The pas­sage to China

Re­al­is­ing In­dia’s tourism po­ten­tial, the China Na­tional Tourist Of­fice (CNTO) is ac­tively pro­mot­ing China to trav­ellers in the coun­try and plan­ning to woo Indians to ex­plore the coun­try, says Di­rec­tor Tian Xin.

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Q What ex­actly is the func­tion of CNTO of­fice in In­dia?

CNTO in New Delhi aims to pro­mote China tourism in In­dia and strengthen co­op­er­a­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion on tourism between the two coun­tries.

Q Would you agree that In­dia’s core strength lies in its fast-grow­ing mid­dle-class?

The CNTO ab­so­lutely feels that In­dia’s real strength in terms of send­ing vis­i­tors to China lies in the coun­try’s rapidly grow­ing mid­dle-class. This is a huge busi­ness seg­ment, and one which is reg­u­larly grow­ing and be­com­ing more ad­ven­tur­ous every year. We feel this seg­ment would like to visit China and see the coun­try’s vast list of at­trac­tions.

Q Are the num­bers of In­dian tourists vis­it­ing China an­nu­ally in­creas­ing?

The num­ber of In­dian tourists 2017 re­spec­tively. There has been a pos­i­tive trend which has shown steady growth. The growth reg­is­tered in the past cent and 2.5 per cent.

Q What are China’s strong­est sell­ing points for Indians?

The ma­jor tourist at­trac­tions in China for In­dian tourists are linked with Chi­nese his­tory and her­itage. The most pop­u­lar sym­bols are the Great Wall in Bei­jing, the

The num­ber of In­dian tourists vis­it­ing China were 7.99 lakhs and 8.19 lakhs in 2016 and 2017 re­spec­tively

Bund in Shang­hai, and the Ter­ra­cotta War­riors in Xi’an. Apart from th­ese, China also has colour­ful cul­tural and nat­u­ral land­scapes, the fa­mous Silk Road, modern cities and a va­ri­ety of shop­ping op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Q Is there any­thing new be­ing in­tro­duced in China to at­tract for­eign tourists?

China is con­stantly evolv­ing and ex­pand­ing its tourism in­fra­struc­ture. The most re­cent such case in­volves high-speed trains. Over 25,000 kilo­me­tres across the coun­try are al­ready be­ing cov­ered by high-speed trains as of 2018, mak­ing China's sys­tem the world's largest high-speed net­work. The high­est speed can reach 350 kilo­me­tres per hour.

Tian Xin Di­rec­tor China

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