The Sichuan capital of Chengdu has received the first group of foreign students since the Wenchuan quake two months ago.
Key tourism operations have been restored in Sichuan Province. Although many scenic attractions in the southwestern province were destroyed in the May 12th quake, most places have retained their unique attractions.
The Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center is one of the most popular tourist spots in Chengdu City. This week, the first foreign student group to arrive in the city after the earthquake made the Center their number one destination.
Alice Muir, teacher, said, "The tour group is formed with 12 high-school students from the US and Canada. All the kids say, the earlier earth quake in Sichuan has not affected their summer camp plan to travel here, and all of them would die to see the pandas in real life."
The second stop for those students is WenShuYuan. The kids are coming here to look at the temple, to sample the famous tea culture here.
The tour group will continue their trip to Mt. E'Mei over the next few days. Despite damage from the quake two months ago, the scenic views here are as stunning as they ever were.
Experts believe that the number of foreign tourists will pick up in the next few months, with the peak travel season already well underway.
(CCTV July 15, 2008)