Published on : Monday, May 3, 2021
On Saturday, Chinese day trippers and sightseers were seen out in huge numbers at the start of the May Day holiday as the country continues its economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. In Wuhan, the epicentre of the initial COVID-19 outbreak, almost 1 million people took a trip by train on the day and more than 1 million vehicles hit the roads, causing major congestion on several highways. According to reports, more than 1.1 million people visited Beijing’s 1000 or so tourist attractions, an increase of 56 per cent from the same day last year.
Similarly, in the Hunan province, where 1.35 million visitors descended on 105 tourist attractions- up 170 per cent from last year and spent 21.9 million yuan (US$3.4 million)- up 167 per cent from 2020. The province’s top two scenic spots, Yuelu Mountain and Orange Isle, both achieved their maximum capacities, according to figures from booking systems. The surge continued in Guangdong province, where more than 2.1 million people visited 150 tourist attractions on Saturday, an increase of 11 per cent on the same day last year.
In Sichuan province, in the southwest of the country, more than 1 million people visited 716 attractions, generating 35.4 million yuan in revenue, representing year-on-year increases of 162 and 178 per cent respectively. Across the country, people made more than 56 million trips on Saturday, a 111 per cent rise from last year, according to official figures. The transport ministry informed that almost 1.9 million trips were made by air and 36 million on the roads. May Day, or Labour Day, is a public holiday in many countries around the world. While people in China are still not allowed to travel overseas because of the coronavirus, the five-day break is set to be highly beneficial for the local economies that have been hard hit by the health crisis.