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“It is a wonderland!”


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--A visit of President Jean-Claude Baumgarten of

 WTTC to Guizhou at the invitation of the Chamber of Tourism

 “I will be back here this September for Wulingshan Mountain International Tourist Forum. I will also bring with me WTTC members, who are decision-makers of top international tourist enterprises. I believe that they will also be attracted by the culture and the abundant tourist resources here. I feel that Guizhou is an incomparable place so rich in tourist resources.” On 3rd April, Mr. Jean-Claude Baumgarten, President of World Tourism and Travel Commission visited Guizhou province to the invitation of the Chamber of Tourism of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He was met by party secretary Wang Fuyu and vice governor Lu Zhiming of Guizhou Province. Also present are president Wangping of the Chamber together with vice president Hao Xukuan and Mr Deng Weixuan, delegate of vice president He Chaoqun. Leaders from Guizhou Tourism Bureau are also present there. On behalf of CPC Guizhou Provincial Committee and Government, deputy secretary Wang Fuyu expressed a warm welcome to all the visiting business elites from competitive enterprises around the world.

Ahead of the meet, Mr. Fu Yingchun and Mr. Li Sanqi, deputy directors of Guizhou Tourist Bureau introduced to the guests the natural and cultural resources of Guizhou and industry development plan in the 11th five-year period. Mr. Jean-Claude Baumgarten listened with great interest and raised questions from time to time.

The “workshop on socio-economic development of the Wulingshan Mountain Ethnic region was initiated by the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of CPPCC, with the aim at promoting development of underdeveloped ethnic regions. The workshop has been successfully held for three years, and the 2007 session will be held in Guizhou. In addition, an international tourism forum will be held, as suggested at the previous workshop. As a member of the Committee, Mr Wangping was empowered with an important task to prepare for the coming forum. It is at the invitation of this forum that president Jean-Claude Baumgarten has come to Guizhou for a visit.

Wulingshan Mountain Area has 52 counties with a total population of 12 million, where Guizhou, Hunan, Hubei and Chongqing meet. This mountainous area is underdeveloped in economy as it is hard accessible geographically. However, it is abundant in natural resources including beautiful rivers and towering mountains, not to mention the rich and multifold ethnic cultures. More importantly, the environment and resources here have the luxury to be left untouched. Mr Jean-Claude said, environment protection is a grave concern of WTTC which is also dedicated to promoting the economic development of local areas by tapping natural resources.

In 2006, Guizhou attracted 320,000 person times of visitors, 20% more than the previous year, which has increased the industry revenue by 56.18%. Guizhou is expected to lead the tourism industry in the 11th five-year period just like Yun Nan in the 10th five-year period, which has boosted the confidence of Guizhou people in their effort to speed up the development of the industry.

Due to the compact schedule, Mr Jean-Claude and other visitors took the western route according to the arrangements of the host. Although Mr Jean-Claude has traveled a lot around the world, he was astounded by the amazing natural scenery of Dragon Palace National Resort, 27 km away from Anshun. Composed mainly of karst caves, Dragon Palace is a perfect combination of limestone caves, waterfalls, peaks, cliffs, lakes and brooks. Famous for its unique beauty, Dragon Palace has the longest karst cave and most waterfalls with the lowest natural radiation in China. When the visitors took a boat to the depth of the cave, they were much moved by a Bouyei ethnic song Red Flowers by the guide. Magnificent scenery and agreeable folk song has made a feast of visitors’ hearts.

After disembarking, Mr Jean-Claude wrote with great pleasure an inscription which reads: “It is a wonderland!”

On the way to Huangguoshu Waterfall, Mr Jean-Claude was much impressed by a bonsai garden in the scenic spot. According to the staff of the scenic spot, these plants have all grown from dry roots of old trees under the artificial support for three consecutive years or so. The president spoke high of this kind of effort to renew the life of these decayed roots. He showed a deep interest in such a bonsai garden: “People can live in harmony with nature. It is heartening to see that these roots have been revived. In the meantime, we should also see nature is very vulnerable and needs our protection.” He agreed to Mr Wangping’s remarks that efforts to protect environment and create development opportunities for the people should be integrated.

April is not the water abundant period for Huangguoshu Waterfall, but the magnificent scene of the waterfall is still fascinating. Mr. Jone, Klaud Baum could not wait to take pictures even before he got to the best site. The host told him that there are 18 waterfalls altogether and stretch for a few kilometers, which greatly amazed him. Mountains in April have turned green with tender breeze and clear water in rivers run away. Guests were surrounded by beautiful songs by girls of Miao ethnic group and were carried by the enchanting scenery.

Ancient Extinct Life Fossils Museum in the city of Anshun displayed 200 million years’ old animal fossils, such as “Sichuan Dragon ”  and lotus fossils. The museum was run by a local entrepreneur and collections there were very thrilling. Mr. Jone, Klaud Baum wrote down “The memory of world history” at the invitation of the owner of the museum.

The last place of Mr. Jone, Klaud Baum’s visit was Tunbao in Anshun, which is a historical and ancient town with a history of over 600 years. It is said that villagers there are the descendants of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang’s soldiers who helped him to bring Yunnan under his control over 600 years ago. Offspring of those soldiers guarding the borders in Guizhou established this village. Cultural traditions, costumes, architectural styles and customs are well preserved in this village. The descendants of soldiers of the Ming Dynasty all claim that their ancestor came from Yingtianfu, Nanjing. Nowadays, villagers there still wear costumes of the Ming Dynasty and hairstyle of women there have the Ming hair cut. Many of their habits are still those 600 years ago, which becomes a living fossil to demonstrate ancient culture of the Han ethnic group.

This is the only cultural site Mr. Jone, Klaud Baum visited and he was very interested in what he has seen. As a foreigner, he could not tell cultural characteristics of different dynasties and different ethnic groups. However, this pundit in the tourism community showed great respect and passion for cultural diversity. With the briefing of local officials, sometimes he stopped by and watched unique stone plated houses. In the Ming-style teahouse, he had a rough china cup of tea given by a tea maid and said “thank you ” in Chinese. He was interviewed by local Anshun TV station, in which he said that Anshun was a treasure. It should be well explored and protected. He believed that members of WTTC would like here very much.

He also said, “ Modern tourism not just involves vacation, but also experience. In Guizhou culture and ecology should be best preserved and the most authentic. This should be a quite inviting catchphrase for local tourism. ”

Ms. Wang Ping, Chairman of Chamber of Tourism All-China Federation of Industry Commerce, accompanied Mr. Jone, Klaud Baum and she said, “The Chamber has paid attention to economically underdeveloped regions as always. Tourism should be developed to promote local economic growth. At the same time, we also hope that international high-end tourism organizations and companies will go to these regions, bringing in advanced concept and development recommendations.” She was very pleased at the deep understanding of the provincial government and party committee of Guizhou. She also highlighted that unique resources were the foundation of development, so they must be well protected before being developed.

After his short visit to Guizhou, Mr. Jone, Klaud Baum said that he had high hope and wishes for Guizhou’s tourism and he would come back soon.

Mr. Tang Shili, Vice Chairman of People’s Political Consultative Conference in Guizhou met with Mr. Jone, Klaud Baum and other people in Guiyang.

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