Delicate rime ice appears in Jilin

Delicate rime ice covers trees with filigrees of frost to create haunting natural scenery in Jilin city, Jilin province, turning the city into a dreamy landscape. Photo by Yan Bin/For After a heavy snow, people in Jilin city, Jilin province, got their first rime ice views of the

Bangkok, host of APEC 2022 meeting 7 Photos

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Scenery of Bali, Indonesia 4 Photos

Scenery of Bali, Indonesia

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Through the mist of time, nature reveals its true beauty

View of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall during sunrise. [PHOTO BY MICHAEL RHYS CARD/CHINA DAILY] Before coming to China, the Great Wall held a mysterious and poetic quality for me. I had seen it in photos, in film and read about it in books, but my first experience of the wall gave me a ver

G-20 summit casts spotlight on Bali's tourism revival

Tourists walk past a G20 banner in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Photo: AP)Bali wants the world to know its back.Dozens of world leaders and other dignitaries are traveling to the Indonesian island for the G-20 summit, drawing a welcome spotlight on the revival of the tropical destination’s vital tourism sector.Tourism is the main source of income on this idyllic “island of the gods," which is renowned for its tropical beaches, terraced rice paddies, mystical temples and colorful spiritual offerings.The pandemic hit Bali harder than most places in Indonesia.Before the pandemic, 6.2 million foreigners arrived in Bali each year. Its lively tourism scene — fueled by hard-partying clubgoers, chilled surfers and spiritual bliss-seekers alike — faded after the first case of COVID-19 was found in Indonesia in March 2020. Restaurants and resorts shut and many workers returned to their villages to try to get by.Foreign tourist arrivals dropped to only 1 million in 2020, mostly in the first few months of the year, and then to a few dozen in 2021, according to government data. More than 92,000 people employed in tourism lost their jobs and the average occupancy rate of Bali hotels fell below 20%.The island’s economy contracted 9.3% in 2020 from the year before and shrank further in 2021.“The coronavirus outbreak has hammered the local economy horribly,” said Dewa Made Indra, regional secretary of Bali province. “Bali is the region with the most severe economic contraction.”The island is home to more than 4 million people, who are mainly Hindu in the mostly Muslim archipelago nation.After closing to all visitors early in the pandemic, Bali reopened to Indonesians from other parts of the country in mid-2020. That helped, but then a surge of cases in July 2021 again emptied the island’s normally bustling beaches and streets. Authorities restricted public activities, closed the airport and shuttered all shops, bars, sit-down restaurants, tourist at...

Snow-capped mountains atop golden forest in world's largest canyon


Snow-capped mountains atop golden forest in world's largest canyon

As the temperature drops, forests in the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon in Tibet Autonomous Region have turned golden, as if the snow-capped mountains are wearing a spectacular dress. CFP Water erosion and the oro

Magnificent light shows open along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

Bangkok (Peoples Daily) – Tourists in Thailand are now able to enjoy enchanting night-time illumination, light shows, projections on walls, and cultural performances along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.Photo: Sun GuangyongThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) hopes to attract visitors to experience the magnificent "Visit Chao Phraya" lighting extravaganza that will light up the Chao Phraya River as it flows through the Thai capital city.The event started on Saturday and is expected to last until November 27.Photo: Sun GuangyongPhiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the minister of tourism and sports, said "This is the most extravagant light event of its kind along the Chao Phraya River, and it is certainly not to be missed as it promises to amaze and delight. With this initiative, we are welcoming high season tourists back to Bangkok and a Thailand that is now fully reopened to international tourism, and also APEC economic leaders and delegates attending the APEC Economic Leaders Week."Photo: Sun GuangyongTaking place at six prominent locations along the Chao Phraya River -- Rama VIII Bridge, Wichai Prasit Fort, Wat Kalayanamit, Phra Phuttha Yodfa Bridge (Memorial Bridge), River City Bangkok, and IconSiam, the Vijit Chao Phraya event aims to accentuate the exciting ambiance and colorful vibe of the famous waterway and create business opportunities for dinner cruises, boat tours, hotels, and riverside restaurants in the Thai capital.The best viewing points will be across from each venue on the opposite side of the river, as well as from a cruise along the river itself.

More people get off the beaten track for relaxing break

Tourists feed black-headed gulls returning for winter at Dianchi Lake in Kunming, Yunnan province. (Photo: Xinhua)Going against the tide of flocking to well-known yet generally jam-packed tourist destinations on vacation, a growing number of holidaymakers in China tend to spend their leisure time at lesser-known resorts to seek unique, relaxed holiday experiences."Reverse tourism" has emerged as a new trend among young holidaymakers in China."Man moves 1 meter every 10 minutes on Huangshan Mountain" became a trending topic on social media during this years National Day holiday in October, a time when well-known tourist attractions such as Huangshan generally operate at full capacity.The news reminded some of a social media post in August about a comfortable stay in an upscale hotel in the lesser-known northeastern border city of Hegang at only 318 yuan ($44) per night.During the weeklong public holiday, which ended on Oct 7, large numbers of vacationers, especially young professionals who long to escape hectic city life, shunned popular holiday destinations in order to get off the beaten track and enjoy some peace and quiet.According to data from online travel agency Qunar, as cited by Beijing Daily, the number of rooms booked at hotels in less-traveled cities during the holiday was up 30 percent year-on-year.Bookings for four — and five-star hotels in less-traveled places including Linxia in Gansu province, Shizuishan in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region, and Haibei in Qinghai province all increased at least 10-fold compared with the same period of 2021.In Shandong province, for instance, some lesser-known scenic spots posted double-digit growth during the holiday. Baimaiquan Park in the provincial capital of Jinan received 52,100 visits in the seven days, up 15.78 percent year-over-year.Some young professionals who normally have little time for themselves simply had a staycation in a hotel to make the much-awaited hiatus more relaxing.Besi...

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Suzhou taps into international travel market

Suzhou has continued to promote its tourism resources among international travelers over the past 12 months.A demonstration of Suzhou's incense culture. [Photo provided to China Daily]The city in East China's Jiangsu province has staged nine tourism events online and offline in its major overseas ma

CIIE boosts Shanghai's popularity as a tourism destination

Ti GongFrisbee introduced at the booth at the 5th China International Import Expo in Shanghai.The ongoing 5th China International Import Expo has boosted the popularity of Shanghai, based on search results of travel operators.In the latest week, search related to Shanghai has soared 50

World Heritage in Cambodia – Angkor and beyond

Cambodia, known as the "Kingdom of Wonders," offers travelers beautiful temples, a rich cultural history, and relaxed atmosphere. The Kingdom is renowned for its three United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites, namely the Angkor Archaeological Par

Rural tourism promoted in China's Hainan

HAIKOU, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Local authorities are promoting rural tourism in south Chinas Hainan Province with a series of new tourism routes and attractions.File photo: CGTNThe provincial department of agriculture and rural affairs has unveiled 10 rural leisure tourism routes and 35 rural tourist spots, with their themes ranging from science, technology, and revolutionary history, to distinctive countryside culture.Tourism resources will play a positive role in promoting the high-quality development of rural industries, according to the department.Hainan authorities plan to promote more tourism products and models in the future, including leisure fishing and the like.

Cambodia sees big jump in foreign tourists to famed Angkor in first 10 months

PHNOM PENH, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Cambodias famed Angkor Archaeological Park received 169,349 international tourists in the first 10 months of 2022, up 2,224 percent compared to the same period last year, said an official report on Friday.The park made 6.76 million U.S. dollars in revenue from ticket sales during the January-October period this year, up 2,155 percent year-on-year, the state-owned Angkor Enterprises report showed.Holidaymakers from 125 countries and regions visited the site during the period, the report said.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.During the pre-COVID-19 pandemic era, the Angkor park received up to 2.2 million international visitors in 2019, generating 99 million dollars in revenue from ticket sales, the Angkor Enterprise said.According to Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Thursday, high vaccination rates have in part helped revive the kingdoms tourism industry.He said COVID-19 vaccines have built herd immunity in Cambodia that has allowed the country to reopen its borders with confidence since late 2021."Thanks to the adoption of the vaccination policy as the key, together with the effectiveness of the implementation of the Roadmap for Cambodia Tourism Promotion and Recovery Plan during and post-COVID-19 2020-2025, Cambodia has received an increasing arrival of international tourists," Hun Sen said.

Egrets enjoy Chongqing's cleaned-up ecology

An egret skims across a flooded water-level fluctuation zone in Hongshaqi Waterfront Ecological Park, Southwest China's Chongqing. Photo by Hou Benyan/For Hongshaqi Waterfront Ecological Park in Chongqing's Wanzhou district took on a picturesque look recently when its water-level

Birds foraging in golden poplar forest along Tarim River


Fall color is peaking in Beijing parks

As autumn advances, vibrant fall colors continue to expand across Beijing. Delightful shades of yellow, red and chestnut have transformed the city parks into an autumnal awesomeness.  The Summer Palace.

Mandarin ducks enjoy winter in Guizhou 4 Photos

Mandarin ducks enjoy winter in Guizhou

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Poster: Rivers in China 16 Photos

Poster: Rivers in China

Curves cut into the land: Sprung from the mountains, winding rivers map their way across this land with twists and turns. (Produced by Cheng Ming, Xie Runjia and He Shan)Traces of life: Major rivers and minor creeks run like veins across the vast land of China, knitting everyone living on this land closely together with nurturing and beautiful nature.River cities: Home to the earliest civilization, rivers are vital to the flourishing of cities.Contrast of colors: When one stream of water encounters another, not-to-be-missed natural wonders await our appreciation.

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