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Shanghai attracts 51% more holiday visitors

SHANGHAI saw tourist numbers for the first three days of October increase by more than 50 percent year on year, the local tourism authority has said.

Good weather and the World Expo will sustain the increase throughout the holiday, the Shanghai Tourism Administration added.

A record 4.07 million tourists visited the city between October 1 and 3, a rise of 51 percent, the administration officials said.

If the trend continues, visitor numbers are set to surpass an earlier estimate by the city's travel-market watchdog.

Last week the administration predicted that more than 8 million tourists would visit Shanghai during the National Day holiday, up 40 percent on the same period last year.

"We expect the visitor number to keep this growth trend for the rest of the holiday week as various tourism activities are to be carried out and the good weather is set to stay," the administration said.

The city's major parks and botanical gardens, including Chenshan Botanical Garden in Songjiang District and the Gongqing Forest Park in Yangpu District, are holding festivals for the holiday.

Meanwhile, more than 50 local department stores and 20 hypermarkets are taking part in the Shanghai Shopping Festival, offering customers discounts and coupons.

Between October 1 and 3, around 329,000 people in 12,142 organized tour groups visited the Expo site, accounting for about 30 percent of total visitors to the Expo, the administration said.

During the three-day period, tourism venues around the Expo site also proved popular. The Shanghai World Financial Center received 62,000 visitors, up 80.8 percent year on year.

The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel attracted 52,000 people, up 44.6 percent from a year before, while the Oriental Pearl TV Tower had 85,000 visitors, up 10.4 percent.

The city's weather is expected to be mainly cool and cloudy over the next three days with the maximum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius, according to the Shanghai Metrological Bureau.


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