Its objective is to secure as easy reference for the Chinese tourists they know what Sabah could offer with the explanation given in Chinese language.
According to Sabah Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Satta) Chairman Datuk Winston Liaw, the book was first launched in Chongqing city in China on March 3, 2016 and thereafter again launched in Kota Kinabalu on June 18 by State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun.
"We see the need for such a book as the arrival of tourists from China keeps increasing.
"To make it convenient for them, this book is appropriate as guidelines and explanation are given in Chinese characters about interesting places in our beautiful state. It is also added with English translation," said Winston.
He said it took four months to compile the 205-page book and credited photographer Peter Kwan and his team who managed to gather everything within the stint period.
"I must say it has not been easy to gather all the information as we made enquiries and references to many other parties concerned as well as tourism industry players to get the accurate information," said Winston, stressing that Sabah needs tourism to boost its economy.
The book is Satta's first and there would be a series. The next would feature other aspects of tourism interests in Sabah, for example, culture food and others.
Sabah State Library Director Wong Vui Yin in receiving the book said they would be distributed to other branches all over the State so that readers from all districts could read and benefit from the books especially Chinese speaking readers.
"We will distribute the books accordingly. Our branches are at Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, UTC, Penampang, and the latest is in Tanjung Aru which will be open soon. Apart from these places, Sandakan, Tawau, Lahad Datu and a few other places would also receive a copy each," said Wong.