Photo taken on Feb. 14, 2013 shows the visiting crowd during the Spring Festival holidays at Ditan Park in Beijing, capital of China. China's tourism revenue rose 15.4 percent year-on-year during the Spring Festival holidays, reaching 117.06 billion yuan (18.79 billion U.S. dollars), according to a statement released by the administration.(Xinhua/Guo Haipeng)
BEIJING, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Tourism revenue in China rose 15.4 percent year on year during the week-long Spring Festival holiday, the National Tourism Administration said Saturday.
Tourism revenue reached 117.06 billion yuan (18.79 billion U.S. dollars) during the holiday that began last Saturday, according to a statement released by the administration.
The Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, fell on Feb. 10 this year. It is the most important holiday for Chinese, who mostly celebrate with family reunions.
About 5.72 billion yuan of the total tourism revenue came from airlines, while 2.73 billion yuan came from railways. Tourists spent 44.19 billion yuan in the country's 39 key tourism cities and 64.42 billion yuan in other regions.
The number of tourists during the Spring Festival holiday topped 203 million across the country, up 15.1 percent from the same period last year, the statement said.
Spring Festival holiday sees 440 mln trips
BEIJING, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese made 440 million trips during the Spring Festival holiday, which lasted from Feb. 9 to 15, transportation authorities said Saturday.
Railways handled 34.68 million trips with a year-on-year increase of 3 million trips, according to the Ministry of Railways (MOR). Full story
Retail sales surge during China's Lunar New Year holiday
BEIJING, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Holiday shopping spree significantly boosted China's retail sales during the week-long Lunar New Year festival, data released Friday by the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) showed.
Shops and restaurants across the country earned 539 billion yuan (85.5 billion U.S. dollars) in the past week, an increase of 14.7 percent in comparison with that in the previous year. The sales volume of food was up 9.8 percent, jewelry up 38.1 percent and garment up 6.3 percent. The sales of digital products also jumped. Full story