China has finally passed a tourism law to regulate the industry and give tourists more protection. First raised in the 80s but shelved as travelling was still considered a novelty, the new law has been rightly hailed a milestone in that for the first time it gives tourists the right to complain and seek redress. The statute is much needed as the nation strives to cope with the boom in tourism.Monday, 13 May, 2013, 1:52am
The world has serious concerns over fiscal crises, security crises and environmental crises. And then there are holidays - when we can put aside lofty concerns and remember what living is all about: seeing friends, hosting family reunions and running barefoot on the beach.26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am
It took Canadian brothers Ryan and Colin Pyle five minutes to come up with the idea of circumnavigating China by motorcycle, a journey never attempted before. It did not take much longer for Colin to quit his job as a foreign exchange trader and sell his house. Now, a TV series of their Guinness world record-breaking 65-day adventure is to air around the world.10 Apr 2013 - 5:03am
The Hainan provincial government will begin sightseeing cruises to China's newest city, Sansha on tiny Woody Island, this month, a deputy governor of the province said yesterday.7 Apr 2013 - 5:56pm 1 comment
HNA, the mainland airline, hotel and property group, will launch its passenger cruise business tomorrow when its first cruise ship starts its maiden revenue voyage from Sanya to Vietnam.
The move comes amid mounting interest by cruise lines in Asia and especially China, although senior industry executives said there was a raft of challenges to overcome.25 Jan 2013 - 4:56am
Having spent much of the past decade roaming the globe as a backpacker, Chinese-American Gu Yue embarked on a three-month "travel-without-a-dime" tour of the mainland in September to learn more about the country where he was born and its people. The 33-year-old shares his experiences.
Can you first tell us a bit about yourself?4 Nov 2012 - 4:31am
For centuries it was one of China's best-kept secrets. Tucked away in the northeast corner of the Forbidden City in Beijing is a leafy landscape garden that the Qianlong emperor built for his retirement after a 60-year reign between 1736 and 1795.17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
Ocean Park had 5.9 million visitors in the year ending June - its seventh attendance record in eight years and 16 per cent above the previous record, set last year.15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
Nothing is more precious to a nation than its culture, language and traditions. That is especially so for China, which, as one of the cradles of civilisation, has much to cherish and protect. It is understandable, then, that a series of scandals at the Palace Museum have caused a storm of public anger.20 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
Beijing's Forbidden City is embroiled in another scandal days after artefacts were stolen from the former imperial palace.
The Palace Museum, which manages the five-century-old site, has been accused of renting out one of its best imperial-era halls and turning it into a private, members-only club for billionaires from around the world.14 May 2011 - 12:00am