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Ninghai to Hold International Hiking Festival

Ningbo is to hold the first international hiking festival, following its successfully bid for setting May 19 as the China Travel Day.
The activity was initiated by the Southeast Business Paper and related departments of Ninghai. It is to be held on September 25 in Ninghai. By then, the organizing committee will invite some 30 outdoor sports clubs to drill on the very day. After that, all leaders of clubs and teams will take part in a meeting.
The news of holding a hiking festival has been welcomed by hikers. Many people, professionals and amateurs alike, have signed in. By the end of last weekend, 16 clubs and teams have signed in. The deadline for enrollment is set at September 16.

Two Festivals Listed in "Top Ten Influential Farming Festivals of Zhejiang"

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival and Fenghua Honey Peach Festival rank among the "top ten influential farming festivals in Zhejiang Province". The election of the top tens jointly organized  by the Zhejiang Provincial Agriculture Department and Zhejiang Provincial Trade Association of Agritourism, was completed successfully recently

Ningbo received over 24 million tourists in the first half of the year

Of all the tourists, 487,200 came from other countries or regions, an increase of 14.25%, 23.6 million were from within the China, an increase of 12.1%, with the tourism revenue amounting to ¥3.34 million, an increase of 17.2%.

In the first half of the year, tourism developed rapidly in Ningbo, with tourist attractions emerging all over the city. Since the beginning of the year, Ningbo has come up with all kinds of favorable tourist programs, especially around China Tour Day, a lot of programs centering on the theme of "extensive reading and traveling" were offered to tourists, with over 70 tourist resorts offering discounts and even free tickets, which brought a sharp increase in the number of tourists, which, in turn, further pushed up the tourist market. Also, the construction of leisure activity bases has brought some programs with special features and many tourist hotels expanded their business, greatly adding to Ningbo's capacity to accommodate tourists.

Since the beginning of the year, Ningbo has made efforts to further develop the tourist market in Taiwan, making it the largest tourist source second only to the entire overseas market. The municipal tourism bureau has cooperated with travel agencies in Taiwan to develop the source market. From January to June this year, Ningbo has received 110,100 tourists from Taiwan, an increase of 20.85%, with a revenue of $65.03 million, an increase of 25.62%.

Ningbo's investment in tourist projects has also been on the increase, with over ¥86 billion invested in all kinds of projects. In the first half of the year, the projects under construction included 15 large-scale comprehensive projects with a total investment of ¥57.42 billion, 2 cruise yacht projects with an investment of ¥536 million, 3 sports experience projects with an investment of ¥205 million.

Largest Water Park of East China Established on Dongqian Lake

Ningbo people will have another nice place to go to during the hot summer. A water-theme park is soon to open in the Dongqian Lake, which will be the largest one of the East China. The project, named Dongqian Water World, was recently signed. It is scheduled to open in next summer.

The project lies at the south flank of the northwestern corner of the Dongqian Lake, covering 220,000 m2. It will consist of children's paradise, waving area, Large Slides Area, Sightseeing Swimming Pool Area, and gourmets area, etc. Some brand-new water entertainment items will be introduced, which will make the place a sacred place for summer holiday goers.

China has five new National 5A-Class scenic spots

The other day, National Tourism Administration announced five newly approved national 5A-Class scenic spots. Zhang Jilin, vice director of the planning and financial department of National Tourism Administration chaired the ceremony. Related authorities of the tourist administrative departments and scenic spots attended the ceremony.

The newly approved five new national 5A-Class scenic spots are: the Three Pagoda Tourist Spot of Chongsheng Temple of Dali of Yunnan, Lijiang Ancient City of Yunnan, Xishuang Banna Tropic Plants Park of Chinese Academy of Sciences, the giant Buddha spot of Leshan City of Sichuan, and the Karst scenic spot of Wulong of Chongqing.

So far, China has 110 national 5A-Class scenic spots.

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