Tourism authority promotes 300 rural travel routes for National Day holiday

According to China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, rural tourism has been gaining popularity among holidaymakers.China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism has recommended 300 quality rural tourism routes ahead of the upcoming National Day holiday.The routes cover all provincial-level regions in the

Malaysia's ancient entrepot slowly back to life 4 Photos

Malaysia's ancient entrepot slowly back to life

The Jonker Street night market reopened in late June.[Photo/Xinhua] From a stall selling grilled seafood at the weekend night market of Jonker Street, a well-known tourist trap in Malaysia's historic city of Malacca state, Loh Kee Seong watches the passers-by intently as they browse through t

Hong Kong Disneyland to reopen again on Sept. 25

File photo: AgenciesWith gates shut for about two months, Hong Kong Disneyland will reopen to the public on September 25, the park announced Tuesday.Closed on January 26 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the theme park briefly resumed operations on June 18 as the pandemic eased in Hong Kong. But in mid-July, it was again closed due to a new COVID-19 outbreak.This time, the park will be open five days a week, and closed every Tuesday and Thursday. All visitors will be required to register their entry online and submit a health statement.Stringent anti-epidemic measures will also be in place, including limiting the number of visitors, measuring their temperature, mandatory mask rules, maintaining social distance, and enhancing cleaning and disinfection.(Compiled by Luo Dantong)

View of mist-shrouded Mount Huashan

Aerial photo taken on Sept. 20, 2020 shows the mist-shrouded Mount Huashan in Weinan City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

First tourist train departs Wuhan since epidemic

Aerial photo taken on Jan. 26, 2020 shows the Yellow Crane Pavilion and the Yangtze River Bridge during a lockdown to contain the epidemic in Wuhan, central Chinas Hubei Province. (Photo: Xinhua)A tourist train carrying 950 passengers departed Wuhan, capital of central Chinas Hubei Province, on Saturday morning for a two-day recreational tour of the provinces Xiangyang City.It was the first tourist train that originated from Wuhan and launched by the China Railways Wuhan bureau since the city was hit hard by the COVID-19 epidemic.The tourists will visit the ancient city wall, Xiangshui River, and other historical and cultural scenic spots in Xiangyang over the weekend, according to the bureau.To ensure their comfort while observing regular epidemic prevention and control rules, the bureau has made arrangements for boarding and alighting times and opened dedicated entrance passages and a waiting area for the passengers.Special staff members were assigned to provide the tourists with travel consultations, taking photos, and porter services.More tourist train routes will be launched to boost tourism within Hubei and trans-provincial tourism, the bureau said.

Jilin's Hailong Lake Park becomes major tourist attraction

A multi-colored musical fountain show is performed at the Hailong Lake Park in Meihekou city of Northeast Chinas Jilin province, on Sept 17, 2020. (Photo: Lake Park has become a popular recreation site in Meihekou city, Northeast Chinas Jilin province, after its completion in September 2018. It opened to public for free and there is also a free bus route to the park.Besides serving as a sightseeing and recreation site, Hailonghu Lake, the largest man-made lake in Meihekou with an area of 46.67 hectares, has connected part of the major rivers in the city, helping to shape a sponge city.

Rural tourism rebounds ahead of China's National Day holiday

Visiting suburban areas has emerged as the most preferred choice among travellers. (Photo: Xinhua)Key villages for rural tourism in East Chinas Jiangsu province received 4.45 million tourists in August, up 14 percent from the previous month, the provincial department of culture and tourism said Thursday.From January to June, Jiangsu received about 110 million visitors, recovering to more than 70 percent of the same period last year, according to Jing Shengxian, deputy director of the department.The province earned a total revenue of 33.55 billion yuan (about $4.9 billion) from rural tourism in the first half of this year, which has recovered to more than 60 percent of the same period last year.In order to boost culture and tourism consumption, especially in the upcoming National Day holiday, Jiangsu will hold a rural tourism festival from Sept 26 till the end of October, featuring a series of activities and products, as well as 50 travel routes.At present, visiting suburban areas has emerged as the most preferred choice. From January to August, a total of 1.21 billion trips to rural areas were made across the country, generating total revenue of 592.5 billion yuan, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Fuxian Lake: The deepest lake in Yunnan is shining on the plateau


China seen to play a role as Italy's tourism sector starts to recover from pandemic

ROME, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Analysts and observers expect tourists from China to play an over-sized role when the beleaguered Italian tourism sector starts to recover.File photo: CFPIn recent years, tourism has accounted for nearly 15 percent of Italys gross domestic product. But the sector was among the first and hardest-affected parts of the economy when the coronavirus pandemic hit Italy in February.International tourists began to trickle into Italy starting in early June when the country lifted restrictions on international travelers from most parts of Europe, but tourists from lots of non-EU countries still face travel restrictions. In the end, this year is shaping up to be one to forget about for tourist-oriented restaurants, hotels, shops, airlines, and tour companies.Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism Dario Franceschini said the sector is unlikely to see a full recovery before 2023. Key analysts and observers said that as the sector does recover, China will play a major role."Of all the foreign tourists who visited Italy last year, those from China represented a relatively small number, around 2.4 percent," Gianfranco Lorenzo, the head of the research department for the Center for Touristic Studies, a not-for-profit organization that monitors the sector, told Xinhua. "That may sound unimportant compared to the number of arrivals from other countries, but their impact has been significant."Lorenzo said that one reason for that is because, according to data from the Bank of Italy, Chinese travelers have a larger-than-average economic impact when measured on a per-capita basis.He said the data show that Chinese travelers are often more interested in what he called "Italian style" -- luxury fashion and design -- as in the countrys cultural attractions. He also noted that the number of Chinese travelers has increased at a faster rate than the sector as a whole and that the potential for growth was &quot...

Gaza's tourism suffers heavy losses amid tight anti-coronavirus measures

Abu Ahmed Al-Baqa, owner of a cafe at the beach of the Gaza Strip, has had no business income for the past three weeks during which his cafe was forced to shut down as part of the preventive measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the Palestinian enclave.

Classical Gardens of Suzhou’s one-yuan tickets scheme boosts revival of tourism market

The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, widely acknowledged masterpieces of natural landscapes in miniature, have attracted more than 630,000 visitors since the launch of a one-yuan ($0.15) ticket scheme in early August, boosting the recovery of the citys tourism industry.The Humble Administrators Garden in Suzhou. (Photo: VCG)The scheme provides 500,000 one-yuan tickets to individual visitors, and 10-percent discounted tickets to tourist groups, of which 300,000 members can enjoy the one-yuan price. It also provides 200,000 tickets to local residents. The scheme has sparked a revival in the broader tourism market.Some of the finest gardens — the Humble Administrators Garden, the Lingering Garden, the Lion Grove Garden, the Botanical Gardens and the Couples Garden Retreat — have seen the percentage of the numbers of visitors increased by 63 percent, 72 percent, 54 percent, 375 percent and 197 percent compared with July.Zhang Jie, director of the Lion Grove Garden Management Office, said 400 one-yuan tickets offered on a daily basis were always snapped up by individual tourists, 70 percent of which were non-local visitors.Suzhou has attracted tourist groups from across China, mainly from Henan, Hebei, Hubei, Guangdong and Shandong, gaining far-reaching leverage over other parts of the countries."We should not only strive to become a cultural brand of Suzhou, but also endure the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting financial pressure from the cut-price sale," said Xue Zhijian, director of the Humble Administrators Garden Management Office. "This prompts us to think outside the box, expand secondary tourist resources and seek economic growth beyond ticket sales."The Joyous Garden, a rather low profile candidate compared to its peers, has successfully diverted traffic and attracted 400 more visitors per day since pairing with the renowned member of Classic Gardens of Suzhou, the Lion Grove Garden.Classic...

Hong Kong's Ocean Park to reopen on Sept. 18 after over two-month closure 6 Photos

Hong Kong's Ocean Park to reopen on Sept. 18 after over two-month closure

File photo taken with a mobile phone shows tourists taking cable cars at Ocean Park in Hong Kong, south China, June 15, 2020. Hong Kong's iconic theme park Ocean Park said on Tuesday that it will resume operation on Friday after being temporarily closed again for more than two months due to the COVI

Free entry for China's 500 tourist attractions during the National Day holiday

As the National Day holiday in October approaches, many tourist attractions in China will continue the free ticket policy to help tourism recover from the COVID-19 epidemic.Visitors take a sightseeing train ride to explore the charm of Chaka Salt Lake, known as the "Mirror of the Sky", in Ulan county, Haixi Mongol and Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Qinghai province. (Photo: Xinhua)According to The Paper, some 500 A-level tourist attractions have offered free tickets, including 400 tourist spots in Hubei Province, 32 in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, 12 in Shandong Province, 7 in Shanxi Province and 31 in Gansu Province.Specifically, the free ticket policy in Northwest Chinas Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region will run from September 6 to November 10. The Altay Prefecture in Xinjiang has 32 A-level tourist attractions, including Kanasi Lake, Keketuohai Geopark and Five Colored Hills.Earlier in August, Central Chinas Hubei Province, the previous epicenter of COVID-19, rolled out a free ticket policy for some 400 A-level tourist attractions. The policy will run until the end of the year, covering the National Day holiday.Starting August 1, Central Chinas Xian, Shaanxi Province, has also been offering free access to National 5A tourist spots, including Tang Paradise, Louguantai Temple, 80% of national museums and all private museums.Apart from free tickets, many scenic spots in China also offer attractive discounts.In East Chinas Shandong Province, 81 national tourist attractions have been offering 50% to 80% discounts since July 24. The ticket offices have seen a 130% increase during the last week of July, according to, an online travel service platform in China.In addition, Southwest Chinas Guizhou Province and Yunnan Province have launched half-priced tickets for some scenic spots. Suzhou City in East Chinas Jiangsu Province has held promotions of "1-yuan trips for classical gardens"....

Scenery of Huangguoshu Waterfall in Guizhou 4 Photos

Scenery of Huangguoshu Waterfall in Guizhou

Aerial photo taken on Sept. 14, 2020 shows the Huangguoshu Waterfall in southwest China's Guizhou Province. (Photo by Chen Xi/Xinhua).

China's rural tourism rapidly recovering

LANZHOU -- Data from China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism shows that the number of tourists and total income of rural tourism in July and August have recovered to more than 90 percent of that of the same period in previous years.Traveling to city's suburban areas has become the first choice for p

First snow in northern Tianshan Mountains lightens up the land


Largest-scale watchtower of Great Wall opens to public

13 -- The largest-scale watchtower of the ancient Great Wall opened to the public on Saturday after authorities repaired relics, improved infrastructure, and upgraded the surrounding environment.The Jiuyan Watchtower, or the Nine Eyes Tower, features nine holes on each side of its walls. Situated o

Xinjiang welcomes first tourist charter flight after containing COVID-19 outbreak

Northwest Chinas Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region welcomed the arrival of its first tourist charter flight since the region dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak in July.Chinas Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. (Photo: VCG)The flight took off from Hangzhou City, in east Chinas Zhejiang Province, with more than 200 tourists aboard, and landed in Xinjiangs Aksu City. It is also the regions first inbound tourist charter flight for the autumn tourism season."What I am looking forward to most in this trip is on the Duku Highway. We felt the enthusiasm of the local people as soon as we got off the plane," said one of the tourist Liu Xiaoxi.The tourists will visit canyons, deserts, and other special sites in Aksu during their trip.Local authorities have also implemented a series of favorable policies to boost tourism in the post-epidemic era."A lot of preferential policies have been introduced. For example, some scenic spots have free admission. Our facilities and services can meet every tourists travel, accommodation, shopping, and entertainment needs," said Wang Xinchun, a senior official of the Aksu Prefecture Tourism Bureau.Xinjiang announced the reopening of all its outdoor tourist sites and the resumption of cross-provincial travel on Saturday.Since July 15, a total of 826 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery and 238 asymptomatic cases were released from medical observation in the region.On September 7, the last three infected patients in Xinjiang were discharged from hospital and the last asymptomatic case was released from medical observation, all in the regional capital Urumqi, according to Xinhua.

Tourism festival kicks off in Shanghai 3 Photos

Tourism festival kicks off in Shanghai

Photo taken on Sept. 12, 2020 shows the opening ceremony of the 31st Shanghai Tourism Festival in Shanghai, east China. The Shanghai Tourism Festival opened on Saturday night in a bid to boost culture and tourism consumption in autumn. (Photos: Xinhua)Photo taken on Sept. 12, 2020 shows the opening ceremony of the 31st Shanghai Tourism Festival in Shanghai, east China. The Shanghai Tourism Festival opened on Saturday night in a bid to boost culture and tourism consumption in autumn. Photo taken on Sept. 12, 2020 shows the opening ceremony of the 31st Shanghai Tourism Festival in Shanghai, east China. The Shanghai Tourism Festival opened on Saturday night in a bid to boost culture and tourism consumption in autumn.

Scenery along moat at Gucheng Park in Huangpu District of Shanghai 6 Photos

Scenery along moat at Gucheng Park in Huangpu District of Shanghai

Photo taken on Sept. 12, 2020 shows the scenery along a moat at Gucheng Park in Huangpu District of east China's Shanghai. Local authorities of Huangpu District have been improving the scenery along the moat to make it even more enjoyable.


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