China’s first transnational tourism cooperation zone approaching trial procedure stage

28 March, 2020
Entering the Detian Transnational Waterfall Scenic Area positioned in Guangxi, our visions are filled up with the sight of the flaming kapok and the waterfall adding radiance and beauty to one another. Tourists walking around, rejuvenated the magnificent scenic spot.

In line with the person in control, on March 8, 2020, Detian Transnational Waterfall Scenic Area resumed functions within an orderly manner. On the day, it received 153 tourists via 11 provinces, with local tourists accounting for 46%. Recently, the scenic area is slowly recovering, and the number of tourists has remaining stable at around 300 daily.

Detian Waterfall is found in Detian Village, ShuoLong Town, Daxin County, Chongzuo City of Guangxi Province. It is positioned on the upstream of Guichun river at the China-Vietnam border and is linked to Ban Gioc Waterfall in Vietnam. Detian Waterfall may be the major transnational waterfall in Asia and the fourth on the globe.

In 2015, the Chinese and the Vietnamese government signed an agreement on Cooperative Protection and Development of the Detian (Ban Gioc) Waterfall Tourism Resources between Vietnam and China. This can be the first cross-border tourism cooperation zone in China.

Qin Yimin, deputy secretary of Daxin County party committee said, "Based on the consensus reached by both countries, the cross-border tourism cooperation zone is thinking about running a trial operation in the first half of the year. However, as a result of epidemic situation, the two sides have postponed the date of the trial. After the outbreak has ended, I believe with the state leaders of both countries pushing forward, the trial functions for the zone can successfully be placed into operation within this season. "

Qin further mentioned that China and Vietnam have done a whole lot of preparation because of this upcoming trial procedure and both sides have upgraded and improved many areas of their respective scenic spots. China has built the Detian Waterfall right into a 5A-level scenic spot. At the moment, it is accelerating the construction of the Ascend a Height area to go over Vietnam and Sino-Vietnam duty-free shopping street projects. This is likely to be completed and put into use later in July this season. Meanwhile, Vietnam can be bettering the construction of the parking lot and the waterfall viewing platform in the scenic spot.

"Presently, both sides have almost completed the construction of inspection points for tourist access in the cooperation zone. The Chinese side has installed the inspection equipment for the Department of Customs and Frontier Inspection positioned at the inspection points, and happens to be debugging the gear," Qin said. He added that following the opening of the cooperation zone, tourists is only going to need to complete simple customs clearance procedures to watch the waterfall in Vietnam, and may benefit from the scenic spots within 2 square kilometers of both China and Vietnam.

According to the consensus reached by China and Vietnam, you will have two ways for tourists to enter and leave the cooperation zone. For tourists that carry a passport with them, they are able to directly head to Vietnam through the inspection channel with their passport. For tourists who don't have a passport, they are able to apply for a simple pass in the Exit and Entry Service Hall of the scenic spot. They'll be allowed to return back and forth the scenic areas in both zones over the Sino-Vietnam borders, and you will be able to go to the two countries within 1 day, enabling them to see the several folk customs of both countries.