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Tourism sees surge for National Day

(China Daily)

09:38, October 08, 2011


Tourists jostle each other in a crowd at the Badaling section of the Great Wall in Beijing on Monday, the third day of the National Day holiday. (China Daily Photo)

BEIJING - The number of tourists at national scenic spots increased sharply during the weeklong Nation Day holiday, causing many well-known sites to be packed with crowds.

From Oct 1 to 7, the days of the holiday, about 24.3 million tourists went to the 119 national scenic spots that are directly overseen by the National Tourism Administration. That was about 8.84 percent more than had done so in the same period of 2010.

Qiu Meiying, a 45-year-old tourist from Shandong province, who came to Beijing with her husband during the holiday, said she was "shocked" when she went to Tiananmen Square on Saturday.

"We got up as early as 5 am, changed trains twice in the subway, and walked several kilometers near Tiananmen Square, only to find that there were too many tourists there," she said. "The police ordered us to not stay very long near the square because there were many other tourists behind us.

"Although I hate to travel to crowded places, I had no choice since the National Day holiday is the only long holiday that I could enjoy with my husband and our son. And I'll keep traveling during the next National Day holiday."

During the holiday this year, the revenue generated by selling tickets for national scenic spots increased, going up by 10.57 percent to 1.25 billion yuan ($196 million), according to statistics released by the administration on Friday.

In Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu province, more than 65,000 tourists went on Thursday to the mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen, who was a leader in the 1911 Revolution that toppled the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and helped to establish a republican government in China. The number of tourists increased by nearly 200 percent compared with how many had gone to the site in 2010, the administration said.

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