BEIJING, October 6, China daily -- China's forest tourism saw steady growth in the first eight months of the year amid ongoing government efforts to boost the industry, official data showed.

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Trees cover a hillside in Wuqi, Shaanxi province, the first county involved in the Conversion of Cropland to Forest and Grassland Program, in June. [Photo/Xinhua]

The number of visitors in forest tourism increased 13 percent year on year to 1.2 billion in the January-August period, according to Cheng Hong, an official with the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.

Meanwhile, forest tourism generated 1.1 trillion yuan (about $156 billion) in social output during the period, Cheng said.

The country's forest tourism industry has maintained rapid development, with the average annual growth rate of visitors remaining above 15 percent in the past five years.

In 2018, visitors in the industry exceeded 1.6 billion, creating a social output of about 1.5 trillion yuan.

Forest tourism is making growing contributions to boosting rural revitalization and poverty alleviation, Cheng said.

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