Photo by Phillipe Lopez
If you want to visit all the tourist attractions you haven’t been to yet, but have not been willing to pay their often pricey entrance fees, here’s good news for you. According to CNN Go, tomorrow is National Tourism Day and many of the city’s most popular tourist sites will cut down their prices, or might even let you in for free, such as these ones:
- Shanghai Wild Animal Park
- Shanghai Arboretum
- Jinmao Tower
- Oriental Pearl TV Tower
- Wild Animal Park
- Happy Valley
- Shanghai Zoo
- Chen Shan Shanghai Botanical Garden
- Shanghai Binjiang Forest Park
Apart from being a sign for the growing importance of tourism in China, National Tourism Day is to remember famous Chinese travel writer Xu Xiake (1587 – 1641). Xiake wrote the book Travel Notes of Xu Xiake; one of the first books to map China’s geography.
Unfortunately, several of these places aren’t as happy about the discounts as we are – many tourism sites have been complaining that it would not be economically feasible to open for free or offer large discounts. They also worry about crowds becoming too large and public safety risks. For this reason, people may have to prepare to go to these sites, only not to be let in when the crowds are becoming too large.
If you can’t make it tomorrow, or just can’t be bothered to fight the crowds, at least one place is taking the Tourism Day in stride – Happy Valley is extending its admissions discount through Friday, May 20.
By Nele Diels