Scenic Sites Limit 'Golden Week' Visitor Numbers to Cut Crowds

Several major tourist attractions in China have capped visitor numbers during this year's National Day "golden week" holiday as millions take the chance to travel.

October 1 marked the start of a week-long break on the mainland, with an estimated 800 million people expected to go on trips in China or overseas, about 10 per cent more than last year, according to the China Tourism Academy.

Managers at the scenic area surrounding the Leshan Giant Buddha - a 71-metre (233 feet) tall ancient statue carved into a cliff in southwestern Sichuan province - said last week that daily tickets would be capped at 22,400 during the holiday, which runs until Monday.

The park said it would update visitors on daily ticket sales through social media.

Jiuzhaigou National Park in Sichuan said last week that it would be limiting visitors to 5,000 per day during golden week and said on Monday that tickets had sold out.

Travel booking platform Ctrip said that tourists heading overseas were increasingly seeking out new destinations, with bookings to places such as the Czech Republic, Austria, Croatia, Malta and Cambodia up by 45 per cent this year.

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Source: SCMP

Editor: Crystal Huang


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