Experimental Zones to Boost Tourism in Border Regions
China's State Council recently approved two experimental zones for border tourism, in Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and Fangchenggang in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
The three-year pilot will help define how to better promote border tourism, and measure how it can improve local economies and communities.
An official in charge of the project told reporters that the experimental zones are a key part of the central government's reform of the tourism industry. He said the current border tourism management system had lagged behind the rapid development of tourism, with the neighboring industries, facilities and traffic all falling short of demand.
The official said experimental border tourism would be promoted under China's Belt and Road Initiative to stimulate the market by further loosening controls and building more creative attractions for tourists.
Located in the northwestern part of the Hulunbeier Grassland, Manzhouli has plenty of spectacular scenery and exotic cultures, while Fangchenggang, as Southwest China's biggest port, is blessed with mountains, rivers and islands.