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Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Thursday, December 02 2021 - 12:44
West China's Chongqing Wushan County opens red-leaf themed tourism festival
CHONGQING, China, Dec. 1, 2021 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

As the leaves turn red, they will be reminiscent of west China's Chongqing 
Wushan County. The 15th China Chongqing Yangtze River Three Gorges (Wushan) 
International Red Leaf Festival opened on evening, November 26, according to 
Wushan County Publicity Department, Chongqing Municipality.

Wushan is located in the heart of the Three Gorges reservoir area across the 
banks of Wuxia Gorge of the Yangtze River. It is inlaid in the easternmost part 
of Chongqing with unique natural scenery and historical sites.

With some 200,000 mu (13,333 hectares) of red leaves, Wushan is known at home 
and abroad in terms of red leaves resources as it has the largest growing area, 
most varieties, most beautiful landscape, longest viewing cycle, highest 
viewing value, and most flexible touring choices.

It is a mixture of colors in early winter across the banks of the Three Gorges, 
with mountains covered with red leaves presenting a scenic painting. Over ten 
km of such scenes make an impressive red ocean that keep visitors lingering.

The red leaf festival has been successfully held for 14 years since 2007, 
attracting both domestic and global spotlight. Driven by this brand event, the 
tourists visiting Wushan rose from 1.35 million in 2007 to 19.57 million in 
2020. The view of Wushan red leaves has become a signature tourism brand in the 
Three Gorges area of the Yangtze River.

At the opening ceremony, eight diplomatic envoys from Laos, Singapore, Italy, 
Thailand, the Netherlands, Japan, Pakistan and the United Kingdom sent their 
best wishes via video.

The application of Longgupo Site for World Cultural Heritage was officially 
announced at the opening ceremony, which is another world heritage application 
project in Wushan after the successful application of Wulipo.

Longgupo Site in Wushan, known as the cradle of East Asian people, has 
unearthed the earliest hominid fossils discovered in East Asia, and is also one 
of the earliest prehistoric cultural sites in Eurasia with the most abundant 
discoveries. It is of great significance to the study of the origin and 
evolution of east Asian people.

Moreover, this year's red leaf festival highlights immersive experience with 
brand-new visual and auditory designs. By enhanced interaction and combination 
of virtual and real experience, it has created a brand-new tourism mode of 
immersive leisurely travel. In order to enhance tourists' experience, Wushan 
has also created creative light show along the riverside building clusters, 
creating a harmonious and unified immersive visual feast.

The festival runs until December 31. During the period, a total of 13 fine red 
leaf tourism routes will be rolled out. At the same time, Wulipo scientific 
expedition tourism, ancient human culture introduction, tasting Wushan grilled 
fish and other theme activities will be staged in turn to meet the different 
needs of tourists.

Source: Wushan County Publicity Department, Chongqing Municipality