'Restrict tourist flow to ensure order'

 'Restrict tourist flow to ensure order'

The nation's top tourism industry authority called on Thursday for measures to cap visitor numbers amid chaotic scenes at some of China's top attractions.

The National Tourism Administration urged tourism authorities to take the measures as the nation witnessed a travel peak due to the seven-day National Day holiday, which started on Tuesday.

The statement was released after tens of thousands of tourists were stranded for hours on Wednesday at Sichuan province's world-famous Jiuzhaigou Valley.

Police were sent to the park to calm the situation as some angry tourists even forced shuttle buses to stop after they failed to get on, causing hours of delays.

The administration's statement said most major attractions are seeing surging numbers of visitors, which requires better service and management by local governments.

According to the Tourism Law, which came into effect on Tuesday, authorities should have emergency plans such as visitor flow control to deal with excessive numbers of visitors to tourist destinations.

Jiuzhaigou, which is famous for its multi-level waterfalls, lakes and snow-capped peaks, stretches over almost 73,000 hectares and can accommodate about 41,000 visitors per day. Tourists rely on electric shuttle buses - the only transportation allowed on the site - to get around. It takes hours to walk from one bus stop to another inside the park.

As visitors are not allowed to stay overnight in the park, many say they were forced to walk for about 5 kilometers before they could catch a bus to leave the valley.

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