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China tourism surges to near pre-pandemic levels over long weekend

Spending has yet to catch up but all eyes now on May 1 holiday

Chinese domestic tourism rebounded close to pre-pandemic levels over the three-day Qingming holiday this year.   © Reuters

A strong recovery in demand boosted domestic tourism to near pre-pandemic levels during the three-day Qingming Festival holiday in China, but spending on trips lagged behind previous years'.

China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism said Tuesday that travelers made 102 million domestic trips during the annual tomb-sweeping holiday that ended Monday. The figure was 94.5% of the number of trips made during the holiday in 2019, the year before COVID-19 hit.

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