Thirteen Overland Routes to Yunnan Reopened after Suspension
There will be thirteen new overland routes between Yunnan province and its neighboring Southeast Asian countries will be reopening after eight years of being suspended, thus providing the much needed boost in the province tourism and other businesses that is found in the region.
Once the news of its reopening local tourism were overjoyed in the possibility of having an increase in the number of tourists traveling in both directions while the jade traders are excited and are eager to expand its cross border businesses. Based on the new rules residents and non residents living in Yunnan can apply for travel permits so they can now visit towns in Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Travel applications can be made with the exit and entry authorities at the five border prefecture, namely Honghe Hani and Yi autonomous prefecture, Wenshan Zhuang and Miao autonomous prefecture, Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture and Baoshan city. Travel agencies in the province are now permitted to organize sightseeing tours to several government designated areas for certain periods.
Before cross border travel was the focus of the province tourism industry but it was suspended because of the booming casinos that are located in the neighboring countries. The suspension started in 1990 as cross border travel was damaged by concerns in gambling in the border areas, then in 2004 the government initiated a crackdown of cross border gambling and officially closed the business in 2005.
Stopping the cross border travel created a catastrophic impact in the local tourism industry in the prefectures especially those who have a considerable tourism related businesses.