- Posted by Newsdesk
- On 10th August 2016
- Astana, china, Kazakhstan, organised tours
Kazakhstan welcomed its first organised tour group from China on August 6th, 2016 as part of an arrangement that will see as many as 300 Chinese outbound travellers travel to the central Asian country from Urumqi in northwest China’s autonomous Xinjiang region this month.
The arranged tours come in the wake of a memorandum on tourism cooperation signed by China and Kazakhstan in December 2015.
"My parents studied in Almaty, so my sisters and I have always wanted to go there," said Tong Nina, 70, one of the 55 travellers that flew from Urumqi to Kazakh capital Astana as part of the first Chinese group to visit the country this month. The following days saw groups organised from a total of six travel agencies follow in their footsteps.
Shi Dagang, the vice chairman of Xinjiang regional government, characterised the tour as an important stage in China and Kazakhstan’s bilateral tourism development, a cornerstone of the Silk Road Economic Belt. Notably, China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region shares a border with Kazakhstan and also has historical strong trade links with the area, factors that will provide strong foundations for future economic and political ties.
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