The Lunar New Year Holiday means big travel for China. It rose 11 percent to 12.53 million this year from the same 2018 period.
More than 6.2 million arrivals were recorded, an increase of 9.5 percent. 6.3 million left China, up 12.5 percent, it said, citing data from the State Immigration Administration.
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Chinese residents crossing the border for personal reasons made a combined 7.22 million entries and exits, an increase of nearly 16 percent over the previous year, Xinhua said.
The growth in border crossings during the country’s biggest holiday clearly indicates the rise of Chinese tourism and comes in spite of a slowing economy.
Top overseas destinations for Chinese residents this Lunar New Year were Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, the United States, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, Xinhua reported.
The Lunar New Year holiday is one of China’s longest holiday season. A quarter of all Chinese 400 million people had been expected to travel domestically.