Wa­ter­falls, caves, cool tem­per­a­tures: An­shun an ideal sum­mer va­ca­tion spot

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - ADVERTORIAL - By CHEN MEILING chen­meil­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Known for its water fall, gorge and stone build­ings, An­shun, a city in South­west China’s Guizhou prov­ince, is an ideal place for tourists to visit in sum­mer, of­fi­cials said at a re­cent pro­mo­tion con­fer­ence.

“The av­er­age tem­per­a­ture of An­shun is about 21 C in sum­mer. It has fresh and wet air, al­ways rain­ing at night,” said Gu Xinwei, di­rec­tor of the An­shun tourism de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee.

The city is home to three na­tional scenic spots, two of which have been granted 5A at­trac­tion sta­tus.

One of the 5A-level at­trac­tions, Huang­gu­oshu Water­fall, is among the largest wa­ter­falls in East Asia.

Lo­cated on the Baishui River in An­shun, it is 7 7.8 me­ters high and 101 me­ters wide. Tourists can watch the water­fall from dif­fer­ent an­gles at six of its ob­ser­va­tion decks, ac­cord­ing to China’s travel por­tal Ctrip.

The best sea­son to visit it is from June to Oc­to­ber, Ctrip said.

“The scene in the TV opera Jour­ney to the West left me with a deep im­pres­sion, said Doris Lee, a ne­ti­zen on Ctrip. “That’s when I first learned about Huang­gu­oshu Water­fall.”

Lee said she vis­ited the Doupotang water­fall at the Huang­gu­oshu scenic area, a shoot­ing site for the TV se­ries, adapted from an iden­ti­cally named an­cient novel.

“You’d bet­ter wear a rain- c o a t , o t h e r w i s e y o u’ l l g e t show­ered all over,” Lee said.

She also men­tioned an un­der­ground karst cave inside the water­fall group; the cave con­tains many col­or­ful sta­lag­mites and stone forests un­der light.

C a o Pe n g c h e n g , d e p u t y di­rec­tor of the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of Tourism De­vel­op­ment, said at the con­fer­ence that the nat­u­ral tourism re­sources of An­shun a tt r a c t e d m a ny n a t i v e s i n search of a feast for the eyes, clean air for the lungs and a place to re­lax from the stress of a busy life.

Cao said the two cities are co­op­er­at­ing to de­velop more travel routes for Bei­jing res­i­dents.

Zeng Yong­tao, Party chief of An­shun, said Bei­jing is an im­por­tant mar­ket for de­vel­op­ing its tourism. The first di­rect flight from An­shun to Bei­jing took off in early 2013, fol­lowed by a flight named af­ter Huang­gu­oshu Water­fall in 2015 fly­ing to An­shun from the Nanyuan air­port in Bei­jing.

Guizhou Fenghuang Travel Agency re­leased pref­er­en­tial poli­cies to tar­get Bei­jing tourists, say­ing vis­i­tors from the cap­i­tal can get a 50 per­cent dis­count for trav­els in An­shun.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing ap­proval to con­struct a na­tional tourism demon­stra­tion area in 2016, An­shun is on the way to in­no­vat­ing dif­fer­ent tourism prod­ucts, in­clud­ing Huang­gu­oshu Water­fall and Dragon Palace Cave, the un­der­ground cave sys­tem with lakes, wa­ter­falls and sta­lac­tites, as well as the Getu River and stone build­ings, Zeng said.

Dur­ing this year’s 2017 Guizhou An­shun Avi­club Gen­eral Avi­a­tion Flight Car­ni­val, which takes place from Fri­day through Sun­day, the city will hold pro­mo­tional events for air travel.

An­shun ranked No 2 in a list of the Top At­trac­tions of this sum­mer, re­leased by China Tourism Academy in July, fol­low­ing only Kun­ming of South­west China’s Yun­nan prov­ince.

Dai Bin, pres­i­dent of China Tourism Academy, said though tem­per­a­ture, hu­mid­ity and rainfall played an im­por­tant role in eval­u­a­tion, the re­lax­ing, fash­ion­able at­mos­phere is also key el­e­ments at­tract­ing mod­ern tourists.

Some 300 mil­lion Chi­nese peo­ple are ex­pected to seek re­lief from sum­mer’s heat in An­shun and other do­mes­tic va­ca­tion spots.

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