People of Chengdu in SW China enjoy life in slow lane

03:00 Chengdu, the capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, has a history dating back over 3,000 years. Known as "the Land of Abundance," Chengdu's growth has been closely linked to the extensive water networks in the regio

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

Have you ever been to the Palace Museum? It is located in the imperial palace of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.The magnificent architectural complex, also known as the Forbidden City, and the vast holdings of paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, and antiquities of the imperial collections make it one of the most prestigious museums in China and the world. In 1987 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.(Produced by Cheng Weidan, Wang Xiangyu, Lin Rui and Liang Peiyu)

Local tours on the rise during holiday

Tourists visit the Temple of Heaven in Beijing on Sunday. Local tourism has been booming in many cities nationwide, including Beijing, Chongqing and Shanghai, during this years National Day holiday. (Photo: China Daily)Tourism trend gains more ground as consumer habits change due to COVIDOn the first day of the weeklong National Day holiday, the number of day-trip travelers participating in local tours or traveling to nearby regions almost doubled compared to last year, online travel agencies said.Bookings at hotels and bed-and-breakfasts (B&B) in suburban Beijing were hot commodities. The booking volume for B&B stays in the capitals Miyun district was three times higher year-on-year, said Toncheng Travel, a Suzhou, Jiangsu province-based online travel agency.The trend also reflects a change in habits among travelers facing the potential risk of a COVID-19 resurgence, it said.On Saturday, the top five cities recording the highest booking volumes for admission to local tourist attractions were Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu in Sichuan province, Guangzhou in Guangdong province and Chongqing. Among them, bookings from travelers born in the 1990s and after 2000 accounted for nearly half of the total, said Group, Chinas largest online travel agency."More people taking trips locally will help expand the growth potential of local travel resources. The break serves as an opportunity for business operators to showcase their abilities. They compete to attract local consumers to revisit by providing high-quality services and innovative activities," said Shen Jiani, a senior researcher at Trip.coms research institute.Zhou Weihong, deputy general manager of Springtour Travel Agency, said organizing local tours has become a new business growth opportunity for the agency. Some of its tour guides who guided group tours abroad or on domestic long-haul trips have transferred to local tours and netted stable incomes.This year, consumers hav...

Enjoy China's National Day holiday with Pan: Jiuzhaigou Valley

Have you ever been to Jiuzhaigou Valley? It is located in the Southwest China’s Sichuan Province. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Jiuzhaigou Valley literally means “Nine Village Valley” and is named after the nine Tibetan villages scattered throughout the park. The superb landscapes of Jiuzhaigou Valley are particularly interesting for their narrow conic karst landforms and spectacular waterfalls and lakes.(Produced by Cheng Weidan, Wang Xiangyu, Lin Rui and Liang Peiyu)

Enjoy China's National Day holiday with Pan: Elephant Trunk Hill

Have you ever been to the Elephant Trunk Hill? There has been a famous Chinese saying: "Guilins scenery is the best under all heaven." The idiom is not far from the mark because Guilin is easily one of Chinas most picturesque places to visit.Elephant Trunk Hill is regarded as the symbol of Guilin. It stands in the downtown area of Guilin city. The name of this hill comes from its shape - it looks like a giant elephant dipping its trunk into the river.(Produced by Cheng Weidan, Wang Xiangyu, Lin Rui and Liang Peiyu)

World Tourism Day 2022: Rethinking Tourism

Ariel view of Thousand Island Lake, Hangzhou City, east China's Zhejiang Province, September 24, 2022. /CFP World Tourism Day focuses on promoting tourism in various parts of the world. Started by the United Nations World Trade Organization (UNWTO), the day is commemorated eve

China gets ready for travel during the National Day Holiday

Tourists ride on camels during Mid-Autumn Festival holiday at Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Spring scenic spot in Dunhuang, Northwest Chinas Gansu province, Sept 10, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)Peoples enthusiasm for travelling is rising in China for the upcoming week-long National Day holiday.Air ticket prices and booking volume are seeing an obvious increase during the week-long period compared with this years Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, the reported Tuesday.By Sept 16, the average price of the booked air ticket during the National Day holiday surpassed 700 yuan ($97.93), increasing nearly 40 percent compared with the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, said the online travel agency TravelGo.Air tickets for some routes are in short supply during the upcoming holiday, with the price of economy class on some routes surging to full price, said another online travel platform Qunar.The discounts for air tickets have been greatly reduced from Sept 28 to 30 on some popular travel routes, such as Beijing-Dunhuang, Shanghai-Lijiang, Guangzhou-Jiuzhaigou and Tianjin-Jieyang.The top 10 most popular destinations by flight during the upcoming National Day holiday are Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Kunming, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Xian, Chongqing, Changsha and Qingdao, according to the online tour platform Ctrip.With the relaxation of entry and quarantine policies in some countries and regions, the search and order volumes of air tickets on international routes have significantly increased.Data from the TravelGo showed that the average price of the international flights jumps 18 percent year-on-year during the week-long holiday.By Sept 25, Japan became the hottest flight destination from China, with the number of booked flight orders for that route surging 67 percent week-on-week during the holiday. Moreover, the air price of the route increased 32 percent.Popular overseas flight destinations also include the UK, South Korea, Singapore and Russia.The short-dist...

Mainland tour groups to Macao likely to resume in Nov

Tourists go through the Qingmao Checkpoint between the Macao Special Administrative Region and Guangdong province, on Sept 8, 2021. (Photo: IC)Chief Executive of Macao Special Administrative Region Ho Iat-seng said on Saturday that the mainland tour groups to Macao are expected to resume in November to revive the citys battered economy.Speaking to media, Ho said he reported Macaos current economic situation to Vice-Premier Han Zheng over a video conference on Friday.The issue of mainland e-visa and the tour groups to Macao from the mainland, which have been suspended for over two years, were discussed. In the meantime, the meeting also agreed to allow Macaos light rail, one of its major infrastructure plans, to link the Qingmao port.Ho said the pandemic has hit Macaus economy hard and the city is facing difficult times.The Executive Council of Macao announced on Friday the second MOP 10 billion financial support plan, which will provide short-term relief for residents, but the economy still needs to recover in the end to function properly.The central government has agreed to first resume e-visas and mainland tour groups from one city and four provinces, namely Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Shanghai, to Macao, Ho said. Relevant preparation, such as a circuit breaker mechanism in case of the pandemic outbreak, will take about a month, he added.The initial goal is to double the current 21,000 trips per day to about 40,000 trips per day, or about half of the pre-pandemic level, he said.Ho said the prerequisite of the policy is to follow mainland’s anti-pandemic measures and maintain the requirement of seven-day hotel quarantine and three-day home monitoring for incoming visitors outside the mainland.

Int'l tourism recovers, but nowhere near pre-pandemic levels: UN agency

MADRID, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- International tourism has continued to show signs of recovery, but is unlikely to return to pre-pandemic levels anytime soon, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said on Monday.Travelers are seen at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, on March 15, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)According to the latest World Tourism Barometer published by the Madrid-based agency, an estimated 474 million tourists traveled internationally in the first seven months of this year, equivalent to 57 percent of the number of international tourist arrivals in the same period prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.The strongest recovery was reported in Europe and the Middle East, with arrivals at 74 percent and 76 percent of 2019 levels respectively.Though "cautiously optimistic" for the remainder of 2022, the UN agency believes the "uncertain economic environment" has "reversed prospects for a return to pre-pandemic levels in the near term."This is mainly due to rising inflation and the spike in oil prices, which have caused higher transport and accommodation costs and put consumer purchasing power and savings under pressure, said the UN agency.

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Yanqing's top destinations to travel around in autumn

Jiuyan Watchtower in Yanqing. (Photo provided to Beijings Yanqing district rolled out travel products for tourists yesterday, through which, one can experience the golden autumn in suburbs of Beijing.The travel recommendations include ten spots to view red leaves and ten natural oxygen bars to feel oxygen-rich landscape.The top ten places to enjoy the rea leaves include the Great Wall at Badaling, Jiuyan Watchtower, Yanqing Baili Landscape Gallery, Yudu Mountain and the Olympic Park in Yanqing.The top ten natural oxygen bars are five scenic spots of Beijing Expo Park, Yanqing Olympic Park, the Wild Duck Lake National Wetland Park, Yanqing International Grape Expo Garden and the landscape at Jiuyan Watchtower, as well as five villages of Shixia, Pengyao, Duijiushi, Huoshaoying and Dashiyao.To facilitate the traveling in autumn, especially the upcoming 7-day National Day holiday, Yanqing launches the shuttle bus route between Qianmen in downtown Beijing and the Great Wall at Badaling and the shuttle bus route between Qianmen and theWild Duck Lake National Wetland Park.

Beijing to set up 40 bike routes highlighting culture, tourism

Encouraged by more and more residents opting for cycling instead of motor vehicles, Beijing plans to set up 20 bicycle routes in its urban areas and another 20 in its suburbs by 2025. According to the authority, the routes will feature the city's sightseeing spots as well as its history and culture.

Tourism festival touts archeology journey in Yangpu District

Residents and tourists are invited to embark on a haipai (Shanghai-style) "city archeology" journey in Yangpu District to explore its cultural and tourism splendor and hidden gems.

LinaBell makes surprise International Day of Sign Languages appearance

Ti GongLinaBell attends a community sign language class to celebrate the International Day of Sign Languages.Ti GongAfter the class, the curious little fox also visits Chuansha Park.Disney character LinaBell has challenged herself to a new adventure: learning sign language.The curious a

Universal Beijing Resort marks first anniversary with surging visits

Universal Beijing Resort celebrated its first anniversary on Tuesday, and despite the COVID-19 epidemic it has remained popular, with visits surging. It has also boosted consumption at surrounding hotels and restaurants. A child poses for photos at the Universal Beijing Resort in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 20, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)Ticket bookings for the resort rose more than 50 percent in August from July, with childrens ticket bookings up nearly 70 percent, data from domestic online travel platform Qunar showed.During the second weekend in September, which was also Chinas Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, the ticket bookings surged six times compared to the previous weekend, Qunar told the Global Times on Tuesday.The resort also has boosted consumption nearby, Qunar said. For instance, accommodation bookings around Beijing Universal Studios during the summer vacation - from July 1 to August 31 - increased by nearly 50 percent year-on-year, it said.Since the opening of the resort, more than 13.8 million visitors have watched over 68,000 performances at the park, and they have drunk over 1 million cups of butter beer, media reports said, citing data from the resort. Different from historical and cultural sites in Beijing, the Universal Beijing Resort has offered a new choice for both residents in the city and tourists from other cities, Lin Huanjie, director of the Institute for Theme Park Studies in China, told the Global Times on Tuesday.It has also boosted the growth of surrounding industries, such as transportation, hotels, retail, catering and others, Lin said.Boosted by the resort, the revenue of the culture, sports and entertainment companies above a designated size in Beijings Tongzhou District, where the theme park is located, increased by 367.4 percent year-on-year in 2021, and the revenue of the accommodation industry increased by 122.6 percent, Yang Lei, vice director of the district said at a press conference on July 12. Lin also noted t...

China mulls ramping up border travel market management

A cross-border shuttle bus at the Mohan Port in Southwest China's Yunnan Province on April 22, 2022. Photo: VCGChina mulls strengthening management of border travel, indicating the regions where many tourists have taken part in gambling may have their border tourism activities suspended or even term

Diverse Inner Mongolia city features eco-harmony

In Ergune, Inner Mongolia autonomous region, wetlands, rivers, lakes, forests and grasslands coexist. [Photo by Cai Guang/For] Ergune, Inner Mongolia autonomous region, has about 1.56 million hectares of wetlands with high latitude, low altitude and diverse plant species. Forests

Spectacular sea of clouds enveloping Yuntai Mountain in SW China

00:45 Located in northern Shibing county of southwest China's Guizhou Province, Yuntai Mountain is famous for its unique karst landform and spectacular clouds. The mountain gets the name "Yuntai" because its peak shapes like a platfo

COVID rules make tourists wary of holiday travel

An aerial photo shows people taking bamboo rafts to appreciate scenery during the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday in the Wuyishan National Park, Southeast Chinas Fujian province, on Sept 11, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)More people decide to take shorter trips close to home during Mid-Autumn breakDomestic tourism declined due to the unpredictable COVID-19 situation and restrictive policies that dented peoples enthusiasm for long-distance travel over the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, official figures showed.The latest figures from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Monday show that the domestic market saw over 73.4 million trips over the three-day break from Saturday to Monday, a decrease of 16.7 percent year-on-year. The number of trips was around 73 percent of that in the same period of 2019 before the outbreak of COVID-19.Revenue generated during the holiday was about 28.7 billion yuan ($4.15 billion), falling by 22.8 percent year-on-year, said the ministry. The number was roughly 61 percent of that back in 2019.Travel agencies, however, gave relatively sanguine views of the markets performance over the Group, an online travel agency, said in a report that the daily average number of bookings on its platform saw a double-digit growth above normal during the holiday, and double that during the Tomb-Sweeping Day holiday and May Day holiday back in April and May.Facing uncertainty with regard to travel restrictions in certain places across the country, many instead chose to take short trips closer to home.For example, the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council released a notice on Sept 8 that people are encouraged to spend their holidays close to home to avoid any possible outbreaks as a result of large-scale population flows.It said that from Saturday to Oct 31, travelers should have a negative nucleic acid test result to take flights, trains, buses and ferries for cross-provincial trips.According to Tuniu, another travel ...

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


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