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It's estimated that, China tourism will flourish after the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. This game is a great gateway for the whole world to learn China and Chinese culture, history and society. The successful opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games had been brought, and the subsequent exciting sports competitions will still bring--the attentions of all peoples of the world to China.
Chinese government tightens visa requirements in recent months as the Beijing Summer Olympics is approaching. Though it's a big international event, China is making it harder for foreigner to get into the country out of security purposes. That's one of the reasons why tourism is down in China for overseas tourists. Chinese consulates in other countries began demanding proof of round-trip air tickets and confirmations from the hotels where they were planning to stay. A simple itinerary wasn't enough. The Olympics is supposed to be a good chance for Beijing, but tourism is actually down for the time being. According to statistics, the number of visitors in June fell by nearly 20 percent from the same time last year, some of the hotels cut their rates and some tour guides are also affected.
(News about Beijing 2008 Olympics)
The Olympic sacred flame irradiated the moonlight city Shangri-La today (Jun 11th). The fire was started in the Shangri-La Ethnic Sports Centre and ended in the picturesque Pudatsuo National Park. It was relayed by 208 bearers who belong to 12 ethnic groups, and passed many top scenic spots such as the White Pagoda, Yila Grassland, Songzanlin Tibetan Buddhist Temple, Moonlight Square, Dukezong Town, and a number of famous historical roads, the line is totally about 40.36 kilometers?
Today, many wonderful performances added to the gaiety of the occasion. The ethnic folk dance & song performance, lion performance, dragon performance, equestrianism performance etc. have strongly reflected the minorities' taste of Yunnan.
The flame will be carried to the next destination—Yuanmo County, the cradle of the oriental human race, where the flame is only to be showed to the public not relayed. And the Olympic torch has been relayed in Kunming and Lijiang Old Town prior to begin its Shangri-La journey.
Note: Shangri-La is located in the northwest of Yunnan Province, China, about 659 km from the provincial capital city Kunming. It enjoys the reputation of "World Dreamlike Land", concertedly, things described in the Lost Horizon (by James Hilton) are found here. This land is endowed with many old legends, stunning snowcapped mountains, deep valleys, clear serene lakes by thick forests girdled about, mystic temples perch in mountains, and grasslands dotted with numerous sheep, yaks and horses.
According to Huxing, reporter of Xinhua Net on May 24th, the Namtso Lake (the Holy Lake in Tibetan minds) has become the hot tourist spot in Tibet with the increasing publicizing efforts and the constant improvements of service facilities. For years, The Tibetan Tourism authority has endeavored to make Namtso Lake become an altiplano lake eco-tourism destination with the international standard.
According to the survey of the Lhasa Tourism Bureau, 99% of the tourists who trip to Tibet take Lhasa as their top tour destination, among the famous attractions of the Lasha area, the Namusto Lake in Dangxiong County has become the hottest one in the area.
The facilities of the Namtso Lake scenic area improved a lot according to the Lhasa Tourism Bureau. The road from Dangxiong to the lake was improved, which provides safety control for the cars. Standardized tourist shops, stores, restaurants and sanitary water closets alongside the roads and tourist attractions are being established in succession. The level of tourist service is upgraded.
The local government has discarded three brandnames in recent years for its tourism, namely "Sanctity", "Folk-Custom" and "Sportsmanship". Apart from utilizing the lake's holy and unvarnished natural altiplano environment, the local government sponsors the Dangxiong Horse Race on the lakeside of Namtso Lake so as to strengthen the cultural taste of the lake scenic area. At present, the Dongxiong Horse Race Aassociation is applying for the national Immateriality Cultural Heritage.
In addition, the Namtso International Hiking Meeting has been held two times, it has brought about deep impact on the world, the Lasha government will go on to develop this brandname.
In the morning of May 21st, eight pandas from Wolong, Sichuan Province moved their house collectively escorted by 17 forest policemen. These pandas were taken from China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center of Wolong to the newly built Bifengxia base in Ya'an, Sichuan by 8 Nissan pick-up trucks. The distance of this move is over 300 kilometers, passing through Dujiangyan, Chengdu, and Ya'an finally reach the new base. The number of the giant pandas, seven are male, one is female. Their ages are from 2 to 5 years old. According to the vice-director of the China Panda Protection and Research Center, the male panda has stronger adapting ability for enviroments than the female. That's the reason why they choose male pandas mainly. These pandas become the first habitants of the new base, they will begin their new life here.
The newly build Bifengxia China Panda Protection and Research Center base in Ya'an costs RMB 240 Million Yuan(34285714.3USD), totally covers an area of 4,000,200 square meters, which ranks the biggest panda research base in China today.
A strong earthquake measuring 8.0 on Richter Scale Magnitudes hit Wenchuan, Sichuan Province on May 12, 2008. Quite a part of areas in Sichuan, Shaanxi, Yunnan, and Gansu provinces have been cruelly destroyed. The Chinese People's Liberation Army, rescue teams from home and abroad together with the local govenment and people are struggling against the big disaster.
For security reason, China Tourism Authority has requested that all travel agents temporarily stop to organize travel groups to the detinations in or around the disastrous areas.