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China's 7m Golden Week shoppers head to Japan, Thailand and Korea

US plunges in popularity, reflecting Beijing's relations with Washington

The Beijing Capital International Airport is the annual gathering spot for millions of Chinese who travel overseas during a weeklong string of holidays that begins Oct. 1.   © Kyodo

DALIAN, China -- China enters a seven-day National Day holiday beginning on Monday, with a record seven million people expected to head overseas.

Along with Chinese New Year, the Oct. 1 National Day, which celebrates the founding of the People's Republic of China, is one of China's two biggest holidays and a business bonanza for retail and travel industries.

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