Residents Gearing Up for Travel for an Eight Day Holiday during Mid Autumn Festival
According to several travel agencies, more residents are gearing up for travel during the upcoming Mid Autumn holiday. The rare eight day holiday starts on September 30 which will be followed by the National Day that falls on October 1st.
The unusual alignment of the lunar and standard calendar will give workers the entire first week off in October. And because of this travel agencies have seen full bookings for package trips to Europe and Australia, while the only one remaining are package trips to Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea. Travel agencies have also seen a 25 percent increase compared to last year to the number of residents that planned trips to Europe which is also caused by the depreciation of the Euro.
In addition to outbound travels several residents have also consulted with travel agencies on domestic package trips to local resorts. Agencies are predicting that they will see at least a 35 percent increase in the number of travelers that will go on domestic trips. Traditional destinations were Hainan and Beijing, trips to Sichuan and Tibet are fast gaining popularity. There is also a 25 increase in the number of residents that are going on self driving tours to Tibet compared to last year.
Trips on private cards is expected to see momentum during the holidays since a new national policy have made expressways toll free for private vehicles. Individual travelers to Taiwan are also scheduled to depart on trips starting September 21 under the wing of Shenzhen Port China Travel Service, one of the travel agencies qualified to book individual travel arrangements for interested residents.