Shanghai sets date for tourism festival

The tourism department of Shanghai has set official dates for a tourist festival to be hosted in the city.

The department said that the annual event is to be launched on September 15 this year, and will continue until October 6. This year, the department is planning to allow more travel companies to take part in the festivities, with the intention of promoting tourism in the city. The authorities are also expecting an increase in domestic as well as international tourism this year. The city administration has smartened up the city for the event, and hotels and business establishments are planning to lure visitors with discounts and special services.

Dao Shuming, the city’s tourism director, said that 42 tourist spots and 16 hotels have committed to offer discounts to tourists during the event. The authorities are also planning to host new attractions and services in order to keep guests entertained. For example, the city administration is planning to organise fishing events in Qingpu and Jinshan, and the events are expected to attract tourists to the two suburban districts.

The city has also made arrangements for transport services to cater to the needs of increased tourist numbers. The administration has commissioned two Pudong-based touring bus lines that will link tourist spots from both sides of the Huangpu River. Various kinds of tourist packages will be on offer during the festival. Depending on their choices, customers may opt for half-day, one-day and two-day tours.

The Chinese city of Shanghai offers various tourist attractions and has been a popular destination for international tourists over the years. One of its most popular attractions is the Huangpu River and its surroundings. Shanghai’s key river divides the city into its eastern and western sectors.

The Nanjing Road is considered to be the top commercial street in China, while the Yuyuan Garden is the largest of Shanghai’s ancient gardens, with Ming and Qing architectural styles. The Jade Buddha Temple is one of the most famous Buddhist shrines in Shanghai, while another popular attraction is Xin Tian Di, famous for its historical and cultural Chinese elements. Over the years it has evolved into a fashionable pedestrian street in the centre of the city.

Figures show that in the first seven months of this year, 3.38 million foreign tourists have visited Shanghai.