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Secrets of the Chinese travelers (2)

(China Daily)

14:15, September 03, 2012

Chinese mainland gymnasts, just back from the London Summer Olympics, shopping in Hong Kong. The region is on the top of the list of the mainland's netizens when they think of travel, according to the Taobao survey. (Photo/China Daily)

According to the survey, people in Hangzhou are more casual and are more inclined to travel independently and randomly. It found that 28,791 people from Hangzhou chose to book their air tickets as late as the day of their departure, the highest at a percentage of 14 percent, followed by people from Guangdong at 13.8 percent.

In stark contrast, most Shanghai people prefer to make detailed plans before their trips. Of those surveyed who said they book their air tickets and hotels as early as 30 days before their trip was due to start, at least 20,000 came from Shanghai, the highest figure at 15.4 percent. Shanghai citizens are also willing to spend heavily on their accommodation, especially five-star hotels with sea views at beaches in places such as Sanya.

The survey also found people in affluent Zhejiang province prefer to spend vacations in romantic locations such as the Maldives, Paris, Greece and Rome. Statistics show that among all the online tour bookers from January to June who spend more than 6,000 yuan on each tour ($945), those from Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang, accounted for 17.8 percent, followed by Ningbo and Wenzhou, two other cities in Zhejiang.

People in Guangdong seem to care less about the condition of their accommodation, ranking first in choosing economy chain hotels and inns.

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