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Over 700 million Chinese will travel during National Day break

By Zhang Huan (People's Daily Online)    16:52, September 29, 2017

About half of China’s population plan to travel during the upcoming National Day holiday and Mid-Autumn Festival, which last from Oct. 1 to Oct. 8, according to a report by China’s largest online travel agency Ctrip, thepaper.cn reported on Thursday.

The report says that almost 710 million domestic trips will be made during the holiday, up 10 percent this year, and six million Chinese will travel abroad. The tourism industry is expected to rake in 590 billion RMB ($88.4 billion) during the period.

The report also shows that people in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen are more inclined to travel compared with those in other cities. The per capita expenditure for domestic trips is about 3,200 yuan and 9,800 yuan for outbound tourism.

Popular tourist destinations in China include Beijing, Yunnan, Hainan, Zhejiang, Guangxi, Fujian, Hunan, Sichuan, Shanghai, and Guangdong.

As for outbound tourism, the report shows that 70 percent of Chinese tourists prefer Asia, among which 45 percent prefer Southeast Asia, followed by Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea.

However, the report also points out that the number of Chinese tourists to South Korea will see a sharp decline of 70 percent during the holiday, while Thailand has become the most popular destination for Chinese tourists.

In addition, a third of outbound Chinese tourists prefer destinations with visa-free or visa-on-arrival policies, like Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Russia, Cambodia, the Maldives, the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, and Nepal.

Belt and Road countries are also gaining popularity, according to the report.

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