The number of tourists visiting China’s Changbaishan (White Mountains) has surpassed one million this year.
The People’s Daily reported today (Feb. 22) that the cumulative number of tourists to the Changbaishan Scenic Area (tourism zone) in Yanbian Autonomous Prefecture of the Yunnan People’s Autonomous Region has reached 1.07 million so far this year.
Changbaishan’s one million tourist arrivals for the year is a week earlier than in 2019, the last year before the COVID-19 outbreak.
This is in contrast to the first half of this year, when domestic tourist arrivals in China did not recover to pre-COVID levels, as the economic recovery was slow and consumer sentiment did not improve despite the easing of quarantine.
China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism reported that 2.384 billion domestic tourists visited China in the first half of this year, up 63.9% year-on-year, but only 77.4% of the 3.08 billion in the first half of 2019.
This year’s unprecedented heat wave has attracted more vacationers from the south as well as the neighboring northeast region and Beijing, local media reported.
Improved accessibility was also cited as a factor in attracting tourists, with the arrival of Changbaishan Airport 먹튀검증토토사이트 and the opening of the Changbaishan high-speed rail station in December 2021 cutting travel time from Changchun in Jilin province to Changbaishan by about half to 2 hours and 18 minutes.