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Wildlife photographer takes extraordinary photos of birds under lockdown

WildlifephotographerAndrewFusekPeterstakesphotosofbirdswhovisithisbackgardeninShropshire,alandlockedcountyinEngland.Fromfightingnuthatchandgoldfinch,tocommonblackbird,hecapturesthesebirds'extraordinarybeautythroughhislens.。Asacancersurvivor,Andrewhasstayedinthroughoutmostofthepandemic.Heworksfromhom

In pics: spring scenery in China 5 Photos

In pics: spring scenery in China

Photo taken on March 4, 2021 shows the early spring scenery of Qiulin Village in Bijie, southwest China's Guizhou Province. (Photo by Fan Hui/Xinhua). Aerial photo taken on March 4, 2021 shows the early spring scenery of Qiulin Village in Bijie, southwest China's Guizhou Province.

An island park so close to downtown but still obscure

Unless you are looking at a map, it’s hard to recognize Fuxing Island as an island. In fact, it’s the only isle on the Huangpu River in downtown Shanghai.Fuxing Island, which lies in Yangpu District in the northeastern corner of downtown, is connected to the rest of the district by two bridges and Metro Line 12.When I visited the island during the Chinese New Year, a sense of tranquility washed over me. Its broad, straight streets are shadowed by the crowns of huge trees lining both sides.There are some old red-brick factory workshops, now covered in ivy. It also has a popular bicycle route that attracts mainly local residents or people working in the factories.The park in the center of the island is what drew me to the island. The Fuxing Island Park is believed to be the only Japanese-style park in the city. Online research found entries calling it “the most mysterious place in Shanghai,” and referred to “paranormal events” there.However, I didn’t find any actual stories of the park being haunted.The gate of the park resembles a torii, a traditional gate at the entrance or inside Shinto shrines in Japan.The torii-style entrance gate of Fuxing Island Park recalls the park’s wartime history.Walking through the gate, I find few other park visitors. This is a park unlike most others in Shanghai. There are no cleanly mown lawns or fancy floral landscapes. Few mothers are pushing baby strollers; nor are senior citizens dancing to loud music. There is just solitude.Huge trees and rich shrubbery indicate the park has been there a while.In 1926, what was then called Zhoujiazui Island was created when a man-made canal separated it from the city land mass. Four years later, the park was created as the garden of a sports club for the then city dredging administration.After the Japanese army invaded Shanghai in 1937, the entire island became a restricted zone, serving as a residence for various military leaders. It was renamed Dinghai Island. According to local residents, the J...

Salt spa brings some peace

A specialist covers the body of a client with salt at the Opal salt treatment center in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on February 19.The Opal center in Benghazi, where citizens rose up against Muammar Gaddafi's rule a decade ago, opened Libya's first-ever artificial salt caves to clients in Octob

View of the sacred Bars Snow Mountain in Northwest China's Gansu 8 Photos

View of the sacred Bars Snow Mountain in Northwest China's Gansu

Located in Sunan Yugur Autonomous County, Northwest China’s Gansu Province, the Bars Snow Mountain, 5,118 meters above sea level, is a sacred mountain of the Yugur people, an ancient ethnic minority that live at the foot of the mountain. (Photos by Shijiamin, compiled by Lin Xiaojie)In the scenic area, visitors can not only see the magnificent glacier and the splendid sacred snow mountain, but also visit the vast grassland, the lush forest and the crystal-clear snow lake. It provides an ideal place for people to temporarily get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.In the scenic area, visitors can not only see the magnificent glacier and the splendid sacred snow mountain, but also visit the vast grassland, the lush forest and the crystal-clear snow lake. It provides an ideal place for people to temporarily get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.In the scenic area, visitors can not only see the magnificent glacier and the splendid sacred snow mountain, but also visit the vast grassland, the lush forest and the crystal-clear snow lake. It provides an ideal place for people to temporarily get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.In the scenic area, visitors can not only see the magnificent glacier and the splendid sacred snow mountain, but also visit the vast grassland, the lush forest and the crystal-clear snow lake. It provides an ideal place for people to temporarily get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.Located in Sunan Yugur Autonomous County, Northwest China’s Gansu Province, the Bars Snow Mountain, 5,118 meters above sea level, is a sacred mountain of the Yugur people, an ancient ethnic minority that live at the foot of the mountain.Located in Sunan Yugur Autonomous County, Northwest China’s Gansu Province, the Bars Snow Mountain, 5,118 meters above sea level, is a sacred mountain of the Yugur people, an ancient ethnic minority that live at the foot of the mountain.Located in Sunan Yugur Autonomous County, Northwes...

Old-fashioned steam train provides tourists with journey of reminiscence in Sichuan 8 Photos

Old-fashioned steam train provides tourists with journey of reminiscence in Sichuan

A train runs through cole flower fields in Qianwei County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, March 2, 2021. The old-fashioned steam train, running on a narrow gauge railway in Qianwei County, serves mainly in sightseeing. As increasing number of tourists visit the county in recent years, the train

Cherry blossom festival kicks off in Wuhan 12 Photos

Cherry blossom festival kicks off in Wuhan

A tourist wearing traditional clothing poses for photos with blooming cherry blossoms by the East Lake in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, March 3, 2021. The cherry blossom festival kicked off in Wuhan on Wednesday, welcoming frontliners who fought in Hubei to aid local COVID-19 pandemic contr

Spring scenery across China 9 Photos

Spring scenery across China

Aerial photo taken on March 2, 2021 shows the Qingtu Lake thawing as spring comes in Minqin County, northwest China's Gansu Province.Aerial photo taken on March 2, 2021 shows the Qingtu Lake thawing as spring comes in Minqin County, northwest China's Gansu Province.Aerial photo taken on March 2, 2021 shows the Qingtu Lake thawing as spring comes in Minqin County, northwest China's Gansu Province.Aerial photo taken on March 2, 2021 shows the Qingtu Lake thawing as spring comes in Minqin County, northwest China's Gansu Province.Aerial photo taken on March 2, 2021 shows the Qingtu Lake thawing as spring comes in Minqin County, northwest China's Gansu Province.People look at cherry blossoms in full bloom at Jing'an Sculpture Park in east China's Shanghai, March 2, 2021.People look at cherry blossoms in full bloom at Jing'an Sculpture Park in east China's Shanghai, March 2, 2021.People look at cherry blossoms in full bloom at Jing'an Sculpture Park in east China's Shanghai, March 2, 2021.Photo taken on March 2, 2021 shows cherry blossoms in full bloom at Jing'an Sculpture Park in east China's Shanghai.

Scenery of cole flower fields in Yunnan 10 Photos

Scenery of cole flower fields in Yunnan

Aerial photo taken on March 2, 2021 shows the cole flower fields at a scenic area in Luoping County, southwest China's Yunnan Province.Photo taken on March 2, 2021 shows the cole flower fields at a scenic area in Luoping County, southwest China's Yunnan Province.Visitors enjoy the cole flowers at a scenic area in Luoping County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, March 2, 2021.Photo taken on March 2, 2021 shows the cole flower fields at a scenic area in Luoping County, southwest China's Yunnan Province.Visitors enjoy the cole flowers at a scenic area in Luoping County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, March 2, 2021.Aerial photo taken on March 2, 2021 shows the cole flower fields at a scenic area in Luoping County, southwest China's Yunnan Province.A bee flies by cole flowers in Luoping County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, March 2, 2021.Photo taken on March 2, 2021 shows the cole flower fields at a scenic area in Luoping County, southwest China's Yunnan Province.Photo taken on March 2, 2021 shows the cole flower fields at a scenic area in Luoping County, southwest China's Yunnan Province.Aerial photo taken on March 2, 2021 shows the cole flower fields at a scenic area in Luoping County, southwest China's Yunnan Province.

Scenery of Tuoliang scenic area in north China's Hebei 4 Photos

Scenery of Tuoliang scenic area in north China's Hebei

Photo taken on March 1, 2021 shows the scenery of Tuoliang scenic area in Pingshan County, north China's Hebei Province. Photo taken on March 1, 2021 shows the scenery of Tuoliang scenic area in Pingshan County, north China's Hebei Province. Photo taken on March 1, 2021 shows the scenery of Tuoliang scenic area in Pingshan County, north China's Hebei Province.Aerial photo taken on March 1, 2021 shows the scenery of Tuoliang scenic area in Pingshan County, north China's Hebei Province.

Scenery of Tuoliang scenic area in north China's Hebei 4 Photos

Scenery of Tuoliang scenic area in north China's Hebei

Photo taken on March 1, 2021 shows the scenery of Tuoliang scenic area in Pingshan County, north China's Hebei Province.Photo taken on March 1, 2021 shows the scenery of Tuoliang scenic area in Pingshan County, north China's Hebei Province.Photo taken on March 1, 2021 shows the scenery of Tuoliang scenic area in Pingshan County, north China's Hebei Province.Aerial photo taken on March 1, 2021 shows the scenery of Tuoliang scenic area in Pingshan County, north China's Hebei Province.

China's 'Pole of Cold' develops into tourism hot spot

Genhe city in north Chinas Inner Mongolia autonomous region, known as Chinas "Pole of Cold", has made solid progress in developing eco-tourism by tapping into its abundant ice and snow resources and unique ethnic culture.People participate in a reindeer-pulled sled race in Aoluguya Ewenki autonomous township in Hulunbuir, North Chinas Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Dec 25, 2019. (Photo: China Daily)The city was dubbed Chinas "Pole of Cold" after Jingling in Jinhe town in the city set the record for the countrys lowest recorded temperature - minus 58 degrees Celsius - in 2009.Lengji, the nearest village to Jingling, is 13 kilometers away. After banning commercial logging, the village made use of its unique "cold resources" and forest resources, and turned itself into a renowned tourist attraction.It has developed a series of winter tourism programs such as snowmobiling, horse-drawn sleigh rides and dog sledding. Visitors can also witness the spectacle of hot water instantly freezing in the cold air.Genhe is also home to a national wetland park, which attracts many tourists from near and far thanks to its magnificent natural scenery and high quality of planning.The city has also turned Aoluguya township into a tourist attraction that has become famous worldwide, where visitors can enjoy the mysterious charm of the unique folk culture of the Ewenki ethnic group.The Ewenki people, known as "the last hunting tribe in the world", mostly hunted for a living and settled in the township until 1965. The local government completed a relocation program in the township and helped the Ewenki people integrate tourism with their unique culture.In 2010, Aoluguya established a team to put on commercial shows and recreate scenes of Ewenki families moving around the forest with reindeers.In recent years, the townships unique ethnic culture has attracted more and more visitors and boosted the incomes of the Ewenki ...

Colorful lanterns light up Xi'an street 5 Photos

Colorful lanterns light up Xi'an street

To welcome the Lantern Festival, one of the biggest traditional celebrations in Chinese culture, colorful lanterns are attracting people to visit and take pictures on the pedestrian street in Yanta district in Xi'an, Northeast China's Shaanxi province, on Feb 24, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua] .

Wuhan has a plum of a tourist attraction 8 Photos

Wuhan has a plum of a tourist attraction

Plum trees are in bloom at East Lake Plum Garden in Wuhan, Hubei province, which has been attracting 15,000 tourist visits daily. [Photo by Wang Bin/For chinadaily. [Photo by Zhao Li/For chinadaily.

Universal Studios theme park set for May opening

Beijings Tongzhou district announced recently that Universal Studios Beijing will open in May and that a trial version of the theme parks app is now available online with details about the shows and themed rides in the park.A venue for water-based entertainment under construction at the Universal Beijing Resort in Beijing on Aug 1, 2020. (Photo by Dai Bing/For China Daily)The park, located in eastern Beijing, will feature seven themed lands, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Minion Land and Hollywood. It is expected to receive more than 10 million tourists per year.Once it opens, tourists will be able to navigate to the main entrance, dubbed Universal CityWalk Beijing, by taking the Beijing Subway Batong Line or subway Line 7. The trial version of the app includes a list of themed attractions that will be unveiled at Beijing Universal Resort, along with its entertainment and performance projects. Facilities such as stores and restaurants in the park can also be reached in the app.Construction of the park started in August 2018. It is the biggest joint venture in Beijing involving a foreign company.

Legoland Shanghai Resort opens in 2024

File photo: CCTVLegoland Shanghai Resort is expected to officially open in early 2024, the construction of which will start within this year, according to local officials.The joint venture company for the project completed its business registration before the Spring Festival, and obtained its business license over a month earlier than the original schedule. Follow-up work such as design and construction is now under progress.The resort will integrate the elements of Chinese and Shanghai culture and local features. An immersive park with diverse story themes will be created by world-class design teams, which will harness multiple audiovisual technologies. It will become a paradise for some blissful family time.The local government will also accelerate the development of the surrounding areas of the resort, upgrade the transportation and other supporting facilities. They will bolster tourism by introducing high-end hotels and parent-child theme hotels to the area, and vigorously improving their reception capacity. Further headway will be made in fashion and health, cultural innovation, education, business and public services.(Compiled by Liu Tongshan)

IMF economists expect tourism scars from pandemic will linger

Maya Bay, made famous by the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Beach," Ko Phi Phi, Thailand. (Photo: VCG)After a disastrous 2020 for tourism caused by the coronavirus pandemic, industry planners hope that clear signs of green shoots will emerge in the international travel trade sometime this year. But International Monetary Fund (IMF) economists warn that a return to pre-pandemic levels could take multiple years. "The recovery in international travel and tourism will be protracted and subject to a high degree of uncertainty," they say in a newly published paper on tourism in a post-pandemic world that focuses mainly on the Asia Pacific region and the western hemisphere where the sector plays a crucial economic role. The task before the industry was highlighted in January when the United Nations World Tourism Organization reported that global tourism suffered its worst year on record last year, with international arrivals dropping by 74 percent. That translated to one billion fewer arrivals as lockdowns and entry restrictions took hold in the fight against COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Hopes are rising that vaccine rollouts will encourage more people to think about traveling abroad again. In Britain, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined a plan this week to exit the countrys lockdown, airlines and tour operators reported a surge in bookings and inquiries. The IMF paper acknowledges that pent-up demand for tourism following lockdowns and smooth vaccine operation could trigger the start of a recovery if enough herd immunity is achieved by the second half of 2021.The beautiful ancient town of Lijiang in Yunnan Province in the southwest of China, which has seen already its domestic tourism industry recover. (Photo: VCG)But it cautions that there are still significant downside risks, including expected vaccine storage and distribution challenges in many developing economies. "... Bringing the pandemic under control a...

Spectacular views of ice-covered Niagara Falls

WaterflowingaroundicesitsatthebaseoftheAmericanFallsduetocoldtemperaturesinNiagaraFalls,NewYork,U.S.,Feb.21,2021.。VisitorsviewwaterflowingaroundiceattheAmericanFallsduetocoldtemperaturesinNiagaraFalls,NewYork,U.S.,Feb.21,2021.

Tibetan New Year draws more tourists to Northwest China

This year's Losar coincided with the Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, that fell on Feb 12.For the first time, Guo Yuchao, a 33-year-old programmer, had the chance to experience the unique Tibetan culture of Losar, or the Tibetan New Year."I've never seen the celebration of Tibetan New Year befo

China to see increased domestic tourism in 2021: report

1 billion domestic tourist trips will be made in China in 2021, up 42 percent from 2020, according to a report released by the China Tourism Academy on Monday. dollars) in revenue from domestic tourism in 2021, an increase of 48 percent year on year, read the report. During the Chinese Spring Festiv

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