City parks and outdoor attractions popular over holiday
Sunny weather over the three-day New Year holiday brought residents and tourists to city parks and outdoor attractions despite the cold.
The Shanghai Botanical Garden received 22,902 visits over the three days, while Gongqing Forest Park had nearly 20,000.
The Chenshan Botanical Garden welcomed 4,783 visits over the three days, compared with 3,215 during the same period last year.
The Guyi Garden had 9,001 in total, compared with 13,153 last year.
"I spent two days taking my son out and we visited the Shanghai Botanical Garden to enjoy the sunshine and nature, the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum to explore science, and watched two movies during the holiday," said Xu Yan, a Shanghai mother whose son is five. "Despite the chilly weather, it is a fun holiday."
The Shanghai Happy Valley and Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park also attracted young tourists and families with fireworks shows and electronic music parties.
The Shanghai Happy Valley said it witnessed a 45 percent increase in visits over the three-day holiday.