Chinese families are more looking for family-friendly travel

Published on : Wednesday, June 12, 2019

On the Children’s Day for this year on June 1st, Deng Mo and his wife drove their son to the city of Suzhou, around 100 kilometers from Shanghai, where the family resides.


Similarly, several parents spent the weekend with their children, as per a major online travel agency Ctrip.


The platform explains bookings for family-friendly hotels have risen almost 60 percent year-on-year that weekend. Sanya, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou were among the top destinations.


More than 70 percent of parents touring with children decide upon short-distance tours, and over 80 percent took high-speed railways or drove.


Of domestic and overseas travel, family-friendly tours estimate up to 60 percent, a China Tourism Academy survey has published.


Over 80 percent of respondents consider traveling with children can attract happiness to the family, and 96 percent express interest in such tours.


Deng has beforehand taken his son to Japan and Thailand.


“It wasn’t easy to travel with a 3-year-old,” Deng says.


“He had a lot of luggage-more than we did.”


In Japan, while enjoying their vacation, his son fell sick, and the parents had to put up in the hotel for a whole day.


Still, Deng expects such tours will expand the horizon for his child.


Several parents consider such trips as educational.


Shanghai-based online travel agency Lvmama reports that bookings for touring museums have increased by 45 percent year-on-year in the first four months of 2019.


Shanghai resident Ji Hongjuan relishes taking her 12-year-old daughter, Wen Lan, to all the historical sites and museums in China. In the last few years, they have visited such places as the Palace Museum, the Shaanxi History Museum, and the Nanjing Museum.

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