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China's National Day travel drops again, but movie theaters rebound

Pockets of coronavirus infections hurt tourism-related spending

People walk near the Forbidden City in Beijing on Oct. 5. Travel across China was muted during the National Day holidays.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Tourism during China's weeklong National Day holiday disappointed again this year as many would-be travelers stayed home due to recent coronavirus outbreaks.

Only 515 million domestic trips were made between Oct. 1 and Thursday, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said Thursday, down 1.5% from a year earlier and 29.9% from the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

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