7 million Chinese tourists will travel abroad this Spring Festival

Chinese tourists visiting the ruis of Ephesus in Turkey. (Photo/China.com.cn)

Chinese people will make about 7 million trips to 90 countries and regions during the upcoming Spring Festival, according to statistics released by travel services providers, Xinhua reported on Jan. 20.

According to online travel agency Ctrip, there are two main categories of overseas tourists in China – those who wish to escape the cold, and those who search for it.

More Chinese people are booking holidays to warm island countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, and Mauritius. However, Japan, the South Pole, and snowy northern European countries have also witnessed a spike in popularity among Chinese tourists.

Bookings and prices of overseas travel during the Spring Festival increased by 30 percent and 10 percent, respectively, according to Lvmama.com, a popular Shanghai-based tourism and leisure platform.

The statistics also showed that due to this price hike, about 330 million people are expected to travel within China. Tourists from humid southern Chinese cities such as Guangzhou are seeking out icy activities such as skiing and snow fishing, with many heading for the beautiful snow sculptures of northeastern China’s Harbin, according to statistics from tourist services providers.

They also found that museums and folk culture exhibitions are must-do activities for Chinese travelers.