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China looks to expand leisure sectors to U$$130 billion by 2020
China plans to develop its sports aviation, water sports and hiking sectors to a combined CN¥900 billion (US$130.20 billion) by 2020.
Recently published online docuements from China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) outline plans to build thousands of sports facilities and carve out more routes and parks for hikers as part of these plans.
As reported by Reuters, the documents also show plans to grow sports aviation, including activities such as hot air ballooning, parachuting or drone usage, to a CN¥200 billion industry. It plans to increase the number of camps available for flight enthusiasts to pilot aircraft to 2,000 from 100 currently.
In watersports, it plans to build more boat marinas and expand the country's water sport clubs five-fold to 1,000.
In 2014, the NDRC laid out an ambitious plan to promote sports in the country, saying it would reduce taxes for relevant companies and would build facilities to enable the average sports venue area per person to reach 2 metre².
Recent media reports have suggested that China is on track to have 50 million obese children, far more than the United States and India combined, citing a study by the World Obesity Federation.
Image: Hiking on China's Mt. Kailash. Courtesy of Top China Travel.
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