Tourists flock to southwestern Yunnan to avoid heat waves


Animals cool off in summer heat

A panda lies on a block of ice to cool down in hot weather at Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on July 22, 2022. Photo by Deng Yongyi/For Various measures are being used to help animals stay cool in hot summer at Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, South Ch

The caves that karst a magic spell

The karst caves, in Sichuan's Nuoshui Dongtian Scenic Spot, cover about 240 square kilometers. [Photo by Huang Leran/provided to China Daily] It can get very hot in Sichuan, but then again there are some very pleasant places where you can find respite, Huang Zhiling reports. At this time of the y

Shuanghedong Cave, world's largest cave complex, a visual treat

Shuanghedong Cave, the world's largest cave complex, is located in Wenquan town of Suiyang county, Guizhou province. [Photo provided to] Shuanghedong Cave scenic spot, also the so-called National Geological Park, known as "the museum of the natural karst cave", is located in Wenq

China holds int'l travel fair after one-year pause

KUNMING, July 22 (Xinhua) -- The 2022 China International Travel Mart (CITM) kicked off Friday in Kunming, capital of southwest Chinas Yunnan Province, after a hiatus of one year due to the COVID-19 epidemic.The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. (Photo: from 71 countries and regions are attending the event online or offline, and officials from embassies and consulates of 31 countries have also joined the expo, according to the organizers.The three-day travel fair, with an exhibition area of 80,000 square meters, features various exhibition zones comprising seven themes such as culture and museums, overseas tourism and Yunnan tourism.For the first time, the expo has set up a special zone for eight renowned museums of the country, including the Palace Museum and the National Museum of China, as well as an intelligent tourism zone to display applications of digital products and solutions.Founded in 1998, the CITM has grown into one of the largest and most influential tourism expos in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dali-Baoshan railway to start operations on Friday, as the China-Myanmar international rail corridor achieves a major breakthrough


Yanji, a small city with ethnic Korean style and beautiful scenery

Yanji is located in the center of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in northeast China's Jilin Province; Its population is approximately 686,100, of which a large section is from the Korean ethnic group. Yanji is the capital city and cultural center of Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in

Twelve new 5A tourist attractions announced in China

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced on Friday 12 new 5A-rated tourist attractions, based on the recommendations of the relevant provincial (district or city) cultural and tourism administrative departments. Aerial Photo of Anren Museum Town of China, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China. (Photo: CFP)The new national 5A tourist attractions are Hukou Waterfall of the Yellow River, Taizhou Fucheng Cultural Scenic Area, Sanbai Mountain National Scenic Spot, Jigong Mountain National Nature Reserve, Baidi City Qutang Gorge Scenic Area, Weishan Lake Scenic Area, Three Gorges Grand Waterfalls Scenic Area, Huang Yao Ancient Town Scenic Area, Anren Museum Town of China, Guizhou Zhijin Cave National Geopark, Guanegou Scenic Area, and Jiangbulake Scenic Area.Here are descriptions of three of the new 5A attractions:Hukou Waterfall View of the Hukou Waterfall, on the bank of the Yellow River in Shaanxi Province, China. (Photo: CFP)The Hukou Waterfall, located on the border between north Chinas Shanxi Province and northwest Chinas Shaanxi Province, is the second-largest waterfall in the country and the largest waterfall on the Yellow River. In 1991, the Hukou Waterfall was named one of the "40 Best" national scenic spots. View of the Hukou Waterfall on the bank of the Yellow River in Shanxi Province, China. (Photo: CFP)Standing on the bank of the Yellow River, one can see the roaring river rushing through the mountains and falling into a deep pool, resembling boiling water in a teapot. The mist is refracted by the sunlight, forming a rainbow that spans the water like a colorful bridge.The Baidi City Qutang Gorge Scenic Area View of the Baidi City Qutang Gorge, Fengjie County, Chongqing, China. (Photo: CFP)The Baidi (White Emperor) City Qutang Gorge Scenic Area is located at the confluence of the Caotang River and the Yangtze River east of Fengjie County, Chongqing. It majestically occupies the north shore of Qutang Gorge, the first g...

China launches direct flights to Serbia

BELGRADE, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinas Hainan Airlines launched direct flights from China to Serbia on Saturday, as a welcome ceremony was held at the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport.(Photo: Xinhua)"We will be able to attract even more tourists and businessmen from China, which will bring China even closer to Serbia," said Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who attended the ceremony with several officials.The first flight arrived on Saturday morning from Beijing and was welcomed by Vucic and the officials.Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Chen Bo, who was among the passengers, also attended the ceremony."Not only that the direct flight will boost people-to-people exchange, but it will open new opportunities for cooperation between the two sides in all areas," said Chen."This flight will play a positive role in the cooperation between China and countries in the entire region, and thus the position of Serbia as a regional transport hub will be strengthened," she said.Hainan Airlines launched its first flight to Belgrade via Prague in September 2017, which was suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Waterfall's majesty draws crowds of tourists


Behind the scenes at the Hong Kong Palace Museum


China travel demand rebounds as COVID-19 curbs ease

Tourists visit Nakeli Village in Pu'er in southwest China's Yunnan Province, June 28, 2022. /CFP The vitality of China's travel market is spurred by recent favorable policies and summer travel demand, sending a signal that the economy is gradually improving.Summer is often a p

Pandemic inspires local tourists to explore Hong Kong's nature


Quzhou, a small city with both cultural and natural landscapes

Image designer: Qu BoQuzhou, located in the west of Zhejiang Province and at the source of Qiantang River, is a famous historical and cultural city of China.Founded in the third year of the beginning of the Han Dynasty (192), the city has a history of more than 1,800 years. Its long history has made the small city famous in across the country. Among them, one of the most prominent names of this city is that it is the second hometown of the descendants of Chinese philosopher and politician Confucius.Quzhou is the residence and second hometown of the descendants of the sage Confucius besides Qufu city in Shandong Province. It is the center for the spread of Confucian culture in the south of the Yangtze River. The Quzhou Confucius family temple is one of the only two Confucius family temples in the country.The Quzhou Confucius family temple is one of the only two Confucius family temples in the country. (Photo: CFP)After being relocated and built three times and repaired more than ten times, the current site was built in AD 1520 and is located in the east corner of Quzhou City. It was planned and constructed according to the scale of the Confucian Temple in Qufu.In addition to Confucius, Quzhou is also praised for one of its extraordinary natural landscape, and that is the famous Jianglang mountain. Jianglang, which literally means Jiangs man in Chinese is listed in the World Natural Heritage List as one of the nominations for Chinas Danxia landform.Jianglang Mountain is located at the center of Zhejiang, Fujian and Jiangxi provinces. It is a national key scenic spot and a national AAAA scenic spot. Jianglang Mountain is a rare natural landscape of the Danxia landform in the old age period with high solitary peaks.Jianglang Mountain is located at the center of Zhejiang, Fujian and Jiangxi provinces. It is a national key scenic spot and a national AAAA scenic spot. (Photo: CFP)The three boulders are more than 360 meters high and are believed to be the incarnat...

Bringing on the summer tourism heat


After two pandemic years, a summer travel bounce — and chaos

Tourists take a selfie in front of the Trevi Fountain, in Rome, Monday, June 20, 2022. (Photo: AP)At a tourism conference in Phuket last month, Thailand’s prime minister looked out at attendees and posed a question with a predictable answer.“Are you ready?” Prayuth Chan-ocha asked, dramatically removing his mask and launching whats hoped to be the countrys economic reset after more than two years of coronavirus-driven restrictions. When the crowd yelled its answer — yes, according to local media — it might have been speaking for the entire pandemic-battered world.But a full recovery could take as long as the catastrophe itself, according to projections and interviews by The Associated Press in 11 countries in June. They suggest that the hoped-for rebound is less like a definitive bounce — and more like a bumpy path out of a deep and dark cave.Some locales, such as the French Riviera and the American Midwest, are contributing to the climb more than others.The human drive to bust out and explore is helping fuel the ascent, packing flights and museums despite rising coronavirus infections and inflation. But economic urgency is the real driver for an industry worth $3.5 trillion in 2019 that the United Nations estimates lost about that much during the pandemic. By some estimates, tourism provides work for one in 10 people on Earth.Many places, particularly those that have loosened safety requirements, are seeing what passes for a go-go summer of sunny optimism and adventure.“They are saying its the summer of revenge travel,” Pittsburgh resident Theresa Starta, 52, said as she gazed across one of Amsterdams canals at crowds thronging to the Dutch capital. “Everything seems so bad all around the world, so its nice to see some things coming back.”“The road to a full recovery is very long, but at least we are back on it,” said Sanga Ruangwattanakul, president of the Khao San Road Business Association in Bangkok.Despite the roaring return of traveler...

Rare butterfly found in Shennongjia National Park


China's hotel bookings outstrip figures from 2019

A hotel room at Universal Studios Beijing on Sept 13, 2021. (Photo: VCG)Chinas tourism industry is showing strong growth momentum, as hotel bookings on the travel platform for the past week exceeded the same period in 2019 following the reopening of two resorts in Beijing and Shanghai, The Paper reported on Wednesday.This surge in bookings is considered a "multiplier effect" of the reopening of Shanghai Disney Resort and Universal Studios Beijing.Universal Studios Beijing resumed operations on June 25 as the COVID-19 resurgence has largely subsided in the national capital.Shanghai Disney announced on June 28 it will reopen on June 30 following a three-month closure induced by the citys recent COVID-19 outbreak.The resumption of service for the two theme parks will drive a strong rebound in the summer tourism market, according to industry insiders.Statistics from indicate searches for "Disney" rose 655 percent month-on-month on the afternoon of June 28, driving the popularity of Shanghai to nearly double in terms of online traffic.The reopening of Shanghai Disney has also driven the popularity of other scenic spots in Shanghai.Qunar data show there are currently 3,041 theme parks operating normally across the country. From June 1 to 28, the national theme park ticket sales doubled compared with the same period in May.The two resorts are expected to make up about 20 percent of the ticket volume for all theme parks across the country during the summer vacation.Theme parks offer a comprehensive business, which drives other consumption such as transportation, accommodation, catering and fast-moving consumer goods, said Huang Xiaojie, chief marketing officer of Qunar.Hotel bookings witnessed 50 percent growth over the weekend near Universal Studios Beijing since its reopening on June 25.In the past two weeks, the occupancy rate of Huazhu Group hotels has exceeded 80 percent and there is a further upward trend as the summer...

Summer ushers in positive signals for tourism market recovery

The travel market in China is showing a lot of positive signals for the summer. The policy adjustments under the normalized COVID-19 prevention and control bring hope of wide market recovery.Visitors use sterilization facilities at the Universal Resort in Beijing, China, June 25, 2022. (Photos: CFP)The situation of epidemic prevention and control brings good newsAt a press conference on June 18, Deputy Director of the National Health Commission Lei Zhenglong pointed out that the overall situation of Chinas epidemic prevention and control had been stabilizing and improving in the past month. COVID-19 infections continued to decline and the number of areas with outbreaks was decreasing.In addition, since June 28, quarantine time for travelers from overseas has been cut from "14-day quarantine at designated facilities plus 7-day quarantine at home" to "7-day quarantine at designated facilities plus 3-day quarantine at home."Several regions in China have begun to relax trans-provincial flow policies graduallyAs the national epidemic situation continues to improve, Hainan, Jiangsu, Qinghai and other provinces have relaxed their policies for inter-provincial travel.Tourists visit the classical garden Lion Grove in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, June 28, 2022. In Hainan, people arriving from COVID-free areas need to show only green health codes for boarding, and dont require a negative nucleic acid test.As the epidemic in Shanghai is under control, many regions, such as nearby Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Anhui, have loosened their policies on restricting movement from the city.A view of Nanjing Road Walkway after the citys orderly restoration, Shanghai, China.Positive signals from the tourism marketOn June 25, Beijing Universal Resort, Universal Studios Beijing Theme Park, Beijing Universal City Boulevard, and Universal Studios Hotel reopened with some restrictions.Kung Fu Panda interacts with visitors at Universal Studios in Beijing, China, June 25,...

Ninth Wuzhen Theater Festival to open this November

Tourists watch a performance during a carnival of the 8th Wuzhen Theater Festival in Wuzhen scenic spot of Tongxiang City, east China's Zhejiang Province, Oct. 15, 2021. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)The ninth Wuzhen Theater Festival will take place from Nov 25 to Dec 4 in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, under the theme

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