Hangzhou's peak tourist season arrives early

HANGZHOU, the capital city of east China's Zhejiang province, has entered its peak tourist season nearly a month ahead of schedule, according to comments from officials of the scenic city's tourism bureau.  

Hangzhou's peak tourist season usually begins during the last 10 days of April, they said.  

This year, tourists have had to reserve rooms for weekend stays in the city's downtown star-class hotels and occupancy rates are topping 90%.  

Statistics from the Hangzhou Municipal Tourism committee showed a total of over 155,000 foreign tourists arrived in January and February, a rise of 27% over the figure for 2002.  

The hotels' occupancy rate reached 66%, up 8.64% year-on-year. Local tourism and service businesses are preparing for the bustling week-long peak holiday season following May 1, the International Labour Day.  

Zhejiang abounds in tourist attractions. The West Lake, for example, is widely known for its limpid water and elegant landscape. – People's Daily 

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