Tourists can buy haze in­sur­ance for six cities

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Tourists will soon be com­pen­sated fi­nan­cially if they en­counter haze and smoggy days dur­ing their trips to six cities in China, in­clud­ing the cap­i­tal Bei­jing.

China’s largest on­line travel agency, Ctrip.com In­ter­na­tional Ltd, with Chi­nese in­sur­ance gi­ant Ping An In­sur­ance ( Group) Co of China Ltd, started to sell haze travel in­sur­ance this week.

Tourists who have booked pack­aged tours or back­pack tours via Ctrip that last be­tween three and seven days are el­i­gi­ble to buy haze in­sur­ance.

As long as tourists stay in the des­ig­nated city for at least two days dur­ing hazy weather, they will be able to file claims on their in­sur­ance. The pre­mium is priced at 10 yuan ($1.60) or 15 yuan each, and the daily com­pen­sa­tion limit is 50 yuan per per­son.

The first six cities cho­sen for the in­sur­ance are Bei­jing, Xi’an, Harbin, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shang­hai. Ctrip and Ping An are draw­ing up a sec­ond batch of cities and rel­e­vant prod­ucts.

Ctrip told China Daily it chose the first six cities based on their pop­u­lar­ity among tourists and the state of their weather. (Photo 4)

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