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Spring Festival gave tourism a boost, ministry says

Updated: 2021-02-25 13:09 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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Models pose for photos at the Chinese New Year installations of Cityplaza in Quarry Bay. This year's Spring Festival campaigns were launched much earlier than usual. [PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY]

China's tourism industry got a boost during Spring Festival earlier this month despite many people being encouraged to stay put over the holiday, according to a release by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Thursday.

During the seven-day break, Chinese travelers made 256 million trips to domestic destinations — a 75.3 percent increase over last year, when the novel coronavirus epidemic was underway.

Tourism-related revenue generated during the holiday was 301.1 billion yuan ($47 billion), up 58.6 percent year-on-year.

The ministry said holiday travel was smooth thanks to the government’s strict COVID-19 control and prevention measures that helped safeguard the large number of travelers over the break.

Cultural and historical sites such as museums and libraries were popular choices for people who opted to not travel during the holiday. The ministry said public libraries nationwide received about 4.3 million visits over the break.

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