By  on October 10, 2012

SHANGHAI — While China’s retail sales experienced double-digit growth during the recent Golden Week holiday, the country’s domestic tourism sector witnessed the biggest boom over the eight-day break, with record numbers of Chinese flocking to popular tourist destinations across the country.

Golden Week is a seven-day break at the beginning of October when millions of Chinese travel, as well as shop at retail spots to take advantage of discounts and other promotions. This year’s holiday was an extra day longer, as it coincided with Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional Chinese celebration.

More than 34 million tourists visited 119 top destinations in China, representing an increase of more than 20 percent year-on-year, according to China’s National Tourism Administration. Tourism revenues at these destinations rose 25 percent. Domestic airlines carried more than seven million passengers, while railway passengers numbered more than 80 million, a 13 percent year-on-year increase.


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