Shanghai Tourism Festival to Open
CRI, September 9, 2011
The annual Shanghai Tourism Festival will open Saturday, which will offer a succession of celebratory activities and special treats for visitors until October, China National Radio reports.
According to the organizing committee, more than 400 scenic spots, hotels and restaurants will offer discounts of up to 50 percent. A parade of floats is scheduled for the evening of the opening day, while a fireworks show featuring fireworks from Germany, South Korea, Portugal, Greece and Sweden will be staged on the night of the closing ceremony.
The theme of this year's festival is discovering the cultural heritage of Shanghai. Special tour routes have been set up to steer visitors into the depths of the city's historical districts. Other activities on the festival's agenda include an exhibition on travel souvenirs, a gourmet festival and a photography competition.
The Shanghai Tourism Festival was first held in 1990. Lasting nearly one month every autumn, the festival generally attracts about 8 million visitors.
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