Travelers on laid-back trips for the Tomb Sweeping Day holiday crowded to return home on Sunday, China Railway Corp said.
According to the State-owned railway provider, about 14.54 million visits would be made on
Sunday, the last day of the three-day break, and 732 trains were added to deal with the rush.
High-tech assistance was available to travelers, such as facial recognition speeding up entry and visual-reality navigati
on in 45 railway stations operated by the Wuhan branch of China Railway Corp.
Tomb Sweeping Day, or Qingming, is a traditional holiday for honoring ancestors an
d also a break for spring outings. This year, the holiday fell on Friday through Sunday.
According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Chinese visitors made ov
er 112 million visits during the holiday, up 10.9 percent from last year. Revenue gene
rated by the holiday travel saw a year-on-year rise of 13.7 percent, reaching 47.89 billion yuan ($7.14 billion).
ecially the development of the tourism sector, a pillar industry of China.
In fact, after the four-day holiday was announced on March 22, tourism-related stocks rose sharpl
y. Also, the number of tourists and tourism revenue during May Day holiday this year are set to increase by ab
out 8 and 9 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to China Tourism Academy.
But the actual number of holidays has not increased because April 28 and
May 5 being Sundays are make-up working days. And since there is a debate on whether t
he government should put people’s demand for longer holidays above economic development, the four-day hol
iday without reducing the number of working days will help the government and companies to strike a balance bet
ween maintaining economic development and meeting people’s need for longer holidays.
But why do Chinese people crave for longer holidays? They do so be
cause some employers, especially in some underdeveloped regions, have not given (or
have been reluctant to give) the paid leave to their employees. Besides, national holidays put
Like Gray, more women and men in the US are single — more than 45 percent of all Americans age 18 or older, the US Census Bur
eau reported in 2017 — and the number of single households around the world also is increasing.
Singles make up about 14.6 percent — about 200 million — of Chi
na’s population, the largest singles population in the world, People’s Daily reported.
Sweden has the highest rate of people staying single, 51 percen
t of all households, according to 2017 data from the European Union’s Eurostat.
Sweden is followed by Denmark, Finland and Germany, which all have more than 40 percent one-person households.
The never-married population age 16 years and over in England a
nd Wales increased by 3.9 million from 2002 to 2017, while the number of married pe
ple increased only by 1.2 million during the same period, UK Census reported.