7m to head overseas during New Year break

China | 24 Jan 2019 3:18 pm

Chinese travel agencies and research institutes estimate that more than 7 million Chinese are expected to travel overseas during the upcoming Lunar New Year.

The annual travel rush for Chinese Lunar New Year, which falls on February 5, began on Monday. From January 21 to March 1, nearly 3 billion trips will be made as people set off for family gatherings or tours, Xinhua reports.

The Spring Festival public holiday lasts from February 4 to 10.

About 48 percent of flight passengers during the travel rush have their hometowns as destinations, while others will make transfers or spend the new year away from home, said Zou Jianjun, a professor with Civil Aviation Management Institute of China.

Chinese are expected to visit 900 cities across over 90 countries and regions, bringing a "golden week" for the world, according to Ctrip, a Shanghai-based online travel agency.

Booking for tours to Thailand, Indonesia, and Mauritius have increased dramatically, the agency said. There has been a 50-percent price rise for tours to overseas winter resorts in Japan and Nordic countries.

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