(Yicai Global) Feb. 12 -- The number of tourists traveling nationwide during China's recently concluded New Year holiday rose 19 percent over last year, while the figure for outbound tourism climbed 28 percent.
Popular overseas destinations for Chinese Spring Festival trippers in the country's annual 'chunyun' -- the world's largest human migration -- lie mainly within a four-hour flight radius of home, figures from Alibaba Group Holding-backed online travel agency Fliggy show.
Thailand, Japan and Korea were the overseas destinations of choice for mainlanders, per the data. Ever more visitors plumped for long-haul journeys. At over 60 percent, the number of tourists bound for the UK, Russia and other European countries logged the highest annualized growth.
Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing and Chengdu proved the top domestic draws. Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou was China's hottest tourist attraction. Shanghai's Disney Resort came in second. Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Zhuhai, which is near Guangzhou, took the bronze.
The proportion of visitors born between 1990 and 1995 reached 28 percent, to form the largest segment among all ages in a 10 percent surge over last year. Those born between 1995 and 2000 made up 24 percent, the second-largest demographic, climbing 40 percent annually to become the fastest-growing of all age brackets.
Tourist outflows from Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hangzhou ranked in the top five, while the fastest rate of increase was recorded among visitors from Suzhou and Hangzhou at 24.3 and 23.4 percent, respectively. The rate of growth in visitors from Shanghai was 23.3 percent.
Editor: Ben Armour