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New Years at Times Square in New York: A Chinese tourism promotion

Hainan Tourism is replacing Hawaii, and Chongqing is about to take over New York Tourism. This year’s Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration in New York will be extra special as the Sino-American Friendship Association and the Times Square Celebration Committee will invite Chongqing (China) to present a cultural feast themed as “Beautiful Chongqing, a City with Mountains and Rivers.”

The annual mega-event will feature Chinese entertainers from Chongqing in a distinct dragon dance while others will present the Chongqing traditional folk song and a performance showcasing a scene of heroes breaking through the Three Gorges.

For the finale, the Chinese singers will lead the audience in singing “Dragon’s Descendants,” a famous Chinese song proclaiming China’s national pride as the dragon lights up, circling over the stage to end the ceremony.

The beauty of Chongqing belongs to both China and the world. Located at the southwest of China, Chongqing is the largest and one of most populous cities in the world and boasts a long history and beautiful sceneries. It has three major world heritage sites, namely Dazu Rock Carvings, Wulong Three Natural Bridges, and the Nanchuan Jinfo Mountain. It also has the world’s grandest inner-river Grand Canyon – the “Three Gorges” of the Yangtze River. For every tourist, the Three Gorges is a must when traveling in Chongqing. Recent years have witnessed a rapid development of Chongqing tourism. Chongqing is the only city of China to be rated as one of the “World’s Top Ten Tourist Destinations” and one of the “World’s Top Ten Most Promising Destinations” by two international magazines Frommer’s and Lonely Planet.

In 2017, Chongqing topped the list of the “World’s Top Ten Fastest-Growing Tourism Cities” by the World Travel & Tourism Council, (WTTC).

In addition, the convenient transportation system makes Chongqing a transportation hub for international travelers.  Chongqing is a nationally famous cultural city with a long history spanning over 3,000 years. It is also a vivid city with its unique charm, since it has seamlessly merges itself with the local landscape.

Chongqing is well known as the “Mountain City,” “River City” and “Sleepless City.” It is undeniably a rapidly growing modern international metropolis. Chongqing is also one of the “food capitals” of China, where there are many hot pot restaurants all over the city.

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