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A double touch of London set to roll

SHANGHAI residents may well do a double take when they see long gone but once iconic London red double-decker buses in the city from tomorrow - but their eyes won't be deceiving them.

Eight of the buses will run in the Pudong New Area and Puxi and tickets will save travelers, most notably tourists, a lot of time and effort as they come with bonuses aplenty.

Passengers have a price choice of 160 yuan (US$23.45) and 300 yuan for tickets that will be valid for a full day.

People can board or leave at 22 notable stops around the city, according to Big Bus Tours, the business operator.

The 160-yuan package includes an admission to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, while the 300-yuan ticket will include admission costs to the Jade Buddha Temple and the Sightseeing Tunnel under the Bund and a berth on a Huangpu River cruise ship.

Accompanied children aged under five travel for free.

"The 300-yuan packages will mainly target foreign tourists in Shanghai," said Chen Min, an official with the company.

The buses will set off every morning from People's Square and Lujiazui and pass almost all the most popular scenic spots in the downtown area, from modern skyscrapers to the ancient Yuyuan Garden.

People can hop on and off the bus to explore Shanghai at their leisure. People's Square buses will run every 30 minutes and Lujiazui's hourly.

On the buses, passengers will be able to listen to detailed scenic-spot introductions in eight languages, including Chinese, English, French and German, via earphones.

People can book bus packages at hotels or through travel-service companies.

The buses have long been associated with London but have not been used as a means of public transport in the English capital since 2004.


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