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Traveling passport for foreign experts

On April 9, many foreign experts in Zhenhai District got their traveling passport from the district Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security. As members of the foreign expert club in Zhenhai District, they are entitled to visit all the scenic areas in the district for free.

Taiwan to see more mainland individual tourists

Residents of ten additional Chinese mainland cities will be allowed to travel to Taiwan as independent tourists, according to a deal reached between organizations from both sides of the Strait on Sunday. So far, residents in the four municipalities, two special economic zones, and seven capital cities are permitted to visit Taiwan individually.

Mainland tourists have brought huge profits to Taiwan’s sightseeing sector. Statistics from Taiwan show mainland tourists have create a revenue of more than 167.3 billion yuan NT for Taiwan.

To further expand the market, the two sides cross the Strait held several round of talks and reached the agreement to allow residents from Tianjin, Chongqing, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Jinan, Xi'an, Fuzhou and Shenzhen to visit Taiwan as individual tourists.

Taiwan tourism industry warmly responded to the announcement. "This is a big gift to Taiwan," said the Xu Shuling, director of Taiwan Association of Travel Agency. Bai Zhongren, head of Taiwan Travel Industry Association, said: "we are looking forward to the policy, and it will definitely deepen the communication between people on both sides."

Wu Jinfeng, deputy director of the Beijing Office of Taiwan Strait Tourism Association, said on Sunday, the office would soon send delegates to the newly approved cities and co-organized activities with the local tourism authorities. They plan to publicize and promote information on the individual visit to Taiwan.

She added that mainland tourists to Taiwan on individual tours could visit their official website (www.tsta-bj.org) for more information on attractions, accommodation, transport, catering and procedures to get the permit.

China’s east Zhejiang province has the largest number of tourists to Taiwan in 2011. Xu Peng, Deputy Director of Zhejiang Tourism Bureau, said that the increase of the pilot cities showed individual tour is more and more popular among mainland tourists. It has a huge potential market in the future

China Summit forum of tourism for the aged opened

The other day, China Summit Forum of Tourism for the Aged 2012 opened at Jiulong Lake in Zhenhai. 240 people in the tourism circle from 29 provinces and cites attended the summit.

The subjects on the agenda are the current situation and the future prospect of tourism of the aged people. Zhang Wenfan, Director of the Association of China College for the Aged and Ex Vice Minister of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, said, tourism and recreation is an important part for the life of the aged and the tourism circle should pay sufficient attention to the development of the tourism for the aged.

"Tourism Month" in Yinzhou District to begin

News came from Yinzhou District Tourism Bureau on March 19 that to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the founding of the district, from March 20, the "Tourism Month" will begin, and all the major scenic spots in Yinzhou District will launch a series of favorable activities.

It is reported that from March 20 on, residents in Yinzhou District can visit such scenic areas as Wulong Ponds, Tiangong Manor and Qianshui Bay Farm at half price by presenting their ID cards.

Since Yinzhou District was founded ten years ago, it has attracted an increasing population of tourists, from 2.01 million people in 2002 to 12.541 million in 2011.

Ninghai County entitled "national garden county"

Recently, the list of "2011 national garden cities, counties and towns" was released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-rural Development, and Ninghai County ranked among the national garden counties.

In 2007, Ninghai County Party Committee and Ninghai County Government made it an objective to build the national garden county. By the end of 2011, the green coverage had reached 40.1% and the green space area per capita reached 12.6 square meters. The green coverage rate and the compliance rate for urban roads stood at 100% and 83.3% respectively, and the main road green belt area accounted for 29.1% of the total area of the roads.

This year, Ninghai County is to strengthen the construction of major ecological projects, build eight national ecological villages, complete the green area of over 10,000 acres and build 35 forest villages

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