Ready, aim… travel! Chi­nese seek thrills

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By LIA ZHU li­azhu@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

in San Fran­cisco

Af­flu­ent Chi­nese tourists are seek­ing unique and per­son­al­ized ex­pe­ri­ences in the US as they have more con­fi­dence and flex­i­bil­ity to travel on their own, said tour op­er­a­tors.

“Shoot­ing, hunt­ing and fish­ing from a lux­ury yacht are among the most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties our cus­tomers are pur­su­ing,” said Gary Guo, who is based in Los An­ge­les and runs agency “Do Your Brand Tour”. His com­pany helps trav­el­ers de­sign tours or add short side trips to their itin­er­ar­ies ac­cord­ing to their in­ter­ests.

“They are es­pe­cially in­ter­ested in shoot­ing firearms be­cause it’s not per­mit­ted in China,” he said. “There are many shoot­ing clubs where tourists have a large se­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent types of firearms and bul­lets in San Fran­cisco and Los An­ge­les.”

“To Chi­nese, shoot­ing guns is like mys­te­ri­ous. They are cu­ri­ous about it,” said Nick Li, a shoot­ing in­struc­tor in Los An­ge­les. “Their cu­rios­ity is sat­is­fied when they hold in their hands the firearms they have seen in movies or games, and shoot.”

Li got his li­cense two years ago and has been re­ceiv­ing tourists ever since un­der his tour-guide friends’ sug­ges­tion.

“I was ad­vised to com­bine my own in­ter­est and tourism to­gether. It turns out to be good,” said Li, who also works as hunt­ing guide.

Now Li ac­com­mo­dates Chi­nese tourists ev­ery week. “Half of my cus­tomers are from China. They know me from tour guides or past cus­tomers,” he said.

The ser­vice is not cheap. A half­day hunt­ing tour usu­ally costs $1,000 per per­son and a three­day tour of hunt­ing from he­li­copter costs $15,000 per per­son,

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