Chinese tourists take photos of themselves wearing Red Army costumes as they visit the hanging bridge in the city of Luding, site of a famous 1930s civil war skirmish, in Sichuan province. Photo: Getty Images Chinese tourists take photos of themselves wearing Red Army costumes as they visit the hanging bridge in the city of Luding, site of a famous 1930s civil war skirmish, in Sichuan province. Photo: Getty Images
Chinese tourists take photos of themselves wearing Red Army costumes as they visit the hanging bridge in the city of Luding, site of a famous 1930s civil war skirmish, in Sichuan province. Photo: Getty Images
Mercedes Hutton
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Destinations known by Mercedes Hutton

‘Red tourism’ in China ahead of Communist Party centenary appears rampant … but with borders shut, where else is there to go?

  • This Labour Day holiday, in contrast to earlier years when overseas trips were common, many Chinese tourists visited sites pivotal to Communist Party history
  • A tenfold rise in ‘red tourism’ in the 15 years to 2019 was earlier reported, and interest has apparently grown since then with the party’s centenary looming

Chinese tourists take photos of themselves wearing Red Army costumes as they visit the hanging bridge in the city of Luding, site of a famous 1930s civil war skirmish, in Sichuan province. Photo: Getty Images Chinese tourists take photos of themselves wearing Red Army costumes as they visit the hanging bridge in the city of Luding, site of a famous 1930s civil war skirmish, in Sichuan province. Photo: Getty Images
Chinese tourists take photos of themselves wearing Red Army costumes as they visit the hanging bridge in the city of Luding, site of a famous 1930s civil war skirmish, in Sichuan province. Photo: Getty Images
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Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton is a Hong Kong-based journalist. She joined the Post in 2018, where she writes about culture, the environment and history for Post Magazine, and covers travel and tourism in Asia in a weekly column, Destinations Known.