Pro­mot­ing tourism for Mar­itime Silk Road cities

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By HONG XIAO in New York xi­ao­hong@chi­nadai­lyusa.com Lia Zhu in San Fran­cisco con­trib­uted to this story.

A cam­paign to pro­mote tourism for Chi­nese prov­inces and cities along the Mar­itime Silk Road has be­gun in the US and Canada.

The cam­paign or­ga­nized by the China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion (CNTA) vis­ited Van­cou­ver on Tues­day and Hous­ton on Wed­nes­day. On Fri­day, the show will travel to Dol­phin Mall in Mi­ami.

With the theme of Beau­ti­ful China — Jour­ney along the Mar­itime Silk Road, the three-hour high­lights prov­inces and cities in­clud­ing Shang­hai, Jiangsu, Zhe­jiang and Guang­dong.

The Mar­itime Silk Road has a legacy that can be traced back more than two mil­len­nia, when the Chi­nese, Hin­dus and Arabs ex­changed goods through mar­itime sail­ing.

The Mar­itime Silk Road started at the south­east­ern coast of China.

Pass­ing by the Indo-China Penin­sula and coun­tries by the South Sea, it stretches into the Red Sea area from the In­dian Ocean, and ends in East Africa and Europe. As the mar­itime chan­nel for trade and cul­tural ex­changes be­tween China and for­eign coun­tries, the road boosted com­mon de­vel­op­ment of coun­tries along the route.

In Oc­to­ber 2013, the Mar­itime Silk Road ini­tia­tive, also known as the “21st Cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road” ini­tia­tive, was first pro­posed by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping dur­ing a speech to the In­done­sian Par­lia­ment.

It is a com­ple­men­tary ini­tia­tive aimed at in­vest­ing and fos­ter­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion in South­east Asia, Ocea­nia and North Africa, along sev­eral con­tigu­ous bod­ies of water – the South China Sea, the South Pa­cific Ocean and the wider In­dian Ocean area.

The area that has led China’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment is open­ing wider and shin­ing with its rich his­tory, pic­turesque land­scape and a highly de­vel­oped out­look to wel­come friends from all over the world.

By the end of 2015, Shang­hai, Guangzhou, Xi­a­men, Nan­jing, Hangzhou, Guilin and other cities along the Mar­itime Silk Road of­fered tran­sit with­out visa within 72 hours to for­eign vis­i­tors from 51 coun­tries and re­gions, in­clud­ing the US and Canada.

With 2016 des­ig­nated as the Year of China-US Tourism, China ex­pect more than 6 mil­lion tourists from both China and the United States, said Zhang Meifang, China’s deputy con­sul gen­eral in New York,

Ac­cord­ing to Pan Xiaopeng, deputy di­rec­tor of the CNTO in New York, from Jan­uary to April, some 720,000 Amer­i­cans trav­eled to China, the high­est level in five years.

The Mar­itime Silk Road has a legacy that can be traced back more than two mil­len­nia.

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