Cel­e­bra­tion: Over­seas trips spike for fes­ti­val

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Thai­land, Bali and Mal­dives are the top three des­ti­na­tions Chi­nese would like to visit dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val, fol­lowed by other rel­a­tively short-dis­tance out­bound at­trac­tions such as Hong Kong, Ja­pan and South Korea.

“Thanks to the de­pre­ci­a­tion of the Ja­panese yen and its fa­vor­able visa pol­icy, trips to Ja­pan are par­tic­u­larly popular,” said Rao Tian, deputy manager of out­bound tourism sec­tor, China In­ter­na­tional Travel Ser­vice.

“Plus, since now is the best sea­son to visit Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Tai­wan, there are only a few seats left in pack­age tours to th­ese des­ti­na­tions.”

Ac­cord­ing to Tu­niu.com, a do­mes­tic on­line tourism book­ing plat­form, the num­ber of Chi­nese trav­el­ers who have booked trips via its web­site to Southeast Asian coun­tries dur­ing the Chi­nese New Year has tripled this year, with Phuket in Thai­land, Bali in In­done­sia and Bo­ra­cay in the Philip­pines popular.

Cruise travel has also been high on the list of Chi­nese trav­el­ers’ choices dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val. Ac­cord­ing to ly.com, an­other ma­jor on­line travel agency, cruise travel packages have taken up about 30 per­cent of on­line reser­va­tions, in­creas­ing more than 40 per­cent from the same pe­riod last year.

Con­tact the writ­ers at xi­aolixin@chi­nadaily.com.cn and zhengxin@chi­nadaily. com.cn

DAN­WEI BU / FOR CHINA DAILY

Bo Lee (right)

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