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Cultural activities at tourist sites attract holidaymakers

Tourist attractions in Shanghai were nearly packed during the Dragon Boat Festival holiday yesterday with plenty of activities lined up for the day as well.

Shanghai Zoo in Changning District attracted more than 26,000 visitors.

At Binjiang Forest Park and Haichang Ocean Park, both in the Pudong New Area, and the Yuyuan Garden, visitors were invited to participate in making zongzi, a wrapped steamed glutinous rice dumpling with different fillings, a traditional festival treat.

Polar bears at the ocean park were treated to a special “zongzi” and ice cream feast made from mackerel, eggs and corn powder.

Shanghai Botanical Garden in Xuhui District held an activity to promote knowledge about plants related to the festival.

Shanghai-based online travel operator said orders for tickets, vehicle rental and private tours during this year’s festival surpassed those of 2019.

Amusement parks, museums and watertowns were some of the popular choices while Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Chongqing were the top five most popular tourist destinations.

Tourist sites hosting cultural activities like hanfu (traditional Chinese costumes) at Nianhua Bay in Jiangsu Province were also popular. Xie Xiaoqing, a researcher with, said there was a growing demand for cultural experiences among Chinese tourists.

Xie said the various cultural activities on offer had injected vitality into the tourism market with young people making up the majority of holidaymakers.

Lvmama, another online travel operator, said “red” tourist attractions, cultural venues, water amusement parks and night tours were also popular. 

Orders for small private tour groups with family members had surged 140 percent compared with the same period in 2019.

Shanghai Disney Resort, Beijing Happy Valley, China Dinosaur Park and Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding were among the most popular scenic spots, Lvmama said.

Attractions with night tours such as the Huangpu River cruise tour and the Zigong Lantern Fair were also popular options among the holidaymakers. 


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