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Vibrant Yanji - Summer Retreat
Located in eastern Jilin Province, Yanji is the capital of Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture. Its urban district covers 41 square kilometers of the city’s total area of 1,350 square kilometers. Due to its geographical location in a basin at a high altitude, Yanji enjoys a continental climate. With the annual average temperature at 5.8 degrees Celsius and extreme lows of around minus 29 degrees Celsius, Yanji’s summers remain cool, making it an ideal getaway from the heat in other regions.
Yanji’s picturesque scenery regularly attracts visitors from both China and beyond. To its north is crystal clear Mirror Lake, to its south are the magnificent Changbai Mountains and Heaven Lake, to the east is Fangchuan Island at China’s border, with North Korea and Russia just beyond. The stunning scenery is nicely complemented by the rolling mountains, thick virgin forests, and roaring rivers.
Because the city is densely populated by China’s Korean ethnic group, Yanji’s culture features time-honored Korean ethnic and folk customs. Visitors can enjoy plenty of folk activities, including watching dances and songs, admiring architecture and costumes, and attending wedding ceremonies or sports events. Also, Yanji is gifted with abundant local produce such as ginseng, tobacco, and wild vegetables.
Chinese Tourists Demand Quality
This year, outbound Chinese travelers have created great demand for diversified and high quality products, and increasing numbers prefer traveling on their own. Asian nations and regions still remain the most major destinations, but the flow of Chinese tourists to the Americas, Pacific area, Africa and Europe is expected to increase substantially. This is revealed in China Outbound Tourism Yearbook 2011, recently published in Beijing by the China Tourism Association and Ivy Alliance Tourism Consulting Co. Ltd.
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