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‘Hottest May Day holiday’ in city

The weather was hot during the Labor Day holiday, as was the city’s tourism market.

Predicted to be the “hottest May Day holiday” by online travel operators based on the number of bookings, and the “most crowded” due to the travel boom, Shanghai’s attractions were packed with visitors.

The city recorded 16.889 million tourist visits during the holiday, soaring 138.88 percent from the same period in 2020 and generating about 40 billion yuan (US$6.18 billion) in revenue, according to the Shanghai Administration of Culture and Tourism.

Average hotel occupancy rate was 71 percent, up 45 percent from last year and 15 percent more than in 2019.

Ma Shuo, a tourist from Jiangxi Province, was overwhelmed by the huge crowds on Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall, holding his daughter’s hand tightly to prevent her getting lost.

“There are too many people and I was even sweating,” he said. “We moved very slowly.

“There were long queues at restaurants, shopping malls and toilets, and everywhere, which is not pleasant but understandable. All in all, it’s the May Day holiday.

“At least it is good that we can now travel freely and safely,” he added.

The city’s 170 major tourist attractions recorded 6.64 million visits over the five-day holiday, up 143 percent from last year.

The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum had 125,000 visitors, soaring 774 percent from last year, while Zhujiajiao Ancient Town had 149,500, up 266 percent.

Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden welcomed 108,400 visitors, up 29 percent; Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park had 94,000, up 150 percent.

Shanghai International Tourism Resort had 496,600 visitors while 534,000 people went to Chongming Island.

The Bund, Yuyuan Garden and Lujiazui scenic areas had 3.44 million, 1.6 million and 2.3 million visitors, surging 451.7, 1,111 and 325.8 percent, respectively, compared with the same period last year.

“Red” tourism sites were popular as this year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.

The city’s eight “red” tourism sites had 74,200 visits during the holiday.

The Huangpu River cruise tour was also a popular option for tourists, the administration said.

New itineraries and products such as an afternoon tea cruise tour were launched during the holiday and around 105,300 people took cruises over the five days while 8.17 million visitors were recorded along the 45-kilometer Huangpu waterfront during the holiday, up 261 percent from last year.

There were night tours at the Zhujiajiao watertown in Qingpu District with light shows, pingtan (storytelling) performances and cruises.

Haichang Ocean Park in the Lingang area hosted fireworks displays together with laser shows and unmanned aerial vehicle performances.

Performances and exhibitions were also choices for residents and tourists with a culture feast presented by theaters and other venues, the administration said.

Fifty-nine art galleries in the city had a total of 130,000 visits, up 255 percent from the same period last year.

Online travel operator said it witnessed a surge of around 270 percent in orders during the holiday compared with the same period last year, and over 30 percent more than in 2019.

Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, Nanjing, Chongqing, Wuhan and Changsha were the most popular destinations during the holiday based on bookings.

Ticketing and vehicle rental services witnessed large increases, with a daily peak of ticket booking surging 449 percent from 2019.


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