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Nationwide travel up 12% on 5th day

THE fifth day of the National Day holiday saw 93 million Chinese tourists traveling around the country yesterday, according to the China National Tourism Administration.

The figure represents an increase of 12.1 percent year on year, the administration added.

Domestic tourists spent 76.3 billion yuan (US$11.5 billion) on the day, up 14.7 percent from a year ago.

China Railway Corp scheduled 503 additional train services yesterday, with more than 11 million trips expected to be made.

The Ministry of Public Security has reported no road accident with at least five deaths during the holiday. The ministry asked local authorities to enhance road management to prepare for back-to-work traffic in the last three days of the holiday.

The surge in passenger flows during the National Day holiday, which runs from October 1 to 8, shows leisure travel has become a major holiday entertainment, boosted by improving living standards.

Some popular tourist sites including the Forbidden City, Huangshan Mountain and Baiyangdian lake had to impose visit ceilings.

Visits to distinctive resort towns, rural attractions and Communist revolutionary heritage sites are proving popular during the holiday.

One of China’s two “Golden Weeks,” this year’s National Day holiday has been extended by one day as the Mid-Autumn Festival fell on Wednesday.

On that day, almost 10.7 million passenger trips were made by rail, up by 155,000 or 1.5 percent year on year. Last Sunday, 15.03 million trips were made, an all-time high, according to China Railway.

Nanchang Railway Bureau added new rail services making it more convenient for people to travel from Fujian and Jiangxi provinces to Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xi’an and Nanchang.

At the entrances to Ji’nan railway station in the capital of Shandong Province, there are no longer staff checking tickets and ID cards. Passengers place their ID cards and tickets on the gate machines, and infrared cameras scan their face before allowing them into the station. Queues at the entrances moved smoothly using the new system.

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