After months of lockdown and restrictions in the fight against Covid-19, Chinese officials are encouraging citizens to venture out into the “revenge journey” pitch and venture for adventure.
Starting Thursday, about 550 million people are expected to travel for China’s National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival – and continue to advance into the eight-day Golden Week, The Guardian reports.
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The term “revenge travel” has been frequently featured in the Chinese media, with Quartz defining the concept as “the government expects people to travel or consume more than usual … due to cooperation in the demand for pants-ups.”
Butti and photos published by Getty on Thursday show crowds at the Great Wall in Beijing, the train station Wuhan and the Leshan Giant Buddha.
According to the South China Morning Post, 1 million flights fly between October 1 and October 8, while hotel bookings increased by 50% during the Golden Week, according to Reuters.
A spokesman for Trip.com estimated that the demand for tourism, which had been suppressed for nine months, would probably be released in eight days.
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With more than 500 “scenic spots” offering free or reduced access to attract visitors, officials hope that consumer spending and travel during the holiday week will usher in an improving economy, according to a Guardian report. China’s state-run newspaper, the Economic Information Daily, called Golden Week a “decisive battle” for the large-scale tourism industry this year.
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Still, tourism due to the epidemic will look uniquely a little different than in previous years; Last year, about 800 million people reportedly traveled to China during Golden Week.