Websites and agents that offer travel companions to keep tourists company and show them around new places have emerged in China in recent years, which seem to simply be an extension of the services tour guides offer. However, more is on offer than just local knowledge. Full Story

300 Neolithic artifacts found at Ningxia site

More than 300 items used by prehistoric people in daily life 4,000 years ago were unearthed in Northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Full Story

First Beijing-Auckland direct flight to be launched

Air China will launch a nonstop flight between Beijing and Auckland, New Zealand, on Dec. 10, the first direct flight from the Chinese capital to New Zealand, the airline said Friday. Full Story