Q: And what about the role that tourism plays in your country?
A: In China, tourism is playing an increasingly significant role in our country’s economy. Since the opening up of China, tourism has been an increasing source of foreign currency for China. Because we have a long history and a lot of traditional cultures, I think that many people in the world are interested in visiting China and learning more about our history and culture. In addition to the historical and cultural places of interest, we have some areas of spectacular natural beauty and many people visit these places also.
Q: And are there some areas in your country where tourism is having a negative effect?
A: I’m not sure, but I imagine so. Now that more people are visiting places like the Great Wall, there is probably damage being done to some of it. Tourists often leave a lot of rubbish, so in another way tourism has a negative effect. I know that the government has very strict rules at Jiu Zhai Gou to minimize the negative impact of tourism on the environment there.
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