Guizhou in­vites tourists to beat the heat

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By YANG JUN in Guiyang and XIN DINGDING in Bei­jing

Moun­tain­ous Guizhou prov­ince has adopted new mea­sures to get more tourists to spend a cool sum­mer there, as many parts of the coun­try swel­ter in heat and hu­mid­ity.

Tourists from 10 provin­cial­level re­gions deemed to be among the hottest in China — Fu­jian, Zhe­jiang, Jiangsu, Hu­nan, Hubei, Shaanxi, Jiangxi and An­hui prov­inces, as well as the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion and Chongqing mu­nic­i­pal­ity — can en­joy a 50 per­cent dis­count on tick­ets to most scenic spots in Guizhou be­tween Tues­day and Sept 15, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment said in a news re­lease on Mon­day.

Cars with li­cense plates reg­is­tered in the 10 ar­eas can also en­joy a 50-per­cent dis­count on tolls if they use the pro­vin­cial high­way dur­ing the time.

There will also be deep dis­counts on air­line tick­ets be­tween Guizhou and the 10 ar­eas. Air­lines are en­cour­aged to add more flights to Guizhou, for which they will be ex­empted from part of the fees for us­ing air­ports in the prov­ince.

So far this year, 20 flights have been added to Guiyang, the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal, from the 10 ar­eas, said Wang Wenxue, deputy direc­tor of Guizhou Tourism Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee.

The wel­come ges­ture was made at a time when many parts of the coun­try are ex­peri- enc­ing op­pres­sive heat.

Wang said that while many ar­eas were fore­cast to have tem­per­a­tures above 35 C in re­cent days, Guizhou boasts an av­er­age tem­per­a­ture of 23 C in July.

The mea­sures are ex­pected to at­tract more tourists to the prov­ince, which re­ceived 81 mil­lion vis­i­tors be­tween June and Sep­tem­ber last year.

Con­tact the writ­ers at yangjun@chi­nadaily.com.cn

DENG GANG / FOR CHINA DAILY

For­eign tourists ride shared bikes to China’s first eth­nic-themed out­door fes­ti­val held in Rongjiang, Guizhou prov­ince, ear­lier this year. The fes­ti­val in­volves a com­bi­na­tion of sports and tourism with char­ac­ter­is­tics of Dong and Miao eth­nic groups.

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