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Holiday spending mirrors China’s economic vitality, boosts global growth confidence

An aerial photo of the tourists setting up tents is seen at the Wanpingkou Seaside Scenic Spot in Rizhao, Shandong province, on May 1, 2023. [Photo/VCG]

BEIJING — China”s tourism and consumption have been firing on all cylinders during the just-ended May Day holiday, showing the country’s extraordinary economic resilience.

From the latest tourist hotspot Zibo, a low-profile industrial city in east China’s Shandong Province now famous for its iconic barbecues, to a camel-riding traffic jam at a desert spot in the northwestern Chinese city of Dunhuang, resorts across the country were swamped with millions of Chinese tourists during the five-day holiday.

China’s tourism and consumer activities “rose sharply on the first day of the five-day Labour Day holiday” as residents “rushed to travel and spend” after the country optimized its COVID-19 response measures, Bloomberg reported.

Vigorous momentum 

Eye-catching data related to the holiday has reflected the strong vitality and resilience of the world’s second-largest economy.

The Chinese people made 274 million domestic trips during the five-day break that began on April 29, soaring 70.83 percent from the same holiday a year earlier, and 19.09 percent more than the holiday in 2019 before the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said.

Tourism revenue reached about 21.44 billion US dollars, surging 128.9 percent from last year, according to the ministry.

The booming tourism has effectively driven growth in transportation and catering, as well as accommodation and retail trade.

From April 27 to May 4, 133 million railway passenger trips were made nationwide, 27.94 million more than during the May Day holiday travel rush in 2019, data from China State Railway Group Co Ltd showed.

The number of daily passenger trips served by China’s railways reached 19.66 million on April 29, a new record high for single-day passenger

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