Tourism in China

China's tourism law will benefit everyone

Visitors to the Palace Museum in Beijing can be assured their rights are protected under the new Tourism Law. Photo: Xinhua

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 rise of the tourist hordes

Venice, which receives 20 million tourists a year, has been transformed by tourism. Photo: Reuters

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

TV series of Canadian brothers' record-setting China motorbike trip airs

Canadian brothers Ryan and Colin Pyle. Photo: Reuters

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

Woody Island cruises to start in Hainan this month amid sea disputes

A China Marine Surveillance worker heads to Woody Island, Sansha city, Hainan. Island tours will start this month, but visitors cannot stay overnight. Photo: Xinhua

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

Cruise industry sets sail for Asia's growth

Cruise operators are taking a bigger interest in the market potential in Asia but there are challenges to overcome. Photo: ImagineChina

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

Chinese-American backpacker tours China without a penny

Gu Yue tours China with no money. Photo: SCMP

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.

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4 Nov 2012 - 4:31am

Imperial secrets

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

Record visitors and revenue for Ocean Park

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

Nation's heritage on the line

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

Palace Museum is accused of renting hall to super rich

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

Ocean Park helps young people develop a respect for nature

I would like to bring to the attention of readers the efforts made by Ocean Park in helping to elevate public awareness of the importance of conservation.

1 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Against the tide

The global financial crisis, its knock-on effect on the local economy and the ongoing threat of swine flu have dragged Hong Kong's consumer market into the abyss. Retailers have understandably tried to pull out all the stops to stimulate sales.

11 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Ocean Park climbs to 15th in world rankings for theme parks

About 500,000 more visitors went to Ocean Park last year than to Hong Kong Disneyland, making it the 15th most visited theme park in the world, according to an annual global survey.

Ocean Park climbed one spot to No 15 in the world with 5.03 million visitors, up from 4.92 million in 2007.

18 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Luxury builder's bash in the sky

Habitat Property's Holiday Party

Where: The Box, IFC

When: November 26

2 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Ocean Park pulls out of New Year parade

Ocean Park has decided to withdraw from the Lunar New Year float parade organised by the Tourism Board. The theme park said yesterday the cost of participation, which it put at several million Hong Kong dollars, was 'quite expensive'. It wanted to spend more carefully to cope with the economic downturn.

15 Dec 2008 - 12:00am