China expects 149 million tourist arrivals in upcoming May Day holiday

Published on : Saturday, April 28, 2018

ChinaChinese Tourism expects 149 million tourists for upcoming May Day holiday, which will be up from 134 million last year.



It is a research conducted by China Tourism Academy in 60 cities across the country. The survey estimated that the domestic tourism industry would likely reap 88 billion yuan ($13.9 billion) of revenue during the holiday, compared with 79 billion yuan in 2017.



More than one-quarter of them said they will visit overseas destinations. The most popular overseas destinations include Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, while Canada, France and Russia are becoming more popular than before. Meanwhile, there is a rise of 31.2 percent of tourists, who preferred short-haul trips.



The top three popular destinations are Beijing, Qinhuangdao in Hebei province and Dalian in Liaoning province, the latter two being coastal cities. They are followed by Harbin in Heilongjiang province, Shanghai, Sanya in Hainan province, and Hangzhou in Zhejiang province.




The local transport authorities said that the most popular scenic spots included West Lake in Hangzhou, the Bund in Shanghai and the Summer Palace and the Great Wall in Beijing. There are over 1.8 million tourists visited West Lake during last year’s May Day holiday.




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