Chinese tourists ditch shopping for culture

Shopping no longer the priority for Chinese tourists

This year’s National Day holiday in China saw record numbers of people taking trips at home and abroad, but many Chinese tourists now seem to be shunning the colossal shopping trips they were once renowned for in favor of a bit more rest and relaxation. More than 30,000 people a day visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in southwestern Sichuan Province during the weeklong holiday. A police officer commented on his blog that he “could not tell if it was a center for breeding pandas or for people,” after directing traffic at the site.

Congestion at the newly opened Shanghai Disneyland reached epic proportions during the holiday. One local resident said he had to wait over two hours for a 5-minute ride. “It is more like hell than a magic kingdom,” he said. According to the National Tourism Administration, the number of people traveling domestically and abroad during this year’s holiday reached a record 593 million, up 13% from last year. Spending increased 14% to 482.2 billion yuan ($71.1 billion), also a record.

http://asia.nikkei.com…   Thu.,  10  August 2017