On July 13th and 14th (Beijing Time), the 2016 Ganzi Mountain Tourism Festival was launched at Hailuogou in Ganzi, a mountain resort in western China’s Sichuan province The event is attracting visitors from all over the world with its unique mountain scenery and beautiful nature complemented by a well-developed tourism infrastructure and excellent accommodations, serving as an example and model for sustained mountain tourism development.
The event lineup included the opening ceremony, the Sustainable Mountain Tourism Development Conference, the Ganzi Carnival and the launch of new themed and extreme tours, according to chengduvip.cn, the co-organizer, as well as a popular regional website in charge of overseas communications for the event. During the event, Ganzi started a series of new tour itineraries including 11 mountain trekking experience tours, 6 tours especially designed for international travelers and one tour that takes in the unique culture of the Kham, a branch of the Tibetan ethnic minority.
The event also attracted many foreign tourists who love mountain tourism. A man and self-described adventurer from the UK who drove to the event on his own posted photos taken during his road trip to Hailuogou on Facebook, inviting his friends to come and visit this unique locale in the mountainous area of western China.
On the southeastern tip of the Qinghai Tibetan plateau, Ganzi, Sichuan, at elevations ranging from around 1,500 to 7,000 meters, boasts unparalleled mountain tourism resources and, as roughly translated from the Chinese, has been nicknamed the “Open Air Heaven in the Orient”. Looking forward, the tourism authorities in Ganzi plan to continue to drive the socio-economic development of tourism across the entire region, creating a unique and unparalleled travel destination consisting of Minya Konka in the east, the area surrounding Yading in the south and the Gesar cultural tourism zone in the north, in a move to transform the area’s tourism resource advantages into economic advantages that will serve to improve the lot of local inhabitants, while attracting interested investors and travelers from all over the world.