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The best tour routes in China

China is launching new tour routes to showcase China's culture and its tourist treasures in the best way. The nation's first-batch of 12 officially recommended tour routes were announced on Tuesday by China National Tourism Administration.

China hopes the new designation will attract more domestic and overseas tourists. The draft plan is now awaiting public comment.

Among others, the 12 tour routes cover the world famous Silk Road, the Three Gorges, the Great Wall and the Yellow River. Here are the details of the 12 routes:

1. Silk Road tour route.

This route, focusing on the history of silk across Henan, Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai, and Xinjiang, has significant market appeal both at home and abroad.

2. Shangri-la tour route.

This route is a trip from Kunming to Dali, Lijiang and Diqing in Yunnan Province, spreading into Sichuan and Tibetan areas, and introducing local ethnic culture and unique landscapes. It is another of the hottest trips, also very popular in the overseas market.

3. Three Gorges tour route.

With attractions like beautiful valleys, spreading waters, views of the dam, and the traditional culture of the region, this route is a classic trip keenly promoted by China.

4. Qinghai-Tibet railway route.

Qinghai-Tibet railway route rises from eastern Xining to western Lhasa and extends to other areas of Tibet. It leads across a snow-capped plateau attaching Qinghai to Tibet by rail.

5. Great Wall tour route.

The Great Wall stretches across many provincial regions from Shanhai Pass in the east to Jiayu Pass in the west – not only a symbol of Chinese culture but also a major Chinese tourist resource.

6. China Grand Canal tour route.

Descending through the eastern part of China, the tour begins in Tongzhou in the north and continues to Hangzhou in the south, spanning Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

7. "Long March" tour route.

The "Red Army's Long March" trip is currently the most popular route in revolutionary tourism. The route begins in Ruijin in Jiangxi Province, passing through Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou, Sichuan, and Shaanxi to Yan’an, connecting east, west, south and north China.

8. Songhu – Yalu rivers tour route

This route runs through three northeastern provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning, featuring immense forests, clear skies, blue water and snow, and introducing regional culture and frontier customs.

9. The Yellow River tour route

The trip stretches from Shandong Province in the east to Qinghai in the west, covering the cultural areas of Shaanxi, Henan, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Gansu, and Shandong in the central plain.

10. "The middle and lower Yangtze River" tour route

The trip, centering on the cities and world Heritage sites around the middle and lower Yangtze River, features city tours and heritage, and the landscape of Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu and Shanghai.

11. "Beijing-Xi'an-Shanghai-Guilin-Guangzhou" tour route

The trip focuses on the air routes connecting 5 well-known tourist destinations: Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Guilin and Guangzhou. It was the first trip opened to the overseas market and its long-standing reputation justifies its title of the “Classic China” trip.

12. Seaside holiday resort tour route

The trip covers China’s eastern seaboard cities by air and sea, working from north to south through Dalian, Yantai, Weihai, Qingdao, Rizhao, Lianyungang, Fuzhou, Quanzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Haikou, and Sanya, and promoting China’s seaside holidays and leisure.

Source: by Dong Qingpei