Hunan’s Tourism Booming During National Day Holiday
The Hunan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism announced on October 5 that Hunan’s tourism has been booming in the first four days of the week-long National Day holiday. A total of 7.915 million tourist trips were made in Hunan’s 125 provincially-monitored scenic spots, making a revenue of 523 million CNY, up 14.0% and 11.1% respectively year on year.
A series of National Day theme activities were launched at Hunan’s main scenic areas, including Wulingyuan Scenic Spot in Zhangjiajie, the Dongjiang Lake in Chenzhou, and Emperor Shun’s Mausoleum in Yongzhou, adding festive atmosphere to the province.
On October 4, tourist number exceeded the rated daily capacity at the Yuelu Academy scenic spot; and, 10 scenic spots had more than 50,000 tourist arrivals for each, namely Hengshan Mountain, Shaoshan, Langshan Mountain, Yueyang Tower-Junshan Island, Wulingyuan, Dongjiang Lake, Fenghuang Ancient Town, Aizhai Bridge, Lushan Mountain, and Orange Isle.
Rural tourism continued to be popular. Changsha’s surrounding rural tourist areas were thronged with tourists. Tourist number hit a record high at Jinggang Ancient Town, Qianlong Lake, and Baiguoyuan Farm.
Yongzhou’s Long Family Compound Ancient Village, Tanwenxi Ancient Village, Daguan Castle were crowded with people.
Hengyang’s star-rated rural tourism areas including Shuangshuiwan Eco-tourism Scenic Area, Mijiang Eco-tourism Park, Hongcanyuan Eco-farm attracted a large number of tourists to experience rural life.
With the deep integration of culture and tourism, tourism products are increasingly diversified. At the Xuefeng Mountain Yan’ejie Ancient Village Scenic Spot, the Huayao people presented “folk cultural feasts” for tourists, including banquets and night live drama performances.
Such folk activities as blacksmithing, embroidery, and spinning were held at the Zhangguying Scenic Spot in Yueyang.
Dong people’s original performances including offering sacrifices and sending guests off with torches were staged at Huangdu Dong Cultural Village, Tongdao Dong Autonomous County, Hunan.
“Red” (Revolutionary) tourism was very popular. Shaoshan, Liu Shaoqi Memorial Hall, and Rucheng Shazhou Revolutionary-related Scenic Area received 266,600, 128,600 and 47,000 tourist arrivals respectively between October 1 and 4.
Other revolutionary-related scenic areas like Hu Yaobang’s Former Residence and the Autumn Harvest Uprising Memorial Park in Liuyang; the Zhijiang Memorial Hall of the Victory of the Anti-Japanese War and Acceptance of the Japanese Surrender in Huaihua; and, Laoshanjie Scenic Area in Chengbu Miao Autonomous County, Shaoyang, were also crowded with people.