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Deadly Flood Sparks Debate Over ‘Wild’ Tourism Sites

A deadly flash flood at a social media-famous “wild” tourism site in the southwestern province of Sichuan has raised safety concerns — and cast a spotlight on how popular platforms are drawing tourists off the beaten path and into potential danger. The flood, which swept through a stream in the Longcao Valley on Saturday, killed …

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Is China’s Rural Tourism Push Sustainable?

China’s rural development drive is at a crossroads. Over the past two decades, authorities at both the central and local levels have invested a huge quantity of resources into the “revitalization” of the countryside. Yet, the results in some cases have not met expectations, as newly built cottage industries have proved unsustainable and unable to …

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China’s Getaway Beach Destination Becomes COVID-19 Hotspot

The coastal resort town of Sanya was able to hold any large-scale COVID-19 outbreaks at bay for much of the pandemic. But it’s now China’s latest coronavirus hotspot, resulting in a snap lockdown and tens of thousands of tourists left stranded. The city in the island province of Hainan has been in a “temporary static …

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Centrelink communications ‘like an alien language’ for Australians of migrant backgrounds

A mistake that left behind a debt of tens of thousands of dollars — that’s how Andrea Peel, a 40-year-old migrant from South Africa now living in Sydney, describes her experience with Centrelink. Key points: Australians from migrant backgrounds are frustrated with confusing correspondence with Centrelink Some are paying back debts they don’t fully understand …

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