SHENZHEN welcomed more than 4.29 million tourists during the seven-day National Day holidays, a 1.18 percent increase on last year, according to the city’s tourism office.
The city was the fourth most popular among domestic tourists during the holidays, behind Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, according to a survey by China Tourism Academy and Ctrip, one of the most popular travel agencies in the country, during the holiday.
The office attributed the slight increase to the cloudy and rainy weather in the first three days of the holidays, which was the aftermath of two typhoons.
The first three days of the annual National Day holidays usually see a large number of tourists, according to the tourism office.
However, local popular scenic spots all witnessed an increase in the number of visitors. Window of the World received 210,000 visitors during the holidays.
The number of individual tourists who did not choose a package tour saw an increase. Those tourists opted for a more high-end, diversified holiday, according to a survey by the tourism office.
The tourists contributed more than 3.8 billion yuan (US$603 million) to the city’s tourism income. Other industries such as commercial retail, catering, entertainment and transport, also saw a boost.
The average domestic tourist who stayed in the city for one day spent around 550 yuan. Each of those who spent one night in the city spent around 1,318 yuan, according to the tourism office.
Over 99 percent of the tourists were satisfied with the city’s tourism service, according to the office’s survey.
Around 4.3 million tourists crossed the border between Shenzhen and Hong Kong during the holidays, a 7 percent increase over the same period of last year, according to the city’s frontier inspection station.
It has become a trend for citizens of the two cities to take holidays in the other.
Local travel agencies organized around 41,000 tourists to Hong Kong and Macao during the holidays.
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