Wealthy Chi­nese go for spe­cial round-world trip

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Af­flu­ent Chi­nese are con­tin­u­ing to spend big on over­seas travel, with a round-the-world trip cost­ing $212,520 with just 10 va­can­cies sell­ing out soon af­ter be­com­ing avail­able on Mon­day.

The price of the tour, which will take place next year, was $77,000 in 2006.

It will run from Jan 3 to March 23 and cover 22 coun­tries and re­gions. All flights will be in busi­ness class. Cruises, lux­ury train rides, pri­vate he­li­copter flights and even a nu­cle­ar­pow­ered ice­breaker trip will be in­cluded in the tour, which is be­ing op­er­ated by HH­travel, the high-end branch of travel agency Ctrip.

“Chi­nese tourists no longer travel in groups, wear the same hats with a travel agency’s logo and jump out of buses at scenic spots to take pho­tos,’’ said Zhang Guan­grui, hon­orary di­rec­tor of the Tourism Research Cen­ter at the Chi­nese Acad­emy of So­cial Sciences. “With more and more wealthy Chi­nese be­com­ing veteran trav­el­ers, stan­dard travel prod­ucts are los­ing out to tai­lored and well-planned travel pack­ages.”

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