City attractions prove popular
Shanghai had 10.37 million visitors during the weeklong National Day holiday, similar to the same period last year, the city’s tourism authority said on Monday.
Tourism-related revenue hit 11.5 billion yuan (US$1.6 billion), up 11.8 percent, with shopping accounting for 30 percent of the total.
Almost 800,000 people left or entered the city. Its two airports handled 749,000 passengers, a slight increase of 0.16 percent, and cruise ports had 48,300 passengers.
Because of typhoon Mitag, some tourist sites limited the number of visitors during the first few days. Over the holiday, the more than 160 major tourist attractions received 7.29 million visitors, down 1 percent from last year.
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower had 142,000 visitors, down 15.7 percent while Shanghai Wild Animal Park had 251,000 visitors, down by 19.4 percent.
Shanghai Science and Technology Museum had 184,000 visitors, up 1.2 percent. Some 264,000 people went to Zhujiajiao watertown, a 19.2 percent decrease.
Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden welcomed 91,000 visitors, almost the same as last year.
The Bund, Lujiazui and Yuyuan Garden were among the most popular attractions, welcoming over 1.9 million, nearly 1.5 million and 213,700 visitors respectively, but saw decreases of 26 percent, 30 percent and 66.5 percent compared with last year.
The Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone welcomed 439,600 tourists, a rise of 12 percent.
The Sheshan National Tourism Resort welcomed 396,700 people, down by 44.7 percent. The Chongming Island, which strives to build a world-level ecological island, received 169,200 visitors, a decrease of 11.5 percent.
Sightseeing cruises on the Huangpu River had 185,000 people taking 700 trips. The 45 kilometers of waterfront area along the Huangpu River where the public can walk, run and hang out, had more than 5.5 million visitors. Its Huangpu District part got the most, around 2.4 million, while Xuhui, Yangpu and Hongkou sections had 149,800, 322,300 and 294,200.
Six districts launched 87 travel routes where tourists can use their smartphones to scan QR codes on historical buildings for information.
The city's 112 museums open during the holiday had 46 temporary exhibitions enjoyed by 700,000 people. The site of the 1st National Congress of the Communist Party of China received 45,000 visitors while Shanghai Museum had 58,800.
Meanwhile, 43 local art galleries organized 67 exhibitions, 49 public education events and received 305,700 people, with the China Art Museum attracting 89,400 visitors.
Local public cultural venues, including intangible cultural heritage schools, community culture and activity centers and libraries, hosted 4,974 cultural events and 5,966 reading events, attracting more than 1.2 million visitors.
Among them, local libraries welcomed 305,000 readers. Theaters provided 364 performances and served audiences totalling 328,000, rises of 20.5 percent and 14.7 percent respectively.
Local parks had nearly 5.4 million visitors, 178,100 of whom went to countryside parks.
Under the co-impact of the Shanghai Tourism Festival and the Shanghai Shopping Festival, spending during the holiday between September 30 and October 6 reached to nearly 25.3 billion yuan (US$2.8 billion), a rise of 10.2 percent from a year earlier.
The daily average spend of travelers staying overnight was 1,113 yuan per person, an increase of 2 percent.
The accelerated integration of tourism development in the Yangtze River Delta region contributed to a booming market, with Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces the top three sources of tourism in Shanghai, followed by Guangdong and Beijing.