It recorded about 120 million domestic tourist trips made during the three-day Qingming Festival holiday that ended on Saturday, an increase of 11.5% from the same period in 2019, data from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism showed.

Domestic tourism revenue during the period totaled 53.9 billion yuan (US$7.6 billion), up 12.7% compared to the same period in 2019.

Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, is an important occasion for Chinese people to pay homage to their ancestors. Many also spend the three days of their vacation on leisure trips.

Self-driving, cycling and trekking have become popular modes of travel during this year’s holiday, with short-distance and local trips being favoured.

China still recorded 1 million inbound tourist trips and 992,000 outbound tourist trips made during the holiday, which were close to the number of trips made during the same period in 2019. Japan, Thailand and South Korea were popular destinations for trips abroad.


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