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Featured World Natural & Culture heritage sites:<br />

Æ Fairyland <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> & Fairy Pool – Huanglong<br />

Æ One of the 4 renowned Buddhist mountain – <strong>Mt</strong>. <strong>Emei</strong><br />

Æ Cruise ride to view the Leshan Buddha Statue<br />

Local Delicacies:<br />

‣ <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> Sheraton Hotel Buffet Dinner<br />

‣ Sichuan Local Snacks Cuisines<br />

‣ Granny’s Special Home-made Cuisines<br />

CHAN BROTHERS TRAVEL PTE LTD<br />

China Office 150 South Bridge Road<br />

#01-09 Fook Hai Building Singapore 058727<br />

T (65) 6212 9686 F (65) 6538 7448<br />

W www.chanbrothers.com<br />

E [email protected]<br />

<strong>8D</strong> <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong>/ <strong>Mt</strong> <strong>Emei</strong> <strong>Tour</strong><br />

(Dom Flight <strong>Tour</strong>: CN8WEF departure from Mar -Dec 2011)<br />

‣Yushangong Imperial Herbal Banquet<br />

‣Jiuzhai Wild Mushroom Cuisines<br />

****************************<br />

5* <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> Sheraton Hotel<br />

DAY 1 SINGAPORE Q CHENGDU – LESHAN BIG BUDDHA – MT EMEI (Dinner)<br />

Stay in the 5-star <strong>Mt</strong> <strong>Emei</strong> Hongzhushan Hotel or equivalent<br />

Assemble at Singapore <strong>Chan</strong>gi Airport for your flight to the Capital city of Sichuan Province - Chengdu. Upon arrival, we will<br />

proceed to Leshan and we will take a boat ride to view the Leshan Big Buddha Statue. The Leshan Buddha Statue with its height<br />

of 71 meters tall is the worlds first largest stone carved Buddha Statue and has been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />

Thereafter, we will visit the Natural Crystal Shop before we take a coach ride to <strong>Mt</strong> <strong>Emei</strong>. After dinner, you may at your own leisure<br />

time to explore the <strong>Emei</strong> Delicacy Street to savor the variety of local snacks like clay pot vermicelli, Sichuan barbecue and more<br />

which are hot favorites among Singapore artistes and tour members.<br />

DAY 2 MT EMEI (RETURN CABLECAR) – CHENGDU (B/L/D) Stay in Local 4-star Chengdu Minshan Anegrand or equivalent<br />

After breakfast, we will tour <strong>Mt</strong> <strong>Emei</strong>. <strong>Mt</strong> <strong>Emei</strong> is one of the 4 famous Buddhism Mountains in China with its breathtaking scenery,<br />

mysterious natural wonders and mythical Buddhism history. You will ride the cable car heading to the Golden Peak experience the<br />

capricious weather and beautiful scenery. Upon reaching the Peak, we may walk along the pathway to worship the 4-directions 10-<br />

faced Buddha, which is one of the 4 unique attractions of the New Golden Peak, together with other sites like Jin Dian Hua Zang<br />

Temple and Yin Dian. Should you be fortunate and depending on weather condition, you might be able to enjoy the famous wonder<br />

sights of the Golden Peak the sea of clouds*, Buddha rays*, sacred lamp* and sunrise*. You may also like to participate in the<br />

Blessing Ceremony (at your own freewill). Next, we will return to Chengdu and will visit the Sichuan Silk Handicraft for a better<br />

understanding of the Sichuan Embroidery Culture.<br />

DAY 3 CHENGDU–JIUZHAIGOU (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)<br />

Stay in a 5-star Sheraton <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> or equivalent<br />

After breakfast, we will take a domestic flight to <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> check into the hotel for an early rest upon arrival in order to adapt to the<br />

highland weather.<br />

DAY 4 JIUZHAIGOU (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)<br />

Stay in a 5-star Sheraton <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> hotel or equivalent<br />

Today we will tour the <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> Scenic Area with the ecological bus. <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> with a total area of 720 square kilometer is a 40-<br />

kilometre depth valley within the <strong>Mt</strong> Minshan Mountains. It was named from the 9 Tibetan villages within the scenic area. It is also<br />

know as a fairyland and paradise on earth for its many multi-level waterfalls and colorful lakes, and was declared an UNESCO<br />

World Heritage Site. <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong>s mountain peaks, colorful forest, emerald sea, waterfalls and Zangs tribal culture have been<br />

acclaimed as the Worlds 5 Wonders. The main attractions of <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> are spread over Rizegou, Zezhawagou and Shuzhenggou<br />

which include sites of unparallel beauty like Hua Hua Lake, Five-color Pond, Pearl Waterfall, Pengjing Waterfall, Reed Marsh Lake,<br />

Long Lake, Jinghai Shuzheng Waterfall, Nuorilang Waterfall etc. (It is recommended that you can consider to chartered a bus to<br />

visit <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> Scenic Aara during peak season)<br />

DAY 5 JIUZHAIGOU – CHENGDU (B/L/D)<br />

Hotel: Local 4-star Chengdu Minshan Anegrand or equivalent<br />

Today, we will visit the Tibetan Beads Shop along the way before the Huanglong Scenic Area**(Departure date during 10Apr-31Oct<br />

will arrange to visit Huanglong Scenic Area**) . With its unique landscape and abundant resources, Huanglong has great scientific and<br />

aesthetic value, making it a world natural heritage site. The pools, snow-capped mountains, valleys, and the flow of winds in its woods<br />

resemble a golden dragon. Its natural scenery is bound to captivate you. We will then head towards Jin Huang Airport for the flight to<br />

Chengdu. We will check-in the Chengdu Minshan Angerand hotel or equivalent upon arrival. (** Note: During departure date during<br />

10Apr-31Oct: In the event that we are unable to visit Huanglong Scenic Area due to weather conditions, it will be replace by the<br />

Chengdu Jinsha Museum. Departure date during 1Nov-10Apr: we will not arrange to visit Huanglong Scenic Area due to weather<br />

not permit.)<br />

DAY 6 CHENGDU (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)<br />

Stay in the 4-star Chengdu Minshan Anegrand Hotel or equivalent (within Chunxi Road Shopping District)<br />

This morning after breakfast, we will explore the national park, Huanhuaxi Park. It showcases a collection of poetries from some 3,000 years<br />

ago till modern works.<br />

DAY 7CHENGDU FLORAL OR FRUIT PICKING (B/L/D) Hotel: Local 4-star Chengdu Minshan Anegrand or equivalent<br />

Chengdus floral seasons begin between March April which is the spring season. We will visit the Longquanyi Town in accordance<br />

to different types of flowers blossom. The whole mountain will streak of pink peach blossoms, leaving you in awe of natures beauty.<br />

Or you may visit the Xinhua village to appreciate the some flowers. Or you may visit the Stone Lake garden to appreciate the sea of<br />

colorful lilies and tulips etc. During May June will be the best time for exciting seasonal fruit-picking, eg. Loquats, Peaches,<br />

Strawberries etc. After lunch, we will take a stroll at the Wide-Narrow Alleys, a historical landmark in Chengdu where you can<br />

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discover what history has left behind. It also enable you to experience the relaxing Chengdu lifestyle, special arrangement has been<br />

made for you to visit teahouses, enjoy ear waxing, neck and shoulder massage at your own expense. Thereafter, we will enjoy the<br />

famous Chinese Tea at the renowned Chinese Tea House ChaMa GuDao (tea-horse ancient road).<br />

(Note: The local agent will arrange the best timing in accordance to the flower blossom, fruit picking season.)<br />

DAY 8 CHENGDU – SINGAPORE (Breakfast/Meals on Board)<br />

After breakfast, we will visit the Yi Pin Dao to explore the geomancy knowledge that has been inheritance over thousands of years in<br />

China. Thereafter, we will have some shopping spree at the most bustling area of Chengdu - Chunxi Road Shopping District.<br />

Finally, we will depart to airport for our flight back to our beautiful homeland Singapore<br />

ADDITIONAL PACKAGE: (About RMB550 for Adult and RMB450 for Child)<br />

1. Panda Breeding and Research Bas , 2.Sichuan Opera performance 3. <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> Tibetan and Qiang minority performance.<br />

Remarks<br />

1. All hotel ratings are based on local standards.2Final itinerary are deem accurate according to arrangement of the land agent.<br />

2. * denotes as attractions is subject to weather conditions. Printed in 26Feb 2011<br />

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Featured World Natural & Culture heritage sites: Æ Fairyland <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> & Fairy Pool – Huanglong Æ One of the 4 renowned Buddhist mountain – <strong>Mt</strong>. <strong>Emei</strong> Æ Cruise ride to view the Leshan Buddha Statue Local Delicacies: ‣ <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> Sheraton Hotel Buffet Dinner ‣ Sichuan Local Snacks Cuisines ‣ Granny’s Special Home-made Cuisines CHAN BROTHERS TRAVEL PTE LTD China Office 150 South Bridge Road #01-09 Fook Hai Building Singapore 058727 T (65) 6212 9686 F (65) 6538 7448 W www.chanbrothers.com E [email protected] <strong>8D</strong> <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong>/ <strong>Mt</strong> <strong>Emei</strong> <strong>Tour</strong> (Dom Flight <strong>Tour</strong>: CN8WEF departure from Mar -Dec 2011) ‣Yushangong Imperial Herbal Banquet ‣Jiuzhai Wild Mushroom Cuisines **************************** 5* <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> Sheraton Hotel **************************** DAY 1 SINGAPORE Q CHENGDU – LESHAN BIG BUDDHA – MT EMEI (Dinner) Stay in the 5-star <strong>Mt</strong> <strong>Emei</strong> Hongzhushan Hotel or equivalent Assemble at Singapore <strong>Chan</strong>gi Airport for your flight to the Capital city of Sichuan Province - Chengdu. Upon arrival, we will proceed to Leshan and we will take a boat ride to view the Leshan Big Buddha Statue. The Leshan Buddha Statue with its height of 71 meters tall is the worlds first largest stone carved Buddha Statue and has been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thereafter, we will visit the Natural Crystal Shop before we take a coach ride to <strong>Mt</strong> <strong>Emei</strong>. After dinner, you may at your own leisure time to explore the <strong>Emei</strong> Delicacy Street to savor the variety of local snacks like clay pot vermicelli, Sichuan barbecue and more which are hot favorites among Singapore artistes and tour members. DAY 2 MT EMEI (RETURN CABLECAR) – CHENGDU (B/L/D) Stay in Local 4-star Chengdu Minshan Anegrand or equivalent After breakfast, we will tour <strong>Mt</strong> <strong>Emei</strong>. <strong>Mt</strong> <strong>Emei</strong> is one of the 4 famous Buddhism Mountains in China with its breathtaking scenery, mysterious natural wonders and mythical Buddhism history. You will ride the cable car heading to the Golden Peak experience the capricious weather and beautiful scenery. Upon reaching the Peak, we may walk along the pathway to worship the 4-directions 10- faced Buddha, which is one of the 4 unique attractions of the New Golden Peak, together with other sites like Jin Dian Hua Zang Temple and Yin Dian. Should you be fortunate and depending on weather condition, you might be able to enjoy the famous wonder sights of the Golden Peak the sea of clouds*, Buddha rays*, sacred lamp* and sunrise*. You may also like to participate in the Blessing Ceremony (at your own freewill). Next, we will return to Chengdu and will visit the Sichuan Silk Handicraft for a better understanding of the Sichuan Embroidery Culture. DAY 3 CHENGDU–JIUZHAIGOU (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) Stay in a 5-star Sheraton <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> or equivalent After breakfast, we will take a domestic flight to <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> check into the hotel for an early rest upon arrival in order to adapt to the highland weather. DAY 4 JIUZHAIGOU (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) Stay in a 5-star Sheraton <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> hotel or equivalent Today we will tour the <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> Scenic Area with the ecological bus. <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> with a total area of 720 square kilometer is a 40- kilometre depth valley within the <strong>Mt</strong> Minshan Mountains. It was named from the 9 Tibetan villages within the scenic area. It is also know as a fairyland and paradise on earth for its many multi-level waterfalls and colorful lakes, and was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site. <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong>s mountain peaks, colorful forest, emerald sea, waterfalls and Zangs tribal culture have been acclaimed as the Worlds 5 Wonders. The main attractions of <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> are spread over Rizegou, Zezhawagou and Shuzhenggou which include sites of unparallel beauty like Hua Hua Lake, Five-color Pond, Pearl Waterfall, Pengjing Waterfall, Reed Marsh Lake, Long Lake, Jinghai Shuzheng Waterfall, Nuorilang Waterfall etc. (It is recommended that you can consider to chartered a bus to visit <strong>Jiuzhaigou</strong> Scenic Aara during peak season) DAY 5 JIUZHAIGOU – CHENGDU (B/L/D) Hotel: Local 4-star Chengdu Minshan Anegrand or equivalent Today, we will visit the Tibetan Beads Shop along the way before the Huanglong Scenic Area**(Departure date during 10Apr-31Oct will arrange to visit Huanglong Scenic Area**) . With its unique landscape and abundant resources, Huanglong has great scientific and aesthetic value, making it a world natural heritage site. The pools, snow-capped mountains, valleys, and the flow of winds in its woods resemble a golden dragon. Its natural scenery is bound to captivate you. We will then head towards Jin Huang Airport for the flight to Chengdu. We will check-in the Chengdu Minshan Angerand hotel or equivalent upon arrival. (** Note: During departure date during 10Apr-31Oct: In the event that we are unable to visit Huanglong Scenic Area due to weather conditions, it will be replace by the Chengdu Jinsha Museum. Departure date during 1Nov-10Apr: we will not arrange to visit Huanglong Scenic Area due to weather not permit.) DAY 6 CHENGDU (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) Stay in the 4-star Chengdu Minshan Anegrand Hotel or equivalent (within Chunxi Road Shopping District) This morning after breakfast, we will explore the national park, Huanhuaxi Park. It showcases a collection of poetries from some 3,000 years ago till modern works. DAY 7CHENGDU FLORAL OR FRUIT PICKING (B/L/D) Hotel: Local 4-star Chengdu Minshan Anegrand or equivalent Chengdus floral seasons begin between March April which is the spring season. We will visit the Longquanyi Town in accordance to different types of flowers blossom. The whole mountain will streak of pink peach blossoms, leaving you in awe of natures beauty. Or you may visit the Xinhua village to appreciate the some flowers. Or you may visit the Stone Lake garden to appreciate the sea of colorful lilies and tulips etc. During May June will be the best time for exciting seasonal fruit-picking, eg. Loquats, Peaches, Strawberries etc. After lunch, we will take a stroll at the Wide-Narrow Alleys, a historical landmark in Chengdu where you can 2008 Readers Digest Trusted Brand Platinum Award 2006 Outstanding Branding Effort by National Association of Travel Agents Singapore 2005 SPBA Heritage Brand Award Asias Top 300 Brands 2004 Singapore's Top 100 Brands & Number 1 Online Travel Agency 2000 Enterprise Award, Singapore Business Awards

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Pre-COVID, Singapore ranked among the most popular tourist destinations worldwide. The Singapore Tourism Board (formerly Singapore Tourist Promotion Board) had taken deliberate efforts to attract visitors to the little red dot. But from the 1980s, Singapore was just as notable for its outbound tourism, having seen more than 500,000 tourist departures in 1986. Have you ever wondered what travelling was like for Singaporeans during the 1960s-90s?

Travel, especially for leisure, did not gain much traction in the first decade of Singapore’s independence. The economic challenges of unemployment and shrinking entrepot trade meant that many Singaporeans could afford neither the time nor money to go on a holiday. Leisure tourism was thus a luxury that only a minority of Singaporeans had access to. Contrastingly, short trips to neighbouring Malaysia were popular especially during the Lunar New Year. 

For the lucky ones, securing a train or air ticket to a foreign country was just the start. A successful trip required elements such as accommodation, food and transport to places of interest. Yet in the 1960s-early 1970s, sources of information that tourists could rely on were limited and disparate. Travel guidebooks by Lonely Planet and tourist maps informed Singaporean travellers about the history, customs and attractions of various destinations. These formal resources were supplemented by word of mouth from experienced travellers with useful tips to impart to their less experienced counterparts. Nonetheless, the scarcity of such resources made it a hassle to plan trips. 

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It was in this context of ‘information underload’ that tour agencies rose in influence. In a modest pre-war shophouse at Cecil Street stood Chan Brothers Travel, a three-staff company that initially sold air and train tickets to nearby countries. The company was founded in 1965 by Mr Chan Liang Choy who recognised the potential for growth in the travel and tourism industry as Singapore’s economy developed. Born in China’s Fujian Province in 1924, Mr Chan Liang Choy had worked for several years in Myanmar and Singapore before starting a business in his family name at age 41. The business soon began selling guided tour packages. Several years and many successful tours later, Chan Brothers Travel moved to Fook Hai Building and became a household name. 

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Chan Brothers Travel provided a one-stop solution for travellers who lacked the know-how and/or patience to settle their travel arrangements. The direct links the company enjoyed with airlines, hotels and overseas agents enabled it to streamline the booking process while providing its customers with reliable, affordable services. A tour booking typically started with a trip to the Chan Brothers Travel office at Fook Hai Building, where one would be handed a collection of travel brochures indicating the prices and itineraries of available packages. Albums that compiled photographs taken by Chan Brothers Travel tour leaders on previous trips were also used as a sales tool to pique the potential customer’s interest in destinations on offer. A week or two before the trip, mass pre-departure briefings would also be conducted in mini theatrettes in the Chan Brothers Travel office.

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By the 1980s, Chan Brothers Travel tours not only covered Asian destinations like Hong Kong, Thailand and the Philippines, but also distant countries in Australia, Europe and North America. The diversity of destinations indicated Chan Brothers Travel’s success, which was related to Singaporeans’ growing appetite for travel. 

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Indeed, the 1980s saw a significant boom in the outbound travel market. Rising income levels coupled with the opening of Singapore Changi Airport in 1981 made travel easier and more affordable. Singaporeans redefined the value of travel: as a necessary respite from the monotony of work, a family bonding experience and even a retirement reward. But as travellers became more seasoned, their expectations and traveling styles also evolved. This led Chan Brothers Travel to expand and differentiate their product offerings. 

In 1983, the company introduced the “hotel-on-wheels” concept which brought Singaporeans on tours around Europe in double decker buses fitted with sleeping berths and a kitchen. The tours resembled a camping trip since travellers were involved in the cooking and cleaning. A Free and Easy Travel department was also set up to render travel assistance to those who preferred to travel independently. Other available itineraries included romantic trips for couples, school trips and incentive trips. Evidently, travel preferences shifted over time and tour agencies like Chan Brothers Travel had to adapt to these changes in order to remain relevant and competitive. 

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Tour leaders put on many hats. Ms Koh, a former tour leader at Chan Brothers Travel shared that besides managing the group and explaining sites of interest, tour leaders also needed to respond effectively to unforeseen situations like injuries or flight delays. Some travellers might even request special arrangements such as flowers or a cake for their wedding anniversaries. 

Recognising the significant role played by tour leaders, Chan Brothers Travel embarked on a consultancy project with the National Productivity Board (predecessor of the Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board or SPRING Singapore) in 1990 to provide customised employee training. The first of its kind in the travel industry, the project was extended to all of its 150 employees, from tour leaders to front desk salespeople. In line with their business philosophy of “Always, service with a smile”, in-house training on counter sales and telephone techniques were prioritised. The reigning Miss Hong Kong, Ms Pauline Yeung, was invited to officiate Chan Brothers Travel’s 1988 in-house courtesy campaign which aimed to promote the importance of courtesy in the service industry.

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Chan Brothers Travel’s heavy emphasis on its people serves as a reminder of the irreplaceable human element of engaging brick-and-mortar travel agencies. Even if online travel agencies (OTAs) can complete the same tasks that brick-and-mortar travel agencies can, they arguably cannot replicate the personalised, real-world customer experience that the latter excels in. 

The start of post-pandemic travel spells exciting opportunities for tour agencies like Chan Brothers Travel which have been directly affected by global travel restrictions. For travellers who are unconfident about navigating the hodgepodge of COVID-19 guidelines, the services of brick-and-mortar tour agencies may prove immensely valuable. 

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Find out more about their programmes, research, and events at http://www.soh.ntu.edu.sg/Programmes/history/Pages/Home.aspx or find them on Twitter (@NTUHistory).

This article was developed for Singapore Heritage Fest 2022

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World’s biggest indoor snow and ice park opens in China

The world’s largest indoor ice and snow theme park has opened its doors to the public, giving visitors to the city of Harbin in northeast China a chance to feel wintery temperatures year-round.

By Martha Zhou, CNN

Published Jul 12, 2024 7:17 AM PDT | Updated Jul 12, 2024 7:17 AM PDT

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China's Heilongjiang Harbin Indoor Ice and Snow Theme Park opened on July 6. (Xinhua/Shutterstock via CNN Newsource)

Beijing (CNN) — The world’s largest indoor ice and snow theme park has officially opened its doors to the public, giving visitors to the city of Harbin in northeast China a chance to feel wintery temperatures year-round.

The country’s northernmost metropolis, Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang province. Also known as the Ice City, it experiences long, cold and snowy winters with short, cool summers. The annual Harbin Ice and Snow Festival began in 1999 and is held every year from December to early March.

A Guinness World Records official awarded the Harbin Ice and Snow World Company the certification for the “world’s largest indoor ice and snow theme park” during this month’s opening ceremony.

Ironically, the opening coincided with a heat wave in Harbin, with outdoor temperatures peaking at 29 degrees C (84 F), while the indoor theme park maintained a chilly -8 C to -12 C (17.6 F to 10.4 F) temperature.

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The ice used to make the park's sculptures is taken from the Songhua River. (Xinhua/Shutterstock via CNN Newsource)

Covering an area of 23,800 square meters, the new Harbin Ice and Snow World Park, which opened on July 6, is divided into nine themed sections with 13 interactive projects. Utilizing advanced ice sculpting techniques and incorporating cutting-edge lighting, sound and interactive technologies, the park offers an immersive experience.

The ice used in the construction of the park’s attractions was sourced from the Songhua River, with a total ice volume of 20,000 cubic meters. Once inside, visitors can enjoy a magical atmosphere filled with ice, light, entertainment, gourmet food and cultural creations. There are also vibrant ice sculptures of fruit, ice cream and cakes made using edible dyes through an environmentally-friendly special coloring process.

Harbin’s annual snow and ice festival brings tens of thousands of tourists from China and elsewhere, but this new attraction is aimed at extending the city’s tourist season and transforming it into a year-round destination.

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