China's Golden Week holiday reaps good harvest with the tourism income surged by nearly a quarter from 2011 to 1.77 billion yuan.
119 major scenic spots received a total of 34.25 million visitors during the eight-day holiday, up 20.96 percentage points from that of last year. Many scenic spots, including the Forbidden City, attracted record volumes of visitors during the longest-ever Golden Week bridging the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day holiday.
The week witnessed a significant increase in the number of individual road travelers because of the government's policy that exempts passenger cars from road tolls during the holiday. According to statistics from the authority, a record of 80.87 million people traveled by road each day during the holiday, adding the total volume to 647 million.