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  AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.

  MonksvisitanexhibitionshowcasingdemocraticreformsattheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingonFriday.(Photo/ChinaNewsService)Special:AnexhibitioninBeijingshowcasingdemocraticreformsintheTibetautonomousregionprovidesdetailedinsightsonthehistoricalmovementthatendedasocialsystembasedontheoppressionandeconomicexploitationofserfsandslaves,visitorssaidonSunday.Beforedemocraticreformswereundertakenin1959,Tibethadlongbeenatheocraticfeudalserfdom,asocietycharacterizedbyacombinationofpoliticalandreligiouspower.Tomarkthe60thanniversaryofthebeginningofreforms,anexhibition-MonumenttotheEndofSerfdom-attheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingopenedonFriday.Manyhistoricalfilesandphotosdocumentingthemovement,withcaptionsinbothMandarinandEnglishareondisplay.TheexhibitionwillbefreetothepublicuntiltheendofDecember.DemocraticreformsinTibetfollowthehistoricaltrendandrepresentthewillofthepeople,andtheyrepresentanimportanteventinthedevelopmentofhumancivilization,saidYouQuan,amemberoftheSecretariatoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandheadoftheUnitedFrontWorkDepartmentoftheCPCCentralCommittee,duringtheopeningceremonyonFriday.TheexhibitionwillhelppeoplearoundChina,includingTibetans,toremembertheeventthattransformedTibet.ItwillalsohelppeopleunderstandtheintentionsoftheDalaiclique,whichseeksseparationfromChina,NorbuDondrup,vice-chairmanoftheregion,saidattheceremony,addingthatTibetanscurrentlyhaveastrongdesireforastablesocialenvironmentintheregion.XuJining,ateacherfromtheInnerMongoliaautonomousregionwhovisitedtheexhibitiononSunday,said:"TheexhibitioninBeijingwillgivepeoplearoundthecountryachancetobetterunderstanddemocraticreformsinTibet,whichmaybeverydistanttothem.Also,peoplewillcometorealizeitsimportanceforChina."Xu,whowasonabusinesstripinBeijing,wenttotheexhibitionafterhearingaboutitonthenews.Anothervisitor,GuanXuantong,acivilservantfromJilinprovince,appreciatedthedisplay."Afterseeingthedisplays,whicharerare-suchasofficialgovernmentdocumentsandcodedtelegramsfromtheseparatistforces-thatpartofhistoryhastrulycomealive,"Guansaid.AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."

  AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)EmeiMountain'smainpeak,theGoldenSummit.(LIJIJUN/YUANSHIHONG/FORCHINADAILY)EmeiMountainoffersspectacularviewsyear-round.Butthecolderseasonconjuresaspecialallure.Snowisfront-pagenewsinSichuan'sprovincialcapital,Chengdu,whichrarelyexperiencesflurries.So,localswereoverjoyedwhensnowflakesappearedinthecityscapeinlateDecember.Theysnappedphotosandpostedthemonsocialmedia.AnancientChinesebeliefholdssnowheraldsbumperharvests."Itdidn'tevencoverthegrounddowntown,"79-year-oldresidentChaoKangsays."Yetpeoplewentwildbecauseit'snotunusualforthecitytogoadecadewithoutsnowfall."ButasnowyandicymountainloomsinbalmySichuan'sheart,165kilometersfromthecapital.LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."

  LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."MonksvisitanexhibitionshowcasingdemocraticreformsattheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingonFriday.(Photo/ChinaNewsService)Special:AnexhibitioninBeijingshowcasingdemocraticreformsintheTibetautonomousregionprovidesdetailedinsightsonthehistoricalmovementthatendedasocialsystembasedontheoppressionandeconomicexploitationofserfsandslaves,visitorssaidonSunday.Beforedemocraticreformswereundertakenin1959,Tibethadlongbeenatheocraticfeudalserfdom,asocietycharacterizedbyacombinationofpoliticalandreligiouspower.Tomarkthe60thanniversaryofthebeginningofreforms,anexhibition-MonumenttotheEndofSerfdom-attheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingopenedonFriday.Manyhistoricalfilesandphotosdocumentingthemovement,withcaptionsinbothMandarinandEnglishareondisplay.TheexhibitionwillbefreetothepublicuntiltheendofDecember.DemocraticreformsinTibetfollowthehistoricaltrendandrepresentthewillofthepeople,andtheyrepresentanimportanteventinthedevelopmentofhumancivilization,saidYouQuan,amemberoftheSecretariatoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandheadoftheUnitedFrontWorkDepartmentoftheCPCCentralCommittee,duringtheopeningceremonyonFriday.TheexhibitionwillhelppeoplearoundChina,includingTibetans,toremembertheeventthattransformedTibet.ItwillalsohelppeopleunderstandtheintentionsoftheDalaiclique,whichseeksseparationfromChina,NorbuDondrup,vice-chairmanoftheregion,saidattheceremony,addingthatTibetanscurrentlyhaveastrongdesireforastablesocialenvironmentintheregion.XuJining,ateacherfromtheInnerMongoliaautonomousregionwhovisitedtheexhibitiononSunday,said:"TheexhibitioninBeijingwillgivepeoplearoundthecountryachancetobetterunderstanddemocraticreformsinTibet,whichmaybeverydistanttothem.Also,peoplewillcometorealizeitsimportanceforChina."Xu,whowasonabusinesstripinBeijing,wenttotheexhibitionafterhearingaboutitonthenews.Anothervisitor,GuanXuantong,acivilservantfromJilinprovince,appreciatedthedisplay."Afterseeingthedisplays,whicharerare-suchasofficialgovernmentdocumentsandcodedtelegramsfromtheseparatistforces-thatpartofhistoryhastrulycomealive,"Guansaid.EmeiMountain'smainpeak,theGoldenSummit.(LIJIJUN/YUANSHIHONG/FORCHINADAILY)EmeiMountainoffersspectacularviewsyear-round.Butthecolderseasonconjuresaspecialallure.Snowisfront-pagenewsinSichuan'sprovincialcapital,Chengdu,whichrarelyexperiencesflurries.So,localswereoverjoyedwhensnowflakesappearedinthecityscapeinlateDecember.Theysnappedphotosandpostedthemonsocialmedia.AnancientChinesebeliefholdssnowheraldsbumperharvests."Itdidn'tevencoverthegrounddowntown,"79-year-oldresidentChaoKangsays."Yetpeoplewentwildbecauseit'snotunusualforthecitytogoadecadewithoutsnowfall."ButasnowyandicymountainloomsinbalmySichuan'sheart,165kilometersfromthecapital.

  Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.

  AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.

  AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.

  LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."MonksvisitanexhibitionshowcasingdemocraticreformsattheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingonFriday.(Photo/ChinaNewsService)Special:AnexhibitioninBeijingshowcasingdemocraticreformsintheTibetautonomousregionprovidesdetailedinsightsonthehistoricalmovementthatendedasocialsystembasedontheoppressionandeconomicexploitationofserfsandslaves,visitorssaidonSunday.Beforedemocraticreformswereundertakenin1959,Tibethadlongbeenatheocraticfeudalserfdom,asocietycharacterizedbyacombinationofpoliticalandreligiouspower.Tomarkthe60thanniversaryofthebeginningofreforms,anexhibition-MonumenttotheEndofSerfdom-attheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingopenedonFriday.Manyhistoricalfilesandphotosdocumentingthemovement,withcaptionsinbothMandarinandEnglishareondisplay.TheexhibitionwillbefreetothepublicuntiltheendofDecember.DemocraticreformsinTibetfollowthehistoricaltrendandrepresentthewillofthepeople,andtheyrepresentanimportanteventinthedevelopmentofhumancivilization,saidYouQuan,amemberoftheSecretariatoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandheadoftheUnitedFrontWorkDepartmentoftheCPCCentralCommittee,duringtheopeningceremonyonFriday.TheexhibitionwillhelppeoplearoundChina,includingTibetans,toremembertheeventthattransformedTibet.ItwillalsohelppeopleunderstandtheintentionsoftheDalaiclique,whichseeksseparationfromChina,NorbuDondrup,vice-chairmanoftheregion,saidattheceremony,addingthatTibetanscurrentlyhaveastrongdesireforastablesocialenvironmentintheregion.XuJining,ateacherfromtheInnerMongoliaautonomousregionwhovisitedtheexhibitiononSunday,said:"TheexhibitioninBeijingwillgivepeoplearoundthecountryachancetobetterunderstanddemocraticreformsinTibet,whichmaybeverydistanttothem.Also,peoplewillcometorealizeitsimportanceforChina."Xu,whowasonabusinesstripinBeijing,wenttotheexhibitionafterhearingaboutitonthenews.Anothervisitor,GuanXuantong,acivilservantfromJilinprovince,appreciatedthedisplay."Afterseeingthedisplays,whicharerare-suchasofficialgovernmentdocumentsandcodedtelegramsfromtheseparatistforces-thatpartofhistoryhastrulycomealive,"Guansaid.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)

  AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."MonksvisitanexhibitionshowcasingdemocraticreformsattheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingonFriday.(Photo/ChinaNewsService)Special:AnexhibitioninBeijingshowcasingdemocraticreformsintheTibetautonomousregionprovidesdetailedinsightsonthehistoricalmovementthatendedasocialsystembasedontheoppressionandeconomicexploitationofserfsandslaves,visitorssaidonSunday.Beforedemocraticreformswereundertakenin1959,Tibethadlongbeenatheocraticfeudalserfdom,asocietycharacterizedbyacombinationofpoliticalandreligiouspower.Tomarkthe60thanniversaryofthebeginningofreforms,anexhibition-MonumenttotheEndofSerfdom-attheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingopenedonFriday.Manyhistoricalfilesandphotosdocumentingthemovement,withcaptionsinbothMandarinandEnglishareondisplay.TheexhibitionwillbefreetothepublicuntiltheendofDecember.DemocraticreformsinTibetfollowthehistoricaltrendandrepresentthewillofthepeople,andtheyrepresentanimportanteventinthedevelopmentofhumancivilization,saidYouQuan,amemberoftheSecretariatoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandheadoftheUnitedFrontWorkDepartmentoftheCPCCentralCommittee,duringtheopeningceremonyonFriday.TheexhibitionwillhelppeoplearoundChina,includingTibetans,toremembertheeventthattransformedTibet.ItwillalsohelppeopleunderstandtheintentionsoftheDalaiclique,whichseeksseparationfromChina,NorbuDondrup,vice-chairmanoftheregion,saidattheceremony,addingthatTibetanscurrentlyhaveastrongdesireforastablesocialenvironmentintheregion.XuJining,ateacherfromtheInnerMongoliaautonomousregionwhovisitedtheexhibitiononSunday,said:"TheexhibitioninBeijingwillgivepeoplearoundthecountryachancetobetterunderstanddemocraticreformsinTibet,whichmaybeverydistanttothem.Also,peoplewillcometorealizeitsimportanceforChina."Xu,whowasonabusinesstripinBeijing,wenttotheexhibitionafterhearingaboutitonthenews.Anothervisitor,GuanXuantong,acivilservantfromJilinprovince,appreciatedthedisplay."Afterseeingthedisplays,whicharerare-suchasofficialgovernmentdocumentsandcodedtelegramsfromtheseparatistforces-thatpartofhistoryhastrulycomealive,"Guansaid.

  Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.MonksvisitanexhibitionshowcasingdemocraticreformsattheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingonFriday.(Photo/ChinaNewsService)Special:AnexhibitioninBeijingshowcasingdemocraticreformsintheTibetautonomousregionprovidesdetailedinsightsonthehistoricalmovementthatendedasocialsystembasedontheoppressionandeconomicexploitationofserfsandslaves,visitorssaidonSunday.Beforedemocraticreformswereundertakenin1959,Tibethadlongbeenatheocraticfeudalserfdom,asocietycharacterizedbyacombinationofpoliticalandreligiouspower.Tomarkthe60thanniversaryofthebeginningofreforms,anexhibition-MonumenttotheEndofSerfdom-attheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingopenedonFriday.Manyhistoricalfilesandphotosdocumentingthemovement,withcaptionsinbothMandarinandEnglishareondisplay.TheexhibitionwillbefreetothepublicuntiltheendofDecember.DemocraticreformsinTibetfollowthehistoricaltrendandrepresentthewillofthepeople,andtheyrepresentanimportanteventinthedevelopmentofhumancivilization,saidYouQuan,amemberoftheSecretariatoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandheadoftheUnitedFrontWorkDepartmentoftheCPCCentralCommittee,duringtheopeningceremonyonFriday.TheexhibitionwillhelppeoplearoundChina,includingTibetans,toremembertheeventthattransformedTibet.ItwillalsohelppeopleunderstandtheintentionsoftheDalaiclique,whichseeksseparationfromChina,NorbuDondrup,vice-chairmanoftheregion,saidattheceremony,addingthatTibetanscurrentlyhaveastrongdesireforastablesocialenvironmentintheregion.XuJining,ateacherfromtheInnerMongoliaautonomousregionwhovisitedtheexhibitiononSunday,said:"TheexhibitioninBeijingwillgivepeoplearoundthecountryachancetobetterunderstanddemocraticreformsinTibet,whichmaybeverydistanttothem.Also,peoplewillcometorealizeitsimportanceforChina."Xu,whowasonabusinesstripinBeijing,wenttotheexhibitionafterhearingaboutitonthenews.Anothervisitor,GuanXuantong,acivilservantfromJilinprovince,appreciatedthedisplay."Afterseeingthedisplays,whicharerare-suchasofficialgovernmentdocumentsandcodedtelegramsfromtheseparatistforces-thatpartofhistoryhastrulycomealive,"Guansaid.LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."

  LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."EmeiMountain'smainpeak,theGoldenSummit.(LIJIJUN/YUANSHIHONG/FORCHINADAILY)EmeiMountainoffersspectacularviewsyear-round.Butthecolderseasonconjuresaspecialallure.Snowisfront-pagenewsinSichuan'sprovincialcapital,Chengdu,whichrarelyexperiencesflurries.So,localswereoverjoyedwhensnowflakesappearedinthecityscapeinlateDecember.Theysnappedphotosandpostedthemonsocialmedia.AnancientChinesebeliefholdssnowheraldsbumperharvests."Itdidn'tevencoverthegrounddowntown,"79-year-oldresidentChaoKangsays."Yetpeoplewentwildbecauseit'snotunusualforthecitytogoadecadewithoutsnowfall."ButasnowyandicymountainloomsinbalmySichuan'sheart,165kilometersfromthecapital.AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.

  MonksvisitanexhibitionshowcasingdemocraticreformsattheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingonFriday.(Photo/ChinaNewsService)Special:AnexhibitioninBeijingshowcasingdemocraticreformsintheTibetautonomousregionprovidesdetailedinsightsonthehistoricalmovementthatendedasocialsystembasedontheoppressionandeconomicexploitationofserfsandslaves,visitorssaidonSunday.Beforedemocraticreformswereundertakenin1959,Tibethadlongbeenatheocraticfeudalserfdom,asocietycharacterizedbyacombinationofpoliticalandreligiouspower.Tomarkthe60thanniversaryofthebeginningofreforms,anexhibition-MonumenttotheEndofSerfdom-attheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingopenedonFriday.Manyhistoricalfilesandphotosdocumentingthemovement,withcaptionsinbothMandarinandEnglishareondisplay.TheexhibitionwillbefreetothepublicuntiltheendofDecember.DemocraticreformsinTibetfollowthehistoricaltrendandrepresentthewillofthepeople,andtheyrepresentanimportanteventinthedevelopmentofhumancivilization,saidYouQuan,amemberoftheSecretariatoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandheadoftheUnitedFrontWorkDepartmentoftheCPCCentralCommittee,duringtheopeningceremonyonFriday.TheexhibitionwillhelppeoplearoundChina,includingTibetans,toremembertheeventthattransformedTibet.ItwillalsohelppeopleunderstandtheintentionsoftheDalaiclique,whichseeksseparationfromChina,NorbuDondrup,vice-chairmanoftheregion,saidattheceremony,addingthatTibetanscurrentlyhaveastrongdesireforastablesocialenvironmentintheregion.XuJining,ateacherfromtheInnerMongoliaautonomousregionwhovisitedtheexhibitiononSunday,said:"TheexhibitioninBeijingwillgivepeoplearoundthecountryachancetobetterunderstanddemocraticreformsinTibet,whichmaybeverydistanttothem.Also,peoplewillcometorealizeitsimportanceforChina."Xu,whowasonabusinesstripinBeijing,wenttotheexhibitionafterhearingaboutitonthenews.Anothervisitor,GuanXuantong,acivilservantfromJilinprovince,appreciatedthedisplay."Afterseeingthedisplays,whicharerare-suchasofficialgovernmentdocumentsandcodedtelegramsfromtheseparatistforces-thatpartofhistoryhastrulycomealive,"Guansaid.LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."Chinawillfurthercutticketpricesforscenicareastoboostthehealthydevelopmentofthetourismindustry,thecountry'stopeconomicplannersaid.Localauthoritiesshouldcompletecostsurveysof5Aand4Ascenicareasthisyearandlowerticketpricesthataretoohigh,accordingtoastatementonthewebsiteoftheNationalDevelopmentandReformCommission.Thehighentrancefeesofsomescenicareashaveattractedwidespreadpublicdiscontent,anditiswidelyacknowledgedthatcuttingunnecessaryfeesisessentialforthehealthydevelopmentofChina'stourismindustry.Localauthoritiesshouldalsostrengthenpricemonitoringoverothertourismservicessuchasshuttlebuses,cablecars,boatsandparking.Touristattractionsareurgedtocontinueofferingfavorableticketpoliciestosoldiers,teenagers,seniorcitizens,studentsandthedisabled,accordingtothestatement.BytheendofOctober,atotalof981scenicareashadannouncedplanstoreduceticketpricesorwaiveadmissionfees.Among907touristattractions,morethan54percentcuttheirpricesbyatleast20percentand23.6percentbymorethan30percent,accordingtodatafromtheMinistryofCultureandTourism.

  EmeiMountain'smainpeak,theGoldenSummit.(LIJIJUN/YUANSHIHONG/FORCHINADAILY)EmeiMountainoffersspectacularviewsyear-round.Butthecolderseasonconjuresaspecialallure.Snowisfront-pagenewsinSichuan'sprovincialcapital,Chengdu,whichrarelyexperiencesflurries.So,localswereoverjoyedwhensnowflakesappearedinthecityscapeinlateDecember.Theysnappedphotosandpostedthemonsocialmedia.AnancientChinesebeliefholdssnowheraldsbumperharvests."Itdidn'tevencoverthegrounddowntown,"79-year-oldresidentChaoKangsays."Yetpeoplewentwildbecauseit'snotunusualforthecitytogoadecadewithoutsnowfall."ButasnowyandicymountainloomsinbalmySichuan'sheart,165kilometersfromthecapital.EmeiMountain'smainpeak,theGoldenSummit.(LIJIJUN/YUANSHIHONG/FORCHINADAILY)EmeiMountainoffersspectacularviewsyear-round.Butthecolderseasonconjuresaspecialallure.Snowisfront-pagenewsinSichuan'sprovincialcapital,Chengdu,whichrarelyexperiencesflurries.So,localswereoverjoyedwhensnowflakesappearedinthecityscapeinlateDecember.Theysnappedphotosandpostedthemonsocialmedia.AnancientChinesebeliefholdssnowheraldsbumperharvests."Itdidn'tevencoverthegrounddowntown,"79-year-oldresidentChaoKangsays."Yetpeoplewentwildbecauseit'snotunusualforthecitytogoadecadewithoutsnowfall."ButasnowyandicymountainloomsinbalmySichuan'sheart,165kilometersfromthecapital.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)

  AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.Chinawillfurthercutticketpricesforscenicareastoboostthehealthydevelopmentofthetourismindustry,thecountry'stopeconomicplannersaid.Localauthoritiesshouldcompletecostsurveysof5Aand4Ascenicareasthisyearandlowerticketpricesthataretoohigh,accordingtoastatementonthewebsiteoftheNationalDevelopmentandReformCommission.Thehighentrancefeesofsomescenicareashaveattractedwidespreadpublicdiscontent,anditiswidelyacknowledgedthatcuttingunnecessaryfeesisessentialforthehealthydevelopmentofChina'stourismindustry.Localauthoritiesshouldalsostrengthenpricemonitoringoverothertourismservicessuchasshuttlebuses,cablecars,boatsandparking.Touristattractionsareurgedtocontinueofferingfavorableticketpoliciestosoldiers,teenagers,seniorcitizens,studentsandthedisabled,accordingtothestatement.BytheendofOctober,atotalof981scenicareashadannouncedplanstoreduceticketpricesorwaiveadmissionfees.Among907touristattractions,morethan54percentcuttheirpricesbyatleast20percentand23.6percentbymorethan30percent,accordingtodatafromtheMinistryofCultureandTourism.

  LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.

  AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.Chinawillfurthercutticketpricesforscenicareastoboostthehealthydevelopmentofthetourismindustry,thecountry'stopeconomicplannersaid.Localauthoritiesshouldcompletecostsurveysof5Aand4Ascenicareasthisyearandlowerticketpricesthataretoohigh,accordingtoastatementonthewebsiteoftheNationalDevelopmentandReformCommission.Thehighentrancefeesofsomescenicareashaveattractedwidespreadpublicdiscontent,anditiswidelyacknowledgedthatcuttingunnecessaryfeesisessentialforthehealthydevelopmentofChina'stourismindustry.Localauthoritiesshouldalsostrengthenpricemonitoringoverothertourismservicessuchasshuttlebuses,cablecars,boatsandparking.Touristattractionsareurgedtocontinueofferingfavorableticketpoliciestosoldiers,teenagers,seniorcitizens,studentsandthedisabled,accordingtothestatement.BytheendofOctober,atotalof981scenicareashadannouncedplanstoreduceticketpricesorwaiveadmissionfees.Among907touristattractions,morethan54percentcuttheirpricesbyatleast20percentand23.6percentbymorethan30percent,accordingtodatafromtheMinistryofCultureandTourism.

  LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."MonksvisitanexhibitionshowcasingdemocraticreformsattheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingonFriday.(Photo/ChinaNewsService)Special:AnexhibitioninBeijingshowcasingdemocraticreformsintheTibetautonomousregionprovidesdetailedinsightsonthehistoricalmovementthatendedasocialsystembasedontheoppressionandeconomicexploitationofserfsandslaves,visitorssaidonSunday.Beforedemocraticreformswereundertakenin1959,Tibethadlongbeenatheocraticfeudalserfdom,asocietycharacterizedbyacombinationofpoliticalandreligiouspower.Tomarkthe60thanniversaryofthebeginningofreforms,anexhibition-MonumenttotheEndofSerfdom-attheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingopenedonFriday.Manyhistoricalfilesandphotosdocumentingthemovement,withcaptionsinbothMandarinandEnglishareondisplay.TheexhibitionwillbefreetothepublicuntiltheendofDecember.DemocraticreformsinTibetfollowthehistoricaltrendandrepresentthewillofthepeople,andtheyrepresentanimportanteventinthedevelopmentofhumancivilization,saidYouQuan,amemberoftheSecretariatoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandheadoftheUnitedFrontWorkDepartmentoftheCPCCentralCommittee,duringtheopeningceremonyonFriday.TheexhibitionwillhelppeoplearoundChina,includingTibetans,toremembertheeventthattransformedTibet.ItwillalsohelppeopleunderstandtheintentionsoftheDalaiclique,whichseeksseparationfromChina,NorbuDondrup,vice-chairmanoftheregion,saidattheceremony,addingthatTibetanscurrentlyhaveastrongdesireforastablesocialenvironmentintheregion.XuJining,ateacherfromtheInnerMongoliaautonomousregionwhovisitedtheexhibitiononSunday,said:"TheexhibitioninBeijingwillgivepeoplearoundthecountryachancetobetterunderstanddemocraticreformsinTibet,whichmaybeverydistanttothem.Also,peoplewillcometorealizeitsimportanceforChina."Xu,whowasonabusinesstripinBeijing,wenttotheexhibitionafterhearingaboutitonthenews.Anothervisitor,GuanXuantong,acivilservantfromJilinprovince,appreciatedthedisplay."Afterseeingthedisplays,whicharerare-suchasofficialgovernmentdocumentsandcodedtelegramsfromtheseparatistforces-thatpartofhistoryhastrulycomealive,"Guansaid.MonksvisitanexhibitionshowcasingdemocraticreformsattheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingonFriday.(Photo/ChinaNewsService)Special:AnexhibitioninBeijingshowcasingdemocraticreformsintheTibetautonomousregionprovidesdetailedinsightsonthehistoricalmovementthatendedasocialsystembasedontheoppressionandeconomicexploitationofserfsandslaves,visitorssaidonSunday.Beforedemocraticreformswereundertakenin1959,Tibethadlongbeenatheocraticfeudalserfdom,asocietycharacterizedbyacombinationofpoliticalandreligiouspower.Tomarkthe60thanniversaryofthebeginningofreforms,anexhibition-MonumenttotheEndofSerfdom-attheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingopenedonFriday.Manyhistoricalfilesandphotosdocumentingthemovement,withcaptionsinbothMandarinandEnglishareondisplay.TheexhibitionwillbefreetothepublicuntiltheendofDecember.DemocraticreformsinTibetfollowthehistoricaltrendandrepresentthewillofthepeople,andtheyrepresentanimportanteventinthedevelopmentofhumancivilization,saidYouQuan,amemberoftheSecretariatoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandheadoftheUnitedFrontWorkDepartmentoftheCPCCentralCommittee,duringtheopeningceremonyonFriday.TheexhibitionwillhelppeoplearoundChina,includingTibetans,toremembertheeventthattransformedTibet.ItwillalsohelppeopleunderstandtheintentionsoftheDalaiclique,whichseeksseparationfromChina,NorbuDondrup,vice-chairmanoftheregion,saidattheceremony,addingthatTibetanscurrentlyhaveastrongdesireforastablesocialenvironmentintheregion.XuJining,ateacherfromtheInnerMongoliaautonomousregionwhovisitedtheexhibitiononSunday,said:"TheexhibitioninBeijingwillgivepeoplearoundthecountryachancetobetterunderstanddemocraticreformsinTibet,whichmaybeverydistanttothem.Also,peoplewillcometorealizeitsimportanceforChina."Xu,whowasonabusinesstripinBeijing,wenttotheexhibitionafterhearingaboutitonthenews.Anothervisitor,GuanXuantong,acivilservantfromJilinprovince,appreciatedthedisplay."Afterseeingthedisplays,whicharerare-suchasofficialgovernmentdocumentsandcodedtelegramsfromtheseparatistforces-thatpartofhistoryhastrulycomealive,"Guansaid.

  Chinawillfurthercutticketpricesforscenicareastoboostthehealthydevelopmentofthetourismindustry,thecountry'stopeconomicplannersaid.Localauthoritiesshouldcompletecostsurveysof5Aand4Ascenicareasthisyearandlowerticketpricesthataretoohigh,accordingtoastatementonthewebsiteoftheNationalDevelopmentandReformCommission.Thehighentrancefeesofsomescenicareashaveattractedwidespreadpublicdiscontent,anditiswidelyacknowledgedthatcuttingunnecessaryfeesisessentialforthehealthydevelopmentofChina'stourismindustry.Localauthoritiesshouldalsostrengthenpricemonitoringoverothertourismservicessuchasshuttlebuses,cablecars,boatsandparking.Touristattractionsareurgedtocontinueofferingfavorableticketpoliciestosoldiers,teenagers,seniorcitizens,studentsandthedisabled,accordingtothestatement.BytheendofOctober,atotalof981scenicareashadannouncedplanstoreduceticketpricesorwaiveadmissionfees.Among907touristattractions,morethan54percentcuttheirpricesbyatleast20percentand23.6percentbymorethan30percent,accordingtodatafromtheMinistryofCultureandTourism.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.

  EmeiMountain'smainpeak,theGoldenSummit.(LIJIJUN/YUANSHIHONG/FORCHINADAILY)EmeiMountainoffersspectacularviewsyear-round.Butthecolderseasonconjuresaspecialallure.Snowisfront-pagenewsinSichuan'sprovincialcapital,Chengdu,whichrarelyexperiencesflurries.So,localswereoverjoyedwhensnowflakesappearedinthecityscapeinlateDecember.Theysnappedphotosandpostedthemonsocialmedia.AnancientChinesebeliefholdssnowheraldsbumperharvests."Itdidn'tevencoverthegrounddowntown,"79-year-oldresidentChaoKangsays."Yetpeoplewentwildbecauseit'snotunusualforthecitytogoadecadewithoutsnowfall."ButasnowyandicymountainloomsinbalmySichuan'sheart,165kilometersfromthecapital.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)MonksvisitanexhibitionshowcasingdemocraticreformsattheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingonFriday.(Photo/ChinaNewsService)Special:AnexhibitioninBeijingshowcasingdemocraticreformsintheTibetautonomousregionprovidesdetailedinsightsonthehistoricalmovementthatendedasocialsystembasedontheoppressionandeconomicexploitationofserfsandslaves,visitorssaidonSunday.Beforedemocraticreformswereundertakenin1959,Tibethadlongbeenatheocraticfeudalserfdom,asocietycharacterizedbyacombinationofpoliticalandreligiouspower.Tomarkthe60thanniversaryofthebeginningofreforms,anexhibition-MonumenttotheEndofSerfdom-attheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingopenedonFriday.Manyhistoricalfilesandphotosdocumentingthemovement,withcaptionsinbothMandarinandEnglishareondisplay.TheexhibitionwillbefreetothepublicuntiltheendofDecember.DemocraticreformsinTibetfollowthehistoricaltrendandrepresentthewillofthepeople,andtheyrepresentanimportanteventinthedevelopmentofhumancivilization,saidYouQuan,amemberoftheSecretariatoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandheadoftheUnitedFrontWorkDepartmentoftheCPCCentralCommittee,duringtheopeningceremonyonFriday.TheexhibitionwillhelppeoplearoundChina,includingTibetans,toremembertheeventthattransformedTibet.ItwillalsohelppeopleunderstandtheintentionsoftheDalaiclique,whichseeksseparationfromChina,NorbuDondrup,vice-chairmanoftheregion,saidattheceremony,addingthatTibetanscurrentlyhaveastrongdesireforastablesocialenvironmentintheregion.XuJining,ateacherfromtheInnerMongoliaautonomousregionwhovisitedtheexhibitiononSunday,said:"TheexhibitioninBeijingwillgivepeoplearoundthecountryachancetobetterunderstanddemocraticreformsinTibet,whichmaybeverydistanttothem.Also,peoplewillcometorealizeitsimportanceforChina."Xu,whowasonabusinesstripinBeijing,wenttotheexhibitionafterhearingaboutitonthenews.Anothervisitor,GuanXuantong,acivilservantfromJilinprovince,appreciatedthedisplay."Afterseeingthedisplays,whicharerare-suchasofficialgovernmentdocumentsandcodedtelegramsfromtheseparatistforces-thatpartofhistoryhastrulycomealive,"Guansaid.

  EmeiMountain'smainpeak,theGoldenSummit.(LIJIJUN/YUANSHIHONG/FORCHINADAILY)EmeiMountainoffersspectacularviewsyear-round.Butthecolderseasonconjuresaspecialallure.Snowisfront-pagenewsinSichuan'sprovincialcapital,Chengdu,whichrarelyexperiencesflurries.So,localswereoverjoyedwhensnowflakesappearedinthecityscapeinlateDecember.Theysnappedphotosandpostedthemonsocialmedia.AnancientChinesebeliefholdssnowheraldsbumperharvests."Itdidn'tevencoverthegrounddowntown,"79-year-oldresidentChaoKangsays."Yetpeoplewentwildbecauseit'snotunusualforthecitytogoadecadewithoutsnowfall."ButasnowyandicymountainloomsinbalmySichuan'sheart,165kilometersfromthecapital.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)Chinawillfurthercutticketpricesforscenicareastoboostthehealthydevelopmentofthetourismindustry,thecountry'stopeconomicplannersaid.Localauthoritiesshouldcompletecostsurveysof5Aand4Ascenicareasthisyearandlowerticketpricesthataretoohigh,accordingtoastatementonthewebsiteoftheNationalDevelopmentandReformCommission.Thehighentrancefeesofsomescenicareashaveattractedwidespreadpublicdiscontent,anditiswidelyacknowledgedthatcuttingunnecessaryfeesisessentialforthehealthydevelopmentofChina'stourismindustry.Localauthoritiesshouldalsostrengthenpricemonitoringoverothertourismservicessuchasshuttlebuses,cablecars,boatsandparking.Touristattractionsareurgedtocontinueofferingfavorableticketpoliciestosoldiers,teenagers,seniorcitizens,studentsandthedisabled,accordingtothestatement.BytheendofOctober,atotalof981scenicareashadannouncedplanstoreduceticketpricesorwaiveadmissionfees.Among907touristattractions,morethan54percentcuttheirpricesbyatleast20percentand23.6percentbymorethan30percent,accordingtodatafromtheMinistryofCultureandTourism.

  Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.Chinawillfurthercutticketpricesforscenicareastoboostthehealthydevelopmentofthetourismindustry,thecountry'stopeconomicplannersaid.Localauthoritiesshouldcompletecostsurveysof5Aand4Ascenicareasthisyearandlowerticketpricesthataretoohigh,accordingtoastatementonthewebsiteoftheNationalDevelopmentandReformCommission.Thehighentrancefeesofsomescenicareashaveattractedwidespreadpublicdiscontent,anditiswidelyacknowledgedthatcuttingunnecessaryfeesisessentialforthehealthydevelopmentofChina'stourismindustry.Localauthoritiesshouldalsostrengthenpricemonitoringoverothertourismservicessuchasshuttlebuses,cablecars,boatsandparking.Touristattractionsareurgedtocontinueofferingfavorableticketpoliciestosoldiers,teenagers,seniorcitizens,studentsandthedisabled,accordingtothestatement.BytheendofOctober,atotalof981scenicareashadannouncedplanstoreduceticketpricesorwaiveadmissionfees.Among907touristattractions,morethan54percentcuttheirpricesbyatleast20percentand23.6percentbymorethan30percent,accordingtodatafromtheMinistryofCultureandTourism.Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.

  LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.

  Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)

  MonksvisitanexhibitionshowcasingdemocraticreformsattheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingonFriday.(Photo/ChinaNewsService)Special:AnexhibitioninBeijingshowcasingdemocraticreformsintheTibetautonomousregionprovidesdetailedinsightsonthehistoricalmovementthatendedasocialsystembasedontheoppressionandeconomicexploitationofserfsandslaves,visitorssaidonSunday.Beforedemocraticreformswereundertakenin1959,Tibethadlongbeenatheocraticfeudalserfdom,asocietycharacterizedbyacombinationofpoliticalandreligiouspower.Tomarkthe60thanniversaryofthebeginningofreforms,anexhibition-MonumenttotheEndofSerfdom-attheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingopenedonFriday.Manyhistoricalfilesandphotosdocumentingthemovement,withcaptionsinbothMandarinandEnglishareondisplay.TheexhibitionwillbefreetothepublicuntiltheendofDecember.DemocraticreformsinTibetfollowthehistoricaltrendandrepresentthewillofthepeople,andtheyrepresentanimportanteventinthedevelopmentofhumancivilization,saidYouQuan,amemberoftheSecretariatoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandheadoftheUnitedFrontWorkDepartmentoftheCPCCentralCommittee,duringtheopeningceremonyonFriday.TheexhibitionwillhelppeoplearoundChina,includingTibetans,toremembertheeventthattransformedTibet.ItwillalsohelppeopleunderstandtheintentionsoftheDalaiclique,whichseeksseparationfromChina,NorbuDondrup,vice-chairmanoftheregion,saidattheceremony,addingthatTibetanscurrentlyhaveastrongdesireforastablesocialenvironmentintheregion.XuJining,ateacherfromtheInnerMongoliaautonomousregionwhovisitedtheexhibitiononSunday,said:"TheexhibitioninBeijingwillgivepeoplearoundthecountryachancetobetterunderstanddemocraticreformsinTibet,whichmaybeverydistanttothem.Also,peoplewillcometorealizeitsimportanceforChina."Xu,whowasonabusinesstripinBeijing,wenttotheexhibitionafterhearingaboutitonthenews.Anothervisitor,GuanXuantong,acivilservantfromJilinprovince,appreciatedthedisplay."Afterseeingthedisplays,whicharerare-suchasofficialgovernmentdocumentsandcodedtelegramsfromtheseparatistforces-thatpartofhistoryhastrulycomealive,"Guansaid.Chinawillfurthercutticketpricesforscenicareastoboostthehealthydevelopmentofthetourismindustry,thecountry'stopeconomicplannersaid.Localauthoritiesshouldcompletecostsurveysof5Aand4Ascenicareasthisyearandlowerticketpricesthataretoohigh,accordingtoastatementonthewebsiteoftheNationalDevelopmentandReformCommission.Thehighentrancefeesofsomescenicareashaveattractedwidespreadpublicdiscontent,anditiswidelyacknowledgedthatcuttingunnecessaryfeesisessentialforthehealthydevelopmentofChina'stourismindustry.Localauthoritiesshouldalsostrengthenpricemonitoringoverothertourismservicessuchasshuttlebuses,cablecars,boatsandparking.Touristattractionsareurgedtocontinueofferingfavorableticketpoliciestosoldiers,teenagers,seniorcitizens,studentsandthedisabled,accordingtothestatement.BytheendofOctober,atotalof981scenicareashadannouncedplanstoreduceticketpricesorwaiveadmissionfees.Among907touristattractions,morethan54percentcuttheirpricesbyatleast20percentand23.6percentbymorethan30percent,accordingtodatafromtheMinistryofCultureandTourism.LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."

  Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)

  AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)

  LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."Chinawillfurthercutticketpricesforscenicareastoboostthehealthydevelopmentofthetourismindustry,thecountry'stopeconomicplannersaid.Localauthoritiesshouldcompletecostsurveysof5Aand4Ascenicareasthisyearandlowerticketpricesthataretoohigh,accordingtoastatementonthewebsiteoftheNationalDevelopmentandReformCommission.Thehighentrancefeesofsomescenicareashaveattractedwidespreadpublicdiscontent,anditiswidelyacknowledgedthatcuttingunnecessaryfeesisessentialforthehealthydevelopmentofChina'stourismindustry.Localauthoritiesshouldalsostrengthenpricemonitoringoverothertourismservicessuchasshuttlebuses,cablecars,boatsandparking.Touristattractionsareurgedtocontinueofferingfavorableticketpoliciestosoldiers,teenagers,seniorcitizens,studentsandthedisabled,accordingtothestatement.BytheendofOctober,atotalof981scenicareashadannouncedplanstoreduceticketpricesorwaiveadmissionfees.Among907touristattractions,morethan54percentcuttheirpricesbyatleast20percentand23.6percentbymorethan30percent,accordingtodatafromtheMinistryofCultureandTourism.Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.

  AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)MonksvisitanexhibitionshowcasingdemocraticreformsattheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingonFriday.(Photo/ChinaNewsService)Special:AnexhibitioninBeijingshowcasingdemocraticreformsintheTibetautonomousregionprovidesdetailedinsightsonthehistoricalmovementthatendedasocialsystembasedontheoppressionandeconomicexploitationofserfsandslaves,visitorssaidonSunday.Beforedemocraticreformswereundertakenin1959,Tibethadlongbeenatheocraticfeudalserfdom,asocietycharacterizedbyacombinationofpoliticalandreligiouspower.Tomarkthe60thanniversaryofthebeginningofreforms,anexhibition-MonumenttotheEndofSerfdom-attheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingopenedonFriday.Manyhistoricalfilesandphotosdocumentingthemovement,withcaptionsinbothMandarinandEnglishareondisplay.TheexhibitionwillbefreetothepublicuntiltheendofDecember.DemocraticreformsinTibetfollowthehistoricaltrendandrepresentthewillofthepeople,andtheyrepresentanimportanteventinthedevelopmentofhumancivilization,saidYouQuan,amemberoftheSecretariatoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandheadoftheUnitedFrontWorkDepartmentoftheCPCCentralCommittee,duringtheopeningceremonyonFriday.TheexhibitionwillhelppeoplearoundChina,includingTibetans,toremembertheeventthattransformedTibet.ItwillalsohelppeopleunderstandtheintentionsoftheDalaiclique,whichseeksseparationfromChina,NorbuDondrup,vice-chairmanoftheregion,saidattheceremony,addingthatTibetanscurrentlyhaveastrongdesireforastablesocialenvironmentintheregion.XuJining,ateacherfromtheInnerMongoliaautonomousregionwhovisitedtheexhibitiononSunday,said:"TheexhibitioninBeijingwillgivepeoplearoundthecountryachancetobetterunderstanddemocraticreformsinTibet,whichmaybeverydistanttothem.Also,peoplewillcometorealizeitsimportanceforChina."Xu,whowasonabusinesstripinBeijing,wenttotheexhibitionafterhearingaboutitonthenews.Anothervisitor,GuanXuantong,acivilservantfromJilinprovince,appreciatedthedisplay."Afterseeingthedisplays,whicharerare-suchasofficialgovernmentdocumentsandcodedtelegramsfromtheseparatistforces-thatpartofhistoryhastrulycomealive,"Guansaid.AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.

  AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)MonksvisitanexhibitionshowcasingdemocraticreformsattheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingonFriday.(Photo/ChinaNewsService)Special:AnexhibitioninBeijingshowcasingdemocraticreformsintheTibetautonomousregionprovidesdetailedinsightsonthehistoricalmovementthatendedasocialsystembasedontheoppressionandeconomicexploitationofserfsandslaves,visitorssaidonSunday.Beforedemocraticreformswereundertakenin1959,Tibethadlongbeenatheocraticfeudalserfdom,asocietycharacterizedbyacombinationofpoliticalandreligiouspower.Tomarkthe60thanniversaryofthebeginningofreforms,anexhibition-MonumenttotheEndofSerfdom-attheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingopenedonFriday.Manyhistoricalfilesandphotosdocumentingthemovement,withcaptionsinbothMandarinandEnglishareondisplay.TheexhibitionwillbefreetothepublicuntiltheendofDecember.DemocraticreformsinTibetfollowthehistoricaltrendandrepresentthewillofthepeople,andtheyrepresentanimportanteventinthedevelopmentofhumancivilization,saidYouQuan,amemberoftheSecretariatoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandheadoftheUnitedFrontWorkDepartmentoftheCPCCentralCommittee,duringtheopeningceremonyonFriday.TheexhibitionwillhelppeoplearoundChina,includingTibetans,toremembertheeventthattransformedTibet.ItwillalsohelppeopleunderstandtheintentionsoftheDalaiclique,whichseeksseparationfromChina,NorbuDondrup,vice-chairmanoftheregion,saidattheceremony,addingthatTibetanscurrentlyhaveastrongdesireforastablesocialenvironmentintheregion.XuJining,ateacherfromtheInnerMongoliaautonomousregionwhovisitedtheexhibitiononSunday,said:"TheexhibitioninBeijingwillgivepeoplearoundthecountryachancetobetterunderstanddemocraticreformsinTibet,whichmaybeverydistanttothem.Also,peoplewillcometorealizeitsimportanceforChina."Xu,whowasonabusinesstripinBeijing,wenttotheexhibitionafterhearingaboutitonthenews.Anothervisitor,GuanXuantong,acivilservantfromJilinprovince,appreciatedthedisplay."Afterseeingthedisplays,whicharerare-suchasofficialgovernmentdocumentsandcodedtelegramsfromtheseparatistforces-thatpartofhistoryhastrulycomealive,"Guansaid.LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."

  LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)MonksvisitanexhibitionshowcasingdemocraticreformsattheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingonFriday.(Photo/ChinaNewsService)Special:AnexhibitioninBeijingshowcasingdemocraticreformsintheTibetautonomousregionprovidesdetailedinsightsonthehistoricalmovementthatendedasocialsystembasedontheoppressionandeconomicexploitationofserfsandslaves,visitorssaidonSunday.Beforedemocraticreformswereundertakenin1959,Tibethadlongbeenatheocraticfeudalserfdom,asocietycharacterizedbyacombinationofpoliticalandreligiouspower.Tomarkthe60thanniversaryofthebeginningofreforms,anexhibition-MonumenttotheEndofSerfdom-attheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingopenedonFriday.Manyhistoricalfilesandphotosdocumentingthemovement,withcaptionsinbothMandarinandEnglishareondisplay.TheexhibitionwillbefreetothepublicuntiltheendofDecember.DemocraticreformsinTibetfollowthehistoricaltrendandrepresentthewillofthepeople,andtheyrepresentanimportanteventinthedevelopmentofhumancivilization,saidYouQuan,amemberoftheSecretariatoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandheadoftheUnitedFrontWorkDepartmentoftheCPCCentralCommittee,duringtheopeningceremonyonFriday.TheexhibitionwillhelppeoplearoundChina,includingTibetans,toremembertheeventthattransformedTibet.ItwillalsohelppeopleunderstandtheintentionsoftheDalaiclique,whichseeksseparationfromChina,NorbuDondrup,vice-chairmanoftheregion,saidattheceremony,addingthatTibetanscurrentlyhaveastrongdesireforastablesocialenvironmentintheregion.XuJining,ateacherfromtheInnerMongoliaautonomousregionwhovisitedtheexhibitiononSunday,said:"TheexhibitioninBeijingwillgivepeoplearoundthecountryachancetobetterunderstanddemocraticreformsinTibet,whichmaybeverydistanttothem.Also,peoplewillcometorealizeitsimportanceforChina."Xu,whowasonabusinesstripinBeijing,wenttotheexhibitionafterhearingaboutitonthenews.Anothervisitor,GuanXuantong,acivilservantfromJilinprovince,appreciatedthedisplay."Afterseeingthedisplays,whicharerare-suchasofficialgovernmentdocumentsandcodedtelegramsfromtheseparatistforces-thatpartofhistoryhastrulycomealive,"Guansaid.

  AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."

  Chinawillfurthercutticketpricesforscenicareastoboostthehealthydevelopmentofthetourismindustry,thecountry'stopeconomicplannersaid.Localauthoritiesshouldcompletecostsurveysof5Aand4Ascenicareasthisyearandlowerticketpricesthataretoohigh,accordingtoastatementonthewebsiteoftheNationalDevelopmentandReformCommission.Thehighentrancefeesofsomescenicareashaveattractedwidespreadpublicdiscontent,anditiswidelyacknowledgedthatcuttingunnecessaryfeesisessentialforthehealthydevelopmentofChina'stourismindustry.Localauthoritiesshouldalsostrengthenpricemonitoringoverothertourismservicessuchasshuttlebuses,cablecars,boatsandparking.Touristattractionsareurgedtocontinueofferingfavorableticketpoliciestosoldiers,teenagers,seniorcitizens,studentsandthedisabled,accordingtothestatement.BytheendofOctober,atotalof981scenicareashadannouncedplanstoreduceticketpricesorwaiveadmissionfees.Among907touristattractions,morethan54percentcuttheirpricesbyatleast20percentand23.6percentbymorethan30percent,accordingtodatafromtheMinistryofCultureandTourism.MonksvisitanexhibitionshowcasingdemocraticreformsattheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingonFriday.(Photo/ChinaNewsService)Special:AnexhibitioninBeijingshowcasingdemocraticreformsintheTibetautonomousregionprovidesdetailedinsightsonthehistoricalmovementthatendedasocialsystembasedontheoppressionandeconomicexploitationofserfsandslaves,visitorssaidonSunday.Beforedemocraticreformswereundertakenin1959,Tibethadlongbeenatheocraticfeudalserfdom,asocietycharacterizedbyacombinationofpoliticalandreligiouspower.Tomarkthe60thanniversaryofthebeginningofreforms,anexhibition-MonumenttotheEndofSerfdom-attheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingopenedonFriday.Manyhistoricalfilesandphotosdocumentingthemovement,withcaptionsinbothMandarinandEnglishareondisplay.TheexhibitionwillbefreetothepublicuntiltheendofDecember.DemocraticreformsinTibetfollowthehistoricaltrendandrepresentthewillofthepeople,andtheyrepresentanimportanteventinthedevelopmentofhumancivilization,saidYouQuan,amemberoftheSecretariatoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandheadoftheUnitedFrontWorkDepartmentoftheCPCCentralCommittee,duringtheopeningceremonyonFriday.TheexhibitionwillhelppeoplearoundChina,includingTibetans,toremembertheeventthattransformedTibet.ItwillalsohelppeopleunderstandtheintentionsoftheDalaiclique,whichseeksseparationfromChina,NorbuDondrup,vice-chairmanoftheregion,saidattheceremony,addingthatTibetanscurrentlyhaveastrongdesireforastablesocialenvironmentintheregion.XuJining,ateacherfromtheInnerMongoliaautonomousregionwhovisitedtheexhibitiononSunday,said:"TheexhibitioninBeijingwillgivepeoplearoundthecountryachancetobetterunderstanddemocraticreformsinTibet,whichmaybeverydistanttothem.Also,peoplewillcometorealizeitsimportanceforChina."Xu,whowasonabusinesstripinBeijing,wenttotheexhibitionafterhearingaboutitonthenews.Anothervisitor,GuanXuantong,acivilservantfromJilinprovince,appreciatedthedisplay."Afterseeingthedisplays,whicharerare-suchasofficialgovernmentdocumentsandcodedtelegramsfromtheseparatistforces-thatpartofhistoryhastrulycomealive,"Guansaid.Chinawillfurthercutticketpricesforscenicareastoboostthehealthydevelopmentofthetourismindustry,thecountry'stopeconomicplannersaid.Localauthoritiesshouldcompletecostsurveysof5Aand4Ascenicareasthisyearandlowerticketpricesthataretoohigh,accordingtoastatementonthewebsiteoftheNationalDevelopmentandReformCommission.Thehighentrancefeesofsomescenicareashaveattractedwidespreadpublicdiscontent,anditiswidelyacknowledgedthatcuttingunnecessaryfeesisessentialforthehealthydevelopmentofChina'stourismindustry.Localauthoritiesshouldalsostrengthenpricemonitoringoverothertourismservicessuchasshuttlebuses,cablecars,boatsandparking.Touristattractionsareurgedtocontinueofferingfavorableticketpoliciestosoldiers,teenagers,seniorcitizens,studentsandthedisabled,accordingtothestatement.BytheendofOctober,atotalof981scenicareashadannouncedplanstoreduceticketpricesorwaiveadmissionfees.Among907touristattractions,morethan54percentcuttheirpricesbyatleast20percentand23.6percentbymorethan30percent,accordingtodatafromtheMinistryofCultureandTourism.

  LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.

  Chinawillfurthercutticketpricesforscenicareastoboostthehealthydevelopmentofthetourismindustry,thecountry'stopeconomicplannersaid.Localauthoritiesshouldcompletecostsurveysof5Aand4Ascenicareasthisyearandlowerticketpricesthataretoohigh,accordingtoastatementonthewebsiteoftheNationalDevelopmentandReformCommission.Thehighentrancefeesofsomescenicareashaveattractedwidespreadpublicdiscontent,anditiswidelyacknowledgedthatcuttingunnecessaryfeesisessentialforthehealthydevelopmentofChina'stourismindustry.Localauthoritiesshouldalsostrengthenpricemonitoringoverothertourismservicessuchasshuttlebuses,cablecars,boatsandparking.Touristattractionsareurgedtocontinueofferingfavorableticketpoliciestosoldiers,teenagers,seniorcitizens,studentsandthedisabled,accordingtothestatement.BytheendofOctober,atotalof981scenicareashadannouncedplanstoreduceticketpricesorwaiveadmissionfees.Among907touristattractions,morethan54percentcuttheirpricesbyatleast20percentand23.6percentbymorethan30percent,accordingtodatafromtheMinistryofCultureandTourism.AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."

  Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.EmeiMountain'smainpeak,theGoldenSummit.(LIJIJUN/YUANSHIHONG/FORCHINADAILY)EmeiMountainoffersspectacularviewsyear-round.Butthecolderseasonconjuresaspecialallure.Snowisfront-pagenewsinSichuan'sprovincialcapital,Chengdu,whichrarelyexperiencesflurries.So,localswereoverjoyedwhensnowflakesappearedinthecityscapeinlateDecember.Theysnappedphotosandpostedthemonsocialmedia.AnancientChinesebeliefholdssnowheraldsbumperharvests."Itdidn'tevencoverthegrounddowntown,"79-year-oldresidentChaoKangsays."Yetpeoplewentwildbecauseit'snotunusualforthecitytogoadecadewithoutsnowfall."ButasnowyandicymountainloomsinbalmySichuan'sheart,165kilometersfromthecapital.

  LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."Chinawillfurthercutticketpricesforscenicareastoboostthehealthydevelopmentofthetourismindustry,thecountry'stopeconomicplannersaid.Localauthoritiesshouldcompletecostsurveysof5Aand4Ascenicareasthisyearandlowerticketpricesthataretoohigh,accordingtoastatementonthewebsiteoftheNationalDevelopmentandReformCommission.Thehighentrancefeesofsomescenicareashaveattractedwidespreadpublicdiscontent,anditiswidelyacknowledgedthatcuttingunnecessaryfeesisessentialforthehealthydevelopmentofChina'stourismindustry.Localauthoritiesshouldalsostrengthenpricemonitoringoverothertourismservicessuchasshuttlebuses,cablecars,boatsandparking.Touristattractionsareurgedtocontinueofferingfavorableticketpoliciestosoldiers,teenagers,seniorcitizens,studentsandthedisabled,accordingtothestatement.BytheendofOctober,atotalof981scenicareashadannouncedplanstoreduceticketpricesorwaiveadmissionfees.Among907touristattractions,morethan54percentcuttheirpricesbyatleast20percentand23.6percentbymorethan30percent,accordingtodatafromtheMinistryofCultureandTourism.AgirlenteractwithrobotXiaoTui.(Photo/Xinhua)AwalkingtalkingrobothasbecomeanewstarattheShanghaiDisneyResort.XiaoTui,asmartrecyclingbin,willtravelthepathwaysofShanghaiDisneylandforamonth"eatingup"garbageandthankingvisitorsfor"feeding"it.Itcantalktovisitorsandreactlikeacuteboyafteritisfedwithplasticbottles,wastepaperandotherrubbish.“It’syummy,andittasteslikechocolate,”XiaoTuisaidafter"eating"apieceofpaper.Waste-sortingandrecyclingisagrowingtrend,andthecity’sfirstlawonwastesortingtakeseffectinJuly.XiaoTuiwillhelppromotethebenefitsofrecyclingandsorting,encouragingeveryonetotakeactionbyemphasizinghowsmallchangescanhaveapositiveeffectontheenvironment.ThelaunchofXiaoTuiispartofthisyear’sDisneyEarthMonththatfallsinApriltocoincidewiththecelebrationofEarthDayonApril22.Avarietyofactivitieswillbeheldthismonthtoinspirevisitorstothinkandlivegreen.“EnvironmentalcareandprotectionhasbeenakeypartofShanghaiDisneyResortsincedayone,andthroughoutAprilweareexcitedtobeabletoshareourcommitmentanddailyenvironmentalpracticeswithourguests,”saidJoeSchott,itspresidentandgeneralmanager.“Withawiderangeoffunandengaginginitiativesbeingheldacrosstheresort,wehopetocontinuetoprotecttheplanettogetherandinstillineveryoneatrueappreciationforthebeautyofnature.”AwildlifephotoexhibitionwillopenfreeofchargetovisitorsfromApril9to30.HeldinpartnershipwithWildAid,theUS-basedenvironmentalorganization,thephotographsweretakenbyChineseactressandWildAidambassadorJiangYiyan.Theaimistoraisepeople’sawarenessofwildlifeprotection.ThroughouttheEarthMonth,visitorswillalsobeabletoenjoyanadventureinnaturewithatriptoShanghaiDisneyland’sGardensofImagination.Fullofcolorfulseasonalblossom,theGardensofImaginationaretheperfectplacetoappreciatethebeautyofnatureduringadayoutatthepark.ANatureExplorationGuidefulloffunfactsandinformationisavailable.BetweenApril12and22,peoplecanlearnaboutplantsfromhorticulturalexperts,takeacloserlookatthewildworldofinsectsandembarkonafunadventurefeaturingavarietyofbirdsatWishingStarPark.

  LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."

  Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.MonksvisitanexhibitionshowcasingdemocraticreformsattheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingonFriday.(Photo/ChinaNewsService)Special:AnexhibitioninBeijingshowcasingdemocraticreformsintheTibetautonomousregionprovidesdetailedinsightsonthehistoricalmovementthatendedasocialsystembasedontheoppressionandeconomicexploitationofserfsandslaves,visitorssaidonSunday.Beforedemocraticreformswereundertakenin1959,Tibethadlongbeenatheocraticfeudalserfdom,asocietycharacterizedbyacombinationofpoliticalandreligiouspower.Tomarkthe60thanniversaryofthebeginningofreforms,anexhibition-MonumenttotheEndofSerfdom-attheTibetanCulturalMuseuminBeijingopenedonFriday.Manyhistoricalfilesandphotosdocumentingthemovement,withcaptionsinbothMandarinandEnglishareondisplay.TheexhibitionwillbefreetothepublicuntiltheendofDecember.DemocraticreformsinTibetfollowthehistoricaltrendandrepresentthewillofthepeople,andtheyrepresentanimportanteventinthedevelopmentofhumancivilization,saidYouQuan,amemberoftheSecretariatoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandheadoftheUnitedFrontWorkDepartmentoftheCPCCentralCommittee,duringtheopeningceremonyonFriday.TheexhibitionwillhelppeoplearoundChina,includingTibetans,toremembertheeventthattransformedTibet.ItwillalsohelppeopleunderstandtheintentionsoftheDalaiclique,whichseeksseparationfromChina,NorbuDondrup,vice-chairmanoftheregion,saidattheceremony,addingthatTibetanscurrentlyhaveastrongdesireforastablesocialenvironmentintheregion.XuJining,ateacherfromtheInnerMongoliaautonomousregionwhovisitedtheexhibitiononSunday,said:"TheexhibitioninBeijingwillgivepeoplearoundthecountryachancetobetterunderstanddemocraticreformsinTibet,whichmaybeverydistanttothem.Also,peoplewillcometorealizeitsimportanceforChina."Xu,whowasonabusinesstripinBeijing,wenttotheexhibitionafterhearingaboutitonthenews.Anothervisitor,GuanXuantong,acivilservantfromJilinprovince,appreciatedthedisplay."Afterseeingthedisplays,whicharerare-suchasofficialgovernmentdocumentsandcodedtelegramsfromtheseparatistforces-thatpartofhistoryhastrulycomealive,"Guansaid.

  EmeiMountain'smainpeak,theGoldenSummit.(LIJIJUN/YUANSHIHONG/FORCHINADAILY)EmeiMountainoffersspectacularviewsyear-round.Butthecolderseasonconjuresaspecialallure.Snowisfront-pagenewsinSichuan'sprovincialcapital,Chengdu,whichrarelyexperiencesflurries.So,localswereoverjoyedwhensnowflakesappearedinthecityscapeinlateDecember.Theysnappedphotosandpostedthemonsocialmedia.AnancientChinesebeliefholdssnowheraldsbumperharvests."Itdidn'tevencoverthegrounddowntown,"79-year-oldresidentChaoKangsays."Yetpeoplewentwildbecauseit'snotunusualforthecitytogoadecadewithoutsnowfall."ButasnowyandicymountainloomsinbalmySichuan'sheart,165kilometersfromthecapital.LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."Over750exhibitorsfrom53countriesandregionshaveregisteredtotakepartinthe2019ShanghaiWorldTravelFairtobeheldfromApril18to21.TheShanghaiMunicipalAdministrationofCultureandTourismsaidMorocco,Madagascar,PapuaNewGuinea,GabonandTurkmenistanwillmaketheirdebutsatthefair.Long-termpartnerexhibitorsfromItaly,Russia,SriLanka,Japan,Cambodia,PeruandCubawillshowcasenewproductsandservicesinaccordancewiththenewtrendsinChina'stourismmarket,accordingtotheorganizer.TheannualeventisaplatformtoshowcaseChina'snaturalsceneries,aslocaltouristauthoritiesarevyingtopresenttheirtouristresourceswithhightechmeasuresatthefair.Thefairwillconvenelocaltourismbureaus,agencies,onlinetouroperators,airlinecompanies,themeparkoperators,hotelsandinsurancecompanies.Itisexpectedtoattractover15,000professionalvisitorsand50,000travelloversthisyear,saidtheorganizer.Intheyearof2018,Chinesetouristsmade150millionoverseastripsand5.5billiondomestictrips.MajortouristdestinationsintheChinesemainlandreceived48millionforeignvisitorslastyear.

  LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheexhibitionnamedYayoiKusama:allaboutlovespeaksforeverwasheldonMarch7,2019,andmorethan40piecesofworkoftheJapaneseartistwillbedisplayed.Itisaimedatshowingtheinteractiverelationshipbetweenartisticworksandarchitecture.AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AderivativepieceofworkofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Flowersculpturesdisplayedattheexhibition.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)TheartworkthehopeofwavydotswillhangovertheuniverseattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)ThepieceofworkpumpkinsitsattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AposterattheentranceofFosunFoundation(Shanghai).(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)Artworksof"MyEverlastingHeart"ofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photos:ChenXia/GT)AninvisiblelifeattheexhibitofJapaneseartistYayoiKusama.(Photo:ChenXia/GT)LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."

  Chinawillfurthercutticketpricesforscenicareastoboostthehealthydevelopmentofthetourismindustry,thecountry'stopeconomicplannersaid.Localauthoritiesshouldcompletecostsurveysof5Aand4Ascenicareasthisyearandlowerticketpricesthataretoohigh,accordingtoastatementonthewebsiteoftheNationalDevelopmentandReformCommission.Thehighentrancefeesofsomescenicareashaveattractedwidespreadpublicdiscontent,anditiswidelyacknowledgedthatcuttingunnecessaryfeesisessentialforthehealthydevelopmentofChina'stourismindustry.Localauthoritiesshouldalsostrengthenpricemonitoringoverothertourismservicessuchasshuttlebuses,cablecars,boatsandparking.Touristattractionsareurgedtocontinueofferingfavorableticketpoliciestosoldiers,teenagers,seniorcitizens,studentsandthedisabled,accordingtothestatement.BytheendofOctober,atotalof981scenicareashadannouncedplanstoreduceticketpricesorwaiveadmissionfees.Among907touristattractions,morethan54percentcuttheirpricesbyatleast20percentand23.6percentbymorethan30percent,accordingtodatafromtheMinistryofCultureandTourism.LongZhijiao,25,tookherparentstoIcelandtoseetheauroraviewthisyear.Theunconventionaltripwastrulyunforgettable."Myparentsarenotverymuchintoshopping,sowechosenorthernEuropeinsteadofpopularcities.TheArcticlandscapeaswellasthelocalcultureandcustomsfascinatedus,"saidLong,agraduatestudent.Tohersurprise,LongfoundmanyotherChinesetouriststhere.Inthenewyear,moreChineseareexploringnewwaysanddestinationswhenarrangingtripsoverseas.Insteadoffocusingonshopping,moreareprioritizingexoticviewsandculturalexperiences.Asmanyresearchhasshown,Chinesetouristsarebecomingmoreinterestedinexploring."Theywanttoexplorenewplaces,newcultureandnewexperiences,"saidMarioZanetti,presidentofCostaGroupAsia,amajorcruiseoperatorinEuropeandAsia.Thisyear,CostaVenezia,thefirstCostaCruisesshipconstructedanddesignedspecificallyfortheChinesemarket,willenterservicewithaninauguralworldcruisedepartingItalyandsailingtoShanghai,itshomeport."Tenyearsago,mostChinesevisitedEuropeonlytoshop.Butnow,theygoabroadforculture,historyandscenery.AnincreasingnumberofindependentChinesetouristsarrangetheirowntrips,exploringsmalltownsinEuropeandtheculturethere,"saidJeffDash,seniorexecutiveofVikingCruises.ThecompanyhasjustlaunchednewcruiseroutesspeciallydesignedforChinesecustomers,featuringculturalandhistoricalexperience.Accordingtoareportco-publishedbyChinaTourismAcademyandCtrip,aChineseonlinetravelagency,themostfrequentlyaskedquestionsofindependentChinesetravelersareaboutfinefood,sceneryandtransport,whileconcernsaboutshoppinghavecontinuedtodrop.AsChina'spost-90sgenerationhavesurpassedthepost-70sgenerationtodominatethetravelmarket,thedemandforcustomizedtravelpackagesandpersonaltouristgroupshassurged.ThenumberofChinesetouristssignedupforpersonaltoursthroughCtripquadrupledinthefirsthalfof2018.Asdemandshifts,globaltravelcompaniesarepromotingmoreculture-relatedtravelproducts,manyspeciallydesignedfortheChinesemarket.AccordingtoZanetti,besidesprovidingauthenticChinesefoodandChineselanguageserviceatsea,CostaCruiseshasestablishedanofficialpartnershipwiththefootballclubJuventustoprovidetailoredservicestoattractmoreChinesetourists.GuestsonboardtheCostaSerenacanenjoyatourtotheJuventusMuseumandplayfootballwiththeirchildreninanoutdoorminifootballfield."CulturalandlifestyleprogramshavebecometrendyamongChinesetravelers,"saidSannaKarkkainen,managingdirectorofVisitRovaniemi,atravelpromotionagency.Rovaniemi,acityinFinland'sArcticCircleinLaplandandknownasthehomeofSantaClaus,isgettingatourismboostfromChinesevisitorsbecauseofitsenchantingauroralightsandwinteractivities.AccordingtoKarkkainen,thenumberofChinesetouristsinFinlandhasincreasedsharplysince2015,manyofthembeingindependenttravelers."BecauseoftheNorthernLights,LaplandandRovaniemihavebecomesuperinterestingtraveldestinationsamongChinese,"saidKarkkainen,addingthatChinesetouristsareincreasinglyawareofnaturalandculturalenrichmentwhentraveling."Chinesetouristspreferexclusive,uniquehotelslikeglass-roofedigloosandlocalAirbnbs,"Karkkainensaid.AsChinesetravelerspursueself-guidedtours,in-depthtoursandlesspopulardestinations,theBeltandRoadInitiativealsogivesthemanudgetoexploremorecountriesandcultures."TheBeltandRoadInitiativecreatesadialogue,areasontobeinterestedindifferentcountriesandhowwecanseethoseplaces,"DashofVikingCruisessaid."It'sagreatopportunityforus.Maybethroughonetripatatime,everybodystartstounderstandeachotheralittlebitmore."Chinawillfurthercutticketpricesforscenicareastoboostthehealthydevelopmentofthetourismindustry,thecountry'stopeconomicplannersaid.Localauthoritiesshouldcompletecostsurveysof5Aand4Ascenicareasthisyearandlowerticketpricesthataretoohigh,accordingtoastatementonthewebsiteoftheNationalDevelopmentandReformCommission.Thehighentrancefeesofsomescenicareashaveattractedwidespreadpublicdiscontent,anditiswidelyacknowledgedthatcuttingunnecessaryfeesisessentialforthehealthydevelopmentofChina'stourismindustry.Localauthoritiesshouldalsostrengthenpricemonitoringoverothertourismservicessuchasshuttlebuses,cablecars,boatsandparking.Touristattractionsareurgedtocontinueofferingfavorableticketpoliciestosoldiers,teenagers,seniorcitizens,studentsandthedisabled,accordingtothestatement.BytheendofOctober,atotalof981scenicareashadannouncedplanstoreduceticketpricesorwaiveadmissionfees.Among907touristattractions,morethan54percentcuttheirpricesbyatleast20percentand23.6percentbymorethan30percent,accordingtodatafromtheMinistryofCultureandTourism.

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