China tourist sites urged to take precautions

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Associated Press

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 8:33 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are asking managers of the country's popular tourism sites to take safety precautions during the current weeklong National Day holiday period, after thousands of tourists were stranded for hours in a national park.

The China National Tourism Administration issued a notice Thursday, one day after more than 4,000 tourists were stranded in the Jiuzhai Valley National Park in the southwest province of Sichuan following delays in shuttle bus services. The delays paralyzed the area's transportation system, and military police were summoned to keep order.

Photos in state media have shown massive crowds in popular tourist sites across China. The tourism administration says 125 sites reported more than 6 million visitors in the first three days of the Oct. 1-7 holiday period, up by 8.4 percent from last year.

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