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Travel roundup: three bits of hot travel news.

In the air

Britain's Mile High Club is back on the tarmac. The Civil Aviation Authority refused to renew the licence of Gloucestershire-based Mile High Flights, a company that welcomed lovers aboard a single-engined Cessna. The agency cited fears that distracted pilots might end up crashing. "I'm not giving up because of some prudish snobbery on the part of the CAA," company founder Mike Crisp said. "Joining the club is something a lot of couples dream of."

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On the ground

Feb. 12 and 13 will be X-rated days at the San Francisco Zoo. Admission is restricted to adults 21 and over for Woo at the Zoo, an annual Valentine's event. It features a slide show of animals doing what comes naturally. The zoo promises "wild animal factoids, new positions and kinky information." Tickets ($60 to $70) include the presentation, zoo admission and brunch or dinner. Details: www.sfzoo.com.

On the rails

A high-speed train service between Beijing and Shanghai will open in June, many months ahead of schedule. It will cut the rail travel time between China's capital and the country's economic hub in half to less than five hours. The line is expected to be a serious competitor for Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines. China's high-speed rail network extends over 8,358 kilometres and is the longest in the world. China says it should reach 16,000 kilometres by 2015.

Sources: The Telegraph, San Francisco Zoo, Reuters

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