Altogether 18.64 million tourists visited Hangzhou during the October 1-8 Golden Week holiday, celebrating both the National Day and the Mid-Autumn Festival. The figure is 11.8 percent higher than the total of the two holidays last year.
West Lake, Qiantang River and Grand Canal were the most popular destinations for both Chinese and foreign tourists. The parks and scenic spots around West Lake received 4.55 million visitors during the eight-day holiday, and Qianjiang New City on the north bank of Qiantang River had 233,100 visitors.
The Grand Canal Temple Fair attracted 344,500 visitors, who went to see Xiangji Temple, purchased cultural products at Dadou Road, strolled along Qiaoxizhi Street and Xiaohezhi Street built in the style of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911), and watched open-air film at Fuyicang Warehouse. The temple fair will last for two months till the end of November.
On October 3, the number of tourists reached the peak at 1.7117 million, which is slightly lower than the peak day of the National Day holiday last year, which was 1.7173 million on October 2, 2016.
The number of travellers from overseas reached 95,000, jumping 31.9 percent year-on-year, according to local tourism bureau. US, Netherlands and South Korea were the top three source countries of overseas tourists. US travelers accounted for 16.1 percent, followed by 13.8 percent from the Netherlands and 12.0 percent from South Korea.
The tourism revenue for the eight-day holidays reached 15.58 billion yuan (US$2.36 billion), up 18.7 percent over the two holidays combined last year.