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|China tourism industry reaps "Golden Week" harvest
BEIJING, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- China's weeklong National
Day holiday, one of the nation's three "golden weeks", has given a resounding
boost to the country's tourism industry.
received 4.32 million visitors during the seven days, 1.8 percent up from last
year. Tourism income hit 3.6 billion yuan (455 million U.S. dollars), according
to the municipal vocation office.
Tourists visit the Zhujiajiao ancient
town in Shanghai, east China, Oct. 5, 2006. East China's commercial hub
Shanghai welcomed more than four million visitors during the weeklong
National Day vacation and earned 2.7 billion yuan (about 337.5 million
U.S. dollars) of tourism income.(Xinhua Photo)
Four big attractions -- the Summer Palace, Beijing
Zoo, Beihai Park and the Temple of Heaven -- received 16 million visitors.
Amusement parks and the countryside were also major
destinations. The newly opened Happy Valley amusement park was visited by
120,000 people, while western Beijing's Mentougou District with its ancient
temples and well-reserved traditional village houses received more than 270,000
visitors with an income of 21.3 million yuan (2.67 million U.S. dollars).
The first weeklong vocation since the opening of the
Qinghai-Tibet Railway brought 11,536 visitors to the Potala Palacein the first
six days, including 2,299 from other countries.
The number of passengers going through the Shanghai
Railway station hit a record high on Oct. 1, when about 957,000 people traveled
by train that day. From Sept. 28 to Oct. 7, the railway station handled 7.12
million passengers. Five additional tourist trains and 716 additional passenger
trains were arranged during the holiday.
In south China's Guangdong Province, the Golden Week
saw visitors spend 3.2 billion yuan (0.39 billion U.S. dollars), as the city
received 6.55 million visitors, 3.39 percent up from the same time last year.
So-called "red tourism" taking in former
revolutionary bases is flourishing. Jiaxing City, in east China's Zhejiang
Province, where the Chinese Communist Party was founded, received 60,000
tourists and the Guang'an City, hometown of Deng Xiaoping, chief architect of
China's economic reforms, in southwest China's Sichuan Province, received
Du Chongyang, a tourist from Chongqing Municipality,
said in Guang'an, "Many of my friends went to scenic Suzhou and Hangzhou cities
in east China, but I'd rather take this chance to give my child a good lesson of