Visitors from China treated to Calgary Stampede breakfast

Some Chinese visitors received a taste — literally — of the Calgary Stampede Saturday morning.

Pancakes, music and white hats all part of festivities

Some Chinese visitors received a taste — literally — of the Calgary Stampede Saturday morning.

About 130 people who came in from China were given a big western welcome at a Stampede breakfast with bands, actors, fiddles and plenty of white hats.

The hope is that the visitors will take back great stories to their friends and relatives in the rapidly expanding Chinese tourism market.

Among those attending the event at Heritage Park was Stampede president Mike Casey.

"You know, how much better can it be," Casey said. "Under an absolutely flawless blue Alberta sky, 200 tourists with white hats on — it doesn't get any better than that."

It's estimated that 230,000 Chinese people visited Canada last year and both federal and provincial tourism officials believe that number will multiply significantly in the next few years.