Red tourism puts Liuyang in spotlight
The first Hunan-Jiangxi Red Tourism Festival kicked off at the Autumn Harvest Uprising Memorial Hall in Liuyang, Hunan province, on Sept 19, in an effort to promote bilateral red tourism between China and Russia.
The opening ceremony, which began with a splendid art performance, was attended by more than 500 participants, among them Chinese and Russian government officials, local Party members and tourists.
Chinese art performers celebrate the Hunan-Jiangxi Red Tourism Festival opening in Liuyang, Hunan province on Sept 19. [Photo by Zou Lin/icswb.com]
The organizers took the opportunity to launch a red tourism exchange program aimed at deepening cooperation between the two countries. It was the third red tourism-themed cooperation and exchange activity held in Central China's Hunan province, following Shaoshan - birthplace of Chairman Mao Zedong in 2015, and Ningxiang county – birthday place of former Chairman Liu Shaoqi in 2016.
To mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), 90th anniversary of the Autumn Harvest Uprising, and the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution in Russia, a series of activities have been launched in honor of these historical events to celebrate the arduous struggle and revolutionary friendship between China and Russia.
Other highlights of the activity included Sino-Russia red tourism cooperation exchange forum, photo, painting, and calligraphy exhibitions, and featured road trips.
Liuyang, a county-level city in Changsha, is nicknamed "county of generals" with many Chinese revolutionary figures born in the county, which is home to more than 200 historic sites and relics.
Relying on its abundant red tourism resources, Liuyang has been vigorously pursuing its whole-area tourism development in recent years.
The opening ceremony of a tourism exchange program between China and Russia kicked off in the Autumn Harvest Uprising Memorial Hall, Liuyang, Hunan province, on Sept 19. [Photo by Zou Lin/icswb.com]
In 2016, the city received 19.25 million visits, up 34.3 percent year on year, bringing in income of 20.02 billion yuan ($3.04 billion).
In the past eight months, the number of tourists hit a record 16.55 million, up 18 percent compared to the same period last year and a registered income of 17.21 billion yuan representing a year-on-year increase of 19 percent.
The tourism exchange program has sparked a passion among Russian people, who are flocking to Hunan province in their numbers.
Statistics showed that Human welcomed a record 35,025 visitors from European countries, up 31.66 percent year on year while more than 7,747 Hunan tourists selected Russia as outbound destination through tourism agencies last year, registering an increase of 77.27 percent.
Young Russia participants attend the Sino-Russia red tourism cooperation exchange forum held in Liuyang, on Sept 20. [Photo/icswb.com]
The exchange has become even more fluid with Changsha-Moscow direct flight routes opening in April this year. As disposable income increases, more and more such tours will hit the road.
The event was co-sponsored by China's coordination office for red tourism of the China National Tourism Administration, Hunan Provincial Publicity Department, Hunan and Jiangxi tourism development committee, Foreign Affairs (Overseas Chinese Affairs) Office of Hunan Provincial People's Government and Changsha government.
Source: Changsha Evening News