VISITORS to Shenzhen surely do not want to miss out on the city's gourmet offerings to whet their appetite and the spectacular cultural performances by top-notch performers at the China Folk Culture Villages and Splendid China.
There is a saying in China that the world is won with culture.
Shenzhen Tourism Bureau vice-director Yi Neng Quan said Shenzhen was fast gaining popularity as the cultural entertainment and food paradise of China.
Visitors are actually treated to an assortment of cultural highlights of the whole of China by our highly talented performers.
Shenzhen is also a potpourri of gourmet delights offering a wide variety of Chinese-style culinary specialties such as fresh seafood, herbal chicken soup and other local exotic offerings, he added.
Shenzheners love to eat and statistics have it that they spend up to 1 billion yuan a month on dining out.
Shenzhen's unique geological and cultural environment had created a culture of openness, tolerance and innovation, he said.
Shenzhen offers a gamut of attractions to visitors, including Window of the World, a showcase of famous attractions from all over the world, and Splendid China, which is a mini China offering the miniature version of the must-see attractions of China.
According to Yi, tourism is fast gaining ground as one of the major contributors to the city's gross domestic product.
A total of 50 million tourists visited the city last year with at least 20 million of them staying at least a night.
There are at present 55 hotels offering a total 150,000 rooms in the city.
The completion of the city's subway infrastructure by year-end will spur greater growth in the city's economy, especially its status as a shopping and fashion hub, he added.
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