Published on : Thursday, January 3, 2019
Euromonitor International said that there was an increase of almost 40 percent in the number of tourists visiting Jerusalem in 2018, making it one of the fastest growing destinations in the world.
Doron Spielman, the Vice President of the City of David foundation in the center of Jerusalem’s Old City, said that there have been common grounds between the Chinese and Jewish people.
The Chinese people love coming to Jerusalem and seeing a wall which was built by Jews at the same time as the Great Wall of China.
In order to attract more Chinese tourists, the City of David park announced earlier last month that it had translated its popular night-time sound and light show into Mandarin, which is the official language of China, so that biblical characters now speak Chinese to tell the ancient story on the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.
“There aren’t too many places in the world that the Chinese people can come and find another group of people that go back thousands of years as they do,” Spielman said.
The City of David is a very popular archeological site in the region, where tourists can go through debris to help find the next archeological discoveries. The Chinese tourists top the number of incoming tourists from Asia to Israel.
Israel has also launched initiatives inviting Chinese chefs to teach how to cook Chinese cuisines.
Direct flights between China and Israel further increased in frequency in 2018, with currently dozens of weekly direct flights between the two countries.