Altogether fifty Hangzhou tour guides have been awarded as "Gold Tour Guides" of the city to praise their excellent services to tourists all over the world.
The selection of "Gold Tour Guides" has been held every two years since 2009. Altogether 121 candidates entered the final from more than 12,400 tour guides of over 600 travel agencies and tour service institutes of the city, and the top 50 were chosen out by the judging committee made up of representatives from local tourism authorities and media.
The average age of the 50 "Gold Tour Guides" is 32 and 27 are men.
Winners of the previous contests have formed a special team to serve several grand activities such as the China Tour of Global Excellent Chinese Youths and the 8th National Paralympics.