Beijing sees Mid-Autumn Fest travel peak

Wonder of words: Children reading books during an event to promote reading held in conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday in Beijing. — AP

BEIJING: Gardens with floral shows and cultural activities in the Chinese capital were the most favoured tourist destinations during the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.

Beijing’s 11 municipal parks and the Museum of Chinese Gardens and Landscape Architecture received 604,000 visits during the holiday, according to the Beijing Municipal Administration Center of Parks.

Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and Beijing Zoo ranked among the top three places in terms of tourist reception.

The parks held 35 activities such as making paper lanterns, hand- painted rabbits and dough figurines to get tourists immersed in the cultural customs of the traditional holiday.

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, fell on Tuesday this year.

The celebration is usually marked by family reunions, enjoying sights of the full moon and eating mooncakes.

On Tuesday, Beijing’s tourism revenue tripled that of the festival in 2019 to reach over 137 million yuan (RM88.6mil).

The Universal Beijing Resort, currently the largest in scale worldwide, officially opened to the public on Monday, which coincided with this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.

Hotel rooms in the resort were booked out a week before the holiday.

Lin Huanjie, president of the Institute for Theme Park Studies in China, said the opening of the Universal Beijing Resort would help form a “magnet effect” to boost tourist consumption in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, which covers the sectors of transport, hotel, retail, catering as well as commerce.

“With Beijing as the centre, areas within a two-hour driving distance can benefit from the theme park’s effect,” Lin added. — Xinhua

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