Xinjiang launches 15-day special train tour trip

Xinjiang launches 15-day special train tour trip

BEIJING (Reportase One) – Xinjiang has launched a tour package using a special train for 15 days to enjoy the natural scenery in the southwestern region of China, where the majority of the population is from the Uighur Muslim ethnic minority.

“To meet the needs of passengers who want to go around Xinjiang by train, we are increasing the ‘Tianshan’ tourist train service,” said Deputy General Manager of Xinjiang Railway Tourism Development Group Co Ltd, Huang Tingfen, quoted by local media, Friday (5/5).

The name “Tianshan” which is attached to the special tourist train series is taken from the name of the mountain which is very popular in the province-level autonomous region with the largest area in mainland China.

By riding the train, tourists can visit tourist attractions in the northern, southern and eastern regions of Xinjiang.

“Passengers can travel and relax on the train, which is equipped with a special massage room. We have indeed built this train as a home for tourists,” Huang said.

The tourist train first departed from Urumqi Station in the capital of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region on Monday (1/5).

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There were 200 tourists who boarded the train to go around Xinjiang from Urumqi, Beitun, Yining, Turban, Alaer, Kashgar, to Hami.

The train stops at several stations located at interesting tourist objects.

“Thus, tourists will not miss important objects during their journey,” said Huang.

The local railway authority has designed 10 special tourist train travel packages in Xinjiang which are scheduled for each different holiday season.

During the International Labor Day holiday season from April 28 to May 3, 2023, Xinjiang received more than eight million tourist visits, an increase of 140.81 percent compared to the same period in 2022.

Of the total visits, Xinjiang managed to pocket revenue of 6 billion yuan or around IDR 12.7 trillion, an increase of 192.18 percent, according to data from the local Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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Reporter: M. Irfan Ilmie
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga


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