Located in west Zhejiang, Quzhou — a city in the marginal center of four provinces (Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian and Jiangxi) — is a vital region where the Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta, West-Straits Economic Zone and Central Development Region meet.
With a sound ecological environment and rich cultural history, Quzhou is an ideal hub for gathering promising talents in the tourism industry. As the residence for the descendants of Confucius, Quzhou is a place where locals are devoted to sharing the region’s most scenic and stunning spots with tourists from all over the world. Home to many rich resources, Quzhou has become a nationally renowned travel destination and earned several prestigious recognitions, including being named the center zone for China’s National All-For-One Tourism plan, a National Ecological Demonstration Area and an Outstanding Tourism City in China.
Starting in May 2017, an activity called “Quzhou Free Global Tour” was held for the very first time. During the tourism festival, 13 core scenic spots remained open to the public for free for 59 days, attracting approximately three million people from all around the globe.
The 2018 edition of “Quzhou Free Global Tour” kicked off in Shanghai on December 28. In attendance at the press conference were Cheng Meihong, the vice director of Tourism Administration of Shanghai, Yang Jianwu, the vice director of Tourism Administration of Zhejiang province, Lyu Yuelong, the deputy mayor of Quzhou, and more. Local and international media, consulates situated in Shanghai, state-owned enterprises and representatives of large-scale travel agencies were also invited to attend.
To make the city’s best attractions available for all travel lovers, “Quzhou Free Global Tour” will be upgraded comprehensively in 2018. Excluding weekends and public holidays, 13 core scenic spots in Quzhou that normally charge admission will be free of charge for both local and international tourists all year long, increasing the free period from 59 days in 2017 to 243 days in 2018. The attractions with waived entry fees will be as follows: Lanke Mountain, Yaowang Mountain, Tianjilongmen, Longyou Grottoes, Residential Estates, Jianglang Mountain, Xianxiaguan, Nianbadu, Qingyang Village, Fugai Mountain, Sanqu Stone Forest, Root Palace Buddhist Cultural Tourism Zone and the Source of the Qianjiang River.
In addition, top-grade scenic spots such as Shuitingjie Street, Ulm Cathedral, Colorful Rainbow, Lotus Modern Agricultural Park and other rural spots that can be found all around Quzhou will also be included in this year’s edition of the festival, essentially covering the entire city. No matter you’re from, any tourist can now visit Quzhou for free — all you need is a valid ID.
It doesn’t stop there. The city has also launched special investment initiatives for projects aimed at creating unique travel products for visitors. In the future, Quzhou hopes to set a new industry standard, accelerate tourism development and become a global destination by extending the “Free Global Tour” promotion to every single scenic spot around the city.