NW China's Xinjiang receives over 190m tourists in 2021

Updated: Jan 25, 2022 Xinhua Print
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Local fishermen in Fuhai county, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, gather together to catch fish from the frozen Ulungur Lake during the county's fifth winter fishing festival on Jan 15, 2022. [Photo by MAO WEIHUA/CHINA DAILY]

URUMQI -- More than 190 million tourists traveled to Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in 2021, an increase of 20.5 percent compared to 2020, according to a work report of the regional government.

The report was released at the fifth session of the 13th regional people's congress which opened on Jan 23.

The region reported a total tourism revenue of nearly 141.6 billion yuan (about $22.4 billion) last year, up 42.7 percent, according to the work report.

The regional government has vowed to build Xinjiang into a key area for tourism and a popular destination worldwide. Tourism has become a major source of income for local people in the region.

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