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2024-04-22 21:05 Last Updated At:21:43

China's visa-free offer and global air travel rebounds have boosted the country's inbound tourism market, and foreign visitors enjoy their trips lit up by technology innovations at tourist attractions.

Starting from the beginning of this year, China's inbound tourism market has picked up with over 141 million inbound and outbound trips registered in the first three months, up 117.8 percent year on year. During the same period, foreign tourist arrivals amounted to 13,074,000, up 305.2 percent on a yearly basis.

When foreign visitors come to China, they expect more than just a conventional trip of trying Chinese cuisines, watching performances, viewing natural sceneries and visiting ancient towns. Many go to tourist attractions which boast state-of-the-art technologies.

China's first-ever suspended monorail train in Wuhan City of central China's Hubei Province has already been in operation. This "sky train" with wide windows and glass bottom looks like a futuristic vehicle in a sci-fi movie, attracting both domestic and foreign visitors.

"It's really like having a ride in an amusement park but a little longer. It is very stable in comparison with amusement parks and any other suspended activity," said a foreign visitor on the train.

Another foreign visitor said that the train runs so smoothly that it does not feel like a suspended one.

Surprisingly, such a smooth ride is achieved with no one behind the wheel, another piece of evidence that this vehicle may just come from the future.

Driver-less vehicles are not found only in Wuhan. China's first pilot zone for self-driving vehicles is located in Beijing's Shougang Park, a venue for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, where foreign visitors can get to try out self-driving taxis.

"It is kind of freaky to be sitting in a car that is moving and no one is driving," said a visitor from the U.S.

The taxi ran smoothly when it was accelerating, decelerating or making a U turn. Visitors were really impressed by the smooth ride and smart operation. "Very comfortable, very safe, very smooth. The only difficulty I had is that I don't read Chinese. But do it a few times and I will be easy to understand," said another American visitor.

Foreign visitors experience technology innovations at tourist attractions

Foreign visitors experience technology innovations at tourist attractions

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Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 35,647: health authorities

2024-05-22 09:04 Last Updated At:10:37

The Palestinian death toll from the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip has risen to 35,647, health authorities in the Palestinian enclave said in a press statement on Tuesday.

Over the past 24 hours, the Israeli army killed 85 Palestinians and wounded 200 others, bringing the total death toll to 35,647 and injuries to 79,852 since the latest round of Palestinian-Israeli conflict broke out on October 7, 2023.

The health authorities also said that many casualties remain buried under the rubble, making it difficult for medical emergency and civil defense personnel to carry out rescue operations.

The Israeli army said in a statement that drones and fighter aircraft bombed nearly 70 "terrorist targets" in the Gaza Strip over the past 24 hours, including military buildings, weapons depots, warehouses, rocket launchers, surveillance units, and other military infrastructure.

Israeli forces killed a number of militants in the Jabalia area of the northern Gaza Strip, including a "terrorist group" that was shooting at soldiers, read the statement.

It added that Israeli forces were continuing their operations in the southernmost Gazan city of Rafah, where a drone killed a "terrorist" who was firing mortar shells at Israeli soldiers.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Tuesday that the Israeli military and Military Intelligence Directorate launched a joint military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin earlier Tuesday.

According to information from Israeli intelligence agencies, Palestinian armed personnel were active in the area. During the operation, the Israeli military engaged in firefights with the Palestinian armed personnel and destroyed a significant amount of infrastructure.

The Palestinian health ministry issued a statement on Tuesday, saying that on that day, the Israeli military killed seven Palestinians and injured 12 others in Jenin and the nearby refugee camp. Two of the injured are in serious condition.

Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 35,647: health authorities

Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 35,647: health authorities

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