Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's Rubber Duck greeted visitors at the Summer Palace from September 26 to October 27. (Photo: China.org.cn /Chen Boyuan)
BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhuanet) -- Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's Rubber Duck raked in more than 200 million yuan (US$32.26 million) during its one-month-plus Beijing stay, Beijing Youth Daily reported.
The capital city's Garden Expo Park and Summer Palace have respectively earned over 100 million yuan (US$16.13 million) for displaying the 18-meter-tall giant yellow duck, according to the hosting Beijing Design Week's organizing committee.
Tourists swarmed into the city from across the country to take a photo with the duck also generated fat economic benefit for other sectors, including those of the sales of the peripheral products, catering, accommodation and transport.
It's estimated that the organizing committee yielded about 7 million yuan (US$1.13 million) in selling the duck's peripheral products.
As a result, the lucrative duck won't disappoint its creator Hofman, though his personal gains are yet to be known.
The duck drew more tourists to the two parks than usual during Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holidays.
The Garden Expo Park received a total of 196,000 tourists during the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday. On September 20 alone, 88,000 tourists rushed into the park to enjoy its picturesque scenery and, surely, the must-see duck.
A total of 666,000 tourists visited the Summer Palace during the seven-day National Day holiday. On October 4, the number of visitors reached its peak of 133,000.
The duck made its debut at the Garden Expo Park on September 6, and stayed there until September 23. Then it greeted visitors at the Summer Palace from September 26 to October 27.
A farewell ceremony was held at the Summer Palace on the afternoon of October 24 for people to say goodbye to the popular duck.