Guiyang set to be­come ma­jor tourist draw

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE - By YANG FEIYUE

Con­tracts to de­velop a to­tal of nine tourism projects worth 6 bil­lion yuan ($893 mil­lion) in Guiyang, the cap­i­tal of Guizhou province, were an­nounced at a tourism pro­mo­tion con­fer­ence in Bei­jing on Aug 4.

They in­clude a ge­o­log­i­cal tourism town, a self-drive camp­ing site and a “red tourism” zone.

The projects are part of the city’s ef­forts to be­come a tourism des­ti­na­tion that of­fers di­verse ex­pe­ri­ences, says Yuan Yun­long, di­rec­tor of the city’s Tourism In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion.

Guiyang is known as a sum­mer get­away for its year-round cool weather and lush moun­tain­ous land­scape. The av­er­age tem­per­a­ture is be­tween 17 and 28 C all year round.

The city is ex­pected to have 1,000 eco­log­i­cal parks by 2020.

New travel routes for vis­i­tors were also an­nounced at the Bei­jing con­fer­ence, and they will in­te­grate the city’s wa­ter­falls, moun­tain parks, his­tor­i­cal sites, eth­nic cul­ture and out­door pro­grams.

Guiyang’s scenic spots usu­ally see more vis­i­tors dur­ing the sum­mer, the lo­cal tourism author­ity re­ports.

Ap­prox­i­mately 30 mil­lion peo­ple vis­ited Guiyang in the first six months of this year, up 18 per­cent year-onyear, and in­come from tourism was 85 bil­lion yuan, up 33 per­cent year-on-year.

Last year, the city re­ceived 111 mil­lion vis­its from home and abroad, up 31 per­cent over the pre­vi­ous year, and the lo­cal govern­ment ex­pects the num­ber to cross 195 mil­lion by 2020.

Guiyang is go­ing all out to at­tract trav­el­ers, and dis­counts are be­ing of­fered to trav­el­ers from Chongqing, Nan­chang in Jiangxi province, and Fu­jian province’s Xi­a­men.

Sep­a­rately, a to­tal of 4 bil­lion yuan will be used to up­grade or de­velop 23 scenic spots in the city this year.

New ways to over­come sum­mer heat

Ru­ral fun

Guiyang-Wu­dan Quancheng­wuyun Re­sort-Shili scenic gallery-Nan­jiang Grand Canyon

Leisure and ro­mance

Guiyang-Huaxi Na­tional Ur­ban Wet­land Park-Qingyan an­cient town-Tian­hetan scenic spot

Ecol­ogy

Guiyang-Guan­shanhu Park-Baiyun Car­toon Theme Park-Chang­pol­ing Na­tional For­est Park

Prairie

Guiyang-Huaxi Na­tional Ur­ban Wet­land ParkQingyan an­cient townZhou Yuhuang’s for­mer res­i­dence-Yund­ing Prairie-Longli Prairie

As for new at­trac­tions, the Quanhu park, the Nan­shan post, the Wanx­i­ang Hot Springs and Nan­shan wa­ter park have just opened to the pub­lic.

More flights and trains are also be­ing in­tro­duced to make things eas­ier for trav­el­ers.

The third phase of Guiyang air­port will be com­pleted by 2019, giv­ing it a ca­pac­ity to han­dle 35 mil­lion vis­i­tors per year.

And the high-speed rail sys­tem is also be­ing ex­panded.

Cur­rently, it takes eight hours by train to reach Guiyang from Bei­jing, but travel time is ex­pected to be cut to five hours soon, ac­cord­ing to Wang Yux­i­ang, the deputy mayor of Guiyang.

Rail con­nec­tiv­ity to Chengdu, the cap­i­tal of Sichuan province, is ex­pected to be launched by the end of next year, and a rail line to Nan­ning in Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion is now un­der con­struc­tion.

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