Published on : Thursday, August 22, 2019
In the middle of China’s ecological protection efforts, the government is realizing the economic value of lucid waters and lush mountains with the help of tourism development and poverty alleviation programs.
More than 300 experts, scholars and officials of forest parks and scenic spots attended a symposium on “poverty alleviation through developing forest parks and forest tourism” in the city of Guyuan, in the northwest of China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
Speaking at the symposium, Lan Siren, the president of the Forest Park and Forest Tourism Branch of the China Forestry Association, said that most of the poverty-stricken areas in China are located in mountainous and forest areas, and poverty alleviation with forest tourism has unique geographical and industrial advantages.
There are 898 national forest parks in China, covering an area of 14.66 million hectares, which together attract 1.6 billion visitors annually, accounting for 28.9 percent of the total number of domestic tourists.
Forest tourism has brought in a comprehensive social output value of 1.5 trillion Yuan (212 billion U.S. dollars), accounting for 29.2 percent of the country’s domestic tourism income.
There are 1.1 million impoverished individuals living in the forest areas. The local authorities are striving to increase their income by developing forest tourism, which contributes an average annual income of 3,500 Yuan per household.
The symposium was held in Guyuan for displaying the city’s forest tourism development achievements.
Pengyang County in Guyuan received 300,000 visitors during its Mountain Flower Festival in April.