Published on : Saturday, October 9, 2021
Shanghai recorded more than 17 million visits by tourists during the seven-day National Day holiday, with major scenic spots witnessing a 17 percent increase in visits from the same period last year thanks to the pleasant weather and upgraded cultural and tourism experiences as part of the Shanghai Tourism Festival.
In total, the city recorded 17.95 million visits from tourists during the holiday and the average occupancy rate at local hotels reached 59 percent, down 4 percentage points from the same period last year, according to the Shanghai Administration of Culture and Tourism.
However, 170 major tourist attractions recorded 8.97 million visits, up 17 percent, and the city reaped in 25.86 billion yuan (US$4.01 billion) in cultural and tourism revenue over the seven days.
The iconic Huangpu River cruise tours had 963,000 visits between September 30 and October 6, and major cultural venues across the city recorded 2.84 million visits, with performance venues boasting 645,000 visits.
Parks across the city welcomed 5.5 million visits, among which countryside parks had 515,600 visits, growing 36 percent from the same period last year.
Chenshan Botanical Garden had more than 113,000 visits, and Gongqing Forest Park received nearly 300,000 visits during the holiday, surging 116 percent from the same period in 2019 and posting a record high.
Shanghai Zoo had more than 160,000 visits over the seven days.
In total, 177 activities were staged across the city during the holiday, providing diversified travel options to residents and tourists, the administration said.
“Red” tourism gained popularity during the period, with revolutionary venues such as the memorial of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the Longhua Martyrs Memorial, and memorials of renowned author Lu Xun and Chen Yun, an early leader in the CPC, among popular destinations. Exhibitions celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC were also favoured, the administration said.
“Instead of organised tours by working units, families with children were major visitors to ‘red’ tourism venues in the city during the holiday,” said Zhou Weihong, deputy general manager of Shanghai Spring Tour.
The city’s first double-decker, hop-on-hop-off “red” sightseeing buses, connecting major revolutionary sites in the city, which began trial operations in May, had special visitors.
The route includes five stops – the sites of the first, second and fourth national congresses of the CPC, the May 30th Movement Monument and Nanjing Road E. The 20-kilometer trip takes 90 minutes.