A new national tourism zone is set to be launched in north-west China in a bid to promote China tours among foreign visitors.
The Chinese government granted permission for the Dingjun Mountain National Tourism Vacation Zone to be created in the Dingjun mountain region of Mianxian County, Shaanxi Province, on Sunday November 20th, reports the City Channel of CRI Online.
The tourism region is the first of its kind in the north-west part of China and boasts a rich history. It is the site of a well-known battle during the Three Kingdoms period (220 to 280 AD).
Liu Bei, the founder of the Shu Kingdom, won a battle against Cao Cao, the founder of Wei Kingdom in the region, and rose to prominence thereafter.
It is hoped that the new tourism zone will attract the attention of foreign holidaymakers who are interested in improving their knowledge about China’s ancient cultural past.
As well as the historical aspect to the Dingjun Mountains, the region also includes the Moon River hot spring wellness area, which will appeal to those interested in improving their health and fitness in relaxing surroundings.
In addition to this, the area also features the Yanghe River sightseeing area and the Tiandang Buddhism cultural area.
The Dingjun Mountain National Tourism Vacation Zone has earned support from the National Tourism Administration and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Proposals for the Dingjun Mountain National Tourism Vacation Zone were put forward by Mianxian County in July 2010 and now permission has been granted, the zone is expected to help develop the local tourism industry.
China’s first national tourism vacation zones were set up in 1992 after permission was granted by the state council. In total, 12 vacation zones were initially set up, including Taihu Lake in Jiangsu Province and Yalong Bay in Sanya, in Hainan Province.