China’s cultural and natural heritage sites attract numerous visitors

Welcoming Visit Laos-China Year 2019, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images promoting the two countries’ collaboration in tourism and hoping to inspire more people, especially from China, to experience the nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, the jewel of the Mekong.

The giant bust of Mao Zedong in Hunan province, China.

China is a country with a unique natural beauty and culture which has many natural and cultural wonders that are listed as World Heritage sites.
To date, China is the second largest source of heritage in the world, with 53 locations in the UNESCO list. Italy is in the first position with 54 sites.
The 42nd UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting, held at Manama in Bahrain on July 2, 2018, officially added Fan Zheng mountain in China’s Guizhou province to the World Heritage List.
Guizhou is located in southwestern China and has a wide variety of plants and wildlife. Among them are 31 endangered species of herbs and wild animals that are at risk of extinction.
The World Heritage Sites of China are divided into three main parts - 36 cultural heritage sites, 13 natural heritage sites (the most in the world) and four natural and cultural heritage sites.
These attractions attract many tourists, including interesting places such as Wudangshan mountain in Hupei province, which is a Chinese-style construction site covering many generations. Work in this region started during the Tang dynasty, and continued through the Song dynasty, Yuan dynasty, Ming dynasty and Qing dynasty.
The Wudangshan location is more than 1,000 years old and is surrounded by beautiful nature, whether it is the glory of spring or snow in winter.
Visitors can ride the cable car to the top of the mountain to catch a glimpse of the beautiful scenery in the area, and praise God for blessings and good fortune.
Since China has more than 50 unique heritage sites, it is a favourite travel destination from people from around the world.
This increased the annual revenue generated by foreign tourists to US$61.8 billion in the first six months of last year, up by 2.8 percent over the same period of 2017.
China’s domestic tourism revenues in the first six months of 2018 reached 2,450 billion yuan or US$355 billion, up 12.5 percent over the same period of 2017.
Spending by foreigners in China was US$35.4 billion during this same period, up by 2.6 percent. In addition, the number of Chinese visitors to foreign countries was 71.31 million, up 15 percent over the same period of 2017.
Laos has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the ancient city of LuangPrabang in LuangPrabang province, which was nominated in 1995, and Vat Phou Temple complex in Champassak province, which was nominated in 2001.
Recently, Laos has nominated two more tourist sites - the Plain of Jars in XiengKhunag province and the HinNamnomountain in Khammuan province - to be included in the UNESCO list.
The number of foreign tourists who came to Laos in the first six months of 2018 was 2,126,730, up by 6 percent over the same period in 2017.
The number of Chinese tourists was 22 percent of this total figure, up by 50 percent over the same period of 2017.
Laos shares its borders with five countries - China, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia.
Now, officials are willing to create more attractions to entice more Chinese investors and tourists to come across the border to Laos.
More and more Chinese people are flying to several destinations across Laos, and tourist attractions in China are also proving popular with Lao people.
Foreign countries operating direct flights to Laos include China, Vietnam, Thailand, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Malaysia.
According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the number of global travellers will exceed 1.8 billion by 2030. China is considered the world’s fastest growing tourism market and will play a key role in the sector’s development.
Chinese visitors are steadily increasing in number at the country’s main tourist destinations. Nowadays, China has over 200 airports nationwide.

By KhonesavanhLatsaphao
(Latest Update March 21, 2019)

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