Hei­long jiang opens arms to gaokao stu­dents

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By TIAN XUEFEI and ZHOU HUIYING in Harbin

Hei­long jiang Pro­vin­cial Tourism De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee has ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to stu­dents who took part in this year’s na­tional col­lege en­trance exam, or gaokao, to visit scenic spots in the prov­ince.

The com­mit­tee said in an open letter that nearly 100 scenic spots are pro­vid­ing free tick­ets for the stu­dents and two half-price tick­ets for their fam­ily mem­bers from July 1 to Oct 7.

Scenic spots’ slo­gans have been shared on the com­mit­tee’s WeChat ac­count, which in­clude “Wit­ness the au­rora bo­re­alis in Mohe county’s Beiji vil­lage”, “Breathe the fresh­est air in Yichun’s Tang­wanghe Na­tional Park”, “Ex­pe­ri­ence a real volcano in Mu­dan­jiang’s Jingpo Lake” and “En­joy the cold min­eral spring in Heihe’s Wu­dalianchi Scenic Area”.

Hou Wei, deputy di­rec­tor of the com­mit­tee, said, “Bring your ID cards and ad­mis­sion cards or letters — Hei­long jiang wel­comes you.

“We also wel­come you to study at col­leges in Hei­long - jiang. In ad­di­tion to rich tourism re­sources, the prov­ince has elite uni­ver­si­ties. You are go­ing to love it af­ter vis­it­ing,” he added.

Hei­long jiang’s forests, wet­lands and rivers pro­vide a cool place to beat the sum­mer heat, with tem­per­a­tures av­er­ag­ing a com­fort­able 20 C in the hottest months.

The prov­ince is known as a win­ter won­der­land, with its cap­i­tal, Harbin, host­ing some of the world’s largest snowand ice-sculp­ture fes­ti­vals.

If win­ter seems too far away, peo­ple can also en­joy ice and snow dur­ing the sum­mer, as Harbin is home to the world’s largest in­door ice and snow park, which cov­ers 6,000 square me­ters.

In ad­di­tion, on June 30, the world’s largest in­door ski re­sort, Harbin Wanda City, opened in the city.

Af­ter tak­ing in the nat­u­ral scenery, peo­ple can en­joy an au­dio­vi­sual feast at the Harbin Grand Theater, which stages more than 1,000 per­for­mances through­out the year.

Hei­long jiang is an ab­so­lute par­adise for epi­cures. Vis­i­tors can en­joy wild river fish, Rus­sian cui­sine, Harbin sausage and wild blue­ber­ries.

Li Xin, 18, a stu­dent from Yangzhou, Jiangsu prov­ince, plans to visit the prov­ince next month.

“I got a sat­is­fy­ing gaokao score, and af­ter fin­ish­ing my col­lege ap­pli­ca­tion process, I would like to take a trip to Hei­long jiang,” he said.

“My Chi­nese teacher is from Hei­long jiang, so I learned from her that it is cool in the sum­mer and charm­ing in the win­ter. Af­ter hear­ing about the in­vi­ta­tion, I made the de­ci­sion to visit.

“I be­lieve it will be a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence, and I will ask my teacher to give me some sug­ges­tions about the trip,” Li added.

Con­tact the writ­ers at zhouhuiy­ing@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

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