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China Travel News and Events (April. 11th, 2001)

Gulin to Host Tourism Festival

Guilin, one of China's most popular tourism destinations, will host a tourism festival featuring its outlandish karststone formations, limpid water and unique customs from April 15 to 20.

It is reported that the venue of the eighth festival will be in Xing'an County in Guilin City and is 57 km away from Guilin City proper.

During the festival, a great range of activities, including shows to reflect the customs of people from ethnic groups in Guilin an investment promotion fair, will also be organized.

With a history of more than 2,000 years, Builin's mountains and waters are considered the "best under the heaven". It played host to 9.63 million tourists last year, including 950,200 overseas travelers.

Overseas Tourists to Jiangsu on the Increase

Statistics show that East China's Jiangsu Province received 1.61 million overseas tourists last year, up 20 percent from the year before.

Overseas tourists to the province came mainly from Asian countries and regions, with Japan and Malaysia at the top, while tourists from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan numbered 630,000 of the total.

Jiangsu has 18 major tourist sites, each has over one million visitors a year in recent years, and 100 additional sites receiving 200,000 visitors.

Five cities in the province, namely, Suzhou, Nanjing, Wuxi, Yangzhou and Zhenjiang, are rated as excellent national tourist cities in China. The five cities receive 90 percent of the province's total overseas tourists.

Shuttles Full-fledged for Beijing-Shanghai Line

The expressway bus line linking Beijing and Shanghai is ready and will initiate the regular services by the end of this month, released by the transportation ministry.

Aiming at a better management and tapping out the potential market, the transportation ministry now rises to the position to handle the operation on the road.

Besides the non-stop shuttles between Shanghai and the capital city, there will be service lines that make several stops at the major cities along the way. The ministry expects the daily transportation volume on the route to reach 300,000 passengers. It is reported that the first batch of the companies that obtain the approval to operate the services are all located in the cities within 50 kilometers away from the Shanghai-Beijing expressway, including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Cangzhou, Yangzhou, Zhenjiang, Suzhou and Wuxi.

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