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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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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-Russia tourists shoot up 60%

This summer Ningbo has seen a 60 percent rise in the number of tourists to Russia compared to the same period a year ago, according to several local travel agencies.  Russia is attracting more local visitors from Ningbo as 2012 is the Sino-Russia Tourism Year.

According to data posted on a domestic travel website, tourists who are consulting and booking tours to Russia increased significantly after "Tourism Year of Russia" was launched this March. From this March to May, Chinese tourists to Russia doubled compared to the same period last year. At present, most travel agencies in Ningbo offer route tours to Russia lasting ranging from six to nine days. For instance, a "Seven-day Tour of Moscow -Saint Petersburg" will cost 9,600 yuan, much cheaper compared with tours to other European countries. Chinese tourists can sign up for route tours in Russia through travel agencies and they do not have to apply for visas if they travel in Russia in groups (at least 5 tourists in a group).

As the flourishing of Red Tourism, which encourages Chinese people to visit revolutionary sites with historical significance, Russia tours had been very popular among the older generation in China. To attract more young people, many travel agencies launched new route tours in Russia. According to a manager from Ningbo branch of Tuniu.com, one of the leading travel website in China, one of the new route tours allows the tourists to visit Russia while enjoy the quietness and beauty of other northern European countries.

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.

Map of Tourist Attractions Ningbo

Map of Ningbo Tourist AttractionsThere is a bilingual tourist map of Ningbo City, Zhejiang, clearly showing the main scenic areas, containing Xuedou Mount, Asok Temple, Tiantong Pavilion, Tiantong Temple, Baoguo Temple, Simng Forest Park, Hometown of the Jiang Family, and Ninghai Hot Spring, etc.. Traveling this city may give you much surprise, because this area is a comprehensive tourist resort, as you can see in the map, it also includes the ecological villages where you can take a rest and enjoy the tranquility that the nature brings, and the golf club offers the perfect place for sporting, and the Xiangshang Film Studio provides you an opportunity to access to the modern film making process. Traveling this amazing land with this helpful map will amaze and delight you.Click on Map for large View. Save and Print out also possible

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