China tourism thrives as tourists return to short distance travel over Spring Festival

 Friday, February 19, 2021 

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China’s tourism business flourishes after pause. Recovery is witnessed during the week-long Chinese Lunar New Year holidays, with famous tourism cities and provinces hosting millions of visitors as people swarm to local scenic spots while many chose to stay in place over the long break to avoid a sudden flare-up of COVID-19.

Around 654 major scenic spots were open during the first three days of the holidays as of Saturday, representing 86 percent of major sites, the latest data from the Sichuan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism showed on Sunday.

During the reported period, Southwest China’s Sichuan Province hosted 6.34 million tourists, up 293 percent year-on-year. Meanwhile, the province saw ticket revenue of 40.83 million yuan ($6.32 million), an increase of 166 percent year-on-year, according to the bureau.

China’s capital city of Beijing however recorded a total of 2.75 million tourists over the first three days of the holidays, an increase of 1.2 times year-on-year, while revenue rose 1.8 times year-on-year to 220 million yuan. In Shanghai, 130 major scenic spots, 81 museums and nearly 30 art galleries, among others, remained open during the holidays, welcoming 2.27 million visitors.

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