About half of the Chinese Population is expected to travel during National Day celebrations, known as the Golden Week, which began on Sunday (October 1). That is half of the country’s population of almost 1.4 billion. source Qz
29 billion US dollars spend on Travel
In the early days of the week off, China’s tourist sites and 227 million visitors spent about 190 billion yuan (29 billion US dollars), according to data from the National Tourism Administration of China for Sunday and Monday (source). The CNTA has forecast more than 700 million tourist trips this year – an increase of 10% compared to the same period in 2016. (An individual can be counted on times, to make trips between destinations.)
Golden Week in China !
With China’s traditional Mid-Autumn Festival falling during the week, Golden Week is seeing more travel than previous years when people gather with their families. Throughout the week, China can see travel-related spending of nearly 600 billion yuan (90 billion US dollars), according to CNTA (Chinese link).
China has to take special measures to deal with the pressure exerted on the country’s transport system, such as increasing train services or suspending tolls. Many fast roads linking large cities across the country’s long vehicle tails (link in Chinese) as a result of the policy free of charge for small cars during the week. The first wave of heavy traffic jams arrived late Sunday night. Around three in the morning, dozens of people were still lining up for bathrooms at a gas station on the highway connecting Guangzhou to the nearby town of Heyuan in southern China’s Guangdong Province.
Bus travel time also tripled from three hours on average to almost 10 hours between Guangzhou and Hong Kong and almost 90% of bus services between Hong Kong and continents that were canceled due to the great congestion in the motorway connecting Guangzhou and Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.
Big cities (like Beijing) get bored
The bulk of people are traveling domestically, leading to meandering lines at popular tourist attractions, and profits record for heritage sites, hotels, and retailers. Traditional tourist places like Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai (Chinese link) is one of the main national destinations, with many visiting Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City in Beijing. Hangzhou west lake area received about 390,000 visitors (link in Chinese) on Sunday.
Thailand is hot Destination
More than 6 million Chinese tourists visit Thailand, Japan and the United States, the three most popular travel destinations abroad during the long season, according to an annual travel travel report from Ctrip, a Shanghai-based travel agency.
However, South Korea, the most popular country at the head of last year, has fallen in the top 10 this year, according to a report . The country has already seen a more than 20% drop in Chinese tourists for the first seven months of 2017 as a result of tensions between South Korea and China. Beijing is upset by an anti-missile system developed by South Korea earlier this year.
Singapore for the Rich Chinese
To deal with Chinese tourists, the Chinese embassy in Singapore, one of the top 10 travel destinations abroad this year, has made a 27-page pamphlet detailing the rules of etiquette such as refraining from bribing officials of the airport
Hong Kong regains some momentum
Hong Kong , as usual
Hong Kong, which has been experiencing political tensions with the continent over autonomy, seemed to see an improvement in attracting tourists from the mainland compared to last year when the city’s retail performance was the worst in 17 years. Hotels in the city have seen an occupancy rate of 90% so far, up from 80% last year, according to China’s South China Post. It is not that tensions fell between Hong Kong and China this year, but worse children between Beijing and Seoul. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China.