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Inner Mongolia: To tour or not to tour

Le 8 juin 2017, 05:29 dans Humeurs 0

Inner Mongolia autonomous region enchants people as a natural escape with sprawling landscapes, captivating culture and fresh air that city dwellers rarely experience. However, its gargantuan size also makes some travelers feel so overwhelmed by the spanning options they struggle to decide where to even begin in the region.


At least that's how I felt when trying to plan a trip to this destination. I’ve wanted to travel to Inner Mongolia autonomous region pretty much since I first arrived to China, and when I finally got the opportunity, there seemed to be two viable options: hop on a preplanned tour or try to figure out an alternative route by hiring a driver.


Commercial tours have opened the door for many who otherwise may be too intimidated to take on the vast region. Over 9.4 million tourists visited Ulanqab from January to August alone and 7.6 billion yuan ($1.14 billion) was spent on tourism, which is an increase of 11.1 percent from the year before, China Daily reported.


Inner Mongolia autonomous region also saw about 8.54 million tourists over the National Day holiday, an increase of 21.5 percent from last year. And those numbers are set to increase as more money is pumped into the tourism industry.

Amazon report shows Chinese keen on reading

Le 16 mai 2017, 05:36 dans Humeurs 0

Amazon China, one of the largest online booksellers, released its 2017 Reading Report on April 20, which shows a continued interest in reading and some new trends among Chinese readers.


Based on 14,000 surveys and company data, Amazon reports that 56 percent of those surveyed read more than 10 books last year, continuing a trend found in previous years.


But this year it finds that 78 percent of the readers are sharing reading experiences on social media, such as on instant-messaging app WeChat, micro blog Sina Weibo, review website Douban and question-and-answer website Zhihu.


Reading books on electronic devices is a major factor that fuels the behavior of sharing. The report reveals 71 percent of those born in the 2000s choose to read books on Kindle, the company's electronic devices, whereas only 25 percent among those born in the 1950s do so.


People in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen are leading a trend of reading books in English, while there is an overall growth of 68 percent for its English e-books sales.


The most popular title among English e-books on Amazon China: British author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.


Hot TV series and movies push people to read the original books from which the dramas are adapted.


Recent cases are In the Name of People and Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, which helped the books of same name become best-sellers.


The TV show Chinese Poetry Competition boosted the sales of ancient poem anthologies on Amazon's e-book platform by 154 percent.


The company has been releasing its annual reading report in China ahead of World Book Day on April 23 since 2014.

The pearl of Guizhou

Le 11 mai 2017, 05:40 dans Humeurs 0

Attractions from scenic beauty to bullfights lure visitors to this multiethnic community


Rich ethnic culture, a primitive natural landscape and exotic gourmet food never fail to draw in visitors to Kaili dermes.


The city sits in the southeast of Guizhou and is capital of the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong autonomous prefecture. Ethnic Miao people are in the majority in a community with 33 ethnic groups that account for 75 percent of the local population of 1 million. .


The diverse peoples have given the city a strong ethnic ambience.


Roughly 135 folk festivals are staged throughout the year for locals to express their various traditions, according to the Kaili tourism authority Neo skin lab.


These include exotic ethnic song and dances, thrilling bullfights and exquisite art, such as embroidery, batik and silver ornaments, says Zhang Miao, Party secretary of Kaili.


One could stop by the Qiandongnan prefecture museum in downtown Kaili to get a working knowledge of local ethnic culture before exploring further afield Neo skin lab.


The museum was founded in 1988 and covers an area of 11,000 square meters. It preserves daily objects and artifacts made by locals that tell the stories of local history.


Be sure to visit the museum's biggest treasure, a Miao costume traditionally embroidered with tin wires. Free guide service is usually offered to a group of four to five people in Mandarin.

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