Altay Prefecture shows off seasonal splendor in Shanghai
Altay Prefecture in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region revealed its autumn and winter splendor in Shanghai during the ongoing Shanghai Tourism Festival, offering options from skiing and horseracing to fishing and food tasting to lure Shanghai travelers.
Four tourist routes capturing the essence of autumn and winter scenery and activities in the region, ranging between three and 10 days, were released in Shanghai on Tuesday by Fuhai County authorities in Altay.
They take tourists to scenic spots like the famed Kanas scenic area, Koktokay Town, Habahe birch forest, as well as Hemu and Baihaba villages, and skiing resorts.
These routes allow tourists to capture the breathtaking scenery of the prefecture in autumn and winter and experience the unique charm of its folk culture and customs, said Wang Guoqiang, deputy director of the Publicity Department of Fuhai County.
Various festivals will take place in Altay over the coming months. These include a shutterbug festival, an ice and snow carnival, winter hunting, jade culture and food festival. Ice and snow sculptures will also be displayed.
Through November 10, all 33 A-level tourist attractions in Altay will offer free admissions to tourists, and incentives are offered to travel agencies sending tour groups to Altay.
Agreements between the prefecture and travel agencies in Shanghai were inked to boost the prefecture's tourism recovery.
Altay has very rich tourism resources and picturesque landscape such as the vast Gobi desert, azure blue lakes, winding snow mountains and lush oases.