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Tourism booms as sun shines on the holiday

PLEASANT weather made for a booming tourism market during the Spring Festival holiday in Shanghai.

The city received more than 3 million tourists, both domestic and overseas - up 16 percent on the same period last year. This created 2.6 billion yuan (US$396 million) in revenue, said the Shanghai Tourism Administration yesterday.

As a traditional destination for the Chinese New Year, the Yuyuan Garden topped the city scenic spots. More than 2.4 million people went there for the temple fair and other celebrations.

Last Thursday, the first day of the lunar new year, Shanghai Century Park received 13,500 visitors, 30 times the number of last year.

Meanwhile, scenic spots that held events marking the start of the Year of the Rabbit were also popular. A rabbit exhibition at Shanghai Zoo attracted 90,000 visitors, up 14 percent over a year ago.

The number of local people who went overseas for the break dropped by 3 percent. Officials said more people had chosen to go to the suburbs to enjoy the warm weather.

Scenic areas, such as Zhujiajiao water town and Fengjing ancient town, all received more tourists.

The newly opened Chenshan Botanical Garden in Songjiang District said it almost reached its capacity for visitors during the holiday.

Transport networks were busier this year than usual. Downtown, the network, including the subway, buses and taxies, handled 11.5 million passengers a day.

Immigration police at the city's two international airports said passenger numbers topped 390,000 - up 12,000 on last year's holiday.

Officials at Shanghai South Long-distance Bus Station said it handled 116,000 passengers over the past week, a 14.9 percent increase over last year. During peak hours yesterday, which saw the return of many migrant workers, one bus would arrive every 30 seconds, officials said.

Maritime officials at Yangshan Deep-Water Port said the 16 ferry routes carried 24,753 passengers during the holiday, an 8.1 percent rise on last year.

But 1,000 Shanghai tourists who had planned to go to Egypt had to cancel the trip due to unrest there.


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