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Chongming to upgrade tourism facilities

CHONGMING tourism authorities said yesterday that it's not possible to charge admission to the island's scenic spots in the near future, despite calls by city government to do something to rein in tourist volume.

It is also not possible to limit tourism at present because authorities don't want to disappoint people who are eager to visit the island's bird sanctuary and other scenic spots, the Chongming County Tourism Bureau said.

But bureau Director Shen Yongping did say the island will improve its infrastructure so it can accommodate more tourists.

Crowds have swelled to the point of overload since a tunnel-bridge link was completed to the island last month.

By March, a sightseeing center covering 16,000 square meters will be open near the east coast wetlands, along with a parking lot able to hold 100 buses.

The bureau is planning to turn the island's west and east coasts into upmarket scenic areas to attract big-spending tourists. Officials believe that more upscale travelers will help limit visitor volume and protect the environment.

Parts of the wetlands will become a 2.2-square-kilometer ecological park, which will charge an admission fee, and the Mingzhu Lake scenic area in the west will be turned into a luxury holiday site.

The central parts of the island will target middle-income tourists.

Also by March, the island's eateries will be able to seat 65,000 people at once, about 20,000 more than at present.

The overall plan won the praise of some experts. Wang Hong, president of the Shanghai University of Engineering Science, said the island should target the high-end market.

"It will not only raise the popularity of the island but also protect tourism resources," she said yesterday.


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