The origin of China Tourism Day
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April 10, 2011, the State Council announced that May 19 would be celebrated as China Tourism Day from that year onwards to encourage more people to follow the steps of Xu to enjoy the beautiful outing time.

Xu Xiake(also known as Xu Hongzu),a geographer is well known for his travel note written in the 17th century. Travel Notes of Xu Xiake is opened by the line reading " On March 31 in Guichou year (or May 19, 1613, according to the Gregorian calendar), I set out from Ninghai by its west gate in a good mood like anyone else on the road because there was hardly any clouds in the sky, the sun was bright, and the scenery was more excellent than normal thanks to the fine weather." Followed the bright day was 28 years in which Xu traveled across the country on his feet. Guichou year is the 41th Year under the Reign of Emperor Wanli of Ming Dynasty (namely year 1613). March 31 of this year (according to Chinese lunar calendar) falls on May 19 in Gregorian calendar. Therefore, the day May 19 becomes China's Tourism Day.  


Editor: Yishan
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