Ex­per­i­men­tal Zones to Boost Tourism in Bor­der Re­gions

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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.

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