More facts and figures have begun to pour in as we get a clearer and more horrifying picture of how crazy crowded China is during Golden Week. It’s even more so than last year, according to CRI, with more than six million people visiting tourist sites on the third day of the national holiday.
The six million people visited 124 main scenic spots across the country, an increase of more than four percent compared to last year. Meanwhile, ticket revenues were down 3.9 percent compared last year, meaning the government is doing an admirable job combating insane ticket prices.
Locally, Shanghai’s tourist numbers were up 12 percent from last year, according to Shanghai Daily. The city welcomed 4.25 million tourists over the first three days of the holiday.
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Wildlife Park, and Jin Mao Tower all reported hikes in tourist numbers. 1.75 million people somehow squeezed through the Yuyuan Gardens. 2.52 million people crammed into the Bund forcing police to lock arms (and hopefully play Red Rover). Tourist authorities told travelers to just not even try going to Zhujiajiao Water Town. There is no hope.
Elsewhere in China, Beijing reported record numbers on the first day of the holiday. The Badaling section of the Great Wall received 88,000 tourists on Friday, a number that CRI refers to as “not much of a crowded scene for such national holidays.”
Conditions in Xi’an were a little worse, as thousands of visitors queued up on Friday to see the Terra-Cotta Warriors in a line that snaked along for more than a kilometer. In Hangzhou, an insane 790,000 tourists visited West Lake in Hangzhou on Friday. Hopefully, the diligent cleanup volunteers were up to the task.
by Alex Linder
[Images via CRI & Xinhua]