China’s railway tourism is on the rise

 Monday, March 27, 2023 


While China’s tourism business recovered quickly following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, the country’s railway tourism is on the rise, reported.

The website further cited that over the weekend, a high-speed railway connecting Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Wuzhong City, in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, began service, displaying tourism promotion slogans for the city and transporting Shanghai visitors to the city hailed as “a gem of the Yellow River.”

The eight-car train is planned to transport 4.73 million passengers each year.

Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Shandong, Henan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces, as well as Ningxia and Shanghai, are all part of the route. The train ride from Shanghai to Wuzhong takes roughly ten hours.

According to Wuzhong officials, the railway connecting east China’s coastal towns and northwest China would mostly serve tourists.

To meet people’s rising need for quick and pleasant travel, China has created the world’s largest high-speed railway network, spanning more than 42,000 kilometres.

According to local authorities, a 20% discount on high-speed train tickets with Wuzhong as the destination will be supplied via China UnionPay beginning in April. Consumption coupons for culture and tourism worth 2 million yuan (US$292,848) will also be provided.

“I have never been to Wuzhong but have been lured by its mutton delicacies and enchanting landscapes for a long time,” quoted Shanghai retiree Wang Meng, who boarded the train, as saying.

“I prefer railway trips than air because I always enjoy the views from the windows.”

On her voyage, she will also stop at Shapotou, which means “high-rise dunes,” and the Western Xia tomb.

On March 19, the Yangtze River Delta region’s railway network has registered 20.73 million trips by passengers since the spring outing travel peak began, a 12 percent increase over the same period in 2019.

According to railway officials, the most popular destinations were ancient cities and rural villages.

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