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Chinese spending on shopping, food hit record high during National Day holiday

Updated: Oct 8,2016 10:26 AM     Xinhua

Tourists visit the Nanjing Confucius Temple in Nanjing, capital of East China’s Jiangsu province, Oct 5, 2016. Altogether 593 million people visited tourist attractions around the country and spent 482.2 billion yuan (about $72.3 billion) during this year’s National Day holiday, up 12.8 percent and 14.4 percent respectively year on year, according to the China National Tourism Administration.[Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — Chinese spent a record high sum of money on shopping and food during the past weeklong National Day holiday, according to the Ministry of Commerce on Oct 7.

Enterprises in the retail and catering sectors raked in about 1.2 trillion yuan ($180 billion) from Oct 1 to Oct 7, up 10.7 percent, MOC data showed.

This was the second consecutive year for the “Golden Week” to see over one trillion yuan spending in retail and catering consumption since 1999.

West China’s Chongqing municipality and Sichuan province and Central China’s Hunan province were the top three regions seeing booming retail and catering business.

In breakdown, gold and jewelry, home appliances, IT products and new energy vehicles were the most popular goods, while banquets celebrating wedding, birthday and home reunion were the major contributors to catering services.

Altogether 593 million people visited tourist attractions around the country and spent 482.2 billion yuan during the holiday, up 12.8 percent and 14.4 percent respectively year on year, according to the China National Tourism Administration.

Tourists visit the West Lake in Hangzhou, capital of East China’s Zhejiang province, Oct 2, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

Tourists walk on a rope bridge at Jiuxianhu scenic spot in Shangrao city, East China’s Jiangxi province, Oct 7, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

Kids play on the beach in Sanya, South China’s Hainan province, Oct 2, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

Tourists ride camels at Yueya Spring, a crescent-shaped lake surrounded by deserts, in Dunhuang, Northwest China’s Gansu province, Oct 1, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

Tourists visit the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing, capital of East China’s Jiangsu province, Oct 3, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

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