A tourism circuit called “Two countries – Four destinations” was launched in Mong Cai City, the northern province of Quang Ninh, on January 5, being the first official Vietnam-China tourist circuitopened to all travellers.
The launch ceremony was attended by leaders of Mong Cai City and the Tourism Department of Quang Ninh Province, and China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Tourism Development Committee, Dongxing and Guilin city authorities.
The tourist route, established by Mong Cai and Dongxing cities, connects the UNESCO heritage site of Halong, Mong Cai of Vietnam as well as Dongxing and Guilin in China PRC. This is an important event for the tourism sector of two cities as well as a start for the Mong Cai – Quang Ninh tourism year 2017. Nguyen Tien Dung, Vice Chairman of the Mong Cai People’s Committee, said on the route, tourists will experience each country’s unique and special tourist products.
The local authorities and tourism sector will spare no efforts to facilitate immigration procedures and improve services, meeting the increasing demands of tourists, he added.The number of Chinese visitors accounts for about 40 percent of the total foreign tourist arrivals to Quang Ninh Province each year. In 2016, Mong Cai welcomed 1.6 million visitors.
After the launch ceremony, two groups with 60 tourists from the two countries joined the Two countries – Four destinations route. The total circuit is 706 km long from Halong to Guilin requesting a travel time of 11 to 12 hours. It takes three hours from Halong to Mong Cai, 20 minutes from Mong Cai to Dongxi (excluding borders control) and another six hours by highway to Guilin from Dongxi. On the way, visitors can also make a stop in Nanning, Guangxi Regional Capital and Liuzhou.
The new tourist route is an important step in ways to normalize relations between both countries which regularly confront each other over political and social issues.