Huge demand for travel during three-day new year break

China | 18 Dec 2020 10:58 am

Travel bookings in China for the New Year holiday have reached a peak, said the country's largest online travel agency in a report on Thursday, the state media Xinhua reports. 

The New Year holiday in China lasts from January 1 to 3 in 2021. 

According to Group based in Shanghai, the popularity of domestic long distance destinations  increased by 320 percent month-on-month.

Based on searches by the platform's 300 million domestic users, more people prefer relatively niche destinations, according to the report. More people were planning long-distance travels, as flights rank high in ticket volume from Beijing to the tropical resort city of Sanya in south China, which takes around four hours.

Among the top 10 New Year's Eve flights booked via, flights from Beijing to Sanya, Harbin to Beijing and Beijing to Guangzhou rank top three.

The railway travel peak was expected to start from December 30, with Guangzhou, Changsha, Hangzhou, Harbin, Chongqing and Beijing experiencing a surge of heat.

Hotel booking has entered the peak time since mid December in many cities including Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Changsha, Nanjing and Sanya. The average price for four or five-star hotels in some cities has risen by 20 to 35 percent year on year.

According to the report, the lower air tickets and ticket reduction or exemption in many scenic spots have helped cut the average price of the New Year's Day tour by 25 percent compared with that of 2019. The average cost of private travel groups was 40 percent less than the same period last year.

Chinese outbound tourists were returning to the domestic market due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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