China to mark first National Tourism Day
China has declared 19 May as its National Tourism Day from 2011 onwards. Marking the increasing importance of the tourism industry to the country, the date has been specifically chosen for its cultural relevance. It was the day that Xu Xiake, a great Chinese traveller, geographer, historian and writer, started to write Travel Notes of Xu Xiake. In this book, Xiake wrote of his various experiences from his 30-years of travel within China, highlighting its sights and attractions.
It was also chosen as it marks the best season for travel in China, since most parts of the country are in mid or late spring. In recent years, major cities along the ‘Xu Xiake travel route’ have established the Xu Xiake Alliance for China’s tourism, which will host various activities marking the National Tourism Day.
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