The 4th Silk Road International Cultural Expo and the 9th Dunhuang Tour-Silk Road International Tourism Festival opened on Tuesday in Hezuo City in northwest China’s Gansu Province.
A grand joint opening ceremony was held, featuring cultural performances. Both events last for a month, aiming to promote people-to-people exchanges and integrate culture with tourism along the Silk Road.
In recent years, Gansu Province has made significant strides in developing the cultural tourism industry.
In the first half of the year, the province has received 160 million tourists and saw a tourism revenue of more than 113 billion yuan (about 16.4 billion U.S. dollars), an increase of 25.6 percent and 31 percent respectively, as compared to last year.