So far china has designated 99 cities as famous historical and cultural cities of national caliber, and placed 750 cultural relics under key protection. There are also 119 national scenic and tourist resorts across the land. Nineteen Chinese scenes and sights have appeared on a UNESCO list of world natural and cultural heritages. China’s venerated history and splendid culture have pockmarked the land with cultural relics and treasures. Beijing, Xi’an, Nanjing, Luoyang, Kaifeng, Hangzhou and Anyang are known as the nation’s seven major ancient capitals.

The Chinese folklore is rich and varied. More than 40 Chinese festivals are known throughout the world. Not a month passes without a festival being observed among one ethnic group or another. The Peking Opera, Chinese acrobatics, music and dance, and traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy-all these never fail to bring immense joy to visitors from all over the world.

The Chinese tourism industry is not only rich in resources; it has also come a long way in transportation, service, accommodation, catering and shopping facilities, and recreation. Tourist facilities are being constantly improved, and so is the service. With a winsome