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Tourism: Sightseeing trips lose their appeal

Travel agencies said yesterday that some people had canceled weekend trips to Shanghai’s neighboring cities because of the pollution there, while local scenic spots, such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, saw visitor numbers drop because of poor visibility.

Online travel agency Ctrip has told bus drivers to take extra care on the roads and asked tourist guides to be flexible in moving outdoor activities indoors depending on the conditions.

It was advising travelers to take trips to scenic mountain areas due to the fresher air to be found there.

He Yiwei, deputy manager of the Datong Travel Agency, said poor visibility on the roads had led to delays in tourists arriving at scenic spots.

Guo Yifeng, of the Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower Co, said a few tourist groups had canceled tours because the view was poor.

However, while the Shanghai World Financial Center also saw a drop in the number of tourists, it said photographers were still keen to take pictures of the smog covering the city.



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