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
t although he donated organs, many of his friends would not register as donors, sin
ce the traditional belief still exists that the body should be kept intact after death.
“I think more education and publicity should be made at colleges
to promote the awareness of students, who accept the idea more easily,” he said.
Chen, the transplant center director, said more efforts should be made to ensure the quality o
f harvested organs, especially those harvested at smaller hospitals or clinics.
“No doctor would dare to use substandard organs, since th
at may cost lives,” he said. “We hope all organs distributed are equally up to standard.”
Huang, chairman of the donation and transplantation commit
tee, said there are 182 hospitals certified in organ transplant surgeries around the country.
Qingming Festival, which falls on April 5 this year, is known as Tomb-Sweeping Day. Chine
se people value it very much because it is the grandest festival for ancestor worship in China.
The festival always appears about the beginning of April when spring has come. Not only is i
t a period for commemorating the dead, it is also a time for people to go out and enjoy nature.
Roman poet Virgil once wrote: Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree wit
h leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its colorful attire. In such a beau
tiful season, Chinese have a three-day vacation during the festival to go out to enjoy nature after a cold winter.
Where is the best place to go during the festival? Here are 10 popular tourist attractions.Located in Southwest China’s Sichuan
province, the Jiuzhaigou Valley is renowned for its scenic and aesthetic majesty. Its fairyland landscape of num
erous lakes, waterfalls, and limestone terraces with their attractive, clear, mineral-rich waters are set in spe
ctacular alpine mountains with a highly diverse forest ecosystem, demonstrating remarkable natural beauty.