much. This mainly attributes to its geographic environment and weather conditions. Sour food can help them digest, decrease diarrhea and improve their appetite. And hot food can keep them away from great influence by humid climate. Guizhou people are good at making hot pot with sour and hot fish. Once I have watched a TV program, it was said that the authentic fish hot pot in Guizhou is only use fish wildly feed in the fields. The strict requirement about origin material guarantees its delicious taste well.

Wonderful food:

  • Huajiang Dog Meat
  • Stir-fried Worm
  • Bracken Fried Bacon
  • Sour Soup Fish Hotpot

Hunan—pure hot

This pure means simple, not too much of condiments. I come from Hunan. And after tasting different hot food from the two provinces, I get more love about this simple hot feeling. For not too much of condiments, the hot feeling from food will not be covered by other spicy or sour ones. In Hunan, people love hot food as well as kinds of dried or smoked food.

Wonderful food:

  • Baoqing Smoked Meatball with Pork Blood
  • Farm Fried Meat
  • Braised Pork (Chairman Mao’s Favorite)
  • Appetizer Fish Head
  • Shaoyang Rice Noodles

One tongue twister to summarize it:

Sichuan locals, not fear hot,

Hunan locals, fear not-hot,

Guizhou locals, hot fear not!

You’d better taste all these special local food I recommended above in their local places. Only in that way can you get the real authentic flavors. Take your china travel easy and enjoy your journey of Chinese gourmet.

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The Depths of the Great Wall of China

The Depths of The Great Wall of China The Great Wall of China is roughly an hour journey away from Beijing. In a group of five, we set off to the Bus Station by taxi from our China Hotels using China Travel. From there we boarded the bus to ‘Mutianyu’ which is a small village […]

The Depths of The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is roughly an hour journey away from Beijing. In a group of five, we set off to the Bus Station by taxi from our China Hotels using China Travel. From there we boarded the bus to ‘Mutianyu’ which is a small village near the Great Wall. It was interesting as we gazed out of our windows most of the time and looked at the scenery of Beijing’s landscape, culture and beauty.

The bus dropped us off in a small village 20km away from Mutianyu and we then flagged a taxi down to take us to our desired destination. We negotiated and bargained with the taxi man to give us a good price for the ride there and eventually after a long discussion we managed to get a good price and arrived in a small minibus. The roads there were not fully developed although most are concrete payment, but huge holes in the ground made us jump around a lot in the taxi, it was fun so using China Tours would definitely be the best option for a more comfortable ride.

So we finally got to the Great Wall, ahead of time we stopped off for some food at a nearby restaurant and we dined into some Chinese cuisine. It was traditional style Chinese food with a variety of foods to choose from and gave us a boost of energy for the upcoming trek. We then walked up a large hill and came across the ticket box to purchase our entrance, sky lift, and toboggan lift tickets. It was surrounded with heaps of cultural stalls and attractions to interest tourists and people in with souvenirs and gifts to purchase. This felt intense as you were bombarded with hundreds of people trying to sell you something. But eventually to our glee and to some extent- exhaustion, we made it to the sky lift and made our way up to the Great Wall of China.

At last! Standing and seeing an ancient and most preserved wonder of the world! It felt great and good to be witnessing something extraordinary. I took lots of pictures and videos, and for some reason started thinking about life. It really does amaze you once you are up there in the mountains and seeing something powerful, its beauty at its best. We walked the wall until the very end of its capable and safety limit which took us around two hours to do. The Wall itself is actually thousands of miles long so we couldn’t see all of it as it would probably take us a year to do. So getting here with a good pair of shoes is better for long distance walking especially on the Great Wall of China.

After an eventful and enjoyable day, we turned around and began our journey back. This involved taking a toboggan ride down the last hills of the Great Wall. It was great and so much fun when you slide down, it’s like one big roller coaster! Once down the mountains, we got a minibus back to Beijing city and ended our day. This is was fun also as it gives you a chance to relax on your way home from a long and tiring but exhilarating day out. This is one trip that should be experienced by everyone and is truly something different and special. For more information, I would recommend China Flights to create a package.

Tourist Visa for China

On November 2, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

You may everything is wonderful in China, since it has the most beautiful and grateful heritages, such as the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, etc. Before you book a China Flight for your China Tours, please check on the travel visa of People’s Republic of China clearly. Visa Application Chinese visa is a permit issued by visa […]

You may everything is wonderful in China, since it has the most beautiful and grateful heritages, such as the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, etc. Before you book a China Flight for your China Tours, please check on the travel visa of People’s Republic of China clearly.

Visa Application

Chinese visa is a permit issued by visa authorities of China in accordance with the laws and regulations of China to a foreign citizen for entry into, exit from or transit through the territory of China. The Chinese Visa Authorities issue Diplomatic Visa, Courtesy Visa, Service Visa or Ordinary Visa to a foreign citizen according to his or her status, purpose of visit and type of passport.

Chinese embassies and consulates general do not extend the period of validity of an issued visa. Holder of an issued visa should apply for a new visa if he or she intends to visit China after the expiry of the issued visa. Foreigners holding an expired visa shall be refused entry into China. Make sure the visa is valid before you set off for China. Duration of stay of a visa refers to the longest period the visa holder is allowed to stay in China from the date of entry into China on each visit.

After entry into China, a foreign citizen who needs to stay in China longer than the duration of stay on the visa must apply for an extension of stay at a local public security bureau before the expiry of the duration of stay on the visa. This does not necessarily mean your application for the extension of stay will for certain be approved. The applicant shall bear any consequences arising there from.

Travel Information

For foreign people who visit China and its cities after 2008 Beijing Olympiad, most of the famous places printed several foreign languages tour information guide, so that you can be relax and get one for free at the entrance. Cell phone and Chinese civil passenger train are very important to people who come to China for visit at very first time. After September 1st, 2010, you can but cell phone SIM card at any mobile stores or vending stores on the street by your ID card or passport. Three major mobile companies are holding the services for cell phones, they are China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. All these three companies have different packages for varieties of customers. 2G and 3G network are all can be used in mainland China now.

China is currently redeveloping its entire railway network to produce a modern high-speed network. By the end of 2009 China expects to have a railway network length covering 89,000 km, which includes both freight and passenger railway lines.

There are seven types of tickets that may be purchased, First Class Seat used for CRH series EMU trains. There are 4 seats per row, just similar as soft seat; Second Class Seat used for CRH series EMU trains. Similar as hard seat, there are 5 seats per row, the sitting area is relatively small; Hard seat is the basic fare, somewhat similar to the economy class on an airplane. On busier routes, passengers who cannot arrange for better seats because of overcrowding must also purchase this type of ticket. In some cases, tickets are sold with no seat assigned, which allows the railway to sell more tickets than there are seats in the car. Still, even the number of “no seat” tickets offered for sale is limited, to keep overcrowding within limits; Soft seat is one level above the Hard Seat. There are 4 seats per row, so it has comfortable seating similar to business class on airplanes; Hard sleeper is the basic accommodation for an overnight train. Despite the name, the bunks comfortably accommodate anyone below six feet. Bunks are arranged three on a side in a compartment – indicated by top, middle and bottom on the ticket. But there are no doors for the compartments; Soft sleeper contains a wider bunk bed in an enclosed cabin, two bunks to a side, and an entertainment system where movie channels are available for viewing through headphones and an LCD display for each bunk. These tickets are usually reserved more than a week prior to departure. Now some CRH series EMU trains also have soft sleepers, such as CRH1E and CRH2E. Luxury soft sleeper is the top level sleeper that is only owned by a few trains. The ticket is also much more expensive than that of soft sleeper. It only contains two beds in a cabin, and there is an independent toilet in every cabin. Some of them has a shower cubicle in the car.

You can just visit chinatraveldepot.com for more information, and we sincerely welcome you to China for your China Tours.

A Tour to China for Ancient Silk Road Trip

On October 28, 2010, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Why are you interested in China Tours? I believe most of you will answer “the different Ancient Asian cultures”. Because China is so different from these western countries, it attracts travelers who are curious about different cultures. However, if you pick the wrong cities in China, for example the Guangzhou Tours, you may end up […]

Why are you interested in China Tours? I believe most of you will answer “the different Ancient Asian cultures”. Because China is so different from these western countries, it attracts travelers who are curious about different cultures. However, if you pick the wrong cities in China, for example the Guangzhou Tours, you may end up with disappointments. These big name cities are quite modernized that cultures and architectures are influenced by western countries a lot. So a tour of Ancient Silk Road will satisfy your appetite.

The starting point is Xi’an. Xi’an used to be the most famous and largest city in the world during Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.). Now it is the capital of Gansu province in northwestern China. The airline is Hainan AirlinesHU7808 from Shanghai Pudong airport to Xi’an Xianyang airport. The price was RMB 350 yuan plus RMB 200 yuan for fuel fees. There are many lines of shuttle bus to downtown area. You can take a bus to the city at first, then take a taxi to the hotels. The shuttle bus is RMB 27 yuan per person. For night views, I recommend Gu Lou (鼓楼). You can visit the ancient walls, similar to the Great Wall, with beautiful lights and decorations. The food is also tasty in Xi’an. You should try Muslim street for the lamb dishes and Mutton Soup with Bread (羊肉泡馍). Usually two breads or Nangs are free, if you order one soup. The price is RMB 10 yuan for one set. Also the BBQ is worth to try and cheap. You can be full with RMB 20 yuan and various kinds of BBQ are served.

Important city sightseeing spots: Terracotta Warriors and Horses; Big Wild Goose Pagoda; Ancient City Wall; Shaanxi Historical Museum.

 The second station is Dunhuang(敦煌). It used to have the name Shachou-city of sands- during ancient silk road. Mingsha mountain is 15 minutes drive from downtown. Here, three sides are high sand mountains. And the Crescent Lake is embraced by this echoing-sand mountain. The name “Mingsha” came from the sound of whipping sound of dunes by winds. If you are familiar with the Chinese Literature—Journey to the West, you might not want to miss the Thunder Monastery. The most important viewing spot is Mogao Grottoes which is 25 km away from the Dunhuang city. It includes 492 grottoes, 415 painted clay figures and several 45,000 square meters of murals.

Must-see Spots: Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-sand Mountain, Crescent Lake.

 

The third station is Turfan (吐鲁番). It takes 12 hours from Gansu province to Turfan by train. On the way to the downtown, the largest Wind Power Station in the Asia will be seen. Later on, the flaming mountain which is also mentioned in the Journey to the West, can be seen from the bus as well. It is said that the temperature there can be as high as 80 degrees so that the eggs can be cooked in a minute on the rocks. As Turfan locates in Xi’jiang province, the views and cultures here are different from east part of China. Minorities of ethnic groups, Uyghur, are living here. So the local food are quite different but tasty as well.

Must-try Spots: Bezeklik Thousand Buddh Caves, Grape Valley, Flaming Mountain, Gaochang Ancient City, Mount Nan Pasture, Terai Camp.

The Ancient Silk Road had a long prosperous history from 202 B.C. to 8 A.D. Although it has been replaced by the New Eurasian Continental Bridge, this ancient road still has important uses and attractions. Now this road is attracting more and more visitors to experience ancient feeling by tracking the same road. If you are curious about more information of Xi’an Tours, such as Xi’an Hotels, please check our main website.

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