Beijing welcomed nearly 17 million tourists and generated tourism revenue of 19.6 billion yuan ($2.7 billion) during the Labor Day holiday, the city’s culture and tourism bureau said on Sunday. The numbers marked an annual increase of 9% and 10% respectively, both beating their records for the same period.

The Chinese capital organized more than 2,000 cultural and tourist activities to attract visitors during the five-day holiday, including trips to the countryside and various performances. This year’s Labor Day holiday took place between May 1st and May 5th.

The data indicated that the city’s top tourist destinations included historic attractions, business districts and parks. Rural tourism in Beijing received 2.86 million visitors, an increase of 23 percent year on year, bringing in 340 million yuan.


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