China is all set to initiate ‘first Antarctica flight’ for its visitors

Published on : Tuesday, December 19, 2017

China Antarctica flight’ for its visitorsThe trip is considered as a landmark – but is it really so? And what does it inform us in terms of geopolitical ambitions of China’s in the region?

 
Is it actually a first?

 
As illustrated in Chinese papers as the commencement of a new era in tourism of the country to Antarctica, the trip chose selected few from Hong Kong to the actual South Pole.

 
That signified a 15-hour flight to South Africa and refilling the fuel in Cape Town. Then another 5.5 hours journey to Antarctica. From Antarctica, it’s yet another five to six hours journey that ultimately takes to the pole, where the flight landed on approximately 2.5-kms (1.5-mile) runway covered in the ice.

 
The Chinese tour operator explains the trip as kind of milestone, saying it means Chinese tourists are not required to book via foreign agencies anymore.

 
However, how much of a first was it actually?

 
The leg from Cape Town was prearranged by White Desert, in fact, a tour operator who provides such trips to the pole on a usual basis.

 
That denotes it was rather collaboration between a Chinese tour organizer and one of the recognized South African players.

 
Does a tour of that long time makes you feel as something of an ordeal? Just think that the usual tourist route is considerably longer.

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