Tourism Law of the People’s Republic of China – Chapter I

Chapter I General Provisions
Chapter II Tourist
Chapter III Tourism planning and promotion
Chapter IV Tourism operation
Chapter V Travel Services Contract
Chapter VI Tourism Safety
Chapter VII Travel Supervision and Administration
Chapter VIII Tourism Disputes Handling
Chapter IX Legal Liability
Chapter X Supplementary Provisions

Article 1. This Law is enacted for the protection of the legitimate rights and interests of tourists and tourism operators, to regulate the tourism market order, to promote rational use of tourism resources, and to promote the sustainable and healthy development of the tourism industry.

Article 2. This law is applicable to tour, vacation, leisure and other forms of tourism activities within the territory of the People’s Republic of China or the activities are outside but organized in the territory of People’s Republic of China.

Article 3. The People’s Republic of China develop, improve the tourism public service and protect the rights of tourists in the tourism activities in accordance with the laws.

Article 4. Tourism development should follow the principle of unity of the social, economic and ecological benefits. People’s Republic of China encourages rational use the tourism resource on the premise of effective protection of tourism resources. Tourism sites construction of which involved the use of public resources should exhibit the nature of public welfare.

Article 5. People’s Republic of China advocates a healthy, civilized and environmentally friendly way of traveling, supports and encourages various social institutions to carry out propaganda of tourism and public welfare, and will reward organizations and individuals that have made outstanding contributions in promoting the development of the tourism industry.

Article 6. The government of People’s Republic of China shall establish and improve tourism service standards and market rules, prohibits trade monopolies and regional monopoly. Tourism operators should follow honest operation, fair competition, social responsibility, and provide safe, healthy, hygienic travel services for tourists.

Article 7. The State Council shall establish and improve the overall tourist coordination mechanisms, to coordinate the development of tourism. Local people’s governments at or above the county level shall strengthen the the tourism work organization and leadership, identify the roles of the relevant departments or agencies, for better co-ordination of supervision and management of tourism development.

Article 8. Tourism industrial organizations established in accordance with laws implement self-regulation.

This English version of the “Tourism Law of the People’s Republic of China” was translated by editors for reference only.

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