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Chinese rush to exotic islands for holidays

01-04-2012 09:01 BJT

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Shortly after the New Year, more and more Chinese are making plans to head abroad for the upcoming Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year. This year, it seems like tropical islands are becoming the hottest destinations.

Spring Festival, to be observed in the second to last week of January this year, is the most important holiday period in China. Traditionally, those working away in the big cities would return home to dine with their families on New Year’s Eve, the last day of the Chinese lunar calender. However, many families are now choosing to go abroad rather than spending the holiday at home.

Popular destinations for Chinese vacation goers have now expanded from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand to Europe and Africa. However visiting tropical islands have become an all time favorite.

Tourists are attracted by the vibrant sunshine and warm beaches which makes island getaways the perfect choice for a winter escape.

Tour packages to places like Langkawi and the Maldives are expected to be flocked by Chinese tourists during this Spring Festival season.

Zhang Rui, Vice President of Caissa Touristic Group, said, "As we are living in the northern hemisphere, the warm island in southern hemisphere is a good choice for tourists in winter season, including the Maldives, Bali and Bintan. Meanwhile, most of the tour programs for Spring Festival has been sold by now."

The 2012 Spring Festival travel period is expected to last 40 days, beginning January 8th, and ending on February 16th.

Analysts say the trend of travelling abroad reflects a change in people’s attitudes toward the homecoming tradition, instead, they now focus more on the holiday experience.


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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