The Irish tourism office held a media event in Guangzhou last week to promote different themes to customize visitors' travel plans.
Ireland, including Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, is located in western Europe. Traditional Irish dance, famous film locations, landscapes along the west coast, and special Irish coffee and Guinness beer attract visitors from all over the world to visit this dream island.
Don’t know how to explore Ireland? If you are a fan of the popular TV Series, The Game of Thrones, why not discover the real world Westeros in Ireland? Many landscapes in the show were filmed in Northern Ireland. Another trendy movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was also filmed in this country, at the Skellig Michael, an island located six miles off the coast of Ireland. Films and TV series have shown the world the beauty of this island. The Irish movie, Pursuit, was featured in the Shanghai International Film Festival this month. The audience showed great interest in the island after watching the movie.
Ireland has fascinating festivals throughout the year, which brings visitors a unique travel experience whenever they come. In March, there is Saint Patrick’s Day (which is also celebrated in Guangzhou, when Canton Tower turns green on March 17 to make the occasion). In June, they have Bloomsday Festival. It is a celebration that takes place both in Dublin and around the world. It celebrates Thursday June 16, 1904, the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses.
Cliff of Moher
Horse Riding Sligo
In 2015, around 45,000 Chinese visited Ireland. The British-Irish Visa Scheme (BIVS) was launched in 2014, to make travel to Ireland more convenient for Chinese and Indian visitors. Chinese or Indian nationals can now visit the U.K. and Ireland with a single visa when they travel on certain short journeys and use visitor visas.
(By Cassie Lin, Louis Berney)