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7 Oct, 2016

China sees rising holiday trips, spending

BEIJING, 4 October 2016, (Xinhua)– China has seen a marked increase in tourist visits and spending during this week’s national holiday.

Altogether 415 million people visited tourist attractions around the country in the past four days, up 13.8 percent from last year, according to estimates by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA).

Nationwide, tourist spending rose 15.1 percent to 340 billion yuan (50 billion U.S. dollars), the CNTA said.

Tourist visits and spending reached their peaks on Monday, with about 108 million people making trips and spending about 88 billion yuan.

Railways carried over 47.73 million passengers from Oct.1 to Oct.4, up 10.5 percent, according to the China Railway Corporation.

A total of around 480 billion yuan is expected to be spent during the holiday week, 13.5 percent more than last year, according to a survey by China Tourism Academy and Ctrip, an online travel agent.