The fifth Beijing International RV & Camping Exhibition and the third China RVing & Camping Rally will be held Aug. 9-12 at the Beijing RV Exposition Center.
The show and rally began in 2010. Since then, one show in March and one show and one rally in August have become the largest events on RVing and camping in China, according to a news release from the show sponsors. Makers of caravans, motorhomes made in China and imports, accessories and camping equipments gather here to show and do business.
The show and rally also feature forums on RVing where industry representatives, experts and RV owners and outdoor enthusiasts attend to share information on this growing part of Chinese life.
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With the development of China’s tourism sector, recreational vehicle travel has become a widely-used method in China, according to China National Radio.
In some big cities such as Beijing, rapid development of the tourism industry has fueled RV campground construction.
RV travel is the cheapest way to travel compared with other methods such as by yacht, individual vehicle travel or business class flights. Research shows that a family of four can save 74% in travel expenses by traveling in a RV. To sum up, RV travel is the smartest choice even after the price of a RV, relevant taxes and rising oil prices are factored in.
However, RV campground construction lags behind the rapid development of RV travel.
At present, many people cannot find a place to park their RVs. Under this condition, RV campground construction is an urgent task for some regions where the tourism industry is developing rapidly.
The Huairou International Auto Campground is Beijing’s only auto campground. The facility, which meets the five-star RV campground standard drafted by the Federation Internationale de Camping et de Caravanning, provides services including camping, RV rental, leisure, food and accommodation. RVs provided by this facility feature advanced sewage-disposal technology.
It is said that nine additional auto campgrounds will be built in Beijing in the future.
Editor’s Note: More Chinese are choosing to explore their country with recreational vehicles. Wang Xudong, manager of the RV fan site 21rv.com, speaks about the growing popularity of RVs in this story published by the China Daily.
What’s the state of China’s RV industry?
By 2007 there were roughly 30 companies producing RVs in China. But the total output of RVs was very small, perhaps just a couple of hundred vehicles every year.
Chinese RV owners are mostly aged between 40 and 55, but we are also seeing many younger people renting these vehicles now.
There are around 20,000 RVs in China, with 300 travel trailers and 1,700 campervans. A quarter of RVs in China are from Germany and the U.S.
The prices of RVs vary a lot. Chinese-made RVs are sold for between 100,000 and 400,000 yuan ($14,600 to $58,600).
But imported RVs can cost as much as 1 million yuan. I think RVs are affordable in China but they are a little more expensive than regular cars.
Are RVs used as status symbols?
I don’t think they are symbol of wealth. Some owners might park their RVs in their yards to show off, but this isn’t common. Most RVs are used for traveling.
Many movie stars use RVs because they need room to rest when they shoot films in less developed areas. An RV is a motorhome and convenient.
Currently more and more people rent RVs for holiday and travel.
For example, young people who like adventure are renting them to undertake long-distance trips and families use them to visit the countryside or take a short holiday.
Could anything block the industry’s development in China?
There are many restrictions on RVs.
For example, only people who have A2 licenses can pull travel trailers behind their cars, but there are very few qualified drivers in Beijing. A standard car license is C1 or C2.
So this is a big problem. There is no clear definition for travel trailers in China’s vehicle system and it’s hard to get a license plate.
When a travel trailer in Beijing was issued a normal trailer license in March, it became the first licensed travel trailer in China.
This slows the development of travel trailers in China, right when they continue to dominate the European and American RV markets.
Another problem relates to a lack of RV campsites. At present, we do not have specialized camp areas for RV travelers in Beijing.
It’s hard to find somewhere for travelers to refill their water and electricity.
Instead, some are forced to park in open areas that can be dangerous at night.
What’s the future for the RV industry in China?
The RV industry in China has only just started, but it has huge potential.
We need to combine the experiences from European countries with our country’s situation.
We can place more emphasis on producing, marketing, and building camps.
Finally, we should build a comprehensive industry with support from travel agencies, clubs, rental companies and camps, specific to the RV sector.