‘Golden Week’ tourism set to hit record highs
China's “Golden Week” holiday is set to justify its title with a surge in tourism revenue, according to a survey by China Tourism Academy and Ctrip, an online travel agent.
The survey, based on an analysis of more than 1.7 billion Ctrip app users, said China's major tourist destinations are expected to receive a total of 589 million visitors during the holiday, up 12 percent from last year. Tourism income should rise 13.5 percent to 478 billion yuan ($70 billion) during the period.
The holiday spree is also likely to give rise to public complaints about crowded public transportation, destinations and restaurants as well as general traffic congestion.
According to statistics from China Railway Corporation, on Saturday, the first day of the holiday, a record of 14.4 million passengers traveled, up 15 percent year-on-year.