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chinadaily.com.cn 2023-12-20 17:48


> Palace Museum goes zero waste

Tourists visit the Palace Museum in snow in Beijing, capital of China, Dec 13, 2023. China's meteorological authority on Wednesday renewed a yellow alert for blizzards, forecasting intense snowfall in the north of the country. [Photo/Xinhua]


Palace Museum is becoming waste-free as the 720,000-square-meter structure has managed to reduce the number of trash bins from 310 to 110 sets in areas open to the public. A zero-waste campaign was launched in January 2020.


While protecting features of the six-century-old historical relic, the action also helps visitors and tourists get into the habit of creating less waste, said the museum.


The museum also recycled more than 32,000 plastic bottles to make cultural and creative products between June 2021 and October 2023, equivalent to a reduction in carbon emissions by 931 kilograms.


By launching the campaign, Palace Museum is taking a science-based and meticulous approach to waste. The target is to minimize the generation of waste that needs to be buried or burned, and bring the amount of such waste infinitely close to zero, said the museum.


So far, approximately 3,000 museum staff members, 40,000 tour guides, and 21 million visitors have participated in the campaign.


> World’s top city destinations for 2023 revealed

Chinese tourists take pictures in the Champs Elysees Avenue near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France. [Photo/Agencies]


Paris has once again been named the world’s most attractive city destination, according to an annual report by global market research company Euromonitor International.


The Top 100 City Destinations Index 2023, produced in partnership with data company Lighthouse, looked at leading cities from around the world and ranked them on criteria such as tourism, sustainability, economic performance and health and safety.


Europe reigned supreme, with seven out of the top 10 cities and 63 countries in the top 100.


The only non-European cities in the top 10 were Dubai at No. 2, Tokyo at No.4 and New York at No. 8.


Madrid came in third, while Amsterdam, Berlin and Rome were at Nos. 5, 6 and 7, respectively.


Barcelona and then London rounded out the top 10.


Asia did well in the top 20 as Singapore (11), Seoul (14), Osaka (16) and Hong Kong (17) all made the list.


The report attributes Europe’s success to “fast-paced urbanization and widespread technology adoption.”


Travelers now want high-speed internet, flexible booking options and spaces for remote working.


Euromonitor International said, “Improving sustainability, transportation networks and social impact are some of the key goals cities are embracing today to increase competitiveness, improve their tourism offer and deliver a seamless customer journey.”


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