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Tomb Sweeping holiday brings travelers to life

By Yang Feiyue | China Daily | Updated: 2016-04-06 08:14

Tomb Sweeping holiday brings travelers to life

A newlywed couple has their picture taken in a rapeseed field in Zhaotong city, Yunnan province.Zhang Guangyu / For China Daily

Warm weather and bountiful blossoms coaxed droves of tourists to use the Tomb Sweeping Day holiday as a chance to grab springtime's tail as the country dashes away from frigid winter and toward sweltering summer.

China's biggest online travel agency, Ctrip, saw more than double year-on-year growth in the number of weekend tourists during the holiday over April 2-4.

Paid vacations, increasing disposable incomes and easier availability of visas encouraged more Chinese to travel, says Ctrip's publicity manager, Yan Xin.

Residents of Beijing and Shanghai remained the most enthusiastic travelers during the holiday. But the expansion of direct flights also lured more tourists from second- and third-tier cities.

At least twice as many residents compared with last year traveled from Sichuan's provincial capital, Chengdu; Jiangsu's provincial capital, Nanjing; and Zhejiang's provincial capital, Hangzhou, Ctrip says.

Roughly 53 percent of tourists from the Chinese mainland took trips spanning four to six days, and 10 percent went on trips lasting seven to 10 days.

"Many took a day or two off before or after the holiday to make a five-day journey," Yan says.

Tacking time on either end of the festival enables trips across, or outside, the country.

Thailand, South Korea and Japan were the top outbound destinations.

Blossom and island trips abroad were also popular.

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