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Space voyage a hot item among China's wealthy but expert urges supervision

Published on Jul 15, 2014 11:37 AM

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The costly voyage to space has drawn attention from China's wealthy young people, for whom tickets have been a hot item online, but the cost of the trips and the safety of participants need more supervision from authorities, one expert says.

A man from Zhejiang province booked a trip to space from an online travel agency and gave the full payment, about 630,000 yuan (S$125,943), in June. After paying for the costly space voyage, he went to travel in South Africa.

"In fact, 36 people have finished the procedures, including physical examination, and paid the deposit, and are ready for the training for the space voyage," said Du Xiyong, deputy manager of Dexo Travel, a domestic travel agent that acted as the sole broker in China for Space Expedition Corp, a Dutch firm providing private space travel.

In addition, about six people are in the process of evaluation by the Dutch provider.

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