China sees rising number of tourists during Spring Festival

08:51, February 09, 2011      

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China saw a rise in the number of tourists nationwide during the seven-day Spring Festival holiday that ends on Tuesday.

The increase shows a trend that more Chinese tourists are taking advantage of the holiday, which is traditionally for family reunions, to travel for sightseeing.

According to figures from the Beijing Tourism Administration (BTA), the city received a record 8 million domestic tourists, which included a record for tourist revenues during the holiday.

Domestic tourists to Beijing during the holiday went up 6.1 percent from last year to 8.11 million. Tourist revenues during the same period rose 6.4 percent to 3.11 billion yuan (470 million U.S. dollars), according to the BTA.

Tourists to Beijing's 11 municipal parks during the holiday rose 15 percent to 1.8 million, figures from the Beijing Park Administration Center showed.

In Shanghai, the country's second largest city and site of the World Expo in 2010, the number of tourists during the holidays rose 16.2 percent from last year to over 3 million, the Shanghai Holiday Tourism Office said in a statement released Tuesday.

Tourist revenues in Shanghai increased by 22.9 percent to hit 2.68 billion yuan (407 million dollars), according to the Shanghai tourism office.

About 300,000 tourists visited the China Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo during the seven-day holiday.

The China Pavilion was closed after the Shanghai World Expo, but reopened on Dec. 1, 2010 and will remain open to the public until the end of May this year.

In the central China province of Hunan, the number of tourists and tourism revenue both registered a record high during the holiday.

The number of tourists to Hunan increased by 37 percent from last year, to over 6.2 million. Meanwhile, tourist revenue during the period went up 46 percent to 3.25 billion yuan (492 million dollars), said Xiao Jian, deputy director of the Hunan Tourism Administration.

Source: Xinhua
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