China’s proliferation of high-speed railways is attracting tourists. The tracks, which currently stretch 8,358 kilometers, run trains which are some of the fastest in the world.
This speed of expansion is rivaled by the speed of tourism development. According to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), China tourism is the fastest expanding in the world and China should become the most visited country by 2015.
Ministry of Railways spokesman Wang Yongping said, “High-speed rail lines have generated explosive tourism development in cities and scenic spots along their routes, and especially in cities that weren’t major draws before, such as Tianjin and Hubei’s provincial capital Wuhan.”
English.EastDay.com reports that partly as a result of high-speed rail, there were 47,869 million visitors to Wuhan, a 35.6% year-on-year increase, in the first seven months after the Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed line opened.