Published on : Wednesday, April 2, 2014
According to local official, though last year inbound tourism numbers declined in China, a city in Guizhou province Tongren, is usually far off the tourist trail, has turn up with a attractive formula. The city welcomed 60,508 foreign visitors in 2013 and that figure is likely to hit 100,000 before 2015, the Tongren tourism bureau said. Tongren is a wonderland with undamaged charm, and the local authorities are dedicated to advance it.
The mayor of Tongren, and a deputy to the National People’s Congress, Xia Qingfeng, said, “We are focusing on developing markets in Japan and South Korea this year to further boost tourism.
The country has forty-five picturesque spots listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, the second highest in the world, but less-famous areas are also coming into focus. In recent years, Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan provinces have observed a secure increase in inbound tourism. Besides, municipal problems such as traffic jamming and smog have made some cities less striking.
Xia said that this year, to promote Tongren as a tourism destination, the city will apply for UNESCO World Natural Heritage recognition for Fanjing Mountain.
The mountain, which reaches a peak of 2,572 meters, is one of the country’s holy Buddhist Mountains and habitat to the rare snub-nosed monkey. According to the local tourism bureau, above 10,000 domestic and foreign photographers have been invited to Tongren to record its charm, in the past year.
The city government says last year, the city lifted 97,000 people out of poverty through its blooming tourist industry. Around 130,000 villagers and farmers are occupied in rural tourism. By 2015, tourism output is likely to hit 28 billion yuan, with tourist counts expected to hit 30 million.