China's holiday tourism market remains stable

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-05 22:27:06|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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Tourists pose for pictures among cosmos flowers at the Naigu Shilin scenic zone in Shilin, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Oct. 2, 2017. More than 67 hectares of cosmos in Shilin entered the blossom season recently. (Xinhua/Hu Chao)

BEIJING, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- China's tourism market was in stable operation on the fifth of the National Day holiday with 93 million Chinese tourists traveling around the country, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) said on Thursday.

The figure represents an increase of 12.1 percent year on year, the CNTA said.

Domestic tourists spent 76.3 billion yuan (11.39 billion U.S. dollars) on the day, up 14.7 percent year on year.

The National Day holiday, which runs from Oct.1 to 8, sees a surge in passenger flows as leisure travel has become a major holiday entertainment due to improving living standard.

Due to high tourist traffic, a number of popular tourist sites including the Forbidden City, the Huangshan Mountain and the Baiyangdian lake have to impose visit ceilings.

Visits to distinctive resort towns, new socialist countryside and Communist revolutionary heritage sites become popular during holiday.

To meet high traffic demand, China Railway Corporation (CRC) has scheduled 503 additional train services with more than 11 million trips expected to made on Thursday.

The Ministry of Public Security has reported no road accident with at least five deaths during the holiday. The ministry asked local authorities to enhance road management to prepare for back-to-work traffic in the last three days of the holiday.

One of China's two "Golden Weeks", this year's National Day holiday has been extended by one day as the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on Oct.4.

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