Chinese tourism soars over New Year holiday

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Tourists visit the Great Wall of China
Tourists visit the Great Wall of China

More than a quarter of a billion domestic trips were taken in China during the first four days of the Lunar New Year holiday, official data has revealed.

According to statistics from the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), reported by Xinhua, the country registered a total of 258.1 million domestic trips from Friday 27 to Monday 30 January 2017, a 14.2% increase compared with the corresponding period last year.

Tourism revenues increased 16.0% during the same period, to reach CNY316 billion (US$46bn).

The CNTA previously forecast a total of 343m domestic visitor trips during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, which would mark a year-on-year increase of 13.6%. It also estimated that more than six million Chinese citizens will travel overseas during the holiday.

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