Within the framework of China’s tourism year in Kazakhstan, the first international caravan has started from China. Tourists of the Celestial Empire hit the road from the city of Tacheng in 12 cars, heading to the Great Steppe. Car trip by the Chinese tourists was organized for the first time. People of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region which borders with Kazakhstan as well as tourists who came from remote corners of China took part in the start of the rally. According to local tour operators, the tourists are more interested in new and unknown destinations and many of them prefer unusual routes over mainstream ones.

 

LI XIAN, PARTICIPANT OF AUTO RALLY:

- I've heard a lot about Kazakhstan, about its spacious lands and unique nature. I want to see this country with my own eyes and then share my impressions with friends and acquaintances.

 

XIU XIAOLAI, REPRESENTATIVE, TOURIST COMPANY:

- Kazakhstan has very rich tourist resources. It has excellent nature and mountains. In the winter, our tourists show a great interest in ski resorts. Mountaineers and wildlife lovers find them very interesting. In addition, there are many historical monuments and a developed ethnic tourism. Kazakhstan has really something to offer to China.

 

China and Kazakhstan  signed a memorandum on simplification of group tourist visits two years ago. At that time, there was a big surge of trips to Kazakhstan. Besides the ease of visa ob, developed infrastructure is of importance, too. Kazakhstan continues to implement the infrastructure, especially within world’s fair in Astana.

 

YERBOL SHORMANOV, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, ASTANA EXPO 2017:

- In the direction of the People's Republic of China (PRC), we are thinking of  to launch additional air routes and railway routes.  The maximum possible volume of new motor roads Western Europe-Western China can be used in order to complete the task.

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