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Scenic spots to offer discounts

ABOUT 30 scenic spots in Shanghai will offer 50 percent discounts during the Shanghai Tourism Festival this autumn.

Some famous attractions are expected to be on the list, said Yao Shuoye, an official with the Shanghai Tourism Bureau, who helps organize the festival.

"We will encourage tourist attractions to participate in the scheme, but it is not compulsory," he said.

The list of tourist sites offering half-price discounts has not been confirmed, but Yao said they will be announced in September just before the festival, which will run from September 15 to October 6.

The discounts will last one week, starting September 16.

Forty attractions in the city offered half-price admission on China Tourism Day, which was on May 19 this year. It was widely popular and participating venues had big crowds.

More than 310,000 people visited the sites, with many attractions recording big jumps in admission figures.

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum welcomed 20,000 visitors, a jump of 355 percent from the same day last year while Oriental Pearl TV Tower had 24,000, an increase of 25 percent.

Some visitors said they want to take advantage of the discounts.

"I hope there will be more discount days as I have not been to many tourist spots like the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. I've been scared off by high admission fees," said Zhang Lifang, a Shanghai resident in her 50s.

Among the 130 5A (China's top grade) national tourist attractions nationwide as of February, more than 45 percent charge over 100 yuan (US$16).


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