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More daily trips into and out of the Chinese mainland expected during Spring Festival

(People's Daily Overseas New Media)    16:12, February 02, 2019

More trips are expected to be made into and out of the Chinese mainland during the upcoming Spring Festival, as the nation’s tourism industry flourishes along with people’s rising desires and financial muscle to travel abroad.

Some 1.77 million daily trips are expected to be made into and out of the Chinese mainland during the Spring Festival holiday, the National Immigration Administration estimated, an increase of 8.9% compared with the same period last year.

The outbound travel peak for major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou is expected to fall on Feb. 4-6, while the inbound peak time will come on Feb. 9-10. On land ports, peak inbound and outbound traffic will be mainly concentrated on Feb. 7-9. Specifically, the Luohu Port in Shenzhen, which faces Hong Kong, is expected to see 273,000 trips, while Gongbei Port in Zhuhai, which faces Macao, is expected to receive 358,000 trips.

Traditionally, Chinese like to enjoy a family get-together at home for the holiday, but it is becoming a trendy fashion for Chinese, especially the younger generation, to celebrate Spring Festival away from home. Over the past few decades of economic and social development, thanks to reform and opening-up, tourism has become an important part of everyday life for many Chinese.

The combined value of tourism and related industries in China added 3.72 trillion yuan ($550 billion) in 2017, up 12.8% year-on-year, picking up pace from a 9.9% increase in 2016, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. The sectors accounted for 4.53% of GDP in 2017, 0.08 percentage points higher than in 2016, Xinhua reported.

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