China is set to open its first-ever campground in the US in a historic move to open up its vast and desolate wilderness to visitors.
China has spent billions of dollars on development in the country’s vast and impoverished interior, and the move is the latest step in the Chinese government’s plans to turn China’s vast landmass into a thriving tourism destination.
The campground, located at Camp No. 3 in San Francisco, will be operated by Chinese national company Changchun Tourism Group.
The company said it has built the campground “with a focus on hospitality, recreation and cultural exchange.”
The camp site is about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the city of San Francisco.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for the US to get to know China’s amazing natural beauty and the hospitality that they bring,” said Jeff Sisler, CEO of Changchampark.
The US has the world’s largest outdoor tourism industry.
In 2016, more than 1.3 million foreign visitors visited China, and more than 40% of them were from the US.
The vast wilderness in the far north and west of China was designated as a national monument in 2000 and has a history of human settlement dating back hundreds of years.
The government in Beijing has long been pushing to open China up to international visitors and has been making efforts to attract foreign businesses and visitors to the country.
The Chinese government hopes the campgrounds will help attract foreign visitors to its vast interior, which is one of the most densely populated regions in the world.
It is home to a population of more than 100 million.
China is currently building new wilderness areas across the country and is looking to create more.
“Our camps are designed to accommodate visitors from the world over and give them a safe and relaxing environment to enjoy their visit,” said Andrew Hodge, CEO and co-founder of the National Park Service, in a statement.
The park service is working to build a tourism industry in the United States.
In October, the US Embassy in Beijing said it is in talks with the camp operator and the US government on opening the camp in San Jose, California.
The announcement was made just before the official opening of Camp No 10 in Los Angeles, which will host an international conference on China’s development.
China’s government hopes to eventually host over 40,000 people, but has struggled to do so.