Shanghai travelers head to poverty-stricken area

Li Qian
Over 200 passengers departed for Wenshan, in Yunnan Province, where they will contribute to the local tourism economy during a 14-day tour.
Li Qian
Shanghai travelers head to poverty-stricken area
Ti Gong

Over 200 visitors take a train to poverty-stricken Wenshan in Yunnan.

A train carrying more than 200 passengers to Wenshan City in Yunnan Province departed the Shanghai South Railway Station at 7:36pm on Wednesday night.

This was the first time that a special train was arranged for travel from Shanghai to Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture for poverty relief. The travelers will enjoy a 14-day trip in poverty-stricken, but beautiful, Wenshan and surrounding scenic spots.

Authorities in Jing’an District, which was assigned in 2016 to assist in the development of Wenshan, and China Railway Shanghai Group together designed the trip. Essential oil company doTERRA, which has its regional headquarters in Jing’an, financed the train service.

According to the company, Yunnan is rich in plants and supplies fine materials for the company, but some remote areas are little known to the public and tourism can help boost the local economy.

Tea from Wenshan has displayed at the city’s tea exhibition, held from September 11 to 13. The exhibition is a warmup event for the 27th Shanghai International Tea Culture Tourism Festival, which kicked off in Jing’an on Wednesday.

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