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China's no cars day

4 Dec 2006

People taking a holiday in China may want to try to get there for the third week of September 2007, as the country embarks on a clean-air initiative.

Between 16 September and 22 September 2007, China will be having its first Public Transport Week, reports the Xinhua news agency.

Organisers are asking people to leave their cars at home for the final day of the week and use bikes, buses and trains instead.

A number of major cities have agreed to take part in the week, including Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Chongqing and Hangzhou.

'The rapid increase in the number of automobiles on the roads has placed great pressure on Beijing's traffic conditions, resources and environment," said Ji Lin, vice mayor of Beijing.

'Treating the development of public transportation as a priority is one of the city's long-term strategies.'

China's major cities have seen air pollution increase in recent years as the country becomes more developed, but huge efforts are being made to reduce this.

In the build-up to the Olympic Games in 2008, China's government is working tirelessly to reduce air-pollution in the country's busy, vibrant and varied cities.

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