Big discounts for tourism festival
The 31st Shanghai Tourism Festival promotional banners are displayed on the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall. Selected venues will remain open till late on September 12 for the festival.
Sixty-nine tourist attractions and museums across the city will offer half-price admission tickets from September 12-18 as part of the 31st Shanghai Tourism Festival, cultural and tourism authorities announced yesterday.
The list includes city landmarks Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the 88th-floor observatory of Jin Mao Tower, the 94th-floor observatory of Shanghai World Financial Center, and Shanghai Tower, as well as Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park, Donglin Temple scenic area, Shanghai Jinshanzui Fishing Village, and Daguanyuan (Grandview Garden), according to the Shanghai Administration of Culture and Tourism.
The Shanghai Disney Resort will offer discounted tickets for admissions after 3pm, while the Huangpu River cruises will enable half-price discounts for cruise tours before 6pm during the week, according to the administration.
Shanghai Wild Animal Park, Century Park, Dongping National Forest Park, Shanghai Zoo, Shanghai Botanical Garden, Shanghai Guyi Garden, Paotaiwan National Wetland Park, Zuibaichi Park, Gongqing Forest Park and Gucun Park are also offering discounts.
The Zhujiajiao and Fengjing watertowns are offering deals on attractions during the week as well.
The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Shanghai Natural History Museum, Shanghai Film Museum, and Shanghai Auto Museum; and amusement parks including Jinjiang Amusement Park and Shanghai Happy Valley are also on the list.
The administration advised visitors to be prepared for long queues due to the discounts and avoid peak hours.
It has become a tradition for major scenic spots in the city to provide half-price tickets during the annual Shanghai Tourism Festival in September.
The festival will also feature activities like cycling, cruises, light shows and culture festivals. Tourists and residents will be invited to experience 102 tourism routes and products during the festival from September 12 to 27.
Some cultural, businesses and tourism venues on the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall will remain open until midnight on September 12 to mark the opening of the festival, the administration said. The extended section of the road will officially open to the public on the same day. People will then be able to walk from People’s Square all the way to the Bund on the road.
The festival will go “virtual” for the first time in its history, enabling residents and tourists to experience the splendor of the event online.
A “cloud tourism” platform for the festival will be established, letting people experience more than 100 activities online in an intelligent and interactive manner.
“The platform centering on various locales for dining, accommodation, transportation, touring, shopping and entertainment will present high-quality cultural and tourism products, walking tour routes and diversified activities,” said Cheng Meihong, deputy director of the administration.
Online activities including webcasts and shopping promotions will be held as well during the festival, the administration announced yesterday.
Residents and tourists are encouraged to share Shanghai’s beautiful landscapes, delicious foods and specialties on Douyin (known overseas as TikTok) to win gifts during the festival.
Lvmama.com, Trip.com and Meituan Dianping will offer subsidies and discounts on tour products including hotels and tourist attraction ticketing, the administration said.
During the festival, 99 yuan (US$14.47) tourism passes valid for a year covering attractions in 17 cities in the Yangtze River Delta region such as Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Huangshan, Wenzhou, Nantong, Lishui and Huzhou will be released, said Cheng.
Meituan Dianping will distribute cultural and tourism spending coupons in the region during the festival.