More Chinese celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional holiday for family get-together, by traveling instead, as data from tourism authorities and travel agencies show.
According to Ctrip.com, China's major online travel agency, Chinese travelers have booked trips to tourist destinations in 88 countries and regions. The cities of Sanya, Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Xi'an were favored domestic destinations, while Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Russia and Indonesia were top outbound destinations.
One fourth of Ctrip's customers traveled with their beloved ones, 21 percent and 12 percent traveled with their children and parents respectively.
Booking data from another online travel agency Lvmama.com also show that besides theme parks for parent-child tourists, historical and cultural sites reported larger amount of bookings across the country.
The Mid-Autumn Festival witnessed booming night-time consumption. Lvmama recorded 44 percent expanding of bookings for night-time tours than last year. Night cruises along rivers in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing were among the best sellers.
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