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More Chinese people travel during holidays

More Chinese people take trips during holidays compared to 10 years ago, according to official statistics and academic reports.

Both the number of domestic and outbound tourists have seen a steady increase from 2008 to 2018.

1.71 billion domestic trips were made in 2008, whereas the number rocketed to 5.

54 billion in 2018, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

Tourists in China have become more active in spending their public holidays on traveling, says a report from China Tourism Academy.

Chinese tourists explore the Maldives. /VCG Photo

Four public holidays in 2018, namely the Spring Festival, Tomb-sweeping Day, May Day and Dragon Boat Festival, all saw a marked increase in the number of domestic tourists.

During the three-day Tomb-sweeping Day holiday that ended on April 7, China saw 112 million domestic tourist trips, a 10.9 percent increase year on year.

Apart from sightseeing, more Chinese tourists now opt to experience the cultural essence of their destinations by visiting local museums.

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The Palace Museum, or the Forbidden City in Beijing, is one of the most visited museums in China. /VCG Photo

Over the past three years, visitors to Chinese museums have been growing by about 100 million each year, Liu Yuzhu, head of the National Cultural Heritage Administration, told reporters earlier this year.

During the week-long Spring Festival holiday in 2019, more than 40 percent of domestic tourists visited museums, a report from the China Tourism Academy showed.

(Cover: A family sets out for a road trip.

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