China’s recent eight-day holiday period created a boom for the country’s tourist destinations, new figures have shown.
Xinhua reported data from the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), released yesterday, as showing that the country’s 119 major tourism spots received a total of 34.3 million visitors during the ‘Golden Week’ holiday, up 21% year-on-year. Revenues at the sites surged almost 25% to CNY1.77 billion (US$280m).
The tourism boom included 186,000 people visiting Beijing’s Forbidden City on Tuesday 2 October – the highest daily total on record.
According to data from the Ministry of Transport, a record of 647m people took to China’s roads during the eight-day holiday, while 61m travelled by train and China’s domestic airlines boarded almost eight million people.