The first campground in Shanghai, China, for recreational vehicles is set to open in Chongming in October, a tourism official for the county said yesterday.

Shanghai Daily reported that the park will have two separate areas, at Mingzhu Lake and Dongping Forest, said Zhang Lixin, director of the Chongming County Tourism Bureau.

The lake camp will be open on Oct. 1, while the forest section will follow later in the year, he said.

Both will offer a full range of utilities and will be open to people with their own RVs and those who want to rent one, Zhang said.

The lake park will have 25 vehicles to hire and the forest park 101, he said.

The city government has been keen to develop RV tourism. As well as the Chongming campgrounds, others are planned for Qingpu District, the Sheshan National Tourism Resort in Songjiang District, Dishui Lake in the Pudong New Area and Shanghai International Circuit in Jiading District. Tourism officials are also considering creating special routes for RVs in the Yangtze River Delta.

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