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China's holiday island greets tourists
( 2003-10-03 10:19) (Xinhua)

South China's Hainan Province, an acclaimed holiday island resort, is expected to greet a rush of tourists Thursday, the second day of the National Day holiday from October 1 to 7, known as the "golden week".

Most vehicles arriving at the Haikou ferry dock, capital of the tropical province, were private cars, many of the drivers were from outside the island, most from neighboring province of Guangdong.

"More than 600 private cars landed Tuesday and Wednesday alone, " said Liang Hai with the control center of Xingang Dock in Haikou City.

Meilan International Airport and the local passenger depot station witnessed an increasing number of visitors, most of them independent travelers.

Latest information from the province's tourism department shows that the reservation rate across the province has been growing. Hotels in Haikou and Sanya, two popular destinations for tourists, reported a 70 percent reservation rate for the October 2-4 time period and around 50 percent for the rest of the week-long holiday.

Tickets for flights from Sanya to Shanghai are becoming hard to get. All flights for the route between October 4 and 6 have been booked.

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