Ancient Jerusalem attracts growing Chinese tourists
There was an increase of almost 40 percent in the number of tourists to Jerusalem in 2018, making it one of the fastest growing destinations in the world.
Jerusalem, an old city in the Middle East considered holy by Jews, Muslims and Christians, has seen a growing tourism sector in recent years, particularly an increase of Chinese tourists to the city.
According to the annual tourism report of Britain-based Euromonitor International, there was an increase of almost 40 percent in the number of tourists to Jerusalem in 2018, making it one of the fastest growing destinations in the world.
As part of its attempt to lure more Chinese tourists, the City of David park announced earlier last month that it had translated its popular night-time sound and light show into Mandarin, the official language of China, so that biblical characters now speak Chinese to tell the ancient story on the walls of Jerusalem's Old City.
The City of David is a very popular archeological site in the region, where tourists can sift through debris to help find the next archeological discoveries. The Chinese tourists top the list of incoming tourists from Asia to Israel,
Tourism from China has become increasingly important to Israel, which has launched initiatives to better cater to the specific needs of the Chinese tourists, such as inviting Chinese chefs to teach how to cook the Chinese cuisines.
Direct flights between China and Israel were further increased in frequency in 2018, with now dozens of weekly direct flights between the two countries.
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