30 Million Tourists Visited Guangdong Over May Day Holiday

By Matthew Bossons, May 7, 2019

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The four-day May Day holiday saw over 30 million tourists visit Guangdong province, according to government data cited by GRT Radio. This staggering number, which is 6 million more than the population of Australia, is a 15.5% increase from last year’s tourist numbers.  

According to the government statistics, these visitors to our fair province generated more than RMB18 billion in revenue, a 19.1% increase over 2018.

Other interesting stats revealed in the wake of the holiday include: 1) of the 30 million visitors to Guangdong, 32% were traveling with children; 2) Guangdong was the fourth most popular destination for long-distance tourists, after Hainan, Yunnan and Fujian; 3) RMB2,600 was the average amount spent by tourists in China’s top 10 most visited cities; and 4) Chinese people born in the 1950s spent the most.

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We reimagine one of Guangzhou’s most iconic sites swarmed (by emojis) over the May Day holiday. Image by Matthew Bossons/That’s

This year’s official May 1 holiday spanned four days, from May 1-4, although it hasn’t always been this way.

From 1999 to 2008, the May Day – or Labor Day – holiday was elevated to a ‘Golden Week,’ a holiday which lasts a full seven days. In the decade following 2008, the holiday was limited to a single day off work.  But this year, the holiday was stretched to four days, running from Wednesday, May 1 to Saturday, May 4, according to an official Central Government announcement released on March 22. 

But, as often happens with multi-day Chinese holidays, Sunday, April 28 and Sunday, May 5 were adjusted as workdays this year, so the number of workdays in the months of April and May remained unchanged from last year.


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[Cover image via Qingbao Meng/Unsplash]

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