Travel drops as Chinese opt to celebrate at home during 3-day holiday


Short-distance trips to boost holiday tourism

Travelers guess lantern riddles while visiting a theme park in Handan, Hebei province, during last year's Mid-Autumn Festival holiday on Sept 20. [Photo by HAO QUNYING/FOR CHINA DAILY] Domestic tourism is projected to rebound during the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival holiday with short-distance tri

Special tree branches out to tame desert

Saxaul trees take root in the desert of Alshaa League, North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region.[Photo provided to China Daily] Ecologist plants seeds of knowledge to protect landscape exposed to the elements and tackle the fury of nature, Chen Nan reports. Zhu Dejun's first job after gradu

US Transportation Department suspends 26 China-bound flights

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) said on Thursday that it will suspend 26 China-bound flights by four Chinese carriers, Reuters has reported.File photo taken on Nov 25, 2020 shows travelers wearing face masks lining up for security checks at OHare International Airport in Chicago, the United States. (Photo: Xinhua)The DOT said the move is in response to "the Chinese governments decision to suspend some U.S. carrier flights over COVID-19 cases."

China's cultural, tourism industries thrived over the past 10 years: official

The press conference featuring "This Decade in China" in Beijing, China, August 24. /CFP China attaches great importance to cultural construction and tourism development, promoting historic achievements and changes in culture and tourism, a Ministry of Culture and Tourism offi

China eases visa rules for international students


APEC ministers agree to revive tourism markets

The 11th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo: People’s Daily)Bangkok (People’s Daily) – The 11th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting was held in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday. Tourism ministers have coordinated their policies to revive a safe, sustainable, responsible and inclusive tourism and travel industry in the region.According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the travel and tourism industry contributed to almost 11 percent to the total employment in the region by providing around 162 million jobs in 2019. This number dropped due to the pandemic, accounting for just 131 million jobs in 2020 and 138.7 million jobs in 2021.“The havoc wreaked by COVID-19 in the past two years is certainly unprecedented and has viciously impacted the lives of everyone,” said Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Thailand’s minister of tourism and sports, in his opening remarks at the 11th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting held in Bangkok. “This is especially true with the global tourism industry, which has been severely affected by the pandemic.”“Through the last couple of years, our relevant agencies have worked hard and are still, until today, working tirelessly to achieve a swift and healthy recovery as we believe that the lowest point of the economic crisis from the pandemic is now behind us,” Phipat said, noting it’s time to get back on track and move toward more positive territory.Thailand expects to welcome 10 million international tourists this year, thus boosting its economy, as the sector contributes to around 20 percent of its GDP.Ministers are considering a series of policy recommendations to ensure that the benefits of tourism are distributed fairly among local communities, which will elevate their wellbeing and quality of life.These include policies to facilitate tourism journeys that are sustainable and inclusive from end to end, and respectful of local and traditional knowledge; gender-responsive policies to ensure women’s full and equa...

Charm of dance visualized at Beijing Intl. Dance Video Festival

02:20 The first Beijing International Dance Video Art Festival, featuring dance film screenings, master workshops, and dance visualization seminars, is one of the star events of the 12th Beijing International Film Festival this year.

China to promote development of cruise, yacht industry

BEIJING, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- China will accelerate the development of cruise and yacht equipment and the relevant sector to enhance the countrys modern service industry and bolster the growth of its marine economy.Aerial photo taken on Dec. 8, 2020 shows two cruise ships, the Changle Gongzhu (or Princess Changle, L) and the Nanhai Dream at a port in Sanya, south Chinas Hainan Province. (Photo: Xinhua)China will have an initial equipment and industry system for cruises and yachts by 2025, with significant improvement in the technological level and supply capacity of tools, according to a circular jointly released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and other related government organs on Thursday.China will strengthen its capability to design and build cruises and yachts, the circular stated, adding that efforts should be made to ensure that the first large domestically-made cruise is completed with high standards and delivered on time.It also called for measures to enhance the industrial foundation of the cruise and yacht equipment industry, while encouraging cruise ports to develop coordinated tourism products with tourist attractions.China aims to build the coastal resort city of Sanya into an international cruise home port and other coastal cities including Shanghai, Tianjin and Shenzhen into top-notch cruising destinations.According to the circular, the country will explore waterway tourism resources of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Hainan Free Trade Port, and Yangtze River Economic Belt, among other qualified areas, and tap into their local historical culture, and natural and urban landscapes.

Hainan flights returning to normal


309 million railway trips made in China during summer travel rush

A total of 309 million railway passenger trips were made in China from July 1 to August 11, with up to 7.37 million passenger trips in a single day, according to the China State Railway Group (China Railway).Passengers prepare to board a train at Zhuzhou Railway Station in Zhuzhou, central Chinas Hunan Province, July 1, 2022. Zhuzhou Railway Station resumed operation on Friday after its upgrade and enlargement construction starting from Oct. 20, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)Some 7.2 million passenger trips are expected to be made by rail on Friday, the group added.Each year, the two-month summer travel rush puts the country’s transportation system to test, as it is a peak for passenger flows of students, tourists and home-returnees. This years summer travel rush lasts for 62 days from July 1 to August 31.This year, in the face of the changing epidemic situations, the railway departments ensured the safe and smooth flow of trains with rigid enforcement of epidemic prevention and control rules and safety inspection measures, and improvement of service.To satisfy the travel demand of passengers, China Railway Kunming Group increased passenger capacity between two tourist destinations, Lijiang and Xishuangbanna.As for civil aviation, Hunan Airlines also added two new routes from August 10, providing more choices for passengers.(Compiled by Hou Chenchen)

Night economy showcases China's consumption potential

01:58 With COVID-19 controls being eased across China, many cities are seeing a robust recovery of the night economy. Besides the traditional night markets and food stalls, several new types of businesses are being set up across the

Laos sees visitors increase in first half of 2022

VIENTIANE, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Laos has seen a surge in the number of visitors in the first six month of 2022, following the lifting of travel restrictions as the COVID-19 pandemic subsided.Tourists pose for photos in the town of Luang Prabang, a UNESCOs world heritage site in Laos, July 15, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)Records show that 42,197 foreign nationals entered Laos on tourist visas in the first six months of this year.Most visitors arrived in May and June, when 35,983 foreign tourists were recorded after the government waived all entry formalities, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Tuesday.During the first five months of 2022, 36,529 people visited Laos, staying for an average of 7.9 days and spending an average of 1,245,000 kip (some 83 U.S. dollars) per person per day, generating revenue of more than 4.55 million U.S. dollars.The number of domestic tourists in the first five months of 2022 was recorded at 626,825, up 2.8 percent compared to the same period last year.With an average stay of 2.5 days per person, and average spending of 675,000 kip (some 45 U.S. dollars) per person per day, the estimated revenue from domestic tourists is about 70.79 million U.S. dollars.Most tourists enter Laos from the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge in Lao capital Vientiane, Wattay International Airport and Luang Prabang International Airport.From January to April, when tourists were first allowed into Laos after the countrys borders reopened, 546 people booked holidays with tour companies, according to the report.An increasing number of tourists are arriving from ASEAN countries. In one month from May to June, 33,435 tourists came to Laos, with 18,621 coming from Thailand and 14,447 from Vietnam.In other figures recorded over the first five months of this year, 1,902 people from the Asia-Pacific region visited Laos, 467 from Europe, 512 from the United States, and 23 from Africa and the Middle East.

Potala Palace in Southwest China's Tibet closing to counter local virus outbreak

File photo: VCGThe Potala Palace will be temporarily closed to the public from Tuesday in response to a COVID-19 outbreak in Lhasa, the capital city of Southwest Chinas Tibet Autonomous Region.Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas, and the Tibet Museum in Lhasa will also be temporarily closed from Tuesday.The Potala Palace is a model of ancient architecture and home to over 100,000 cultural relics. It was built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century and expanded in the 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama. The Palace was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994 and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tibet.Located on the western outskirts of Lhasa, Norbulingka was built in the mid-18th century. It was a place where the Dalai Lamas practiced religious activities and spent their holidays.(Compiled by Sun Shulang)

Hainan helps tourists stranded amid outbreak

Volunteers deliver fruit for tourists at a hotel in Sanya, South Chinas Hainan province, Aug 7, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)The authorities in Hainan province are working hard to assist tourists who have been stranded amid a new outbreak of COVID-19 that has so far affected 13 cities and counties across the island.The latest steps unveiled by the provincial government on Monday, which are part of Hainans liaison mechanism to serve stranded tourists in the island province, include the opening of an official WeChat account and a special 24-hour hotline service.A special group headed by Shen Danyang, executive vice-governor of Hainan, has been working since Friday to ensure emergency support, provide considerate and warm services and deal with the various needs of tourists who have been stranded in Sanya, where the first confirmed new case of COVID-19 was detected on Aug 1.The popular resort city imposed a citywide lockdown starting from 6 am on Saturday that has also seen the suspension of all public transportation services in the city.From Aug 1 to noon on Monday, a total of 824 confirmed locally transmitted cases and 419 asymptomatic carriers had been reported in Sanya, according to the local COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control headquarters.More than 80,000 tourists are currently stranded in the city, which is in its peak tourism season, said He Shigang, vice-mayor of Sanya.Travelers who are in Sanya, or have a travel history that includes visiting Sanya since July 23, will have to stay in Hainan for another seven days starting from Saturday, and have five nucleic acid tests before leaving the island province, local officials said.The local government in Sanya has asked hotels in the city to offer half-price discounts to tourists having to extend their stays.Liu Cheng, an official with the provincial tourism authority, said that personnel have been sent to deal with complaints by tourists that some hotels have failed to follow the relevant measures and overc...

BRI symposium held in Malaysia on tech-solutions for boosting tourism

KUALA LUMPUR - A Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) symposium was held in Malaysias Malacca state Monday, focusing on boosting tourism by applications of new technology amid challenges in the post-pandemic era.People wearing face masks walk in front of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jan. 29, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)The symposium, a roving series of seminars, workshops and panels, was held at the Technical University of Malaysia, Malacca (UTeM). It is the fifth leg of the Belt and Road Initiative Symposium (BRIS) National Tour Seminar.The BRIS National Tour Seminar is initiated and led by Southeast Asia Research Center for Humanities and Association of Belt and Road Malaysia, in partnership with the Education Association between Malaysia and China and MYEDU Group, and with support from the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia.BRIS was officially launched at the end of 2021, which features activities including forum, roundtable, roadshow, and training program, with a focus on social innovation.At Mondays symposium, UTeM Vice Chancellor Massila Kamalrudin said rapid advances in technology especially in applications in tourism present opportunities with an ever increasing number of travelers planning their travels online rather than through tourist agencies, a trend which has accelerated since the COVID-19 pandemic."Today, nobody doubts that technology and travel are the perfect combination. This joint force also plays a crucial role in the way we travel: from the vacation destination we choose, all the way to what we do once were there and even in the time after weve come back," she said."As we know, the industry is in the midst of a deep metamorphosis. There are many mitigating factors but the new technological solutions coming about are some of the main actors," she added.Minister of the Chinese embassy in Malaysia Tang Rui noted that tourism is a carrier of culture, and an important part of the China-proposed Belt and Roa...

China's urban passenger transport drops in H1

BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhua) -- China recorded a decline in passenger transport in urban areas in the first half of this year (H1), official data showed.A train runs along Chongqing Rail Transit (CRT) Line 2 in Chongqing, southwest China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)In the January-June period, the number of passenger trips in 36 major cities stood at 20.7 billion, down 22.1 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Transport.The northern city of Shijiazhuang reversed the overall downturn, registering a 28.6-percent growth during the period.In terms of transportation modes, bus and tram passengers dropped 23.5 percent, while urban rail passengers shrank 20.3 percent, according to the ministry.

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Tourism rebounds in East China's UNESCO world heritage site

A view of Huangshan Mountain in East China's Anhui province taken on July 1, 2022. [Photo/] HEFEI -- Huangshan Mountain, a UNESCO world heritage site in east China's Anhui Province, has seen a rising number of tourists, thanks to effective containment of the COVID-19 resurgences.

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