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Tourism income hits 58.7 billion Yuan

Ningbo tourism income, as shown in the released tourism economy report of the first three quarters, reached 58.72 billion Yuan, up by 12.8% over the same period of last year. 
Despite the slowdown of the macro economy, Ningbo tourism industry grows. From January to September, Ningbo has received 41.75 million domestic tourists and 806,900 tourists from abroad with an increase of 7.82% on the previous year. Income from domestic tourism stands at 55.468 billion Yuan, up by 7.82% and foreign exchange income exceeds US$500 million. 
After the summer tourism peak, tourism industry continues to grow. In July and August, all the scenery spots in Ningbo have received 7.82 million tourists, up by 7.14% over the same period of last year. Remarkably growth goes to the Haishu District with an increase of 254.35% and the Jiangdong District with an increase of 186.52%.
As new travel methods such as parent-children travel have contributed to tourism growth, festival celebrations have also played a great role. Tourism income of Cixi and Yuyao has increased by 73.77% and 27.04% thanks to their celebration activities in summer holiday. Xiangshan, among other scenery spots, ranks first in receiving tourists.

Tourist sites see travel peaks

The surge of travellers during the eight-day National Day holiday continues in Ningbo as fine weather extends to the fourth day of the holiday. Major tourist destinations in Ningbo received around 886,000 tourists, a year-on-year increase of 35.14 percent, according to statistics released yesterday by Municipal Holiday Office.

In the past few days, the major hotels in Ningbo's major tourist attractions such as the Simingshan National Forest Park, Cixi Dapeng Mountain, and the Dongqian Lake were fully booked up. Hotels in Yuyao also reported more than 90 per cent full.

The downtown hotels also see hot demand. Reservations of budget hotels rose sharply as a good selection of self-drive tourists. As many couples have chosen to hold their wedding ceremonies during the 8-day celebration, wedding banquet reservations in high-star hotels are now seeing increase. Statistics show that the city's high-star hotel reported an average booking rate of 68 percent yesterday

New "Ningbo tourism map" released

It is learned from some related departments that the latest version of "Ningbo tourism map", jointly developed by Ningbo Tourism Bureau and Zhejiang Provincial Engineering Investigation Institute, was released a few days ago.

It is said that different from the previous versions, the latest version is directly co-made by the related tourism departments, thus covering more reliable public service information, more comprehensive tourism elements and more standard names of tourist attractions. After a series of adjustments, the new version of tourism map not only includes such important information on major tourist attractions, big holiday hotels, gas stations, and hot traveling lines for self-driving tours, village tours and mountaineering tours, but also provides personalized tourist information according to the different tourist demands of consumers.

Ningbo received 393,500 tourists on September 30

As the first day of the Golden week and the first day of the holiday for free passage of private cars, September 30 witnessed many citizens conduct self-driving tours. The traffic pressure around Ningbo was not very heavy and everything was in order in all the major scenic areas in Ningbo.

The number of tourists to such hot scenic areas as Xikou Scenic Spot, Fenghuang Mountain Amusement Park, Dapeng Mount Tourist Resort, Cicheng Ancient town, Dongqian Lake Tourist resort and Ningbo Ocean World saw a slight increase, with tourists mainly coming from the nearby areas in Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province and Shanghai in self-driving tours organized by family, friends or self-driving clubs. The number of tourists to the Old Bund and Baoguo Temple in Jiangbei District and Haitian Island almost doubled that of usual days.

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Zhejiang's first orchid theme park opens in Ningbo

The first orchid theme park in Zhejiang Province will be officially opened to visitors at the end of this July. The theme park, located at Xiaotang Township of Ningbo's Xiangshan County, will bring the world-renowned Taiwan orchids to the mainland.

Taiwan's high-quality agricultural products enjoy a high reputation among the mainland consumers, who do not have many chances to try them. Currently, Zhejiang and Taiwan provinces are establishing an economic and trade cooperation zone in Xiangshan County, which boasts favorable ecological environment and developed agricultural industry. The move aims to introduce the modern Taiwanese agricultural technology and management mechanisms to Ningbo and build the first high-quality agriculture development zone in Zhejiang Province.

The orchid theme park is a part of the cooperation project. In the 2000-square-meters glass greenhouse, one can find more than 100 species of rare orchids transplanted from Taiwan.

"The constant temperature in the glass greenhouses as well as the rich soil in Xiangshan permit necessary conditions for growing Taiwan orchids." said Lin Shijie, general manager of Taiwan Jinlan Agricultural Development Co., Ltd.. The company will soon build another glass greenhouse with an area of 5 mu (3333 square meters), where they plan to grow over 500 kinds of precious orchids. Meanwhile, they will also introduce the latest technology in orchid-growing to mainland growers.

"Our orchid theme park offers a range of shopping and dining services for the visitors.  We have opened a Taiwan-style restaurant and a teahouse to offer our visitors opportunities to try Taiwan flavor," said Sun Songe, the local party chief.

Besides the orchid theme park, the township also built a "Taiwan Agricultural Park", which exhibits nearly 20 kinds of Taiwan-grown fruits like taro, dragon fruit, pear, lemon, grape, wax apple, mango, and citrus. "The agricultural park adopts the latest agricultural technologies and tending methods. It has a smart greenhouse which designs to regulate the temperature and humidity and create a growing environment similar to Taiwan. Agricultural cooperation with Taiwan has enabled us to develop more high-quality flowers, fruits and vegetables," said Lou Xin, head of Xiaotang Township.

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