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[文摘] INTERESTING FACTS FROM CHINA’S GOLDEN WEEK

China’s Golden week which ran from September 30th until October 7th, is a national holiday where 1.3 billion people are given eight days off work all at the same time. These national holidays were first started by the government for the PRC's National Day in 1999 and are primarily intended to help expand the domestic tourism market and improve the national standard of living, as well as allowing people to make long-distance family visits. During the Golden week the number of travellers who took to China's highways totaled 85 million by 4pm Sunday, the first day of the eight-day holiday. The government decided that highways should go toll-free for Golden Week but the result caused traffic chaos. Drivers were seen walking their dogs and playing tennis as they waited for the traffic to move. The Forbidden City in Beijing had its highest attendance day ever with 182,000 visitors going to the historical imperial palace. Visitors who decided to climb up the mountain by foot managed to crawl up approximately one step each minute. The Mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen in Nanjing is visited by 215,000 people. This is 10 times the number of visitors on a regular busy day at the site. The final calculation of total visitors to 119 scenic areas in China came to 34 million, which was a 20% increase from last year. Domestic airlines transported 7.6 million people and railways carried 60.9 million passengers. Overall retail sales revenue grew 15% to $127.4 billion during the National Day holiday.

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