Red tourism increasing interest in China’s past

World Today

It’s been over a decade since China began to promote what’s known as “Red Tourism”, in reference to tours of historical sites connected to the revolutionary activities of the Communist Party of China. The Tourism Administration says that by the end of 2014, over 3.3 billion such trips had been made across the country. Wuxiang County in north China’s Shanxi Province is one of these sites.
CCTV’s Hu Chao filed this report from Wuxiang, Shanxi Province.

Red tourism increasing interest in China\'s past

It's been over a decade since China began to promote what's known as "Red Tourism", in reference to tours of historical sites connected to the revolutionary activities of the Communist Party of China. The Tourism Administration says that by the end of 2014, over 3.3 billion such trips had been made across the country. Wuxiang County in north China's Shanxi Province is one of these sites.

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  • Opened in 2011, the Wuxiang Balujun Culture Park is one of many famous red tourist sites in China. The whole park has been decorated in the style of that time.
  • The operating company says that the park received 350,000 tourists in 2014; an increase of 15% over 2013.
  • Wuxiang County used to be the headquarters of Balujun during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression. The local government has spent nearly a billion yuan to turn the county into a red tourism destination.
  • The increase in red tourism has boosted the local economic development. Wuxiang County says the total tourism revenue was up to 2.8 billion yuan in 2014.