Forest fires won’t affect Yunnan tours

Forestfires won’t affect Yunnan tours

18 April 2006

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A SERIES of forest fires in Yunnan Province won’t affect group tours to such sites as Lijiang and Dali during the upcoming Labor Day holiday, according to several of the city’s largest travel agencies.

Tours to Yunnan will go ahead as planned, according to Zhang Jianquan, assistant manager at Shanghai Travel Service.

“As far as I know, the fires are not very large and not in the main scenic spots we will visit,” Zhang said.

He said the fires should be under control soon. The company expects to book about 1,000 trips to the province for the weeklong holiday.

Officials from Shanghai Great World International Tourism Co Ltd and China Peace International Tourism Co also say the fires won’t affect travel. Several fires broke out in Yunnan Province this month.

A large forest fire on Yulong (Jade Dragon) Snow Mountain was brought under control last Friday, 15 kilometers from the famed tourist town of Lijiang.

The fire broke out on April 12 and was controlled that night. But strong winds allowed it to flare up again the next day. More than 2,000 people were battling the blaze and a fire break has been cut through the forest to prevent it from spreading, according to media reports.

The fire was finally brought under control on Sunday.

About 1 million tourists visit Yulong Snow Mountain every year.

Another fire broke out on Cangshan Mountain, a scenic spot near Dali, last Friday, but it was brought under control by Sunday.

Dry weather is blamed for the large number of fires


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