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Dragon Boat Festival sees rise in visits

OVERCAST skies failed to dampen the holiday spirit as scenic spots across Shanghai reported an increase in visitor numbers during the three-day Dragon Boat Festival.

The 16 major tourist attractions monitored by the Shanghai Tourism Administration received 490,400 visitors in total during the holiday, up 19 percent compared to the same period of last year.

Only Century Park in Pudong said numbers were down — an 11.8 percent decline blamed on Sunday’s heavy rain.

The other 15 spots all saw more visitors enjoying a raft of folk culture activities related to the Duanwu, or Dragon Boat, Festival and other music and sports events suitable for children as Sunday was also International Children’s Day.

The Oriental Pearl Tower had 43,000 tourists during the holiday, a rise of 20 percent. Shanghai Wildlife Park received 62,000 visitors, a surge of 120.6 percent. The watertown of Fengjing welcomed 55,800 people, a rise of 20 percent.

Outdoor spots were hit by Sunday’s downpour with the Oriental Green Boat Park, the Jinjiang Amusement Park and the Happy Valley witnessing a decrease of tourists from 25 percent to 81.8 percent on that day compared to last year. Over the three days, however, numbers were up.

Yuyuan Garden, the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall, the Bund and Xujiahui received a combined 7 million visitors throughout the holiday, compared with 6.95 million during the May Day holiday.

Travel agencies said tours aimed at families to scenic spots and neighboring cities were popular.

Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai and Changhzhou Dinosaurs Park in Jiangsu Province were two of the favorites, and tours featuring folk culture themes such as to the Zongzi Culture Museum in neighboring Zhejiang Province sold well, online travel operator Tongcheng said.

Short overseas trips to Japan, South Korea and Thailand were also popular, it said.

Meanwhile, Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau said complaints about online shopping accounted for more than half of the 345 complaints received over the holiday period, with the denial of requests for refunds topping the list.

Shoppers are entitled to a full refund on certain items purchased online as long as they ask for a refund within seven days.

There was also rise in complaints about educational courses, from two last year to 12.  One man said his request for a refund was refused after he said he couldn’t attend the animation classes he’d paid for.


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