Nearly 730 million trips were made by Chinese travelers within China over the seven-day National Day holiday, a year-on-year increase of 9.43%, thanks to cheaper tickets and higher-quality travel services, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Travel and tourism-related revenue tallied between last Monday and last Sunday hit nearly 600 billion yuan, up 9.04% compared with 2017.
The ministry said that 981 State-level attractions lowered ticket prices, while 74 were free to the public prior to the travel boom during the break.
The ministry said that quality travel services were also available to travelers during the holiday. Fifty-four booths were set up in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, offering free travel information and services including mobile phone charging.
Four new transfer points opened during the seven-day break in Yangzhou to make it easier for travelers to park cars and transfer to buses. Free sightseeing buses were also made available.
Tourist attractions, according to the ministry, received 122 million visits on just the first day of the seven-day break, up 7.54% year-on-year, with revenue increasing by 7.19% to 103 billion yuan.
The flag-raising ceremony at Tian'anmen Square in Beijing attracted about 145,000 travelers on Oct 1, according to the Beijing Commission of Tourism Development.