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China's top tourism award reveals winners

Photo: CTGFThe 20th China Golden Horse Awards, a top tourism award in the country, held an online ceremony on June 19 to recognize the best tourism companies and individuals.The new edition of the China Golden Horse Awards established the "World Cultural Tourism Influencer of the Year" award to honor individuals who are creating a promising future for the real estate, tourism, hospitality and catering industries.Leading individuals who won the award include Christopher J. Nassetta, global president and CEO of Hilton; Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International; Qian Jiannong, chairman and CEO of Fosun Tourism Group; Zhang Jianming, chairman of Minyoun Industrial Group; Song Yu, chairman of the Beijing Tourism Group; and Yao Jun, general manager of the OCT Group.In addition, individuals such as Tyrone Tang, vice president of Shimao Group and chairman and CEO of Shimao Hotel Management Co., Ltd., Wang Jianping, president of Narada Hotel Group, and Lin Xingyu, vice president of Jin Jiang International Hotels China were recognized as Influential Persons in the Chinese Hotel Industry.The Greater China headquarters of InterContinental Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, Accor Hotels, Guangdong (Intl) Hotel Management Holdings Limited., Jinling Hotel and Resort Management Company, The Chateau Star River Hotels & Resorts Property Management, Evergrande Hotel Management Group and several other hotel management companies were among the winners of the award for Top 10 Hotel Management Companies.More than a million industry elites and leisure travel experts, as well as those travelers who are passionate about life and traveling, participated in the online award ceremony.The China Golden Horse Awards was initiated, created and launched by Liu Yi, the former head of the China National Tourism Administration. It is one of the top honors for the catering, accommodation and tourism industries in China and around the world.After 20 years of development and promoti...

Mountains echo to sound of music by Tajik art troupe

Performers dance at a local cultural event in Tashikurgan Tajik autonomous county in Xinjiang on June 25.Shareheman Chakuni and his compatriots, members of an art troupe in the Tashikurgan Tajik autonomous county, reached Rasekam village after driving 204 kilometers through the winding mountainous r

People visit sand sculpture park in Jelgava, Latvia 3 Photos

People visit sand sculpture park in Jelgava, Latvia

A visitor takes photos of a sand sculpture at a sand sculpture park in Jelgava, Latvia, July 4, 2020. (Photo by Janis/Xinhua) .People visit a sand sculpture park in Jelgava, Latvia, July 4, 2020.

People visit West Street in Yangshuo County, Guangxi 4 Photos

People visit West Street in Yangshuo County, Guangxi

Visitors shop on West Street in Yangshuo County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, July 4, 2020.Visitors chat at a restaurant on West Street in Yangshuo County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, July 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Cao Yiming) .

China's young tourists report changing travel preferences

Chinese tourists born between the mid-90s and the early 00s are still enthusiastic about travel but post changing travel preferences as the COVID-19 epidemic risks wane in China, a report shows.Tourists take a selfie among blooming flowers at a scenic spot in Suining, Southwest Chinas Sichuan province, May 1, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)Generation Z-ers in China show growing interest in domestic travel and a shrinking willingness to travel abroad, according to a report by Chinese travel service and social-networking platform Mafengwo, which surveyed over 2,500 young respondents.While their travel budget has not been much squeezed by the epidemic, over 60 percent of respondents said they planned to spend more on safe and sanitary dining and accommodation due to health concerns, the report said.The epidemic has further strengthened young tourists habit of learning about and sharing tourism experiences on emerging social-media platforms like livestreaming sites.East Chinas Shanghai and west Chinas Chengdu, Xian and Chongqing are among the most popular domestic travel destinations for Generation Z-ers, the report said.Chinas tourism market is warming up, with effective epidemic prevention and control measures in place. The country saw around 48.81 million domestic tourist trips made during the Dragon Boat Festival holiday in late June, bringing in 12.28 billion yuan (around 1.74 billion U.S. dollars), official data showed.

Imperial Xiaoling Mausoleum celebrates 17th anniversary of being named world cultural heritage site 9 Photos

Imperial Xiaoling Mausoleum celebrates 17th anniversary of being named world cultural heritage site

The Imperial Xiaoling Mausoleum in Nanjing, the capital of East China’s Jiangsu Province, celebrated its 17th anniversary of being listed as a world cultural heritage site on July 3. (Photos: CNS)The over 600-year-old imperial tomb, the burial site of the Ming Dynasty’s (1368-1644) founder Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, occupies an area of some 1.7 million square meters and is acknowledged to be one of the largest imperial mausoleums in China.It took almost 25 years from 1381 to 1405 to build the mausoleum, which represents the highest achievement of the architecture and plastic arts of the early Ming Dynasty.The mausoleum is over 2,600 meters long and has about 30 buildings and stonework structures with different styles and functions, along a path from the entrance to the underground palace.The main part of the Xiaoling Mausoleum has been well preserved and never suffered from robbery due to its special anti-theft design and geographic position.It is said that Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang was obsessed with his empress, so he spent great amount of money and time to design and build this mausoleum where he could live with her even after death.After the subversion of Ming Dynasty, many of its adherents worshipped the mausoleum to express their loyalty and respect to the rulers of the Ming Dynasty.The Imperial Xiaoling Mausoleum from a bird's-eye view.The Imperial Xiaoling Mausoleum was listed as a world cultural heritage in 2003 and became one of the most frequently-visited scenic spots in Nanjing after being listed as a top-level tourist attraction in 2006.

Dunhuang's Mogao Grottoes see tourism boom in June

People visit the Mogao Grottoes, a world cultural heritage site, in Dunhuang, northwest Chinas Gansu province, April 18, 2019. (Photo: Xinhua)Mogao Grottoes have seen a tourist boom in June as the attraction adjusted its epidemic control measures last month.The attraction was reopened to the public as early as May 10, and as the containment measures eased across the country, the historical site also adjusted its previous rules by lifting its accommodation limit from 30 percent to 50 percent of total capacity.According to the data provided by the local administrations, more than 2.8 million tourists visited Mogao Grottoes by the end of June, a surge compared to the previous months.Many were amazed by the natural scenery as well as the profound history and culture of the attraction.However, the attractions still require all visitors to make reservations in advance, and they have to provide QR health codes and receive temperature checks before enjoying a trip into the tunnel of time and history.

People ski at Whakapapa ski field in New Zealand's North Island 4 Photos

People ski at Whakapapa ski field in New Zealand's North Island

People ski at Whakapapa ski field in New Zealand's North Island, July 4, 2020. The ski field opened a small part at a lower elevation to the public on Friday.

Greece not to allow direct flights from UK, Sweden until July 15

People visit a contemporary sculpture exhibition at the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece, on June 25, 2020. As the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted this year's Athens and Epidaurus Festival program, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus theater, for the first time in its 2,000-year histor

Jokhang Temple in Tibet reopens as epidemic wanes

A tourist poses in front of the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Tibet autonomous region on July 2. (Photo: Xinhua)LHASA -- The Jokhang Temple in Southwest Chinas Tibet autonomous region reopened to the public Thursday after being closed for more than five months, due to the COVID-19 epidemic.Situated in the regional capital of Lhasa, the temple will be open from 8:30 am to 6 pm, and visitors are required to line up to buy tickets at the ticket office before entry, according to the temples administrative committee.For prevention and control of the epidemic, visitors to the temple are required to wear masks, maintain a social distance of over one meter, and carry their ID cards, while tourists from outside the region will also be asked to show their health QR codes, and have their body temperatures taken.Built in the eighth century, the Jokhang Temple is home to many historical relics and typical Tibetan architecture. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000, as part of the historic ensemble of the Potala Palace.

Jokhang Temple in Tibet reopens as epidemic wanes

The Jokhang Temple in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region reopened to the public Thursday after being closed for more than five months, due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Tourism returns as second half of 2020 begins

BEIJING, July 2 (Xinhua) -- The second half of 2020 began on Wednesday, as tourism returned with further opening of economies.Mask-clad camel guides stand by their camels near the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) at the Giza Pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo on July 1, 2020 as the archaeological site reopens while the country eases restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by AFP)International travel has resumed as airports reopened months after strict aviation restrictions were imposed to stem the spread of COVID-19. Close to 300 tourists on board two flights from Ukraine on Wednesday landed in Egypts Red Sea resort cities of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh.Upon arrival at Hurghada Airport, the passengers were greeted with flowers, souvenirs, and folk music and dancing.Egypt reported on Wednesday 1,503 new cases of COVID-19, taking its total tally since mid-February to 69,814, with 3,034 deaths.Meanwhile, Lebanons Beirut airport also resumed operation after four months of being closed, with measures taken to detect suspected infections in place.At Istanbul Airport, Turkeys largest airport, the first COVID-19 test center for international passengers was opened, with test results to be delivered within two hours at a cost of around 16 US dollars.The Turkish government has been gradually relaxing COVID-19 restrictions, with internet cafes and gaming halls across the country reopening alongside precautionary measures, such as regular regular disinfection, mandatory wearing of masks, and social distancing measures.On Wednesday, Turkey reported 1,192 new cases and 19 more deaths, taking its total infections and deaths to 201,098 and 5,150, respectively.In Europe, the first tourist train from the Czech Republic in months arrived in Croatias coastal city of Rijeka on Wednesday morning. The 550 passengers were greeted by Croatian Tourism Minister Gari Capelli and Rijeka Mayor Vojk...

Tourism faces at least 1.2 trillion US dollars loss from COVID-19 woes

Sofitel Legend Metropole, the venue of the February 2019 Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, June 26, 2020. (Photo: Agencies)The coronavirus crisis could cost global tourism and related sectors at least 1.2 trillion U.S. dollars, the United Nations (UN) said Wednesday.Prevailing lockdown measures in some countries, travel restrictions, reductions in consumers disposable income and low confidence levels could significantly slow down tourisms recovery, said the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in a report.The UNs trade and development body expects that the sector could lose 1.2 trillion U.S. dollars, or 1.5 percent of the global gross domestic product (GDP), in the best-case scenario. If the break in international tourism lasts for 12 months, the loss could climb to 3.3 trillion U.S. dollars or 4.2 percent of the worlds GDP, UNCTAD warned.The tourism hit can be seen as a reminder of economic loss for millions of people all around the world, said UNCTADs director of international trade, Pamela Coke-Hamilton."For many countries, like the small island developing states, a collapse in tourism means a collapse in their development prospects. This is not something we can afford," she added.She clarified that developing countries could suffer the steepest GDP losses."Jamaica and Thailand stand out, losing 11 percent and nine percent of GDP, respectively, in the most optimistic scenario of UNCTADs estimates," noted the director.UNCTAD also believes the tourism recession would slashed some countries national incomes. It estimates that for every one million U.S. dollars lost in international tourism revenue, a countrys national income could decline by two million to three million U.S. dollars.

View of ancient village cluster relics in Shaanxi 13 Photos

View of ancient village cluster relics in Shaanxi

Aerial photo taken on June 29, 2020 shows a view of ancient village cluster relics in Minzhu Township of Langao County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. The cluster relics, located in mountainous areas in Bashan Mountain, date back to Ming Dynasty . (Xinhua/Tao Ming) Aerial photo taken on

Ecological restoration of Tianjun Mountain boosts local tourism 7 Photos

Ecological restoration of Tianjun Mountain boosts local tourism

A worker waters the lawn at Tianjun Mountain scenic spot in Ulanhot City, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, June 30, 2020. Tianjun Mountain, located in the suburb of Ulanhot, was once cratered and lack of vegetation due to the extraction of stones in the past time. In recent years, the

Tourists enjoy beautiful scenery of Bosten Lake, NW China's Xinjiang 3 Photos

Tourists enjoy beautiful scenery of Bosten Lake, NW China's Xinjiang

Tourists take a speedboat and enjoy the view of water lilies on Bosten Lake in Bohu County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, June 27, 2020.

Shanghai Wild Animal Park extends opening hours

A file photo of Shanghai Wild Animal Park during nighttime.The Shanghai Wild Animal Park has announced that it will be extending its opening hours to 8pm from July to the end of August so that visitors can experience the facility during the night.In addition, the drive-through section of the park wh

Egret paradise nestles in heart of Foshan

Xian Quanhui patrols the wood he has protected for the past 20 years in Foshan, Guangdong province.GUANGZHOU-In the middle of the bustling factories and glitzy high-rises of Foshan is a unique bamboo forest, which has emerged as an oasis for thousands of birds.Locals call it the "egret paradise", a

Europe sets out to rescue the summer

Stefan Sack, a German citizen living and working in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, usually spends the summer vacation making several excursions in Europe with his family.However, this will not be possible this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, even though many European countries have started to ease

Chinese people make over 78m trips during Dragon Boat Festival holiday

Passengers line up to check in at the Tianjin west railway station in North Chinas Tianjin, June 6, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)BEIJING - China saw around 78.79 million passenger trips during the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday that ends Saturday, according to an estimation of the Ministry of Transport (MOT).Passenger trips on trains reached 17.76 million during the holiday, while trips via waterway totaled 1.61 million, data from the estimation showed.An estimated 2.68 million trips were operated by civil airlines, with the average load factor standing at 69 percent, while 56.73 million road trips were made, according to the MOT.Chinas transport sector registered orderly and stable operation during the holiday. The national road network posted steady performance, with traffic volume of expressways estimated to reach around 92.69 million vehicles in the period.The ministry urged efforts to strengthen epidemic prevention and control during the holiday, such as taking health protection measures for public transport, preventing the gathering of crowds at stations and scenic spots as well as optimizing management of expressway service areas.

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