New daily flights connect Shanghai to China's liquor history

Daily flights between Shanghai and the home of China's famous Moutai liquor will begin from next week, connecting tourists with an important part of the country's history.

Moutai liquor originated during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) and is now China's favorite.

Daily flights between Shanghai and the home of China's famous Moutai liquor will begin from next week, connecting tourists with an important part of the country's history.

The flights will connect Shanghai with Maotai Town in Zunyi City of southwest China's Guizhou Province, the place where China's most popular liquor originated during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). 

But the town isn't just famous for its liquor — the Red Army also once camped there, and later maneuvered across the Chishui River in 1935.

These flights, as well as connections between Maotai and Beijing, Tianjin, Xi'an, Haikou, Chengdu, Fuzhou and Jinan, will be made possible because of the opening of the new Zunyi Maotai Airport, which will go into operation on Tuesday.

Attractions in Maotai include a China liquor culture museum which introduces China's liquor origin, tradition and brewing technology, and a memorial garden in memory of the Red Army's maneuver across the Chishui River. 

But tourists should probably not get too festive when experiencing China's liquor history, after a recent survey found nearly half of Chinese adults are "excessive drinkers."

The daily round-trip, operated by Juneyao Airlines, departs from Hongqiao Airport, and will make a stopover in Changsha, Hunan Province, each way.

Ti Gong

The Zunyi Maotai Airport will go into operation on Tuesday, connecting Maotai with a number of cities such as Beijing, Tianjin, Xi'an, Haikou, Chengdu, Fuzhou and Jinan.

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