Trav­el­ers are urged to get on the road

Au­thor­i­ties pro­mote the use of recre­ational ve­hi­cles for tak­ing va­ca­tions in the coun­try

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHAO XINYING zhaoxiny­ing@chi­

China will pro­mote road trips and recre­ational ve­hi­cle travel, tourism ad­min­is­tra­tion au­thor­i­ties said on Wed­nes­day.

The China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion, with 10 other min­istries and com­mis­sions, re­leased a se­ries of guide­lines to as­sist the de­vel­op­ment of th­ese forms of travel.

The guide­lines set a goal of build­ing 2,000 camp­grounds, as well as de­vel­op­ing pop­u­lar itin­er­ar­ies and des­ti­na­tions for do­mes­tic road trips by 2020.

The min­istries and com­mis­sions in­volved in­clude land and re­sources, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, hous­ing and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment, as well as trans­porta­tion.

Peng Decheng, an of­fi­cial from the tourism ad­min­is­tra­tion, said the guide­lines are drawn up against a back­drop that driv­ing and recre­ational ve­hi­cles are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly fa­vor­able choices for Chi­nese tourists.

“Driv­ing and recre­ational ve­hi­cle travel rep­re­sent an un­con­strained, self-de­signed lifestyle and have been em­braced by a grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple in China in re­cent years,” he said.

Sta­tis­tics from the tourism ad­min­is­tra­tion showed that al­most 60 per­cent of the trips made by Chi­nese tourists last year were road trips, in­clud­ing the use of recre­ational ve­hi­cles.

But gaps ex­ist be­tween the de­vel­op­ment of th­ese forms of travel in China and in de­vel­oped coun­tries, Peng said.

There are 18 mil­lion recre­ational ve­hi­cles around the world, though only 30,000 are in China. Mean­while, China only has 463 camp­grounds, about 3 per­cent the num­ber in the United States.

“Both the quan­tity and qual­ity should be im­proved,” Peng said.

To do that, the guide­lines call to boost the leas­ing of cars and recre­ational ve­hi­cles. Plans for camp­ground con­struc­tion were also made in ar­eas along­side the Silk Road and scenic spots in the Yangtze River Eco­nomic Belt.

Land use has long been a con­cern in de­vel­op­ing recre­ational ve­hi­cle and road travel, as tourists are not al­lowed to park their ve­hi­cles on farm­land, while land used for build­ings may be too pricey.

Wang Weizhen, an of­fi­cial from the Min­istry of Land and Re­sources, said that un­der the guide­lines, when peo­ple trav­el­ing in the coun­try­side want to park their ve­hi­cles, they can use ap­proved pub­lic land in vil­lages, Wang said.

Visi­tors look at recre­ational ve­hi­cles dur­ing a tourism ex­hi­bi­tion in Zhengzhou, He­nan province, in May.

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