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Tourism Day sees big rush at local scenic spots

THE first "China Tourism Day" yesterday saw a rush of visitors to local scenic spots, 35 of which were offering a 50 percent discount on entry fee.

Scenic spots said they had received two to three times the number of normal visitors yesterday. In the morning, people lined up at the gate of Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Shanghai Ocean Aquarium in the Pudong New Area, and the queue, comprising mostly of senior citizens and children, was nearly 100 meters' long.

Some tourists arrived as early as 6am, fearing a heavy rush at almost all scenic spots in the city. "Just in the morning we received more than 6,000 visitors," said Wang Jieying, an official with the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium.

The TV tower welcomed more than 25,000 guests, nearly three times the usual number, officials said.

The Shanghai Sightseeing Bus Center said that despite yesterday being a working day, its business was as good as during the Golden Week.

The Chenshan Botanical Garden in suburban Songjiang District said most of the visitors were seniors, so they had prepared more wheel chairs and set up emergency medical care units in the garden.

"This can be a rehearsal for the coming summer," said Huang Weichang, deputy director of the garden.

Tourists were happy with the discount. "We hope that the admission discount can last for more days," said Wang Yuding, 63. "There are still many places we want to go."

On first "China Tourism Day," a number of tourist spots around the country offered discounts on entry fee.


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