Expats' visual exhibition showcases charm of Changning

Shanghai in Foreign Expats Eyes Visual Exhibition is opening to the public for free starting from today, gathering visual creations by expats from over 30 countries.Organized by Changning District government, the exhibition aims to showcase the development within the district in the past four decades since Chinas reform and opening-up.The event attracted the participation of expats and consulate staff from over 30 countries including Poland, Japan, the US, France, Germany, Canada, Russia, Cuba, New Zealand and India.A work by Kylie Bisman from New Zealand (Photos: SHINE)They recorded street view and community life in Changning District, and captured the charm of city through their camera lens.Changning district is the home to 37 cultural venues and museums, as well as 121 protected constructions and over 900 hundred-year-old villas.The exhibition is held at Shanghai Art Collection Museum (1731 Yanan Rd W.) through November 27.A negative nucleic acid test report within 72 hours is required from every visitor.Reservation is needed and visitors can make reservations by scanning the code below. A work by Michael Cuivre from France A work by Balogh Attila from Hungary

October dazzles on the high plateau

Potatso National Park in Shangri-la, Yunnan province, welcomes its most beautiful season — late October. (Photo provided by Potatso National Park)In late October each year, Potatso National Park in Shangri-la, Yunnan province, welcomes its most beautiful season.The park was dyed yellow, orange and red in lush mountains, forests and grassland, where horses, cattle and sheep strolled at their leisure.The park, located in the southeastern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, features high biodiversity and is a renowned scenic spot with major ecological importance.

Partial solar eclipse from Iceland to India on Tuesday

A partial solar eclipse in Ottawa, Canada, June 10, 2021. (Photo: CFP)A partial solar eclipse will be visible across a swathe of the northern hemisphere on Tuesday, with amateur astronomers warned to take care watching the rare phenomenon.The eclipse will start at 08:58 GMT in Iceland and end off the coast of India at 13:02 GMT, crossing Europe, North Africa and the Middle East on its way, according to the Institute for Celestial Mechanics and Computation of Ephemerides (IMCCE) of Frances Paris Observatory.Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, casting its shadow down onto our planet.A total solar eclipse happens when the moon completely blocks the suns disk, momentarily plunging a portion of the Earth into complete darkness.However Tuesdays eclipse is only partial, and the "moons shadow will not touch the surface of the Earth at any point," the Paris Observatory said in a statement.The moon will cover a maximum of 82 percent of the sun over Kazakhstan, but it will not be enough darken the daylight, Paris Observatory astronomer Florent Deleflie said."To start getting the sense of darkness in the sky, to perceive a kind of cold light, the sun needs to be at least 95 percent obscured," Deleflie told AFP.Those hoping to watch the eclipse should not look at the sun directly, even through clouds, to avoid eye damage, according to experts. Protective eyewear should be worn instead."We will see that a small piece of the sun is missing. It wont be spectacular, but its always an event for amateur astronomers – and it can make for beautiful photos," Deleflie said.It will be the 16th partial solar eclipse of the century, and the second of this year.The next total solar eclipse will cross North America on April 8, 2024, according to NASA.

Places to enjoy an awesome autumn in Beijing

Autumn is the most splendid season of the year when leaves turn into "flowers." Beijing is now decorated with bright yellow ginkgo trees and red maple trees. Aside from the famous Xiangshan Park in the western suburbs of Beijing, there are many other places to see autumn leaves in the capital.

Colorful mine tailing dam in Hubei               3 Photos

Colorful mine tailing dam in Hubei

Aerial view shows a colorful mine tailing dam in Huangshi, central China's Hubei Province, Oct. 22, 2022. (Photo: VCG)Aerial view shows a colorful mine tailing dam in Huangshi, central China's Hubei Province, Oct. 22, 2022. (Photo: VCG)Aerial view shows a colorful mine tailing dam in Huangshi, central China's Hubei Province, Oct. 22, 2022. (Photo: VCG)

Tunisia launches project to promote outdoor tourism

TUNIS, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Tunisia launched a project here on Thursday to promote adventure and outdoor tourism in the north African country, the official news agency Tunis Afrique Presse reported.Tourists walk on the Avenue Habib Bourguiba, Tunis. (Photo‍: VCG)Speaking at the ceremony to launch the Adventure and Outdoors Tourism Development (AOTD) project, Tunisian Minister of Tourism Mohamed Moez Belhassine said the project was "in line with the strategy for the development of the tourism sector by 2035 in the country, which aspires to promote inclusive and sustainable tourism.""Outdoor and adventure tourism remains a real engine of economic growth and regional development," Belhassine said.The AOTD project was supported by the Promotion of Sustainable Tourism initiative, which is jointly launched by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.By Sept. 10, nearly 4.1 million tourists had visited Tunisia this year, marking an increase of 161.4 percent over the same period in 2021, according to the data released by the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism.

Sweet smell of osmanthus pervades Shanghai as flower blooms

Sweet-scented osmanthus at Zuibaichi Park in suburban Songjiang District. (Photos: Shine)The intoxicating fragrance of sweet-scented osmanthus is lingering in the air with the flower now in full bloom across the city.If the weather continues to be sunny, the sweet-scented osmanthus season will last until the end of this month, experts said.Shanghai has four major sweet-scented osmanthus varieties, and they are all blooming now, making it the best time to enjoy their fragrance.Guilin Park, a Jiangnan-style classic garden built in 1931, in Xuhui District, is known for its dense gathering of more than 1,000 osmanthus trees. The park, shut down for nearly one year for repairs, reopened recently.It is one of the most famous spots in the city to appreciate the flower.At Shanghai Botanical Garden, also in Xuhui, there are more than 40 sub-varieties of sweet-scented osmanthus, including several old trees dating back 40 to 50 years.The flowering period will last more than 15 days at the garden.Sweet-scented osmanthus at Shanghai Botanical Garden in Xuhui District.Century Park in the Pudong New Area boasts nearly 3,200 sweet-scented osmanthus trees, and the best appreciation time for some varieties is next week.Gucheng Park in Huangpu District is home to some 170 sweet-scented osmanthus trees, the most in Shanghais downtown parks.Gucun Park in suburban Baoshan District has about 10,000 sweet-scented osmanthus trees, while sweet-scented osmanthus trees are lined along paths inside Xujiahui Park in Xuhui."The long summer this year postponed the flowering of sweet-scented osmanthus," Wang Yuqin, a botanist at Shanghai Botanical Garden, explained.Sweet-scented osmanthus usually starts flowering between late August and early September in the city.However, the scorching temperatures this year delayed their flowering, with the earliest varieties beginning to blossom only in late September, according to Wang.Daning Park, Zhongshan Park, Shanghai Daguanyuan (Grandview G...

Thailand's resort city opens movie theme park to woo tourists

BANGKOK, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- A movie theme park was opened to the public on Wednesday in Thailands tourism hotspot Pattaya as part of the Southeast Asian countrys efforts to boost tourism and the local economy.Visitors pose for photographs at the "3 Mermaids" cafe, a popular Instagrammable spot in Pattaya City on May 8, 2022. (Photo: AFP)The movie theme park, with an area of about 6.24 hectares, is a collaboration project between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amazon Falls, a Thailand-based attractions developer. It features various water play areas and multiple characters from some of the most popular Hollywood films."We hope to create a dreamlike destination that brings peoples favorite characters and movies to life, and give audiences the extraordinary journey they are unlikely to find elsewhere," said Liakat Dhanji, CEO and Chairman of Amazon Falls, owner and operator of the Columbia Pictures Aquaverse park."The theme park will be a key component in our Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Smart Citys development plan. We will provide full support to ensure the success of the project and help create a long-term sustainable development in the EEC," said Kanit Sangsubhan, EEC Special Advisor on Strategic Development.Also at the opening ceremony, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya said that the opening of the park is a significant vote of confidence for Thailand and a testament to the strength and appeal of Thailand as one of the global leaders in tourism.Tourism, a key driver of Thailands economy, is gradually recovering. According to the TAT, Thailand is expected to welcome 10 million international visitors this year, generating a revenue of 1.5 trillion baht (about 39.4 billion U.S. dollars).

Thailand looks to tourism to drive economic recovery

BANGKOK, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Thailand has pinned hope on the tourism sector to boost economic recovery amid growing concerns about a slowing global economy and its impact on the countrys exports.Pedestrians cross a road as the sun sets in Bangkok on September 12, 2022. (File photo: AFP)According to the latest report by Kasikorn Research Center, a Thai think tank, Thailands economic recovery will be driven primarily by tourism for the remainder of this year and through 2023.Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn told a press briefing on Tuesday that a total of 10 million international arrivals are expected by the end of this year, which will generate a revenue of 1.5 trillion baht (about 39.3 billion U.S. dollars).Similar prediction has been made by Kasikorn Research Center, which expects 13-20 million foreign visitors to Thailand in 2023.However, the number of international arrivals is still far below the pre-pandemic levels. In 2019, Thailand welcomed nearly 40 million tourists.To better boost the tourism industry, the TAT has launched the "Always Warm" campaign in this upcoming winter as tourists are looking for a destination to escape the cold weather amid rising energy costs, according to Yuthasak."The Always Warm campaign will not only touch on Thailands warm weather but also the warm hospitality," he said, adding that it will launch promotions with airlines to attract foreign tourists.The TAT is optimistic about generating an estimated 2.4 trillion baht (about 63 billion U.S. dollars) in tourism revenue next year, which is 80 percent of the amount in 2019.The tourism-reliant kingdom suffered a 6.2 percent GDP contraction in 2020, the largest yearly dip in over two decades, and expanded by 1.6 percent last year.

Japan eager to welcome tourists from abroad amid cheap yen

Its hard to tell from his serious demeanor, but Akky International Corp. Chief Executive Hideyuki Abe can barely contain his excitement.Visitors walk along a shopping street at the Asakusa district on June 10, 2022, in Tokyo. (File photo: AP)Foreign tourists are coming back, those money-laden visitors from abroad who used to flock into his colorful store in Tokyo’s Akihabara electronics district, cluttered with watches and souvenirs like samurai swords and toy cats with bobbing heads.Individual travelers will be able to visit Japan without visas beginning on Tuesday, just like in pre-COVID-19 times, and electronics stores, airlines and various tourists spots have big hopes for a revival of their businesses.Japan kept its borders closed to most foreign travelers during much of the pandemic. Only packaged tours have been allowed since June. Meanwhile, the yen has weakened sharply against the dollar, giving some visitors much heftier buying power and making Japan nearly irresistible to bargain hunters.Abe employs about 50 people and had resorted to layoffs after the pandemic struck in 2020. Some Akihabara shops have closed down since then, but he bided his time.“Hanging on is where power lies,” Abe said. “Now, I am a bit worried about a shortage of workers.”Retailers in Akihabara and other businesses in Japan that relied heavily on visitors from all over have had a tough couple years. Major retail chain Laox shuttered its Akihabara store, keeping only its outlets at Narita airport and in the ancient capital of Kyoto open.The city of Nara, famous for its temples, shrines and sake breweries, is banking on the return of tourists from other parts of Japan along with those from abroad. A pastoral getaway with deer roaming free in parks and glorious autumn foliage, its a destination recommended for people worried about risks of visiting crowded destinations, said Katsunori Tsuji of Nara Prefecture’s tourism promotion division.“There are aspects of life that Japanes...

422 million domestic trips in China during National Day holiday

Tiananmen Square during the National Day holiday in Beijing, China. (Photo: CFP)The National Day holiday in China came to an end on Friday. Over the past seven days (October 1 to 7), the country saw 422 million domestic trips, an annual decrease of 18.2 percent, data from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism showed.Online travel platform Ctrip said that local and short-distance tours were the most popular this year.The most popular destinations for short-distance tours were Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Changsha, Suzhou, Hefei, Wuhan, Ningbo, Xi an, and Jinan.Camping seems to be gaining popularity, as well as hiking and trekking trips.The Ctrip report shows that during the National Day holiday, orders for camping increased more than 10 times year on year, with orders from locals accounting for nearly 80 percent and those by out-of-towners making up 15 percent.On average, camping costs about 650 yuan (about $91) per person, which is about 30 percent higher than the average camping expense during the Mid-Autumn Festival.During the National Day holiday, outdoor trips around Zhejiang Province, Beijing Municipality and Guangdong Province increased by 222 percent, 100 percent, and 70 percent respectively compared with the same period last year.

China sees 422 million domestic trips during National Day holiday

(ECNS) -- China saw 422 million domestic trips nationwide during the seven-day national holiday, a year-on-year decrease of 18.2 percent, equivalent to 60.7 percent in the same period of 2019, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Friday.The holiday boasted rich culture and tourism res

Autumn scenery in North China's Luanping county 6 Photos

Autumn scenery in North China's Luanping county

Photos taken on Wednesday show a picturesque autumn in Luanping county, North China's Hebei Province. (Photos by Liang Zhiqing, compiled by Sun Shulang)Photos taken on Wednesday show a picturesque autumn in Luanping county, North China's Hebei Province. (Photos by Liang Zhiqing, compiled by Sun Shulang)Photos taken on Wednesday show a picturesque autumn in Luanping county, North China's Hebei Province. (Photos by Liang Zhiqing, compiled by Sun Shulang)Photos taken on Wednesday show a picturesque autumn in Luanping county, North China's Hebei Province. (Photos by Liang Zhiqing, compiled by Sun Shulang)Photos taken on Wednesday show a picturesque autumn in Luanping county, North China's Hebei Province. (Photos by Liang Zhiqing, compiled by Sun Shulang)Photos taken on Wednesday show a picturesque autumn in Luanping county, North China's Hebei Province. (Photos by Liang Zhiqing, compiled by Sun Shulang)

Tourists ride holiday high with short trips


Tourism festival spurs consumption in Shanghai

Tourists are seen at the memorial of the first National Congress of the Communist Party of China in East Chinas Shanghai, Oct 1, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)SHANGHAI, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Cultural and tourism consumption boomed during the three-week Shanghai Tourism Festival, with the citys tourist attractions recording 10.67 million visits, said the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism.During the tourism festival from Sept. 17 to Oct. 6, the occupancy rate of hotels in Shanghai reached 54 percent, 7 percentage points higher from the previous month.The total amount of consumer transactions on cultural and tourism-related products and services in Shanghai exceeded 74.3 billion yuan (about 10.5 billion U.S. dollars), according to the Shanghai branch of card payment giant China UnionPay.Reservations on tours to Shanghais suburban areas increased 200 percent year on year during the National Day holiday, featuring camping and other multiple choices for urbanites.

Enjoy China's National Day holiday with Pan: Classical Gardens of Suzhou

Have you ever been to the Classical Gardens of Suzhou? Located in East Chinas Jiangsu Province, the Suzhou Classical Gardens were originally built some 2,500 years ago, and became prosperous during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. The gardens seek to recreate natural landscapes in miniature, and they change every season. The meticulous design of these classical gardens reflect the profound, metaphysical importance of natural beauty in Chinese culture.(Produced by Cheng Weidan, Wang Xiangyu, Lin Rui and Liang Peiyu)

Enjoy China's National Day holiday with Pan: Shaolin Temple

Do you like kungfu? The Shaolin Temple, located at Songshan Mountain in Central Chinas Henan Province, is the birthplace of Shaolin martial arts. Monks here are famous for their kungfu skills. Every year, millions of tourists visit the temple to take a look at the mysterious art of kungfu described in many kungfu movies. (Produced by Cheng Weidan, Wang Xiangyu, Lin Rui and Liang Peiyu)

New routes launched to explore 'five new cities'


Holiday spending reflects upturn in China's consumer market

People visit Jiaxiu Pavilion in Guiyang, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province, Oct. 1, 2022.(Xinhua/Tao Liang) During the National Day holiday in China, both online and offline shopping have gained momentum in the country, thanks to heighte

Enjoy China's National Day holiday with Pan: The Potala Palace

Have you ever been to the Potala Palace? In colors including red, white and yellow, the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of Southwest Chinas Tibet Autonomous Region, looks even more magnificent from an aerial view. The palace was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994 and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tibet.(Produced by Cheng Weidan, Wang Xiangyu, Lin Rui and Liang Peiyu)

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