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Expats invited to play in tourism games

THE Expat Jiu Zi Competition, featuring nine traditional games played in residential alleyways in the past, will be held during the Shanghai Tourism Festival, authorities said yesterday.

Tourism authorities will invite 100 foreigners, groups of tourists or artists from the festival's parade floats, to participate.

The contest will be held on the morning of September 16 in the Jiu Zi Park, which covers 7,000 square meters along Suzhou Creek in Huangpu District.

Jiu means nine in Mandarin and the Shanghai dialect word zi appears in the name of all nine games.

The games, which involve peg-top spinning and hoop running, were a common pastime in alleyways across the city from the late 1950s until the 1970s. Winners will be awarded souvenirs and the game equipment, according to the organizer.

The city's annual tourism festival will run from September 15 to October 6 this year. A parade with floats featuring artists from home and abroad will be staged on Huaihai Road M. in the opening ceremony of the festival.

Huangpu District will offer discount coupons worth more than 1 million yuan (US$157,690) to local residents and tourists in the Yangtze River Delta Region to help attract more tourists.

With the coupon, visitors can board open-top double-decker sightseeing buses, Big Bus Tours, after paying only 30 yuan, compared with the usual 100 yuan ticket. They can also enjoy 50 percent discounts for scenic spots in the district during the festival.

Some coupons are available at tourist service centers that are on Nanjing Road E. and at Yuyuan Garden.


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