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Golden holiday sees gains and complaints

10-08-2012 18:06 BJT Special Report:2012 National Day Holiday |

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By CCTV reporter Xia Ruixue

Sunday marked the last day of China’s longest-ever "Golden Week" holiday. Over the past week, tourism industry reaped a golden harvest. And because of the nation’s first-ever toll-free expressway policy, freeways were also posting record numbers of motorists.

The “Golden Week” holiday has drawn to an end. The huge crowds have packed up and returned home.

The National Tourism Administration says the country’s 119 major scenic spots received a total of almost 35 million visitors during the 8-day holiday, up nearly 21 percent from last year. Tourism revenue surged by nearly a quarter from 2011 to 1.77 billion yuan.

Chen Junhua, assist. prof. of Central University of Finance And Economics, said, “The 8-day Golden Week holiday expanded the domestic tourism market and boosted other related industries, for instance civil aviation, railways, and banks. It has definitely boosted the economy and will improve the national standard of living.”

The "toll-free" expressway policy came into effect during this year’s 8-day holiday. As a result, the number of travellers driving their own cars swelled, causing heavy congestion on major expressways.

The policy instigated much debate. Some suggested the toll should be increased to reduce traffic jams. But Prof. Chen takes a different approach.

Chen Junhua said, “Generally speaking, it’s a good policy, though it caused many traffic jams in the first two days of the holiday. But that always happens in the Golden Week, regardless of whether there are tolls or not. I myself think the best solution in the future is to decrease the tolls or even eliminate them entirely year-round. ”

But for Chinese holidaymakers, the question on the policy is moot, as evidenced by the record numbers of people on planes, trains, or automobiles.

The Golden-Week holiday travel rush always puts the squeeze on people’s patience, but they still see it as a good opportunity to get out and travel or visit family and friends. It helps expand the domestic tourism market.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CCTV.com

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