Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China Inaugurated

The newly-formed Ministry of Culture and Tourism is inaugurated in Beijing, April 8, 2018. (Photo/CGTN) Following the recently-announced government restructuring plan, China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism has inaugurated in place of the former Ministry of Culture and former National Tourism Administration. On March 19, the former Chinese minister of culture, Luo Shugang, was elected [...]

China to Open Border Tourism Pilot Zones in Inner Mongolia and Guangxi

Recently, the State Council has approved to set up the first two border tourism pilot zones in Manzhouli (Manchuria), Inner Mongolia and Fangchenggang, Guangxi. 10 national departments involved, including the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the National Development and Reform Commission co-issued the Implementation Plan for the Construction of [...]

China to Develop Integrated Tourism and Lower Ticket Prices

On March 5, China’s State Council Premier Li Keqiang delivered the 2018 Report on the Work of the Government at the First Session of the 13th National People’s Congress of China. In the government report, Li vows to “create integrated tourism demonstration zones, and lower ticket prices at key state (state-owned) tourist sites.” The two [...]

Sichuan to Build a Panda National Park Three Times the Size of Yellowstone

With a poverty-alleviation funding of over 10 billion Yuan (USD 1.58 billion) from the Bank of China Sichuan Branch, China’s Sichuan province government is planning to build a Giant Panda National Park three times the size of the U.S. Yellowstone National Park. According to the World Wildlife Foundation, Pandas are slow breeders and their numbers [...]

Beautiful China ‐‐ World Heritage Tourism Promotion Event in NYC

On October 12, 2017, China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) will host Beautiful China, a World Heritage tourism promotion event, at Club 101 in midtown Manhattan. Intended to showcase China’s 52 UNESCO World Heritage sites to current and potential partners in the U.S., the event will feature a presentation by Samantha Brown of PBS, who will [...]

First General Assembly of the World Tourism Alliance to be Held in Chengdu

The 1st General Assembly of the World Tourism Alliance will be convened in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, from the 10th through the 13th of September, 2017. The World Tourism Alliance is a non-government, non-profit organization with an international membership that includes tourism associations, influential tourism enterprises, think tanks, research institutes, scholars and luminaries. Its headquarters and [...]

UNWTO General Assembly’s 22nd Session to Take Place in Chengdu

The United Nations World Tourism Organization, the UN agency overseeing the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally-accessible tourism, is to hold the 22nd of its biennial assemblies in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Chengdu will be the second Chinese city to host the event, which previously came to Beijing in 2003. The 21st session, at which Chengdu [...]

Air China Teams with Ritz‐Carlton for New First-Class Menu

Air China has developed a new gourmet in-flight menu for its first-class service based on the offerings of Barolo, the Italian restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Beijing. Head chef Amedeo Ferri was consulted in concert with Beijing Air Catering Co. Ltd, who helped to adapt dishes for the different environment of a pressurized air cabin, where [...]

Xiamen Airlines Begins Los Angeles ‐ Xiamen Flights

A new route between Xiamen and Los Angeles on Xiamen Airlines made its debut on June 27. The airline is now serving the route three times per week with 787-9 aircraft. This is the airline’s second new U.S. route this year — the Fuzhou to New York flight launched in February. Xiamen Airlines is a [...]

Improved Beijing‐Shanghai Bullet Train Introduced

Two new domestically-produced trains put into service this week on the high-speed line between Beijing and Shanghai bring multiple improvements to the route. The sleek-looking new trains offer an increase in elbow and leg-room, more conveniently-located power outlets, and free Wifi for passengers. These new models are also capable of higher speeds — up to [...]