Suzhou issued its new regulation on ticket pricing of scenic spots, which came into force on May 2.
According to Suzhou Municipal Commodity Price Bureau, the old regulation stipulated the frequency and extent of price adjustments, but despite its original purpose of preventing scenic sites from willfully raising their ticket prices, the regulation seemed simply to have prompted some to do so.
The target of the new policy is to keep a tight rein on the price rises of scenic spots. Tourist attractions that are subject to government pricing or government guidance pricing should not raise admission ticket prices unreasonably or too frequently. They should grant concessions to children, full-time students, senior citizens, active servicemen and the disabled: free tickets for children age 6 or younger or 1.4 meters tall or under, people aged 70 or older, active servicemen, retired army cadres, the disabled and one companion to a severely disabled person with valid documents; half-price tickets for 6-to-18-year-olds (excluding those aged 6), full-time bachelor degree students or below and 60-to-70-year-olds (excluding those aged 70) with valid documents.
For independent scenic spots whose prices are regulated by the market, they are encouraged to offer discount to these special groups as well.