Chapter 29 China of red and gold.
China--or, more officially, the People's Republic of China--is a noteworthy land, but not merely for its history, culture, size, and population; it's remarkable, as well, that so important a nation is so poorly known to outsiders. China is the world's third largest country, slightly bigger than the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii); its population is more than 1.2 billion (more than four times the U.S. population). One-fifth of all the people in the world live here.
China has only one time zone, though it spans six. FYI FOR YOUR INFORMATION CHINA CAPITAL: Beijing AREA (SQUARE MILES): 3,691,501 TIME ZONE: GMT +8 DRIVE ON: Right POPULATION: 1.3 billion RELIGIONS: Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism LANGUAGES: Mandarin Chinese, English (in Hong Kong), Cantonese, and Portuguese (in Macau) CURRENIES: 1 yuan = 100 fen Hong Kong: 1 Hong Kong dollar = 100 cents ELECTRICITY: 220 volts, 50 cycles AC CAPSULE HISTORY: Feudal states unite, 246-210 B.C.; arts flourish, 618-907; Mings rule, 1368-1644; Manchus invade and rule, 1644; Hong Kong ceded to Britain, 1841; Korea, Taiwan, and other areas ceded to Japan, 1895; Boxer rebellion, 1900; republic declared, 1912; communists take power, 1949; Red Guard revolts, 1966-1967; Mao dies, 1976; student revolt quelled, 1989; Hong Kong merges into China, 1997; Macau merges into China, 1999. For reference sources, tourist bureaus, and suggested lengths of stay, see the Appendices. China's recorded history goes back 4,000 years.
Virtually the entire Chinese population lives in the arable eastern half of the country; the west is mountainous, sparsely populated, and extremely dry. Bordered on the east by Russia, North Korea, the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, the Pacific Ocean, and the South China Sea, it's easiest to envision the major cities of China as if on the rim of a left-facing crescent. At the one o'clock position of the crescent, in northeast China not far from the coast, is Beijing (formerly Peking), the capital. Heading clockwise, Shanghai, the largest city and main port, is located at three o'clock. In the southeast is Guangzhou [GWANGJOE], the city closest to Hong Kong and with the most contact with the West. Macau (sometimes spelled Macao) is a close neighbor to Hong Kong.
Guilin, considered by many the most beautiful area of China, is near the crescent's bottom. Out at the crescent's far tip, at about seven o'clock, is mountainous Tibet in the Himalaya. Considered to be the basis of the Shangri-La legend, Tibet is a popular tourist destination. It's on the south-central border and is more often visited as part of a trip to Nepal and India. And in the center of this Chinese crescent are the astonishing archaeological treasures of Xian [she-AHN], the ancient capital of China.
Many regional dialects are spoken in China, but the main languages are Mandarin and Cantonese. Not many people here understand English, though some of the major tourist personnel may be helpful. This is one of the reasons escorted tours are almost always the mode of choice. English is spoken by almost everyone in Hong Kong.
How Travelers Get There
The two main Chinese gateways are Chek Lap Kok Airport (CLK) in Hong Kong and Beijing International Airport (PEK). There is some direct service to Beijing from the United States by both domestic and international carriers, as well as by China's two national air carriers: Air China (CA) and China Eastern Airlines (MU). Both domestic and international carriers, including Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific (CX), also serve Hong Kong. Travelers will face long flights, often with connections. Flying time to Hong Kong or Beijing is about 13 hours from the West Coast and about 19 hours from New York; it takes 11 hours from Honolulu, a frequent stopover for cross-Pacific trips. A flight from Hong Kong to Beijing takes two-and-a-half hours; from Tokyo, it's three-and-a-half hours.
Shanghai and Hong Kong are also very popular ports for either extended cruises or general boat arrivals from Japan. China can be reached via train from Russia (which borders the country to the north). And travelers may access China from such countries as India, Nepal, or Vietnam.
The climate in much of China is similar to that of the United States, though the temperatures tend to be more extreme: hotter highs and colder lows. Generally, the north is colder and the south (except for Tibet, which can be extremely cold) is warmer, rainier, and more humid. Late fall to early spring can bring dust storms in the north, while monsoon rains sweep across the south coastal regions in late summer and early fall. Western China is very dry. Beijing has a wide swing of temperatures, not only from season to season, but also from morning to night. From March to May and again from September to November, the highs average in the 80s; nights, however, can drop to as low as 20 degrees. Summer in Beijing can be very hot--as high as 100 degrees during the day--whereas winter ranges from the mid-50s to zero or below. A somewhat hot rainy season takes place from June through August, making spring and fall the best times to visit Beijing.
The climate in Hong Kong and Guangzhou is much steadier (see Figure 29-1). Late fall, winter, and early spring are particularly nice, with temperatures in the 60s to upper 70s. Summer can be brutal: From May to September there's plenty of rain, occasional typhoons, high humidity, and daytime temperatures in the upper 80s to 90s.
As for tourism patterns, China generally sees a drop-off of tourism from early December to early April. Spring and fall are high season, with summer a slightly off-peak time.
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China is huge. Since the transportation system isn't well set up for tourism, its great distances can seem even longer. Flying domestically on Air China and China Eastern can be a challenge if tickets aren't purchased before leaving North America. The same holds for train travel. (The top-class "soft berth" is comfortable, but it's expensive.) Tourists can't rent a car (except in Hong Kong). You can book a driver with a car in advance, however; in fact, you can get a car, driver, and guide for a surprisingly reasonable price. Boat cruises are a popular way to travel along the Yangtze, Li [LEE], and Yellow Rivers, as well as portions of the ancient Grand Canal.
Within most cities, taxi service is good, but get a cab from a hotel; long waits anywhere else are common. (This is why it's often a good idea, on reaching the destination, to ask the driver to stay and keep the meter running, even if it might cost quite a bit.) Buses are very crowded.
Kublai Khan himself had much of the Grand Canal constructed.
Hong Kong is a different matter. The subway system is useful, and taxis are plentiful. Ferries are the easiest way to get around the harbor--the historic Star Ferries are renowned. Buses and double-deck trams are crowded, but visitors should take the cog railway up to Victoria Peak for the best view of the city. Rickshaws in Hong Kong are for tourists only and are very expensive. (Make sure to settle on a price first.) And car rentals are an option, though Hong Kong is so compact and crowded that renting a car isn't always a good idea.
Many people may have visions of the battles between students and the government in Beijing's Tiananmen Square; some may even avoid visiting the country out of protest. Those images are real but in no way define what exists in China for a tourist. Whether or not to visit, of course, is always a personal choice. For those who do come here, though, China offers superb, exciting, and dramatic destinations.
Beijing, the capital of China, is the country's economic and cultural center. Like many of China's major cities, it's extremely crowded. There's some good and diverse shopping in the city, especially in the Liu Li Chang district. Many lovely temples are scattered throughout Beijing, and the zoo here is noted for its pandas. But it's the grand and graceful structures of Beijing that clearly stand out. Among them are:
* The Imperial Palace (once known as the Forbidden City), the home of 24 Chinese emperors. Commoners were not allowed inside (hence the "forbidden" city). One of the world's greatest attractions, this walled complex covers 250 acres and encloses 800 structures --each more dramatic than the last.
* The Temple of Heaven, a complex of structures whose pagoda-like Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests houses what may be China's most exquisite room.
* Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and the centerpiece of Beijing. Here Mao raised the flag of the People's Revolution. A giant portrait of him still looms over this 100-acre plaza. The Great Hall of the People, site of the National People's Congress, sits on the western side of the square. Opposite it are the Museum of Chinese History and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution.
Beijing offers several half-day trips, including:
* The Great Wall, a structure that's perhaps even more spectacular than people imagine. This architectural wonder is, from end to end, more than 2,800 miles long. That's greater than the distance from Boston to Los Angeles. However, because the ever-winding wall is full of twists and turns, it's actually about 10,000 miles long. The most popular site to visit this 2,300-year-old structure is at Badaling, 47 miles from Beijing. To walk along the wall's top is unforgettable--but also exhausting, for in Badaling it snakes up and down some rather steep hills.
Legend says that construction workers who died on the job were buried in the wall.
* The Ming Tombs, at Shin San Ling, usually combined with a visit to Badaling. Thirteen emperors are buried in its cavernous but now largely empty halls.
* The Summer Palace, on the outskirts of Beijing, used for more than 1,000 years. The central palace and its extensive grounds are elegantly situated on a lake. One of the oddest sights here: a stone "boat" built with navy monies by an empress.
Bund sounds German, but it's actually a word from India that means "an embankment used to control the flow of water."
Shanghai is the largest city in China and its major port and commercial center. Because it was one of China's first international ports, Shanghai is one of the nation's most cosmopolitan cities. Its skyline is now dominated by many dramatically modern high-rises. There are attractive gardens, such as the Yu Yuan (Mandarin's Garden), open markets, museums, a children's palace, the Bund (a European-like, water-skirting boulevard), a zoo with pandas, and the famous Shanghai Acrobats. Among the other sites are:
* Pudong New Area, across the river from the Bund, affords great views of Shanghai from two lofty towers.
* The Temple of the Jade Buddha, a particularly beautiful structure, with a six-foot tall white jade Buddha brought from Burma.
* Longhua Park, a charming area that houses the ancient Longhua Temple and Pagoda and a well-known jade-carving factory.
* The Shanghai Museum, which contains one of the world's best collections of Chinese artwork. A new Shanghai Art Museum contains more contemporary works.
There are several interesting destinations near Shanghai. In fact, since many of these lie along the 1,000-year-old Grand Canal, the best way to enjoy them might be via cruise. Among the most popular day trips are:
* Suzhou [SOO-JOE], a lovely city known for its many gardens (the Humble Administrator's Garden is anything but humble), as well as numerous canals. Suzhou has also been renowned for silk since the Sung Dynasty. The Yunyan Pagoda at Tiger Hill is a popular stop.
* Wuxi [WOO-SHE], a city of gardens, canals, and pagodas.
* Hangzhou, an exceptionally pretty city. Though its temples, canals, and lakes alone would make Hangzhou scenic, the city's abundance of gardens are what really make it stand out.
The Yangtze River
This river of lore (called Changjiang in Chinese) is a popular cruise destination; there's superb scenery along several parts of its 3,400-mile length. Though the river can be reached by a short flight from Shanghai to Wuhan, it's best to start farther west, at the historical city of Chongqing (also known as Chunking) and travel down-river to the east, ending at Wuhan. The 118-mile stretch known as the Three Gorges is dramatic and spectacular, as the river wends its way through the mountains. Unfortunately, a new dam project will soon make the Three Gorges far less impressive and may sharply reduce tourism to this region.
In its upper stretches, the Yangtze is 10,000 feet above sea level.
Political regulations can change often. Always check with the China International Travel Service for the latest advisories before you leave.
Because it's only 80 miles from Hong Kong, Guangzhou (better known to Americans as Canton) has had much contact with Westerners. Guangzhou is a very active trading and commercial center. This is a frequent destination for business travelers; in fact, its Trade Fair attracts huge crowds from all over the world. (Check with Chinese travel authorities about the dates: many business travelers will want to go at that time; everyone else will want to avoid it.) Guangzhou boasts wonderful shopping, some fine temples, a museum of history, and an excellent zoo (of course, with pandas). Guangzhou Cultural Park offers many artistic and recreational activities. Qingping Market has a marvelous array of unusual food.
Guilin offers exceptional, strange beauty--many consider it to have the most spectacular scenery in China. Li River cruises, which generally last six hours, float past dreamlike rock formations that look like something out of a Salvador Dali painting. Or as one Chinese poet put it, "The fantastic peaks grow like a jasper forest, the blue waters ripple like silken gauze." Among Guilin's other attractions: Reed Flute Cave and the view from atop Fubo Hill.
Xian is the ancient capital of China. Until recently, that was its sole claim: enough to attract interest, but not enough to make it a major destination. Now, however, all that has changed. And it all begins with a legend.
An old epic poem extolled the riches of Qin Shi Huang Di, China's first emperor. It detailed the fabulous wealth he had buried with him, guarded by 7,000 soldiers. For centuries this was viewed as a mere artistic and political myth. But no more. In the 1970s a farmer struck something in the soil by accident. It proved to be a life-size terra cotta statue of a soldier. Hundreds upon hundreds of other statues of soldiers in full battle dress, horses, and wagons were excavated. Archaeologists suspect even more wonders are to be discovered in Xian (the Chinese are taking their time to be extremely careful); that which has already been found is now exhibited in a giant, roofed excavation. Other sites of interest in Xian include:
* The Wild Goose Pagoda, a famous structure from the seventh century.
* The Imperial Tomb of Qin Shi Huang Di, with its stunning underground vaults and tombs.
* Banpo Museum, at the site of a 6,000-year-old prehistoric village.
Once an independent country, Tibet is a very mountainous, underdeveloped area of China in the Himalaya. The air is thin here: the average altitude is around 15,000 feet. The sites you should be most aware of are:
* Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, a major religious center. Nestled in a valley, Lhasa was once home to the Dalai Lama, who resided in the huge, nine-story Potala Palace. The seventh-century Jokhang Temple is the holiest Buddhist temple in Tibet and attracts masses of pilgrims. Drepung Monastery is Tibet's largest, and Sera Monastery is especially holy to a Tibetan religious sect. There are many open-air markets in this city.
The lhasa apso dog, which comes from Tibet, was named after the city of Lhasa.
* Xigaze [SHE-GAH-DZEH], also known as Shigatse. Tashilumpo Monastery is particularly important to the Buddhist religion.
Hong Kong returned to China in 1997. This port city is a place of legendary shopping, where you can buy electronics, custom-tailored suits, gems--you name it and entrepreneurial Hong Kong will sell it to you, cut-rate. Hong Kong has two principal districts: Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula (which offers probably the best shopping). The predominant languages are Cantonese and English. Among Hong Kong's attractions are:
* Aberdeen, a floating village on Hong Kong Island. People live here on junks, sampans, and fishing boats. There are also floating markets and restaurants.
It's hard not to buy a custom-made suit before leaving Hong Kong. Measurements will be taken one day and the completed suit delivered to the hotel the next. Hong Kong's most famous tailor shop: Baron Kay's.
* Victoria Peak, for the best view of the city. It can be reached via the "peak tram" cog railway.
* Stanley, an upscale district, with a popular open-air market.
* The Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Hong Kong Museum of History, containing interesting collections.
One Hong Kong experience that's a must: a meal aboard one of the huge floating restaurants (though they're certainly not the best restaurants in Hong Kong).
* The Star Ferries, boats that carry passengers across the dramatic harbor. Other means of transportation exist here for this purpose, but the Star Ferries are too famous to be missed.
Two day trips from Hong Kong stand out:
* Macau, a former Portuguese colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1999. Macau presents a quieter alternative to the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, though it's a bit rundown. Several notable temples are here, especially the Temple of Kun Iam, with its lovely architecture and landscaping. St. Paul's Church--for a long time Macau was the only stronghold of Christianity in all of China--is worth a visit, as well. Macau, which can be easily reached from Hong Kong by hydrofoil, is renowned as a gambling and horse-racing center. The languages of Macau are Cantonese and Portuguese, but English is spoken by many.
* The New Territories, an outlying, surprisingly rural part of Hong Kong. One of the area's best known attractions: the Temple of 10,000 Buddhas, in Shatlin.
Among the best buys in Hong Kong: silks, porcelain, jade, watches, and some electronics.
China is a long way from the United States. Most tourists prefer to see as much as possible on a visit, presuming that they might not be back for a while. Nine- to 15-day trips are typical. The country can be seen starting with a couple of days in Shanghai and then on to the surrounding Grand Canal area of Suzhou for another two days. Heading north, travelers could stop in Beijing for three days before continuing to Xian for two more. Then on to a few days in Guilin, cruising along the Li River, before ending their stay at Guangzhou and Hong Kong for three days. (Hong Kong is an ideal final stop, since purchases will be made the end of the trip and not carried around throughout the journey.)
Return visitors, or those who'd like to take more time for their trip, may want to add a visit to Tibet, a cruise along the Yangtze River, and a stop in Macau. Trips to China are also often combined with a host of allied Asian destinations.
Shanghai's Grand Hyatt is on the fifty-third through eighty-seventh floors of the Jin Mao Tower, making it the "highest" hotel in the world.
Be aware that accommodations in most of China range from adequate (in smaller cities) to deluxe (especially China World and Shangri-La in Beijing, and the Portman Shangri La in Shanghai). Hong Kong has dozens of outstanding hotels--many experts claim that there are more world-class facilities and better service in Hong Kong than anywhere else in the world. Among the most famous: the Peninsula, Regent, Mandarin Oriental, and Grand Hyatt. North American and international chains serve the country, providing first-class and deluxe accommodations.
In Beijing, hotels are found near the Imperial Palace, along Juanguomenwai, east of the city, and near the Beijing Worker's Stadium. Those staying in Hong Kong should try to book hotels in Kowloon, down by Victoria Harbour. A room with a harbor view will be worth it--the waterfront at night is an unforgettable sight. Hotels in other Chinese cities are often scattered about. It's best to try to book a hotel close to each city's center.
China is surrounded by many countries. In fact, it's so large that its allied destinations must be broken down into three separate regions. To the north are Russia and Mongolia (though most of Russia's main attractions are nearer Europe). In the northeast, you'll find South Korea (on the mainland) and Japan (across the Sea of Japan). And finally, there's the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, with such nations as India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma (Myanmar), Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. In addition, across the South China Sea are the Philippines and Taiwan (which for years claimed to harbor the legitimate government of China). Those traveling between Taiwan and the People's Republic of China should check any government advisories on travel and customs restrictions.
More countries border China (15) than any other nation in the world.
Hong Kong has always been a key business center. Now, all of China will take on that status. It has become increasingly important, therefore, to understand the cultural uniqueness of this land.
* The use of full titles when addressing people is important. In addition, remember that in a Chinese name, the family name is listed first. Bowing is common, though a handshake is also acceptable.
* Promptness is much prized in China; it's even praiseworthy to be early.
* The Chinese don't call their country Red China or Communist China, but the People's Republic (of China).
* Discussing business during a meal is considered improper by the Chinese. In addition, be prepared to make a little speech after a more formal occasion as an acknowledgment to the host.
Hong Kong has more Rolls Royces per capita than any other place in the world.
* Use both hands when passing a gift or food. If one person in a business group is to receive a gift, all others within the group must also receive one.
* Visitors are more likely to be invited to a home in Hong Kong than in the rest of the country, where government approval is often required. In any event, bring a small gift. At least taste every dish served.
* Generosity is important to the Chinese, as is treating the elderly with respect.
Some Chinese consider tipping to be demeaning (though this is changing). In Hong Kong, it's expected.
* Social position is critical in China, and people avoid embarrassing situations, allowing one another to save face and retain self-respect. Avoid awkward situations.
* Chinese businessmen are generally cautious and slow in reaching decisions.
* White is the Chinese color of mourning and should be avoided in such things as gift-wrapping.
* The concept of lining up is foreign to the Chinese.
* Chinese point with an open hand, not with the index finger.
Factors That Motivate Visitors
Among the factors that motivate people to visit China are:
* There are remarkable archaeological treasures and sites.
* Chinese architecture and art are beautiful and impressive.
* China is viewed as a "soft adventure" destination by many Americans.
* Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou are major business centers.
* The regional cuisines of China are superb and familiar.
* Many Americans can trace their ancestry here.
* Cruise ships increasingly call on Chinese ports.
* Hong Kong has legendary, world-class lodging.
* There's great shopping, especially in Hong Kong.
China produces more cotton than any other country in the world.
Because this region is so far away, some people might hesitate to visit. Some of their possible concerns:
* "China has a very repressive government." Events in the late 1980s brought China's politics into the forefront of the news. Though this might concern some people on an emotional level, it had virtually no effect on tourism.
* "The country isn't set up for tourism, and the facilities are primitive." Conditions are less developed than in, say, Europe, but China has been welcoming visitors for many years, and the situation is continually improving. A number of very good hotels have been built. Taking a fully inclusive escorted tour--by far the most popular option-- will go a long way toward making such a trip more convenient.
* "The Chinese don't like Americans." The Chinese people are very friendly and (though for generations unaccustomed to outsiders) warmly welcome visitors. They seem to have a special fascination with all things American.
* "I don't think I can take Chinese food every single day." Each region in China offers its own unique cuisine. It's possible to have five or six dishes at each meal, three times a day, for weeks, and never eat the same thing twice.
Chop suey and fortune cookies were invented in the United States.
* "The language is undecipherable." Speaking English in Hong Kong is no problem at all. For those concerned about the rest of the region, you might suggest an escorted tour. Many Chinese guides are surprisingly fluent in English.
Because of travel restrictions and language problems, China is ideal for all-inclusive escorted group tours (including those that specialize in trekking expeditions). The upscale can book a custom-designed personal tour with driver and guide for a reasonable price. A river cruise adds a lot to an itinerary. You can enhance a visit to the Great Wall and Ming Tombs by booking a helicopter flight over the area. And because China is so distant from the United States, you might suggest that visitors extend their trip, either within China or to allied countries in Asia, often via a cruise. Similarly, you could consider booking a stopover (for example, in Hawaii for travelers going west or in Europe for those flying east) to break up the long flight. Luxury lodging is especially attractive to travelers to this region.
TRAVEL TRIVIA Signs, Brochures, and Memos Encountered by Travelers * Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists. (Hong Kong) * Visitors must complain at the office between 9 and 11 daily. (Greece) * Please bathe inside the tub. (Japan) * To move the cabin push button for washing floor. (Yugoslavia) * Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar. (Norway) * The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid. (Yugoslavia) * Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension. (Austria) * A sports jacket may be worn to dinner, but no trousers. (France) * The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable. (Romania)
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MAP ACTIVITY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A traveler wants to visit the places listed below. Which number represents each on the map? Place/Attraction In/Near Which City? Number on Map A. The Temple of Heaven A. -- A. -- B. A palace of the Dalai Lama B. -- B. -- C. Star Ferry trips C. -- C. -- D. Terra cotta statues in the ground D. -- D. -- E. The Imperial Palace E. -- E. -- F. Dramatic and strange rock formations F. -- F. -- G. The capital of Tibet G. -- G. -- H. Floating villages H. -- H. -- I. Tiananmen Square I. -- I. -- J. The Temple of the Jade Buddha J. -- J. --
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CASE STUDY Terry and Sue Lee want to go on a trip to China. In their late fifties, they've done a bit of independent traveling in Europe and the United States. They could take up to three weeks but have settled on 17 days, since they know the trip will be taxing. Circle the answer that best suits their needs: (1) What Chinese attraction might you suggest to the Lees? Chiang Mai Sherwood Forest Deer Park Reed Flute Cave Why? (2) The Lees, of course, prefer to go when the weather is at its best, but the tour they were hoping to get on is all booked up. As their second choice, they'd rather have the climate a bit colder than have to deal with the rain. In which month would you not recommend they go? March July May November Why? (3) The Lees tell you that they want their last stop to be Hong Kong. What would logically be their destination just before getting to Hong Kong? Guangzhou Tibet Macau Singapore Why? (4) Which would probably not be a useful recommendation to make to the Lees? It's worth it to book a room with a view of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. Rent a car and drive around the Beijing countryside. While in Beijing, by all means visit the Imperial Palace and the Great Wall. Bargain on almost anything you purchase in Hong Kong. Why?
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CREATIVE ACTIVITY Ancient historians compiled lists of the "Seven Wonders of the World" that every traveler should see. Among them: the Pyramids, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. (Only the Pyramids still exist.) The current government of China has decided that it, too, should boast of its own seven wonders in all of its promotional materials. What would you think these seven should be? Be prepared to justify your suggestions. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
Marc Mancini, PhD
Department of Travel
West Los Angeles College
Figure 29-2 Qualifying the Traveler Beijing APPEAL FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT HIGH MEDIUM LOW Historical and * Cultural Attractions Beaches and Water Sports * Skiing Opportunities * Lots of Nightlife * Family Activities * Familiar Cultural * Experience Exotic Cultural * Experience Safety and Low Crime * Bargain Travel * Impressive Scenery * Peace and Quiet * Shopping Opportunities * To Do Business * FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT REMARKS Historical and Especially Great Wall and Cultural Attractions Imperial Palace Beaches and Water Sports Few facilities Skiing Opportunities None Lots of Nightlife Some in larger hotels Family Activities Mostly sightseeing Familiar Cultural Experience Exotic Cultural Experience Safety and Low Crime Sporadic unrest Bargain Travel Packages are all-inclusive Impressive Scenery In countryside Peace and Quiet Crowded, yet calm Shopping Opportunities Hong Kong much better To Do Business China is a potentially huge market for the U.S.
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|Publication:||Selling Destinations, Geography for the Travel Professional, 4th ed.|
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