July 2013 E-Newsletter

News from China National Tourist Office

Message from CNTO

Summer in China means a plethora of festivals and special events for guests to experience.  And while summertime in China can also mean rain and heat (just like many places in North America), there are many places to see and things to do throughout the season. Tibet is mildest in the summer and holds most of its festivals in July and August. Beach areas such as Hainan and Qingdao are a great added experience for your clients heading to China. And of course, the major cities of China and well-known attractions are open throughout the summer and prime for visitors.

There are also many great special offers available for summer travel to China. The China National Tourist Office (CNTO) website, www.cnto.org, contains information about trip planning to China, about China’s iconic tourist destinations, plus many incredible tour packages. Visit www.cnto.org today for more information on traveling to China and to view some of the great special offers that you can extend to your clients.

Beautiful China

China National Tourist Office, New York
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New York, NY 10017
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Contents

Message from CNTO

China Travel News

Upcoming Events and Festivals in China

Partner Travel Supplier News

New Tourism Developments

Culture Corner


China Travel News

SichuanSichuan Remains Beautiful and Safe for Travel
Cities in the Sichuan region of China have been hard at work rebuilding after the April 20, 2013 earthquake that occurred in Ya’an City. Except for very select areas, Sichuan is open and ready for North American visitors. Known for many historic sites and 80+ percent of the world’s Giant Panda population, the Sichuan Province remains a worthy stop on your clients’ tour of China [Shao Qiwei (right), Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), visited Sichuan on June 24, 2013].

Two New Chinese Sites Added to World Heritage List
World HeritageChina’s Hani Rice Terraces and Xinjiang Tianshan area were recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, bringing the total number of World Heritage Sites in China to 45. The Hani Rice Terraces, in Yunnan Province, were developed over 1,300 years by the Hani people of China, creating not only a functional farming system, but also a stunning landscape. The Xinjiang Tianshan area is part of the Tianshan mountain system, one of the largest mountain ranges in the world. The natural scenery of the larger area includes spectacular snow-capped peaks, untouched forests, clear rivers, red canyons and even extends into deserts with large dunes, making for a visually striking experience.

World Heritage ListCNN Names Xi’an One of Asia’s 10 Greatest Street Food Cities
Xi’an is well-known for the famous Terracotta Warriors, but its night markets and bustling restaurants offer another draw for your foodie clients. CNN Travel cited Xi’an’s “distinctive mix of traditional Shaanxi fare and Chinese Muslim influence” in naming it one of Asia’s best street food cities and even lays out 10 of the top dishes to try in Xi’an. To read more about these dishes and where to find them in Xi’an, go to http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/eat/asia-street-food-cities-612721.

Lhasa CityTourism to Lhasa City in Tibet Tops One Million
Between January and May 2013, more than 1.18 million tourists visited Lhasa City, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region in the southwest region of China. Statistics from Lhasa’s tourism bureau showed that the number of visitors increased by 35.9 percent from the same time period last year. The bureau said the number is expected to rise during peak season this summer. Tibet as a whole is expecting 12.6 million tourists this year. These continually rising numbers prove Tibet’s appeal to tourists; paired with its natural and cultural attractions, Tibet is a must when planning your client’s trip to China.


Upcoming Events and Festivals in China

Valentine's DayChinese Valentine’s Day — August 13
This romantic occasion falls in August each year in China (on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month) and celebrates the meeting of the cowherd and weaver girl in Chinese mythology. Celebrations across China include fireworks displays — an exciting day for your clients to take part in.

Rolex MastersShanghai Rolex Masters — October 7-13
The Shanghai Rolex Masters has been awarded the ATP Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year every year from 2009-2012 and looks to be just as good in 2013.  The feature event of the Asian Swing in tennis, the Shanghai Rolex Masters is an ideal add-on activity for your tennis-loving clients traveling to China. For more information on the 2013 tournament, go to http://en.shanghairolexmasters.com/index.aspx.

Beijing International Marathon — October 20
Beijing MarathonThe Beijing International Marathon is one of the top marathons in the world for runners of all levels. The course is competitive but smooth and the temperatures during the October event are cool and dry — ideal for a marathon. These aspects, coupled with the views of Beijing, make the Beijing International Marathon a race worth traveling to China for. For race details, registration and more information, go to http://www.beijing-marathon.com/en/
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Partner Travel Supplier News

DeltaDelta Launches New Direct Service between Seattle and Shanghai
Delta’s new non-stop service connecting Seattle and Shanghai started this month, adding to their non-stop service to Beijing from Seattle. The daily flights offer ideal timing for connections on both ends, plus amenities including flat-bed seats in Business Elite. For flight times and further details, go to http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=43&item=2020.

China booking incentivesChina Booking Incentives from Travel Impressions
Travel Impressions is offering a whole host of new bonuses for travel agents booking China trips. In addition to the 1 percent commission bonus for travel agents on all China reservations made through Travel Impressions (on top of the regular commission agents earn by booking with Travel Impressions and the 5 percent commission on all published airfares to China), the tour operator recently reported that it will award the top China booking agent a fully escorted 10-day China experience for two people. For more details on these incentives, go to http://www.travelagentcentral.com/china/travel-impression-offers-new-china-booking-incentive-41303.

Hainan AirlinesHainan Airlines Receives 787 Dreamliners
China’s Hainan Airlines is among the world’s major airlines to receive two of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner airplanes. The new state-of-the-art aircraft will first be put into use on three domestic routes within China but plans to use the Dreamliners on international routes to North America are forthcoming. Hainan currently flies from Beijing to Seattle, Chicago and Toronto in North America. See Hainan’s North American website for details on flights, reservations and more at http://global.hnair.com/us/#.UdMTtPmW98F.


New Tourism Developments

HiltonHilton Opens New Hotel in Shijiazhuang
The Hilton Shijiazhuang recently opened, making it the first Hilton hotel in northern China. Shijiazhuang is the capital city of Hebei Province and is approximately 170 miles southwest of Beijing. Shijiazhuang is the economic, political, cultural and scientific center of the province, and the new Hilton property is located in the heart of downtown Shijiazhuang. This new property is ideal for business travelers working in the KaiYuan Center — the main hub of Shijiazhuang’s business district — and is situated near many major banks and offices. The hotel offers 594 guest rooms, suites and apartments, six restaurants and bars, an on-site luxury spa, heated indoor pool and more. For more information on the Hilton Shijiazhuang, go to http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/china/hilton-shijiazhuang-SJWZSHI/index.html.

Shanghai Film MuseumShanghai Film Museum Opens
Shanghai is often considered the birthplace of Chinese cinema, and a new museum celebrates that. The Shanghai Film Museum opened to the public this month with a collection of more than 3,000 exhibits of Chinese cinema from the past century. The four-story museum houses numerous interactive exhibits, a 4D screening theater, a recording studio and more.  A fifth story is outfitted for conferences and events, making the museum ideal for tourists on vacation or in China to do business.

Shangri-La HotelShangri-La Hotel Shenyang Opening August 1
A new five-star hotel will be debuting in the historic city of Shenyang, China this August. Shenyang is the location of the only other existing royal palace in mainland China after the Forbidden City in Beijing, and the new Shangri-La Shenyang will reflect the style and grandeur of the nearby palace. For more information about this 424-room hotel, go to http://www.shangri-la.com/shenyang/shangrila/.

Jin Jiang ResortJin Jiang Resort Opens in Stone Forest
The Stone Forest in the Yunnan province of China boasts a consistently warm climate, scenic landscapes of natural limestone rock formations, and authentic culture and cuisine. Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company will be opening a five-star resort in the Stone Forest area in February 2014 to welcome guests visiting this unique attraction. The resort will feature 118 guest rooms, 40 villas, a spa, tennis courts, and more.


Culture Corner

XinjiangXinjiang Tianshan, which has just been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, is a large system of mountain ranges totaling almost 1.5 million acres. This region boasts unique geographic features and a huge variety of habitats, from enormous mountains and glaciers to deep canyons and vast deserts. The Xinjiang Tianshan landforms and ecosystem have been preserved since the Pliocene epoch, and are therefore the location of an amazing array of wildlife and rare flora.

 

 


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