A zongzi-making contest is held in Yingshan county, Anhui province on June 18, 2018 to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. Zongzi, a pyramid-shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves, is one of the traditional delicacies during the festival. (Photo: Wang Linhong)
East China’s Anhui province received 15.69 million tourists during the Dragon Boat Festival break, 17.58 percent higher than 2017, statistics from the local tourism development commission showed on Monday.
Tourism revenue generated during the holiday from Saturday to Monday hit 7.75 billion yuan ($1.20 billion), up 25.87 percent year on year, according to the tourism regulator.
Folk activities were the highlights of the three-day break. Chizhou and Huaibei cities hosted dragon boat races. A park in Hefei, capital of the province, held a memorial ceremony for Qu Yuan, an ancient Chinese poet whom the festival commemorates. A sachet-making activity was launched in the city of Bozhou.
A number of tourist attractions, including Jiuhua Mountain in Chizhou, Marenqifeng Peak in Wuhu and Peach Blossom Pond in Xuancheng, offered discounts to junior and senior high school graduates, who had just finished their entrance examinations.
Family tours were popular as Father’s Day fell on June 17 this year, which is also the second day of the Dragon Boat Festival holiday.
Rural tourism was also booming. Occupancy rates of 35 major homestays across the province hit over 90 percent.
Sanhe, an ancient town in Hefei, was the most popular destination, recording 114,000 tourist trips during the break.