According to official data released by the Chinese Ministry of Tourism and Culture over the weekend, China’s tourism revenue during the recent Dragon Boat Festival reached 94.9 percent of 2019 levels, the year before the pandemic.
Specifically, the agency said costs reached 37.31 billion yuan ($5.169 billion, €4.739 billion), up 44.5 percent from the same period in 2022, which marked the lifting of strict “zero-for-new-one” restrictions.
The implementation of the zero covid policy has seriously dragged down the tourism industry, leading to weeks of quarantine for isolated outbreaks in the population.
A total of 106 million domestic trips were made during the three-day holiday period, which is 32.3% more than the previous year and 12.8% more than 2019. These increases mean that China’s post-policy has been instrumental in the development of Chinese people’s lives, limiting mass population movements.
State media noted that in some key regions, such as Beijing, data showed that incomes had increased compared to pre-epidemic times.
The Dragon Boat Festival begins on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month and is considered a bank holiday in China. This festival is a Chinese spiritual and religious holiday, celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar.