Take a hike in Guizhou's hilly spots
IT IS the first province in south-western China to have all its counties accessible via highways, and the local authorities in Guizhou intend to leverage on that to boost foot traffic to the region this year.
In its 2016 work report, the provincial government made it a point to boost tourism-related facilities in the area.
Qiu Zhenguo, chief planner at the Guizhou transport bureau, said the province's highway network covers all 18 national-level places of interest.
The high-speed train for which China is famed for has also been available in the province for some time.
With this, the hilly region is in a good position to welcome more travellers.
Chen Min'er, party chief of Guizhou, said the province will now make an all-out effort to develop mountain tourism into a growth engine and turn the region into a world-class tourist destination.
With 92.5 per cent of the province's land area covered with hills and mountains, Guizhou has plenty of waterfalls, valleys, lakes and hot springs.
Local residents have, over the centuries, also developed customs, festivals, clothing and architecture rarely found in other parts of the country.
Zheng Xu, deputy head of the Guizhou tourism bureau, said: "In three years, airports, railway stations, bus stops and tourist destinations will be seamlessly connected and there will be more direct international flights and charter flights."
Li Sanqi, head of the Guizhou tourism bureau, said because of its hills and mountains, the province plans to learn from European resorts and focus on hiking, snow skiing, mountaineering and sightseeing.
From 2011 to 2015, more than 1,600 villages have been engaged in tourism and 20 counties in the province have been listed as exemplary models in developing agricultural and rural leisure industries.
Statistics show that agricultural leisure created 2.34 million jobs in 2014.
Residents of Gebong in south-western China's Guizhou province are finding that learning some English words can improve their business as the mountainous village gains popularity with overseas visitors.
"Several foreigners came to the village some days ago and each day, they had some eggs and tomatoes at my stall," said Xiao Ling, making it a point to name the two items she sold in English, as she sat behind her stall at Getu River, a national-level tourist destination.
She added proudly that many villagers come to her for help with English words that could boost their business.
Wang Xiaobi is also a resident of Gebong and runs a hostel in the village.
"A lot of foreign visitors stay at my hostel during peak seasons," she said.
"A German rock-climbing company advertises my hostel free of charge.
"I receive at least hundreds of overseas visitors every year."
CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK