There’s a lot of money to be saved on a family day out or 3 this Chinese New Year, as a slew of tourist attractions and scenic areas across Jiangsu Province will have their entry barriers raised for the duration of the holiday.

While The Nanjinger’s list is far from exhaustive, among the attractions open for free this coming Spring Festival are many which stand out as some the country’s very best. 

Beginning in Suzhou, the City’s 73 state-owned scenic spots will be open to the public at no charge. They include Zhouzhuang Ancient Town and the Humble Administrator’s Garden, considered by some to be the finest example of a classical Chinese garden in all of southern China.

Proceeding westward, Wuxi is to waive entrance fees to no less than 47 scenic spots, reports Jiangsu Now. Also on offer in Wuxi is free transportation on the City’s bus and metro network from 21-27 January.

In addition, the ever popular Lingshan Mountain in Wuxi, with its 88-metre-tall Grand Buddha; together with the Nianhuawan, Three Kingdoms and Water Margin scenic areas, are preparing to hand out 3,000 tickets for free entry each day of the holiday.

A bit further to the west, all A-level tourist attractions in Changzhou are to offer a 50-percent discount to group visitors. There is free admission for healthcare workers too, while all A-level tourist attractions in Liyang will also allow free entry. Meanwhile, the City’s National 5A Tourist Attraction that is the China Dinosaur Park has prepared discounts for groups, families and students, while healthcare workers, their spouses and children can visit completely free of charge.

North of the Yangtze River, in Yangzhou, people are welcome to visit state-owned scenic spots such as Slender West Lake and Daming Temple on a complimentary basis. Nashan Mountain Geological Park in Yizheng City and Baoying Lake National Wetland Park in Baoying County are also offering discounts to visitors.

Finally, in far northwest Jiangsu, fully 43 tourist attractions in Xuzhou shall be waiving their entrance fees. Among them, the National 5A Tourist Attraction, Yunlong Lake, situated in the centre of the city and featuring Yunlong Lake Water World that is one of Asia’s largest freshwater aquariums.

Naturally, this Chinese-New-Year effort is all part of a big push by authorities to get us out of our COVID-free homes and to give the much-beleaguered tourism sector a bit of a help after 3 years of stagnation. Let’s all do our bit.

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