Travel guides for Xinjiang region surged 200% on reopening of scenic highway
07/24/2023|6:26:41 PM|Global Times

The reopening of the scenic Duku Highway in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region since mid-June has sparked a surge in travel guides and orders.

Travel guides, tips, experiences sharing on China’s major online rating platform Meituan-Dianping growing 200% from a year ago. Xinjiang's travel orders, including hotel accommodation, attraction tickets, transportation, has surged by more than 150% compared to the same period in 2019.

The 561-kilometer highway, which links the highly scenic section between Karamay city's Dushanzi to Kuqa city, is dubbed as one of the most beautiful high way in China. It has reopened to traffic on June 18 after being closed for about half a year due to thick snow and ice. 

After the opening of the Duku Highway, the passenger flow of Bayanbulak Grassland, China's second-largest grassland located beside the highway has increased significantly. 

The passenger flow has jumped from 6,500 entrances a day to 9,000 entrances a day. The average daily passenger flow has increased by about 50% compared with the same period in 2019, which is also a new high in recent years, according to the scenic spot.

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