|Shanghai Received 10.6 Million Visitors during Golden Week
Tourist numbers for Golden Week this autumn - combining National Day and the Mid-Autumn Festival from October 1 to 8 - remained steady, with about 10.6 million visitors. Those who stayed overnight spent an average 1,023 yuan (US$157) daily during the holiday, up 2.4 percent.
The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, and the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall were the most popular destinations for tourists from abroad and from around the country, while newly opened suburban parks drew the locals. Yuyuan Garden received 880,000 tourists between October 1 and 7, while the Bund had 1.78 million tourists and more than 410,000 people toured the city`s parks.
With the construction of 45 kilometers of uninterrupted pedestrian paths along the Huangpu River, cruise trips were also increasingly popular - with numbers topping 120,000, an almost 23 percent increase from the same period last year.
Tourist attractions across the city offered everything from music to food and magic to lure the crowds.
More than 149,000 people visited the landmark Oriental Pearl TV Tower, down 13 percent. But the Shanghai Wildlife Park welcomed 239,000 people, up 19 percent, according to the tourism office. Century Park also saw an 18 percent rise in visitors, to 120,000. Jinmao Tower had 94,000 tourists, a drop of 3 percent.
The number of travelers passing through Hongqiao and Pudong airports between September 30 and October 7 jumped 6.6 percent to 874,000 from a year ago.
Travel agencies in the city organized a total of 104,000 outbound tourists, surging 62.4 percent.
But the number of visitors to Shanghai between October 1 and October 4 fell 2 percent from the same period last year to about 5.2 million, due to rainy and overcast weather.
News source:Shanghai Daily