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Tourism between China and India can work like oriental magic.
It can make all things possible.
It can entwine our countries through interaction and understanding.
It can bring about a constant exchange of ideas and open new avenues of trade.
It can cement the three thousand year relationship between two of the world’s oldest civilizations.
Tourism can do all of these things if all of us work together – as one.
An ancient Chinese proverb says: “Don’t open a shop unless you like to smile.”
The Chinese people have taken this to heart. That’s what makes China so riveting, so inviting.
Everyone smiles in China. Shopkeepers. Cab drivers. Waitresses. Caddies. Dancers. Singers.
When people traveled to China in ancient times, the philosopher Lao Tzu said: “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”
What he meant was China has so many distractions, so many attractions, that travelers often forget their final destination.
That’s true even today.
If you travel to China for shopping, you could end up playing golf.
If you travel to China for golf, you could end up frolicking in the snow.
If you travel to China for the snow, you could end up learning Kung Fu.
If you travel to China for Kung Fu, you could end up in a nightclub.
If you travel to China for pleasure, you could end up in a Buddhist monastery.
If you travel to China to see the relics of the past, you could end up taking a cruise on the Mekong River.
The diversity of China makes it the most exciting travel destination in the world, especially for us Indians.
For us, China is only a few hours away and it has everything to offer: Pleasure. Leisure. Sport. Sightseeing. History. Mountains. Beaches. Shopping. Education.
If it’s in your heart, it’s in China.
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