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"Beautiful Countryside”, the Year of Tourism Promotion activity unveiled

The 8th Ninghai Dongshan Peach Flower Festival was held in Ninghai’s Huchen village on the morning of March 20. The day marks the beginning of the Year of Tourism Promotion - Beautiful Countryside 2015.
The theme of this year’s tourism promotion activity - Beautiful Countryside is Meeting in Fragrant Ningbo, Enjoying Beautiful Countryside. Aided by Ningbo’s abundant countryside tourism resources, a series of tourism-related activities will be held including delicious local dishes, folk custom shows and agricultural activities with a variety of unique forms.

Li Yonghui, director of Ningbo Tourism Bureau, tells us that the activity of the Year of Tourism Promotion - Beautiful Countryside, will go on throughout the year and cover all places in Ningbo. The activity mainly covers six varieties including flower-appreciation, plucking, gourmet, sport, recreation and folk custom culture. 57 tourism-related festive activities are planned to be held along with a series of unique countryside trips including agricultural gourmet, local accommodation, countryside routes, flower-appreciation and mountain climbing.

It is learned that the first destination of this year’s activity will go to Ninghai Dongshan Peach Flower Festival. A series of stunning festive activities will be unveiled one after another afterwards in every county, district and city of Ningbo.

The 8th Ninghai Dongshan Peach Flower Festival will soon open

he 8th Ninghai Donshan Peach Flower Festival will kick off on March 20. A series of activities will follow the opening ceremony. The festival will last until April 1st.
Spring comes again the peach blossoms turn red. It is learned that the festival will prepare a big cultural banquet with aroma, color and taste for the tourists. In addition to the beautiful blossoms, there will also be shows of Qipao and Guzhen. What’s more, Ninghai Dexinfang Gallery established Baomingpei, the inheritor of Ningbo intangible culture, will open on the opening day. Painters and artists will also gather here. For foodies, they can not miss the delicious food just like the beautiful views. The festival will invite cooks to have a cooking competition. There will also be an exhibition of local products. While enjoying the beautiful flowers in the spring, tourists can also taste the delicious food. Aren't you interested in the peach blossom banquet with beautiful landscapes, beauties and delicious food. Are you ready? Come here!

Tourism market turning hot in September

Statistics from major local travel agencies show an increasing number of local residents choose to travel in September this year. The number of tourists reaches a record high. Tourism routes around the Mid-Autumn Festival are quite hot. Routes to Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are already fully booked.

September has long been the off-season in traveling. Why is it turning hot this year?

"Because of the cheap price," Xuan Xuejun, president of Ningbo City Tourism Agencies Association, gave the answer. After the new "Tourism Law" came into force this April, travel agencies are banned from offering "unreasonably low" prices to attract tourists. Off-season tour becomes a good choice for those who seek low prices.

The new tourism law stipulates that fixed-price tour contracts should clearly list arranged shopping trips, tips, calling for a "zero tolerance" attitude towards forced goods purchases and arranging items at tourists' own expenses. With the tourism law, prices of a number of routes may be higher. Some visitors choose to grab the low-priced trips available in September, making the traditional "low season" hot.

"The routes to Taiwan after September 20 are almost fully booked. So are routes to Hong Kong and Macau. Routes to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand are also hot picks. Almost all have been sold out last month," said Xuan Xuejun. He added that these short-term tours are extremely popular and various travel agencies have received doubled tourists over last year.

Ningbo tourism promoted at Zhejiang Travel Fair

"With all the 12 post cards for Ningbo tourism from different booths, you can get a bag of Ningbo glutinous rice balls for free." This is what visitors were told at the 2014 Zhejiang Travel Fair held in Ji'nan, Shandong Province, from March 28 to 30. At the fair, the Ningbo pavilion featuring "marine characteristics" and "smart tourism" attracted a lot of visitors.

The interactive experience area for the smart tourism is a highlight of the Ningbo pavilion, providing such activities as getting tickets by scanning 2D code, receiving a bag of Ningbo glutinous rice balls by collecting 12 post cards of Ningbo tourism and winning tourist coupons by answering quiz questions. Ningbo Tourism Bureau invited the local masters for making glutinous rice balls to go to the fair to cook colorful glutinous rice balls for the visitors.

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Baoguo Temple in China's Ningbo

Baoguo Temple, situated 15 kilometers away from downtown Ningbo City on the side of Lingshan Mountain, is the oldest and most completely preserved wooden structure in South China. The main hall of the present temple dates back to 1013.

It consists of Shan Men (Mountain Gate), Tian Wang Dian (Hall of Heavenly King), Da Dian (Grand Hall), and the Scripture Repository, occupying an area of 13,000 square meters.

As the oldest and the best-preserved example of wooden architecture south of the Yangtze River, the Grand Hall is invaluable to the nation's architectural studies and still a mystery to scientists.

The hall was built without a single nail or beam. In addition, no birds have ventured inside to make nests, nor have insects, and no dust has accumulated. The Bell Tower, the Drum Tower and the Guest House are scattered along the hall. [bbs.fengniao]

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