Nearly 100,000 tourists visit Taicang during holiday
Tourists enjoy themselves in Taicang, Jiangsu province during the May Day holiday. [Photo/taicangdaily.com]
Taicang, a county-level city in East China's Jiangsu province, received around 100,000 visitors to its scenic areas during the five-day May Day holiday which ended Tuesday, local media reported on May 6.
Jingcang Lake Park received over 26,000 tourists while both Shaxi Ancient Town and Modern Agriculture Park both received over 16,000.
The number of visitors at any given time was capped at 30 percent of normal capacity during the holiday, as required by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the National Health Commission.
China saw a total of 115 million domestic tourist trips made during the May Day holiday. Domestic tourism revenue generated during the period exceeded 47 billion yuan ($6.62 billion), the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said.
"The air, land and locals are very nice. I came from Kunshan, a nearby city, as I wanted to avoid going somewhere far away," said a tourist surnamed Li.
Most of the tourists came from cities in neighboring areas and contributed to a rebound in the tourism industry, said a spokesperson for the municipal culture and tourism bureau.
He added that many were attracted by special discounts, meaning tourism revenue did not increase in proportion to the visitor number.
The municipal transportation bureau told local media that 144 charted buses were added to serve tourists from surrounding cities including Kunshan, Wuxi, and Nantong.