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Chongqing to Promote High-quality Development of Cultural Tourism

By SHIHAN YANGICHONGQING|Oct 19,2022

Chongqing- We should pursue green development and promote harmony between humanity and nature, said Chinese President Xi Jinping at the opening session of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on October 16, 2022. As a recognized green industry, tourism has an inherent advantage and important role in promoting green transformation and accelerating green development.

To build a world-renowned tourist destination

In recent years, Chongqing has attached great importance to tourism development. Chongqing’s target positioning of “A Land of Natural Beauty, A City with Cultural Appeal,” carrying forward the humanistic spirit of “A Tour in Chongqing, A Gain in Vision,” has been promoted, and the quality of tourism development has improved significantly.

From 2017 to 2021, the added value of Chongqing’s tourism industry grew from 72.621 billion yuan to 107.609 billion yuan. According to the data released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 2021, Chongqing ranked second in the country in terms of visitor volume, just behind Beijing.

Chongqing was awarded the “World’s Top 10 Travel Destinations” and the “World’s 10 Most Promising Travel Destinations” by international travel magazines and won the “Red Coral” award for tourism in Asia in 2019 as one of the top 10 most popular cultural tourism destinations in the world. CCTV news reported Chongqing as the “most tourist-friendly city,” which is excellent for tourism branding.

Hongyadong is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chongqing. (iChongqing file photo)

“In the next step, Chongqing’s tourism development should continue to follow the report of the 20th Party Congress and focus closely on building a world-renowned tourist destination. The future development of tourism is mainly to high-quality development,” according to Liu Qi, Director of Chongqing Municipal Commission of Culture and Tourism Development.

Particularly, Chongqing will tighten the Center for International Exchange construction in Central and Western China, deepen the “Belt and Road” and other regional cultural and tourism exchanges and cooperation, and continuously improve the visibility, reputation, and international influence of Chongqing’s culture, and tourism.

A city strong in culture

“We will encourage people-centered cultural creation and production of more outstanding works that inspire the people,” said President Xi Jinping.

Since the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Chongqing has achieved fruitful results in creating quality performing productions. Chongqing’s literary and artistic creations have won more than 100 key national awards.

Chongqing International Circus City’s resident performances attract many citizens and tourists. (iChongqing file photo)

Especially this year, the Sichuan Opera “Sister Jiang,” composed by Chongqing Sichuan Opera Company, won the 17th Wenhua Award, which is honored as the highest award in the field of stage art in China.

Sichuan Opera “Sister Jiang” won the 17th Wenhua Grand Award (Photo provided to iChongqing)

Next, Chongqing will promote the creation and performance of fine arts and culture and expand the supply of quality culture. Let the people enjoy a more fulfilling, prosperous, higher quality cultural life. Furthermore, to develop more theaters and use the commercial complex in the business areas to transform small theaters. Currently, Chongqing has licensed 22 new performing arts venues, and the city’s number of resident performances has exceeded more than 100.

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