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As you discuss 2011 vacation and travel plans with your clients, look beyond the Great Wall when selling China. Once your clients have visited Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River, there is still so much more to discover throughout China. Here is an introduction to just a few destinations that may be new to you.

Dalian
Located at the southern tip of the Liaodong Peninsula, Dalian is a flourishing coastal city with many natural resources. Every year, Dalian hosts events and activities such as the Chinese Scholar Tree, International Fashion Festival, and International Marathon Competition.

Hangzhou
Hangzhou is located along the banks of the Qiantang River, at the southern end of the Beijing Hangzhou Grand Canal.
One of the seven capitals of ancient China, Hangzhou is an ancient cultural city. In the 13th century, Marco Polo praised Hangzhou as the most beautiful city in the world. Hangzhou is also famous for its silk and tea products.

Nanjing
Nanjing is located on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, surrounded by mountains and rivers. Nanjing served as the capital for ten dynasties. A metropolis both ancient and modern, Nanjing has many places of interest, such as the Confucian Temple and the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum.

Qingdao
Qingdao is located on the Jiaodong Peninsula on Jiaozhou Bay in the Yellow Sea. The city is admired for its clear fresh air, blue sea, red-tile-roof houses and the abundance of trees and flowers. It is a popular summer resort, a coastal city, and an ancient cultural city.

Tianjin
Located just 85 miles southeast of Beijing,
Tianjin is a special place, mingling both ancient and the modern Chinese and Western styles. For travelers interested in commerce, study or tours centered on such things as preventative medicine or folk customs Tianjin has many advantages.

Xiamen
Xiamen is a picturesque city off the coast of southeastern China. It was one of the first four special economic zones to open to the outside world.
Xiamen is charming because of its beautiful island scenery, pleasant subtropical climate, and brilliant culture.

To learn about these destinations and more visit CNTO.org.


Tourist Arrivals from U.S. to China from July through September 2010
Arrivals
Growth over 2009
July
183,600
14.33%
August
163,100
14.36%
September
171,300
 
30.78%


Meet with CNTO at Upcoming Trade Shows

USTOA Annual Conference &
Marketplace in New Orleans

December 10-12, 2010

Boston Globe Travel Show
February 11-13, 2011

New York Times Travel Show
February 25-27, 2011

Washington, D.C. Travel
Adventure Show

March 12-13, 2011



Vacation Packages to China

Learn more about some of the many great tour packages that are available now to let your clients discover China -- everything from Hot Deals and Luxury Trips to Cruises, Hotel Offers and Shanghai 2010 World Expo packages.

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2010 Shanghai World Expo Sets Attendance Record

The 2010 Shanghai World Expo completed is successful program on October 31, 2010 and when all was said and done, the event attracted more than 73 million visitors -- shattering Japan’s Expo attendance record of 64 million, set in Osaka in 1970.

With pavilions and exhibition halls representing nearly every country in the world, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo was an unqualified success, fulfilling its theme of "Better City, Better Life."


Featured Destination: The Silk Road Cultural Tours

It was the world's first superhighway, a series of desert and mountain crossing that enabled silk to make its way from the ancient Chinese capital of Xian to Europe. The Silk Road allowed links between China and the West to flourish, an exchange of art, ideas and culture as well as trade. Visitors to today's Silk Road begin their journey in Xian, marvelling at the inventiveness of the Emperor who, as well as unifying the country and introducing standard weights and measures began work on the Great Wall, a structure which survives to this day along parts of the Silk Road route.

The Silk Road has more than 2,000 years of history. It began in Chang'an (present Xi'an, Shaanxi Province) in the east and stretched to Rome, Italy in the west. The route crosses Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai provinces, Ningxia Hui and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regions and then passes over the Pamirs, to extend to Central and West Asia and finally reaches the east bank of the Mediterranean Sea and Eastern Europe. The total length of the Silk Road is more than 2,485 miles, over half of the width of China.

The Silk Road played an important role in the exchanges of cultural and trade-goods. As many people already know, China's four major contributions to civilization are papermaking, printing, compass and gunpowder. They were introduced to Western countries via the Silk Road. In return, many aspects of Western civilization that influenced Chinese society made their way back along this road. Although modern society is no longer dependent upon this ancient and time consuming method of interaction, the history and spirit of the Silk Road are still a dream sought by tourists either from the East or the West.

Just one of the many sites to be experienced on the Silk Road are the Bizaklik Thousand-Buddha Grottoes, some of the most famous grottoes in Xinjiang, situated about 21 miles northeast of Turpan. The earliest of the Thousand-Buddha Grottoes were built in the Tang Dynasty. Only sixty-four grottoes remain today. Most of the paintings in the grottoes have been destroyed, and only a few remain as colorful as they once were. On both sides of many of the statues are two rows of Buddhist scripture written in Han and Huihu, revealing the prevalence of Buddhism in the Western Regions.

To learn more about the Silk Road and the many amazing sites of cultural history along this fascinating route, visit cnto.org/silkroad.asp. To learn more about Silk Road cultural tours that you can share with your clients, vist the website of Silk Road Travel Management.

 
     

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