In case you’ve been lucky enough to avoid going outside for the past few days, you’ll be shocked to learn that Shanghai is full of tourists! 4.55 million of them from Saturday to Monday to be exact.
According to Shanghai’s tourism administration, that’s a 7% increase over the same period last year; however, that increase has not been reflected in larger numbers of visitors at tourist attractions around the city, either because of bad weather or capacity restrictions.
For instance, the Oriental Pearl Tower welcomed just 850,000 visitors during those three days, down 7% from 2015, The Paper reports. Meanwhile, Shanghai’s theme parks have struggled to attract tourists. Happy Valley saw just 41,000 visitors walk through its gates, down 39% from last year, and Shanghai Disneyland has looked noticeably less packed than even before it officially opened.
The big winners appear to be the Science & Technology Museum (75,000 visitors; up 18%) and Zhujiajiao Water Town (127,000 visitors; up 175%). The Jin Mao Tower managed to attract 369,000 visitors, about the same as last year, thanks to a new skywalk, and judging from these pictures, a few tourists also decided to stop by the Old City.
And another winner: commuters. While 687,000 vehicles may have entered into Shanghai via expressways over the past three days, 1.1 million also left the city. Though crossing some streets does still present some difficulties:
These travelers are all part of the 589 million tourists traveling around China this Golden Week. On Sunday alone, China’s major tourist destinations took in 104 million visitors who spent 84.5 billion yuan, both record highs. Expect more and more records to be broken later this week, and maybe some more indecency laws as well.
[Images via ChinaNews]