Foreign media: Chinese people are still enthusiastic about spending during the Spring Festival holiday

2022-06-19 0 By

This year’s Chinese Lunar New Year holiday coincides with the Beijing Winter Olympics, which has attracted wide attention from foreign media for its lively, joyous and peaceful atmosphere and colorful events.Foreign media have reported from the perspectives of festive atmosphere, consumer tourism and ice sports, saying that China’s domestic tourism has gradually picked up during the holiday and people are enthusiastic about participating in ice sports, which will bring great support to China’s economy.Reuters has published several reports on how Chinese people celebrate the Lunar New Year.Hotels and restaurants in major Chinese cities saw an increase in bookings during the Lunar New Year holiday, while major hotel chains saw a significant rise in occupancy rates, as tourism continued to heat up, the report said.”Chinese people are still enthusiastic about spending during the Spring Festival holiday, and increased consumption will help boost the economy,” the report quoted economists as saying.The website of Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on the lively atmosphere of The Chinese Lunar New Year and the Beijing Winter Olympics.The streets of the Chinese capital were illuminated with festive decorations and posters bearing the images of Bing Dwen Dwen and Xue Rong Rong, the mascots of the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics, were prominently displayed, the article said.On February 4, the opening day of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, China’s Tianyun-1 probe sent back a selfie video with the emblems of the Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, about 320 million kilometers away.The Chinese astronaut team decorated the core module of the space station with traditional Chinese paper-cuts, Spring Festival couplets and red lanterns, becoming the first Chinese people to celebrate the Lunar New Year in space.In the first three days of this year’s Lunar New Year holiday, China made 137 million domestic tourist trips, recovering to about 71.5% of the pre-EPIDEMIC 2019 Spring Festival holiday period and generating tourism revenue of about 167.8 billion yuan in comparable terms, according to the Report by Radio France Internationale, citing data from China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism.The Beijing Winter Olympics has boosted Chinese people’s enthusiasm for ice and snow sports, with orders for ski tickets in the first three days of the Spring Festival holiday up 33 percent year-on-year.The demand for short-distance travel, rural travel, snow and ice travel, urban leisure and visiting relatives and friends has been gradually released, and the passenger flow of historical and cultural blocks, tourist and leisure blocks and cultural venues in major cities has also increased.The website of Arab News, a Saudi media outlet, looks at lobster exports from Maine to China.Lobsters are especially popular in winter, the article reports, and they are a popular dish for Chinese New Year.Us exporters exported more than 6,000 tons of lobster to China in the first 11 months of 2021, an increase of about 6 percent year-on-year, data showed.(Beijing, Washington, Brussels, February 7) People’s Daily (February 08, 2022 edition 3) (Edited by Niu Yong, Yue Hongbin)