Chengdu Quickens Pace to Become World Tourist Destination

Authors: Go Chengdu

2016-09-26

Playing an ever important role in the national development strategy, the city, known as the Land of Abundance with dynamic economy, well-established traffic infrastructure, magnificent culture and attractive natural beauty, is expected to be a key regional major city in the world.
The World Routes 2016 was open on September 24 in Chengdu, provincial capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province. During the event, a world tourism summit will take place on September 26. In 2015, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced to convene its 22nd General Assembly in 2017 in the city.
With international outlook, Chengdu is drawing ever increasing global attention. In particular, currently, aiming to become a national major city in the country, the city is speeding up its process of shaping itself to be western China's center of economy, science & technology, cultural creativity & innovation, and international exchange, as well as comprehensive traffic hub. Playing an ever important role in the national development strategy, the city, known as the Land of Abundance with dynamic economy, well-established traffic infrastructure, magnificent culture and attractive natural beauty, is expected to be a key regional major city in the world.
On July 6th, 2015, the Milan Expo Chengdu Week was staged in the world's City of Fashion. All the Sichuan foods like Kung Pao Chicken, Mung Bean Cake and traditional cultures and folk customs like Face Changing, a unique stunt of Sichuan Opera, Guqin (a 7-stringed traditional Chinese musical instrument), Sichuan Embroidery, Sichuan Brocade, and Chengdu tea ceremony attracted lots of tourists at the scene. Almost all of them were impressed by the Homeland of the Giant Panda. According to Best Destinations for 2016 Travelers' Choice, a comprehensive survey by online travel agency TripAdvisor, Chengdu was dubbed as one of the top 10 Chinese destinations for international travelers.
Over the recent years, the city's number of inbound tourists has been keeping a sharp rise. In this year's first half, Chengdu received 1.02 million international tourists, up 15.33% year on year, and its foreign currency revenue from tourism reached US$47.22 million, up 15.19% over the same period of a year ago. It is expected to receive 8.5 million inbound tourists annually by 2025.
In July 2015, MasterCard International released its Global Destinations Cities Index, according to which Chengdu ranked No.2 as the world's second fastest-growing destination city between 2009 and 2015.
Chengdu is the fourth Chinese city to offer 72-hour visa-free stay to foreign transit visitors, following Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Any passenger from any one of the 51 designated countries across the world can stay in Chengdu for 3 days if he/she has a valid third country visa and an interline ticket.
Besides common international tourists, many foreign politicians and celebrities also pay attention to Chengdu and its economic and social development. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former British Prime Minister David Cameron, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and American Vice President Joe Biden came to Chengdu during their visits to China. As David Cameron said, "Western China is developing fast and Chengdu plays an essential role in China's development in the future. You can see the future of China here."
A great tourist city can meet demands of both local residents and tourists.
New historical and cultural attractions such as Jinli cultural block, Wide & Narrow Alleys and Jinsha Site appeared one after another in Chengdu. Different from traditional sites like Wuhou Shrine Museum and Qingyang Temple, they are more than cultural heritages, and an epitome of the local people's way of life.
The Wide & Narrow Alleys keeps the original style of local architecture and adds new cultural elements to the surrounding areas, said a local resident. He thinks that the alleys are more precious than before not only for its long history, but also for its cultural ambiance with modern touch and tradition.
In 2015, the Chengdu city government worked out a 10-year plan to develop its tourist sector by 2025, by which the city will build itself into an international tourist destination for sightseeing, recreation, shopping, conventions & exhibitions, cultural innovation and eco-tourism in Asia-Pacific region.
According to the plan, Chengdu will become western China's tourist center in 2017 and a world tourist destination by 2025.

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