Outline of National Tourism and Leisure (2013 – 2020)

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Links within blockquotes added during translation.

Yanan Shaanxi maoist city meeting hall

Red Tourism: Don’t be a Maybe (click picture for source).

Enorth (Tianjin) / China News Service (CNS), Febr. 18, 2013 —

To all the Provincial, Autonomous Regions’, and Municipal People’s Governments, to all the Ministries and Commissions of the State Council, and to all Agencies directly under the State Council:
The “Outline of National Tourism and Leisure (2013 – 2020)” has been approved by the State Council and is now printed and distributed to you. Please implement them and carry them out conscientiously.

State Council General Office, February 2, 2013

CNS quotes the China National Tourism Administration‘s (国家旅游局) website with (apparently) the full outline.

The gist, according to CNS:

The outline says that by 2020, the paid annual leave system will have been basically implemented, with substantial increases in the comsumption levels of urban and rural residents.

The outline is meant to meet the continuously growing demands by the people and the masses on holiday and leasure, to promote the healthy development of the tourism industry, to promote the construction of a socialist-with-Chinese-characteristics citizen tourism and leasure system, and in accordance with the Opinions of the State Council on accelerating the development of Tourism (国务院关于加快发展旅游业的意见), document no. 41, 2009.

Besides technical considerations (or ahead of them), the document refers to the Deng Xiaoping Theory, Three Represents (Jiang Zemin), and Scientific Development (Hu Jintao) as its guiding ideologies. Hence, attention is paid to keeping entrance to public museums, memorial halls and patriotism education bases (爱国主义教育示范基地, example here) free of charge. Issues of cheating tour guides etc. are also addressed.

The "Monument to the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet"

Patriotic enough? The “Monument to the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet” (click picture for source).

The authorities are advised to bring “labor unions”, the Communist Youth League of China, the All China Women’s Federation and other mass organizations and trades into play.

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5 Comments to “Outline of National Tourism and Leisure (2013 – 2020)”

  1. I’m glad we don’t have their “liberation” monuments in Taiwan. But we do have a lot of their tourists, however I wouldn’t call their Taiwan trips leisure.

  2. This is obviously an attempt to rebalance the economy/boost domestic consumption albiet in a nationalistic mode.

    Anyway, I’ve done my bit by visiting Mawei’s (port city for Fuzhou) Maratine Museum. An interesting building design but without the attention to detail which makes most modern Chinese structures second rate as they age. Contains a lot of cheesy dioramas devoted to the total destruction of a naval fleet of junks by a French flotilla in the 1880s. Once you pass beyond the victimhood displays, you encounter really large images of super modern PLAN vessels blasting off missiles presumably in the direction of Taiwan. Mawie is also noted for the manufacture of flick knives (friut knives in local parlance) which are sold in the local market. Put together a really nice collection of 20 different examples costing about 30rmb each.

    Fuzhou’s main museum near Westlake is however unlikely to attract the domestic tourist trade as a large number of its displays are devoted to the local Min version of Chinese opera. Also contains a nice display of past silk fabrics. A very large three story building which is not too bad once you ignore a couple of design eccentricities. Very cheap entrance fee,
    even by local standards.

    Fz also contains probably one of the best private libraries in China. Three big sections. Original Taoist scrolls. The second section contains a truly brilliant section containing works (many original manuscripts) by Europeon social scientists incl very significant stuff by late 18th century French philosophers. The last section is English literary stuff mainly from the 1930s within a bit of Tom Clancy trown in for good measure. You could easily turn out a PhD drawing from material in any of the sections. Unfornately the whole library was run by a Belguim academic – an unpleasant little prick who had a car and driver provided by the Party. He refused me borrowing rights because he didn’t like my Australian accent. I also suspect that he had very unnatural sexual desires, which is par for the course of individuals of that national persuasion.

    Three paras and not one cat reference.

  3. I’m glad we don’t have their “liberation” monuments in Taiwan.

    Even if Taiwan should be reunited with the motherland, you won’t get to see this kind of monument in Taipei. Han-to-Han colonialism is probably less explicit than Han-to-Tibetan colonialism.

    But your comment is thought-provoking. I think I’ll invite artistic blueprints for the monument for the peaceful (or not, who cares) return of Taiwan. Hope you’re going to tweet it, and hope that Mr. Turton will participate, too. The fame that comes with it shall be the designer’s reward.

    Btw, was this from you, MKL? ;-)

  4. reunited with the motherland return of Taiwan

    These phrases would make Mr. Turton cringe. Even I feel a bit uneasy with the word choice. As for the “less explicit Han-to-Han colonialism”, some would argue that this monument counters that claim. Perhaps the “liberating” PRC would merely replace the generalissimo’s head with the peasant’s head and add few hammers and sickles for decoration. I bet at that time Mr. Turton would be packing his suitcases, however I would probably be somewhere around the area with my camera, but probably with a heavy heart.

    Nope, that article in some (to me unknown) German dialect was not written by me :)

  5. Don’t you think that CKS would have gotten the same kind of memorial halls in China, if he had been able to beat the “Red Army”? From its self-image, the KMT wasn’t colonizing Taiwan. When it comes to Tibet, there seems to be an awareness among Han Chinese and Tibetans (even co-opted Tibetans) that they are very different from each other.

    Btw, the article there wasn’t written in a dialect (as far as I can tell). It’s just the author’s way of spelling and speaking (I guess).

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