Cambodia's famed Angkor records over 225,000 int'l tourists in 11 months

PHNOM PENH, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Cambodias famed Angkor Archaeological Park received 225,191 foreign tourists in the first 11 months of this year, earning 9 million U.S. dollars from ticket sales, the state-owned Angkor Enterprise said on Friday.Partial view of the Angkor Wat, Siem Reap province, Cambodia. (Photo: CFP)In November alone, the park attracted 55,842 foreign visitors, making 2.25 million U.S. dollars in revenue from ticket sales, it said in a statement.Located in the northwestern Siem Reap province, the 401-square-km Angkor Archaeological Park, inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1992, is the most popular tourist destination in the Southeast Asian country.Dawn of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. (Photo: VCG)Long Kosal, deputy director-general of the Apsara National Authority, said the number of tourists to the park would continue to rise thanks to the kingdoms successful control of the COVID-19 pandemic."As our country has fully reopened its borders to all travelers, I believe that more foreign tourists will spend their holidays at the Angkor," he told Xinhua.During the pre-pandemic era, the Angkor park received up to 2.2 million international visitors in 2019, generating 99 million U.S. dollars in revenue from ticket sales, according to Angkor Enterprise.The entrance fee for a one-day visit to the park is 37 U.S. dollars, a three-day visit costs 62 U.S. dollars, and a week-long visit costs 72 U.S. dollars.

First snow turns mountains in central China into snowy wonderland

Photo: CGTNAffected by the cold wave, the Tianmen Mountain scenic area in central Chinas Hunan Province welcomed the first snowfall this winter on November 30. A thin layer of snow blankets the mountaintops, creating a breathtaking snowy world surrounded by a sea of clouds.The average elevation of Tianmen Mountains peaks is more than 1,400 meters. Every year, magnificent rime landscapes are formed when the area enters the ice and snow season from December to March of the following year.

Various regions in China see snowfall

Snow scenery of Zhangjiajie City in Hunan Province. (Photo: CFP)With the onset of winter, snowfalls have created breathtaking sceneries in multiple regions in China.Hulunbuir City in north Chinas Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region saw 7 millimeters of snow between Monday and Tuesday as the temperature dropped to minus 26.1 degree Celsius. Some 1,400 workers with winter service vehicles were dispatched to the streets to clear the snow that also halted long-distance travel services in the area.Contrary to the harsh conditions in the north, snow is considered more of a blessing in the regions down south, with scenic areas blanketed by a touch of winter magic and the weather still mild enough for tourists to roam about.Tianmenshan National Forest Park in Zhangjiajie City, central Chinas Hunan Province, presented an unworldly sight after the first snowfall this winter on Wednesday. Its unique cliffs and pristine forests were turned into a Chinese ink painting by the slowly falling snow.Mount Huangshan in east Chinas Anhui Province also saw its first snow of the season on Wednesday. The snow covered the trees with milky white rime and turned the mountain into a winter fairyland.In southwest Chinas Chongqing Municipality, snow arrived in some high-altitude areas on Wednesday, creating picturesque landscapes for tourists to enjoy.

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Hawaii volcano eruption has some on alert, draws onlookers

People watch the eruption of Mauna Loa, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, near Hilo, Hawaii. Mauna Loa, the worlds largest active volcano erupted Monday for the first time in 38 years. (Photo: AP)The first eruption in 38 years of the world’s largest active volcano is attracting onlookers to a national park for “spectacular” views of the event, and its also dredging up bad memories among some Hawaii residents who have been through harrowing volcanic experiences in the past.It was just four years ago that Nicole Skilling fled her home near a community where more than 700 residences were destroyed by lava. She relocated to the South Kona area, only to find herself packing her car with food and supplies this week after Mauna Loa erupted late Sunday.Officials were initially concerned that lava flowing down the side of the volcano would head toward South Kona, but scientists later assured the public that the eruption migrated to a rift zone on Mauna Loas northeast flank and wasnt threatening any communities.Still, the uncertainty is somewhat unnerving.“It just happened last night, so I really haven’t had a lot of time to worry about it yet, basically," Skilling said Monday. “And thankfully, right now, it’s at the northeast rift zone. But if it breaks on the west side, that’s when we’re talking about coming into a large populated area. ... That’s why I do have a little bit of PTSD.”Even though there were no evacuation orders, some people decided to leave their homes, prompting officials to open shelters in the Kona and Kau areas. Very few if any stayed in them overnight, Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth said, and they would be closing Tuesday.Despite that, some in the area were preparing for unpredictable changes.Kamakani Rivera-Kekololio, who lives in the south Kona community of Hookena, was keeping supplies like food and blankets in his car.“Were being makaukau for anything,” Rivera-Kekololio said, using the Hawaiian word for “ready.”Ken Hon, scientist-i...

Shanghai Disneyland resumes operation on Friday

Parade featuring Disney cartoon characters at Shanghai Disneyland, China. June 14, 2016. (Photo: CFP)Shanghai Disneyland resumed operations on November 25, 2022, operating from 8:30 to 20:30 on the reopening day, Shanghai Disney Resort announced on Wednesday.The re-opening of Shanghai Disneyland and Toy Story Hotel, together with the recent re-opening of Disneytown, Wishing Star Park and Shanghai Disneyland Hotel marks Shanghai Disney Resorts return to full operations.Guests are required to strictly follow the pandemic control measures."On arrival each guest must undergo a temperature check, display their green Shanghai Health QR Code, scan venue codes when entering the theme park and other designated locations, and during their visit wear masks and follow social distancing requirements," wrote the announcement on Shanghai Disneyland Resorts official website.According to the latest direction from the new district pandemic prevention authority, all guests entering Shanghai Disneyland will be required to display their negative Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) taken within 48 hours (from result time), effective November 25, 2022.All guests entering other areas of Shanghai Disney Resort will continue to be required to display negative NAT taken within 72 hours (from result time).In addition, Shanghai Disneyland Resort will continue implementing flow control and other measures. Some attractions, live entertainment, restaurants, and shops may be closed or opened at reduced capacity.

Lijiang-Yulong sightseeing train begins trial operation in SW China


Luxury cruise ship arrives in Sri Lanka with 2,000 tourists

(Photo: Twitter@YRanaraja)COLOMBO, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- A super luxury cruise ship arrived at Colombo Port on Tuesday carrying over 2,000 passengers, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said.The "Mein Schiff 5" owned by a German operator docked at the Sri Lankan capital in the small hours of Tuesday with ceremonies and cultural shows planned throughout the day.Officials from the SLPA said the ship received a ceremonious welcome at the Colombo Port and the passengers would be offered excursions for the majority of the locations and tours covering Colombo, the south and the central highlands.The Tourism Ministry said the arrival of the cruise liner gave a boost to the South Asian countrys tourism.Nine international passenger cruises were expected to arrive in Sri Lanka by March next year, which would revive the countrys pandemic-battered tourism and attract much-needed foreign exchange, a minister said last week.

Great Wall provides great scenery

A section of the Great Wall in Zunhua city in Tangshan, Hebei province, is bathed in sunlight on Friday evening. (Photo: Great Wall section in Zunhua city in Tangshan, Hebei province, provided picturesque scenery during the sunset on Friday.The wall section in Zunhua is about 70 kilometers long, most of which was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Monkeys in central Thailand city mark their day with feast

Monkeys enjoy fruit during monkey feast festival in Lopburi province, Thailand. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. A meal fit for monkeys was served on Sunday at the annual Monkey Feast Festival in central Thailand.Amid the morning traffic, rows of monkey statues holding trays were lined up outside the compound of the Ancient Three Pagodas, while volunteers prepared food across the road for real monkeys — the symbol of Lopburi province, around 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of Bangkok.Throngs of macaque monkeys ran around, at times fighting with each other, while the crowds of visitors and locals grew.As the carefully prepared feast was brought toward the temple, the ravenous creatures began to pounce and were soon devouring the largely vegetarian spread.While the entertainment value of the festival is high, organizers are quick to point out that it is not just monkey business.Monkeys enjoy fruit during monkey feast festival in Lopburi province, Thailand. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (Photo: AP)“This monkey feast festival is a successful event that helps promote Lopburi’s tourism among international tourists every year,” said Yongyuth Kitwatanusont, the festival’s founder.“Previously, there were around 300 monkeys in Lopburi before increasing to nearly 4,000 nowadays. But Lopburi is known as a monkey city, which means monkeys and people can live in harmony.”Such harmony could be seen in the lack of shyness exhibited by the monkeys, which climbed on to visitors, vehicles and lampposts. At times the curious animals looked beyond the abundant feast and took an interest in other items.“There was a monkey on my back as I was trying to take a selfie. He grabbed the sunglasses right off my face and ran off on to the top of a lamppost and was trying to eat them for a while,” said Ayisha Bhatt, an English teacher from California working in Thailand.The delighted onlookers were largely undeterred by the risk of petty theft, although some were content to exercise caution.“We have to take care ...

Shanghai's Zhuang Yuan community to reopen

Zhang Yuan, a community of hundreds of shikumen (a style featuring Western and Chinese elements) houses in downtown Shanghai's Jing'an district, will partially reopen to the public on Dec 1 after four years of protective renovation.Reservation for visits to the newly renovated western part of the co

Popularity of Red tourism jumps among Chinese youth

Some 705 unmanned aerial vehicles form a pattern that includes fluttering red ribbons, the Party emblem and "1921-2021" on the evening of April 27, 2021 during a high-altitude light show over Baota Mountain in Yanan, Northwest Chinas Shaanxi province, to celebrate International Labor Day and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. (Photo: historical heritage sites luring a growing number of young travelersRed tourism, featuring tours of sites related to the nations revolutionary history, is now popular among Generation Z, those people born in the late 1990s or early in the 21st century.The Nanhu Revolutionary Memorial in Jiaxing, East Chinas Zhejiang province, is a first-class museum, which manages the site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China.One of the memorials highlights popular with young people is the Red Boat team, which consists of many experienced docents, or guides who work at a museum.Yuan Jing, a researcher at the memorial, said the Red Boat team was set up to approach younger people by recounting revolutionary stories in a way that they can easily understand."We come to the place where young people gather," Yuan said. The team so far has brought its elaborately designed courses about the CPCs history to many colleges and universities."The Red Boat team staged a sitcom at our university. That was a very novel form and I felt like I was on the Red Boat that year," said Zhang Mengnan, a graduate student of Zhejiang Sci-Tech University.Bringing the revolutionary past to places outside the memorial is a strategy that many such places have taken forward. The memorial of the First National Congress of the CPC in Shanghai, the former site where the founding fathers of the CPC secretly convened a meeting, is one of them.The coffee shop belonging to the memorial is now sought after by young consumers living in Shanghai. Having...

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Walking the wild side

Ranger places life on the line patrolling dangerous terrain, but he believes the rewards are worth the risk, Wang Qian reports.

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Cyprus' tourist arrivals to surpass pre-pandemic level in 2023: minister

NICOSIA, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Tourist arrivals in Cyprus next year are expected to surpass the record-high figure reported in 2019 despite international adverse economic conditions, Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios said on Tuesday.File photo: AFPHe told state-run CyBC radio that arrivals up to the end of this year are expected to reach 80 percent of the 2019s figure of close to four million visitors.Tourism is the steam engine of the economy of the eastern Mediterranean island country, accounting for about 21 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 26.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2019.Arrivals of tourists were reduced to about 632,000 in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, and then increased to 1,937,000 in 2021, further in 2022, with 3,200,000 visitors expected by the end of the year.Perdios said that the Ukraine conflict resulted in a cut of 800,000 arrivals from Russia and Ukraine in 2022. However, the loss was made up as a result of increased arrivals from a number of the European Union (EU) countries, most notably France, Germany and Poland.He said that the EU countries are emerging as the largest source of tourism for Cyprus, accounting this year for 40 percent of arrivals, up from 25 percent before the pandemic."We expect that in a few years tourists from EU countries will account for 60 percent of the total number of visitors arriving in Cyprus," Perdios said.

Universal Beijing to become winter wonderland

Festival shows are staged on "Hollywood Boulevard" at Universal Beijing Resort on Friday night. (Photo: China Daily)Starting on Friday, Universal Beijing Resort launched a series of highly anticipated winter experiences for visitors through Jan 1. Festival shows will be staged on "Hollywood Boulevard" and holiday-themed food will be offered to provide warmth and joy to people in the capital during the cold of winter.As artificial snowflakes gently fell, kids were trying to grasp snowflakes while their parents were busy taking photos on Friday night at the theme park.Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase limited winter merchandise throughout the park.

Rich in flora, fauna and history, Zhangjiajie welcomes visitors

A tourist takes part in a wingsuit flying competition in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province. (Photos: China Daily)Zhangjiajie in Central Chinas Hunan province has wowed scores of visitors with its spectacular natural peaks which have become famous globally for inspiring the scenery featured in the Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster Avatar.Boasting geographical diversity and picturesque landscapes such as fantastic mountains, streams, towering trees, deep valleys, caves and forests, the city is home to more than 300 tourism attractions and 31 national 3A-grade or higher scenic spots. They include world natural heritage sites, a world geopark and Chinas first national forest park.Former secretary-general of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon said Zhangjiajie was the most beautiful place in the world when he visited it in 2019.Over the years, Zhangjiajie has won many honorary titles awarded by both domestic and foreign authorities such as one of "the 15 most beautiful places in the world", among "Chinas top 10 most popular scenic spots for photographers", and one of "the top 10 cultural tourism destinations in China".Located in northwestern Hunan, the city has a population of 1.51 million and covers a total area of 9,533 square kilometers. It serves as a window for provincial opening-up and as a name card of beautiful China to the world.Zhangjiajie is also listed among the 25 key tourism cities to boost national development in the sector during the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25).The city is a model of ecological civilization practice, with the proportion of days recording good air quality hitting 99 percent in 2021. It has been selected as a national health city, national forest city and excellent city in practicing ecological civilization development.As the hometown of He Long (1896-1969), a Chinese military leader, and a departure place of the Long March in 1934, Zhangjiajie has become one of the countrys most-visited Red tourism desti...

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