New fee put off May Day visitors, Fenghuang hotel operators claim

A visitor takes in the scenic Tuo River near the ancient town of Fenghuang in Hunan province. Photo: Xinhua

Tourism operators in the historic city of Fenghuang, Hunan province, claim the introduction of an entry fee caused a sharp drop in visitors over the three-day May Day holiday.

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 5:32am

Free toilets, Wi-fi to lure tourists back to historic Fenghuang after entry fee

A tourist crosses the Tuojiang River in Fenghuang, in China's central Hunan province. Photo: Xinhua

A historical city in Hunan province is desperately trying to lure visitors back with free toilets and wireless internet after the introduction of an entrance fee caused a local protest and left Fenghuang deserted of tourists.

The move came a day ahead of the long May 1 holiday, the first peak-travel weekend since a 148 yuan (HK$185) entry fee was imposed on April 10.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Old Chinese tourist town opposes new entry fee

Fenghuang businesses are upset by a new entry fee imposed on visitors. Photo: SMP

Shop owners in Fenghuang old town, a popular tourist site in Hunan province , have seen business fall by as much as half since the local government introduced an entry fee for tourists last week. They went on strike on Wednesday over the charge.

14 Apr 2013 - 1:56pm 1 comment

Riot police quell Fenghuang old town protest over tourist entry fee

A visitor is holding an entry ticket in Fenghuang old town. Photo: Xinhua

Riot police were called to Fenghuang old town on Thursday as locals protested against a new entry fee for the popular tourist site in Hunan, which was introduced on Wednesday.

12 Apr 2013 - 4:53pm 1 comment