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Top 50 Chinese destinations for foreigners

2006-04-12

Fifty tourist sites, including the Forbidden City, Qomolangma (known as Mt Everest in the West) and the Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan, have been chosen as the "Top 50 Chinese Destinations for Foreigners," according to the results of a public poll on Saturday. Jointly conducted by Beijing-based Global Travel Newspaper and 31 metropolitan newspapers, the poll started in early March and collected about 2 million online responses, 28,000 paper votes and 213,000 text messages. Wu Fei, secretary-general of the poll's organizing committee, said about 170 sites in 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities were listed for voting. "All sites had passed preliminary appraisal by local metropolitan newspapers." The views of the organizing committee, which comprised professionals in the travel industry and diplomats from 13 embassies in Beijing, also affected the final outcome. But questions have already been raised about the poll with some well-known tourists sites not listed, such as the Potala Palace in Tibet, the ancient Lijiang city in Southwest China's Yunnan Province and the West Lake in East China's Zhejiang Province. The organizing committee would not comment, only saying that the results reflect the views of voters and are "a valuable reference to foreign tourists." According to the China National Tourism Administration, China received 120 million overseas visitors in 2005 and earnings from international travelers surpassed US$29.3 billion. source: Chinadaily List of the selected top 50 Chinese destinations Beijing and North Coast: Badaling Great Wall in Beijing, Forbidden City in Beijing, Arshan Mountain in Inner Mongolia, Badan Jara Desert in Inner Mongolia, The Northern East: Mohe Arctic Village in Heilongjiang, One Palace and Three Tombs-Shenyang Imperial Palace, Xinbing Yong Tomb, Shenyang Fu Tomb, Shenyang Zhao Tomb, Central China: Shennongjia National Forest Reserve in Hubei Province, Tianmen Mountain, Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, Hengshan Mountain in Hunan, Pingyao Ancient Town in Shanxi. Yao Temple and Hua Gate in Shanxi Province The East Coast: , Yellow Mountain, Mountain Taishan in Shandong Province, Zhouzhuang Water Village in Jiangsu Province, Jingdezhen in Jiangxi, Gulangyu Island and Wanshi Mountain in Fujian Province, Dragon-Tiger Hill in Jiangxi, Zhujiajiao Water Town in Shanghai, Jiuhua Mountain, in Anhui, Huaguoshan in Lianyungang, Jiangsu, Mt. Lushan in Jiangxi, Mountain Putuo in Zhejiang. Taining World Geological Park in Fujian, Xidi and Hongcun ancient villages, in Anhui province.
South China: Yangshuo West Street, Wuzhizhou Island in Hainan Province, Huangyao Ancient Village in Hezhou, Gaungxi, Hongkong, Kaiping Watchtowers, The Southwest: Sanxingdui Ruins in Sichuan Province, Stone Forest in Yunnan Province, Meili Snow Mountain in Shangri-la, Yunnan Province, Jiuzhaigou Scenery Area in Sichuan Province, Wild Elephant Valley in Banna, Yunnan, Suiyang Shuanghe Cave in Guizhou The North West: Dunhuang Maogao Cave, Terra-cotta Army Museum in Xi¡¯an, Mt. Huashan in Shaanxi Province, Kashgar in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Mountain Everest in Tibet, Helan Cliff Carvings in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Hua Qing Hot Springs in Shaanxi Province, Qinghai Lake in Qinghai Province, Kanas in Xinjiang, Wuerhe Ghost City in Karamay, Xinjiang Province, Pingliang Kongtong Mountain in Gansu, Shapotou Scenic Zone in Ningxia, Namucuo in Tibet, Forest of Stone Steles,in Shaanxi province