BY SILVI WRITER
Domestic tourism revenue generated on Monday, the first day of the week-long National Day holidays, was up 7.19 percent year-on-year to reach 103 billion yuan ($15 billion).
Chinese tourist numbers, on the same day, grew by 7.54 percent year-on-year to reach 122 million, just smaller than Japan’s total population of 127 million, official data showed on Monday.
Thanks to favorable policies such as free attractions or cheaper tickets for 981 scenic sites, the number of tourists to those places has increased significantly, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said on its website on Monday.
Tourists participated in various activities across the country to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. At the Tian’anmen Square, located in the heart of Beijing, some 145,000 tourists gathered to watch the flag-raising ceremony in the early morning.
2018 also marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up, and many tourist attractions feature decorations with this theme, according to the website.
In the first half of 2018, 2.8 billion Chinese traveled domestically, up by 11.4 percent year on year, Xinhua News Agency said.
Take Bullet Trains to HK
Mainland tourists entered Hong Kong on Monday, with more than 60,000 expected to get to the city using the new cross-border high-speed rail service, according to the South China Morning Post.
But shopping is not among many visitors’ top priorities this year as the Chinese yuan has weakened 8.8 per cent against the Hong Kong dollar since April, when the US-China trade war escalated.
This has lessened their desire to spend big in the tax-free city.