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China receives more tourists as holiday travel continues

Updated: Jan 31,2017 10:04 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — Some 258.1 million visitor trips have been made in China during the first four days of the Lunar New Year holiday, which started on Jan 27, a 14.2 percent increase compared with the same period last year, according to official data.

From Jan 27 to 30, China’s tourism revenue reached 316 billion yuan (about $45.95 billion), up 16 percent year on year, data from the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) showed.

The CNTA previously expected that China will see 343 million visitor trips during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, a growth of 13.6 percent from the holiday last year.

It also estimated that over six million Chinese people will travel abroad during the holiday.

In a separate statement on Jan 30, the CNTA asked local authorities to step up efforts to ensure travel safety during the holiday after recent tragedies, warning that the rise in tourist number will increase the chance of accidents.