Travel agen­cies see more Spring Fes­ti­val get­aways

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

More Chi­nese are choos­ing to travel dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val rather than re­turn to their home­towns for fam­ily re­unions, a break from one of China’s most im­por­tant tra­di­tions.

Spring Fes­ti­val re­mains an im­por­tant time for fam­ily re­union. Con­se­quently, for decades, there has been a mas­sive move­ment be­tween where peo­ple work or study and their home­towns dur­ing the 40-day travel peak. This year, 2.98 bil­lion jour­neys are ex­pected to be made dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val.

But Ctrip, an on­line travel agency, is see­ing what it calls “re­verse Spring Fes­ti­val” — a trip made from a smaller city to Bei­jing, Shang­hai, Guangzhou or even overseas. Ctrip said it has seen an 80 per­cent in­crease in those book­ing such trips com­pared with last year’s hol­i­day. Fam­ily travel pack­ages ac­count for more than 60 per­cent of all book­ings.

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