Over 6 million Chinese chose to spend Lunar New Year holiday abroad

Published on : Saturday, January 28, 2017

china-national-tourism-administrationThis year more than 6 million Chinese chose to spend the holiday abroad making China’s week-long Lunar New Year holiday, which began Friday, become a “Golden Week” for overseas tourist destinations.

 

The China National Tourism Administration described it as a “Global Golden Week” with more and more Chinese travellers choosing to travel abroad.

 

Since the year 2000, China lengthened its three major public holidays — Spring Festival, May Day and National Day — from three days to seven days. They soon became known as “golden weeks,” when people can travel and gather with families, boosting travel and hospitality sectors’ revenue.

 

Based on a survey conducted by the administration, the United States was the most popular long-haul outbound destination during the holiday, followed by Britain, Spain, Germany and Switzerland.

 

Australia, New Zealand and Thailand are attracting the most Chinese tourists as medium- or short-haul destinations, while China’s Hong Kong and Macao remain the major nearby destinations, according to the survey.

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