Travel guides for Xinjiang region surged 200% on reopening of scenic highway
Published: Jul 23, 2023 07:49 PM
Duku Highway Photo:VCG

Duku Highway Photo:VCG

The reopening of the scenic Duku Highway in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region since mid-June has sparked a surge in travel guides and orders.

Travel guides, tips, experiences sharing on China’s major online rating platform Meituan-Dianping growing 200 percent from a year ago. Xinjiang's travel orders, including hotel accommodation, attraction tickets, transportation, has surged by more than 150 percent compared to the same period in 2019.

The 561-kilometer highway, which links the highly scenic section between Karamay city's Dushanzi to Kuqa city, is dubbed as one of the most beautiful high way in China. It has reopened to traffic on June 18 after being closed for about half a year due to thick snow and ice. 

After the opening of the Duku Highway, the passenger flow of Bayanbulak Grassland, China's second-largest grassland located beside the highway has increased significantly. 

The passenger flow has jumped from 6,500 entrances a day to 9,000 entrances a day. The average daily passenger flow has increased by about 50 percent compared with the same period in 2019, which is also a new high in recent years, according to the scenic spot.

As summer vacations travel season dawns, Xinjiang has ushered in a travel peak, with the region's passenger at the airports setting new records.

As of July 14 the passenger throughput at Xinjiang Airport Group has crossed the 20 million threshold this year, five days to reach that bench mark than 2019
Currently passenger throughput at airports in Xinjiang has recovered to 103 percent of the same time of 2019 while the number of airplanes arriving and leaving Xinjiang has restored to 143.3 percent of the 2019 level, according to local media outlet