Beijing sees tourism recovery during Qingming holiday
The number of visitors at Beijing's major tourist attractions during the Tomb-sweeping Day holiday bounced back to 98.7 percent of the 2019 level, city authorities said Monday.
The 182 major tourist spots in the Chinese capital received nearly 6.1 million visits during the three-day holiday that concluded on Monday, said the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism.
The total revenue of the tourist spots reached 290 million yuan (44 million U.S. dollars), up 8.7 percent from that in 2019 before the COVID-19 onslaught, according to the bureau.
Tomb-sweeping Day, also known as Qingming Festival, was observed on April 4 this year. It is a traditional Chinese holiday for people to pay tribute to deceased family members, worship ancestors and go on spring outings.
The holiday this year saw many Chinese revive their travel plans cancelled during the Spring Festival, which the government called for celebrating locally to minimize infection risks.